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Labradors doing Lab Things

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Labradors are, without a doubt, one of my favorite breeds of dogs. They make the cutest puppies and the most loyal companions when they’re grown. Sometimes the in between time can be a little rocky, though.

My cousin, and dear friend, has two chocolate labs that are about 8 months old. They’re a brother/sister pair and they wouldn’t be the same without each other. They are a huge load of trouble, though! They’re at that stage where they just want to destroy everything by chewing on it. She said that they have chewed up countless food bowls, the wooden sides of the wagon, the power cord to their smoker and the siding on the house. I’m sure there are a few things that I missed, but you get the point. They will chew on everything they’re not supposed to, with a rawhide bone sitting right next to them.

Puppies love to chew, labradors particularly like this pastime. It’s very common and can last until fur face is around two years old. Nothing lasts forever, and chewing is one of those passing phases. Removing temptations and providing ample toys might help minutely. Those hollow rubber treat tubes for dogs are great. You can fill it with peanut butter, or something equally as enticing, and then freeze it before you give it to your pup. That should keep them entertained for a while. Puppies will chew for one of several reasons; boredom, anxiety, pleasure or out of habit.

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Labs are active dogs, but have a tendency to get lazy if you let them. They love treats and are prone to obesity if overfed and under motivated. Like all dogs, labradors need exercise. They are excellent swimmers, and absolutely love to do so. It might even rank higher than playing fetch and going for walks. Just try and keep them out of the water.

Labradors are super friendly and outgoing. They are great with people, kids and other animals. But, sometimes they can get into trouble in their social rendezvous. They take some effort to train, but they’re definitely worth it. Although, if you’re looking for a guard dog, a labrador is more likely to make friends with an intruder rather than attack. Unless, of course, their family is in danger. Then all bets are off.

I’ve known quite a few people who have had labs and all of them have had good things to say. I too have had the pleasure of adopting one of these beautiful creatures. Once they get past that destructive puppy stage, they are wonderful dogs.

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Julie Antonson

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