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I guess that I'll be the contrarian on this thread ....
At 4 months, I believe that it's most important to do what I can do in order to maintain or even increase pup's momentum/drive/desire/whatever you want to call it ... the go-get-um-ness in the pup. Expose the pup to as many different environs as possible, preferably via puppy walks through fields, over fallen trees, through fallen treetops, through ditches and creek beds, through tall cover, etc. These are fun walks! While I don't train for upland, I have to believe that those things are important for pup to experience if it will be searching for birds therein.
As to obedience, it depends on the dog as to when obedience should be demanded ... some, the wild "off-the-chart" ones may need it early, but the more reserved puppies should be given a little more time to be puppies, let them build their curiosity and courage.
Also, bear in mind that different folks have different ideas as to making a pup "obedient," and how to go about making a pup obedient, and what level of obedience is to be required of the pup and at what age ... so everything said has to be considered in that light.
Last edited by FTGoldens; 11-01-2017 at 07:18 PM.