Labrador Retrievers, one of the most popular of all all dog breeds, have a unique temperament that set them apart from other breeds. Besides being absolutely adorable and intelligent, they are highly affectionate, loyal, good-natured, energetic, and eager to please. It has been said that they’re the perfect all-around family dog.
In fact, Labradors generally develop such a strong bond with their family that, without proper training, they can develop severe separation anxiety and become quite destructive when left alone.
However, training a Labrador puppy can be a delightful endeavor. Dog Training Central points out that your cute puppy will soon become a big excitable dog. So, the time to start training is as early as possible.
Labrador Retrievers respond best to positive, non violent, reward based training methods. All they require are some guidelines and boundaries to be set in order to become well respected and trusted members of society. Your Lab will do his/her best for you when training; there’s no need for harsh “yank n crank” type training methods. They thrive on the physical and mental stimulation which obedience training provides – plus it is time spent with you which is a bonus.
Early puppy socialization is vital for your Labrador. It helps them to be comfortable around all types of people, animals and our human world in general.
All the basic dog obedience training commands such as sit, down, stay and heel will be enthusiastically and easily learned by your Lab puppy. Anybody who has had the pleasure of living with a Labrador puppy will acknowledge the importance of these two puppy training commands – Training your Labrador to walk nicely on a loose leash and also to stop jumping up on people. This is because of their size, strength and excitable nature – the good thing is they are quick learners.
Training a Labrador puppy, as with any large breed, is imminently easier than training a full grown Labrador. While there is no need for harsh “yank n crank” methods as noted, you may still need to physically help your puppy understand the behavior you’re wanting reinforced. It is simply easier to show a puppy than an adult. You’ll both enjoy each others company more once your puppy is trained.
If you’re a big fan of the Labrador Retriever breed, you’ll love this adorable and informative video, all about the Lab:
Are you the proud parent of a lovable Lab? Tell us about your furry pal, won’t you?