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If you have a Labrador Retriever dog in need of training or are seeking Labrador info about Lab puppy training, this is the article for you. This article will guide you step-by-step through the process of training a Labrador.
Training a Labrador is not as difficult as one would expect. The Labrador Retriever dog has a gentle, friendly, intelligent personality and a desire to please his or her owner.
While training a dog is never easy, it is extremely rewarding and the good-natured traits of the Labrador Retriever dog make training easier.
The best time to begin training a Labrador is during the puppy stage, if you have the opportunity.
The same steps and techniques that follow can be used with adult Labrador Retriever dogs but depending on the dog and its habits, training may take more time and might require an experienced trainer. In either case, begin with leash training.
A good first training exercise is leash training; it is easier to teach Lab puppies to heal and follow rather than Labrador Retriever dogs, since puppies do not yet have the strength to drag you down the road.
Begin leash training with a soft harness; when the puppy begins to pull or run away, begin walking in another direction and, when the Lab puppy follows, reward him or her with a treat as you continue to walk.
This will teach the puppy to heal. Continue this Lab puppy training exercise on a daily basis until it transpires naturally and automatically. Then move on to the next challenge: the “sit” command.
Take the puppy to a place that is not distracting (i.e. a familiar fenced yard, living room, etc.), so that you have their full attention. Grab a treat and place it in front of the puppy’s nose until he or she catches the scent.
While saying “sit”, slowly move the treat up and over the puppy’s head until they “accidentally” sit in an effort to get the treat; immediately feed the treat to the Lab and repeat the process on a daily basis until the Lab puppy sits on command.
Once a Labrador retriever dog has been successfully trained to recognize the verbal command “sit”, he or she can be more easily trained in the same manner for additional useful commands such as “stay” or “down”.
The more verbal commands your Lab knows, the easier it will be to maintain control of your pet in any situation. Also, these verbal commands will be helpful with other Lab puppy training, too.
Verbal commands are useful when training a Labrador to control their behavior. Because of their energetic and enthusiastic nature, your Labrador puppy or Labrador Retriever dog may require behavior training to ensure their excitement does not get out of control (which could be problematic as a full-grown adult).
If at any time he or she becomes too hyper, a commanding “SIT” can get their attention and calm them down.
And finally, as the puppy grows into a young adult Labrador retriever dog, he or she will likely need food training.
Because of their love of food and chewing, Labradors often begin begging or eating miscellaneous objects (discarded food, trash, and sometimes items that are not edible!).
Providing a basket of chew toys and establishing a strict feeding schedule in conjunction with verbal commands are effective training solutions.
Hopefully you found this basic Lab puppy training guide helpful. If you would like additional information about training a Labrador, consider reading more Labrador info about Lab puppies or the Labrador Retriever dog.
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