I'm interested too.
I never thought of myself as a 'novice' dog owner, since I've had several and once even got a CD with one, lol. After reading so much about what others have and do, I guess I am still a novice, kind of.
I think being fair is the most important--I also believe in teaching what I want first. I think corrections are definitely part of dog training, but not in every aspect. I don't let the dog do anything as a pup I don't want as an adult, and things that are dangerous are IMMEDIATELY corrected.
The thing is, much depends on how hard/soft the dog is, and whether the response is fear-based or not. Also, the puppy biting thing was hard for me, because so much of that is a play response, usually worse when my pup was happy and riled up. It's hard to squash drive for me, I prefer to channel it.
My first shepherd was much more dominant than Rocket. I say that knowing how it's viewed around here, but he was a dog who always carried his tail high, was more dog-aggressive, totally fearless, extremely confident. I used more corrections on him than I have with Rocket, probably because of that.
I'm interested in watching this thread.