Labrador Training - Early Foundation

Puppies are adorable and sometimes we let them get away with bad behavior because we think they look too cute or don’t know any better. When you are starting Labrador training you can’t let your dog’s cute little puppy dog eyes get in the way of proper obedience training. You must be firm but not harsh, consistent and patient with the new addition to your family. Praise is the best way to help training along as well as lots of tasty treats.

Labrador training will be easier if you involve everyone in the family. This is because you need your dog to take commands from everyone in the family. Develop a pack mentality by letting the dog know that in its pack, your family, everyone else comes on top. This includes children, it needs to respect everyone in your family and take commands from everyone. Make sure everyone uses the same methods and commands as you do, so as not to confuse your dog.

Take your Labrador puppy out to meet new people and other dogs. You don’t want an aggressive dog. Exposing your dog to other people and dogs is a part of Labrador training that will allow your dog to be well socialized. Also start to bring your dog in the car or short rides even at this age. Drive to a grassy area that is not too far from home and let your dog out to explore and play. This way your puppy connects cars with something fun and will have no problem getting into the car.

Teaching your dogs to come when you call is an important aspect of Labrador training. One way is to keep whistling while your dog is eating this will make it associate whistling with food. Another way is to keep calling your dog’s name and whistling and when it comes over to you praise it, scratch it’s belly, and generally make a big deal of your dog. It will slowly begin to associate you calling it with a reward.
You must command respect from your dog. This means that you must nip all bad behavior in the bud before it becomes a problem. If something is unacceptable show his with your tone of voice and lack of attention. Labrador training is very effective when you use just your tone of voice. Labradors are very sensitive to this and they are intelligent dogs as well.

Patience is needed, as your puppies will not be immediately trained, you need to keep repeating sessions with your dogs everyday to get results. Remember that so that you don’t get frustrated. On the upside, Labradors are intelligent dogs that love to learn new things. Some Labrador problem behaviors like destructive chewing are a result of boredom. Labradors shouldn’t be left alone too much. They love human company and like to play lots, chew toys are sometimes not enough. So make sure someone is at home to play and entertain your dog.

Brooke Sunderland is a dog lover who has been a successful obedience trainer. Once you are clear and firm, Labrador training is easy. The advice in this article is commonly found in dog training books.

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