Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Labrador Retriever – Training your puppy to stop biting and nipping

You have brought your new Labrador Retriever puppy home and all is well, except for the occasional biting from your pup. Sure the biting hardly ever causes serious harm or injury, but by ignoring this problem and believing your Labrador will grow out of it, you are risking the chance that a serious injury could occur as your Lab puppy reaches adulthood. If your Labrador puppy does have a habit of biting, nipping, or “mouthing” you or your loved ones, try some or all of the following to help correct its behavior.

1. Teach your Labrador Retriever puppy that biting hurts. When he does bite, let out a sharp “no” or “ouch” while maintaining eye contact with him. It will teach him that his play is to rough, and you will not continue to play until he is gentler.

2. Close Your Mouth – gently hold your Labrador Retriever’s mouth shut while stating “no”.

3. Time Out – while maintaining eye contact with your pup, state “no”, or “ouch”, and then get up and move away, stopping interaction with your Labrador. You can also place him in his crate, if you do use one for training. By walking away, or placing him in his crate, you teach him that he will lose his playmate if he continues to nip and bite.

4. Rough Housing – Do you let your Labrador puppy grab your hands in its mouth while playing? Then when he bites your hand to hard, you scold him and state “no”. You’re encouraging him one minute and scolding him the next. What your doing is completely confusing your poor little Labrador puppy.

5. Teach your Lab pup the “off” command.

Helpful Tips:

Make sure your Labrador puppy gets plenty of play time and exercise daily. These are great distractions and may help reduce your puppies biting.

Be consistent with whatever methods you use to help break the nipping and biting habit. Make sure family members are consistent also.

Have plenty of chew toys for your Labrador puppy.

Always reinforce your Labs good behavior. Whenever he plays nicely or licks you without biting and nipping, shower him with love and praise.

Watch the tone of your voice with the “no” and “ouch” commands. They should always be sharp and to the point.

A Word of Caution:

If you have small young children, never leave your Labrador Retriever puppy alone with them until he has learned biting and nipping are unacceptable.

Games like tug-of-war and rough housing encourage your Labrador puppy to bite. Waiting until he is fully trained in the “off” command until introducing these games.

If for some reason your Lab puppy becomes more aggressive when he bites, or your training methods don’t seem to be working, seek help from your veterinarian or professional trainer.

Apply one or more of the above training procedures, be consistent with your training, and shower your Labrador Retriever puppy with praise for doing good, and you’ll be on your way to nipping your Labradors biting habit in the bud.

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Labrador Retriever puppy biting

Received this email from Diana regarding a biting problem with her Labrador puppy.

Hello. I'm experiencing a lot of difficulties with my lab doing a lot of play biting. She bites my arms and I look like I encountered a piranha. I have a 2 year old baby, a five year old girl, and a nine year old boy. It's very difficult because they want to play with her but all she wants to do is bite. Any suggestions to help my family?

Thank you very much
Diana

Thanks for writing Diana. I have posted the article Labrador Retriever - Training your puppy to stop biting and nipping.

Try applying some of the methods listed with your Lab pup. REMEMBER be consistent with your training. Please keep me posted along the way.

To see an adorable photo of Diana's Labrador Retriever click: Princess Daisy Lerma

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Monday, April 17, 2006

All About Labradors Award

Hi everyone, sorry I haven't had a chance to post in over a week. Had a touch of the flu and then the Easter holiday. Will get caught up with your email ASAP!

With everything going on I missed my posting of All About Labradors being selected Cool Site of the Day (April 16, 2006) by dogmark.net

I would like to thank Takashi Ito, webmaster of dogmark.net for honoring this blog, I am very grateful for the award.



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Thursday, April 06, 2006

Million Pixel Dog Contest

Received this email from Daniel Nicolas, asking for help in promoting his contest. They are presently running two different contest, and offer some neat prizes. Be sure to take a look and enter your Labrador Retrievers. Good Luck.

Hi,
Perhaps you could talk on your blog about our http://www.millionpixeldogcontest.com/ , which is sponsored by St. Amour, Inc, a Southern California manufacturer of dog treats, http://www.doggiebiscuties.com/. People can enter the contest and have a chance to win great prizes by uploading photos of their dogs. The first 1000 dog submissions are free of charge. Companies that want to reach dog owners can purchase an advertising link to their web site for 3 years on our grid for as little as $50.

I appreciate your help.
Sincerely Daniel Nicolas

Million Pixel Dog Contest


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Monday, April 03, 2006

Your Labrador Retrievers Life

Is there a limit to how much you would spend to save your Labrador Retrievers life?

Is it a hard question to answer?

Do you have to think about it?

Would it depend on different circumstances?

To answer my own question:

I would spend whatever it takes for my Labrador Retrievers. You can't put a price on life. I believe that the emotional attachments between you and your Labrador Retriever (any pet for that matter) is something that is priceless.

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When you take on the responsibility of a Labrador, they become part of your family. The amount of pleasure my family receives from our Labrador Retrievers far exceeds any monetary value to help save them.

No matter what kind of day it has been, I can always come home and there they will be, happy to welcome me. They didn't ask me to take them in, it was my choice, my responsibility. Now it's my responsibility to make sure they receive whatever treatments they need to help them, no matter what the cost.

Cost isn't a consideration. I would do whatever was needed.

How much would you spend?

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