Good Labrador training can mean the difference between an unruly pet and one that is a pleasure to have around. While Labradors are certainly endowed with big hearts, lots of energy and a great spirit they are not naturally well-behaved! It is essential to train your puppy in the basics of good manners early on.
Labradors are very trainable as is evidenced by the fact that they are so widely used as service dogs for the blind or the disabled. However it takes some time and patience to get a Labrador to understand that there are some rules he needs to learn to follow. Labrador training should be started while your dog is still young – let me tell you why.
Labrador puppies without training will eat, sleep, chew, bark, and poop wherever they want to. They will also jump on everything and everybody. Since they also grow very quickly their bodies may mature long before their minds do. This can present a problem for many owners. Imagine an over-sized puppy doing whatever he wants with your household possessions and members of your family and you begin to form a picture of the average Labrador! Solid Labrador training can change all this.
With the correct Labrador training your dog can be transformed into an upstanding member of canine society but you will need to be patient with your enthusiastic best friend. A formal course of obedience training is highly recommended for Labrador retrievers. You can start by enrolling your dog in Puppy Kindergarten classes when he is a few months old.
These Labrador training classes will progress through Beginning and Advanced beginning classes and should continue throughout your dog’s first year of life. However your dog will need to have your time and attention throughout his life if he is going to stick to his basic training. In time your dog will learn to behave his way to being a great companion for you and your family.
The rewards of successful Labrador training are many. Your dog will know what is expected of him at all times and this translates into increased safety for him and members of your family. He will be well-behaved around children and veterinarian visits will be a breeze. A trained dog is a happy dog!
Make sure not to go overboard with your Labrador training schedule. Remember Labrador retrievers were bred for an active lifestyle running after game and waterfowl. So make sure your dog has plenty of free play and time to swim if possible. You will have the satisfaction of knowing your dog is living a balanced life but will listen to you when you demand it!