Thursday, March 4, 2010
Training Labrador Retrievers
Training Labrador Retrievers is one of the most essential parts of proudly owning a Labrador Retriever. Through training, you are helping your Labrador Retriever turn out to be a well-behaved and desirable dog everybody loves. Teaching will also keep your dog safe because he is intelligent to comprehend and obey your control, helpful in emergency and risky situations.
However, a incorrect teaching approach may ruin your desires of having a nicely trained dog. It will help if you are well-equipped with the right knowledge in training your beloved Labrador Retriever.
Puppy training - You can start teaching your dog when he is still a puppy. teaching a puppy six to eight weeks old is fine but you can begin training earlier than that depending on your pup's features and response to training. It is easier to teach a puppy because at this age, he might not have developed bad manners yet and if he has, it can simply be corrected. But remember that teaching is not only for puppies, you can still train old dogs new tricks.
Use positive support - When you use constructive reinforcement, you are adding or offering something to your dog to increase the chance of repeating what he did properly. Giving him his favorite treat after following your down command is an example of positive reinforcement.
Your voice matters - When you issue a command, it should be issued in the same words and same tone of voice. Use a friendly and excited voice when you give commands like come and firm voice in instructions like down or stay. Avoid yelling or nagging at your dog.
Training sessions - Keep training sessions short and interesting. Fifteen-minute session is enough to keep your dog interested in the training. Focus on a single command per session and always reward him with caring praise or his favorite treat if he has successfully performed the command. Spend some time playing after the teaching to keep his interest.
Punishment - In order for your dog to perform properly, his mistakes must be corrected promptly. You can correct your dog by giving commands using a firm and sharp tone of voice. As much as possible, stay away from physical punishment. But if physical punishment is really necessary, especially dogs with difficult temperament, a swift and gentle tug on his training collar is sufficient. Remember that punishment must only be issued when you catch your dog in the act of doing mistake. Your dog may not understand why he is being punished now for urinating in your living room 5 hours ago.
Foods feed the body, teaching feeds the mind. It is important for your Labrador Retriever to have all these.
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