Now I'm skeptical - to say the least- that a 61lb. catfish really poses that much danger to any dog larger than say, a gerbil. If they did I guess we'd all be training in swimming pools because I can't think of a public body of water in my area that doesn't have flatheads or blues that size and larger, sometimes much larger. But it does bring up an interesting question concerning retriever training in the south. We don't have gators in my part of Oklahoma, so the possibility of something eating my dog when I send her on a water retrieve is no concern. In a large chunk of the country, however, it is. So, southern retriever trainers, how do you guys ensure that your training water is safe? Have any of ever lost a dog to a alligator, or even had a close call?