The Labrador as seen by a dog trainer
It was born in the late nineteenth century and had a lot of success after the First World War (1914-1918).
The exact origins are unclear but it seems that the Labrador had a long stay on the island of Newfoundland, off the coast of Canada, where it acquired the love for water. Living in that inhospitable land the Labrador acquired extraordinary resilience and increased sense of search and recovery as it was used for hunting and for retrieving prey that had fallen into water.
It is an active dog that likes to play, and is used as an assistance dog, guide dog, for detection etc. It is a breed compatible with active people who like sports and long walks.
As we have said before is a very active dog so when they are old we have to be careful of heart attacks as it is a dog that gives everything that their owner demands of them.
They usually have a friendly and easy-going temperament, but like most dogs, it also depends on the education and attention they receive. Labradors are usually easy to train, obedient, able to understand quickly and well, have a great memory and very good with children. It is an excellent companion dog. In short, we can say that the Labrador is a docile, adaptable and very friendly dog.
They molt so daily brushing is important, bath and regular hygiene care.
The cost of maintenance is reasonable, the amount of daily food for this breed will be about 500gr to 600gr. Of course this also depends on their physical activity and their metabolism, which like in people, defines their tendency for obesity.
All dogs regardless of their breed need education, but in Labrador this is critical. As it is a strong, active and very friendly dog, many owners assume that being so good and intelligent the dogs will behave well. However leaving all that energy and intelligence uncontrolled usually turns into a mess at home, unbearable walks and bad behaviour. With proper training we channel that energy and intelligence and strengthen the ties with our dog.
The Labrador is a breed that needs daily exercise, attention and therefore we meet their needs with long walks and a lot of time playing with them.
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