How to Train a Disobedient Labrador: 14 Steps

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How to Train a Disobedient Labrador: 14 Steps
How to Train a Disobedient Labrador: 14 Steps

The Labrador retriever is an incredibly cute breed. The chubby belly, the happy smile and the always wagging tail captivate our hearts. However, these dogs need training. The Labrador has a lot of energy, especially if it was raised from a young age to work, hunt and run every day. Fortunately, he's friendly and easy to train.


Part 1 of 3: Getting to Know Labradors

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Step 1. Know that there is no such thing as a 'naughty' Labrador

The concept of 'bad breeding' is a human characterization wrongly applied to an animal. Your Labrador is not "naughty" or "bad" by nature. Quite the contrary, he does what every Labrador is used to before being taught a new behavior. Remember that he is not born knowing the rules of living with human beings.

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Step 2. Read more about the breed

This dog is usually very intelligent, happy and full of energy. He needs a lot of attention and an outlet to expend energy.

  • The Labrador was developed and originated in Newfoundland, a city in eastern Canada. It used to be used by fishermen to retrieve escaped nets and fish. To this day, the Labrador remains a good "helper" and a good swimmer.
  • The breed's versatility is used in many types of "work", including search and rescue, as a police dog, in drug detection and as a guide dog for the blind, among others.
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Step 3. Treat the Labrador with behavior that benefits the breed

Giving him what he needs helps ensure he doesn't "behave" in response to insufficient training.

For example, the Labrador needs to play and take complete walks. If you don't, he'll get bored and become destroyer. Keep him active with play, tossing objects for him to fetch, and substantial walks at least twice a day. Increased physical activity helps the dog to stay healthy and also to tire. A tired Labrador, on the other hand, is less inclined to barge into the pantry and eat it all up or dig into the garden. Swimming is also excellent exercise for dogs, and throwing objects into the water is a great combination of activities that use up a lot of energy

Part 2 of 3: Becoming a Good Trainer

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Step 1. Be straight and precise

Don't give speeches to the Labrador. Your commands need to be simple and firm. "No", "dead", "wait" are strong, simple and straightforward commands. "Stop doing that, for God's sake" or "Hey, stop eating my shoes" are not going to work as they are too complicated. Remember, dogs don't understand language like humans do.

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Step 2. Be firm and stay in control

In general, yelling at the dog is not effective. Mainly in the case of the Labrador, which is a wild breed by nature. Use a firm voice when instructing the dog; don't yell or lose control. Dogs are very intuitive animals and can sense frustration and can return in kind.

Strong, assertive commands communicate what you want him to do

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Step 3. Be timely in your responses and commands

Continuing to warn you for a long time after an incident does not bring results. If you need to warn or correct him, it has to be done during or right after the wrong action. The dog will forget about the event a few seconds after the event, so the key is to correct the behavior immediately in order to facilitate the training process.

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Step 4. Train the family

If you live in a house with more people, the family also needs to be trained. Explain to them and home visitors what the Labrador is allowed and not allowed to do. For example, if you don't allow anyone to feed the dog at the dinner table, you need to communicate the rule to everyone. If family members or visitors don't know the rules, they can feed the dog, which will confuse the animal and stop training.

Part 3 of 3: Using Standard Training Techniques

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Step 1. Never hit your dog

Hitting or mistreating a Labrador when it behaves in an unwanted way does not help it to be a well-trained dog. Instead, he'll be scared of you, which basically nullifies the training process.

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Step 2. Reward the behaviors you want to reinforce

It's easy to apply human moral and motivational concepts to your Labrador. But the fact is that he is not a person, he just 'exists' and 'acts'. For example, chewing the sleeve of your best work shirt is not a conscious act on the dog's part with the intention of upsetting him. Often the shirt was just there and it was chewy.

Rewarding good behavior is more effective than punishing bad ones. Instead of getting exasperated and angry at the dog for chewing his shirt, encourage him to chew toys and reward him with praise when he does

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Step 3. Use a clicker

This device allows you to give positive reinforcement to the dog immediately. Labradors are easily trainable as they are encouraged by treats, which makes the clicker an ideal tool.

Clickers emit a noise – a click – that serves to tell the dog that he has done something right. The clicker is a small plastic box with a metal tab to be used in the palm of the hand, which, when quickly pressed, makes a sound. Through this method, the Labrador should be taught that whenever he hears the device's noise, he will get a treat. At some point, the animal will understand that a click is always followed by a treat, which is a very powerful incentive in the case of Labradors. Once he has made this connection, you should use the clicker to mark the moment when his behavior is correct, such as sitting down when told. In time, he will learn that he earns rewards by sitting when instructed. Learn to train it with a clicker

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Step 4. Appeal to the Lab's stomach

Most dogs are always hungry. Labradors, in particular, are motivated and guided by food. Reward desirable behavior with food, and good behavior will likely be repeated.

  • For example, if the dog is gnawing on the couch, encourage him to take a toy from him and then reward him with a treat and make a big fuss about it. The treat will gradually serve as an incentive and, over time, the dog will learn not to eat the couch anymore.
  • Snacks should be small, such as those sold in specialty stores or frozen dried liver. Cooked kidney is an inexpensive alternative to using as a snack and is very easy to prepare and cut. Many dogs will work hard to always receive these treats.
  • Using snacks as rewards for behaviors you want to encourage should only be an initial procedure. They must be quickly replaced by other rewards, otherwise the dog will become overweight or even obese.
  • Some trainers recommend that, for dogs with attention problems, place one treat at a time in the bowl, rather than feeding them a full bowl all at once. This way, the Labrador is more entertained with feeding and with you, which facilitates the transmission of the message that it is necessary to “learn to win”.
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Step 5. Employ distraction techniques

For example, if the Labrador starts stalking people on the street or other dogs, or starts barking at them, you should try to distract him. It is necessary, for a while, to interrupt the thought and divert the dog's attention, talking to him, giving an order or making a gesture (such as tapping his foot on the ground).

Anticipate and practice these techniques by giving rewards in an environment with few distractions and indoors. Don't forget to give snacks and compliments. When gaining confidence in quiet environments, increase the difficulty level and take a walk around the block or near parks where there are dogs to practice the animal's skills. Gradually, when he's consistently responding to commands like “release” or “look at me,” start circulating in more agitated places. Take it easy on adding distractions, and you'll both gain confidence in the Labrador's ability to handle various elements

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Step 6. Consult a professional trainer

A professional dog trainer, such as that of a dog training organization or organization, knows the dog well and can help you learn basic control techniques.

  • You may need to start with some private lessons to learn the fundamentals before joining a group lesson with your dog.
  • While this is an extra expense, training a pro is a long-term benefit as it promotes more effective communication between you and your energized Labrador.
  • It is even possible to consult a behavioral veterinarian. These veterinarians have additional training and expertise in animal behavior. The regular veterinarian can refer one of these specialists from a renowned location.
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Step 7. Enjoy the Labrador

He is a wonderful dog. Be fair, firm and clear. He will reward you with love and affection!


Think about neutering the dog. Discuss the right time to neuter him with a veterinarian. This attitude certainly lessens the hormonal causes that anger the male. Intact males can become much more agitated and restless when a female goes into heat, misbehaving in the urge to mate. Castration does not solve the entire problem, but it can help if it is done before some unwanted sexual behaviors have taken hold (usually before sexual maturity, around six to nine months). In addition, the female stops looking for a mating partner if she is neutered before reaching sexual maturity, between six and twelve months of age


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