Good evening all. I am new to this forum and am looking for dire help with my problem. First and foremost, I am 25 years old and love my 1.5 year old Golden. I am not looking to get a different dog for hunting, I am determined to get her to be a hunter. She is a pure bred Golden and LOVES retrieving bumpers, toys, wings, or anything else other than a real bird. For some reason, when it falls, she refuses to pick it up. I bought a few dead birds and froze them and try to put them into her mouth to carry. She cowers and refuses to do it, but I move forward. Once she finally holds it, she is like afraid to move. A little bit of that and then she starts walking around with it in her mouth and wagging her tail. She eventually gets the hang of it, but ultimately refuses to pick it up. I have to continually force her mouth open. Then I try again the next day, and it's like she didn't learn a thing. Is a frozen pheasant maybe too big for her to start with? Her bumpers are like the same size. I did use some frozen mourning doves one time and she would retrieve those just fine. Does anyone have anything they could shed a light on? I would greatly appreciate it!