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Labrador Retriever Dog Training

A Labrador Retriever dog.

The Labrador Retriever is the most famous breed dog breed of the United States originating from Newfoundland. It is also known as Labrador which is a large type of retriever gun dog.

If you have a Labrador at your home and don’t know anything about training it. Don’t worry, we’ll help you. Here is everything you need to know for training your Labrador.

When to start the training?

Generally, the right age for starting the training of your Labrador is when your dog hits adolescence. But that doesn’t mean you should keep your Labrador untrained. Start training basic commands such as “come” and “go” from the moment you bring them home.

A cute Labrador Retriever puppy running.
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Where to start the training?

You can take your Labrador dog to training classes and dog parks when they reach about 9 months. Till then, you can train them at your house. The backyard is a great option to train if it is large enough to comfort them.

Take your dog to training classes and dog parks when they reach about 9 months. Till then, you can train them at your house. The backyard is a great option to train if it is large enough to comfort them.

How to define a task to your pet?

To define a task, you should be very patient and gentle while dealing with your Labrador. The first thing you’ll need to do is represent the task to your dog by providing the demo. And the second thing is using your hand gestures. This will help to clarify your commands to your pet.

The Training Process

Here are some training processes that you can apply to train your Labrador.

Positive Reinforcement

Positive Reinforcement is defined as the process of adding a treat or reward upon a certain response from your dog. You can provide a treat to your Labrador if they respond correctly to your command. This will help your dog to develop a concept that reacting to your command correctly will reward them with a tasty treat.

A Labrador Retriever dog being defined a task in its training.
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Alpha dog training

Alpha dog training helps you to teach your Labrador that you are the leader of the pack, not them. You run the show, not them. It is an effective method to train your pet.

Socialization

It is very important to socialize your Labrador from a very young age. Though the breed is very friendly and even-tempered, it might develop misbehaving activities if not socialized on time.

A Labrador socializing with a cat at home.
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Strategies and Techniques for easy training of pet

You can formulate the mentioned training methods to train your Labrador with the strategies given below:

Be Gentle

The Labrador Retriever is a kind and gentle breed with non-aggressive personality. They love their people and adore being with them all the time. Harsh tone and scolding should be avoided because doing so will make them lose their trust in you. You should behave very softly with your Labrador.

Go Slow

The Labrador Retriever is an intelligent breed. However, it will not be able to memorize things at a fast pace. Training should have to very slow but consistent. One task at a time should be mastered perfectly.

Make Training A Habit

Train your Labrador on a daily basis so that they can make a habit of training. Training should be added to the daily routine of your Retriever.

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