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    Hello all,
    I am new to the RTF and new to the world of training. I have just come into a 7 month old yellow lab named Cotton. He is a very sweet puppy I guess you could call him. I purchased the Smartwork basics dvd set and books this past week but I am confused on where to start.

    I don't know if I should start with the puppy program even though Cotton weighs close to 65 pounds or if I should begin with obedience? He has no training that I know of up to this point. I have had him for about 2 weeks now.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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    Start from the beginning if he has no training...

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    I would start with the puppy training until you can tell he knows what the commands are b4 you move onto formal OB.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jomodeere View Post
    Hello all,
    I am new to the RTF and new to the world of training. I have just come into a 7 month old yellow lab named Cotton. He is a very sweet puppy I guess you could call him. I purchased the Smartwork basics dvd set and books this past week but I am confused on where to start.

    I don't know if I should start with the puppy program even though Cotton weighs close to 65 pounds or if I should begin with obedience? He has no training that I know of up to this point. I have had him for about 2 weeks now.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated!

    Welcome---do we get to see a pic of your new pup? He as at the age where he should learn very quickly. I would do some some basic puppy work, and start on basic training. Also, if you have never trained a dog, I would consider enrolling Cotton in a class--Petsmart has a good one. It will be good for you and great socialization for Cotton. Are you planning on hunting him? Good luck with your pup!
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    Okay I will give the puppy program a run and see how it goes. I am very excited to begin training because eventually I want him to become my hunting partner! I tried throwing a few bumpers the other day but it is hard to get control on him with a rope because he is so big!

    I'll try to get a picture of him up just as soon as I can though!

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    it is hard to get control on him with a rope because he is so big!
    It sounds like you will be in for a fun ride....early on.

    To start with, how does he "behave" wearing a short, six foot leash?
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    Use a choker chain wile training to help maintain control.
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    On a six foot leash he likes to pull a good bit and sniff all over the place but I thought that was just him being a puppy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jomodeere View Post
    On a six foot leash he likes to pull a good bit and sniff all over the place but I thought that was just him being a puppy!
    this is an H & S Prong collar, buy it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken Bora View Post
    this is an H & S Prong collar, buy it.
    And welcome to the RTF

    When you order it ,buy 2 ,so you have extra prongs to add when needed. I prefer the Pringer brand,then I take out the center clip and (in Kens pic ) I take the top right prong off and turn that side around ,so all prongs face the same way.My main reason that I do this is so I dont have to slide the collar over the dogs eyes (I dont like that) and you can quickly unhook it to take it on /off.
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