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    1 Year old lab training issues

    I have a one year old lab who is the sweetest, happiest boy, however, there are a few issues I am having and I am looking for specifics on how to stop him from doing the following:

    1.) Jumping on people (never me, just people coming up to us or walking in the house)
    2.) Barking excessively in his cage.
    3.) Losing all of his training when he is around other people or dogs.
    4.) Leash pulling.

    I am afraid he does not respect me as "pack leader". He is usually so good at commands, hand commands and verbal, however, he looses all of his training once he is around other people or dogs. I have tried several different ways of training and I am lost. Any help is much appreciated.

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    I don't believe in the pack leadership stuff. he doesn't behave because he hasn't been properly shown how to behave (in all situations). dogs just do what works for them.

    Have you taken an obedience class? How much and what kind of exercise does he get daily? did you get him as a puppy?

    1 - Jumping on people: Jumping on People
    2 - Cage: do you mean crate? Is this when you are home he barks or when you leave? How did you train him to "like" his crate? How long is he crated
    3 - Training is not a one time thing. You need to first teach them the behavior/command (reward) in a calm and quiet environment. once they understand your job really has only BEGUN not ended. You now need to train them that the response to a command is required even with distractions - by training them with slowly increasing distractions/duration/distance (increase only one at a time). When you increase of of the d's (distractions, duration, distance) you need to lower your expectations and increase your reward/praise. Dogs do not generalize. Sit at home when nothing is going on is MUCH MUCH different then sit at the park or sit when their best friend is within view.

    Also important to be consistent. If you issue commands when the dog is likely to "not listen" and allow them to "get away with it" the dog learns to not listen consistently. By "get away with it" I don't mean bully or force the dog into compliance but properly train and use commands when they are in the right mind to comply. Ex: if I am still working on training recall with distractions I won't call my dog mid-play with her best friend. I will go get her or wait until a pause in play to call her (and reward big time). If you know your dog doesn't yet listen in high distractions you don't issue a command (as they will not listen and you just taught them commands are negotiable). Distract the dog with food, your voice, a toy and once you have their attention reward and work hard on training the distractions.
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    That's a lot of fairly typical issues for a young dog, especially a Lab. So, you're not alone! Each of those issues are also very different.

    What type of training have you used and what type of training would you like to use? I personally am a positive trainer and it has served me very well. I use treats, praise, petting, etc. and show my dogs what I want from them. I like to clicker train and the dogs love it and seem to pick things up quicker. I also have a better relationship with my dogs because of it and I don't have any of the issues I have had in the past with dogs that I trained in a more traditional manner. But, that's just me, and everyone has a preference.

    I really like this blog which is positive training and provides how-to videos, including jumping up and loose leash walking.

    The same person who runs the blog just came out with a great book for pet dog owners that addresses training beyond the backyard. It is unique in that most books tell you how to train the dog, but fail to mention how to retain that training in public. It just came out and I have not read it yet, but I hear it's good.

    It's also typical for a dog to be very well-behaved at home but lose it around other dogs or people or in strange, new, exciting locations. The key is to get it down at home and then slowly in other places. Some people start in the living room, then have to re-train it in the yard, driveway, parking lot of a Home Depot, etc. and it takes time. Other people have a bit more luck in the distractions department. It just depends on the dog, person, type of training, etc. It also has typically has nothing to do with respect and from what you say, he does well just not in distractions. He just is over threshold is all. It's not uncommon for a dog to be three or four years old before he can consistently act trained in public.

    Finally, regarding barking excessively while crated, is a bit different and probably something you'll need to address separately with more detail in order to get help. Is this happening while you are home or away? While you are trying to sleep? Where is the crate located? Is he just barking or is he drooling, shaking, panting? Has he always done this? What have you tried? Etc.

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    Describe to us what level of training you have done to date. Have you taken any classes at all or has this all been self instructed? If he is doing well at home w/ you, then the next step is to increase the distraction level in his training, which typically means finding a good group/ class to train with. Anne
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