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    Default Crazy BLF !!

    Ok...My problem is this, I have a 6 month old BLF. When I have her out and she sees other dogs retrieving she goes absolutely bizerk! For example, I was at Puppy obedience class and a dog in the next ring was sent to retrieve and she went crazy barking, pulling at the leash. Now I understand I want her to be a retrieving maniac, but I do not want her to be a distraction to the other dogs if we decide to pursue hunt tests. What is my best course of action here? I am extremely new to the retriever world.

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    Have you done basic obdience? How did you socialize the puppy? Has she been exposed to other dogs? Where does she sleep? Do you free-feed, or take leftovers up when she's done? How much exercise does she get daily?

    Too often we make the mistake of thinking that what happens in the field, is independent of what happens at home. All things to think about.

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    I have had her at Puppy obedience and have had her socialized with many dogs there. Our instructor was had us do basic sit, down, stay, heel and mingling with the other puppies in our class. She sleeps in a crate at night next our other lab and sometimes with us in our room with the other pup. She gets fed 2X a day with the other pup and there are never any leftovers...LOL She stays at her bowl...he stays at his. She gets exercised daily.

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    I read you do basic sit and down at puppy class but do you work on it regularly at home? When I feed my dogs and pups they all must sit and wait for food before they can eat, a good sit command can cure a lot of that. Don't let her move until you call her name sit means sit also she should know that heel means heel and if she is going crazy on the leash then you probably need to do more obedience work - not for sure but consistent commands followed through with reinforcement with a leash, heeling stick, and or E collar fixes many behavior issues.

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    My 6 month ylf has pretty much the same problem. I feel like our problem is that we train alone 99% of the time. On training days with other dogs she can't stand it. So I make her watch and she gets quite acquainted with the heel stick if she whines, jumps, pulls, etc. It's working for us.

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    I usually take the pups out with a prong collar and a chair we watch the other dogs retrieve, good time to enforce OB work. They are told to sit and they are told quite, first couple of times they put up a fight, but after watching a bit they usually settle down. When they settle down they get their run and then we're back to watching. While it's important for them to want to retrieve, it is also important for them to learn, that not all birds are their's and they have to wait (calmly and quietly).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hunt'EmUp View Post
    I usually take the pups out with a prong collar and a chair we watch the other dogs retrieve, good time to enforce OB work. They are told to sit and they are told quite, first couple of times they put up a fight, but after watching a bit they usually settle down. When they settle down they get their run and then we're back to watching. While it's important for them to want to retrieve, it is also important for them to learn, that not all birds are their's and they have to wait (calmly and quietly).
    X2 learning patience is a key part of training early on. I worked on this at a training time and just had my pup sit and watch. Notice I said sit. (no barking, no jumping around) It did wonders. Hunt'emUP is right on track.
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    I trained a pup like that and Hillman's ''Traffic Cop" did wonders.

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    Quote Originally Posted by luvalab View Post
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