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Labrador Retrievers are among the smartest and most loyal breeds of dogs around, and to enrich your dog-owning experience, you must train properly.

It is the final installment of the Training Tips for Your New Puppy article series. Good luck, and enjoy bonding with your new friend.

The Leash

Being attached to a lead or leash is an entirely unnatural act for a puppy. So, the first time you attach a dog collar and leash, fear and anxiety will likely be the reaction. But, here’s how to make it fun for your pet.

You want to buy a very comfortable and soft dog collar that is the right fit for your puppy. You don’t want it tight at all; make sure you can slip two fingers beneath it. Then, just before you feed your dog, slip on the collar; this way, the collar around his neck will be completely forgotten at the sight and smell of his meal. Remove it right after the meal and praise him. Repeat this process while gradually lengthening the time that the collar is on.

Attaching a piece of wool or thread to the collar is a fun way to educate your puppy about leashes, the average length of a lead. Next, toss a ball or a toy, let the pup chase after it, pick up the end of the mock leash without it becoming tight, and follow him around. Repeat this for a few days.

Eventually, you want to attach the leash you intend to train him with onto the collar during mealtime. First, call your puppy to his food while allowing the leash to drag on the floor behind him. After the meal, praise and remove the leash and collar. Rep this for a few days. Then when you call him for his dinner, pick up the leash and follow him to his meal as if you were walking him. Repeat regularly until the puppy seems utterly comfortable with you holding the leash while he walks.

Eventually, the leash and walking will be looked at as something enjoyable through this type of association with things your puppy enjoys.

Being a Friend and a Leader

Your leadership and friendship are the two most essential components to your puppy’s training success. Make sure you have a straightforward approach and method for training and always remain firm and consistent. Be sure to avoid any punishment practices, such as choke chains, physical discipline, and other bullying tactics. You want to be your dog’s friend, not just a boss. Take this advice, and your puppy will be well adjusted and well trained, and you will have a great experience as your dog ages.