The Volunteer Heel, labrador retriever training tips

Woody’s Way: The Long Line & The Volunteer Heel

  Our pup is 3 months old and has been conditioned to wearing the chain collar and being on the tie out stake.  The pup should understand that there is no future in fighting an immovable object.  With these objectives met we are ready to begin using the long line to gain general attentiveness and […]

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Labrador Retriever Training Video: The Power of Bandersnatch

    As Snatch’s fame has spread over the country with the incredible puppies he’s throwing, we have been asked by people who haven’t seen him “How athletic can a hundred pound dog be?” It’s fifty yards from where he leaves my side to where he leaves the ground (2.5 seconds) He’s so big and […]

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Woody’s Way: The Tie Out Stake

  On our last session we talked about giving the puppy a physics lesson using the chain collar, the tie out stake and the long line.  Hopefully everybody is clear on the importance of putting the chain collar on correctly.  Now, we’re on to learn the value of the tie out stake. The tie out […]

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Woody’s Way: Boot Camp Ahead

  Well, Kindergarten is over and its time to go to boot camp.  At 3 months, our labrador retriever puppy should be very well socialized, have learned both the “here” and “sit” command and be well on its way to being housetrained.  It’s time to begin the foundation that will underpin everything you train your […]

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Woody’s Way: The Labrador Retriever Puppy’s First Retrieve

  If you’re still riding this train, our last session was about the magic of retrieving for both humans and dogs.  Did you watch Obi do a remote bomb search last week to be rewarded by nothing more than the thrill of retrieving a kong toy? This is some valuable knowledge that should serve you […]

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Woody’s Way: We Should Be So Lucky

Woody’s Way We Should Be So Lucky   There are two kinds of Labs.  There are Labrador Retrievers and Labrador Deceivers.  A Labrador Deceiver is a dog that has no retrieve drive.  If you’re reading this, you probably are in the Labrador Retriever camp.  Playing retrieve with your lab puppy is very important whether you […]

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Woody’s Way: Teaching A Labrador Retriever Puppy

Woody’s Way Teaching All right sports fans, this is where you make a commitment to do it right.  There’s not a good dog trainer I know who doesn’t understand that you can’t train unless you first- teach. We’re going to peek back over our shoulder to the early nurturing period.  That’s where we begin our […]

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