While most Labradors are enthusiastic retrievers, fetching from puppyhood, occasionally a dog comes along that doesn’t naturally take to retrieving. While this can be disappointing, there is no reason you cannot teach your Lab to retrieve. You can use the same methods outlined below to encourage your Lab to retrieve to hand, rather than grab the thrown item and play catch me if you can.
While it is not necessary that your dog retrieves, it can be handy as a way to burn some of your pet’s energy off when you don’t have space or time for a run. If you intend to hunt with your Lab, retrieving is a must unless you intend to fetch the birds yourself.
Everyone knows that training your Lab has lots of benefits in terms making your pet easier to live with but there are also lots of health benefits to training. A well trained dog is likely to live longer, be happier and be healthier than an untrained Labrador Retriever.
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Using clicker training you can teach your Lab many great tricks and commands. One of the easiest and handiest of the tricks is the combination of “give” and “take”. Anyone who has ever raised a puppy knows that sooner or later you will spy your new Lab running around with something he isn’t supposed to have in his mouth. Using the “give” and “take” commands can help you retrieve items your pup shouldn’t have. It can also help you get dangerous items back from him and train the rare reluctant retriever to do his job.