I was told by a veteran trainer that labs know context. That labs are smart enough to distinguish between play time at the house and work in the field, as long as no one but me gives the dog commands. My concern is that some of my family members play keep away with a football with the dog, they tell him to sit, they give him multiple commands to release the ball, they tug of war with him, among other commands. I can not work him everyday nor can I hunt with him every weekend. Will he be ok for next fall if I keep at least some kind of a regular training routine?
Another issue I am noticing, he tends to favor the other members in the house and listens to me less when they are around. Is this a reflection of the dog knowing who lets him get away with things and who is the strict parent?