Labradoodle Temperament: What’s So Great About Them?
The Labrador Retriever (or Lab) is one of the most popular working dogs in the world. They are very intelligent, loyal, affectionate and loveable. There are many reasons why they have become so well known, but it all comes back to their natural temperament. These dogs were bred to work with humans and other animals for years on end without any training or guidance. Their natural instinct is to please. A dog who doesn’t get enough attention from its owner will eventually snap and bite out of frustration.
A good example of this would be a 3 month old puppy who hasn’t been socialized yet. If left alone, these puppies may growl at their human parent until they’re ready to go outside and play with other pups. At this point, they’ll probably start playing with other dogs too.
Eventually, they’ll learn to behave themselves around other pets and even other children.
When you take away the constant supervision and training that a dog needs to perform tasks, it becomes extremely difficult for them to remain calm. Many times these dogs don’t develop proper control over their temperaments until much later in life due to lack of proper socialization.
Training A Dog
While you can train your dog out of many bad habits, it’s a lot easier to prevent them from happening in the first place. The further along a dog gets into adulthood or even old age, the harder it is for them to learn new things. How quickly a dog learns also depends on their natural capabilities.
At least, with proper training, you have some influence over how fast they learn and how well they do.
When it comes to training a dog, consistency is the most important trait of all. You have to follow through with every command and activity to teach the dog that you’re serious. They may forget things if you don’t remind them often enough.
To start off, you should set aside at least an hour every day to work on training and playing with your dog. This can be spread out in several shorter sessions if absolutely necessary.
The first thing you need to do is create a bond with your dog. Expose them to various situations and environments so they’re not afraid of anything. This can be as easy as taking them for a walk around the block or going on a car ride.
Do several short trips rather than one or two long ones so they don’t get car sick.
The second thing you should do is teach them basic commands. Sit, stay, come, heel, lay down and so forth. These are essential for any dog to know, even if they’re not going to be a working dog.
The more you practice these, the better your dog will get. Be sure to start off with really easy commands first like “sit” and “lay down”. Once they’ve mastered these, then you can move on to harder ones like “stay” and “come”.
The third thing you need to do is teach them to obey only certain commands by certain people. This may not seem important now, but it’s helpful if you have friends or family who like to interact with your dog. By training them to listen to only you, you’ll avoid controversy and trouble.
The fourth thing you want to do is expose your dog to various distractions to desensitize them. This means you’ll be raising the difficulty of distractions they can respond to. For example, if your dog is good at staying in one spot and not moving no matter what, you need to change it up by having someone throw a ball near their feet or someone else walking by and calling to them.
By being able to handle situations that are harder, it’ll be easier for them to handle situations that are easier.
The fifth thing you want to do is periodically test your dog’s skills. This can be in the form of testing if they can follow commands when you raise the difficulty level. For example, you can test how well they do on distractions or something as simple as giving them a command you haven’t used before.
If your dog fails a task, you should go back to an earlier step and train them longer. Keep advancing through the steps until they can pass the current one.
The sixth thing you want to do is take your dog hiking or camping. You want to periodically expose them to this as well, since it’s good experience for them and you. Give them tasks and commands in a variety of environments and situations so they don’t get ill-prepared for anything that might happen.
This is also a great time to test your dog and see if they pass any tests you set out for them.
The seventh and final thing you need to do is expose your dog to other animals. Every now and then run into a stray animal and issue commands to your dog to see how they respond. Ultimately you want your dog to not just obey commands, but also to think on their feet in an unfamiliar situation and figure out what to do.
If they fail, return to an earlier step and train a little longer.
With these seven steps your dog should be well on their way to being obedient and thinking for themselves. Always be sure to give them plenty of praise when they do well as it’ll keep them motivated to continue doing well in the future. If you keep these steps in mind, you’ll have a canine companion for years to come that you can trust in any situation.
If you’ve read this far, I thank you for your interest in my book. I hope it has inspired you to begin your own training program and that your dog turns out to be the canine companion you’ve always wanted.
Gerald T. Birch
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Nellie J. Birch (My Lovely Wife)
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My Other Books:
1. The Dead Song Legend (Song of Death Volume One) – Here the reader is introduced to the grim world of Oren and how it’s civilization has risen from the ashes of the past to attempt to take another shot at defending their world.
..even if they don’t know what’s out there yet.
2. Shadows of the Past (Song of Death Volume Two) – The second book in the Song of Death duology dives deeper into the history of Oren and how it came to be the way it is in the present day.
Friends become enemies, enemies become friends and it all culminates in an orc siege.
3. Blood of the Fallen (Symphony of Shadows Volume One) – The first book in the Symphony of Shadows series introduces readers to the legendary bard, Eamon Valdis.
A man plagued by his inability to connect with others, even those closest to him. Fellow bards claim he was born in the wrong age, considering his love for battle rather than music. His latest quest, to retrieve a long lost instrument known as the Sirensong, destined to be a powerful weapon for good, or evil…depending on who wields it.
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- I walk my dog because it makes me happy: a qualitative study to understand why dogs motivate walking and improved health (C Westgarth, RM Christley, G Marvin… – International journal of …, 2017 – mdpi.com)
- The food lab: better home cooking through science (JK López-Alt – 2015 – books.google.com)
- SiOWfa15: Science in Our World: Certainty and Controversy (YDKYB Than – sites.psu.edu)
- Born to bark: My adventures with an irrepressible and unforgettable dog (S Coren – 2010 – books.google.com)