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Any OB'ers have any dog training expierence?

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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re: Any OB'ers have any dog training expierence?
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re: Any OB'ers have any dog training expierence?
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


shawnlsu
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re: Any OB'ers have any dog training expierence?
Never too early, and yes 5 weeks is a bit too early to take from mom


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re: Any OB'ers have any dog training expierence?
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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DownshiftAndFloorIt
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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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re: Any OB'ers have any dog training expierence?
Get a clicker. Makes training 10x easier


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tigah headache
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re: Any OB'ers have any dog training expierence?
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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Me Bite
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re: Any OB'ers have any dog training expierence?
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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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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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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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re: Any OB'ers have any dog training expierence?
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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GREENHEAD22
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re: Any OB'ers have any dog training expierence?
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.


El Josey Wales
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He has been killing some ducks and he killed a nice 8 pt yesterday.


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Me Bite
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re: Any OB'ers have any dog training expierence?
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Now


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


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re: Any OB'ers have any dog training expierence?
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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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re: Any OB'ers have any dog training expierence?
First question why get a dog at 5 weeks old?


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re: Any OB'ers have any dog training expierence?
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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HeadyMurphey
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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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Geauxtiga
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re: Any OB'ers have any dog training expierence?
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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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