A basic training technique that teaches useful control to your dog is showing him ways to focus on you. Clicker training will help you to try this simply by simply fortifying the action when your dog looks at you naturally.
The following stages will help you to tune up your dog into a clicker and also use it to teach him focus on you. This is a great training methodology to use with Labradors and other food inspired dogs.
– Make preparations for each session with a clicker decent number of little treats. Little is better because the dog will just get a taste of the treat which is incentive in itself.
– Press the clicker and right away give the dog a treat and repeat this a few times. This is called “tuning in”.
– Eventually the dog will expect a treat each time he hears the sound. You can test this by his reaction to the sound. He should look to you instantly for reward on hearing the sound regardless of what else he does. This may take 1 or 2 sessions of 10 minutes or so at a time.
– When the dog is satisfactorily tuned in to the sound only click when he is looking directly at you. Proof this by keeping his attention for varying periods of time and alternating by amount of clicks used while he is having a look at you.
– Introduce your focus word; it can be anything but must be consistent. “Look, watch”, or “focus” are all options.
– If you're having difficulty getting your dog to look at your face you can slowly move the treat to behind your head. The dog’s eyes should follow it and when he is looking directly at you then click-treat.
When your dog is taught to focus effectively this will be beneficial in several eventualities. It's an effective way to regulate your dog without putting any unwarranted force on him.
I hope that this has given you some revelations into how to train a labrador, and that you continue on your journey. Good luck!