If you aspire for your retriever to become an exceptional hunter or earn a Hunt Test title, it is vitally important that you plan and set some goals.
Here are some of the different leashes, leads and check cords I use when training a retriever and how I use them.
When a dog is not listening, most people think there is a failure in training. They rarely stop to think about why their dog is acting like he/she is.
As an owner of a hunting dog, you need to be on guard against problems as they develop, and you must also become skilled at solving these problems as they arise.
Training can prepare your dog for the basics. It can even give him a glimpse into actual hunting scenarios, but it is the first few hunts that you do with your retriever that will set the tone for your dog’s hunting career.
The Wagon Wheel Lining Drill is a great drill to teach your retriever any time of year. It helps you, as handler, learn to read your dog better. It also helps you work with your dog as a team to improve your dog’s lines for marks and blind retrieves.
Older dogs can be taught to hunt. The question is often less about how old the dog is and more about the experiences of the dog up to his current age.
This drill is great for working on several fundamentals such as communication between your dog and you, obedience with the sit/stay command, steadiness, and marking.
You do not have to wait for your puppy to get older to start working on fetch. You can start working on it almost immediately after you bring him or her home
When dogs are young, they learn quickly and soak up lots of information about the world in which they live. If the owner chooses to not doing anything, the dog does not stop learning, he just learns wrongly.
Teaching your dog to handle using the 3-hand cast drill or baseball can be a fun way to spend time training your dog during the winter.
Getting your Labrador Retriever, or any retriever, to be obedient requires firm consistent obedience work on a regular basis. it also requires you to earn the respect of your retriever. If you do both of these things, you will see a defined change in behavior from your retriever and the reward will be a dog that listens to you and obeys your commands.