Labrador Training – Know What You Are Doing

Labrador training isn’t difficult if you know what you are doing. That is why so many first time dog owners struggle with this element of owning a dog. It is essential that you take your Labrador to be taught at a proper obedience school, so you can gain the confidence you need to effectively teach your Lab how to be the best he can be.

Below are tips that can help you with your Labrador training adventure.

Labrador Training Tips

House breaking – The first lesson a Labrador will learn is understanding that his washroom is outside, not in your house. This lesson needs to be taught starting from the first day he arrives in your home. You can be successful at early housebreaking by following these simple steps:

Any time you suspect your Lab needs to do his business, take him out
The first 8/9 weeks are critical when it comes to housebreaking. At this time the lab needs to be taken out:

  • Every hour
  • 5 minutes after eating or drinking
  • After playtime and/or exercise
  • When your puppy becomes excited
  • right before bed
  • immediately in the morning (after waking up)

Every time your Lab successfully eliminates outside, praise him as if you’ve just won the lottery.

Obedience class – Enroll your Labrador in obedience classes as soon as he meets the age requirement. Proper obedient training from a qualified dog instructor will help you build the confidence to train your dog, which will help your Labrador take direction from you.

Training consistency – Labrador training needs consistency. This means using one word commands and the same hand signals when training. The more repetitious you are, the faster your dog will learn. In addition, don’t forget to take breaks when training and make it fun. Your dog has a limited attention span.

Discipline – No dog is perfect, and there will be times when your Labrador will frustrate the life out of you and try your patience. This is when you need to enforce discipline. However, this doesn’t mean you should shout at your dog. When your Lab does something you dislike, look him straight in the eye and say in a firm tone “No”. Show him how to properly do as you asked, and then praise him immediately to help him understand. Remember, discipline needs to start at puppyhood. Note: Never hit your Labrador!

Praise, Praise, Praise! – When your Labrador listens to your commands and does things that please you praise him over and over again. He’ll never get tired of hearing it, and will only be more devoted and determined to do things the way you like it.

Proper obedience Labrador training is the best thing for your dog. That being said, there are other things you can teach your dog that you don’t need a class for, such as swimming lesson.

Swimming Lesson For Your Lab

Teaching your Labrador how to swim is a fun experience you can both enjoy. Here’s what you need to do:

1. Choose a warm day and take a trip with your Labrador and another person to a pond or lake. Make sure the water is calm and that you are wearing bathing gear or clothing you don’t care about. You will get wet.

2. Pick up your Lab and take him out into the water with you. Stop when the water has reached your thighs. The other person should wait on the shore.

3. One hand should be securely placed at the base of your Lab’s tail, and the other supporting his tummy. Gently talk to him as you lower him to the water, and do not release your hold even when he makes contact with the water.

4. When your Lab makes water contact he will immediately start to move his paws and paddle. Give him praise when he does this to encourage him to continue.

5. Once he has some strength to his paddle, take your hand from under his tummy, but do not let go of his tail. Keep your hold so that his backend is level with the front. Continue giving him words of praise.

6. As soon as you think your Labrador is ready, tell the other person to start calling him. Let go of your hold on his tail once you feel him paddling stronger. Follow him closely while he swims to the shore just in case you need to rescue him from the water should he stop moving.

7. Lavish him with high praise and give him a treat as soon as he is successful at reaching the shore.

8. Repeat the lesson and each time increase the distance from the shore.

Labrador Dog Information

A Labrador dog is a wonderful breed that has many great qualities. You need to know all information regarding the Labrador breed before you decide to make a commitment.

Here are the important facts you need to know:

Size – Labradors have a medium build and grow up to 22 ½” at the shoulders. They weigh between 55 – 75 pounds.

Temperament – The Labrador dog is friendly, lovable, loyal, and independent. They are not aggressive or shy. That being said, some Labs, particularly in their first few years, can have high strung qualities if not properly exercised or trained.

Life Span – the average lifespan of a Labrador is 12 – 14 years.

Health – Labradors are a relatively healthy breed, but they are prone to some hereditary problems such as hip and elbow dysplasia. They are also at risk of eye problems like cataracts.

Grooming – Labradors have a short coat that is water resistant, and is thick and dense. They do a good job at keeping themselves clean, but should be brushed every two weeks, and more often during shedding season. Labs shed quite a bit, especially twice a year when growing and shedding their coat.

Social Skills – Labradors are incredibly social and get along with everyone. They adore children and adults equally. Labs are even friendly with visitors. This makes them a poor guard dog.

Home life – The Labrador dog can thrive both in the country and city. However, if living in the city, they should be in a house that has a decent sized backyard.

Exercise – Labs require plenty of exercise. They should be taken on 20 – 30 minute walks at least twice, daily. Furthermore, you need to provide them with plenty of playtime. In addition, keep in mind that this breed loves to swim, which is also great exercise.

Training – Labradors are easy to train because they are quick learners. You should enroll them in obedience training if you want them to develop as a credit to their breed.

 

Dog Group – The Labrador is recognized in the Gundog/Sporting group. These dog breeds are known for their tracking skills and hunting abilities. They have impeccable smell, and are exceptionally skilled at retrieving.

Other Pets – Labs are friendly and accepting of other family pets.

First Time Dog Owner – Labradors are a fine choice for first time dog owners. Just make sure you do plenty of research and are ready to make the commitment. A good idea is to talk to other Lab owners to find out what you are getting into.