What next?
Results 1 to 10 of 10

Thread: What next?

  1. #1
    JustinNC is offline Junior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2013
    Posts
    27

    DefaultWhat next?

    So Bentley, my 10 week old yellow, has sit, stay, and lie down, covered fairly well. Of course there are still exciting moments when he just has to break command, but we're working on reinforcing all those commands daily. He's pretty solid most of the time, and with no distractions, will let me walk 50-75 feet away on the command stay a lot of times.

    I'm shooting off the hip on most of this stuff, with a little bit of research and YouTube for help. I already knew how to do those three fairly well, from previous dogs. He seems fairly eager to learn (especially if treats are involved). We're going to start working on heel. Other than heel, where would you go next in commands and obedience?


  2. Remove Advertisements
    JustLabradors.com
    Advertisements
     

  3. #2
    tammyhuffman is offline Senior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Location
    SE, PA
    Posts
    5,794

    Default

    I would start with a puppy k or beginners obedience class. If you can not or do not want to go that route the 2 probably most important commands are "leave it" and "drop it" or "give it" along with solid recall which takes quite a while to learn. I have not seen many dogs have a SOLID recall before 9 - 12 months. The classes are very helpful, a good trainer is worth their weight in gold for the life time of your dog. Teaching these things the wrong way can do more harm than good.
    Tammy
    Maxx & Emma Jean
    Ozzy - 10/16/02 - 06/28/11 - Always in my heart.

    Sometimes the hardest part isn't letting go - but learning to start over.

  4. #3
    Dog Paddle is offline Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Posts
    476

    Default

    Let's see, how about Fetch, Give, Take, Drop It, Leave It.

    Oh, and the most important of all, COME. My pups learn Come by the fear of being too far method and know it in two weeks. 10 weeks is not too late to teach it, 16 weeks is too late.

    You should not be surprised at some regression. Forgetting something that has recently seemed to be learned is so common, in dogs and people, that it is studied in dog training and in my adult (human) teacher certificate courses. About 5 weeks in is par for the course and if/when it happens just back up a bit, repeat, ask for simpler things till it comes back.

    Yep, double ditto on the puppy classes. Socialization is a puppy life skill. You may find SIT needs to be learned all over again when you first ask for it in a new place or a place filled with distractions like other puppies. Actually, you probably will find it does.

  5. Remove Advertisements
    JustLabradors.com
    Advertisements
     

  6. #4
    Tanya is offline Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Posts
    7,797

    Default

    I agree with puppy classes.

    also, start working in different environments (where it is safe to bring him). Work from different positions when giving the command (sitting on the ground, on the couch). proof the commands. Add distractions. Have others ask him to do things.

    for the stay, work on moving left/right and around him not just straight out.

    and most importantly - SOCIALISE. to people (as many different kinds as you can, with hats, with winter clothes, everything and anything). to places (where you can safely bring him) and other dogs (all sizes and ages).
    Charlie (foster) and Rocky

  7. #5
    JustinNC is offline Junior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2013
    Posts
    27

    Default

    Yeah were working on adding distractions and left to right. honestly, I have no time for classes as much as I'd love to. I also have 4 children, so my time is thin as is haha. He does get a little socialization with other dogs via walks, and my parents dogs as well as my sister's dog when we visit. I figure if I can at least lay down a base of obedience, we can work on solidifying around distractions as they present themselves. As is, its tough with the kids around, but so far he seems pretty focused on me,but he's not yet big enough to care for much else besides me haha.

    Fetch......well we have to study up and give some age on that, he's done after about 5 trips. I haven't started with a lab this young yet. No not sure what to expect in that aspect yet. My last two were older when I got them. One was a fetching machine, the other.....beautiful but dense.....very dense.

    Leave it, well, we are making progress, but still not there. He knows, as you can see his facial expression change, but actually dropping without me grabbing it, nahhhh.

  8. #6
    tammyhuffman is offline Senior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Location
    SE, PA
    Posts
    5,794

    Default

    You really need to work on more socialization now with other dogs and people. If you have friends and/or family members with dogs that you are absolutely positive are fully vaccinated set up as many play dates as possible. It is a shame you can not make the time for a puppy k class. Most are an hour, one night a week, for 6 weeks. They really are worth their weight in gold.
    Tammy
    Maxx & Emma Jean
    Ozzy - 10/16/02 - 06/28/11 - Always in my heart.

    Sometimes the hardest part isn't letting go - but learning to start over.

  9. #7
    citronella's Avatar
    citronella is offline Senior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Location
    Canada
    Posts
    734

    Default

    He is so cute. He is very young still but you can get the kids involved during training as the perfect distractions. But make sure you let him be a puppy too.
    The voices in my head may not be real, but they have some good ideas!



  10. #8
    doubletrouble25's Avatar
    doubletrouble25 is offline Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2013
    Location
    Pennsylvania
    Posts
    215

    Default

    I second the socialization! Kai is 13 weeks and Adrian and I have been taking her everywhere we can, which helps lots! At 10 weeks since he hasn't had all his vaccines you can't walk him in the pet store, but you can bring him to places like the pet store, some hardware stores like lowes, places like bass pro shops, hunting/outdoors stores, etc. and have someone hold him or put him in the cart so he isn't touching the floor.

    I would definitely start working on leave it and drop it. We taught drop it first when playing with her rope toy... we would play tug of war with it for 30 seconds, then stop pulling, say drop it (and at first had to get it out of her mouth before she would do it herself), and then give her a treat... then play again, repeat. She got it pretty quickly!

    You can try working on the commands you have already taught outside if he hasn't done them outside yet. Then there are always fun commands- Adrian taught Kai high five, paw, and to roll on her back when he makes his hand look like a gun and says "pew pew" haha..

  11. #9
    Samson is offline Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    Kent, England
    Posts
    21,293

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by tammyhuffman View Post
    You really need to work on more socialization now with other dogs and people. If you have friends and/or family members with dogs that you are absolutely positive are fully vaccinated set up as many play dates as possible. It is a shame you can not make the time for a puppy k class. Most are an hour, one night a week, for 6 weeks. They really are worth their weight in gold.
    This ^^^^^^

    I don't know the age of your children, but involving them with the training would be a wonderful opportunity for them too - like an evening out meeting lots of other people and their dogs !

    Go for it - it'll be so worthwhile

  12. #10
    JustinNC is offline Junior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2013
    Posts
    27

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by doubletrouble25 View Post
    I second the socialization! Kai is 13 weeks and Adrian and I have been taking her everywhere we can, which helps lots! At 10 weeks since he hasn't had all his vaccines you can't walk him in the pet store, but you can bring him to places like the pet store, some hardware stores like lowes, places like bass pro shops, hunting/outdoors stores, etc. and have someone hold him or put him in the cart so he isn't touching the floor.

    I would definitely start working on leave it and drop it. We taught drop it first when playing with her rope toy... we would play tug of war with it for 30 seconds, then stop pulling, say drop it (and at first had to get it out of her mouth before she would do it herself), and then give her a treat... then play again, repeat. She got it pretty quickly!

    You can try working on the commands you have already taught outside if he hasn't done them outside yet. Then there are always fun commands- Adrian taught Kai high five, paw, and to roll on her back when he makes his hand look like a gun and says "pew pew" haha..

    Yeah, as far as socialization, he goes just about everywhere I go minus work. haha. Including family functions as well as where we may or may not go, he's regularly in contact with countless people, and has contact with 9 other dogs.

    We're still solidifying the three we have learned thus far with more and more distractions. Working on "here" and "leave it (i.e. no)". I've got a laundry list to try to teach.

    Being so young, he still get's PLENTY of puppy time. We work on training maybe twice a day. One solid 10 minute session, then throw in a 3-4min session right before bed time to reinforce. The rest of the time he's allllll puppy.

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
 

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25