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Please help me train my 4 months old lab?

A 4month old lab...she is sort of fair in following commands but, 1. At times she refrains to perform tricks that she has learned specially when there are more than one people in the room and/or I dont have treats/foods for her. 2. When i ask her to fetch a ball back she does fetches it back but does not give it back to me and starts chewing it. 3. She almost gets over excited to see any people after a long time even a stranger. 4. She is too much into chewing and biting and putting objectionable matters into her mouth, like dirt, cement, etc. Any tips to rectify these, please........
By Ayon Saha · 12 Jan 2012 12:53 am


By D.chakrabarty · 13 Jan 2012 9:51 am
she is just a puppy and its her time to be playful. that is why obedience training shud start from 6 months. now as she is young, she is easily excited and distracted. the way out is, u have to tire her before giving her any training. and you must train her at a specific time of the day. as for the biting and ingesting non edible matters, discourage her first, then give her something healthy to chew on. u can give her a carrot, or u can buy the chewy bones from the market and dip them in chicken or mutton broth as the chewies as really tasteless and ur dog will not be interested, u can also coat the chewies in a lil cheese.... be imaginative and have a lots of fun with ur pup :D

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By Ayon Saha · 13 Jan 2012 10:42 am
By the time she grows up, i will be a kid again...!!! :D :D
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By SaiShyam · 13 Jan 2012 11:16 pm
who is feeding her? you or some servant? who is teaching her tricks, you or a trainer?
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By Ayon Saha · 13 Jan 2012 11:25 pm
No trainer no servants...i'm doing it myself....
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By SaiShyam · 13 Jan 2012 11:26 pm
dogs dont listen much who feeds them.They think the guy who feeds are their servants so i obey or not i always get my food so whats the point to listen what he want. I will do all my way. so you know what to do now?
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By D.chakrabarty · 16 Jan 2012 10:15 am
with my due respect, i really dont agree with mr. saishyam because i feed my dog and he listens to me.
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By KamalRaj J Kuppal · 16 Jan 2012 11:21 am
Even I feed my dog and he listens/obeys me very well but make sure always feed your dog after you eat.
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By SaiShyam · 16 Jan 2012 11:52 pm
80 out of 100 dogs wont listen everytime whoever feeds them and this is a fact. Does your dogs always listen to you guy? with people? with stranges? does it never ever refrain from doing what they not to? if all is a yes then your dogs are good but those dogs wont listen then this is what their habit and it will show early years. To make them listen what you want "Ayon" maybe whenever you feed them have them learn all the tricks and then feed them and make this a habit. after few days he may listen you always.
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By Gautam Mohata · 17 Jan 2012 11:24 pm
I beg to differ with Mr. SaiShyam. I feed my dog and he listens to me for sure. What I do, of course, is before I put the food bowl on the ground for him to eat, I make him obey a few commands like, "Sit", "Down" or "Stay" and I give him the food only after his obeys me. Guess that works for me. But all in all I have never heard of a theory where dogs don't listen to the person who feeds them. :)
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By SaiShyam · 17 Jan 2012 11:31 pm
Mr.Gautam , if you see my second post this is what i told Mr.Ayon to do.But does your dogs listen to you always anywhere everywhere even you have so many people around etc..Dogs always takes lightly who feeds them unless you make them understand you are alpha this is what the point i am trying to prove people.Most of the people here feed their own dogs and the tricks to be obeyed by the dogs they seldom do infront of strangers.I am helping Mr.Ayon here to rectify what moment he is facing now.
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By Navjot Singh · 21 Jan 2012 7:03 pm
Ayon, like you said your pup runs after the ball but never brings it back to you. What do you do to encourage him to bring it back to you? He wouldn't know what to do with the ball after he has chesed it so he starts playing with him or starts to chew it. What you need to do is after he has chased down the ball you need to encourage him to come back with a ball in his mouth by showing him a treat. He will come after the treat and the moment he comes back with the ball in his mouth, offer him a treat and use praise words like good boy, great job, or if you can buy a clicker, give a click the moment he comes back with the ball in his mouth.
Continue this every day for atleast 15 minutes. Labradors are born retrievers so you shouldn't have tough time teaching this trick. But the rule of the game is to be patient and continue to train with loosing the patience.
Teaching the dog to perform a specific behaviour under distractions is all about professional dog training technique. You will notice your dog won't listen to you when he's out on walk as at that moment he's getting distracted with smells around him. I'd suggest you to be patient as of now train him in an empty room or anywhere which has least distractions.
A 4 month old puppy has to be mouthy and he'll take everything on his mouth whether it's your socks or shoes. Also right now he's undergoing teething. Teathing in puppies cause intense pain which they try to soothe by chewing. You might find him chewing on your furniture. This behaviour is very normal. What you can do is you can offer him a raw hide bones to chew on as there're digestible and will keep him busy for hours.
Should you feel the behaviour of you dog chewing furniture, socks, hankies, shoes,etc is getting beyond your tolerance, you can spray commercially prepared solutions like 'don't lick' which are safe to use with pets. 'Don't lick' is prepared with natural substances. It gives a very stong smell which keeps dogs off the objects you don't like them to mess with. It's easily available with vets. Also for training, you can buy treats from any pet store. Treats for training should be small and easily chewable.
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By Ayon Saha · 22 Jan 2012 7:43 pm
Actually she retrieves it back but starts chewing it without giving it to me. But, I got what you tried to say. "Don't Lick" solutions would really be helpful to me, i guess.

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By ABHISHEK BONNERJEE · 06 Mar 2012 9:36 pm
Hi guys, with what little experience I have after being with various pet dogs since birth, it is very common for the puppy to take the ball or stick and mind their own way at first, u need patience for that, intact even my 2 months old Dalmatian puppy now does that everyday but after repeated practice and attempts now 6 out of 10 times he brings the ball or toy to me when i throw it and ask him to fetch, i do not believe in waiting till a puppy is 3-4 months before starting my training, i got him home when he was 25 days and since 30 days of age slowly, patiently and most imp of all gently i have been teaching him commands, and believe me at just 65 days of age he follows "sit", "down", "bring" (i use bring instead of fetch), presently teaching him shake hands and will start on "stay" after couple of days.Its just a matter of patience on ur part and ur love for dogs when u try to teach him, u can even sit him down and have a normal discussion or give a lovable explanation to him just like u are talking to another human being.ofcourse he won't understand every word u say but for sure he'll catch u mentally...and last of all i always believe in feeding my dog myself, do not go by every crap people say, its either u, or ur wife or mother somebody like that...NEVER a servant.the dog MUST know who are family and who are outsiders!! well this i said from my bit of experience after having a golden retriever, one doberman, one daschund and now one dalmatian...any and every dog CAN be EXACTLY the way u want it to be like...all depends on ur dedication...
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