80 Labrador Retriever Puppy Training Tips
1. Socialize. Expose your puppy to as many different people and situations possible.
2. Teach dog to dog manners when required. Don’t complain that your Lab is doing Lab things. If you want a different behavior it has to be taught.
3. Use Positive Reinforcement. Your Lab doesn’t understand being punished. It simply doesn’t work, so focus on rewarding behaviors you desire.
4. Don’t Repeat Commands unless you want your Labrador Puppy to sit the fourth time you say it.
5. Allow for Play with Other Puppies. Play with other Lab Puppies not only allows your pup to get some exercise it is a form of puppy socialization.
6. Bond with your Puppy. Once a strong bond is formed your Lab Puppy will want to please you even more.
7. Gain Your Lab Puppy’s Trust. If you call your lab and say “want a treat?” and you don’t give him a treat, he will begin to understand your trick that your recall is just not that strong. A Lab who doesn’t trust you won’t be a very good listener.
8. Potty Train Right Away. It’s important to establish where the potty spot is and recognize your Lab’s signals when they have to go.
9. Learn how Dogs Learn. Training a Lab puppy is easy if you understand how to go about it. If you are having training trouble it’s time for you to do some research.
10. Give your Lab Puppy Play time to Explore. Labs need this as part of their natural development.
11. Spend more time with your puppy when young. This is the time when your expectations should be clearly outlined and can decrease as she gets older.
12. Begin Training day 1. This happens weather or not you intend it to. Every action and reaction is something your puppy uses to form new habits. So ignoring them jumping up as an 8 week old puppy is training them to jump up and will be much more difficult to un-train once they are 70 lbs.
13. Develop your Lab’s Vocabulary (they can learn over 200 words). They don’t understand any specific language and will respond to any sound or word you choose to associate with a behavior.
14. Relax and make learning fun. Your pup needs you happy and enjoying yourself!
15. Use Positive Training Methods because they work. This means reward what you desire.
16. Ensure most Experiences are Positive. Imagine a training session of No, No, No, No! Your puppy needs to understand what you WANT them to do, not what you don’t want them to do.
17. Don’t trust old sayings about training your Retriever, many (most) of them are inaccurate.
18. Expose them to as Many Human Situations possible. Ever hear someone say my Lab doesn’t like men? One cause is that there was not adequate socialization with different men.
19. Be Patient. You are building an amazing K9 personality. Small baby steps, gradual progress toward your puppy’s training goal is required.
20. 20 weeks old is the end of the best training days. The window is between 8 and 20 weeks old. Make the most of it.
The single most asked question we get is how can I potty train my Lab Puppy. Of course, Labs will be Labs, and this means that dogs do dog things unless they are trained to follow your expectations. Potty training your puppy is just the beginning of you making clear expectations for your Lab. Puppy training is discussed in greater detail along with clear, easy to follow videos at www.puppytrainedright.com including potty training charts and socialization charts, but your breeder will give you an expert training tip summary below. One thing you don’t want to happen is for your puppy to stop listening to you. For this reason, you need to become an expert on puppy training. Contact us for a discount on the Puppy Trained Right positive reinforcement training program.
Labrador Retriever pups are working dogs. This means they live to please you for a treat. The more you engage them with different puppy training behaviors the happier they will be.