I'm still fairly new to the forum, so I'll start by introducing myself. My name is Cody and I'm from the thumb of Michigan. I'll be getting a lab pup the beginning of May. I've had labs growing up at home, but just as family pets. This will be my first hunting dog, and just finishing up college I'm looking to do the majority of training by myself. I feel like I've exhausted the search function here, and haven't really found what I'm looking for, so I thought I'd ask. Sorry if this has been discussed before and I just missed it.
I'm planning on beginning with the Hillmann DVD and then transitioning into Smartworks or TRT. I'm leaning towards Smartworks because it sounds like it's a little more beginner friendly, but I'm still open to suggestions. It sounds like Hillmann transitions well into both, but where is the mesh point for each program? I know the Smartworks bonus basic package has a puppy program included, so would I just skip the puppy DVD and move right into the obedience DVD, or does Hillmann cover that too? How does the transition to Lardy's program work as far as what point to start with? I guess I'm just a little confused as to where I would begin each program after Hillmann.
As a little bit of background, I'm not really planning to trial the dog at this point. He is a pointing lab, and yes I know that's another can of worms, but he'll primarily be a bird dog, mostly for pheasant. I would like to train for his CPR, but I don't know if I'll go past that at this point. I'm not sure I'd be capable of going much further as a first time trainer to be honest. I think I'll catch on fairly quick, but it seems like there is so much to learn.
Sorry for the lengthy post, and thanks for any suggestions.