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I have personally trained 2 labs in my life, a black lab and a choc. from a really good bloodline.
The 1st one wasnt all that great, but she will fetch a bird up.
However, my choc. has a lot of $ in her and I wasn't about to mess up with her. So I started going to a local duck dog trainer and I watched them train labs, I helped them out and they gave me free lessons in exchange for the help I gave them. (throwing and shooting birds, etc.)
We used dead pigeons and then mallards, after a few days they will pick them up fine.

I have dove hunted with both dogs and they will pick them up just fine. You just might or might not have to tease them with the bird a little at 1st, but after a while they will be fine.
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