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Training and Discipline

Don’t play rough with your puppy.  He will learn bad habits such as jumping and biting...cute while he’s a puppy, but remember he will weigh 65-75 pounds as an adult.  Don’t let him get away with anything as a puppy that you don’t want him to do as an adult.  Define your limits early.  If you don’t want the puppy on the furniture, don’t hold him in your lap while you are sitting on the furniture.  

For discipline, use the word “NO” in a stern voice.  A verbal reprimand is enough.  For biting, chewing or barking, hold the muzzle while saying NO!  Don’t hit the puppy with your hand; you will only teach him to be afraid of your hand and make all future training harder.  The most important thing to remember is to follow any correction with praise “NO”, and when he stops, “GOOD PUPPY”.  Pet him, praise him, and tell him what a good puppy he is.  Your puppy will want to please you.  Help him learn what will make you happy.

A puppy learns by repetition, theirs and yours.  If he gets away with something as a puppy, he’ll learn that it’s okay.  If you correct him each time, he’ll learn that it’s not.  If he is fed from the table once, he learns to beg.  You may really have to examine your own habits - the puppy will learn from them. 

I strongly suggest formal class training for the pet as well as for a show puppy.  I offer puppy kindergarten classes free of charge to my puppy clients.  You should start your puppy young so that he learns early to get along with other dogs and be handled by other people.  EARLY SOCIALIZATION IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT!!  You may discover that you and your puppy enjoy obedience work, hunt test training, or showing.  You may enroll in a class as soon as your puppy completes all vaccinations to include Bordetella (Kennel Cough) and Rabies.  This is normally by the age of sixteen weeks. 

According to Dr. Stanley Coren, author of “The Intelligence of Dogs," there are three types of dog intelligence--Adaptive Intelligence (learning and problem-solving ability), Instinctive Intelligence, and Working Obedience Intelligence.  The first two are specific to the individual animal and are measured by canine IQ tests.  The last one, Obedience Intelligence is breed dependent.  A recent survey conducted on seventy-nine breeds revealed that the Labrador Retriever is rated number “7” in obedience intelligence trainability.  This means that a Labrador’s ability to understand a new command is less than 5 repetitions and that they obey first commands 95% of the time or better.  PATIENCE IS THE KEY!

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