Are Labs Easy To Train Or Can They Be A Challenge?
The title of this post is a bit misleading because it implies that all dogs are easy to train. However, there are some breeds which require special attention and training before they become good companions.
Labradors are one such breed. They have been bred for their docile nature and obedience skills. While most other breeds need constant exercise, these puppies do not require any sort of physical activity at all.
These puppies only need to be fed once every two hours and they will learn how to eat from their mother within days of birth.
If you want to get a Labrador puppy, then you must first decide if you are going to train them or not. If your goal is to acquire a dog that will obey orders without question, then it might be best to leave the task of training up to the breeder. You may even consider adopting one yourself!
However, if your primary goal is to have fun with your pup and enjoy life together, then it would make sense for you to take charge of their training. The good thing is that this only takes a few weeks to get the desired results.
In fact, you should plan on taking your dog to obedience school at some point in their life. These classes can be extremely beneficial for both you and the animal. You will get pointers on how to better handle excitable pups, and your dog will learn that you are the Alpha and that they need to listen to every command.
While some pet owners shy away from obedience training because they believe it is cruel, rest assured that this is not the case. There is a real art to giving commands in a way that is not only firm but also gentle. You can teach your dog to respond to orders without having to hurt them or make them feel afraid.
Most people fail to recognize that unless they train their dog properly they run the risk of being bit. While it is true that in most cases dogs will not bite unless provoked, you never really know when the situation will get out of hand. By taking your dog to a class, you can eliminate this problem before it starts.
A good obedience school will also help you identify any problems your dog may have. If they start to display aggressive behavior of any kind, you can get it taken care of right away. If you leave the problem untreated, you run the risk of a serious injury.
So as you can see training your dog is not only easy but it also has many benefits. You should never force an animal to do anything they don’t want to do, but you should insist that they obey your commands once they learn them. With the right school and training, you can ensure that your new pet remains obedient and fun for the entire time you share a life together.
Why do so many people train their pets to respond to commands?
There are a number of reasons why this is the case. First and foremost, it is important that your dog knows you are the leader of the pack. If you do not establish your dominance early on, then you will have to deal with a lot of unwanted behavior down the road.
Second, it is important that your pet trusts you completely. If they sense that you are afraid of them or do not know what you are doing, then they may start to act out and push the boundaries. However, if you take charge of the situation right away, they will learn not to challenge your authority.
Finally, training your pet helps them learn how to behave around other people and animals. While some breeds are more prone to aggressive behavior than others, all dogs have a natural instinct to protect themselves if they feel threatened. By training them correctly, you can ensure that they do not act on these impulses when tourists are crowding around your house or when another dog walks by on the sidewalk.
As you can see there are many benefits that come from training your furry friend.
Do you still have doubts as to whether this is the right option for you and your pet?
Consider this; if a professional dog trainer can make house pets out of wolves, then imagine what they can do with a domesticated dog!
One thing you should know is that there are different types of dog training schools out there. Some of them use negative reinforcement to teach your dog, and this can lead to serious behavior issues down the road. However, professional dog trainers know how to get results without making your pet afraid of you.
In fact, the entire process is completely humane from start to finish. You will be impressed with the results!
Nowadays, more people are turning to professional dog training for a number of reasons. If you have always had dogs in the past but none of them ever learned how to behave themselves, then it may be time to turn to professionals who know what they are doing. You will be glad you took the time to research different training centers and finally settled on one.
Over the years, you have had several dogs. Some of them were great and you had fun with them for as long as you had them. However, there were a few bumps in the road if you will and conflict was ever present when you shared your home with them.
You are older now and ready for something different. Your grown kids would like you to get a dog so they can visit more, but you are not sure if it is a good idea at this stage in life.
It seems to you that your dogs never really listened to you no matter how hard you tried with all of them. You try to remember what it was that you did differently with each one and nothing really stands out as a major factor as far as you can remember.
Maybe you just didn’t have the patience to train a dog, but then you never thought about doing it back then either. It just seemed to you that they were like furry kids and you did not know what to do with them except feed them, give them water and take them for walks.
Now you are older and your kids keep asking you when you are going to get a dog because they miss having one around.
You miss them too, but is it fair to get one now just because you are missing the “baby” around?
What to do?
Cleaning up after a dog is a lot of work and you are not as young as you used to be. You already have a routine that keeps you pretty busy and you wonder if you will really have the time to invest in a dog, especially one with a tendency to have accidents inside the house at times.
If you do get one, your kids say they would like another one of those huge dog breeds that looks like a fluffy white teddy bear. That would certainly be a stark contrast to the chocolate lab that you once owned. However, you are not really sure if you want to deal with a large dog in the house again.
The beagle that has been barking at you from behind the fence ever since you got here is cute and seems pretty friendly. It also does not seem to be too energetic. Then again, you are not really sure if you can trust the judgment of your kids when it comes to dogs since their pick of the litter did not exactly work out too well.
You are going to have to make a decision soon though because your visit here is starting to draw attention and the neighbor is not too thrilled with you standing around in front of his house for this length of time.
What is it going to be?
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