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How can i train my dog, please suggest?

HI,i am a proud owner of a wonderful 5 month old lab .. but iam facing a problem here...he understands come n sit etc .. but he has a new habit of taking any thing that is lying on my sofa n draging it on the floor to play with his teeth..i know he is teething. some people told me to tell him no n give him treat when he listens to you.. but he never leaves it ....how can i teach him not to do that..thanx a lot
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By Runni · 11 Feb 2010 12:01 pm
Teach him "leave it" or "drop" command. Follow the yips & he will learn. U must remember that he is just a small pup & pups are by nature playfull & full of curiosity...thats why they want to examine every new things they see...& of course teething adds to his nature....so dont punish ur pup or this behaviour, rather teach him some basic commands & give him plenty of toys to play with....
To teach "drop" command u need to proceed gradually.
1st when he tries to pick up something, say a loud "Nooooooooooooooooooooo" & quickly grab that object before he can reach it.....if he still tries to get it again say a "Nooooooooo" & keep that object out of his reach...give him a lovely treat when he settles down & no more tries to get it.
2ndly if he does manage to grab something then show him a treat (do not give it at this point) & say "drop it" repeatedly...point is to get his attention & make the treat more attractive than the object he is holding....give him the treat ONLY AFTER he has dropped the object.
3rdly if he still doesnt drop, hold the treat in closed palm & place right in front of his nose so that he can smell the treat but cant take it......again keep on saying "drop it"....let him have the treat if he let the object go....
U will have to be persistant...gradually he will learn the "drop it" command....then u can command him to drop if he grabs something without giving him a treat....but first teach him the command.
Best of luck.
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By maithili · 18 Feb 2010 9:13 pm
buy him a chew toy and encourage him to play with that . i am sure he has chewed up some shoes of urs by now . give him those shoes and allow him to destroy thos . he is exploring his teeth now and will keep chewing furniture etc . whatever you value keep out of reach . he must be punished if he chews on other stuff other than what you have given him to chew on . however the punishment should not be too harsh . not talking or giving attention to your puppy may also be percieved as a punishment by him . talk to him. it is amazing how much dogs understand.
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By Gopal Krishna · 04 Apr 2010 9:10 pm
I am not a certified trainer or a very experience trainer but as per my knowledge give him a treat is not worth because in dog world giving food is a sign of submission and promoting your dog's Alpha nature. Also never give your old shoes to your dog. even your old shoes have your smell in it once he realize that he has the permission to chew on your shoes. Then his next target will be all the shoes which has your smell in it. Dogs don't knows that what is old or what is new.
correct your dog when he does a mistake, read articles of dog behavior more you know the dogs more you will understand them and make them to understand you.

@maithili: Read the post that is a wrong idea to give old shoes. Dog will be always dog we could train them to do things for us but cant change the genes.
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By Ankit · 20 Dec 2010 6:20 pm
I agree with Gopal, I have a Lab puppy and I am going through the same problem. when I use to give treat to my dog he thought whenever he takes something from bed or sofa he gets a shouting with a lovely treat which he was ok with, now I hit my puppy on nose with news paper whenever he does something he shouldn't do and give him one of his toy that he loves to play with and he is now learning to behave. not sure it will work with yours but you can give it a try....:) also labs are hyperactive till they tern 11-12 months old, once they cross that age they become bit calm and understanding. All the best buddy...:)
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