Monday, August 25, 2014

Training a Puppy: Family Walks and More

Our Chocolate Labrador Retriever, Lola, is now 15 weeks old. Since she came to our lives, things have been so different at home. Some days are very chaotic while others are just extremely busy. 

As expected, my husband and I have discovered that we now have three children instead of two. Not only that, we have also found out that although our two boys love very much their puppy, reading a book or playing with a friend is still more interesting than taking her out for peep or poop.




Walking with Lola
Since my husband and I consider Lola as the daughter that we have never had, we both are treating her as our little princess! We always do our best to involve in her in any family activity. But, our family routines have changed since Lola came to our lives. For instance, we are now having family walks almost every evening right after supper. We take Lola with us, so she can explore the neighbourhood, meet other dogs and practice her commands. It's just so fun to see Lola trying to chase everything that moves, including dead leaves. She is such an active little puppy.

But my favorite moments with Lola are the morning walks. Everything is so quite at that time. It's often just the two us walking on the side walks.  Lola is so curious and gets excited with everything that she sees, from bushes to crows everything is interesting. For some reason, she is very attracted by the flowers and always spend a few seconds "smelling" them. When I see her doing this, I always say to her, "Oh Lola, you are a romantic".

Once she gets tired of smelling things or putting things in her mouth, Lola always decides that is time to play with Mommy. Then, she looks at me and starts biting my feet or my pants. Unfortunately, biting is one of Lola's bad behaviours that we are trying to correct at this point in time. We have been suggested that when going for a walk, we should always carry a toy or something to distract her when she starts biting. The problem is that it's sometimes difficult to remember to do this when you also have to carry dog bags, food treats and the house key!




Training Lola

As Lola "parents", we are also trying to educate her. Although we are all participating in her education, my husband is playing the most important role in Lola's training. He is the one who spends the most time teaching her key commands such as down, sit, stop, etc. He is very patient with her and it's clear that she loves him very much.

In addition of registering her in an obedience class, we are also doing a lot of reading to educate ourselves regarding beaviour and development of puppies. These are three books that we have read, or are in the process of reading.




Specific to Labrador Retrievers: 

The Everything Labrador Retriever Book: A Complete Guide to Raising, Training, and Caring for Your Lab (Everything®) 

Your Labrador Retriever Puppy Month By Month


- Labrador Retriever Training: Breed Specific Puppy Training Techniques, Potty Training, Discipline, and Care Guide


Puppy and Dog Behaviour:


The Dog Whisperer: A Compassionate, Nonviolent Approach to Dog Training

Cesar's Way: The Natural, Everyday Guide to Understanding and Correcting Common Dog Problems 

-  Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know

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