Good morning all! I wanted to take the chance to introduce myself here after lurking around and finally registering over the last couple weeks. My name is Mike and I live in northern Wisconsin. I'm just a pup myself, 23 years old and all alone in my house. Until next weekend that is when I pick up my first lab and first dog, Honey B., a YLF. I've grown up around dogs and absolutely love them, but it never worked out to have one when I was younger. Now that I've got a house and a flexible job only 5 minutes from home, I just couldn't wait any longer. I plan on training Honey to hunt mainly grouse and ducks; no plans on any hunt/field trials yet, but that may change. I've read a bunch of threads on here about training programs and have decided to go with Sound Beginnings off the bat then moving on to the Smartworks Basics package. Any concerns with a first-time trainer with either of these programs? I did a quick search for training clubs in my area with little luck, but I don't mind tackling the training myself. That being said I'm sure I'll have plenty of questions and from what I've read so far it seems I've stumbled on quite the cornucopia of knowledge here at RTF. The litter was born 2/25, so I've got an anxious week or so before I can bring her home. I'll post some pictures after I go see her again on Friday. Questions to come soon as I get more and more excited about my first puppy!