Labrador puppy training can be a lot of fun, especially if for first time pet owners. They are fun loving, energetic and affectionate beings who love pleasing their owners and therefore are easy to train.
Even though it could seem like a challenging task at the onset, training your puppy is very important. Gone are the days of nose smacking and rolled up news papers. Research has now developed easier and more effective ways of training your dog. With sensible and modern methods you can train your Labrador puppy without to many problems.
In this article we will take a look at some basic Labrador puppy training tips and how to utilize them to get best out of your dog.
Labrador Puppy Training A Beginners Guide
1. Starting right
The first thing you want to ask yourself is “What do I need to teach my puppy”. The essentials would be – to know where the food and water bowls are, where the puppy is to sleep, to understand what are his toys and what are not and off course, potty training your puppy. The right time to start training would be at 2 months. If you have these points noted in your mind you will have a clear understanding of how you are to go about things.
2. Choosing the right method
Another important thing is to decide upon the method of training that you want to take up and then stick to it throughout. It’s important to be consistent with the method and will therefore require some amount of research on your part to understand what suits your needs. One method used by most trainers is positive reinforcement where the puppy is rewarded every time he behaves well. These rewards could be in the form of pats, eatable treats or even words of appreciation that the dog will learn to associate with rewards.
3. Crate Training
Labradors are affectionate and energetic dogs. If they understand what is expected from them they will give their all to please their owners. Crate training is one of the most important areas of training a dog. If the dog knows where it is to sleep it will automatically mind it behavior. Since dogs are known to not create messes in areas that they sleep in, the dog will automatically be trained. Remember that the size of the crate should be enough for the dog to lie down in. These crates can be purchased from any animal shop and instead of buying different sizes every time your dog grows a little, you can buy one large size and block of the area that is not in use. Remember, the crate gives the dog a safe place to go to also and therefore it becomes essential.
4. Dealing with over- enthusiasm
Like we have said before Labrador dogs are extremely affectionate and desperate to please. The biggest problem that you might face with them is their over enthusiasm. It is important to learn how to calm a dog down as they can sometimes become boisterous and difficult to control. While this can take a long time, it is something that is of great importance for any other form of training to steer well with them. The easiest way to deal with this is to give them ample opportunity to vent out all the over enthusiasm through exercise and/or playtime.
5. Get your words right
An important building block for training your Labrador puppy is through vocabulary. You need to understand the importance of your dog knowing what he has to do before you teach your dog commands of any sort. The main thing to remember is that you can’t teach them everything all at once. By teaching your dog one command at a time they will become well versed in fairly quickly and be much more responsive and happy when carrying them out. Dogs love knowing that they understand what they are doing and they look up to their trainer. It is therefore essential on your part that you teach them commands comprehensively.