• Begin training as a pup. Labrador Retrievers grow to be big and can be quite excitable. Show your Lab love and give him praise when he behaves well. Build a close relationship with your dog from the start and it will carry through his/her adult years.

    Never get physical with your dog. Beating or hitting Labradors when they show bad behavior is not productive. Instead of learning from the punishment, he will become fearful of you, which ultimately defeats the training process since that is not the desired result.

    Reward the behavior you wish to encourage. Rewarding her good behavior is constructive for training purposes. Give her the command, and then give a reward immediately the action is carried out. This strengthens the link in the dog's mind between action and reward. Start with a basic command, such as "Sit," and work on that until your dog has it mastered.