Labrador is one of the most popular breeds in the world. Labradors are very loyal and loving dogs, but they have their bad habits too. If you want your dog to behave properly, it’s important to understand what causes them to act like this. A good way to do so is through behavioral testing. There are many different tests that can be used when trying to determine if a certain behavior is due to genetics or environment. For example, some people believe that a dog’s temperament may be affected by its mother’s breed and how much she was exposed to during her pregnancy. Other people believe that a dog’s temperament may be influenced by its upbringing. These two factors could affect the way a dog reacts to things, such as other dogs or humans.
The 3 Reasons Your Labrador Is Disobedient We are all aware of how smart and in fact, people friendly the Labrador Retriever is. They’ve been used as guide dogs and rescue dogs for decades, as well as popular for getting along with children and other dogs. Owning a dog is not easy work however, especially if you’re out at work all day.
It’s your responsibility to train your pet and let him know who’s boss, this is where disobedience comes into action.
Labrador puppies are often very playful, active and energetic. It’s their job to explore the world around them and get into everything. If you’ve had your Labrador for a few months and begin to notice signs of disobedient behavior then don’t worry.
It could be down to a lack of training. With plenty of love and attention, your pet should soon start to behave correctly.
What is disobedience?
Disobedience is when your pet simply does not do what you ask of him. It could be that he barks at other dogs when out on a walk, or perhaps he chews on your shoes when you leave them out. Whatever the reason, it’s important to establish yourself as leader of the pack if you want to improve bad behaviors.
Labrador Training Your Labrador is a bundle of energy and enthusiasm and it’s up to you to make sure that this energy is channeled in the right direction. It’s important to understand that during the first couple of years, your pet is learning about life and the world around him. Everything is a big adventure and there are so many new things to see and do.
With this much curiosity, it’s hard for them to pay attention to their owners. The best time to train a dog is between the ages of 7 and 9 months when they’re at their most attentive. You should keep training sessions short though and make them fun, because both of these things are important to a dog’s attention span.
Most pet owners make the mistake of over-trying to train their dogs, by barking orders at them constantly. Your pet will soon learn to tune you out, because they know you’ll bark at them anyway. This is particularly true of Labs.
They are intelligent animals and can quickly realize that you’re barking orders at them all the time, even if it’s not necessary. With this in mind, you should only train your pet when mistakes are made and he does something you don’t like. For instance, if he barks at a squirrel and you tell him to be quiet. Then the next time he sees a squirrel, you should ignore him until he’s quiet. Eventually he’ll understand that barking at squirrels is wrong.Mastering Disobedience Many pet owners are concerned when their pets seem disobedient and are reluctant to correct them because of it. If you’re afraid of hurting your pet’s feelings, then don’t be. Remember, dogs are a lot more resilient than we tend to think they are. Very few dogs realize that you’re disciplining them and simply take the punishment without knowing any better.
However, it is important that you remain consistent and only punish your pet for things that truly require it. If you’re constantly yelling at your dog for no reason other than the fact that he was standing nearby, then he won’t understand the difference between good behavior and bad behavior. Likewise, if you only scold him when he’s done something wrong then he isn’t going to make the connection that the yelling means he’s been bad.
Sources & references used in this article:
- The Labrador Handbook: The definitive guide to training and caring for your Labrador (P Mattinson – 2015 – books.google.com)
- Civil disobedience in America: A documentary history (DR Weber – 2019 – books.google.com)
- The apathetic and the defiant: case studies of Canadian mutiny and disobedience, 1812 to 1919 (CL Mantle – 2007 – books.google.com)