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Modern labrador training methods are gentle, positive, and very effective.
Smacking and rolled up newspapers are a thing of the past!
Training your puppy can be challenging, but it is an important part of puppy care and management.
Training is also an important ‘safety feature’ of owning a large and relatively powerful dog.
A full grown Labrador can easily knock a person over or drag them along on the end of a lead. Or cause a serious accident if he were to stray onto a road.
What to teach
For safety’s sake, the minimum any Labrador puppy should learn is how to sit and to wait calmly to be stroked or fed, and to walk nicely next to his owner on a lead.
Most importantly we need to train a puppy to come back reliably when he is called.
When to teach
With modern training methods, which are largely force-free, training can begin at a very early age.
The secret to successful early training lies in keeping the whole process stress free and cheerful.
Your puppy should have no idea he is being trained, and will enjoy his training sessions as if they were games.
How to teach
You will find lots of information on puppy training in our training and puppy sections.
You will also find information lots more information on other aspects of puppy care in our labrador puppies section.
One article you may find particularly helpful is : ‘How to train a puppy to sit’ To make sure you don’t miss any of our other articles, you can request free email updates using the box to the right.
More help and information
If you enjoy Pippa’s puppy articles, you will love her new book: The Happy Puppy Handbook – a definitive guide to early puppy care and training.
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