TRAIN, Training, Trained: The Lab Edition
- “Can labs be trained?”
- “Are labs easy to train?”
- “Can lab puppies be easily potty trained?”
The above questions are all great things to ask before making the purchase of your own lab pup, and today, we are here to help y’all with those particular questions. Welcome to our guide to owning your new lab puppy. I️ know what you’re thinking, training a puppy can be a lot of work, but when done right, it’s actually not as bad as you think. So do us all a favor, turn that frown upside down, because frowns cause wrinkles and we all know how wrinkles makes us feel…
Let’s start with potty training your new Labrador puppy
Potty training your lab pup could be a lot like potty training a child, it’s going to take a lot of time, patience, love, and wine……..lots and lots of wine…Once your lab puppy is trained, the results are a win for not only your hardwood floors or the brand new carpet your wife just bought, also for you, especially when that neighbor who complains about how YOUR leaves are in HIS yard starts getting on your nerves again. Let’s just say the property lines could always get a little blurry to your lil’ potty trained lab puppy…*Wink WINK*
Back to the point here. When it comes to potty training your lab puppy, the following are methods to assist you:
- Crate Training
- Puppy Pads
- Taking your puppy outside after they eat
Crate training, puppy pads, or the regular, ole way of just taking your puppy outside after they eat have all been successful in puppy potty training. Read more about the different ways to housebreak your puppy and why it’s necessary, here. The trick is to figure out when your puppy needs to go outside, and to work together establishing a “potty” habit.
LABRADOR RETRIEVERS: OBEDIENCE TRAINING
The labrador retriever is a hyper breed. Do not let the fact that they are hyper, intimidate your efforts in training your pet to the best of your ability. Although puppies are cute, cuddly, and fun to take selfies with, they are also a huge responsibility. Do not buy a puppy and expect it to train itself, no honey… just no…
Along with the ways to housebreak, there are many ways to train a dog, but be sure to stay away from the “positive-only” training that has become a trend in past years. Positive-only training is when you never tell your dog no, giving your dog the power of when it does right. There are facilities and classes you can sign up for that will help you on your journey of training your new pup.
SOCIALIZE YOUR LAB PUPPY
Labs are social animals. Being around people as well as other dogs is very important, especially as a puppy. The aspect of socialization helps the dog develop the social skills needed to function properly in the public. Proper socialization as a puppy leads to proper behavior in the training process. Playing with your puppy is a big part of socialization, the key is to make sure your puppy is comfortable around people and other dogs.
LOVE YOUR LABRADOR RETRIEVER PUPPY
Dogs are naturally loving animals, which means they need lots of love in return. Your puppy needs a lot of your attention and time. Having a puppy is like having a child, yet this one can’t talk….just sayin’… Whenever you’re thinking about purchasing your very own lab puppy, make sure to keep this in mind!
Ultimately, dogs are a big responsibility and should be treated as such, especially when it comes to training. Just because you take your dog for a walk in the park, doesn’t mean that training one will be……. And that’s my two cents, see ya!