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    DefaultWhat method do you use to train your lab?

    There are LOT's of training methods like:
    clicker or any other means without physically correcting the dog
    shock collars
    prong collars
    slip/choke collars
    others....

    Which method do YOU use to train your lab for obedience?
    Evgeny & Niki

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    All of the methods you have listed work for various problems. I am open to all kinds of training techniques.

    I trained all of my obedience dogs with the choke chain and "pop and release" methods along with clicker training for problems we encountered. I have found that my dogs all need physical correction to draw that line in their mind, to engrain in their brain what is correct and what is not. I find clicker training helps a dog to think for himself and learn faster as well. So you can see I use both of these methods. My physical corrections are not harsh, generally a leash pop and a stern "No". I don't hit or slap, but I will physically move a dog into position (if they break a down or a sit, I'll use my hands to put them back into position).

    You forgot FOOD. I find food really motivates my labs and I use that method the most

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3TailsWaggin View Post
    All of the methods you have listed work for various problems. I am open to all kinds of training techniques.

    I trained all of my obedience dogs with the choke chain and "pop and release" methods along with clicker training for problems we encountered. I have found that my dogs all need physical correction to draw that line in their mind, to engrain in their brain what is correct and what is not. I find clicker training helps a dog to think for himself and learn faster as well. So you can see I use both of these methods. My physical corrections are not harsh, generally a leash pop and a stern "No". I don't hit or slap, but I will physically move a dog into position (if they break a down or a sit, I'll use my hands to put them back into position).

    You forgot FOOD. I find food really motivates my labs and I use that method the most
    Same here, only I use a prong instead of a slip/choke chain.

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    I've used a chain collar, a prong collar, some clicker training, lots of treats, - the type of collar is not really a training method - it's a tool to use with your training method. I use mostly all "positive" stuff, but a well placed "correction" works wonders sometimes. It really depends on your dog and the circomstance.

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    Oh wow, like Linda, I have used a variety of tools for different reasons. Occasionally, I put a prong collar on when having to leash walk in places where I think pulling will be an issue. That isn't often, but it has its place. I have never used a shock collar. I have used a clicker but that hasn't worked so well for me because I have trouble handling leash, clicker, and treats.

    I have consistently used treats as a reward to shape the behavior I want, and a ball as a reward or "party" for job well done. For us, the treats and the ball were probably the best tools. Positive reinforcement to shape the desired behavior would be the method I used.

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    Ok. I asked to see if "I'm doing it right".
    I use a choke collar (actually a similar thing: http://leerburg.com/746.htm) on training and on EVERY walk. As Niki is a puller, I use this collar to teach him not to pull.
    On trainings he gets a treat when he does something right. If he doesn't do it immediately, he gets punished (either a quick tug on the collar or a strong pull) until he performs.
    Didn't try clicker yet... how is it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by 3TailsWaggin View Post
    All of the methods you have listed work for various problems. I am open to all kinds of training techniques.

    I trained all of my obedience dogs with the choke chain and "pop and release" methods along with clicker training for problems we encountered. I have found that my dogs all need physical correction to draw that line in their mind, to engrain in their brain what is correct and what is not. I find clicker training helps a dog to think for himself and learn faster as well. So you can see I use both of these methods. My physical corrections are not harsh, generally a leash pop and a stern "No". I don't hit or slap, but I will physically move a dog into position (if they break a down or a sit, I'll use my hands to put them back into position).

    You forgot FOOD. I find food really motivates my labs and I use that method the most
    Ditto all this. But I have not used a shock type collar and probably ONLY because I don't own one ;o)
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    either a quick tug on the collar or a strong pull
    I wouldn't use a strong pull as it's really not a correction, it's more like pitting your strength against the dog. Learn how to do a quick leash pop correctly. Using the choke collar it is a very fast snap of the leash and release. The collar itself makes a bit of noise and I think this is what gets most dogs attention, not actually the pressure of the collar. Be sure to reward your dog for the change in his attitude/position as soon as you release.

    For example, if I am heeling and my dog begins to lag or looks away from me I quickly pop the leash, as soon as the dog looks at me and gets back into heel position I say, "YES! good boy" Sometimes I will use my clicker for this to mark the behavior.

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    Ditto to what Linda says. Make sure to keep you tone and demeaner positive and happy.

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    Depends on the dog and the situation. I have used all the mentioned except for the e-collar
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