The difference between a mediocre dog and a magnificent dog is the amount of training and relationship the dog has experienced. There is no greater reward than to see the devotion and dedication expressed by your Lab once they understand what you want them to do.

Traing Time
Training Labrador Retrievers
Labs are designed to work for humans, it is instilled in their bones! They are happiest when they can please you. This is why so many Labs are being used in service work, police work and as hunter/retrievers. A Lab is dedicated, loyal and gentle yet left to their own way, without discipline, they usually become an obnoxious good ole boy with a redneck attitude. We have taught pups to sit in 5 minutes and to be able to sit, stay, come and heel by 12 weeks of age..... so can you!

Remember, that 10 lb puppy cuddled in your lap will be 70 lbs in a short time and still want to lay in your lap!



Training Your Lab

Tip of the Week - Insist that your dog walks on a loose leash. It's physically impossible for a dog to walk on a loose leash and NOT pay attention to the person on the other end of the leash. Once I have the dog's attention-- and have taught him to pay attention around all types of distractions-- only then can I proceed to fixing problems, teaching obedience exercises, or even just bonding with my dog.
Every Lab needs Basic Training! This is the least that you can get by with and still have a great dog. Beyond Basic Training there is no limit. A Lab is very intelligent and desires to please, those are the ingredients that we will use to allow out Lab to reach their full potential.... whatever you decide that to be. At Alderwood, beyond Basic Training, we like our Labs to be hunter/retrievers and some of them to go on to be "Big Air" dock dogs. So, that is the training we will discuss. The emphasis will be on Basic Training and on hunter/retriever (not necessarily for Field Trial work).

We are developing two series of online lessons. The "BT" (Basic Training) Series will cover the obedience skills a dog must acquire to be a good dog. The "HR" (Hunter/Retriever) Series will cover the skills required to , load in a car or boat, sit still in a duck blind, come without hesitation, mark a downed bird and take hand/whistle signals in order to find a downed or crippled bird that they did not see fall. These series will be designed from a "practical" point of view. We won't attempt to train a dog for professional field trial work, there are plenty of books out there to do that.

The menu to the right provides a link in order to "register" for these online lessons. There is no cost, simply a way to measure effectiveness of what we are offering and improve the lessons as we go along. The registration roster email list will be available to all the others on the respective lists (BT & HR) so we can all make new friends, compare notes and exchange information.