Ive watched both Hillman and Mertens. I had been doing Mertens program with my pup until my Hillmans Dvd came in the mail and i like the HIllmans much better. It more structured it seems and fits ME better. I have seen the numbers some of yall have broke down that says each training "day" last a few actual day before moving on to the next. My question is , If you feel your pup hasnt fully "grasp" what your doing should you hold back until you feel he understands it? I know on Mertens dvd she says that but i dont remember hearing Hillman mention anything about what to do if the pup isnt ready to move to the next progression or day. Thanks
I believe anyone with a fire breathing retriever puppy would do that dog a disservice not using Bill Hillman's material. Imagine that little fire breather sitting calmly watching birds down then unleashing that dog's God given talents.
I like to start our little ones with my wife doing crate training, house manners while using Sound Beginnings material. As things progress we move to Bill Hillman's puppy program. I'm thinking Bill prob wouldn't have any problem interspersing treat training in house while working on his puppy program.
I like Bill's "The Fetch Command" much more than the fetch command on the later part of the original "puppy" DVD.
I think all of DVD's including upcoming ones with the additional blog and U-tube info make for an amazing ever expanding training philosophy. I feel my dogs are ready to stay and train at home or excel with a professional trainer.
I truly believe this training method just feels right and fair to the amazing animals we are molding. It's all about "Balance".
Also remember "Never get mad a puppy!!" (sometimes hard to do) or any of our older retrieving buddies.
My wife Mary thinks Bill should have said "Never get mad at a puppy or your wife" in the original puppy DVD.
A lot of the first videos posted on their YouTube Channel have been removed. Mrs. Mary said b/c those were going to the Basics DVD. They still have a lot left there on the channel.
As far as I know, they were posting most of their more recent videos at http://www.billhillmann.net/blog/
You can go through the archives there. It hasn't been updated much lately as they were preparing for the video, but there's a lot of great stuff there as he seems to be going more and more in his own direction.
I understand that. Was trying to point out they're easier to access through the blog.