Sunday, May 13, 2007

Help my Black Labrador jump into the car

Susan (USA) sent an e-mail asking for help with getting her black Labrador Retriever (Daisey) to jump into the back seat of her car.

Readers E-mail - Susan Writes:

I have a Black Labrador named Daisey who will not jump in the back seat; we often go for rides to the dog park and walks around the lake and I have tried every command I can think of; up jump in the car ; most of the time I end up throwing a dog biscuit in the back seat so she will get in the car. I know the treat should be given after the command not before but what can I do.


All About Labradors Answer

Hi Susan,

I don't believe I have ever had anyone ask about getting their Labrador Retriever to jump into the car.

Does Daisey have any problems when in the car? Is she afraid off car rides?

Give the following options a try and see if they help.

Get her sit to by the open door of the car while you get into the back seat. When you are in, call her name and use whatever command you are going to use to get her into the car. Ex: Daisey up, Daisey gear up, Daisey in, etc. Make sure you reward and praise her when she does jump in.

When she starts to continually jump in on you command, your next step will be to open both car doors and start again by having her sit by one open door while you move around to the other side. Don't get in this time, just stand by the open door. Again call her by name and use your command. Offer plenty of praise and reward her when she does jump in.

When Daisey gets this down, you next step will be moving around to her side, having her sit by the open door and start the process again with your command. Eventually Daisey should begin jumping in on your command. This will take plenty of practice, patience and repetition.

Another thing you might try is to continue with is the way that you are using now. You already have her getting in the car when you throw the treat in. Make sure you start the procedure off by again getting her to sit by the open car door. Before throwing the treat in use your command and then throw the treat in. Offer plenty of love and praise once she is in the car. With continued repetition Daisey will be on her way to getting into the vehicle on your command alone.

Remember Susan, that either way will take plenty of practice. Try to set up some training time each day for you and Daisey. It doesn't have to be a long time each day.

I hope this will be of some help to you. Please let me know how it is going and if I can be of any other assistance, don't hesitate to write.

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