How To Train a Black Lab?

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How To Train a Black Lab?

According to the American Kennel Club, the Labrador Retriever is an intelligent and versatile breed of dog that is excellent at obedience training and is used for search and rescue, drug detection, and services. The Labrador comes in three colors, yellow, chocolate, and black, the latter being the most common color.

Step 1

Begin training as soon as possible while the puppy is still young. Start with a simple command like “sit.” Hold a dog treat above its nose and move the treat slowly towards its tail.

The rear of the dog should be lowered by allowing its nose to follow the treat. Give it the treat  as soon as its butt touches the ground and say “Good sitting!” Repeat the process until the dog sits down on the command and the treat is no longer needed.

Step 2

Use the black Lab’s foraging instinct to teach it to fetch items. Wave a ball in front of the dog’s face to attract his interest. Throw it a couple of feet away. If the dog is interested, it will go for it. Clap your hands and run in the opposite direction encouraging it to follow you.

Don’t run after the dog if it tries to run away from you; keep clapping and running in the opposite direction to attract the dog. Throw the ball as soon as the dog releases it near you to continue the game.

Step 3

Accumulate commands to “sit”, “down”, “still” and “here” by teaching it commands such as “give the leg” and “turn”. While the dog is sitting up, hold some treats in your left hand and use your right to stroke its paw. Say “paw” or “say hello” when the dog raises its paw and you touch it with your hand.

Reward it with the treat. Repeat until the dog paws you when you order it. For the “turn” command, stand in front of the dog with a snack in your hand. With the treat, have your dog follow your hand as you move it in a circle around it and say “spin” as the dog turns.

Reward when they have completed a circle and repeat until the snack is no longer needed.

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About Amanda

Passionate about animals, Amanda draws her expertise from her training as an educator, pet behaviorist as well as her extensive experience with animal owners. A specialist in dog and cat behavior, Amanda continues to learn about our four-legged companions by studying veterinary reference books but also university research sites (UCD, Utrecht, Cambridge, Cornell, etc..)

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