There are many things to consider before bringing a puppy into your home, especially if this is your first ever experience of having your own dog.
Over many years and through careful, selective breeding, the Labrador have proven to be incredibly trustworthy and reliable dogs both out as working dogs and in a home environment which makes them an amazing breed for a first-time dog owner. They are well renowned for their sensitive nature as you may already be aware of after seeing lots of Labs used as service, assistance and therapy dogs. They are playful dogs that desire love and affection from their human companions. As I mentioned at the beginning of this video, the Labrador has a naturally devoted nature and is known to be loyal and caring towards their owner. Labradors are playful, but they are also easy-going dogs that display a wonderful temperament. They are known to be great dogs for the family, especially with children, due to their sensitive and affectionate nature alongside their dependable companionship. Their well-balanced temperament is inherent to them, but, as with all dog breeds, you are required to provide them with lots of socialisation from a young age with strangers and other animals for them to grow into a good-natured and well-rounded adult dog. Although they need quite a bit of care and attention, they are an incredibly good choice for a first-time dog owner that is after a dog that is loyal and affectionate.
The Labrador Retriever is a very intelligent dog which is proven with the amount of service Labs you can find these days. It is their kind and extremely willing nature that makes them relatively easy to train. Their love for their human companions makes them extremely eager to please you; they benefit greatly from knowing who their leader is and their ‘place’ in the ‘pack’. A Lab’s high intelligence means that they love to engage in different mental stimulating activities which, again, can make training this breed relatively easy. As with all breeds, you need to be willing to put in the time and effort to train your dog. Although the Lab is renowned for its loving and easy-going temperament, they can easily develop unwanted bad habits and destructive behaviours if they are not trained properly and consistently from puppyhood. They adore being praised and a high food drive so this rewarding can come in handy when training your pup.
Labrador Retrievers are well-built and strong dogs with a very athletic build which means that they need a large amount of exercise. Originally, the Labrador was bred to work alongside fishermen in Canada which meant a lot of hard work swimming and retrieving for long hours every day. They are commonly used as a working dog in a hunting environment, retrieving game for the hunters. Their double coat protects the dog from the cold and water which enabled them to be great hunting companions and definitely explains their love for swimming! Exercise for the Lab should be a combination of daily walks and off-lead runs with plenty of playtime and mental stimulation. Their large amount of energy needs to be released to prevent any bad habits and behaviours from developing. Also, Labs are commonly known to become easily obese if not exercised and fed properly, so they need appropriate levels to stay fit and healthy. Labs need a minimum of two hours a day of exercise They are a very loving dog and thrive off their humans’ attention and if they are left alone for too long, they can become very distressed and develop destructive behaviours. As a Retriever, it is in their blood to want to retrieve so teaching your dog to retrieve is a great way to exercise them as it uses physical and mental energy. Social interaction with other people and dogs is important for the Labrador due to its naturally social nature which also provides a lot of mental stimulation.
It’s super important to do lots of research before making your final decision when getting your puppy, so we highly recommend watching more videos and reading up about the breed.
Overall, the Labrador Retriever is very well suited to first-time dog owners that are willing to give the dog the care that it requires. They are incredibly loving and have an impressive reputation as being highly trainable and intelligent. If you are looking for an active companion that also loves to just spend time with you whatever you are doing, then the Labrador may just be the best pup for you.