Dennis, did you also do the mini FF intro Bill does with your pup? Ive seen a few folks here say they skipped it. Also, do you follow his FF cd too? I haven't seen that one yet so I don't know if its traditional or different too.Absolutely not. I never enjoyed training a pup more. Lots and lots of field sessions-I did more days than Bill but probably shorter sessions. He was learning so many "future skills" in a smooth and subtle way. I kinda know now what things are important in the future and he was learning them without leaning any bad habits. I was not concerned with distance whatsoever because I know how easy it is so stetch them out later. I'm doing my seconf pup right now this way and it is unfolding nicely. Some things he's better some not but I just gradually seek progress and watch him get better and better. New pup is poorer at final few feet of delivery( a bit of tag!) and less prone to sit calmly and hold but his sit is even faster and his focus great on marks in all kinds of cover and water. At 5 months he'll get his gunners and birds.
I purchased your Training Retrievers Alone and have watched the first CD and it is outstanding. I can't tell you how excited and hopeful it is to have guidelines and material to follow to show me how I can successfully train alone. I am new to this and my pup is w/ a pro trainer in transition for a few more months and I CAN'T WAIT to get him back and start working with him with your material.