Labradors out of control

Discussion in 'Dog Training: Principle and Practice' started by Claudia Sanne, Jul 13, 2019.

  1. Claudia Sanne

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    I am working professionally with labradors. As many of them are trained by “normal pet owners “, some of those dogs are totally ignoring a handler, pull like crazy and do what they want. I find it very difficult to stay totally positive. I am a “convinced “ crossover trainer (cats and an abused rescue dog really taught me), but in those situations I reach my limits and it is hard for me not to eventually do a slightly harder roundabout turn which ends up jerking the dog or saying something to him in a more unfriendly voice (varying friendly talk with less friendly) when I then have to handle the dog.
     
  2. Jo Laurens

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    I'm not sure what this post is about, or what you are looking for? Are you looking for justification for what you are doing and to see if others agree with you? Are you looking for positive solutions to the problems you've described? Are you dealing with feeling guilty about sometimes ending up using methods you don't want to use? It's not very clear....
     
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    I am looking for solutions
     
  5. Jo Laurens

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    If a dog can't offer focus and engagement when the handler is standing still, you can't walk forwards.

    Stand still. Click and every second the dog looks at you and treat. When the dog is never looking away from you, take one step forwards - doing the same thing. When you can take one step forwards many times in a row, with the dog's focus, then you can take 2 steps. And so on.

    I'm sorry, but it's just about training the dog. You need to identify the smallest signs of focus from the dog and mark and reinforce those, in order to build on them.

    You might want to take a look at my podcast - Hold the Line - since the last episode was an interview with Nick Benger on the subject of engagement and focus, which is his specialist interest area... https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podca...gagement-talking/id1461455322?i=1000444825394
     
  6. Michael A Brooks

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    Hi @Claudia Sanne

    I share Jo Laurens's concern re lack of clarity.

    I had thought from reading your first entry that you were frustrated with the owners of pets that pulled. So are you looking for solutions on how to teach loose lead walking to other people, or ways that you can use yourself to teach loose lead walking?
     

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