Im getting my first dog which is going to be a lab for my 16th and i was just wondering how you train a dog to come to you when he is off the lead. OOoo and when can you trust the him to go off the lead when on a walk? talking about walking him umm i have heard that labs can get really bad legs. Is there something i should look at when picking a pup and are they prone to getting bad legs =s
***Edited By: xanimalxloverx on 3/16/2005 12:54:24 AM*** Reason: wrong
Walking off lead is something that takes A LOT of training. Additionally, I have found that puppies can never be trusted off lead, they are too excitable and distractable. Maybe when the dog is an adult and more obedient and calm, would I trust it off lead and then only if it is trained well.
Don't know the answer to your second question, but I would bring that question to a vet on my puppy wellness appointments. I know that being careful not to over exercise a pup has something to do with it. You don't want injuries to its developing body.
When I trained my lab to come, I would first practice at home, calling her at random times throughout the day.Once she started understanding what 'come" meant, I went to Petco and purchased one of those very long training leads. I put it on her and took her to a park, where i would make her stay and then come, and each time i walked farther away. I would also practice at the dog park. She caught on quick.
Also I never walk my dogs of lead. The only time i do, is when i go on this one specific hiking trail, where i know there is absolutly no way for the dog to get hurt or wonder off. And I only let one of my girls off lead. She runs ahead and then stops and waits for us to catch up. I also trust her very much. She loves all people, all dogs, and even likes horses, so i know if she were off lead and ran into someone or something she would be fine. And i only do it at this one hiking trail, b/c there is no way she can get to any road, there are no cars, and hardly any people.
When teaching come make sure to always make it a positive experience. That your dog comes to you for treats, or praise, or sometimes both. If you start using come for things your dog dislikes, you may end up ruining the word come, and when you need it the most, like in a dangerous situation where you need to get your dog back to you, they may think twice about it, and not obey. If you act like a party waiting to happen, your dog will generally always want to come to you.
When I call our dog to me with come, she rarely ever does not (she is still really young though). When my boyfriend calls her, 3/4 of the time she could care less, and I think it has a lot to do with his tone of voice, and the fact that he doesn't make it seem like a fun experience.
oo ok i understand. umm do you think a lab is a good starting dog or not? This is my first ever dog! If you dont think it is a good starting dog what do you thinks is? I would quite like a very playful dog that maybe likes to swim. We live in new zealand with is quite hot and spend most of the time down the beach!
ChiChi can be walked without anything..she is too terrified to leave my side.
Nikko, when she was a pup, we trained her for months. We finally got her to the point where we could go to a park and let her run loose and when we called, she would come right back. She did this for a very long time and we didn't have any problems with her. Until...the day we did our normal routine...walked her around the block and took her to a field..there was a cat being chased by a huge flock of crows. They would dive down onto the cat and peck at him..Nikko saw this and started hauling butt towards the cat and crows. I guess it's kind of good that she did this...she scared the crows away enough to let the cat escape, however..all of our training went down the drain. Once she realized that she was "free" she continued to do it over and over and over again.
Training to walk off lead takes a lot of dedication to obedience training. Something that is not accomplished over night, but over several months to years. With a lab, which is a very eager to please breed, you may have much success with proper training. With breeds such as my pyrenees, you may never get reliable off leash obedience. They have a strong mind and desire to do what pleases them, not you.
Just remember that it only takes 1 time for them not to listen to you to run off and get hit and killed by a car. So being off leash may not be the safest thing for them regardless of how well they seem to do off lead.
Walking off-leash during a walk is EXTREMELY dangerous if you live in a neighborhood, or even in a rural area (farming equipment is just as dangerous as cars). You never know what could happen. Besides, in most cities, there are leash laws.
As for come without a lrash... you have to have a solid come on-leash, as in he comes EVERY SINGLE TIME you call him without any corrections, no matter what distractions there are.
xanimalxloverx, Over the years I have trained many dogs for everything from obedience to ARDA quality search and rescue. I had a female german shepherd that was the best I'd ever owned. I was so proud of her, she could scent articles, scent from underwater and do just about anything. Although I always carried a leash she seldom was on it. That dog was 99.9% in my control at all times. She never left her yard. One day while training in a large area she hit the highway and in a second she was gone. forever. If your dog isn't on a lead you can never be 100% in control.
As for the come command, I've always had a really easy time with labs and retrievers. They aim to please. Buy yourself a good book and work with the dog while reading it, you both can learn at the same time. Good luck.
My parents bred labs when I was little and they were practically always off leash. They were hunting dogs though so that may have been a big difference. I never once worried about them not coming to me though. They had tons of training though and labs definately need it. I have always started my dogs off leash as pups. I didn't get to with my corgi since we got her when she was a little older and I've never been able to teach her anything off leash. The dobes a pro though! Make sure you find a really good breeder because the breed is so overbred. I have heard that the hunting lines are less apt to have hip problems. Not sure how true it is but you may want to look into that.
**Edited to add that when we had the labs we lived on 1,000 plus acres. I'd never let my dogs off leash if i lived any where but in the middle of nowhere.
***Edited By: joce on 3/18/2005 4:09:22 PM*** Reason: dh
Unless you're in an off-leash area, your dog should never be off-leash.
I often take my young beagle puppies to the park for socialization. Unfortunately, we encounter dogs off-leash far too often. "It's OK! He's friendly!" the owner always shouts from a distance. Meanwhile, my young puppy is scared out of its wits by the jolly lab that comes bounding up to it.
Several years ago, I had a young adult that i would take to the park, on a short leash, to work on issues related to fear aggression. Again, off-leash dogs would come running up to my dog, who was under control within my "bubble", but once another dog was within that bubble, anything could happen.
Leash laws exist for a reason. I, as a dog owner, have an expectation when I go to an "on-leash" area. I expect others to abide by the laws and I have no reason to expect that others' off-leash dogs are friendly, well-behaved or well-trained.....and I rarely find that to be the case.
By the same token, you take a risk with your own dog when you let your dog off-leash. Obviously, whether it will return is a concern but you should also consider the fact that some of the dogs that it encounters may either feel intimidated or threatened by your dog. If I'm in a designated off-leash area, I'm there because I know that my dog can deal with what it encounters there. If you're in an "on-leash" area, you should consider not only your own dog's temperament and training but, also the temperament and training level of the dogs that it may encounter.