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Old 11-21-2007, 09:06 AM   #1
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Hi all I am looking for information on Labradors for a friend who is thinking about getting one. Can anyone tell me about temprement, trainabitity and the chewing stage of Labradors ??? Thanks in advance
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Old 11-21-2007, 09:11 AM   #2
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I cant chat too long although i would LOVE to tell you all about them but i am at work so i must keep it short and sweet.
labs are wonderful dogs, excellent temperment around children, adults and even elderly.
they are great hunting companions, family members, guide dogs and some even do a little drug sniffing police work
they are fairly easy to train but are pretty hyper for a few years of their lives so you MUST stay on top of things with them(maybe i should take my own advice hmmm...lol*wink*)
all puppies go through a chewing stage but yes labradors are chewers and some never grow out of it but you must learn to direct their chewing on to the appropriate things such as bones, rawhides...sticks or whatever you feel is appropriate for them.
i noticed my 3 went threw chewing stages at different ages but if i had to put an exact age range on it i'd say between 8 weeks to 8 or 9 months.
my corona is a still a chewer so sometimes i need to remind her that socks are not appropriate as well as my hands and feet
gosh i really would like to tell you more but i dont wanna get caught lol!
ill try and check back when i can to see all the other great info.
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Old 11-21-2007, 11:02 AM   #3
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My husband had Labs for years so this is more or less what I picked up from him and also what I learned back on a Lab forum I was on when I thought Zircon was part Yellow Lab.

They are friendly, goofy dogs, and have that typical retriever "there-are-no-strangers-just-friends-I-haven't-met-yet" attitude towards life. They make terrible watch dogs and worse guard dogs. If a burglar were to enter your house, a Lab would probably slobber all over him and then show him the treat cabinet.

In the US, the temperament has suffered in the past decade because this breed has become the #1 popular breed, so everyone and his brother is breeding them. Assuming your friend gets one with a good temperament though, training should be fairly easy as Labbies are eager to please. But like coco-bean says, they are hyper. Personally I think that many in the US don't get enough exercise. These dogs were meant to be outdoors in the woods, and swimming in icy water after ducks. They will eat until they bust and if they don't get serious exercise, will rapidly become overweight unless you keep a careful watch on how much they eat.

I also agree with coco-bean that they are normal chewers like any other breed.
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Labrador Retrievers make great family pets. They have a very sweet temperament; gentle, loving, loyal, affectionate, playful, energetic.

Labs are very intelligent and love to please you. They can be easy to train, and they can be stubborn. Colbi catches on very quickly to new things, but she is stubborn. They are quite obedient though.

Labs love to chew. I think they will chew throughout their entire lives. Be sure to train them what is a good thing to chew and what is not, because Colbi has gotten into everything in the past. And hide your MP3 players, LOL. 2 seconds, and it was gone!

Here are a few videos that your friend might want to watch:

Meet the Breed - Labrador Retriever
Lucky the Yellow Labrador
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I Own 2 Labs myself and could also talk on and on about them, but from my experiences I have learned that although the Lab is an awsome dog they are not for everyone.
The lab is a working dog and as such they need excercise and brain stimulation daily(escpecially as a pup), they also stay the puppy stage for about 3 years and osme take longer to calm down. They can also be stubborn.I understand that all I have said are the cons of the Lab but you have to concider the good and the bad.
The reason i chose the Lab was for there loyaly,intelligence, and the way they are eager to please.
So if your friend is active,patient and of course loving, a Lab will suit him/her just fine.
from experience I learned that although The Lab can take alot of time and patience to train (and this can be frustrating) in the end it is all worth it
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Madison went though the chew stage until she was about a year old.
A tired Lab is a happy lab and a happy owner LOL
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Oops I forogt one very important thing. Labs shed. Actually they give new meaning to the word "shed." The don't 'blow coat' like lose it in clumps all at once, it is just a continuous stream of fuzz all year long. You might not think of it to look at them, but their grooming demands are high unless you like dog hair everywhere.
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Oops I forogt one very important thing. Labs shed. Actually they give new meaning to the word "shed." The don't 'blow coat' like lose it in clumps all at once, it is just a continuous stream of fuzz all year long. You might not think of it to look at them, but their grooming demands are high unless you like dog hair everywhere.
WOW I can't believe I left that out, Madison is blowing her coat right now, with the amount of hair they lose you would think they would be bald
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OMG

I went and volunteered to look after one until 1 year old.

I keep telling myself the chewing problems will be over in a few weeks....

Oh well, she is adorable....

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I know Retriever shed badly as I did interiors for my husbands detailing business, got so sick of that yellow hair that stuck to sets, floors. Once past any hunting breeds block of learning they make good pets. Not highly intelligent in learning things fast, kinda slow but training should be that way in some. I think the lighter ones shed more, just a thought thinking back. I am glad mine do not clump anymore using the supplements helps with shedding. I got on porch and brush, finish with the furminator and they look good. Drops hair of course this is why I sweap so much. But, labs I have not found a mean one, but breeders are now going nuts, just like when Shepherds were no.1 on AKC, they start to inbreed, line breed toooo close and soon the breed goes down hill in temperment, looks, etc. Shepherds are no 3, Labs first, Retrievers 2 or vise virsa. Regardless breeders are selling them cheap and pedigrees I would check with a fine tooth comb also. Look for diseases in the pedigree far back as u can get. U can get a 7 generation from AKC for money. From Germany I get 4 generation, Gerti always looked further for me, so just be careful in buying a good Lab, they are nice quiet dogs inside, but do require a daily run or brisk walk, most do.
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