Labradors are sweet and gentle animals and not difficult to train. If you approach your Lab with patience and always remain calm with her, you will find that training is rather easy. Training small puppies is possibly the most crucial but trying period, as they may have not yet learned how to appropriately release their energy. This is a test for you, too, a time to learn patience and consistency.
Learn to minimize negative behavior with consistency and patience. If you get nipped or bit, use a consistent response to address it, including saying “No” firmly or leaving them alone in a room for more than a minute. Do not give an emotional or angry response, but be firm and dispassionate. Give the pup a chew toy, and if she chews on it, reward her. If she nips or bites again, repeat the process. Use puppy training sessions to help your new friend learn simple commands such as ‘stay’ and ‘sit.’
Labrador training becomes easier as they mature. Utilize long walks to train the dog to heel. Play time offers an excellent opportunity to teach your dog some more advanced tricks such as ‘fetch,’ and is the perfect way to burn off some of their extra energy.
The key to the best Labrador training is to be kind and consistent. Never react with extreme emotion –especially not withviolence! It is never okay to hit or otherwise mistreat any dog. If you do actually become frustrated or angry, end the session and walk away. There will be plenty of opportunities to train your Lab.
Labs are intelligent and affectionate dogs and, with proper training, can quickly become an interactive member of your family.