I am new to the forum and have enjoyed reading whats on here already. I have been on the waiting list to get a black lab male. Hopefully I will have a puppy in the next year. I have already started looking through books and DVDs to get a feeling for what it is going to take to train a puppy to retrieve. This is my first time training a dog myself. I have read the Wolters books that my dad passed down to me, but like i have read on the site that they are outdated. So i got my hands on Duck Dog Basics, Sound Beginnings, and Fowl Dogs.
The question I have is about Sound Beginnings. Some of the drills (the one that comes to mind was the "W drill") in the movie seem complex for a puppy. If the puppy does not do as it is supposed to with the retrieving drill, do you reprimand the puppy at the young age? Or are you just trying to introduce the puppy to retrieving in many different ways and the mistakes will be fixed later during formal training.
Any other advice or words of wisdom for a new, young dog trainer would be appreciated.