Hi all, new guy from Maryland here. My new pup will be born next week and I all ready have the bug again. Its been 11 years since I trained my first pup and things sure have changed since then...I don't recall all the programs to choose from. I ended up with a copy of 10 Minute Retriever, a Lardy VHS tape, and a subscription to retriever journal. Somehow, despite all my mistakes, my pup turned out to be a phenomenal retriever. Allthough I had every intention of running her in trials/tests, I never did. This time will be different and I plan to stick with a program this time around. I have been reading forums for weeks and purchased the Hillman Puppy DVD to start. My intentions were to go Lardy TRT afterwards. After watching it a few times I am considering sticking with Hillman all the way through. This is where I need help. After the puppy DVD which DVD is next from Hillman? Can I skip Fetch Command DVD and Traffic Cop because he covers that to some extent in the puppy? Is Fundementals 1 next?
If I stick with the original plan and move on to TRT, are Hillman's "force fetch" and e-collar conditioning methods complete from the puppy program? If I follow Hillman puppy to a T, will it be a smooth transition to TRT or even Smartworks? (which I am also considering after watching some of his videos on youtube)
Thanks in advance for the advice.