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Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Advantages of training Labrador Retriever

The chief advantage of training your Labrador Retriever is that it establishes you as the leader and him as the follower. So he knows that he must obey you, as that is his place in the hierarchy of human society. And when you have a well-trained educated dog, you have opened up a great way to communicate with your canine friend and companion.

From the Lab’s point of view, it is to his advantage to learn just what kind of behavior is acceptable in human society. He can only learn this when he is trained and taught by a human being. And that human being is you, as his owner and the person responsible for making his life on Earth comfortable!

What happens if your Lab is not trained?

The poor guy is at a total loss! He does not know what you expect from him. He behaves just as his natural doggy instincts dictate. And these instincts include digging the yard as he pleases, barking excessively, digging, mouthing, and humping. Wouldn’t you cut a sorry figure with your friends and relatives if you owned such a dog?

An untrained dog normally makes a nuisance of himself wherever he happens to be. This adds to the general anti-dog feeling among people as a whole. The dog lovers’ fraternity will simply not appreciate such anti-dog sentiments.

Surprisingly quite a number of dog owners are of the opinion that when they bring a puppy home, the little fellow will soon learn the ways of his human family by himself. But this is far from the truth.

The little guy has to be given a formal schooling. Otherwise he will live by his natural instincts and become an embarrassment to you and your family.

1 Excessive Barking

Have you ever been kept awake by a dog that would not stop barking or howling through the night? If yes, you know just how irritating such behavior from a dog can be! And this is not just restricted to you alone. The whole neighborhood will turn hostile if you have a dog that barks too much.

It is a dog’s natural instinct to bark. But a dog that is a family pet will bark in excess if he is bored. And when does he become bored?
  • When he has not received enough exercise to keep those strong muscles well toned.
  • When he is lonely, afraid, or depressed.
  • When he is desperately seeking attention.
  • When he is defending his territory.

So how does training curb excessive barking or howling? A welltrained Lab will willingly follow you wherever you take him to exercise his limbs. You will also enjoy taking out a dog that is obedient and listens to your commands.

It is a good idea to exercise your Lab just before you go out for the day. In this way he can come back and rest his weary muscles.

Leave a lot of his playthings around for him to amuse himself with while you are away. This way he will not just lie moping around or worse still disturb the neighborhood by howling. Mark off an area for him where he can play to his heart’s content.

Before going out you must ensure that his water bowl is full of cool, clear water that will suffice for the period that you are away. Make sure that the room he is in is well ventilated too. If you know that you will not be home before it gets dark, you must make arrangements for a light to be switched on for him. Otherwise he might get scared and uneasy.

Of course the best antidote to barking or howling is the tender loving care and attention that you shower on your beloved pet. Nothing can compensate for the feeling of security that you provide him with.

If, however, your dog turns out to be a chronic barker, you can opt to get him a collar that sprays citrus mist under his nose whenever he barks. This is bound to keep his barking under control!

2 A dog that chews your belongings!

Once you bring your Lab puppy home, you will find that he loves to chew on just anything and everything lying around the house.

Isn’t this just like a tiny little tot who just loves to pop whatever he comes across into his mouth! Chewing is indeed natural doggy behavior. It is an expression of curiosity in a dog. In a growing puppy it could be teething that is causing the pup to work on something to relieve his itching gums!

When you train your dog you will teach him what can be chewed and what is out of bounds for chewing. This way you will be happy that your precious belongings do not end up between doggie jaws.

And your dog will be spared of the consequences of your wrath! If you do come across your dog chewing, however, you could try to warn him off by making a loud noise. The loud noise should be an indication to stop him from chewing. You must praise him when he stops chewing. Then he knows that what he has just done is good and appreciated by you!

3 Scratching, digging and dragging

Oh! What a messy scenario an untrained dog can create in your house or yard! He will scratch your furniture and drag your rugs, carpets, and clothes around the house, spoiling them in the bargain!

He will create unsightly holes in your yard or dig up your lovely lawn! And won’t all this type of behavior simply upset you? It definitely will!

But when your Lab has been well trained, he will know exactly what he can dig, drag, or scratch at and what he should not do. Again, training helps in carving out a comfortable niche for him in human society. A well-trained dog does not create a pandemonium.

4 Getting into dogfights!

A good fight can be so irresistible to a dog but it can be such a source of embarrassment to you, as a dog owner. If your dog has been trained, when you sense a fight brewing, you can always order your dog to stay close to your heels, stay, or sit. And a welltrained dog will definitely pay attention to your command and obey, however enticing the temptation.

5 A dog that loves to chase

A Labrador Retriever was originally bred to chase and retrieve game. So you cannot totally subdue that inherent trait to chase a moving object. But when you train your dog, you can definitely have better control over his movements to chase and retrieve.

Advantages of training a Labrador Retriever

A well-trained Labrador Retriever is an asset to you and his training is a big help to him also. Here are some of the spin-offs of a well-trained dog.

5 His exemplary behavior is the key to his acceptance in society. You can let him loose among your friends and family without any fear of his misbehaving. You do not have to supervise his movements all the time.

6 When you have spent a good amount of time training your dog yourself, you will be able to gauge and analyze any changes in his behavior. Thus you will be able to detect any symptoms of oncoming illness. Early detection definitely goes a long way in treating an illness.

7 Your well-trained dog will allow you to check his body for any external injuries, fleas, or ticks. Detection will enable you to provide the right type of medication.

8 A Lab is a wonderful companion. So when trained, he will enjoy being near you and listening to you pamper him with praise and instructions. This is one method of keeping him safe and near you.

9 You will enjoy going for a walk or run with your dog obediently and faithfully beside you on a leash.

10 When your dog obeys commands such as “Drop it” or “Leave it,” you have built up a safety net. So if he picks up something that is dangerous, he will drop it as soon as you tell him to do so.

11 Teaching him not to cross physical boundaries such as gates, fences, or doors are also teaching him safety.

12 Obedience training is also essential for the overall welfare of your dog. It can help prevent potential tragedies from occurring. If your dog were to somehow escape from his leash and / or collar and dart out into the street with oncoming traffic, you can control him just by using verbal commands. You can ask him to stop, sit, or stay until you have reached him and secured him sufficiently.

13 A well-trained dog is happier in human society because of the freedom that he is able to enjoy. He can even walk into stores where you shop! He will not embarrass you with any untoward behavior. His excellent manners will, on the other hand, garner welcome attention from your co-shoppers and staff at the store.

A trained Lab is definitely much more responsive than an untrained dog. Proper socialization plays a major role in such behavior. If a dog somehow lands up at an animal shelter, then a trained dog has a much better chance of getting adopted than an untrained dog.

Above all, your Labrador Retriever will make an excellent companion with whom you can foster a wonderful and lasting relationship when he is well-trained. This relationship is based on mutual trust, confidence, and a golden bond of undying friendship. You are his friend, guide, and mentor for life. This builds a platform of mutual respect and understanding as well an unbreakable bond of love.

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