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I have a well bred pup from a kennel in Nebraska that is 14 weeks old. I have started her on retrieving as well as obedience. I also have a friend that is a full time trainer of upland dogs and has produced some National Champion upland dogs. He has trained retrievers as well. He wants to start my pup now, which is fine with me, but I am cautious of his methodology and would like some opinions. He spends the first "block" teaching nothing but obedience. There is no retrieving in this block at all. In the second "block", he puts the pup on the table and starts a "conditioned retrieve" and then on to the ground, live birds, water, and etc. From there, it's on to the advanced drills.
I am a believer in his upland training methods and dogs but it seems to me that he is taking the fun out of retrieving in the beginning.
Please give me some insight or opinions on whether this format of training is a good idea.