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Sunday, July 2nd, 2017

Labrador Training – Jumping on furniture

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Riaan Cornelius

Deciding whether or not your Labrador puppy is permitted access to the furniture is a pretty important deal. If you get a big dog(like a Labrador), it’s an even bigger decision.

Furniture access is a matter of some weight for two reasons: firstly, because it’s highly awkward to have to scrap for space on your own settee; and secondly, because it strongly relates to the affair of dominance, which is of the uttermost importance as far as a balanced dog/owner relationship goes.

Your Labrador puppy knows that the furniture – in specific, your bed – is your property. If he’s allowed up onto your own, private area as a matter of action and whenever he feels like it, that’s yielding a pretty big point to him; especially since it’s rarely a two-way affair (when was the previous time you invaded your Labrador puppy’s own turf and snuggled down for a nap in his bed?).

It’s best to be conscious of these things before making a unalterable conclusion on furniture access for your Labrador puppy. If you do decide to permit him unimpeded admittance, you’ll need to make sure that you’re extra-stringent with the remaining facets of alpha-dominance to keep him from getting an over-inflated sense of self-importance.

Normally talking, it’s a sound idea to forbid your Labrador admittance to the furniture outright, until he’s at least five or 6 months old.

When a puppy’s growing up, he’s forming the foundation of his conceptions as to what constitutes befitting conduct, and he’s figuring out his own ranking in the social hierarchy of the pack. If he’s allowed to jump onto beds, couches, and armchairs (the three most-prized pieces of furnishings in the house for any Labrador) at will and from day one, he’ll have a skewed perspective of his own position.

He won’t see it as the favour that it is: he’ll see it as his God-given right, and something to be taken for granted. This does a lot towards equalizing your Labrador’s rank with your own, which – as far as your role as the leader goes – is emphatically not a favourable thing. To maintain a healthy relation with your Labrador, not only do you need to be the leader, but he needs to see that you are.

To prevent attitude problems from developing in adolescence, it’s usually best to make your puppy as humble as practicable – which means that he needs to realise being allowed up ‘on your level’.

Law number 1, as far as this issue goes, is uniformity. You must be unchanging! Once you’ve made your choice as to whether or not he’s to be allowed up on the furniture, you will have to stick with that option, or else – whatsoever that selection was – you won’t have a chance of enforcing it.

So, if he’s to be allowed up on the chair but not the bed, for instance, he can never be allowed up on that bed – not even for a minute. If you decide not to allow him up on any furniture at all, you must ensure that nobody counteracts your choice and invites him up there.

Changing the rules according to human whims and impulses isn’t fair on your Labrador puppy. It’ll just befuddle him. He can’t tell the difference between an pricey new settee and a grubby old one, or between unsullied paws and grimy paws. This can have a harmful impression upon your own peace of mind (not to mention your dry-cleaning account), and if you take that frustration out on your Labrador puppy, it’s unclear and displeasing for him.

This is why, if you’re going to permit him any right at all, it’s a wonderful plan to impose limits: to instruct him that he can’t outright leap up as and when he chooses, but that he has to wait for an invitation.

Inviting your Labrador to join you on the couch is pretty simple. All you have to do is pat the furniture next to you, and – in a cheerful, amiable tone – say, “Up you get!”. Most Labradors need little more aid than this, and will be up like a missile before the 2nd syllable’s passed your lips.

An important facet of Labrador Training is teaching the “off” command – this allows you to unwind in the knowledge that, when you want some leg room, it’s there for the taking; and also reminds your Labrador puppy, in no ambivalent terms, that his furniture access is not a right – it’s a privilege!

As is to be predicted, most Labradors are less eager regarding obeying the “off” than they are the “up you get” command: on occasion, you may be required to apply physical force to maintain obedience. Don’t worry, it’s not inhumane in the slightest, merely highly efficient.

Here’s what you do:

– First of all, give him an inviting alternative. Being told to get off a cozy lounge to lie on the unadorned floor is hardly something he’s going to respond to with passionate compliance: set him up for success, not failure, by supplying him a comfy dog bed. You can make one yourself, out of towels and pillows, or you can get ready-made dog beds in a variety of sizes and materials from the pet outlet.

– When it’s time for him to get off, point to the dog bed and say, “Off” in a quiet, authoritative voice. No need to raise your voice or holler: use a no-nonsense, but enjoyable, tone.

– If there’s no quick response, do not reiterate yourself. Hold your arm pointing at the bed, and maintain eye contact. If you own a sharp Labrador puppy, oft it’s sufficient to only deepen your expression (raising your eyebrows or tightening your mouth).

– Wait for 30 seconds (which often feel like an long time!).

– If there’s no activity after 30 seconds, you can resort to bodily enforcement of your request.

The Civilized Physical Enforcement

Many owners pull their Labradors off by the collar, which is efficient in the short-term (provided your Labrador is of a build that you can physically manipulate). Still, it’s not recommended – simply because, as a technique, it allows your Labrador puppy to demonstrate his refusal to obey you.

He can still dig in his paws and strain against your opposing move, which is both wholly impudent and opposing to all the alpha-dominant behavioral training in the world.

It’s much more effective to think smart: make him get off under his own volition, simply by making the couch (or spot, or bed) uncomfortable for him.

To do this, move your hand, palm-down, below his rear. Slowlymove your arm forwards, using it as a lever to gently and gently pry him off the seat. It raises his backside in the air by degrees, which is progressively uncomfortable for him – enough to make him jump off the seat of his own will.

This is both more efficient, and physically a lot less hard, than dragging a reluctant Labrador off by his scruff: by making him choose to get off when you ask him to, you’re strongly enforcing your compliance requirements, which is great for your portrayal as an authority person.

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