I got a Lab this Spring as a puppy (AKC papers included). He is a sweetie, but very hyper at 7 months old. I am trying to be patient with the jumping and chewing issues but it is getting old. He comes when I call, he sits and lays down. I have a huge backyard and he just loves to fetch anything thrown.
Since I have 3 boys ages 8 and younger, the jumping is my biggest concern. Is it just a battle of wills?
I read somewhere that Labs more than anything seek approval. When the dogs jumps, I should turn my back to him saying "OFF" or whatever command I want. By ignoring him, I am sending a louder message than anything else I could do. Is this true?