Labrador Retrievers And how I Train To Overcome Distractions

Labrador Retrievers And how I Train To Overcome Distractions

In this dog training video you can see that I am training a young yellow lab along side my older black lab. I am using my black lab as a distraction and training tool. I can do this because Sadie, the older of the two is very steady.

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At some point in your training routine you will have to introduce distractions, although you will need to do this systematicly and incrementaly. Think of distractions like this: they come in levels of 1-10. Each month your dog can level up 1 distraction level, maybe. By the time your dog is 12 months old it should be able to handle a level 10 distraction.

Learn To Accept Distractions, Not Fight Them

In order for your dog to get to the next level it must view all distractions as neutrals. If the dog next to it is a good or bad thing now you have to deal with your dogs perception of the distraction (D). If the dog perceives the D as neutral, like a tree say then you don’t have to worry about it. For example, your dog doesn’t get all crazy one way or the other when it sees a tree, or a boulder, or a parked car. your dog should see all distractions as such.

Most people whether they are veternarians or even dog trainers will tell you that you need to socialize your dog. That is a misnomer, you need to neutralize your dog. When your dog sees another dog it should still be concerned with you, not the world around it. That is your job. What difference does it make if your dog bangs and bucks at the end of the leash from excitement or aggression? The result is still the same, a dog out of control. Got questions?

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