In the puppies foundation training what are the main things you guys suggest in obedience? Drive building? How old should serious obedience be taught? What other things should be implemented in the first year of training?
First and foremost, have fun with the puppy! Enjoy that stage in their lives, because it does not last long..
Get with a good club or mentor, so you can start out correctly!
For me, foundation training is teaching the basics, all with food, (me personally, I do not use their meals for training).. We work on sit, down, basic position, focus in front, focus in basic, informal recalls and heeling.. IN the beginning stages it's lots of luring into positions, then over time, you start using the food lure less and less.. As my dogs get older and understand the behaviors, I will ask more of them and the rewards will come after.. or corrections for not complying..
Then over time, I add the toy for reward, motivation, frustration and quickness, etc, etc, etc!