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Breed Specific Training Labrador

 

There are many different kinds of retriever breeds, the Labrador Retriever is easily among the most famous and popular. Today, Labrador Retrievers are used for tracking, retrieving, hunting, police dog work, watchdogs, drug detection dogs, search and rescue dogs, sled dogs, cart dogs, therapy dogs, guide dogs, and service dogs for the disabled, while they also do very well in competitions for obedience, agility, and field trials.

The thick muzzle, head, and neck help to reflect how powerful the dog truly is. The coat colors of the dog can be black, yellow, or chocolate. There is a new grey-brown developing (similar to the Weimaraner) which is still being classified as a part of the brown shade there isn't many out there so don't be surprised if you haven't seen this color.

The lovable Labrador Retriever character is one of the most notable aspects of the breed and is among the features that makes this dog so very popular. This breed adores having fun, playing in the water, receiving attention, and spending time with people and other dogs and pets. The Labrador Retriever wants nothing more than to please those around him or her, and has a happy-go-lucky attitude, ready to take part in whatever everyone is doing at that moment.

Labrador Retrievers are terrific family dogs because they are affectionate, loyal, and always eager to please and take part in anything that their family happens to be doing. They participate well in these various activities because they are very intelligent and observant, allowing them to learn about a new game, sport, or task without having to be specifically taught or directed. They are definitely one of the easiest breeds to train.

If you start training with your dog at an early age your dog will have the greatest success. This breed learns best when using positive reinforcement training techniques, since negative methods will only work against the dog’s ability and willingness to learn. The ideal learning environment for Labrador Retrievers is a firm, consistent, fair and respectful one. When using the right training techniques, the potential for this breed is practically limitless, including obedience, agility, search and rescue, tracking, and service dogs.

Although labrador training should be something you can do at home and is something you can teach your dog on your own, it is never a bad idea to enroll your lab in a class, regardless if you have previous experience training a canine or not. There are many reason why taking him for obedience lessons taught by an experienced and professional trainer is a good idea for both him and you. One of those reasons would be for the socialization. You want your lab to be around as many different people and dogs as possible this will help with their friendly disposition.

You should train your dog where they can be around distractions also. Distractions include different smells, people, and animals. If you work with a trained professional they can give you the guidance you may need. You want to make sure your dog is getting all the best techniques out there. Having someone there to answer any questions you may have is very useful. You will also get to see your trainer in a hands on situation rather than watching a video. When you are enrolled in a training class you are less likely to make an excuse for missing a lesson. This is because you are tested and your dog must actually meet certain requirements in order to pass and continue on to the next level if this is your wish. Thus, because you are given a goal, there is more desire to learn and succeed If we train by ourselves at home we seem to find an excuse for not having time to train with our dog.

If you choose to train at home here are a few ideas that may make it a little easier. You should make a scheduled time and place to have your training lesson. You should keep these sessions short also. I find no more than five minutes works best. You should also be aware of things to avoid. Training will be at its best if your puppy is at their best. Your lab will not be ready for training if they are full of energy. You should take them for a walk around the block and burn off some energy before training. Never work with your dog if they have a full belly. We usually train with treats and if your dog is full they will not be very interested in working for treats. If there is a lot of commotion in the area where you train your dog will not be focused on you. For every command you teach your dog you should have a hand signal and a verbal cue .