3 Things You Will Love About A Labrador Retriever

147707-425x283-lab-puppy-on-leashOK, let’s be honest what isn’t there to like about a lab.  If you’ve ever owned a lab you know what fantastic pets they make and if you haven’t owned a lab previously I hope this article will help you decide to choose a lab for your next pet.

I think one of the things I like best about labs is their friendly nature to people and other dogs as well.  Now don’t get me wrong just like with every puppy it needs to be socialized so it stays friendly as it gets older.

So if you socialize your dog properly at a young age you should have a dog that’s wonderful with children, strange environments, other dogs and other people.  It just seems like they love everybody and everything.

A Labrador is perfect for the active family.  Whether you’re the type of person that likes to go for long walks or hikes in the woods this dog is for you.  If you and your family spend a lot of time on the water your dog will love to be with you because labs love the water.

Now don’t get me wrong a lab requires a lot of exercise.  In fact if you pick up a good book it might suggest that your lab needs to run 3 miles a day.  Not everybody can pull that one-off but for the jogger he’s the perfect animal for the household.

Training a lab is usually really easy.  It just seems like they were made for obedience and of course they make great working dogs including hunting and any type of detection work including drugs and arson, they also are used as guide dogs for the blind.  The Labrador retriever is a dog that wants to please.

If you want to compete in AKC obedience trials this just might be the perfect dog for you because of their willing nature to perform the obedience exercises.

In fact if you’ve ever gone to the county fair you may have seen the dogs doing the dock jumping where they actually jump off of the dock and into the water.  They are judged on the distance the dog can jump.  If you enjoyed that your lab may be the perfect candidate to get you involved in that type of competition.

Now don’t get me wrong a lab puppy can be a handful in fact I tell people who it will be a pup until it’s about 2 ½ to 3 years old.  However, once it matures you will have a faithful companion that will always want to be at your side.

Don’t let the book or the movie about Marley the lab scare you away, even though he was a complete handful he still had his wonderful moments and most labs are like that.  So go out and make that next dog a lab, you’ll love it.



Mark Mansfield

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