Help an old newbie get started correctly.
Ok here is my story. We have recently had to put my Malamute down due to liver cancer so I will be in the market for a new dog. I have owned a lab before and it was a very long time ago. I have never really trained a good hunting dog. I did ok on Koda he was a good family pet. I have decided on starting out with using the Evan Graham Series to help me learn to be good trainer for my up and coming field companion and family dog. I know it is going to take a lot of time and patience just like with the kids. I want to do this correctly. I have hunted ducks many years mostly without a dog. But the time has come to change that. Besides a create and the videos what else do I need to get started. I would like to get prepared for when I bring the young pup home and make sure it is a positive environment for him/her. In the training department I want the dog to be a primary water dag than upland dog and of course a coveted member of the family. Also where is a good place to look into reputable source for a puppy that will not cause a divorce? I have done a few local searches but it is hard to know what to look for or who to ask in this department. Any more info that you all with experience is always appreciated as I consider myself a total newbie.