How Do You Train a Five-Month Old Labrador With No Previous Training?

I have just bought a new male labrador. He is a five-month old pup and I am worried that I will have problems training it. My other dog is extremely well trained, but I bought her at five-weeks. Help!!

You CAN teach 'old' dogs new tricks. Labrador dogs are extremely intelligent. All you need to do is work with encouragement. If you can, buy a clicker.
If you haven't heard of clicker training yet, it's a really great way to train dogs. http://www.clickerzoneuk.co.uk/ Here's a good website for it.

Just be sure that when training your dog, don't yell at him. He needs constant positive encouragement, don't get upset when he does something bad, just be happy when he does something right. I know it sounds crazy, but it really does work. My dog is extremely well trained, I house-broke him in one week using clickers/treating. When he went in the house, I didn't make a big deal out of it, just cleaned it up.
He is now two years old (I got him at three months) and he knows how to do over twenty tricks. He is a Shetland Sheepdog, and I've never had a Labrador, but I know they are smart so you should be able to train him really easy. Five-months isn't that old, as long as you start training now, you should be fine.

Good website:

http://www.petplanet.co.uk/petplanet/health/clicker_training1.htm

I like the list at the bottom of this one, it's really helpful.

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15 Responses to “How Do You Train a Five-Month Old Labrador With No Previous Training?”

  1. AmStaffT says:

    Just do exactly what you did with your other dog, age won't mean a thing.

    PS The fact that you bought your other dog at five weeks old is a little scary.
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  2. Hot Guy says:

    don't worry about it. all u have to do is make it abey commands. like when you say sit. repeat it a couple of times while pushing down on its behind. the pup will then know how to sit after a few days. all it does is take a little bit of time and patience.
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  3. I love my GSD! (and the BSD) says:

    Since it has no previous training you just start as you would with any puppy. You say you have another well trained dog, train the new one the same way you did the other. Just be prepared to be a little more patient. This one is probably set in some behaviors and will take a little extra time to train, but it's definately not a loss.
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  4. Ferrari Babe ¸.•*´`*? ?*´`*•.¸ says:

    Find out where you local dog training classes are held and attend until he's got the basics.
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  5. Dazzlingstarz says:

    MMM, congrats on your new lab.

    My advice: do basic things first.

    1)Name calling, i'm sure he knows his name by now…

    2) Sit: Call him to you, have a leash on him so he can't walk off, say "sit" and hold treat over his nose till he sits…say good boy, and award him. if you have another way of training sit, then do your way

    3) Stay: call him, leash attached, say sit, when sits, give treat, hold a palm infront of him, like high five, and say "stay" and slowly back up, if he maintains his position, award him, if not repeat.

    Since your other dog is trained, you prb. already know the basics, so i gonna skip that part. My dog, actually helped train my younger pups. Heres what I did..

    I had both on leashes and I would say sit, and the trained dog would sit. I gave treat to her. The pup followed suit when he saw that she got a treat and he didn't!

    So mayb eyour trained dog can lend a paw! Just have the dog go through the basics, sit, stay,etc, and award him/her and let the young male pick up the good behavior that way!
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  6. Wondering says:

    You CAN teach 'old' dogs new tricks. Labrador dogs are extremely intelligent. All you need to do is work with encouragement. If you can, buy a clicker.
    If you haven't heard of clicker training yet, it's a really great way to train dogs. http://www.clickerzoneuk.co.uk/ Here's a good website for it.

    Just be sure that when training your dog, don't yell at him. He needs constant positive encouragement, don't get upset when he does something bad, just be happy when he does something right. I know it sounds crazy, but it really does work. My dog is extremely well trained, I house-broke him in one week using clickers/treating. When he went in the house, I didn't make a big deal out of it, just cleaned it up.
    He is now two years old (I got him at three months) and he knows how to do over twenty tricks. He is a Shetland Sheepdog, and I've never had a Labrador, but I know they are smart so you should be able to train him really easy. Five-months isn't that old, as long as you start training now, you should be fine.

    Good website:
    http://www.petplanet.co.uk/petplanet/health/clicker_training1.htm
    I like the list at the bottom of this one, it's really helpful.
    References :
    http://www.clickerzoneuk.co.uk/

    http://www.petplanet.co.uk/petplanet/health/clicker_training1.htm

  7. Maggie says:

    If old dogs can learn new tricks (Mythbusters has proved this!) then a five-month puppy should have no trouble at all. Treat him just like you did your five-week puppy. He'll have some bad habits to unlearn, which your first puppy probably did not, but he should train up like a champ if you just give him a little time
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  8. mheather83 says:

    It can be done. I just got a 1 yr old chow/lab mix. She was a dog that was tied out her whole life and didn't have a clue about anything about training or anything for that matter. I've had her since last week and she already knows sit and other basic manners. I just trained her like my other dog which is also trained good. So just train him like your other dog. Labs are very smary and catch on quick. Some dogs need different motivations though. Some do fine with just praise, some need a little treat or a toy to motivate them. So just find something that works good. Good luck and remember t have fun.
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  9. camel herder says:

    I just wonder how much you paid for it. I would imagine between £200 - £400. It really grates me when people purchase dogs from breeders because at the end of the day all you are doing is lining the breeders pocket.

    There are enough dogs in rescue centres which need homes and I have no doubt that with a little research you will probably have got a puppy Labrador from a centre.

    It would have cost you far less and the dog would have more than likely been chipped already again another saving for yourself.

    Please be responsible and get your puppy's bits removed at the earliest opportunity. This will also help to calm him down for training.

    As the others have said just start right back at the basics.

    The reason I detest dog breeders is that I rescued a female Boxer from a breeder. The dog had been poorly treated and was in such a state that I contacted the RSPCA to get them to visit the breeder. The end result was a court case and that breeder is now out of business.

    I do not wish to tar all dog breeders with the above but I will tar them with the fact that they are only in the breeding game for one reason and that is to make money!

    I urge anyone who is looking for a dog to visit a rescue centre as they are geared up to match you to the dog and vice versa.
    Even an older dog with no history record can be trained.

    There are NO bad dogs out there just bad owners.
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  10. nobby says:

    lots of patience.
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  11. Kelly B says:

    5 weeks for a puppy that is crazy! 9 weeks should be the earliest you buy a pup.

    But anyway, to train a 5 month old dog is the same as a 1 or 2 month old dog. It may take longer and bit a touch harder but keep going. Also go to dog training classes. They will give you tips and it will also stimulate the dog, which therefor you should get more response.

    Good Luck!
    Nothing is impossible with care and attention.
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  12. Cris(T) says:

    I started puppy education classes when my lab was 6 months old. Labs are very intelligent dogs. He will pick up commands very quickly. Just be patient with him and reward him. My dog is 9 months old now and is still learning new commands. I just taught him to pick up all of his toys and put them in a basket. It's really cute (and helpful). He loves sticks, so, I tried to turn the "put it in the basket" command into "Put the stcik in the wheelbarrow" for when we are working in the yard. He doesn't part well with his sticks, though.
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  13. Terrier says:

    These people will be able to help you.

    http://www.apdt.co.uk/

    As for the dog you bought aged 5 weeks, please don't EVER use that breeder again!!

    This link might also be useful:

    http://www.labradorforums.co.uk/
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  14. suki says:

    i want to buy a lab thats 44 days old….help me with the basic steps to start trainin him

  15. NIRMAL says:

    can i guide my labrador which is just 45 days old

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