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Puppy Training: The Essentials

So you want to buy a new Labrador puppy? Or are you already the owner of one? Training you new lab should take place around the time that it is weaned from its mother; usually around two months.  Labradors are very energetic animals all throughout their lives and they should be trained from the early years to avoid unwanted habits. When starting your Labrador puppy training, you should start with something simple. Something like locating his water and food dishes or his sleeping place is a good place to begin. Then you could train him about feeding time, after that you can house train your new pup. A lot can be achieved with small incremental steps.

I first acquired my Labrador Retriever around two years ago; I’ve never stopped training it as much as I possibly can. I feel a real sense of achievement for both me and my dog when I successfully train it a new and unique trick, movement, or rule.

You must also develop consistency with your Labrador puppy training methods, starting with your commands down to your reward and method of praising your puppy. It’s essential that consistency is observed to avoid confusing your puppy. It is also advised to only use positive reinforcement in training your pup because studies show that using negative reinforcement or punishment could cause aggression from your dog since it can interpret the punishment as a threat and react accordingly.

Now let’s start our Labrador puppy training session. Being larger than usual dogs, labs can already hold their bladder at an earlier age so you can immediately start potty training. Crating has had a bad reputation in dog training, that’s because a lot of people use crating as a form of punishment. At the outset of your Labrador puppy training, get your puppy to treat the crate as his safe haven. Never use the crate to punish your lab. The main idea behind crating is that dogs don’t mess up their sleeping area, so you should make the crate large enough so that he can turn and lie down but small enough that he won’t eliminate in one side then sleep in another. During your Labrador’s training period, you should leave your pup in the crate for a short while at first then longer and longer as the time goes on. This would teach your puppy to hold it in if he can’t find a proper place to eliminate.

Another important tool in your Labrador puppy training regimen is the leash. You need to train your lab to go outside right after leaving the crate. Once you open the door to the crate, put a leash on your puppy so that you can lead him to the place that you want him to eliminate in. After he does his business don’t forget to reward him with praise and a treats.

Another very important contributor to dog training is that you use facial recognition of trained methods being completed, and sometimes even by talking to your dog! It may sound stupid to some people, but using facial recognition to congratulate your dog while training Labrador Retrievers is an absolutely great way to encourage it to complete a trained trick or method at a later time.

In Labrador puppy training, the owner and the pet both benefit from the experience. The pet learns skills that are essential to being a good pet; the owner understands the need of his pet; while both of them are growing a bond that could last for years. Labs are very good pets and they are very amiable and well-mannered with proper training.