Congrats for being brave enough to buck the Rex Carr based pressure program trend.
Start with a couple retrieves, a couple times a day. Take your pup afield and run them through woodlots and fields as well as water when weather permits. Get them well socialized by taking them to as many strange places as possible. Let them drag a short piece of rope clipped to their collar. After a few days, to get used to you and your home, start teaching them sit. Try to only call your pup to you when you know they are listening and going to come anyway.
Above all, have fun.
You CAN build a great hunting partner without pinching and zapping.
Nobody said anything about pressure. Or that you have to use an ecollar but 99% of this board will say pick a program and stick to it. If you choose to not use a an ecollar there are ways around it. But the programs still teach OB, intro to gun, intro to birds, and things not to do that start bad habits. Thats the point. I dont know why Duck dog basics dvd never gets mentioned. Its not as thorough as some others like smartworks. But $20 and if you follow it, you'll have a great dog. He does a good a job on what to do when things arent going well too, which isn't covered on other programs. I havent watched fowl dawgs but it and Hillmans gets high remarks. I feel like DDB is a darn good program though. I followed it and I am very pleased with my dog after her first season. I dont see much more progress a man could make unless hes a pro that has everything down and trains twice a day everyday. But for the average how hunts I feel like its a great program to follow. Its very informative even if you plan to procede on with HT or FT. You'll have a blast training man, stick to it. Its a beautiful thing when all comes togeather for the field.