How to Train a Black Lab

In the following article, we will learn some key tips on training a black lab and the kind of things that are required to be done for the same.
Welcoming home a black lab and know not much about how to train it? Not good. You really do have to know the basics of training a lab, or there will be no system in the home. Plus it is better for the puppy to know what is expected of him and the like. This will not only help him acclimatize to the ways of the home faster, but will give him the ways in which he can be around the house - like if he wants something, how to go about asking for it and the like. But before we get into the details of how to train a black lab dog, let's understand a little something more about the Labrador. This dog breed is one of the best family dogs that has ever walked the surface of the Earth, really. Muscular, strong, cute (understatement), intelligent, loyal and full of love. This dog does well as a family dog because of his instant comfort level with humans. Let's move to the ways in which you can train the dog just right. Continue reading for more black Labrador information.

How to Train a Black Lab Puppy

Black labs are easy to train once you have the right system in place. Let's see what that is all about then? Here are some Labrador training tips for you to refer to.

Start Early
The most important pointer when learning how to train a lab is to start the training early on. Do not wait for the dog to become older. The black Labrador is an inquisitive dog and without proper training is bound to take to things like chewing and gnawing of objects. Unless he is trained early on, he will not know the difference between what is acceptable and what is not. Secondly, as the lab grows, he will become rather strong and muscular. Also, the innate tendency of the lab is to be very friendly and jumpy. Easily prone to excitement, they tend to portray their enthusiasm by jumping on you, which as is very clear, can get difficult to deal with. So training them early on becomes imperative.

Focus on Rewards
Labs don't do well with physical punishments (and you should never, ever go there either) In fact, you don't need to go there at all. As a rule, labs are intelligent creatures who are eager to please. So if you give them instructions about something and then follow it up with rewards as reinforcements, they are going to catch on. Really. Be firm but not violent and the dog will have caught on to the instructions much better. This will help him bond with the family in a stronger manner as well. This Labrador retriever training tip should always be given a lot of importance.

Don't Confuse Him
Don't confuse the lab with mixed instructions when undertaking the training. While one member of the family may ask him to shoo away from the couch, the other might get him up there and relax with the lab's head on his lab. What is the lab to think? Get the rules of the house right before you start teaching him the same. When the rules are clear and the dos and don'ts have been clearly laid out, it becomes easier for you to learn how to train a black lab to hunt or otherwise, and the dog in turn finds it easier to stick to the rules as well.

Basic Manners
As we've said earlier, the dog needs to be trained in basic manners or else the inquisitive, jumpy nature can get the better of him. It becomes important to train him with basic things like not jumping on strangers as a way of greeting them, or not to jump on you when you bring him his feeding dish. Simple things like these go a long way. You could look into the option of starting an obedience class for the dog.

Monitor the Treats
For owners who focus on providing treats for their labs as a reinforcement measure, need to monitor the amount of the treats that they end up giving. Labs have a tendency to pack on pounds rather easily and that's why the amount of treats provided should be limited and monitored properly.

These were some tips on training a black lab into adjusting to the basic home rules and other similar features. Here's hoping that you've got the basic understanding of how to undertake this task. Just remember that the lab is eager to learn and that is backed by intelligence. So training a lab will not be as difficult as it might seem. All the best!
By Rujuta Borkar
Published: 2/23/2011
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