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Last edited at 10:47PM on 9/11/2012
The best way to train any animal is to reward him when he does something you want repeated and prevent him from enjoying/succeeding at anything you don't want repeated. It's too late to punish him after he's thoroughly enjoyed the chasing/sniffing/chewing/peeing, and this is why e-collars can be excellent distance-training tools, the collar subtracts the fateful seconds it usually takes for an owner to catch up to the dog and physically interrupt the behavior. If you keep him closely supervised and managed you don't need long-range tools. You should consider hiring a private trainer for a couple months to teach you dog-handling skills, same as you would take lessons to learn to play a musical instrument. You probably want a mostly "positive reward" trainer but don't rule out those who say they will use e-collars. Used *properly*, e-collars are more humane than ill-timed and ineffective physical corrections. Many "positive" and gentle trainers use e-collars for finishing the recall, since having a 100% distraction-proof recall can mean life or death to the dog. If you are trying to train your lab to do field work to a competitive level you will have a hard time going collarless.
There is a new training tool for dogs called a clicker. you use it and treat your dog with treats and they hear the click sound when you click the clicker with the given command. you can buy them at pet stores or petsmart or petco
Shock collars are the worst thing ever! Like DKestrel said Rewarding is the best method. A dog obeys a confident handler. You have to first make him realize that you are 'The Alpha' or the Pack Leader'. Once your dog realizes that, he will automatically start obeying you.