How to train a labrador retriever dog

The Labrador Retriever is the most popular dog breed in America, and its many fans consider it the perfect family dog.


The Labrador Retriever is strong, medium-sized dogs, originally bred for hunting.

They are strong and intelligent animals, well suited to a variety of tasks, and work well as companion and therapy dogs or as loyal family companions. The breed was registered by the American Kennel Club in 1917, and in the ensuing years has become the nation’s most popular breed.

A puppy's first teacher is his Dam [mother]. Once you bring your little Lab home, you become its Dam, Sire (father) and the center of his existence. It's a big responsibility, but "puppy socialization" what he learns in his first six months of life, is critical in determining the type of dog he'll be. Give your pup the very start in life by providing loving training and the instilling of good habits. Labradors are active, intelligent and eager to please their humans, and respond well to training.

It all starts with the tone of your voice, which is more important than the words. With dogs, it how you say it, not what you say. Most dogs associate a low tone with a command, and a higher voice with praise. If you happen to have a very high-pitched voice, try your best to lower it for commands and corrections with your puppy.

Start with the simple one-syllable terms like ""come, stay, sit, good", etc., best. Use the same terms consistently, so that your Lab will quickly learn to associate the command with the task expected of him.  Consistency, firmness, love and lots of practice are the keys to training your dog.


Teaching a puppy his name is a good way to begin training. As soon as you get your Lab home, start repeating his name, and very soon he'll get the message. Use his name every time you call him, and make sure to add it to all your commands. ("Stay, Goldie." "Sit, Goldie.") Don't use nicknames or variations of his name until you're certain he knows his name. Remember to praise him each time he responds to his name.


"Recall" (coming when he's called) is a fundamental puppy skill, and is next on your agenda. The puppy comes to you never the other way around. He'll thinks this is a game at first, and may run away or hide. Don't follow him. Repeat the recall command "Come, Goldie" until he understands. Pups have short attention spans; so keep your practice sessions short and frequent.


If you have young children, be sure to educate them about puppy habits. They'll understand that the new member of your family is a "baby", and shouldn't be teased or bothered while he's asleep (which will be a majority of the time.)  Even though Labs love children and are particularly good with them, toddler and dogs can be a combustible combination.

It's hard to deny an adorable little Lab puppy anything. When that sweet face stares up at you, you'll be tempted to give in but be strong and stop bad habits before they develop. Don't let your puppy sit on the furniture or nap on your bed unless you're willing to accept the same behavior in an adult dog. While it may seem “cute” to have a puppy jump on you, you’ll feel differently when an 80-pound dog tries the same behavior.

Almost all puppies love to chew, so provide your little Lab with an appropriate chew toy. If he confuses your shoes or the chair leg with a chew toy, be sure to correct him until he gets the message. Don’t give him old shoes and socks as chew toys, since he may consider all footwear fair game for chewing.