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Gun Dogs - Hooked on Labradors - By Jackie Allen


Working labrador in action

Working Labradors are bred firstly for their working ability rather than the conformation required by the show dog. They tend to be slightly longer in the leg, leaner in build with narrower heads and longer muzzles. Labradors are registered in three colours, black, yellow (which can range from a pale lemon colour to a deep fox red) and chocolate. Black and yellow seem to be the favoured choice of colour for the working dog.

If someone had said to me a few years ago that I would give up horses and train working Labrador Retrievers, I would have said they were completely barking! However that is exactly what happened some two and half years ago. I am now totally “Hooked On Labradors” and between me and my partner Geoff, we now own six Labs of varying ages.

 

It all came about when we decided to have a litter of puppies from Mable, our black Labrador. When it came to selling the puppies, just the sight of a stranger would send one particular puppy scurrying to the safety of a large terracotta flowerpot, where he would remain until the coast was clear! Of course, no one really wanted him, so having decided that he had made his mind up that he was staying put, I embarked on the challenge of training my first working Lab. Once he was old enough to start his training I took myself off with my new acquisition to meet Douglas Raven (a very well known local gundog trainer) and set about my new venture and from there developed a whole new passion.

Working Labradors are bred firstly for their working ability rather than the conformation required by the show dog. They tend to be slightly longer in the leg, leaner in build with narrower heads and longer muzzles. Labradors are registered in three colours, black, yellow (which can range from a pale lemon colour to a deep fox red) and chocolate. Black and yellow seem to be the favoured choice of colour for the working dog.

Like this Mum ?

"Like this Mum ?"

Apart from training the Labrador for shooting purposes or Field Trials, there are Working Tests in which only dummies are used as the retrieves. These are organised by Gundog Societies and Clubs up and down the country. They range from local friendly gatherings to events where International Teams compete at the CLA Game Fair, a huge event. Working tests have various classes; puppy, novice, open and veteran. Your dog has to perform several tests on the day, these are designed to show your skill as a handler and your dogs ability to hunt, find, retrieve and deliver. Judging is based on your dogs natural ability to mark, hunt, the speed and style with which your dogs finds and retrieves, and the handlers skill to deliver commands quietly and effectively showing control of your dog at all times.

Whether you are training a gundog, a potential Field Trial Champion or want to compete in Working Tests, the basic training procedure is much the same and takes approximately two years. First and foremost you have to develop a strong bond with your dog to ensure that he works for you because he wants to, not because he has been made to. Labradors are on the whole natural retrievers and the aim is to channel their natural enthusiasm to do what they do best under your guidance. As with horses there are no set hard and fast rules as to how and when training starts; all puppies are different. The most important thing is the need to be consistent in what you do “say what you mean, mean what you say”, and always make sure your puppy succeeds in each lesson. Labradors are very quick learners, the art is to make sure they learn the good things, not the bad - encourage what you want and discourage what you don’t want!

Your puppy needs to walk to heel on and off the lead, sit to command and stay until told otherwise, stop on the whistle and to come on the recall whistle. As he gets older you need to be able to direct him to go left, right and back with visual as well as verbal commands. We use the command “out” for left and right, (your hand signals dictate left or right), and “back” to go back. You can use whichever verbal command you like as long as you stick to the same one, some people even train their dogs the verbal command “left” and “right”! You need to be able to send your dog to go off your hand from sitting at heel in any given direction, to go over obstacles such as ditches and fences upon the verbal command “get over”, and to enter water to retrieve. Once your dog has found the retrieve he must tenderly deliver it back to your hand, coming straight into you and holding his head up, offering the dummy.

Above all else he must be taught to have the patience to sit and relax until given the command to do otherwise. One thing I was taught early on the importance of teaching their puppy to sit with the handbrake on and the gears in neutral. Often I have my dogs out when doing some gardening or washing the car and just let them sit, watch and relax, ………not as easy as it sounds, however, time spent doing this sort of things reaps benefits in the long term. 

Having mastered all of the above over a period of several months (well hopefully) under the watchful eye of Douglas, when Barnie was 20 months old we went off to our first working test, a “puppy test”, and to my absolute surprise we won!! I am now well on the way to training my latest puppy (hopefully not making some of the mistakes I made with my first!) who is 10 months old and is currently learning her left and right. She looks at me sometimes as if to say, this is all very complicated are you sure it’s really necessary!

Even if you have no aspirations to train a gundog or compete in trials and/or working tests, it is a real pleasure to take a dog out that has manners and does what you ask because his main aim in life is to please you.


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