Labrador

How Do I Keep a Labrador From Chewing Things?

Saturday, February 19th, 2011

I have a 6 month old labrador who keeps chewing everything when I’m out of the house. How do I stop him?

Since dogs have no sense of the value of the items they explore and chew, they can often be seen as destructive in our eyes. Rather than looking to inhibit chewing, you should be looking to focus your dog’s chewing on those items you are happy for it to chew on. The first step is to teach your dog to understand the difference between what is yours and what is theirs. To do this they must see toys as a reward, something that is special and very different to the chair leg for example. Here are some hints and tips to help achieve this:

•To start with, make only 3 toys available to your dog. Make them all different in taste, texture and shape.
•Use these toys and play regularly with your dog. This lets them associate these toys with good things and it is therefore more likely your dog will play with them when you are not there.
•Make one of the toys a hollow fill toy that can be filled with food and treats, further encouraging them to use them. See our article on how to use a Kong and the other activity toys that are available.
•Remove valuable items or put them out of reach. Discourage your dog from chewing other objects (furnishings etc) with deterrents such as Johnstons Anti Chew. This has a bitter taste and if sprayed on furniture, its taste deters chewing.
•Keeping your dog confined when you are not watching them. Crate training is seen as one of the best ways to do this (see our article - Dog Crates & Crate Training). Alternatively you could use a play pen to restrict movement to a specific area.
•When you see your dog chewing the correct items, praise them. This gives further positive reinforcement around chewing the correct objects. Avoid over doing this such that it interrupts their chewing.
•If you catch your dog about to chew on something they are not meant to, catch their attention with a firm "NO". Immediately give them something they can chew on and praise them when they do.
•The best form of correction is from the objects themselves! Ok, this sounds odd and needs to be explained. If you discipline your dog for chewing an incorrect object, it can lead them to mistakenly believe they cannot chew at all, or cannot chew in your presence. If however, by chewing a certain object, a certain negative consequence occurs, it will deter them later. The best way to do this is to startle your dog with a squirt from a water pistol (on the back of their head) just as they are about to chew the object. It is important that the dog does not see you do this. It must think it is the object itself. This can be considered slightly aversive and is recommended as a last resort where all other methods have failed.
•MOST IMPORTANTLY, keep it all positive and reward correct behaviour. Treat any mistakes as your fault for not correctly teaching your dog those items it can or cannot chew

How Do I Keep a Labrador From Chewing Things?

Friday, February 18th, 2011

I have a 6 month old labrador who keeps chewing everything when I’m out of the house. How do I stop him?

Since dogs have no sense of the value of the items they explore and chew, they can often be seen as destructive in our eyes. Rather than looking to inhibit chewing, you should be looking to focus your dog’s chewing on those items you are happy for it to chew on. The first step is to teach your dog to understand the difference between what is yours and what is theirs. To do this they must see toys as a reward, something that is special and very different to the chair leg for example. Here are some hints and tips to help achieve this:

•To start with, make only 3 toys available to your dog. Make them all different in taste, texture and shape.
•Use these toys and play regularly with your dog. This lets them associate these toys with good things and it is therefore more likely your dog will play with them when you are not there.
•Make one of the toys a hollow fill toy that can be filled with food and treats, further encouraging them to use them. See our article on how to use a Kong and the other activity toys that are available.
•Remove valuable items or put them out of reach. Discourage your dog from chewing other objects (furnishings etc) with deterrents such as Johnstons Anti Chew. This has a bitter taste and if sprayed on furniture, its taste deters chewing.
•Keeping your dog confined when you are not watching them. Crate training is seen as one of the best ways to do this (see our article - Dog Crates & Crate Training). Alternatively you could use a play pen to restrict movement to a specific area.
•When you see your dog chewing the correct items, praise them. This gives further positive reinforcement around chewing the correct objects. Avoid over doing this such that it interrupts their chewing.
•If you catch your dog about to chew on something they are not meant to, catch their attention with a firm "NO". Immediately give them something they can chew on and praise them when they do.
•The best form of correction is from the objects themselves! Ok, this sounds odd and needs to be explained. If you discipline your dog for chewing an incorrect object, it can lead them to mistakenly believe they cannot chew at all, or cannot chew in your presence. If however, by chewing a certain object, a certain negative consequence occurs, it will deter them later. The best way to do this is to startle your dog with a squirt from a water pistol (on the back of their head) just as they are about to chew the object. It is important that the dog does not see you do this. It must think it is the object itself. This can be considered slightly aversive and is recommended as a last resort where all other methods have failed.
•MOST IMPORTANTLY, keep it all positive and reward correct behaviour. Treat any mistakes as your fault for not correctly teaching your dog those items it can or cannot chew

Where Can I Find Female Labrador for My Male?

Friday, November 19th, 2010

I have a 4th generation Labrador retriever, and i want to breed him so we can get a new puppy. He has all his papers and I don’t know where to find a female for him near Los Angeles. Does anyone know?
Sorry people! I cant adopt a dog from the pound, we use our lovely Labs to duck hunt, and what I mean by 4 generation is that his great grandpa died along time ago so on, untill we got him.

PFFFFTTT! "Having all his papers" isn’t worth much of anything. (It is just a family tree.) He has to have something to OFFER the breed, before anybody would want to use him. Just swiming sperm ain’t gonna do it. In this BAD economy, very few people are breeding puppies, because they can’t find homes for them, but esp from unrated, untitled, untested, non-health screened parents.

Repeating the prior poster’s words (because it is the TRUTH):

Basically unless your Lab has done some good winning, maybe has a SHOW or FIELD Championship or Master Hunter title to his name, has been tested for the problems in the breed (hip dysplasia, epilepsy, etc.) and so on, you are not going to attract anybody with a half-decent female wanting to use your dog. This is not how it works! It goes without saying that only the best of each breed should bred from in any case, otherwise the breed deteriorates, big time and VERY QUICKLY.

What Is the Most Effective Way to Stop My 10 Week Labrador Puppy Stop Jumping as Soooon as Possible?

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

Please help me. I know labrador puppies jumps a lot because they like to play a lot and moreover lab puppies are most affectionate one and they are jumping to express their love. And the most funny thing is Iam afraid of this little puppy when he jumps at me!!!!!! So I have to stop his jumping behaviour as soon as possible to train his obedience lessons. Please help me!!!!!

one of the best ways is.. when puppy jumps on you.. cross your arms and turn the other direction and don’t say a word.. and continue this until he stops.. remember do not say a word or look at him.. the whole point is to ignore the puppy jumping.

when he stops or sits. After about 5 or 10 seconds praise him and give him a treat and continue what you were doing.. if he jumps again ignore him until he stops, and sits then praise him and give him lots of pats, and hugs and kisses. !

this worked for my Lab and many other people that i know.

Shipping Cost for Labrador Puppy From US to India?

Monday, November 15th, 2010

Hi,

I would like to know the rates for shipping a 2 months old Labrador puppy from US to India, Chennai.

I am planning to adopt a pure, good quality Labrador breed as a pet from US if, the air fare to ship a puppy is cheap. Please give me approx rates.

Thanks,
Madhukar.

When I shipped pups to other countries, the shipping information and documentation was left up to me, the breeder.
Find the dog breeder that you really like, and ask if they will ship to India. If they are accustomed to shipping, they will take care of the documentation, etc.

You don’t know what airline they use, so it would be hard to find out for yourself.

Another option would be to use a pet travel agent. They take care of all of the details, including customs and any layovers… There are many good ones that you can find by googling. Be sure to check out their references.

Another way to find a good breeder and learn about shipping, would be to contact your local Kennel Club>
Kennel Club Of India
www.thekci.org
Aa-89, New 28
Near Shanthi Colony, 1st Street Anna Nagar, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600040, India
+91 44 26213661

Added:
If the pup is healthy and of sufficient age, they travel just fine! I have shipped many over the past 40 years, with never a poor outcome.
to the answer below..How do you suppose we get German and Dutch Imports,( Dobermans and German Shepherds, Rottweilers) UK Imports (Cavalier King Charles and Border collies, border Terriers, Jack Russells, etc)

How Big Does a Female Labrador Retriever Have to Be to Have Puppies?

Saturday, November 13th, 2010

Okay, I have this Labrador Retriever and my family and I would like to breed her, but were afraid she’s too small. The male we are breeding her with is a lot bigger than she is. We would ask the vet, but we can’t get an appointment for awhile and it will be too late by then. What would be a weight or length that is "too small" to breed her? Because she is very important to us, and we don’t want to lose her. Thanks:)

If you don’t want to lose her- then spay her. She can have complications if the puppies are too big and need an expensive c-section ($1,500+).

Only breed when:

1. The dogs are AKC registered.
2. The dogs are at least 2 yrs old and not older then 6 yrs old and been tested for all genetic problems in the breed.
3. The dogs have been shown in championship shows and have champion title, or a field title.
4. You have written permission to breed her from the breeder.

Since Labs are the #1 dog in the country and in the shelters, chances are your female should never be bred as she’s not top quality to start.

How Easy Is It to Train a Labrador Puppy?

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

I will be getting a Labrador puppy and I want to keep her inside my house. How hard/easy is it to potty train her. Please give me tips on how to train her. do they shed alot.? will she be good for my 5 year old son? My son is real self cuatious and gets depressed easy he is a single child and i am a single mother are labradors good for his type of behavior?

Labs are perfect for homes with young children. They are very energetic and stay puppy-like for a long while (at least two years). They are very social, loving dogs that are not known to be vicious unless protecting their owners. Also, these dogs are very intelligent, which makes training them easier. I have two labs. I house-trained the first simply by taking her outside on a regular schedule. She always went out about 10-15 minutes after eating/drinking, first thing in the morning, and before bed. I used puppy pads for her, also. With my second Lab, I used a crate. She would sleep in the crate, and then go outside to use the bathroom in the morning. They both took about 2 months to truly get it and have NO more accidents in the house. I used a lot of praise and treats. Labs love praise and acceptance. So, your pup should catch on pretty fast.

What’s the Difference Between Golden Lab and Labrador Retriever?

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

are they the same?
I’m also debating whether to get a labrador or golden retriever (or a lab retriever/ golden lab) can someone tell me the the pros and cons of the two?
please…don’t preach to me about adopting I’ve adopted before and I’ll do it again.

You’ve actually got two questions here.

First, as to the difference between a Golden Lab and a Labrador Retriever. There is no "Golden Lab" — this is a name that some people use for a Yellow Lab (Labs come in three basic colors — yellow, black and chocolate). If someone is trying to sell you a "Golden Lab" run like crazy in the opposite direction. They either don’t know what the true name of the dog is or they are trying to sell you a Golden Retriever/Labrador Retriever cross.

Labs and Goldens are two very different breeds. I’m not either a Golden or a Lab person, but essentially, the Lab is a little more independent, a little more boisterous and *can be* a little more hyper. They are a short-coated breed, although their coat is double and they do shed like crazy.

Golden Retrievers come in *one* basic color — golden — in various shades from very pale cream to an almost Irish Setter red. Their coat is longer, with more feathering. They are a very devoted, easygoing breed and are very popular in as obedience dogs because they are easy to train. They are generally a little more laid back than Labs.

I’ll let someone who has the dog go into the cons, as my idea of the cons may not be the same as theirs. Neither would be my choice of breed, but that’s an individual taste, not necessarily the "fault" of the dog!

What Do I Need to Know About Training a Labrador Retriever Puppy?

Saturday, November 6th, 2010

Hi. I’ve never had a dog before, but my fiance and I are thinking about getting a puppy. We are considering a labrador retriever. Thank you!

Hi,

Labs have such good reputations that some owners think they don’t need training. That’s a big mistake. Without training, a rambunctious Lab puppy will soon grow to be a very large, rowdy dog. Luckily, Labs take to training well. In fact, they often excel in obedience competitions. Here are more training tips:

http://lnk.nu/dogtime.com/rzy.html

How Do You Show Affection to a Catahoula Labrador Puppy?

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

I have a half catahoula half labrador 4 month old puppy. I read that you should show dominance and have full control of the dog. However, is it ok to hug and kiss my puppy?

first show the dog whos boss, then you can do those things