It didn't help me that everything I was able to get my dog to do was the coolest thing ever, like casting and sitting on the whistle, because it was my first dog. Although I had been told, I didn't fully understand until I tried to get my dog to sit still and be quiet in a duck blind or walk at heel on all four feet into a holding blind at a hunt test that 95% of what you need your dog to do is sit still and be quiet and heel with you under control.
I know better now. I also understand that if you are only going to get a percentage of the standard that you get around the house and in the yard then your standard around the house and in the yard better be pretty dang high. Not to mention that I am no longer absolutely terrified that each time a give a correction I am risking completely ruining my dog.
I think some of you more experienced folks have forgotten a little bit of what it was like trying to feel your way around this whole dog training thing before the whole "the older I get the better I was" syndrome kicked in. :D