I have a 12 week old lab Hank that I have had for 5 weeks. This is my first lab and just getting bit with the waterfowl bug myself last season am new to all of this but still want to train my dog myself. I bought the book Water Dog but after reading here and there on the internet I gather that it is not a great training resource. I am so confused because you can read so many things on the internet I have no clue where to start or what to use. In 5 weeks my dog has been potty trained, crate trained, knows sit and down and is doing pretty well on a leash. He also likes to go for the retrieve but doesn't always come back to me with it. I feel he is doing pretty good for his age but after reading Water Dog I feel my dog is way behind. I want to train him but let him still be a puppy. Can anyone point me in the right direction on where to start. Books, DVD's, whatever. We are supposed to start obedience at 16 weeks with a local retriever trainer but for him to do retriever training he needs to keep my dog for 4 months and I can't see giving up my dog for that long plus it would be hard financially. Any help on where to start would be greatly appreciated. By the way this is my first post here so thanks in advance for any help.