Lab Puppies

Training Labrador Puppies

You are now the proud owner of a Labrador puppy, and likely have many questions about what to do next.  And the best way for me to help you start training your Labrador puppy to be obedient, is by showing you how in a my free puppy training video series. In this free series you’ll learn how to train your Labrador in a way that actually get’s him to LISTEN to you… that’s why I actually call this free training series, ‘Learning to Listen’. Because getting your puppy to pay attention to you, and actually LISTEN and COMPREHEND the commands and rules in your home is key to getting your Lab to be obedient fast. Labradors are smart, and if you train them to ‘Listen’ first, using this clever method that I’ll teach you for free, you’ll save yourself a LOT of headaches in the future. Here’s the link where you can watch the Learning To Listen Series: Learning To Listen [Video Series] Training Labrador puppies is best started around 2 months of age; the same time as he has been weaned from his mother. This life-long commitment is the beginning of a wonderful relationship between owner and dog. Our goal here is to make sure you have adequate and accurate information for you to use during your Lab puppy training.

1st Steps When Training Lab Puppies

Labradors love to play and can be quite energetic, both as puppies and adult dogs. They aim to please their owner and surrounding members of the family. They need lots of exercise to continue to be happy and healthy animals. Being intelligent beyond that of most dogs, they are one of the best breeds to have with children in the home. To keep having an obedient Labrador, it’s time to start puppy training. The initial part of Lab puppy training involves getting into the daily swing of things. Knowing where his food and water dishes are is a great place to start. Following that will be learning when he eats, when and where he sleeps, puppy potty training and what toys belong to him, and not you. Also needed is clarity in what is expected of your Labrador, and what is not acceptable. It is very important to use clear and concise commands. Before  dog training starts, you have to consider the training method you intend to use. This method needs to be consistent, so making the decision is one that requires some research. Many professional animal trainers use what’s called positive reinforcement. lab-puppy.jpgThis philosophy believes that animals are much better behaved and easier to train when they’re earning rewards and praise than if they’re being punished. Punishment and negative reinforcement training has actually been proven to cause aggression and unwanted behaviors. One common tool used in positive reinforcement training is the clicker.  It’s a small hand held device which makes a clicking sound when pressed.  It can be found at most pet supply stores for a couple bucks.  The purpose of the clicker is to mark the correct behavior with a sound.  More info on clicker training. It’s more consistent than a word or phrase from the owner and faster which means it’s easier for your dog to understand when they’ve performed the correct behavior.  Follow the click with a reward, like a tasty treat, and you’re off to a great start.

Lab Puppy Training Tips

Now that you have a plan for positive reinforcement it’s time for housebreaking or potty training.  When it comes to potty training there are some specific Labrador training tips. Labradors are larger dogs and that means they’ll be able to begin holding their bladder earlier than many smaller dogs.  This is good news because it means you can begin potty training almost from the day you bring your Labrador puppy home. When it comes to Labrador training tips, one of the fastest ways to potty train your Labrador puppy is to use a crate.  Crate training not only makes house training easier, it provides your Labrador puppy with a structure and a safe place to go during the day. The size of the crate need only be large enough for him to turn around and lie down. Instead of having to make multiple crate purchases as your Lab grows, you could buy a large or extra large crate now, and simply block off the space he doesn’t need with the use of sturdy cardboard or a well-sanded piece of plywood. Dogs have a natural instinct not to mess where they sleep, therefore if you leave too much free labrador-puppy1.jpgspace, he will be able to do his business in the cage but still sleep far enough away from it. As your Labrador grows, keep moving the barrier until it is no longer needed. Never use the crate as a means of punishment for your dog. Your goal is to provide a safe and secure area that your Lab can turn to for rest and reprieve when needed. Using it as a punishment will simply defeat its purpose. You need to introduce the crate from day one as being related to safety. Labrador training tips for the use of a crate in a positive nature are easy enough to follow. It is a gradual training that should only be used for short periods of time at first. However, once your pup becomes accustomed to this you will find him going to his crate on his own for a nap or a time-out during situations he finds uncomfortable. When you being to use the crate for longer periods of time such as while you are at work or out for any length of time, you need to teach him when you open the door to his crate it’s time to go outside. It’s best to already have leash in hand before you open the door because it won’t take your Lab long to find a different place for elimination. You are still trying to reinforce the good behavior of him doing his duties outside, so make sure you have your clicker and a treat on hand to praise him again for a job well done. Training Labrador Puppies begins with the right training method and a plan.  Know the rules and what you expect from your puppy before you begin training so you can be consistent.  Lab pups are intelligent and eager to please, a little love and patience, and a few Labrador training tips, will go a long way with this breed and he’ll grow into the wonderful dog you know he can be. Watch this “Learning To Listen’ dog training video series for free to watch actual demonstrations of how you should start your training: Learning To Listen [Video Series]   Check out these related articles: Which Are The Best Dogs For Kids; and Which Breeds Aren’t? Let’s Talk about Digging Free Feeding vs. Meal Feeding the Age Old Debate Rules of Engagement or My Rules for Dog Training that is…

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