Here are the five magic words your Lab should know: sit, down, come, stay, and heel. You don't have to wait until puppy kindergarten to start teaching them, either. Your eight-week-old Lab pup is ready, willing, and able to learn — so start practicing these commands at home as soon as you get your puppy, and he'll be the star of the Pre-K class.
Before you get started, make note of a few simple rules:
Train when you're in a good mood.
Give commands in a firm tone of voice; praise in a happy tone of voice.
Stop training if you get frustrated.
Train in a quiet place with no distractions.
Train before meals so your Lab will be interested in the treats you're offering.
Always end training sessions with something your Lab has done successfully.
Be sure everyone practices giving the commands to the dog so that he responds to all family members. This is also a good way to make sure he really understands a command.