I've got a young GSP pup I'm in the process of turning into a hunting partner. First real bird dog I've had. A week ago, I shot a mallard drake that dropped on the other side of Crab Creek. There was ice along the edges and she wasn't quite up to the task yet, so we hoofed it a mile to a point where we could cross and scramble along a mule deer trail along the side of the canyon back to where the bird went down. When we got into the area, she got on her hind legs and swiveled her head around looking for the source of the scent. I knew we were within a few yards of where the bird went down in VERY thick cover. We were digging our way through it when I looked up and saw this and grabbed her before she "retrieved" it. I dug through the stuff I could until dark and ultimately made the three mile walk back to the truck without that bird. Like I said, I'm new to hunting with a dog. What could I have done differently?