Sit! - A Guide To Training Labradors

Labrador puppies are perhaps some of the most adorable creatures in the world. Their mischievous antics and frolicky nature provide for some of the most entertaining moments you will ever see, and their small, cuddly bodies are incredibly lovable. Yes, labrador puppies are very cute—but training labradors can be a different story. Training labradors requires a lot of dedication and hard work, but it is rewarding in the end. If you successfully train your labrador puppy, he will grow to be an extremely well-mannered companion to you and your family.

Three To Six Months

There are several areas you need to focus on when training labradors during their first three to six months. The first thing you should teach your puppy is one of the most basic commands—to sit. You should then teach your labrador to lie down and stay when told, and to come when called. When training labradors ages three to six months, one should teach them how to interact with other dogs, strangers, animals; they should also be taught how to walk politely on a leash. A labrador puppy should be trained to drop things from his mouth when commanded to, and to stop barking when he is told to be quiet. Finally, have a little fun with your puppy—take the time when training labradors to teach them fun tricks!

Six To Ten Months

When training labrador retrievers ages six to ten months, teach your puppy to stay in one place as you are walking away from him. You should teach your puppy how to heel and to retieve a ball or toy when it is thrown. Try out some more tricks when training labradors that are six to ten months, such as "Shake hands" or "roll over."

Strangers And Other Dogs

One of the best parts about training labradors is that labradors are somne of the most friendly and easy going dogs you can own. Most labradors get along well with other people. Some labradors only interact well with their own family, with people of a certain sex, or with adults. IT is very rare that a labrador will dislike all strangers. Whatever the case, you should train your labrador to be polite and well-behaved around all strangers.

Similar to their interaction with humans, labradors can be fussy about their relationships with other dogs. Most labradors, however, get along well with other dogs.