Im going to jump in here and throw out my two cents, although I'm just starting the journey of training my own first lab, maybe more senior members can correct me if I'm wrong. My pup is just past 13 weeks, and up until a couple of weeks ago, I was in your camp. I was stressed about making sure I gave the pup a proper foundation, I became even more stressed when I didn't see the results I thought I should be getting. I was trying to do way too much. More than a few people recommended Bill Hillmans puppy DVD and it has really helped the pup and myself. I've seen more drive to retrieve, more adherence to the sit command, and more focus. I've resolved myself to follow this program to start, and believe it will provide that solid foundation for me and the pup when we expand training later.