Training — mental stimulation

Austra­lian Labra­do­odles are very smart cre­atu­res. It is very impor­tant to train them. They learn very quic­kly, howe­ver they learn bad things just as quick as they learn those desi­red ones. The­re­fore it is cru­cial to edu­cate them at the early stage of their life.

First phase of edu­ca­tion is what bre­eder does. Respon­si­ble bre­eder socia­lize pup­pies, and socia­li­zes every sin­gle day – not only for the pur­pose of making photo docu­men­ta­tion (for more infor­ma­tion ple­ase see the topic – “How do I socia­lize the pup­pies before they arrive to you”)
When you get the puppy it is our turn to edu­cate him.

Usu­ally the first step you can do is to enroll your puppy to a “puppy kin­der­gar­ten”. Such kin­der­gar­ten is con­cen­tra­ted more on socia­li­za­tion than the actual tra­ining. You will of course learn the basic com­mands, such as: sit, down, come back, come back on a whi­stle sound ect. Howe­ver it is all about giving your puppy dif­fe­rent sti­mu­la­tion before 16 weeks of age when the socia­li­za­tion period ends. The tra­iner sho­uld look at each puppy indi­vi­du­ally so that he can make some advi­ses about future deve­lop­ment of your puppy (other direc­tions, other cour­ses ect)

It is very impor­tant that your dog school offers posi­tive rein­for­ce­ment tra­ining without chain or choc­king col­lars. If you ask a question – if a choc­king col­lar is allo­wed during the tra­ining and you hear the answer “yes” than it is not the school you want your dog to go to.

Dog scho­ols offer dif­fe­rent kinds of edu­ca­tion nowa­days – and this can be a lot fun for you and your dog – it will also streng­then bond between both of you. Some scho­ols offer gene­ral or higher obe­dience, agi­lity, dog trek­king (over cer­tain age) or even hun­ting clas­ses. Gene­ral tra­ining is a must if it comes to an Austra­lian Labra­do­odle and then you can think for your­self if you want to go further.

Ending I would like to say few words about agi­lity clas­ses. Agi­lity puts your dog on a high speed. It makes dogs ove­re­xci­ted which is not really a good thing. During such agi­lity run the adre­na­line level incre­ases very high and not a lot of people know that a dogs orga­nism needs about a week for the adre­na­line level to come back to nor­mal. Some ani­mal experts alre­ady pro­mote agi­lity stress free which seems to be very good solu­tion, howe­ver it is quite a new know­ledge and not intro­du­ced yet on a large scale.


Elzbieta Gajew­ska
Austra­lian Labra­do­odle Bre­eder in Poland
First Pro­fes­sio­nal Austra­lian Labra­do­odle Ken­nel in Poland