tywhite87 wrote:What area of wisco are you in? Check for training groups in your area, working with an experienced trainers will put you leaps and bounds ahead of just reading books. As far as when to start training, if your pup is 6 months old you're about 4 months behind.
Not really behind at all, the real formal training starts once the pup gets their adult teeth, so right around 6 months of age. Most pros won't take a dog until then so they can go right into force fetch and set the tone for everything else that follows. Basic obedience should've been started months ago, but now's a good time to continue to work on that to give the pup a break from force fetch.
Another good video series to look into is Duck Dog Basics 1 & 2 with Chris Akin. It's real easy to follow for someone who doesn't have a lot of experience training dogs and will get you a meat dog and more depending on the level of training you'd be satisfied with. Eventually most end up going with a system like TRT, Smartworks, or Fowl Dawgs, but Akin's videos are good too.
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