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Useful Dog Obedience Training Tips

Author : Andrew Goligher

If you want to know some dog obedience training tips for a Labrador Retriever, this article will be useful. Due to their wonderful natures, Labradors make perfect family pets. By nature, they are not aggressive and love being part of any game, no matter how boisterous it is. They are also loving, gentle, loyal, and patient which makes them such excellent guide dogs.

However, a Labrador may have a slight problem when it comes to obedience. They only start maturing psychologically after the age of two. Training can be a nightmare unless you know what you are doing. But, with his eagerness to please, and a level of authority from you, it can be easily done with some key dog obedience training tips. It won't take long for him to become a well-disciplined member of the family.

For best results, start training when your Lab is still young - between 12 and 16 weeks. If this is not possible for some reason, you can start at any age. Training will be a lot easier if you have already formed a close bond with the dog. If he sees you the person who feeds him, walks him, comforts him and takes care of him, he will be even keener to please you.

Start with the easy 'come', 'sit', 'stay' and 'heel' commands. Keep your voice calm, yet friendly so that the dog views training as a fun activity. Every time he does something correctly, pat and praise him profusely. You should have a leash with a length of about 30 feet, a 6 foot leash, as well as a training collar.

Use your Labrador's instinctive ability to concentrate on your voice and presence. With the long leash, you can also teach him the 'sit - stay' command. When he starts getting the message, you can gradually increase the distance between yourself and him. Again, never forget to reward. The short leash is used to teach him how to walk 'at heel' with you.

Make each training session one hour maximum, three times per week. Most Labs have a relatively short attention span, especially when they are very young. Also, do not get irritable or impatient if he forgets a command or is careless. It's better to stop the session than to persist if the dog is distracted.

These fundamental dog obedience training tips form the basis of all future training endeavors. It won't take long for your Lab to respond well because they have an innate desire to please their owners. Remember, therefore, the more you lavish praise on him, the faster he will learn.

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