Picture this: You are excited about bringing home a new Labrador puppy. You set his bed and place him something delicious to grub on. After that, you cuddle him, tickle his furry tummy and let him run loose around the house. But, wait. What happens then after you let him loose?
Similar questions are asked by new Labrador owners. They tend to get excited on the pup in their lives hence provide them with all the essentials, from the cozy bed to the tasty dog foods. But then, the question remains, what happens next after you feed him and provide him shelter? Will you just let him run loose around the house until he grows old to become a brawny huge dog?
Of course not! Just imagine the house disaster you put yourself into when you let loose an untrained dog. That is right! You need to train your Labrador next after all the cuddling and provisions you provide him. Good news is these dogs are excellent in training in obedience and you will be amazed on how obedient your Labradors are.
Labradors are made to obey. Simply saying, obedience to their owners is innate in every Labrador. You will notice that your Labs would always want to please you and follow your every command. In fact, training and exercise is a fun activity for a Labrador. You can play catch, swim in the water and train him to sit, stand, stay and roll over.
But, Labrador obedience training also entails a lot of patience, time and strategy. It may not be enough for you to train your Labrador whenever you feel like it. It may not be appropriate for them not to have enough exercise as this will lead to hugeness in their physical structure. You see, Labradors are huge eaters. So by doing some regular exercise will allow them to sweat off excess fat and maintain a muscular structure. Hence, if you only plan to train your dog once a month, then expect a very fat Labrador who is too slow to move always.
When you and your Labs undergo obedience training, certain points are needed to consider. First is consistence in training. Do not just train your Labrador in a varying manner depending on your mood. Be consistent always with what you teach your dog and how you approach them. This breed will actually comprehend what you say through memorization of the coordinated actions and words you formulate while you train them.
No Labrador obedience training is complete and successful without positive reinforcements. These are the praises, kind words and treats you give your Labs if he does the right thing. While you teach your dog how to sit or stand, commend him with a good praise like “Good dog”, along with a tap on his head and a treat. This will encourage him to do more training and to do the right thing every time the same command is implemented.
Moreover, Labradors are generally obedient dogs. So, it is imperative that you make use of such good characteristic in a pleasant way. Although Labradors may want to please you always, they can become aggressive when you do not set out proper training and approach.
See a big black Labrador in an obedience demonstration: