I married a South Dakota girl last year and last week I made my first ever bird hunting trip with her family. I had the time of my life! I bought my first shotgun about a month before and shot probably 750 rounds at clay pigeons before the real thing. It paid off, but I have a long ways to go. Long and short of it, I'm hooked. Nearly all of our hunting was without dogs, but I gained a HUGE appreciation for the utility of having a dog. Especially after I spent about 10 miles of beating through chest high cover one day, and also after leaving more birds on the ground than I care to admit... I'm definitely going to start exploring the areas around me here in Yakima and will probably spend some time looking for pheasants in other areas of the state (although after being initiated in SoDak, this may be tough....) My question is, what are the prospects of training a 3 year old Golden Retriever to hunt? I'd have it done by somebody who knows what they are doing, but I don't want to waste time and money if it is a lost cause. Bello is a 3 year old, reportedly with some hunting blood, but has been a house dog for his short life. He clearly has some instincts as we have watched him chase birds and stalk rabbits around the house (the rabbits are hilarious, when one comes into the yard, he crouches down and stalks it like a cat until it runs. One foot at a time....). I've seen him drop a ball to sniff a bush after he catches the scent of quail or rabbits (I actually think the latter is more likely...), something my 9 year old would NEVER do. So, can you teach an old dog new tricks, or would I be wasting my time?