LABRADOR WITH CHILDREN AND PETS
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With Dogs they live with: Labs are friendly and exuberant, and this isn't just towards humans but to other canines! Labs tend to do very well with other dogs and love to play. They even do well with small dogs. Though, even though the lab has a sunny disposition and gets along with others, they still require a high-level canine leader that they can take cues from, good socialization from a young age, and a really good exercise regime. This is because sometimes the lab can be a little bit too friendly and playful, which a more reserved dog might not appreciate. Or might even get cause injury to a smaller dog by accident. With Dogs they don't live with: Labs make quick friends, and this isn't exclusive to dogs they live with. They tend to hit it off with dogs they don't know as well. A quick "Hi, how are you?" is all it can take before a lab, and their new canine pal is bounding off to play together. Though, again, caution should be taken around unknown dogs to make sure the lab is not being too pushy with another dog that doesn't share their excitement. With small animals: Despite being a hunting breed, labs can also thrive with small animals. The breed can be successful around cats, livestock, rabbits, and pretty much anything. Though socialization is still critical as the lab's boundless energy can sometimes cause injury even if their intent is just to have some fun. With their Children: The Labrador can be a fantastic dog around children. They can be easy going around the small humans and take everything in stride. They are stable, and most can even put up with some of the annoyances that come with children in stride. However, even a breed as relaxed and as friendly as a lab should never be left unsupervised with children. The lab just doesn't excel with kids in their household, but also other children. Lastly- and you probably guess it was coming- labs can sometimes get a little too excited around kids and may accidentally jump on them or topple them over.