Category Archives: Labrador Retriever Training

Tips to Stop Your Dog from Pulling on the Leash

One of the biggest complaints that new dog owners have is their dog pulling on the leash when taking them for a walk. Pulling on the leash can be a great annoyance for any dog owner. It can lead to health risks for the dog owner in terms of pulling on the arms or even risking a fall. The dog may break the collar and run away or even pose a threat to other dogs or people.

Dogs will pull on the leash when walking for a number of reasons. They could just be excited to be on a walk. I know my dogs will pull a little more if they are cooped up in the house for a longer period of time then they are used to. They may be pulling to exert a pack dominance as a leader. Whatever the reason for pulling on the leash it has to be corrected.

We are big proponents of obedience classes. Especially with a dog trainer that knows your breed of dog. There are two distinct benefits from taking your dog to a proper dog trainer. One, the dog gets training that it needs and two you get training on how to handle your dog. The second part is probably the most important. Learning how to properly handle your dog from an expert is probably one of the most important things you can do as a dog owner.

Having a proper dog collar is important as well. We use a chock collar when taking both our dogs for walks. The type we use is a Choke Chain Collar. This tightens up as your dog begins to pull and will correct the bad behavior on its own. Just make sure the collar isn’t too tight as you don’t want to do any harm to your dog.

We like to practice what I call the sit method. When we are out for a walk and my dog is pulling on the leash I will make her sit at my side before we proceed again. If she pulls again I will make her sit again until she settles down. I also choke up on the leash in my hand so she has no slack to pull. When she begins behaving as she should I reward with a treat from my pocket. Using this method has really helped break my dog of pulling on the leash.

If you follow these three tips when walking your dog you should have a success in breaking your dog from its habit of pulling on the leash. Your walks will become a lot more enjoyable, trust us.

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Training Your Labrador Retriever

Training Your Labrador Retriever

Training Your Labrador Retriever (Training Your Dog Series)

Books in Barron’s Training Your Dog series offer breed-specific advice on virtually every aspect of canine training, including housebreaking, obedience to basic verbal commands and hand signals, retrieving, and walking on a leash. Also covered are humane methods of breaking a dog’s bad habits. The typical Labrador Retriever is good-natured by temperament and willing to please his master–qualities that make him relatively easy to train. In this book, the author takes Lab owners step-by-step through her time-proven training method, which emphasizes positive reinforcement. Instructive color photos on most pages.

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Get Your Dog to Love the Tracking Collar

Partnered with a leash, dog collars are traditionally used to get your pets steady and within your sight whenever you take them for a walk. Over the years, technology advancements have paved the way for many collar types for different purposes. One of the widely used collars by owners who are in for an adventure with their pet dogs is the tracking collar.

Essentially, a dog tracking collar is comprised of a collar with an integrated transmitter that the dog wears, and a receiver carried by the handler or dog owner. Mostly used for training and hunting with dogs, this type of collar is often misconstrued as a terrifying device for man’s best friend.

For most who know, however, dog tracking collars are an effective way to get one of the world’s smartest animals to put his skills to good use. It is not meant to harm your pet; it is a way to get him to be disciplined, focused and well-behaved, and up for a task that demands his speed and agility.

As it is with any owner-pet relationship, the effects of the use of a tracking collar are highly dependent upon the handler. There are things you can do to ensure that your pet is not in any way frightened or terrified by the collar.

Ask yourself: “Is my dog ready for the day?” Before strapping the collar onto your pet’s his neck, determine his mood or behavior. Even dogs have bad days and you don’t want to be the selfish pet owner who doesn’t care about that. Rules imply that you can’t train your dog when he is not in a good mood. Get him to be playful so you won’t have problems getting him to wear the tracking collar.

Be sure that your device works perfectly fine. Inspect the tracking collar. If it seems to be not working in any way, get it fixed first before using it on your dog. You can’t risk putting your pet into a potentially disastrous situation just because the device isn’t functioning as it should. You should also get a reputable brand to ensure no glitches occur. When doing the hog hunt Down Under, you can use garmin tracking collars Australia handlers trust.

Thoughtless handling is a no-no. Your Pit Bull may look like the toughest animal on the planet, but inside he is a sensitive pet that needs to be assured he is going to be alright. Exude a relaxed and happy mood when strapping the collar onto his neck. Most owners who observe their dog’s anxiety talk him out of it.

Supervise at all times. Do not leave your dog unsupervised when wearing the tracking collar. Needless to say, you are responsible for keeping your pet animal safe in the hog hunting area.

Give your dog extra treats. Your dog will look forward to wearing that tracking collar when he is able to associate it with pleasant experiences. It will give him confidence about what he can do for you, and is just as glad to that he made you happy with a job well done.

With these small yet highly doable steps, you can be the responsible and sensitive dog handler when bringing your skillful pet to pig hunting. With a lot of patience and awareness about the right use of the device, you can enjoy a successful adventure without the worries.

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