Obedience training is one of the most important things you can do for your retriever. A well-trained dog is a pleasure to have around, and can make hunting and retrieving much easier. Labrador retrievers are particularly intelligent and eager to please, making them excellent candidates for obedience training. There are a few key commands that all gun dogs should know, such as sit, here, heel and no. With patience and consistency, most dogs can learn these commands relatively easily. In addition, it is also important to teach your dog how to retrieve downed game. This is not only useful for hunting, but can also be a fun way to exercise your dog. With a little time and effort, you can have a well-trained retriever that will listen and be the envy of your friends and family.
The sit command is one of the first commands that most dog owners teach their pets, and for good reason. It is a simple command that is easy to learn, and it lays the groundwork for more advanced obedience training. Sit is also an important command for safety; if your dog is sitting, they are less likely to run into traffic or chase after wildlife. In addition, the sit command can be useful when hunting with a gun dog or working with a Police K-9 unit.
The second most important command that you can teach your dog is the “No” command. This simple command can be used in a variety of situations, from keeping your dog from jumping on guests to preventing them from chewing on your furniture. The no command is an important part of obedience training, and it can help to keep your dog safe and well-behaved. In addition, the no command can be used as a corrective measure when your dog is displaying bad behavior. For example, if your dog is barking excessively, you can use the no command to quiet them down. With proper training, your dog will learn to respond to the no command quickly and effectively.
Gun dogs are an important part of the hunting process. Their keen sense of smell and hearing allows them to flush out game, and their obedience ensures that they will follow commands and stay close to the hunter. The heel command is one of the most important commands that a gun dog must learn. It tells the dog to stay close to the hunter’s side, making it easier to control their movements and keep them safe. Without this command, gun dogs would be much more difficult to train and manage in the field. As a result, the heel command is an essential part of gun dog training.
The here command is one of the most important commands that you can teach your dog. Not only is it essential for obedience training, but it can also be a lifesaver. The here command tells your dog to come to you, no matter what they are doing or where they are. This means that if your dog gets off leash and starts to run away, you can call them back to you with the here command. It also comes in handy if your dog is playing too roughly with another dog or getting into something that they shouldn’t. In short, the here command is an essential part of responsible dog ownership. By teaching your dog the here command, you can help keep them safe and make sure that they always obey your commands.
Obedience is an important part of your dog’s training. It teaches them how to behave in a way that makes both you and them happy. At Bull Valley Retrievers, we specialize in obedience training for dogs of all ages and breeds. We can help you create a custom training program that will have your dog following your every command in no time. Contact us today to get started!
It is possible to feed your dog “Human” food, but it is important to understand what foods to Avoid and know what not to feed your pet.
Many people think that they are doing what best for their best friend when they give them a treat from the table, etc… However, many foods the we eat are not only unhealthy for dogs, but can be dangerous.
Among other things you should avoid giving your dog the following:
Chocolate, Coffee or Caffeine
Coconut or Coconut Oils
Grapes or Raisins
Milk / Dairy
Onions, Garlic or Chives
Undercooked Meat, Eggs or Bones
Salt or Salty Snack Foods
Check out this article form the ASPCA that give you a more detailed list and access to the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center Phone Number.
Doggie daycare is a common luxury for many dogs. Pet owners who feel guilty that their dogs spend all day at home send their pets to what appears to be doggie heaven. At many day cares, dogs are off-leash and allowed to play non-stop with all of their canine friends. What could go wrong?
Unfortunately, there are many problems with this setup that well-meaning dog owners should be made aware of. In this three part series the problems with doggy care care will be discussed.
Training Regression Many pet owners are surprised to find that their well-trained dogs begin to regress in their training after visits to doggy day care. In a perfect world, obedience commands would be reinforced; however, day cares are often a free-for-all, where the supervisor’s job is simply to ensure no dogs are seriously injured. This means that your dog is often able to get away with behaviors that would not be tolerated at home. In fact, many of those negative behaviors are even reinforced at day care. Since a large portion of dog training relies on consistency, doggie day cares directly contribute to training issues at home.
Potty Training Regression Additionally, many pet owners find that their dogs develop potty training regression as a result of doggie day care. If your dog is accustomed to urinating on grass, it can be confusing to urinate on new surfaces, such as concrete, artificial turf, or carpeting. Watching other dogs potty indoors can lead your pet to mimic the behavior, as well.
Lack of Structure If you have ever found the dog park overwhelming or anxiety-inducing due to the lack of structured play and instead a large pack of animals chasing one another, doggie day care is not for your pet. Safe canine play requires structure and a trained eye for recognizing canine body language. The free-for-all that is represented at most day care facilities not only creates bad habits in your pet, but results in an unsafe atmosphere.
Limited Criteria for Enrollment Many doggie day cares have no selection process, which can be a recipe for disaster. Dogs with strong prey drives, resource aggression, or anxiety are given the opportunity to play in close quarters with dogs of similar personality. When volume (and profits) are more valued than the creation of a safe and enriching atmosphere, dangerous situations such as dog fights can arise.
Poor Alternative to Socialization Doggie day cares are typically advertised as the perfect solution to your socialization needs. However, proper socialization requires both positive and negative reinforcement for good and bad behaviors. At doggy day care, your pet is simply exposed to a variety of animals and situations with no correction for unwanted behaviors. Instead of day care, structured training, dog walking, and boarding are the safer alternative to this all too common practice.
Retriever Training – Tips on Memory Marking and Marking the fall
A great drill that you can perform with multiple dogs and hunting buddies is memory marking, which will be described here.
This fun and easy drill can be performed with one or more dogs, as well as one or more friends. To begin, throw bumpers into the water while your dog watches. Tell your dog to heel and do not send him or her to retrieve the bumpers.
Next, take your dog(s) toward your hunting buddies, who should be tossing bumpers and shooting. When a mark is thrown, pull your dog off the mark. Instead, direct your dog away from that mark and towards the memory bumper, which is the bumper that was previously thrown into the water. After one dog retrieves a memory bird, continue the drill by now steadying the first dog and making him or her sit quietly while your buddies shoo. When you are ready, send the second dog after the memory in the water. The more people and dogs that are involved, the better.
This drill improves your dog’s ability to go after blinds while also creating a steady animal that honors your commands.
You can easily turn your trained retriever into a shed dog by incorporating a few simple drills into your dog’s training. Here, shed dog training drills recommended by renowned retriever / shed dog trainer Tom Dokken are discussed.
Antler Introduction In this first drill, the goal is simply to make your dog excited about picking up sheds. Take the smallest shed you can find, remove any sharp tines, and toss it in your house or yard. Encourage your dog to pick up the antler, and treat your pet as if he or she is the smartest dog in the world when picking up the bone. The more excited you can make your dog, the better.
In shed hunting, you want your retriever to work independently from you when seeking out sheds. Your dog should use both nose and eyes while shed hunting. To develop your dog’s sight skills, create a large silhouette of a shed (such as a cardboard cutout in the rudimentary shape of antlers) and place it in the ground like a flag, with a shed antler next to it. Your dog will want to investigate the silhouette. When he or she runs over to the cut out, give a command such as “find the bone.” Your dog will associate the sight of the antlers with the reward of the retrieve, which will help develop the animal’s skills.
Scent Training The next drill you can perform with your retriever relies on your dog’s nose. By nature, sheds do not have a lot of scent, but your dog’s highly sensitive nose will still be able to detect the subtle odor. You can apply scent, such as Rack Wax, to the base and tines of an antler to aid your dog in learning this distinct scent. Start with the same drill as above, where the scented antlers are placed near the silhouettes. Next, remove the silhouettes, but place the scented sheds in the same area as where the silhouettes once stood. Finally, when your dog is getting the hang of this drill hide the sheds in harder to find areas, such as tall grass, to force your pet to use its nose.
Hunt Simulation The final drills you should run before your dog is ready for a real shed hunt should simulate the scenarios your dog will encounter in the field. These can be incorporated into your dog’s training once he or she is reliably using sight and smell to find the hidden sheds. To begin, place heavily-scented antlers in difficult-to-find areas. Next, reduce the amount of wax you apply to the sheds, while also removing as much human odor as possible with deodorizing cleansers, and handling them with rubber gloves. Finally, increase the size of the sheds that you use in training so that your dog has practice handling large pieces of bone.
During these drills, never hesitate to return to and repeat an earlier drill if more reinforcement is necessary. Above all, keep training sessions short and fun, and always set up your dog for success.