Labrador Retriever Training: How To Do It The Right Way

September 25, 2011 by  
Filed under Dog Training Tips

Apart from having fun with their pet labrador, pet owners must be aware that their main concern is to provide appropriate labrador retriever training at the same time keep these four-legged buddies physically fit. There are plenty of methods and tools said to be useful in training, nevertheless, owners need to make sure which among these methods is best suited for a particular labrador.

Appropriate training starts the moment you bring your new pet home. But training at this point in time doesn’t necessarily mean involving complicated lessons like teaching how to play fetch or rollover. A new pet, be a pup of about two months or an adult dog from the shelter, must be given the chance to socialize and to adapt to the new environment you brought him into. Let him meet or see other pets, people, things and places gradually and make every encounter with them positive whenever possible.

Labrador retrievers are normally even-tempered dogs hence harsh or punishment-based labrador retriever training isn’t necessary. These methods can potentially create unwanted effects to your training goals and to your pet in general instead of improve the situation. With correct timing, consistency and determination, you will be fine with positive reinforcement training, a training method in which a dog is rewarded for doing good behavior to motivate him to show that same behavior again. Rewards, also referred to as positive reinforcers include food treats, toys, praise and time to have fun with the owner or other dogs. Food rewards should be tempting and really worthwhile while toys should not be too small nor contain parts that can easily break. Toys with pointed or sharp parts should also be avoided to avoid injuries.

Positive reinforcement is also an effective method to use during potty training. If you reward your dog for doing his business every time you take him to the right area, he’ll eventually figure out that he gets good things for doing that specific behavior. This in turn will motivate him to continue doing what he is doing and will soon help him develop regular potty schedule.

While you are training your dog where and when to pee and poop, you can also start training the basic obedience. Start with the very important labrador retriever training commands such as stay, sit, come and down for they aren’t only helpful in keeping your pet safe but also serve as foundation of more complicated tricks like fetch, crawl, roll over and others.

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