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      Dogs and puppies are pretty resilient, but it's always best if someone new to puppies or someone who feels unable to handle a particular puppy's behavior issues, gets the in-person help of a professional trainer. Lab puppies come in all temperaments, from very soft to super bold, and everything between. Puppy class is very helpful and when you go to a dog school with good trainers, they will be there for you if you are having trouble in a particular situation. They should want to see you succeed. There are also great books (some free!) written by professional trainers who not only give excellent advice, but who write their advice in a way that others can understand easily, and is consistent across the board. A message board or talking to random friends will provide lots of different methods that are not done in the same way, which can be really confusing not to mention contradictory. And more than anything, this is not fair to your puppy or dog, who thrives on consistency. I'm not saying don't ask questions from the board or friends! Just that it's always best to have a reliable source and in-person support.

      Here are two such books by Ian Dunbar. You don't have to sign-up for anything, pay, etc. and they are free PDFs. He specializes in pet dog owners and does a good job at being fair and balanced, taking the puppy behavior into consideration as well.

      Before You Get Your Puppy
      After You Get Your Puppy

      I also like Puppies for Dummies.
      Last edited by Labradorks; 06-13-2015 at 06:44 PM.

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      Quote Originally Posted by zd262 View Post
      So it is their top lip or bottom lip that you are rolling? And what's the best timing for it?
      Top lip, and as soon as they start trying to bite. I'd basically put my right hand over his nose as I faced him, and put my index finger over his lip and roll it on his canine and press it into his lip. I'd hold it there with enough pressure to make it uncomfortable, and when he'd stop trying to bite I'd release and tell him "good boy".

      Every pup is different, Bruce figured it out pretty quick being mouthy wasn't good. Others may take a while.

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