Labrador Recall Proofing – Or How to Get a Really Reliable Recall
The golden retriever is one of the most popular breeds. There are many reasons why it is so popular: its docile nature; its loyalty; its good looks; and even its intelligence.
These qualities make it very desirable for hunting, police work, search and rescue missions, military duties etc… However there are some drawbacks too:
1) Its obedience level varies from dog to dog.
Some dogs will obey every command without any hesitation while others may not.
2) Most golden retrievers have a high prey drive which means they like to chase small animals such as mice, rats, birds or rabbits.
3) Golden retrievers are prone to separation anxiety and if left alone for too long they become aggressive and destructive.
4) Many owners neglect their golden retrievers because they think that it is impossible to train them properly.
5) Labradors are generally considered to be better than golden retrievers due to their gentler temperaments, higher obedience levels and less tendency towards separation anxiety.
6) Golden retrievers tend to get bored easily and need lots of exercise.
7) They require regular grooming since they shed a lot.
8) Golden retrievers do not perform well in agility competitions because they lack the speed needed for this type of competition.
The Alaskan Malamute is a working dog breed originally bred to help the Eskimos with hunting, pulling heavy loads, and also to protect their owners from wild animals. They are very strong and have powerful jaws which they use to kill prey.
The Alaskan Malamute is a very intelligent breed however they do not obey orders easily and therefore they need experienced owners who know how to handle them. Unfortunately many owners buy an Alaskan Malamute without knowing anything about the dog’s needs and this leads to many of them ending up in shelters. The following paragraphs discuss some of the pros and cons of owning an Alaskan Malamute.
1) Alaskan Malamutes are very strong, muscular dogs and therefore require a great deal of exercise.
A daily walk around the block simply won’t cut it.
2) Alaskan Malamutes need to be physically and mentally stimulated or they will become bored and start behaving in undesirable ways such as chewing furniture or getting into fights with neighbours’ pets.
3) This is a very vocal breed and some can even bark constantly.
If you live in an apartment then this is not the breed for you.
4) This is a working breed and was bred to work all day so it is not happy when confined to the house or yard all the time.
It needs to stretch its legs and have some regular outdoor time.
5) Alaskan Malamutes have a tendency to become destructive when not given enough exercise and attention.
6) Alaskan Malamutes are very social animals and need lots of human contact.
Isolation is not good for this breed.
7) They have a dominant nature and this means that harsh training methods are not appropriate.
However they respond well to reward based training.
Sources & references used in this article:
- The Labrador Handbook: The definitive guide to training and caring for your Labrador (P Mattinson – 2015 – books.google.com)
- Survey on fall detection and fall prevention using wearable and external sensors (YS Delahoz, MA Labrador – Sensors, 2014 – mdpi.com)
- Human Resources Managers in the face of suffering. An ethical question (EG Tierno, JLF Fernández, JL Fernández – Ramon Llull Journal of Applied …, 2019 – raco.cat)