Dog training can be difficult especially to new owners but that is not the case with labrador retriever training. Successful training result isn't impossible to achieve for there are various training methods proven to help you train your precious pet. However, you also need to be familiar with the training mistakes so that you will be able to avoid them should they arise.
Training can be frustrating at times particularly if your pet has stubborn disposition. But even if you are at your wits end, never ever hit or smack him should he fail to obey what you're asking him to do. He will not know that he's being punished for not knowing how to sit or come or for urinating in the living room while you're not at home. Rather than improve the situation, he may associate the hitting or smacking to training therefore making him afraid of it (training).
Even though a labrador retriever is capable of intense focus especially if the curiosity is caught, we cannot deny the fact that dogs have short attention span. That's why most experts recommend that labrador retriever training sessions should last for 10 to 15 minutes only. Tackling the same lesson again and again for two hours can be boring that is why training lessons must vary from time to time. Training activities should also be fun and challenging enough in order to encourage your pet.
Correct your dog only if you catch him in the act of doing the mistake. Giving correction couple of hours or even 30 minutes after the deed is done will do you no good since your dog will not understand what the correction is for. The simplest way to correct your dog is to keep an eye on your dog and act right away when you see him about to do something improper. Through this, he will be able to associate the correction with the right deed.
Using different terms can be confusing to your dog. For instance, if you use "come" command during training, you ought to be consistent in using it. Using "come here" or "come boy" may mean an entirely different command to him.
Every good behavior ought to be recognized and rewarded to make it clear to your dog that you are pleased with what he did. Doing so will not only make him happy but is also more likely to motivate him to repeat doing the behavior he's being rewarded for. Reward doesn't always have to be delicious treats or new toys. A pat in the back, time to play and plenty of praises ought to be enough.