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    Labrador training....

    I'm a spaniel man, the other half is a Labrador Lady. I've only known her very ageing lab so never trained a pup, and my experiences so far have included one mental springer dog (never again) and one remarkably biddable if a bit scatty cocker bitch who's now about 2 and a half.
    To get to the point, we have got a lab pup joining our household in 8 weeks time, and the breeder made some comment about them being a very different beast to train than what I'm used to, and she didn't just mean they would be easy in comparison......
    ive always perceived labs to be relatively straight forward to train to an acceptable level, but are there any pitfalls or anything I should be aware of, things to nip in the bud early etc or methods people would adopt?
    Not looking for a tracking dog, picking up is the aim of the game although I might also be inclined to see how she turn out as I do quite fancy the idea of a stalking companion that can actually sit still!
    Any tips welcomed.
    Opinions are like arseholes....... we all have them, and most of them stink

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    Found the Labs I have trained to be a doddle to be honest compared to spaniels.
    They can be chewers but are as a rule very biddable even from a young age.
    One thing I have found is that vary in what age they pick things up at.I actually sold a lovely dog because at the age of 12 months he still wouldn't retrieve anything at all.Whilst the buyer had a kennel built a kept him on and bugger me if he didn't start retrieving to hand quite beautifully
    My own stupid fault for not being patient enough as he was still very young but he had a good shooting home at least.
    Some I have had even almost seemed to train themselves

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    I think you will find most labs are born half trained....most spaniels die half trained!!!!
    joking aside if you trained a spaniel will be a easier job with the lab

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    Labradors are basically born half trained when you get a pup from good stock. All my Labradors have been far easier than my spaniels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by redlab View Post
    I think you will find most labs are born half trained....most spaniels die half trained!!!!
    joking aside if you trained a spaniel will be a easier job with the lab
    Might have to steal that quote Redlab for future use LOL

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    I've had both and agree with many of the comments. I think labs tend mature slowly, most don't grow up until they are about 3 years old and can be quite puppyish until then.

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    Looks like it's going to be a doddle then!
    Opinions are like arseholes....... we all have them, and most of them stink

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    Don't go and jinx it LOL

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    I'm being sarcastic, I've seen enough ill-behaved labs over the years to disprove any of the advice given above!!!
    Opinions are like arseholes....... we all have them, and most of them stink

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