I have a golden retriever that I've been training for a while now and he's awsome. We are currently working on blind retrieves and he's coming along nicely. I have one problem though, I don't have access to birds for him to practice retrieving. Yesterday I found a dead pheasant on the side of the road so I brought it home and tried to get him to retrieve it. First I swung it around him to get him really excited about it then threw it out and he ran over to it but didn't want to pick it up. So I started from the begining with "hold" and went through the whole process again with the bird but he just doesn't want to pick it up off the ground. He has an extremly soft bite and I think that he doesn't want to bite it hard enough to pick it up. I tried to go back to the bumper and let him retrieve it a few times then took the bird back out but he just won't pick it up. I tried to keep him very excited about it but I don't know what to do now, he did retrieve it twice from the ground and he will hold it but I don't know what else to do. Pheasant season is in a couple weeks and I was hoping to take him.