I just adpoted a mixed lab that's 5 months old and has had very little attention. I'm having some problems getting her to come to me. She does pretty well when me and her are alone and even when my wife's pug is around. But soon as my wife is around or say in the mornings when I get up and want her to leave her pet bed next to ours and come to the kitchen to eat before I leave for work she doesn't seem to listen very well. Or when she might be chewing on a bone or itching herself she acts like she doesn't even hear me or my whistle. Heck at first thought she might be deaf since she doesn't respond to whistleing....never seen a lab that wouldn't perk its ears when whistled at.
I've given her lots of treats and praise when she does come but just doesn't seem like it might be enough. Had a friend suggest a shock collar...really rather not have to result to that tho.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated...Just trying to get her trained well.
No, don't get a shock collar, especially if the dog is new to your family. Get a 6ft long leash. Hook your dog up to it and just let the dog wander around with it on outside and in the house (and have your end in your hand) and when you want the dog to come, call the dog, and if he/she doesn't respond give the dog a quick, firm check with the leash, and when the dog comes to you, praise and treat. Keep doing this randomly throughout the day (or evenings when you are home). Once your dog gets that down, work on having the dog sit in front of you when you call it.
You could also check around your area for an obedience school.
All the history I know is that she was found as a dumped dog with her brother at about two months old...Bout it. She treats me and my wife both bout the same. Very friendly when she wants to be, just doesn't always listen. My wife doesn't do much with her tho since she's got her dog and I want this one to really take to me and know I'm its master so she doesn't end up with both of them as "hers"
Food is the key - something really tasty AND smelly !
Not many Labs can resist cheese or liver !
Thats what I was going to ask what should I should use that she wouldn't be able to resist...I'm using some lil jerky like sticks...and they're working just ok... What kind of cheese??? any other suggestions??
I REALLY think this would really help if I'd have something she just doesn't think she could live with out.