You bring home a new Labrador puppy and the whole house is buzzing with excitement. Your kids can’t wait to take turns holding and playing with the newest member of the family. The puppy is running all over his new home, taking in his surrounding and checking out everything. Everyone is laughing and having a great time. It’s no surprise that you have chosen a Labrador retriever. Labradors are a very popular breed, especially for families with kids. They are kid-friendly, highly intelligent, loves people and eager to please. They are boundless little furry balls of energy.
However, after the initial excitement of your new Labrador puppy, you start to experience behavior problems from your new puppy. What makes them great dogs is also what causes their behavior problems. Labradors have a lot of energy and are very playful. They love to run around, dig and chew everything in sight. They love to jump on you and playfully bite you. But, all that energy and playfulness and lack of proper training becomes a big headache for you.
Common Lab Behavior Problems
You have probably experience at least one of the following problems:
- You are walking through your house and “squish”, you step on a mess left by your puppy yet again!
- You are trying to get some sleep, but your puppy keeps barking and whining and just won’t stop!
- Your puppy keeps jumping up on you and playfully biting you no matter how many times you tell him, “no”!
- Your dog keeps pulling on the leash while you try to take him for a walk, so instead of an enjoyable walk, it becomes a chore.
- Your wife is mad that the new puppy dug another hole in her garden.
- You find one of your shoes all chewed up and have no idea where the other one is.
Most dog owners find themselves with at least one, if not all, of those problems when they get a new puppy. It can get overwhelming really fast. You work all day and the last thing you want to do is deal with a puppy with behavior issues.
Training Your Lab
Not to worry, all of those problems are very common and you can train your puppy to be a well-behaved dog. Remember that your new puppy is still very young and needs your help to understand what is expected of him. Labradors are very smart dogs, but they are still dogs and can only understand what you teach them. Training your Labrador puppy will require patience and consistency. Training should start as soon as you bring your new puppy home.
Techniques such as crate training is very helpful to potty train your puppy and to keep him from chewing up your belongings.
Training your new lab puppy doesn’t have to be hard or frustrating. With the right information, training your puppy will become a rewarding experience for you both. Everyone will be happier and you will have an obedient, well-trained and loyal companion.