The Labrador retriever is one of the most popular breeds of dogs in the United States, as well as many other countries around the world. Labradors exhibit many qualities that make them excellent as pets, and they do not require as much behavioral training as other dogs.
That said, Labradors certainly do need to be trained to some extent, and can become quite a hassle if improperly trained. In this article, we’ll take a look at a few of the characteristics in Labradors that you can use to your advantage while training them, as well as some Labrador puppy training tips.
Labrador puppy training is easier than with most dogs, because Labradors are by nature well-meaning and eager to please. They are excellent with both children and other dogs, and are extremely gentle both while playing and with their teeth. Labradors can carry an egg in their mouth without breaking it! That said, they do love to chew, and many Labradors can make a mess of your home if not taught what to chew and what not to chew. Labradors are also very smart dogs, however, and can be taught most commands with simple positive reinforcement through treats and praise, and negative reinforcement through scolding.
The best way to use positive and negative reinforcement is right after or even during the puppy has done something you like or dislike. For this reason, many people use a dog training clicker during Labrador puppy training, because this will allow them to tell the dog that what it is doing at the moment of the click is the cause of the scolding or the treat. Therefore, if you catch your lab puppy trying to escape from the yard, feel free to scold him. However, if you find your lab puppy outside the yard, scolding him will just confuse him. It is important to remember that patience is the best virtue to practice during any puppy training, as some puppies learn faster than others.
Once you’ve built up some basic rules for your puppy, you can try teaching them commands. Labrador puppy training is a great way to get your dog to follow basic household rules, but since Labradors are such smart dogs they can then be taught a number of different tricks. Try a few different ways of teaching your puppy, as each dog takes more quickly to different types of training techniques.