Welcome, I'm from Arizona. My husband and I used to bird hunt...geese, ducks, quail, dove. I really hadn't thought about training my poodle for retreiving but I'm certainly going to follow yours. Maybe Jackson would enjoy it, he's always chasing down birds in the backyard.
If you or your husband ever get back into bird hunting, and want to train Jackson, give Rich a call (number is on our site). Honoring is a part of hunt tests and real-life hunting, so having other dogs present in a training scenario helps all those involved (throwing birds, etc. is easier too, not to mention the comradre).