Labrador Training Tips

>> 7/11/09

Stop your dog's mistaken thinking in only a few moments and permanently cancel a behavior. Correcting it takes the entire lifetime of your dog. So you can solve behavior problems permanently quickly, by correcting your dogs behavior problems each time they occur, for all time.

When you run out of energy on whining, nagging, and arguing, just go back to the beginning and read this manual again, and change your view. Change is difficult but worthwhile.

As you prepare to leave after having shown him the meaning of your request, make a sound just before he reaches the doorway. As always, instantly praise him and continue to exit yourself, and if he continues to try to exit, create the sound just behind him, and praise again. If he leaves against your command, simply repeat the original command "go in the other room good boy". He will treat this as a new command.

In other words, you must pay attention to the last instance in which sound was used, and try to insure that in the next instance, the sound comes from the appropriate source, i.e.: if your dog went into the "other room" on his first request without sound, perhaps strictly as a coincidence, then, after you've tried to correct him from leaving, that instance would require the application of sound with your next request, which in actuality, would be his second request to "go in the other room good boy".

To summarize "go in the other room, good boy"; second request; "go in the other ROOM good boy"; third request "go in the other room, good boy"; Suppose he accomplished your command. When he violates the command, your next request to send him back in there would be his fourth request, requiring sound on this command. Here's the rest of the big secret: The events never starts over, but always continues from the last time in which the sound was used. It's important to remember the last occasion in which your dog was given a command.

For Example, he's out in the back yard. You call him in, and he does not respond. So you reach for the can, and repeat your request accompanied with one hard downward shake to make a sound. Your dog will respond this time. Next time he is out in the yard, -even if it's the next day, and he does not respond when you ask him to come in, try to recall when it was, that you last needed to re-enforce the command with sound.

So you might stop for a moment to think, "gee, wasn't it just last night, that I asked him to come inside, and failing that, needed to create the sound on my second request for him to come in?" Did the sound come from my hand, or did the can need to be tossed beyond him. Follow through thinking this out, and make the right decision. If you can't remember the last instance, that's O.K.

Do what you can and set yourself a time to do the Family Pack Leadership exercise when you plan to re-train the conditioned reflex to "come". It'll take about 10 minutes. Labrador training

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