Any OB'ers have any dog training expierence?
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Any OB'ers have any dog training expierence?
Posted by Me Bite on 12/28 at 7:32 pm
Just got a new chocolate lab pup and he's only 5 weeks old. I'm just wondering when I should start the training process?

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Posted by Nodust on 12/28 at 7:33 pm to Me Bite
Now


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Posted by DownshiftAndFloorIt on 12/28 at 7:37 pm to Me Bite
At least start teaching her "no" and "sit" now with heavy emphasis on "no"

For future reference, 5 weeks old is the absolute youngest I'd get a pup. 6-7 weeks is ideal



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Posted by shawnlsu on 12/28 at 7:38 pm to DownshiftAndFloorIt
Never too early, and yes 5 weeks is a bit too early to take from mom


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Posted by Wazoo on 12/28 at 7:38 pm to Me Bite
Start basic training around 9 weeks. Right now you should be bonding with it. At 8-9 weeks start basic obedience training.


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Posted by DownshiftAndFloorIt on 12/28 at 7:39 pm to shawnlsu
It's not a big deal though

They need to learn "no" ASAP. Its by far the most important command a dog will ever learn, and it's simple. They catch on realllllll quick.



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Posted by Riseupfromtherubble on 12/28 at 7:39 pm to Me Bite
Get a clicker. Makes training 10x easier


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Posted by tigah headache on 12/28 at 7:41 pm to Me Bite
Start with obedience now. I got mine in February at 6 weeks and trained her myself. She's been retrieving all season for me. Just take time with them every day, even if it's only 5 minutes to teach them basic obedience.


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Posted by Me Bite on 12/28 at 9:18 pm to DownshiftAndFloorIt
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For future reference, 5 weeks old is the absolute youngest I'd get a pup. 6-7 weeks is ideal


Yeah, the breeder normally waits until 6 weeks, but due to x-mas he let them go a little early. He had the dogs eating Purina Pro Plan at four weeks old. He said they preferred hard food over the mama's milk. The Pro Plan is packed with nutrients, including DHA, so I don't think that one week will make a difference.




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Posted by El Josey Wales on 12/28 at 9:22 pm to Me Bite
Choirboy is an excellent dog trainer but he has been off the grid since Thanksgiving and will be til next week.


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Posted by ninthward on 12/28 at 9:26 pm to Me Bite
Please do this, and it is the perfect time to go buy this book because of the pups age:
"How to be your dog's best friend", from the monks of new skete


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Posted by fillmoregandt on 12/28 at 9:31 pm to Me Bite
Get the Fowl Dogs DVDs (at least volume one and two). They show the good steps in training. Also Lardy's stuff is good.

Retrievertraining.net is the TD of retreiving. Lots of good info there.

Just takes time. Good luck. My Boykin is not quite a year old and has picked up a bunch of ducks and doves this year already. It's awesome seeing the work we put in the summer pay off



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Posted by GREENHEAD22 on 12/28 at 9:35 pm to El Josey Wales
Has he been killing any in the Timber? I was going to pay him to bring/guide a hunt for me and dad/bros but he went MIA.


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Posted by El Josey Wales on 12/28 at 9:39 pm to GREENHEAD22
He has been killing some ducks and he killed a nice 8 pt yesterday.


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Posted by Me Bite on 12/31 at 2:28 pm to Nodust
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Now


Got him to sit in three days... This is a good sign!



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Posted by HeadyMurphey on 12/31 at 2:47 pm to Me Bite
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He had the dogs eating Purina Pro Plan at four weeks old. He said they preferred hard food over the mama's milk. The Pro Plan is packed with nutrients, including DHA, so I don't think that one week will make a difference.


It is more about the socialization than nutrition. Taking a puppy early usually causes some type of behavioral issues but not always.

A puppy shouldn't be around other dogs until 16 weeks so they lose out on a ton of socialization being taken early. If you already have a dog, then it won't be an issue, but they need to learn their place from their mother or siblings.



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Posted by choupiquesushi on 12/31 at 2:52 pm to Me Bite
First question why get a dog at 5 weeks old?


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Posted by FISH N TIGER on 12/31 at 3:09 pm to Me Bite
You can start some now, but don't expect much.I usually start basic training at 3 months and if the dog has any kinda smarts at all it usually takes about a month.At 6 months i start with hand signals along with basic training and alot of retrieving.Also very important if you will be doing all the training yourself to spend as much time as possible to bond with your pup and limit others from giving any commands or feeding the pup. A strong bond will really make a difference with training.Be very patient with your pup for the first 6 months and you will be fine...Good Luck!!


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Posted by HeadyMurphey on 12/31 at 3:34 pm to choupiquesushi
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First question why get a dog at 5 weeks old?


Mo money. No respectable breeder would let them go that early.



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Posted by Geauxtiga on 12/31 at 3:37 pm to HeadyMurphey
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It is more about the socialization than nutrition. Taking a puppy early usually causes some type of behavioral issues but not always.

A puppy shouldn't be around other dogs until 16 weeks so they lose out on a ton of socialization being taken early. If you already have a dog, then it won't be an issue, but they need to learn their place from their mother or siblings.
Interesting. I'd never heard that but it makes sense.



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