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Tips, tricks and advice for training Labrador Retrievers

Preparing to Raise a Labrador Retriever Puppy

It’s almost time for you to bring your Labrador Retriever puppy home and you need to get prepared. Many dog owners encounter this situation and often get nervous and don’t know where to begin. Whether you are a first time dog owner or a seasoned pet owner, you will still need to make preparations before bringing your dog home. The guide below will bring you on your journey to preparing for your new family member.

Socializing Your Labrador Retriever

Socializing your Labrador Retriever will help him or her learn to become comfortable with their everyday environment and surroundings. Your Lab will become familiar with a variety of surroundings including noises, people, cars, kids, sights, scents and other animals in the neighborhood. As a dog owner you will want to expose your Labrador Retriever to his or her new environment immediately upon arriving home. There are a variety of steps listed below that will help guide you on your journey of socializing your dog.

Training the Reluctant Retriever

While most Labradors are enthusiastic retrievers, fetching from puppyhood, occasionally a dog comes along that doesn’t naturally take to retrieving. While this can be disappointing, there is no reason you cannot teach your Lab to retrieve. You can use the same methods outlined below to encourage your Lab to retrieve to hand, rather than grab the thrown item and play catch me if you can.

While it is not necessary that your dog retrieves, it can be handy as a way to burn some of your pet’s energy off when you don’t have space or time for a run. If you intend to hunt with your Lab, retrieving is a must unless you intend to fetch the birds yourself.

Getting Started

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