Sit Boy Sit: Basics of Labrador Obedience Training

With the Labradors desire for dominance it is essential that the owner clearly takes the role as the dominant one in the household. If there is more than one person in the household then everybody should be involved in the Labradors obedience training otherwise the Labrador will consider himself dominant over everyone except the person that trained him and he will not listen or obey anyone else unless he feels like it.

Establishing Dominance

A Labrador is extremely smart and he will make every attempt to cajole or harass you out of your dominant position. The Labrador will talk back (make noises or bark), whine or ignore you in order to avoid doing as he is told. If you allow this to happen you will have lost all ground with your Labrador and he will be the one in charge of your household. Food is a very good incentive for a Labrador to do as he is told and also a very important place to start in Labrador obedience training. If your Labrador is used to taking food from just anyone you are putting him at risk to accept food that has been poisoned or food that may be toxic to your Labrador.

Set the food in front of your Labrador and when he goes running for his food push him back and tell him no or whatever word you will use for the rest of his life to tell him that his behavior is unacceptable. If you push on his rump he will normally fall into the sitting position which is a good habit to get him into before running for his food. Each time he runs for the food repeat this action until he learns that he must sit, be sure to use the sit command as your help him discover that position. When you are ready for him to eat then place to food at his feet and give him the command you intend to use for him to know he can have the food. Labrador obedience training is a must with any Labrador and due to their energy and size if you fail your Labrador will become a destructive member of the household.

Sit, Stay, Etc…

When using food for Labrador obedience training, be sure to use very small pieces. Something such as a dog biscuit that can be broken into many small pieces is a good choice. When training your Labrador to take a particular physical position or remain in one place choose a single word command. In the beginning you will need to help your Labrador understand the command by pushing their rump down to sit, pointing to the floor and gently pushing them toward the floor for lay. After each successful position give the dog a small portion of the treat. He will quickly learn that if he wants that treat he will obey your command right away. Repeat this for several days, with most this kind of Labrador obedience training works rather quickly and seldom takes any more than two weeks of consistent training.
Labrador obedience training does require reward or refusal in order to make it work effectively. Don’t let the dog get used to having a treat for behaving for more than a week or two at the most or he will not behave. Reward can be as simple as a pat on the head with a “good boy” added to it. Work with your Labrador every day and if you have obedience training down, Labrador potty training may be easier.

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