Training your Labrador is very important for your sanity as well as your dog’s wellbeing. Any pet owner wants their dog to be well behaved in social situations after all. Getting started as early as you can and building that relationship is absolutely key. The breed is very receptive to training and are even used as working dogs and service dogs across multiple industries.
5 Simple Labrador Training Tips
Labrador training might seem overly complicated and time-consuming at the best of times, but it doesn’t have to be that way. It can be a fun, relaxing activity that will improve your dog’s behavior and your relationship. To get you started, here are 5 simple tips for training your dog.
Introducing your Labrador to the outside world early on will result in a well-behaved dog in almost any situation. Socialization is very important for reducing stress in your dog as well as teaching your Labrador how to behave in different situations. Getting them used to other dogs, people and everyday noises in public places will help with your training.
You will have the best results if you start with some exercise to help burn some energy out of the dog. Labradors are very energetic and will focus better once they’ve had a good run or a brisk walk around the block.
3. Start Labrador Training Young
The younger you start training, the easier it will be. Puppies are like sponges and take in new information a lot quicker than adult dogs. Adults are generally set in their ways although older dogs can learn new tricks if you are patient.
4. Use Positive Reinforcement
Labradors are lovers and will respond much better to training with treats rather than punishment. Treats will also ensure that you keep your dog’s attention much better.
5. Start With The Basics Of Labrador Training
Don’t expect your pup to know everything from day one. Dogs of different ages learn at different speeds, but that doesn’t mean you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. Older dogs just take longer to learn than puppies do.
Getting our dog to sit or give you the paw are the ideal ways to show them how training works and the rewards they can expect to get.
Here is a video to help you with the basics of dog training:
I’m Rita and I’m crazy about animals. I’ve been lucky enough to have had all sorts of pets throughout my life. This, along with my years of experience working as a professional dog trainer, has given me the opportunity to learn a lot about their care and behavior. I have several animal-related qualifications including dog training, equine science, and nature guiding. I live in sunny South Africa, where you can find me out walking my dog or caring for my rabbits when I’m not working.