Over the past few years we've been working with our Golden Retriever Oliver and his ability to retrieve. Like most Goldens, he was born with the instinct to bring things back to us when thrown, so there wasn't much we had to do as far as incentive. Really, his training has been more of associating commands with the action of running, bringing back and release so we're more in control of the situation. We do it more for fun than anything else. It gives him an activity that he loves and gives him lots of healthy exercise. Here's a video of him retrieving the duck decoy from our pond last year. He LOVES to swim!