Labrador Retrievers can be trained without much difficulty; all your Lab needs is patience, consistency, and perseverance. Due to their friendly nature, Labs enjoy the reputation of being the most popular family pets in the USA. As a large number of US families keep Labradors, it is important that tips for training Labrador retrievers are freely available.
Labrador Retrievers are active dogs
It is important to know that Labradors are very active pets; they love playing and running around. Those who do not like outdoor activities should consider this before getting a Labrador Retriever. If you have a moderate sized backyard or lawn, you will love watching this athletic pet burning up energy.
You can easily train Labrador Retrievers when they are between the age of 8-20 weeks. At this age, they are inexperienced and ready to learn new things. This is the best time to mold your pet. Once grown, they will need a lot more time to train and respond to your training commands. Training Labradors is comparatively easy when compared to other dog breeds as they are extremely intelligent and smart pets. It is, however, pertinent to mention that training adult Labradors can be difficult and time-consuming, but certainly very doable.
Toilet training for your Lab
A good starting point is potty training. Escort your Labrador to the area designated for their toilet three to four times daily. Labs are smart; they soon know where to go for toilet business. Newspaper can be used for younger puppies until they are able to go outside or last through the night.
Patience is key! If your Labrador messes on your floor, anger or any form of harshness at this time will really not help. Let your Labrador have a good sniff at the mess and then take them to the toilet spot and let them smell those areas as well. This will help them recognize and learn. Punishment at this time will weaken your bond with your pet, at a time when it is vital to strengthen it. We all get angry, and a big steaming blob or urine stream on the floor or carpet is not a very welcome sight for anyone. Dog’s don’t see it that way. It’s perfectly normal for them to do their business wherever they are. Luckily the Lab learns quickly, and they love to please their owners.
As already mentioned, be patient and consistent while training your Labrador. You may have to repeat the commands over and over again till your pet learns them by heart and starts responding without any mistakes. Enjoy training your Lab, communicate clearly and be affectionate. Lab’s crave affection; it’s their reward, and they will reward you ten times over in return – with those big slobbery kisses and a tail-wag at one thousand beats a minute.
Always try to keep in mind that your Labrador Retriever does not know the difference between good and bad habits. Your dog is adapting to your standards, and you need to be clear on what they are. Teach your Lab patiently and consistently, and you’ll reap the rewards.
Like with all other training, treats also play an important role in training a Labrador Retriever. Give a treat to your dog when he performs extraordinarily well. Remember, giving a treat every time they obey is not recommended. If you do this, your Lab will expect one every time he behaves himself. And Boy do Labs love treats!