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Question by hunt and fish. Uploaded on May 05, 2010
After you have had him mebbe a month, or however long it takes to gain his trust and he begins to become a companion,
Gitchoself a can of tennis balls.`
Bounce one around while he's tied and watch for some interest.
If he perks his ears and tries to get it, you're in luck
Start with short retrieves of mebbe 10 feet.
If he gets them, get a variety of training manuals and forget about suggested schedules.
If yo never see any interest, you've got a pet.
Your Lab is still unsure of his new home and pack. He'll come around. Just work on walking him on a lead and a few basic obedience commands that he may already know like sit, here, down, heel, etc. without being too rough on him. Labs are sensitive dogs despite their size and big dog nature. Hopefully he is already gun broken and not gun shy. That will be the hard one. Good luck and enjoy your new best friend!
As well as the above, remember that Labs are considered one of the easiest dogs to re-home because they will quickly bond with "their human".
Just give him lots of love while he adjusts. One of ours had some bad times before, and we had to go easy while we figured out the problems and the triggers. Labs can bounce back and be happy very quickly.
Thanks all today i got him to go after it he just wont pick it up or bring it back.
throw his dog dish and see if he brings it back to you. that's what got my lab started. hell, my daughters had to teach him to swim! now, my lab will retrieve anything. the other day, he even retrieved a neighbors pink flamingo!
have patience and keep trying. You might look for the balls that have a hollow for treats or cut 2 or 3 slices in a tennis ball and insert treats then let the dog get used to working on getting the treat out first, then move to tossing the ball a few feet futher each fetch. Keep it close and easy at first and give plenty of praise and no negativity.
This is good advice i have started using a rubber ball with and opening for treats and now he will fetch it about 3/4 of the time.
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