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.
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.
Everyone knows that training your Lab has lots of benefits in terms making your pet easier to live with but there are also lots of health benefits to training. A well trained dog is likely to live longer, be happier and be healthier than an untrained Labrador Retriever.
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