Getting geared up for this years Pat season and should have good numbers of birds to get in some good training for my 1.5 yr old pup. Besides getting into good numbers of birds/flushes what do some of you do to teach your Retriever to be a better grouse dog? Hunting close, remote whistle sits and steady to wing/shot are already part of our program and I am not really looking for general upland advice but rather something that you may only do specifically for Grouse. Some concepts/drills I have used in the past for Grouse specifically include; 1. Plant a bird or use a remote launch box up off the ground to simulate a bird on a a low branch of an evergreen tree. Basically teach the retriever that not all birds come from the ground. 2. Work dog back and forth between two hunters in extremely dense cover such as a Balsam stand. 3. Either sit dog or handle dog to the backside of a stand of cover and teach working through cover to handler. 4. Teach dog to sit calmly and wait for handler to get in a good shooting position on any particular piece of cover and then eventually release the dog to hunt the cover. I guess at the end of the day the overall concept is to have a dog that understands Grouse and working a stand of cover to flush birds to the hunter. So who's got something to share?