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    QuestionTraining a new puppy

    Is there anyone out there that has any advice on books or DVD's on training a new lab puppy? I recently bought "Kennel Club books Labrador retreiver". It was very informative learning about the breed. It however, did not have much of a section on training. Also, what is a good age to start sit, stay, and fetch training?

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    go to the training section of this forum.
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    find a puppy class that is made for babies (9 weeks to 15 weeks or so), they are a great and safe place to socialise and get training tips.

    Training starts day 1. keep is light and fun, based on rewards for doing things and showing them what you want.

    There are MANY good books. See the training section's "our best advice" thread sticky-ed to the top, lots of info on things people normally have trouble with.

    Ian Dunbar is great, you can look at getting some of his books. James and Kenneth: Homepage

    As is Patricia McConnell: Patricia McConnell | Dog Training Books

    Both have puppy guides and then other books that are great. Reading general books about how dogs think is greatly helpful too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tanya View Post
    find a puppy class that is made for babies (9 weeks to 15 weeks or so), they are a great and safe place to socialise and get training tips.

    Training starts day 1. keep is light and fun, based on rewards for doing things and showing them what you want.

    There are MANY good books. See the training section's "our best advice" thread sticky-ed to the top, lots of info on things people normally have trouble with.

    Ian Dunbar is great, you can look at getting some of his books. James and Kenneth: Homepage

    As is Patricia McConnell: Patricia McConnell | Dog Training Books

    Both have puppy guides and then other books that are great. Reading general books about how dogs think is greatly helpful too.
    Puppy classes before the last set of shots are very dangerous. Your pup should not be around any other animals until s/he's had their full set of shots. Parvo is a deadly disease that a puppy can pick up just by walking where other dogs have been.

    Start training your new puppy immediately. "No" should be one of the first commands, along with "Leave it!" and "Sit." Get some bells (they sell them in pet supply stores now) to hang from the knob of the door you will be taking your pup out through to go potty, and show the pup how to bat at them or nudge them every.single.time you go out that door. Soon, your pup will be telling you when it has to go out!

    Good luck, and let us know how things go. BTW - WE NEED PICS!!!

    Make sure your house is puppy-proofed, even more so than you would do for a baby, because puppies can reach things babies can't get to.
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    I love the training section of this forum and I also got "Dog Training for Dummies" and it offers some good training tips and how to work each command and which ones are the most important to start with. You will get a ton of good advice on this forum.

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    to each their own. but socialization before 12 weeks is VERY important. A safe puppy class where the area is properly disinfected prior to the arrival of pups, allows only pups of that age and run by a good trainer is INVALUABLE. I am not saying to bring the puppy to a pet store, or to a dog park. but puppies needs to get exposure to different dogs and places before they get all their shots.
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    Pat Miller writes easy to read comprehensible books
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    Quote Originally Posted by amazongold View Post
    Puppy classes before the last set of shots are very dangerous. Your pup should not be around any other animals until s/he's had their full set of shots. Parvo is a deadly disease that a puppy can pick up just by walking where other dogs have been.
    I partially disagree. Yes, you need to be prudent about where your puppy goes until you know they are protected with the vaccinations. But... Puppies that don't meet other animals or that never leave the house are going to be undersocialized by 4 months of age. It is safe to play with other dogs/puppies that you know are up to date on their vaccine history, such as puppy Kindergarten, or a friends house. Just don't take your new baby puppy to places where there have been dogs you don't know about, dog parks, pet stores, carry them when you go to the vets office, etc... I actually tell my puppy people to sit outside of Starbucks with their new puppy in their lap, so they don't touch the environment, but they get to meet a lot of people and hear a lot of foreign noises, and Lowes or Home Depot allows dogs, my local Lowes has baskets, I just put a towel down in the basket and puppy goes for a ride! (This is a 2 person job)

    To the OP, training starts when you bring your puppy home. You can teach sit/stay/down/stay (even just for a few seconds before releasing them to eat) at mealtimes. Fetch is an ongoing prcess, but have fun! I like "How to Raise a Puppy You Can Live With" By Clarice Rutherford and David Neil, and (believe it or not!) "Labrador Retrievers for Dummies" By Joel Walton Eve Adamson and recommend them to my puppy buyers.

    Like Dani said, you will probably get more answers in the "Training" section of this forum.
    Last edited by Shelley; 08-20-2012 at 03:26 PM.

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