If you read the information you got with your hillman DVD..
The three basic things for a retriever to learn is
1. CHASE SOMETHING
2. walk on a line.
This was Day one for you?
I would expect some challenges for the 3 things you are to concentrate on in the beggining...
Day 1, i wouild just be happy,, having the dog excited about chasing something I threw for him,, and at the same time, dragging a line as he did that..
Then slowly introduce the word "sit"
I dont know if I would be to concerned right now at day 1, expecting him to be a perfect little camper, and walk with you on a line..
1. Chase something
2. walk on a line
and at ALLLL TIMES keep the excitement and encouragement up...
each will take patience and some time...
Keep at it.
I am VERY pleased at how my pup has come along following this approach..
At 17 weeks, She is pretty steady, sits on a whistle,, and has a great attitude to retrieve. Loves birds...
When I started,,, She didnt like the line,, her retrieving desire was not so high,, was easily distracted,ect ect... Just like any other typical puppy...