The ancestors of the Labrador were a likely mix of Portuguese, English and Irish breeds. These Labradors were commonly used to escort fishermen on fishing escapades, with a strong desire that is inherent from back in the day, to present day breeds, that is, to swim.
Known by many names, some of which were, as previously mentioned, St. John's dog or the Black Water dog, these days it is known as either a Labrador dog or in short a 'Lab'. The colors that these dogs come in range from, yellow, chocolate and black to a fox red shade, or a light cream color coat.
Labrador Training Techniques
It is important to train your dog when he first enters your home, about how it is not okay to take a dump or a leak on your furniture or anywhere around your home.
The different times of the day that your puppy will want to let out his waste, are.
- When he's overly excited.
- First thing in the morning.
- Every hour (puppies find it difficult to control a full bladder for long).
- After he/she is done with playtime.
- Take him/her out five minutes after they're done drinking/eating.
- Before bedtime.
It is important to immediately point out your puppy's fault by stopping him in the act, and firmly saying 'no' while maintaining eye contact. Make this an everyday habit to stop him by repeating the process, so that he/she can let it sink in about the things you don't want them to do.
When dogs are teething, they immediately need something chewy to gnaw at to kill the uncomfortable throbbing sensation in their gums. Stop and correct them when they start to chew on your personal items. Supply him/her with different kinds of chew toys, preferably rubbery textured items.
He/she could also have been playful when it comes to these acts, but you need to stop them since teeth can be sharp, and nips and bites can hurt and lead to small teeth indentations, or bloody spots. Ending this kind of behavior initially is important, in order to put a stop to it before they get older.
Making your dog socialize with other people and dogs, is important. It makes him/her approachable, as well as friendly and less aggressive to strangers. 12 weeks into his/her age is a good start.
Make people approach them, by taking him/her for walks where other dog walkers are, like the beach or park. In this way your dog won't be fearful and speculative about other people or dogs. Let friends/family/dog owners use your doggy treats to feed the Lab, so that he feels safe around them.
Anything can trigger a dog's need to bark - like teasing, strangers, a new environment and so on. Snuff this behavior by pampering your dog to keep him happy at all times, especially when alone or subjected to new surroundings.
Praising Your Dog
Every time your pup does the right thing when you command him/her, give them a doggy treat and tell him/her how good he/she is, and they will immediately associate good acts, with treats and will play out their behavior accordingly when you need them to respond in a certain way.
With these Labrador training tips, hope you enjoy time with your puppy, and help him/her grow into well-behaved dogs. Just remember that as puppies, their attention spans are limited, so you'll have to cut down sessions to five minutes each, during different parts of the day. This way the lesson sinks in, and is remembered.