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Training Your Labrador Retriever (Training Your Dog) Paperback – September 1, 1999


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Product Details

  • Series: Training Your Dog
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series (September 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764109928
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764109928
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 6.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #241,322 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I wish I had bought this book first!!
Sakeena
This book stresses that labs are foodies and will work and learn nicely for good treats.
Red Shouldered Hawk
It is filled with dead-on, fabulous advice & is written in a clear, easy to read style.
Mary K. Woodward

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58 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Mary K. Woodward on October 14, 2005
Format: Paperback
I saw this book at a client's house while there to give their Lab a private lesson. As a clicker trainer, I am usually wary of training books because so many of them give outdated advice. What a wonderful surprise this book turned out to be! It is filled with dead-on, fabulous advice & is written in a clear, easy to read style. It is enhanced by plenty of photos and illustrations, as well. I was particularly impressed by the inclusion of items such as Calming Signals! I highly recommend this book for owners of any breed dog who want to learn to train & communicate with their dog in the most effective and humane way. I plan to buy this book to offer for sale in my dog obedience school.
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By "kjtallant" on January 21, 2004
Format: Paperback
This is an excellent place to start training your Lab. The author will take you through everything from house-breaking to basic commands (sit, stay, down, come) and even some tricks. The author takes advantage of the incredibly high food drive of Labs, and uses that to teach them things without negative reinforcement. This book will help you do a good job of what it is designed to accomplish -- train a pet.
However, you need to know what you're buying. If you want a lot of information on the history of the breed, I recommend trying another book such as Labrador Retreiver: The Dog That Does It All. On the other hand, if you will be field training your pooch, then I recommend a couple of "oldies but goodies," such as Gun Dog or Water Dog, by Richard Wolters.
Either way -- get the books before you get the dog -- and read them.
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42 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Barron Laycock HALL OF FAME on January 20, 2005
Format: Paperback
I really liked this book, which is no mean feat, given the fact that I am a person who's had the distinct pleasure of sharing his house and his life with as many as six Labrador retrievers at a time over the last 20 years (I now have four), I am acutely aware of the wonder and awe associated with getting such a wonderful companion can be. Yet, sadly, I am also aware of the profound ignorance many would-be labrador-people are regarding how to select, introduce, and socialize this new member of the family.

In that sense, this book , along with a number of others (e.g. Richard Wolper's "Family Dog") can provide the wary would-be initate with all of the essentials on how to successfully transform that cute little puppy into a happy, obdeient, and well-integrated member of the household. This book does offer one the expert advice one needs regarding the care and nurture of what has now become the single most popular breed in the United States, with information ranging from an impromptu history of Labrador Retrievers to such topics such as adoption options.

The book also delivers to the prospective owner a wealth of facts and details regarding Labrador Retrievers. The book provides essential and vital information regarding nutrition, socialization, and exercise, and offers some sage advice about how to find and select a reputable breeder. In addition, it also touches on aspects of ownerships such as common illnesses and chronic problems associated with the breed. This is a book I can heartily recommend! Enjoy!
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By "pjf30" on April 29, 2002
Format: Paperback
I am a brand new dog owner, and found this book to have very practical information, and the training information is very easy to follow. I have had my lab for 2 weeks and the training techniques and information on discipline has been very beneficial. I highly recommend this one..
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 3, 2003
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My husband and I have a registered labrador and this book is plain and simple for the beginning trainer. We can already see results with just a couple of days work.
I would recommend it for anyone just needing help with a new dog or an older dog who needs firm discipline.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Eric Hoyt on March 3, 2006
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This is a valuable training aid for anyone who is a new dog owner. It has many useful tips about effective training of Labs. The techniques in this book helped me raise an obedient and loving pet. I would definitely recommend this to anyone.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By M Jones on October 21, 2008
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We have a 6 month old black lab. She has been a handful to say the least. We have looked at training videos online, gone to a puppy classes, and read several books. This is the best book by far for understanding our baby girl. I would highly suggest this book to any existing or potential lab owner.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Red Shouldered Hawk on September 5, 2008
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This book stresses that labs are foodies and will work and learn nicely for good treats. I found Purina One dog biscuits to match its Purina One food line so that my labbie puppy gets nice nutrition while mastering her lessons. I am getting nice training results by following the directions in this book. Do exactly what is outlined and don't let up. I am a first time puppy owner and all is well!
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