The Labrador retriever is the number one dog in America and Europe for many years because of many important reasons. A Lab’s lovable face and sunny disposition make them fun to be with. For many years, many people, young and old, have enjoyed the company and loyal friendship of a Labrador retriever. They are always on the go and crave to be doing something with the other members of the pack. A Lab will always love to go swimming, playing catch, chasing balls, hiking, jogging, and just playing around with everyone.
A Labrador retriever is very devoted to the pack. It offers unconditional love and never-ending loyalty to everyone in the family. When you come home after a long tiring day, your worries and tiredness will be eased away by the enthusiastic welcome given by your Lab. Its wagging tail and smiling face are just what you need to tell you that you are safe and sound at home. Families with little kids will certainly love a Labrador retriever for it is one of the gentlest creatures that can easily form a lasting bond of friendship with kids. Unlike other dog breeds, a Labrador retriever takes a long time to mature. Its childlike enthusiasm for life is certainly contagious and will bring light and color to the family life.
Labrador retrievers are highly intelligent dogs and thus can be trained easily. They are so smart that they can easily get into trouble but easily figure a way out of the mess. The best way to train a Lab is to provide the proper motivation to keep him interested with the activity at hand. Even as a puppy, it can easily pass obedience training. As it grows into adulthood, it can be trained to retrieve, catch, and participate in agility competitions, search and rescue operations, and be a service or therapy dog.
Together with the proper motivation and consistency, tons of patience will help you achieve success in Lab training.
Labrador retrievers are most happy when they are living with a family who loves to do activities with him. An idle Lab is a bored dog which can become a factory of tricks in an effort to amuse itself. When left alone for long periods of time, a bored Lab can develop the most unwelcome behavior including digging holes, escaping from the yard, chewing on the furniture, barking incessantly and even jumping up on people. A Lab wants an active life with a large portion of that spent with you or other members of the family. It needs sufficient regular exercise every single day to release its pent up energy.
A Lab is a great companion dog but its overflowing friendliness and sociability will never make it an outstanding guard dog. It can be used to sound off an alarm when a stranger approaches the house. Oftentimes a person may be alarmed by its sheer size however once it comes near it will start smiling and wagging its tail in welcome. This is the ultimate reason why a Labrador retriever is the number one dog for the family. A lab is non-threatening and it is not threatened by actions that most guard dogs perceive as hostile. That’s why it is well-loved by families even those with very young kids.
The Lab was originally bred to be a working dog. Their keen olfactory sense makes them excellent candidates for police work including bomb, contraband, and illegal drug detection, and search and rescue operations. The breed is also one of the most popular dog breeds to be trained as assistance and service dogs. Aside from being friendly and gentle, they are also very compassionate towards their owners and have been known to stick with them when tragedy strikes. As a therapy dog which makes regular visits to dreary hospitals, a Lab’s sunny personality is infectious and can surely brighten a patient’s day and bring smiles to their faces.
A Lab which has been trained in this kind of work still seeks human companionship and will work hard for a play session afterward. Many Labs have become famous in history because of the success that they have achieved in their work.
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