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    Care to elaborate? I've lived with these dogs...

    Care to elaborate? I've lived with these dogs for three years now. They went to training (five weeks away) about a 15 months ago. I like to think I have done a good job instituting the proper...
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    needy & spoiled behavior

    First of all, thank you to all the forum members that helped me in getting proper training for my chocolate and my yellow.

    My new dilemma is this:
    During professional training we noticed that our...
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    Great, now I have a sleep walking dog

    Last night, one of our labs started making those usual high pitched dreaming sounds. He then broke into a low guttural growl; the "there's somebody outside" growl. I watched from the bed as his...
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    Thank you everybody! I will start making calls...

    Thank you everybody! I will start making calls this week.
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    Looking for trainers

    If anybody is or knows a reputable trainer in the ArkLaTex area, please feel free to PM me. We are looking for obedience training for a 2 year yellow lab and a 14 month chocolate lab.
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    What kind of credentials are there to look for...

    What kind of credentials are there to look for besides word of mouth? License? Certificate?
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    I believe it has been tried before and the...

    I believe it has been tried before and the chocolate just couldn't concentrate with other dogs in the class
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    Did you send your dog to a two week camp before...

    Did you send your dog to a two week camp before you got involved?
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    By no means am I stalling. I've only been on...

    By no means am I stalling. I've only been on these boards for a couple days. I have started researching the suggestions as well as conversing with trainers within driving distance. Unfortunately,...
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    I guess owners need as much training as their dogs

    I guess owners need as much training as their dogs
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    Specific example of bad/odd behavior

    Our dogs sleep on beds on the floor in the bedroom. On occasion, we let the boys up on the bed. Now it is getting hard to keep them out. It takes a lot of energy and a bit of frustration getting...
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    Would having a pro come over once a week be...

    Would having a pro come over once a week be productive at all, or does one of us need to find the time to have multiple sessions during the week?
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    Sorry. Obedience training only at this stage. I...

    Sorry. Obedience training only at this stage. I only have hope for one of the guys to ever bring a duck back to me; the other one hates water.
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    Better to train at home?

    It is obvious my girlfriend and I need experienced help in training her two labs. Unfortunately, we do not have regular schedules that allow us to train the dogs together. She has looked at some...
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    I don't deny that. But how do you correct bad...

    I don't deny that. But how do you correct bad behavior without negative reinforcement?
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    One-sided Discipline

    Are dogs, labs in particular, cognizant enough to relate discipline doled out from one owner to their actions in the absence of the disciplinarian?

    The question is, if I attempt to discipline our...
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    I have physically reprimanded the dog with a pop...

    I have physically reprimanded the dog with a pop on the butt, but I don't think the use of physical deterrence was well accepted. The harsh love taps my girlfriend gives him have no effect.
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    Meredith- Thank you for your reply. When...

    Meredith-
    Thank you for your reply.
    When playing fetch, the younger dog only seems interested in what the yellow is doing and disrupts the retrieving process. I try to use two balls, but the...
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    Need Help with Young Rescue

    Background Information:
    My girlfriend of five months has had two rescue Labs, one yellow and one chocolate, for 10 months now, both neutered. The yellow is about two years of age and is well...
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