Train Your Lab
Training your Labrador Retriever in general
obedience is essential to the enjoyment of your new family member. Labs
are eager to learn and have a desire to please.
They are intelligent
and learn quickly. Here are a few tips to a successful training experience.
- Start training with your new puppy right
away. Create habits in your puppy that you will expect as an adult
dog. Example: If you do not want your adult Lab to get on the
couch do not allow the dog as a puppy to get up on the couch. It’s
much easier to teach them correct habits from the beginning. It's hard
to change behaviors.
- Make the training fun and reward your Lab with
verbal praise when they exhibit correct behavior and obedience.
Keep your training sessions short. Normally a 10 to 15 minute
session works well. Young dogs are like children. As puppies they
have a short attention span.
- Keep your commands simple. Use their name and
a one word command. Example: (Lucky, come)( Sam, sit) You will find
using the dog’s name before the command will help when you have more
than one dog you are controlling.
- Learn to anticipate what your dog is going to
do. This will take a lot of frustration out of the yard training
for both of you. Example: When the pup is held by command in the
SIT, STAY position, he will normally give a warning sign that he is
about to break the STAY command and come to you. Learn to give the
release command right before he breaks. This reinforces two
commands that he has completed correctly.
- Your Lab puppy needs his own spot in the house
if you are allowing your new pup in the home. Provide a blanket or
pillow that he can identify as his spot. This is a place the dog
can feel safe.
- When a dog jumps up he’s trying to show you
that he likes you and wants to be friends. It’s important to stop
the jumping right away. The best way to handle his jumping is with
a knee from underneath. When the puppy starts to jump bring your
knee up under the dog and say, NAME, DOWN. Then take control and
command the puppy to sit. Reward him with praise and love.
- Be sure to take the time to play with your new
Lab puppy. This is important to help with the bonding process as
well as exercise.
- Get your new puppy on leash for walks right
away. Do not allow him to drag you down the walk. Keep him
controlled and teach him to walk at your left side and sit when you
come to a stop. Simply pull up on the leash and give the SIT
These are a few simple tips on obedience training.
We hope they will be of help to you. Enjoy your new companion. You’ll
find that the Labrador Retriever is a loving and loyal family dog. They
are in the top 10 most popular breeds world wide. Remember that the Lab
is a social animal and craves your attention. They can actually become
depressed or develop social disorders if they are not with people for an
extend period of time.
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