Labrador Tricks: Why Are They A Good Idea?
Why are some dogs so good at certain tricks?
There are many reasons why a dog might do well in one area but not another. For example, if you want your dog to learn how to sit, she will need time with someone who teaches her the basics first. If you want him or her to learn how to fetch, it may take months before they start doing it reliably.
If you want your dog to be able to jump high, then you have to give them lots of opportunities. If you want him or her to be able to play tug of war, it will require a lot of practice. And so on…
The key is repetition.
So what does that mean exactly?
Well, if you train your dog for years with the same routine over and over again, eventually those repetitions become automatic and the routine becomes second nature.
So what happens when you don’t repeat the same thing over and over again?
Your dog gets bored with the routine and moves on to something else. That’s where a trick comes into play. A trick is something new that your dog learns from scratch every single time. Once your dog masters the basic skills, you can gradually introduce more complex things like jumping, fetching, etc.
What Are The Top 3 Tips To Teach A Trick?
Here are the top three tips you should consider when it comes to teaching your dog a trick:
Be Consistent: One of the most important things when it comes to dog training is consistency.
Well, this is because dogs are creatures of habit. They like things to be consistent and they don’t respond well to change. So if you want to teach your dog to sit, then make sure every time you want them to sit, you are giving them the same command.
Be Patient: Another important thing to keep in mind is your dog may not be the brightest crayon in the box. This means they don’t pick things up as quickly as we wish they would. So don’t get frustrated and give up if your dog isn’t catching on right away.
Keep at it and be patient. Over time you’ll see progress.
Be Positive: The last important tip to remember is to always be positive when training your dog. Remember, dogs like to please. So if you are negative or act aggressive, your dog will not want to engage in the activity.
However, if you are positive and reward them for good behavior, they are more likely to engage again.
What Are The Most Common Tricks?
Whether you want to enter your dog into a contest or you just want to show off for your friends, most dogs are able to learn at least a few tricks. If you are looking for a good list of the most popular tricks, check out this list below:
Sit: One of the most basic tricks that any dog should know how to do is sit. This is one of the first things you typically teach them when they are little. So if you have been doing your job, your dog should know how to do this without any problems.
Stay: The next trick on the list is stay. This one is a little more complicated than just a sit. To teach your dog how to do this, all you need to do is point at the spot you want them to stay on and then make eye contact.
Once you have their attention, slowly back up and give them a command such as “stay”.
Heel: One of the most useful tricks to have your dog learn is for them to walk calmly on a leash next to you. If you have a large dog, this makes it easier to control them and prevents them from running out into the street. To teach your dog how to do this, all you will need to do is get a leash and put it on your dog.
Once they are wearing it, tell them to sit and stay. Once they are stationary, begin walking forward. Whenever they are next to you (not in front or behind), tell them “good boy!” and give them a treat.
Fetch: This is a fun trick to teach your dog as it allows you to play with them in a one-on-one way. To get your dog to fetch, all you need to do is play fetch with them by throwing a ball or toy and telling them to bring it back. Over time, they should learn what you want them to do.
Roll Over: This is a trick that requires a little bit of prep work. To teach your dog how to roll over, all you will need to do is lay some treats on the ground and then tell your dog to sit. After they are sitting comfortably, place a treat right in front of their nose and slowly move it backward until it is right above their shoulder.
Most of the time they will sit up and try to eat it. Continue moving it and they will eventually flip their body around to get the treat. Do this several times until your dog gets comfortable rolling over. Eventually you can phase out the treats and just give them praise whenever they roll over. Then once they master that, you can have them do it on command whenever you want.
Why Should You Train Your Dog?
While teaching your dog these tricks may not seem as important as teaching your child how to read or do math, there are still several good reasons to train your dog.
Builds a Relationship: The main reason to train your dog is to build a connection and relationship with them. By taking the time to train them and interacting with them, they will begin to see you as their leader. They will also feel happier and more secure about who is taking care of them.
Prevent Bad Behavior: While training your dog is not a substitute for proper discipline, it can be used to help prevent bad behavior. If your dog knows how to behave properly, they are less likely to engage in such behavior. But if they do not know, then you are more likely to have to discipline them for bad behavior.
Fun and Enjoyment: One of the reasons why people love dogs is because of their loving nature and ability to be fun and playful. While it is true that not all dogs want to play all the time, most of them still do like to have fun every once in a while. Going for walks, playing catch, and rolling around on the floor are all activities that allow you and your dog to bond and have some fun at the same time.
While there will be times when you will need to put your dog in their place so that they know who is boss, it is still important that you take the time to enjoy your dog and have fun with them whenever possible. After all, the better relationship you have with your dog, the better your life together will be.
Sources & references used in this article:
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- Labrador Retrievers (S Frank – 2019 – books.google.com)
- ETHICAL ATTRIBUTES OF THE LABRADOR INDIANS1 (FG Speck – American Anthropologist, 1933 – Wiley Online Library)
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- Legends of Newfoundland & Labrador (WT Grenfell – 1919 – Houghton Mifflin)