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Labrador Training


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Labrador Training

  1. 1. Labrador Training TRAININGLABRADORS.CO.UK Authored by: Pamela Blackwood-Duncan
  2. 2. Labrador Training When you look at your Lab, you can easily see why Labradors are among the most popular dog breeds around. In so many situations Labradors are so often the breed of choice as working dogs, but do they really require special training to make sure their attitude remains under control? Lets take a closer look. What Makes Labrador Training Different? Although Labrador training is relatively easy, that cute little puppy will one day be a big, strong dog - if thats not already the case - so it really does pay to make an early start. In the same way your Lab has physical features that make her instantly recognisable as a Labrador, Labradors have their own set of behavioural traits inherent in their blood line - understanding these inbuilt traits can be the key to making your Labrador Training a more simple and successful exercise for both you and your pet.Labrador Training The first thing you should remember and constantly repeat to yourself is that your Labrador, no matter how bright and intelligent he may seem, is still a dog - an animal that needs to be treated properly. The second you start treating your dog like a person or giving him the privileges that comes with that smartness, you lose the upper hand in your training. 1
  3. 3. Keep in mind that if you neglect to train your Labrador, youre actually putting him at risk. Withthat strength and size, they can easily get themselves into trouble. Biting and chewing can beproblems too - but both are trainable behaviours.The Fundamentals of Labrador TrainingStarting YoungPossibly the single most important point about Labrador training is to start training early. Youcan start with a basic, fun training exercise - such as fetch - when your Labrador is around 8weeks old.The right routineEstablishing a proper Labrador training routine lets your dog start to understand whats expectedof them. Around five minutes or so at any one time is usually enough to let him get the hang ofwhat youre trying to get across without your Lab getting bored or distracted. Leaving areasonable time before the next training session also helps. Labrador TrainingFour or five sessions a week is probably enough to start with. Dont go too quickly - rememberits the dog you are training, so a pace that suits the dogs age and standard of behaviour is moreimportant than a pace that suit you. Try to build your dogs training schedule from the dogsprogress more than from your own desires to have a show winner. 2
  4. 4. Finding the right place to train is important too - a quiet place that is free from visual and audible distractions helps making the training so much easier. Times to avoid Just as its important to have a schedule that will help make your Labrador training easier, its important to know the times that will just make it so much more difficult. Times that you can be pretty sure you wont be getting your pets full attention include -  Too soon after feeding time, or without sufficient rest since his previous lesson.  If hes been in his crate for a while  If hes seeming particularly energetic or particularly tired  When theres other people around - particularly anyone hes not familiar withLabrador Training 3
  5. 5. Treats and rewardsTreats are an important part of your Labrador training regime, but only while thats exactly whatthey are. Remember if you give your Lab something he likes too often, it will no longer be a treatand will completely lose its effectiveness.In the same way, what you give your pet as a treat must be something that little bit different - forinstance you should never give her something that forms part of her normal diet at meal times.Some people have found a little bit of some human food that your dog likes works best - like asmall piece of cheese - but please make sure its not anything that might not be suitable for aLabrador.Whereas youll ruin the effectiveness of a treat by using it too often, you should always rewardyour dog with praise whenever she does her training task well.Rules to help you make sure you dont give your Lab too many treats include -  Only give your dog a treat when he does the training task correctly.  Give your dog a treat more often when hes learning a new task for the first few times to make sure he understands what the task involves. Once hes got the hang of it, you can reduce the frequency of treats, and only give the treats randomly, so that he doesnt directly like performing the task with getting a treat - but always keep the encouragement and praise going. Labrador Training 4
  6. 6. Ver bal commands and hand signals. Always give your Lab the same one or two word instruction for any given task, and at the same time and in the same way use a particular hand signal to get her to do a particular task. In that way your Lab gets to associate the simultaneous use of the command and the hand signal as a clear indication of what you want her to do, and will more quickly associate the instructions with the action. I hope you’ve enjoyed this quick guide and found it useful. Pamela P.S. For more Labrador training tips, resources and a free eBook visitLabrador Training 5