First off I am new to to this forum and new to having a pup. I should state that we had dogs as kids growing up in the country but this will be our first pup that we will raise and train. After having devoted the last 16 years putting two kids though hockey here in Minnesota I am down to one left and five more years. Loved every minute of it and continue too. With two in college I have determined that I have the time to get a black lab pup. It will be a male. I have been reading as many post as I can on here and countless internet postings. I will crate train from day one. Have crate and a dedicated bedroom, puppy proofed. I am planning on feeding Nutrisource large breed puppy food as that is what they are being fed now. I believe i have all the supplies needed. tons of support and excitement for the family. We will be training for hunting as my 13 year old daughter has great interest in hunting. She and I will also be looking forward to hunt testing as well. Any suggestion between Hillmann or Mertens sound beginning. Is it ok to use both or should I pick one. Any advise or suggestion on any aspect of new puppy parenting welcomed. Daughter and I will be joining a local retriever training club as well. Thanks in advance.