How To Train A Labradoodle Or Dog To Come:
Labradoodles are very intelligent dogs. They have a strong sense of smell and they can track their scent through the air for long distances.
When they see something interesting, like food or other animals, they will go after them with great enthusiasm! They are not only good at hunting but also love playing games such as fetch.
The first thing you need to do is get your dog used to being around humans. You want him to learn that people are friendly and playful creatures.
If he sees someone he likes, then he will probably play with them too. You may use toys, treats or even praise as rewards if you wish. Do not force your dog to come when called though; this can cause stress and anger in the dog. Instead, just let him run off whenever you like!
When your dog comes running towards you, he will most likely follow you all over the place. Just keep calling him back to you until he gets bored or tired.
Then call him again and give him some treats before letting him out of your sight. Repeat this process several times so that he learns to associate coming near you with fun things.
You can teach your dog to come when called by using a bell or other sound which makes noise when it rings. Tie the bell to a pole or other stationary object which is about three feet off the ground.
Let your dog see and hear the bell when he is excited or running towards you. When he comes near you, immediately say “come” in a high pitched and exciting voice and give him a treat. You may also want to offer some physical affection such as petting or hugging him. Once he has eaten his treat, immediately take a few steps backward so that he follows you. Then repeat the process.
After several repetitions of this exercise, you can begin moving the bell forward a bit at a time. Do this until the bell is about three to five feet away from you.
Don’t move it too fast though; you don’t want to frighten or overwhelm your dog. If he gets confused, revert back to a shorter distance and try again later. If your dog seems nervous or scared, you may need to go back a few steps and repeat the exercise.
You should eventually be able to tie the bell to a tree in your yard so that it is far enough away that your dog has to run towards you to hear it. Then, begin using a different sound such as a can filled with small pebbles or a electronic device which makes a noise when it is pressed.
When your dog comes near you, immediately say “come” in a high pitched and exciting voice. If you prefer, you can also give him a treat and physical affection.
Then, after he has gotten his reward, tell him to sit or lay down and give him a treat. The “come” command is just the beginning; you can teach your lab to perform lots of different tricks and commands. Have fun training your dog and enjoy your new friend!
Clicker Training: Clicker training is based on the use of a small device known as a clicker. You can buy one at most pet stores or you can even use your fingers to create a clicking sound.
The noise seems to get dogs’ attention and they seem to enjoy listening to it. Clicker training works best with animals who are still learning what is expected of them. It helps them to connect the pleasure of doing something correctly with earning a reward.
Target Training: You may have heard of people teaching their dogs to target certain objects, such as a hat or a tennis ball. Training your dog to target an object can be a great way to teach him/her to come when called.
It is best to begin with objects which are fairly close to you so that your dog doesn’t get too far away from you before coming back. You will also want to use objects which are very interesting and fun for your dog, such as a ball he really likes or a treat he really wants.
Hold the target object in your hand and let your dog see and sniff it. Then, hold your hand out with your palm flat and about an inch or two from his nose.
Move the object around in a circle so that he has to turn his head to follow the movement of the object while keeping his nose in contact with your hand. Do this for just a couple of seconds and then give him the ok sign by waving your index finger up and down. As soon as he touches your finger with his nose, praise him and give him the object. Do this a few times and he should catch on quickly.
Once he consistently understands what you want, begin moving further away from him while you do the same exercise. Soon, he will learn that when he hears the word “target” he needs to head towards your hand.
From there, you can begin to use a verbal cue such as “come” or “get it”.
The target training exercise can be used with many different objects and can also be used to teach your dog to do all sorts of fun things such as beg, lie down, spin, roll over, wave, high five, jump through a hoop, push a wheelbarrow and more. Some dogs even learn to catch thrown objects and return them to you!
Tracking: Have you ever seen someone who can make their dog follow a scent?
These people are known as tracking dog handlers and they train their dogs to find, and follow, a scent. Police forces and Customs agencies around the world often use tracking dogs to find missing people, smuggled goods, drugs, explosives or even chemical warfare agents.
These dogs have an incredibly powerful sense of smell. While we can detect the presence of some substances in parts per million, a tracking dog can detect the same substance in parts per billion.
They can often smell things long before a human could see them and they can follow the scent even if the wind is blowing in a different direction or if it has rained recently.
In order to follow a scent, a tracking dog has to first be able to pick one up. This is known as “wind-lining”.
The dog learns to identify the scent of the person or item he is looking for and ignore all other scents which might distract him. He also learns how to identify the path that the scent takes so that if he loses it, he can find it again.
The dog is trained to smell out a specific target by being given rewards for finding small samples of the target.
Sources & references used in this article:
- Dog training methods: their use, effectiveness and interaction with behaviour and welfare (EF Hiby, NJ Rooney… – … -POTTERS BAR THEN …, 2004 – pdfs.semanticscholar.org)
- The Labrador Handbook: The definitive guide to training and caring for your Labrador (P Mattinson – 2015 – books.google.com)
- A canine socialization and training program at the National Institutes of Health (KM Adams, AM Navarro, EK Hutchinson, JL Weed – Lab animal, 2004 – nature.com)
- Bird dogs in sport and conservation (RE Yeatter – Illinois Natural History Survey Circular; no. 42, 1948 – ideals.illinois.edu)