Training your Labrador Retriever puppy

How to Train Labrador Retrievers

January 22, 2014 – 01:11 pm

  1. Start training early in the dog's life. Labrador Retrievers grow to be quite large and can often be excitable dogs. Build a close relationship with your dog from the start.


  2. Socialize your new puppy to its environment. Introduce them slowly to other pets in your home.
  3. Research appropriate training methods prior to actual training. Check online, local libraries and local organizations.
  4. Begin with simple commands such as "sit" to begin your training at home. Have them work on one command at a time until it is mastered.
  5. Enroll in an accredited obedience program. Local shelters, pet stores and other organizations offer them at low cost. Consider visiting one of the classes prior to enrolling to make sure that you agree with the type of training presented.
  6. Purchase appropriate collar and leash for training. Leashes should be no more than 5 to 6 feet in length (1.5 to 1.8 meters). The best leashes for training are leather.
  7. Lavish praise and rewards on the dog for appropriate behavior. Make appropriate corrections as needed.
  8. Be consistent in your commands and desires of the dog. This helps them to understand what is expected.
  9. Test your Labrador in different situations, adding distractions.
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    Make obedience training a part of your regular routine. Practice commands while on your walk or playing in the backyard.



  • Remember that Labrador Retrievers are an especially energetic breed. You may need to curb their enthusiasm somewhat during training.
  • Labrador Retrievers train best with one person as their consistent trainer. Once they are fully trained, other members of the family can learn to work with them.
  • Be mindful that Labrador Retrievers are a very sociable breed and require a great deal of attention. They do not typically do well when left alone for long periods of time and will often chew or even destroy furniture or other items.
  • Consider local shelters or rescue organizations when purchasing a Labrador Retriever.


  • Do not punish if you do not catch your Lab in the act of doing something wrong. This will only cause confusion.
  • Do not underestimate the strength of a Labrador Retriever. Make sure that whoever is handling the dog has the ability to restrain them until they are properly trained.

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Got a new puppy

Alright I got a new puppy and I would like some opinions, advice, tips, ect. First off the breed. She's a German Short haired Pointer/Black Labrador Retriever mix. I researched the breeds clearly but I want some info from people who have actually owned the breed and what they think of them personally .
Is there an age that you have to wait till to bring your dog on walks and such? I heard you had to keep your dog in until it was 4 months or something because of potential diseases.(Hope isn't the case because I'd like to be able to begin training her on a leash now.) She's had all her vaccines except rabies and has been de-wormed

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