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The Importance of Labrador Training

You owe proper training to your dog.  No matter whether he is going to be a housedog, a show dog, or anything else you might want him to be.   Basic training is a must.  Basic training involves simple commands like "come", "sit", "down", and "heel".  He must learn to respond to these immediately without hesitation.  Your dog must be mannerly and polite wherever he goes.  He must not bark at strangers on the street, he must be orderly in the presence of other dogs.  He must not bark at children, motorcycles or other animals.  You must also restrain him form chasing cats.  It is not a dog's inalienable right to chase cats.  There a three basic ways to train your dog.


Professional Training:  This is probably the best way to get a well trained dog if you don't have the time to train him yourself.  It is also more expensive.  This involves sending you dog away to a professional for around 30-60 days.  After this time period you will have a "good dog".  With this program you will also have to go in for some training, so that you will know what to expect of him and how to use him.  Don't worry about the time away from your dog, he will not forget you.


Obedience Training:  If you have the time to take him to an obedience class, this is the best way to train your dog.  With obedience training you will be training your own dog in a class with other people.  All work is done under the direction of a head trainer who will make suggestions to you and tell you how and when to correct your dog's errors.  Working in such a group will enable your dog to get along with other dogs and also train him to do exactly what he is told no matter how much confusion there is around him.  After you have completed the class you will have a well trained dog and not be afraid to take him out in public.



By The Book:  The last way of training is by the book.   You can do a good job of it if you put in the time necessary.  First select a book then read it, study it, know it like the back of your hand.  Then start your training.  Stay with the book and its advice and exercises.  Don't start it and then make up a few rules of your own.  If after a few training sessions your dog is not working as he should, read the book again.  It is more likely your fault that the dog can't comprehend what you are teaching him.  With many dog training books literally thousands of dogs have been trained by them so again it is quite probable that you made a mistake somewhere in your training.  Once you have your dog trained to perfection in some simple commands you may wish to move to more advanced training such as tricks.

No matter how you train you dog there are a few basic principles that should be understood before attempting to teach your dog anything.

  1. The Lab is born with an inherent desire to please. If he does wrong, it is very probable that he does not understand what is wanted.
  2. His only means of learning is memory; the only method for teaching him is repetition.
  3. The greatest tool for training is praise. If you make the lessons a game and you both have fun, your task will be accomplished more rapidly.
  4. Loss of patience or harsh treatment will only confuse and disillusion the dog, making your job a longer and more difficult one.

Your dog will love his training, and you will be bursting with pride at the finished product.  You will enjoy your dog more and your dog will enjoy life more.  Remember you owe good training to your dog.