Archive for March, 2009

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Labrador Fun Facts

Though you may think that you know everything there is to know about Labradors, there are many special and interesting facts about this breed that you may find fascinating.

How to teach your Labrador Retriever to roll over
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How to teach your Labrador Retriever to roll over

There are many methods that can be used to teach your Labrador Retriever to obey the command “Roll Over”. Some of these methods use associations with previous basic tricks, and some of them use the “Roll Over” command as an independent command. Depending on what level of training you have accomplished with your dog, one or both of these methods may be necessary before you find which method works best.

Good ways to keep your Labrador Retriever busy
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Good ways to keep your Labrador Retriever busy

Being an active, energetic breed, Labrador Retrievers have a constant need for any type of interaction. This need can be satisfied by human interaction, though can occasionally be provided by using the proper tools to keep your Labrador Retriever busy. However, toys are not a replacement for real interactive playtime, and you should try to spend some quality time with your Labrador Retriever at least three times per day.

Are Labrador Retrievers good with children
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Are Labrador Retrievers good with children

Labrador Retrievers have a great reputation for being an ideal family dog. The Labrador Retriever has been the most popular breed of dog for dog owners for the past eighteen years (as reported by the number of dogs that are registered with the American Kennel Club). This is due to their intelligence, willingness to learn, and their temperament. Labrador Retrievers have one of the most agreeable temperaments of any dog breed, having a reputation for being affectionate, loyal, and loving.

Labradors sense of smell
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Labradors sense of smell

All dogs are known for having a sense of smell that far surpasses the olfactory abilities of humans. However, there are some dogs that are specifically bred for their scent abilities, and are famous for their tracking skills. Dogs with a particularly sensitive sense of smell are usually used for hunting, tracking, law enforcement, and as detection dogs. Labrador Retrievers are especially known for their amazing sense of smell.

Differences between Black, Yellow and Chocolate Labrador Retrievers
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Differences between Black, Yellow and Chocolate Labrador Retrievers

Labrador Retrievers are most commonly seen in three colors: Yellow, Chocolate and Black. The color range in each of these color classifications can vary, so some Labradors may be quite different in appearance. There are many theories about Labradors that are based specifically on their coat color, mostly due to pure speculation.

Taming your Labrador Retriever
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Taming your Labrador Retriever

Dominance is one of the primary traits of all dogs, since they are instinctive pack animals. If you have not successfully established your dominance in your household, your dog may see you as a submissive pack member, and begin exerting dominant behavior. Though this is not common in Labradors, it is still possible, especially in male Labradors that have not been neutered.

Training your Labrador Retriever to Fetch
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Training your Labrador Retriever to Fetch

True to their nature, Labrador Retrievers are excellent at retrieving almost any type of object. This is one of the reasons that they are used so frequently for waterfowl hunting, as well as for many active dog sports.

Differences between Labrador Retrievers and Golden Retrievers
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Differences between Labrador Retrievers and Golden Retrievers

Golden Retrievers tend to be a bit heavier in average weight than Labrador Retrievers. This is because the Golden Retriever is not known for being as energetic as a Labrador. Golden Retrievers are also much more likely to become overweight, due to their lower activity level. A Labrador Retriever’s average mature height is slightly higher than the Golden Retriever, due to a slightly different bone structure. Labrador Retrievers tend to have a more athletic build than Golden Retrievers, having a slightly higher average percentage of muscle mass.

PROS and CONS of Labrador Retriever
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PROS and CONS of Labrador Retriever

Labrador Retrievers are very people-oriented. They will be loyal, loving, and constantly seeking your approval. A Labrador Retriever craves one of the closest companionships possible for a human and dog, and will love you unconditionally.