3 Things You Will Love About A Labrador Retriever

Why I Love Labrador Retrievers

OK, let’s be honest what isn’t there to like about a Labrador? 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.

Because of their type of breed 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. 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 that 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.

Check out my website or give me a call , so we can schedule a training session with your new member of your family!

 Till we meet again.

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Cross Breeding

Mating Dogs of Different Breeds

I am sure you are aware of all the crossbreeds that are available today including probably the most famous being the Labradoodle and the Goldendoodle.  At first glance the question is why?  In most cases it is to create a breed with some favorable characteristic with others who know why.  Let’s talk about a few of these mixed breed dogs and why they came about.


I want to start with what is probably the best known high bred the Labradoodle.  I am sure that you already know it is a mix of a Labrador retriever and a Poodle.  Because of the poodle influence they can be large or small depending on what size poodle was used for the breeding.  They are also in several different colors from yellow, black, brown and even party colored.

The breed was actually first developed by Australian dog breeder Wally Conron in an effort to help a client that had dog allergies.  Allergies and people who are allergic to dogs is one of the top reasons people select a Labradoodle.  From what I understand to be hypoallergenic the dog must be a 3rd generation Labradoodle.

The introduction of the Goldendoodle was inspired by the successes of the Labradoodle.  Breeders started breeding mini size golden doodles by using the smaller poodle and this appealed to many people that wanted a smaller dog. Breeders are determined to produce a non-shedding hypoallergenic dog that can be enjoyed by more people either as a small or larger dog.

The list of the cross bred designer dogs can go on and on but here are a few:

Puggle  –  Puggle and Beagle

Chiweenie – Chihuahua and Daschund

Maltipoo  –  Maltese and Poodle

Chorkie  –  Chihuahua and Yorkshire terrier

Bugg  –  Pug and Boston Terrier 

Wally Conron the Australian breeder who started the designer dog craze back in the late 1980’s regrets the fact that he created what he calls a monster.  Because of his efforts in breeding the first labradoodles he feels like breeders have gone crazy in their efforts to create more and more cross bred dogs.

Some designer dog breeders feel that they are doing a good job by breeding out bad characteristics from the breeds however other breeders feel that this type of breeding has actually caused more problems.

If you need a particular cross bred dog for a certain characteristic then go ahead and give one of these designer dogs a chance it may just be the perfect dog for you.

Puppy Mill Dog Behavior Problems

Dog Behavior Problems

It seems like every time I turn around I’m seeing another story about a puppy mill that is been raided and the dogs taken away from the owners. The authorities didn’t come in just because it was puppy mill, they came in because the dogs are usually living in deplorable conditions and with health issues. If you are one of the kind souls that would like to adopt one of these puppy mill dogs there are some things that you need to consider before doing that.

I think the first thing to keep in mind is the fact that no matter what the age of the dog they’re not going to be house trained. These dogs are usually kept in wire cages or pens and allowed to do their business right where they walk and sleep. Most of the time their cages are not even cleaned routinely, so the dogs live in their filth. So any puppy that comes from a puppy mill is going to have to be retrained not to do its business in its crate.

Another important thing to consider is the lack of socialization. Socialization for a puppy happens from birth to 20 weeks old. If your puppy is not socialized during this period it may never be socialized. Most puppies and adult dogs that come from puppy mills have had no socialization. In fact many of them have never seen anything but their cage and the dogs that live next to them. That means these dogs can be fearful of people and new places.

Quite often as a trainer I see some of these puppy mill puppies that don’t even know how to play. They don’t know what a ball is or any type a toy for that matter. Most of these puppies and dogs don’t even feel comfortable playing with other dogs because sometimes they been in solitary confinement for long periods of time and simply used as breeders.

If you are a patient person who would like to rehabilitate one of these puppy mill puppies or dogs, then this may be the perfect avenue for you. However keep in mind that you’re not going to have an outgoing dog that you will be able to take on outings, to the park, etc.

So again if patience is something that you have lots of and you feel that nurturing need then a puppy mill puppy or dog may be the perfect companion for you.

I will be happy to help you achieve your perfect puppy.