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HELP ME

March 3, 2009 | By jerri b. | 5 comments

To all the black lab owners.... help!! I have a young black lab that heads straight for my ditches when he gets out. Hes mostly inside now because its been so cold, but I live right down the street from the river so when its hot he goes swimming often. So, is there anyway to stop him from doing this??
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Jill A.
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Jill A.
5 years ago

After my husband and I got married, we moved into a house right on the St. Lawrence River and brought his 6 year old black lab with us. I wasn't working when we first moved in so I had a lot of time to spend with Junior. I took him for a walk every morning, as I didn't trust letting him out on his own and didn't like the idea of just tying him out on his dog run. Junior loves water and will jump and run into any puddle or ditch that he could see. It just so happened that we moved at the end of summer, so we were right at the wet part of the year, so lots of puddles around. Everytime I took Junior for a walk and we would get near a puddle or ditch, I would simply tell him "NO" and give a little jerk on his leash. It took some time, but eventually he got the idea. Now we can easily take our walks and he avoids the puddles and ditches on our road. The River however, is a different story!!

Susan A.
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Susan A.
5 years ago

It's not clear from your comments exactly what you are asking. By "gets out" if you mean escapes from the house or the yard, then you have to have a way to prevent the escape. Our black lab figured out how to crawl over the fence by the back door, so we had to extend the fence about 3 feet to prevent escapes.

If you mean when the dog is outside intentionally, then you have to do recall training, keep the dog on a leash with you, or else in a fenced yard. Whole Dog Journal just had an excellent article on teaching recall in their last issue.

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