Tips to Get Positive Labrador Training Results

By Kate Truman

Correct Labrador training is one sure method to make this breed an ideal man's best friend. With that friendly and extremely adaptable temperament, for sure dog owners and their families would like to have this intelligent four-legged creature as pet. But dogs can't figure out commands on their own. Regardless of how intelligent, obedient or even tempered the breed is, correct training is greatly recommended to teach them how to behave in ways acceptable by their human companions.

Training is not a one-time session neither a one-week activity. It's actually a long-term process to make certain he learn what he is supposed to learn at the same time corrected should he made a mistake. To reach the results you desire, here are some points to help you understand Labrador training better:

Develop Good Communication With Your Dog

Inability to understand your pet can be as frustrating as inability to make your pet understand you. You are less likely to progress on training if the two of you cannot understand each other. It is therefore essential to establish good communication as soon as possible. Since dog's cannot talk just like humans do, one way to communicate with them is to understand their body language. Wagging of tail, intent stare, growling or curled lips mean something and when misinterpreted will definitely affect the training as well as your pet's behavior. Good communication also enables you to gain your pet's trust and respect. And when that happens, making your dog obey your commands is surely an easy task to accomplish.

Provide Short But High Quality Training Sessions

Lengthy Labrador training doesn't mean that a dog gets to master lots of lessons and tricks. In fact, it can do more harm than good taking into consideration a dog's short attention span. To keep your dog's focus, training should be fun, exciting and short. It should not last more than 20 minutes since anything longer than that can be boring even to a dog breed with gentle temperament like the Labrador. Moreover, you also need to make sure that your pet is physically fit and mentally prepared for training. Remember that a sick or nervous dog will not learn efficiently so it is better to put off the training for the meantime. Training sessions must also end on a positive note.

Be Consistent With Training

Dogs as intelligent as the Labrador can notice and easily get confused when training inconsistencies occur. For example, you used happy and excited tone of voice when you taught him the come command. Nevertheless, he may consider it a totally different command when you say the said command with an angry or annoyed tone. Quite simply, you must have regular Labrador training pattern. Once you have determined what method works best for your pet, be consistent in using it. It is also essential for family members and anyone who has direct contact with your Lab to be aware and be consistent with the rules.

Kate Truman
Article by Kate Truman
Kate Truman is a long time pet owner who shares effective Labrador training tips. Find out more Labrador training information by visiting her site regarding Labradors at