Took Ridge out to a local pond today. We have been training about 5 days a week with Ridge. Throwing dummies in the pond with a remote throw. Ridge is hitting the water very hard and doing water retrieves of about 60 yards. He swims smoothly, not like a puppy at all. He loves to retrieve but still would like to take the dummy somewhere else and chew on it somewhat. I am using a 50 foot lead and when he comes back we are stepping on the lead to stop him. He is making progress but does get especially excited when we use live or frozen birds.