I need a little help with my 9 mo. old yellow lab. This is my first dog to train myself and while he is through FF and doing well with e-collar conditioning, he has some issues I am unfamiliar with. My primary concern is vocalization.
I usually work with a friend of mine and his dog. We work our dogs separately by taking turns throwing bumpers/birds and firing blanks ect. When it comes time for the other dog to work I either kennel or keep my dog at heel with a lead. The point is he whines uncontrollably if I don't send him. I also took him on his first hunt this year and he did some crying on the dog stand.
I know that he is still a puppy and has a great deal of work before he is finished but I want to nip this in the bud before it is too late. I have read other threads that say don't let him retrieve or shock the hell out of him if he whines. What is the best solution to teach a dog to be quiet no matter what the circumstances are?