Train a Labrador Puppy
You can begin training your Labrador puppy the minute you get him home.
Show him where his kennel is located ( a must for fast potty training), show him his water and food dish, and his potty location if you have one set up in the house (like a potty pad or papers). See link below to potty training puppies.
Begin calling your Lab puppy by his name as soon as you have chosen one so he becomes familiar with it. If you have more than one dog, each dog can learn their own name.
Put a collar on your puppy. He may react oddly at first but will quickly get used to it. If he struggles just be sure he cannot hurt himself and monitor him until he settles down. He may struggle because he is afraid he could be choked by this new thing around his neck, and that is a natural instinct. It is the same when he first uses a leash, but we will not try the leash until later.
For the first few days just let your new puppy get used to his surrounding and get comfortable. Do not begin rigorous training sessions with a brand new puppy. For the first few weeks your training sessions will be informal, more like play sessions. Just tell your puppy “Good sit!” when you see him sit naturally, or “Good Down!” when you see him lay down, even offer him a treat when you say it on occasion. Tell him good boy a lot and praise him when he is naturally well behaved. This all helps him to look forward to training time with you and associate it with good feelings.
In the beginning of your training sessions, you will mainly want to teach your puppy to focus his eyes on you when you are in interaction mode with him so he can always see you give commands, especially if you plan to eventually teach him silent hand signals. You can train a Labrador puppy to concentrate on your face by holding a treat in front of your face before you give it to him and saying “Watch me”. I hear you can hold a piece of hot dog in your mouth (sticking halfway out) as you play with them every day, and then give it to him at the end of playing, it will make them always stare at you to see the hot dog and get the reward, but I never tried this method.
Walk your puppy
Walk your puppy
During this time it is a good idea to put a short, light, leash on your puppy but do not try to walk him. Let it drag behind him as he plays.
Let it hang on him when you can monitor him closely, then remove it when you cannot. Within a week you can begin to tug at the leash during play, give him a treat when you pull on the leash. Say “let’s go for a walk!” real happy and playful and tug the leash gently and give a treat so your puppy learns to associate fun positiveness with the leash being pulled on.
Dog at Heel
Dog at Heel
If your puppy does ‘freak out’ on a leash when you decide it is time to take his first walk, do not coddle him, do not talk like a baby to sooth or reassure him, and do not get angry at him. Act impartial. Keep telling him calmly but happily “Let’s go for a walk Rover!” and start walking. No dog will let himself be drug more than a few steps, he will walk. Just be sure his collar is on tight so he cannot slip his head out as he balks. If your dog stresses too much from this you can remove the leash and try again tomorrow. Once your puppy is fine with you holding and walking around in the house with a leash, you can start walking him outside every day to give him the exercise he needs.
Teach your puppy walk nicely beside your leg and say “Heel!” and praise him as he does this. Use a short leash to do this training. Never let a dog always pull and run on walks, it teaches them not to respect you as an authority figure. An occasional “Ok!” to free your dog from a heel when near a light pole or mailbox (if male) or near a flower garden to sniff, is an exciting bonus for a well trained dog, but the main course of all walks should be in the Heel position. Remember to use the Heel command when you return them to a shortened lead by your leg and begin walking again. See my link below to my article about proper dog walking for dominance. Mastering walking at a heel is one of the easiest ways to train your dog to behave well in general.
If your puppy ever seems difficult to control in your home, or perhaps a little aggressive or too playful, you can always leave a short leash attached to his normal collar and let it drag or hang all the time, so you can easily grab it to constrain or control or guide our puppy to better behavior. It will make your puppy realize you do have fast and easy control over him. You can even step on a dragging leash to stop a puppy or dog before he actually gets to a situation if you have a keen eye for animal behavior.
Doggy Toy Box
Doggy Toy Box
You can train you lab puppy to love to chew on his toys instead of your shoes or furniture or house. The first step is to always buy him new exciting hard to destroy toys, and also throw in a few he can just easily destroy on occasion. Allow him to chew those up while you monitor for choking hazards and then dispose of his ‘spoils’. Let him pull the stuffing out of them, or chew the eyes and nose off. Even if he swallows a few small pieces – it will not hurt him. Play often with your puppy and incorporate his toys in your play. Play tug of war, play fetch. Hide treats in the toys and let him discover and eat them.
A variety of different toys is essential in the beginning to find your dogs favorite. Once you have a acquired a few favorite non destructible toys, you will be set for life and your Labrador puppy dog will never chew on things around your house, only his favorite toys. Once toys are worn out, or just to keep them interesting, buy new toys for your dog. If you find your dog has a real real favorite, by 3 or 4 of them and save them in a closet, incase they ever stop selling them!
Within a few short weeks you can probably begin regular but short daily training sessions with your labrador retriever puppy to teach him to sit, lie down, stay, and come. You may also want to teach him the fetch command.
The training collar should be a normal nylon collar. Do not use a pinch collar or choke collar for training a puppy.
source :Mr.Prateek Kashyap +91 9873677387 Nirvana kennels Dog Behaviour Specialist
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The Labrador Retriever (also Labrador, or Lab for short) is one of several kinds of retriever, a type of gun dog. A breed characteristic is webbed paws for swimming, useful for the breed’s original purpose of retrieving fishing nets. This and their subsequent use as hunting companions, gave them the name retriever. The dogs of this breed are very loving, kind and compassionate to their masters. The Labrador is the most popular breed of dog (by registered ownership) in the world, and is, by a large margin, the most popular breed by registration inCanada, the United States (since 1991), and the United Kingdom.It is also the most popular breed of assistance dog in Canada, the United States, Australia, United Kingdom and many other countries, as well as being widely used by police and other official bodies for their detection and working abilities. Typically, Labradors are athletic, and love to swim, play catch and retrieve games, and are good with young children.
Labradors are a well-balanced, friendly and versatile breed, adaptable to a wide range of functions as well as making very good pets. As a rule they are not excessively prone to being territorial, pining, insecure, aggressive, destructive, hypersensitive, or other difficult traits which sometimes manifest in a variety of breeds. As the name suggests, they are excellent retrievers. Labradors instinctively enjoy holding objects and even hands or arms in their mouths, which they can do with great gentleness (a Labrador can carry an egg in its mouth without breaking it). They are also known to have a very soft feel to the mouth, as a result of being bred to retrieve game such as waterfowl. They are prone to chewing objects (though they can be trained out of this behavior). The Labrador Retriever’s coat repels water to some extent, thus facilitating the extensive use of the dog in waterfowl hunting.
Labradors have a reputation as a very even-tempered breed and an excellent family dog (including a good reputation with children of all ages and other animals), but some lines (particularly those that have continued to be bred specifically for their skills at working in the field rather than for their appearance) are particularly fast and athletic. Their fun-loving boisterousness and lack of fear may require training and firm handling at times to ensure it does not get out of hand—an uncontrolled adult can be quite problematic. Females may be slightly more independent than males. Labradors mature at around three years of age; before this time they can have a significant degree of puppy-like energy, often mislabelled as beinghyperactive. Because of their enthusiasm, leash-training early on is suggested to prevent pulling when full-grown. Labradors often enjoy retrieving a ball endlessly and other forms of activity (such as agility, frisbee, or flyball).
Although they will sometimes bark at noise, especially noise from an unseen source (“alarm barking”), Labs are usually not noisyorterritorial. They are often very easygoing and trusting with strangers, and therefore are not usually suitable as guard dogs.
Labradors have a well-known reputation for appetite, and some individuals may be highly indiscriminate, eating digestible and non-food objects alike.They are persuasive and persistent in requesting food. For this reason, the Labrador owner must carefully control his/her dog’s food intake to avoid obesity and its associated health problems (see below).
The steady temperament of Labs and their ability to learn make them an ideal breed for search and rescue, detection, and therapy work. Their primary working role in the field continues to be that of a hunting retriever.