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Alright, furst off i did a search and found lots of info but it still lef me wity questions. I am preparing to begin training my first lab puppy, well first one seriously. I will pick him up this weekend at 8 wks. Now I have read Richard Wolters book, but want something more current and with some new info. I was thinking of trying Sound Beginings and transitioning into Fowl Dogs. However was also considering Evans program and working it all the way thru. Which wld be the best for a novice to follow. I plan to use him hunting and hopefully to run hunt test as well if i can get him there. I also plan on joining the Midway HRC.
Any help would be great.
 

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Alright, furst off i did a search and found lots of info but it still lef me wity questions. I am preparing to begin training my first lab puppy, well first one seriously. I will pick him up this weekend at 8 wks. Now I have read Richard Wolters book, but want something more current and with some new info. I was thinking of trying Sound Beginings and transitioning into Fowl Dogs. However was also considering Evans program and working it all the way thru. Which wld be the best for a novice to follow. I plan to use him hunting and hopefully to run hunt test as well if i can get him there. I also plan on joining the Midway HRC.
Any help would be great.

This is not a "knock" against any program out there. I have most of them and have learned something from every one of them. First, I think Sound Beginnings is a great way to start. After that I would definitely get a program and stick with it all the way thru. I actually used two with my last dog .... Evan Graham's and Mike Lardy's. If I had to pick one of these for a beginning trainer, I would pick Evan Graham's. That said, if you are going to join a training group .... which I would highly recommend .... you might want to see what program they are using. Will help them to help you as you proceed with training. I found having both the Graham and Lardy programs very helpful ... and I watched several others including Fowl Dogs. At various times in the training you will be trying to read the reaction/behavior of your dog to a training exercise. Both the Graham and Lardy programs have video of dogs going through the training exercises, along with an explanation of the appropriate trainer response to the dog's behavior. Since I did not have the benefit of a training group, I found it useful to watch as many of these "real life" examples as possible. Best of luck with the dog.
 

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Which wld be the best for a novice to follow.
The irony of this question coupled with your username is classic!
As previously mentioned:

Lardy
Graham
Fowl Dawgs

are all worth purchasing.

Joining a good club can be the best investment you can make.

Best of luck with your new pup!
 

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If you do elect to use Smartwork, start with the Puppy Program, and get going on it the day your pup comes home. Bonding and socialization are key issues at that point. Let me know anytime I can be of help.

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Sound Beginnings is a great way to start but honestly, Evan Graham's stuff is so nice for the novice owner/trainer. Heck its good for the experienced trainer as well! He makes things simple, makes sense of them, and constructs a program that can be followed and implemented easily by the viewer.
 
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