The Key To Labrador Retriever Training Success!
The most crucial factor that can spell the difference between success and failure in Labrador Retriever training is attitude, both yours and your dog’s. Get this right and together, you and your Labrador can overcome even the most intolerable behaviour problems. However, control of your dog’s attitude rests entirely with you!
You need to mold your dog into the family member you want him to be – where obedience and instant response will allow a relationship between you, your family and your Labrador Retriever that is free from stress and frustration.
This article is aimed at dogs over six months old. There’s a difference in training techniques when teaching a dog younger than six months, and that age group will require methods specifically intended for puppies.
Setting Positive Attitudes While Training Your Labrador Retriever
If your Labrador’s training periods each day consist of nothing but commands, I can assure you that a negative attitude will develop from your pet. His daily routine is now being changed to include training sessions. It is up to you, his owner, to make these training periods something that your dog will look forward to.
You can achieve this simply by communicating verbally with your Labrador Retriever during training periods. Here lies another key that will spell the difference between mediocre and excellent performance from your Lab. By communicating verbally doesn’t mean the usual “Heel” and “Sit”commands. Literally talk to your dog. Say something like “Good Boy….You’re doing a great job! Come on boy, you can do it….”etc.
Although your dog has no idea what you are saying, two things are actually taking place while you’re talking to him. First, your enthusiastic and warm tone of voice reflects your positive attitude and motivates your Labrador Retriever into doing a great job in order to please you.
Second, this motivation then triggers a positive attitude in your dog. Commands, on the other hand, should be given in a completely different tone of voice. They should, in fact, sound like commands, and not requests. They are then followed by enthusiastic and loving praise as soon as the dog follows the command or when shown what his correct response should have been.
Keep in mind that the most important key to the success of your dog’s training is communication. Talk to him, reflect your positive attitude in the tone of your voice and your dog will reflect his positive attitude in the excited way he welcomes each day’s training session.
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