How to teach a Labrador to a muzzle
Often, walking the Labrador, you can hear outrage from people about the fact that the dog is without a muzzle. Not everyone knows that Labradors are good-natured and non-aggressive creatures, albeit of a large size, so in order to avoid conflicts, it is advisable to accustom the dog to a muzzle. To teach them to start from an early age before the first walk in the quarantine period. Give the puppy a sniff of an unknown object (muzzle), put it near him. In the muzzle can put a treat for a puppy. As soon as the dog will calmly treat him, try to put a muzzle on it. It is advisable to accustom to such a muzzle, in which you can stick a treat (for training). Most likely the dog will start trying to take it off. Do not let her do it. Leave the dog in a muzzle for a short time, then encourage. Over time, the Labrador should get used to the muzzle. At first, the dog will still try to take it off for a walk, it can start “butting” people with a muzzle, rubbing it against the ground.
You must do everything so that the dog, if not loving the muzzle, then at least neutral to him. Associate a muzzle for a dog with something pleasant. Bring him to walk the dog. If on a walk the Labrador is trying to remove the muzzle, as an option – you can take it off and take the dog home. Wait at home for a few minutes, tell the dog to “walk” and reapply the muzzle. If necessary, this process of education is desirable to repeat several times.
As a variant of training the dog to the muzzle, you can still use the long and hard working out the commands, then release the dog for a long-awaited walk in the muzzle.
Teaching a Labrador to a muzzle – you will avoid many problems. The muzzle is needed not only so that people who are afraid of dogs do not reach you, but also so that the Labrador does not pick up anything “tasty” from the ground. This will protect your dog from accidental poisoning.
How to prepare a dog for the show
For the Labrador, as in other matters and for any other dog breed, the important indicators at the exhibition are the exterior and psyche. Labrador should not be cowardly, timid, there should also be no aggression. At the exhibition, it is immediately rejected. If you want to win at shows, you need to prepare for this from the very birth of a puppy. It is important to comply with proper nutrition, give the necessary physical activity for the proper development of the muscles of the dog. Good nutrition affects the growth of the dog, she has a shiny coat, there is no dandruff.
Also, the Labrador puppy needs to move. Movement affects not only the development of muscles in the dog, but also the growth of the skeleton, the cardiovascular system. Giving the puppy so much load that he does not get tired, but do not overload him with running around. Categorically you can not drive a puppy for a bicycle. This can not only affect the exhibition career in the future, but also on health in general. Before you think about the exhibition Labrador, you need to take care of his education. The dog must respond adequately to various stimuli, including other dogs. Cultivate your Labrador’s indifference to other animals. It is indifference to dogs at the show that will be the ideal behavior. Teach the Labrador to execute the “To me!” Command. If a dog runs up to you on your team when you are alone with it, but does not always react in the company of other dogs, we can assume that the dog does not know the “to me” command. Interest your dog so that you are in the first place, and not other dogs or people. On a walk alternate games and training, then try to go into a society where there are foreign animals. Try to keep the dog’s attention on you.
If you have an adult dog and are not prepared for the ring, then this can be corrected, provided that the Labrador has a good psyche. Classes on ring training should begin no later than 2 months before the show. During this time, it is necessary to train the dog of the ring trot, to show the teeth, to teach to stand motionless while it is examined by the expert (about 30 seconds).