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5 Key Points for Training Your Retriever

Robert Milner explains training fundamentals
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Keypoints to be discussed in this article are:

  • Obedience first
  • Coming on command
  • Too much dog
  • Electronic collars
  • Selective breeding

2. Coming on Command

One of the most common obedience problems is failure to come on command.

This is as prevalent in young, green dogs as breaking is in older hunting dogs. Both problems stem from a lack of obedience. If a dog is well trained to heel, sit, stay and come, he'll do nearly anything you want. The problem lies in the definition of "well trained."

A dog is well trained in obedience when he is obedient in the face of any level of distraction. That means he will respond properly when the neighbor's cat walks by, when another dog is playing next to him and even when shotguns are going off and ducks are falling.

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