Labrador Puppy Training: The Basics
The basic principles of puppy training are:
Puppies learn best from their mothers
It is important to have a positive relationship with your pup’s mother
You must never punish your puppies
Never force a puppy to do anything
Always praise your pup when they perform a task
If you want to train them harder, then give them something extra
Remember that it takes time for puppies to get used to new things
They will eventually grow out of it, but don’t rush it
Don’t forget to take care of yourself!
What is the difference between a good trainer and a great one?
A great trainer is able to teach a puppy everything he needs to know in just two weeks while still keeping him motivated.
What does that mean exactly?
It means the trainer focuses on making the lessons fun and positive. You need to provide your lab with only positive reinforcement. This means if something is good, then you should reward them for it. Otherwise they will not continue to do it. For instance, if you don’t give your lab a treat every time they do something right, they’re not going to keep doing it.
The first two weeks of training are vital. They are also the most difficult. You must prove to your lab that you are a strong and competent leader.
They should respect and trust you. This is when they are easiest to train. After these two weeks they will grow skeptical of your capabilities. It becomes more difficult to train them after this point, but it can still be done!
Even if they don’t obey commands for weeks on end, you can still change their behavior with the right techniques. You just have to be smarter than they are!
Labrador Training: The Foundation
The most important aspect of training is consistency. You must maintain a certain level of dedication throughout your lab’s life if you want to ensure it will be obedient.
You should also keep in mind that punishment is not a good way to go about training. Yelling at your lab after it has made a mistake will only frighten it. They won’t understand what exactly they’re doing wrong and they’ll become very confused.
This will make your job much harder in the future. Remember to always be fair with your lab.
If you follow these guidelines you should notice a change in your lab’s behavior within the first two weeks. They will be noticeably friendlier, more obedient and more focused than they were before. They will also maintain this behavior as they grow older.
With these traits, a well trained lab can do amazing things.
After your lab has been obedient for about a month you can begin introducing it to the world. Have someone drive you to a nearby lake or river. Take your lab with you and let it swim around in the water.
They love this and it is good practice for when you actually go duck or goose hunting later on. Remember that during this entire time you should be praising your lab after every action to ensure they continue behaving themselves.
Labrador Training: Advanced
Now that your lab is properly trained it is time to have some fun! You have two options for what you can do. The first option is to attend local duck or goose hunting tournaments.
These are contests where people compete to see who can kill the most waterfowl. Many hunters use specially trained dogs to catch the birds. It is a lot of fun to watch and certainly interesting to participate in.
If you do not wish to go hunting yourself, there is another option. You can become a professional trainer. This business is very easy to get into and there is a very high demand for trainers.
If you want to get into this business I suggest you consult a career counselor. They will have more information on how you can get started. Best of luck to you in whatever you choose to do!
The best way to get more information about how to train your dog is to contact a local trainer and have them come to your home and give you a lesson. They can even give you some tips on where the best hunting spots are in the area.
Best of luck to you and your lab in whatever you choose to do!
You’ve trained your dog well. You should be proud of yourself.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this book and have learned a thing or two about training dogs. Keep reading and learning and maybe one day you’ll become as knowledgable as I am!
You should also keep in mind that this book covered only one type of dog training. There are many other ways of training animals, but these methods are considered very common and sometimes even cruel. They will not be discussed here, but if you are interested you can always do your own research on the topic.If you’re done with this book, I thank you for taking the time to read about my adventures and hope you’ll remember me whenever you go duck hunting with your labrador!
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