Your Labrador Retriever is an unusual character. Oscar seems to spend most of the day lying in places where you want to walk past or plonking his head on your lap with the anticipation food is coming. You don’t mind his lazy character, in fact, you’re quite jealous he gets to lie around all day. It was fine at first, Oscar was young with a fast metabolism. However, as he has gotten older, his metabolism has slowed and their weight has started to creep up.
Alternatively, your Labrador Retriever may be a puppy who is yet to develop leash manners. So training them to go for walks will mean you'll be able to take them out for plenty of exercise. Not to mention, they will be able to explore the world around them. Finally, if you can get ol' Oscar walking you may do more walking yourself and get a decent amount of exercise.
The good news is training a Labrador Retriever to go for walks is pretty straightforward. It’s not necessarily that they don’t want to walk. It’s more that they don’t quite know how. A leash, in particular, can make dogs feel uneasy, especially when they are puppies. Thankfully, training will consist mainly of using positive reinforcement to get them wandering around.
If your Lab is a puppy then they should be a quick learner and eager to please. This means you could see results in a matter of days. But if they are older and lazy then you may need a while longer. It could be a number of weeks before they are walking around. If you get training right, you’ll have a happy, energetic Labrador Retriever to take out for delightful strolls through the countryside. You also won’t have to worry so much about their muscles and joints going weak, which may lead to illnesses.
Before you start training, you will need to make sure you have a few bits. A leash is the most important requirement. You then need to stock up on tasty treats or break their favorite food into small pieces.
Set aside a few minutes each day for training. Try and a find a time where you both won’t be distracted by a noisy household. You can train at home and a yard to start with, and then out on the sidewalk and fields.
Once you have the above, just bring walking shoes and patience, then work can begin!