Let me preface everything in this post by saying up until Tuesday I've never owned a dog. I know very little about breeds or trials or anything else. That being said I've just fell into a 16 week old lab pup that has a pretty good lineage of field champions behind her. Long story about how that I will save unless someone is dying to hear it. Her father is an English retriever out of a kennel in Kansas and her mother is an American out of A gun dog kennel in Memphis. I don't have the names of the kennels off hand but they seems like pretty well known kennels. I've got it in my head that the two of us are going to learn together how to train a waterfowl dog. She is extremely mild tempered and in three days has already learned to sit, lay and not jump. She is extremely enthusiastic about fetch and has no problem bringing it straight back and dropping it at my feet and sitting and waiting for me to throw it again. Now the questions.... she is pretty timid. I don't know if it's that's she's still getting used to the place or what but she seems to scare easily. She was terrified of the mower when I cut the grass the other day. She also gets car sick very easy, which I've heard is a problem with American retrievers. She also seems to be afraid to get in the water. I've tried to get her really worked up and excited playing fetch and then throw the ball right on the edge of the water and she freezes as soon as she gets to the water? Is this normal for a pup that hasn't been introduced to the water yet? I want to make sure I don't push her. I've heard horror stories of people trying to push their dogs too hard with getting in the water or gun training and ruining them for life. I am trying my best to keep this as "fun" for her as I can. I've got some books and duck bumpers, and pigeon wings coming today so I'm going to read through that but does it sound like I'm doing anything wrong yet? Keep in mind I am very aware that I may not be able to do this, given my complete lack of experience. I'm OK with that. If I can't get her trained well enough to take in the boat with me I'm sure she'll make a great family pet anyway.