I just got a GSP a couple weeks ago. He is 3 months old now. He will sit when told most of the time. Sometimes he will come when told. Next week we will start some obedience training. I bought him a pheasant wing and some canvas dummies. I would like to take him out in the field but it is hunting season here in Pennsylvania. Right now he is afraid of loud noises (Christmas Eve Santa came around on a fire truck, we took him out to see, when they beeped the horn on the fire truck he took off back in the house.) This is my first dog and I plan on training him myself, I don't want to rush things but if someone could suggest a training timeline it would be very helpful.
Start out basic, I recommend Bill Tarants book on the Delmar Smith method, teach a dog to hold and whoa then do field work. I dont use wings at all, get some birds and let him go after em for awhile. I shoot a bird after dog is on point and knows there is a bird there, most times on flush dog runs after bird so whoa is important on a hen flush or a miss. I try to get mine to wait for a sig after a shot but when its just me I let em out, saw a bird or two fall right into the dogs path, no chance for a loss bird.