Training a young puppy is a tiresome task. Innocent and naïve, a puppy needs persistent effort to understand your command and learn to show obedience. Though the beginning is saddled with difficulties, your patience pays offs when you have a loyal and perfect life-long companion. Therefore, start your Labrador puppy training as soon as he arrives.The most important thing to focus on once your Labrador puppy is at home is your relationship with him. Petting your dog on his back, or behind his ears, or under his chin is an excellent way to get start building trust. Dogs thrive with affectionate human touch, and you can use this to bond with your pet. It not only builds your dog’s trust, but it is also a way to teach your Labrador puppy about dominance and submission.Tools you will need to start your basic puppies training.
- Collar (I like a choke collar)
- Treats are a very important tool to use while training your puppy. I always carry some treats in my front pocket. Treats can be as simple as your puppy’s dry dog food. Use the treats as a reward for any obeyed command. I still carry treats with me every day for my adult dogs. Treats work!
- A small plastic swimming pool. Labs love the water. Labs are bred for their keen water instincts. The puppy you brought home with you has already been introduced to the water.
- A dog crate. If the puppy is going to stay indoors with you, he needs to stay in his crate when you are not playing with him. This is a good way to start potty training your puppy. A puppy will not pee where he sleeps.
- A fetch item. This should be something soft that he can’t swallow, and that you can toss 10 feet. When he is big enough, a tennis ball works great for fetching because you can throw a tennis ball a long distance with a Chucker (tool for throwing a ball a long way). Your puppy is a Labrador Retriever, a unique breed known for his retriever skills. It is in his DNA. Use it to exercise your puppy. An exercised dog is a happy dog.
- 1. To begin training your puppy, do it at your home. Do not take your puppy out in public until your puppy has all of its shots. That is very important. The canine parvovirus (CPV) infection is a highly contagious viral illness that affects dogs. The virus manifests itself in two different forms. The more common form is the intestinal form, which is characterized by vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss and lack of appetite (anorexia). It is deadly and can show up any time an infected dog comes in contact with your new puppy, or even when your puppy comes in contact with an infected dog’s poop.
2. Teach your puppy to come to you first. Make it a simple command. “Come, Lexi.” That’s it. “Come, Lexi.” When he comes to you, treat him immediately with a dog treat from your pocket. Tell him, “Good boy” and make a big deal of it. When he comes to you, push his hind end down and say, “Sit!” Do this over, and over again until he understands. “Come” and “Sit.” This may take a couple of days, but if you stick with it, your puppy will come to you when you call him and sit for you when you say sit. Praise and treat him every time he obeys your he obeys your command. Be patient, and persistent. It will pay off I promise! I work with the puppies every day. All of the puppies have been worked with ever day.