Labrador Retriever

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55-70 lbs
21-23"
Canada
Golden Lab, Golden Labrador Retriever, Gladder Retriever

The Labrador was originally called the St. John’s Water Dog after the capital city of Newfoundland, off the North-eastern Atlantic coast of Canada. It was here that the trusty Lab helped the local fishermen to haul in their nets out of the icy water, and to retrieve any fish that had escaped. Because of their lovely nature, they became firm family companion dogs as well. Today most Labradors will shirk the work willingly to live a pampered life with their family, but they do make ideal therapy dogs bringing much pleasure to the elderly and hospitals. They also make great guide dogs for the blind, and assistant dogs for the disabled. This breed is still used as a working dog for search and rescue, or with hunters to retrieve game. They have a keen sense of smell and can be trained to do almost anything (with a lot of patience required). The only thing they are not good at is being a guard dog. Their friendly nature will welcome anyone to the home, and they are more likely to show them where the valuables are stashed than chasing them away! But overall, they excel at being a loyal companion and friend and have a mellow patient nature.

Purpose
water retrieving
Date of Origin
1800s
Ancestry
st. john's dog

Labrador Retriever Health

Sketch of Labrador Retriever
Average Size
Male Labrador Retriever size stats
Height: 22-24 inches Weight: 65-80 lbs
Female Labrador Retriever size stats
Height: 21-23 inches Weight: 55-70 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Gastric Torsion
  • Elbow Dysplasia
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Epilepsy
  • Osteochondritis Dissecans
Minor Concerns
  • Otitis Externa
  • Cataract
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
Occasional Tests
  • Eye
  • Hip
  • Elbow
  • X-Rays
  • Eye Examination
  • Physical Examination
  • Ear Examination

Labrador Retriever Breed History

In the 1700s, the Labrador was known as the St. John’s Water Dog after the capital of Newfoundland. Here, it helped fishermen with their nets and retrieved any fish that fell from the nets. Later, this breed was renamed the Labrador after the Labrador Sea, which was the geographical location of its development. The records show that the Labrador, or its first direct ancestor, was exported to England in the 1820s. The second Earl of Malmesbury was one of the first to own a Labrador and it was because they were so good at retrieving during hunting that they became popular. It was the third Earl of Malmesbury who first referred to the dogs as Labradors. The breed nearly became extinct in the 1880s but was saved by the Malmesbury family and select English breeders. Sadly, in Newfoundland, the breed disappeared because of strict government restrictions and their tax laws. The families were only allowed to keep one dog, and owning a female was highly taxed. Because of this, female puppies were culled from the litters. Thankfully, the breed survived in England, with the breed officially recognised in 1903. In the 1920’s British Labradors were imported to establish the breed in the United States, and as they say… the rest is history.

Labrador Retriever Breed Appearance

The Labrador is built for sport – especially swimming. They are muscular and athletic and have an easy care short coat. Placid by nature, and keen to please they are friendly to all. Labs are devoted and loving people friendly dogs, and live to serve their families. Labradors have a short top coat and a thick, dense undercoat that is waterproof. It is ideal for cold weather and icy water. The head of the Labrador is broad, and it has a moderate stop. The nose color can vary with a black nose on the black and yellow Labradors, and brown on the chocolate Labrador. They have strong jaws, with teeth that meet in a scissor or level bite. With a wide muzzle and strong, powerful neck, the Labrador has a body that is slightly longer than its height. These dogs are known for their friendly expressive eyes, often brown or golden brown in color, although the chocolate coated lab can have hazel colored eyes. The eyes are rimmed in black, giving their medium sized eyes a classic look. On a Labrador, the ears are medium in size, pendant shaped and hang down. Their tail is like an otter’s tail, it is thick at the base and tapers to the tip and assists in their swimming, as does their strong, compact webbed feet. The lab has a free and easy gait. The English Labs are heavier and blockier while the U.S. Labrador is taller and lankier. In America, the Labrador Retriever has become the most popular breed, an honor it retains to this day.

Appearance of Labrador Retriever
Eye Color Possibilities
hazel Labrador Retriever eyes
Hazel
brown Labrador Retriever eyes
Brown
amber Labrador Retriever eyes
Amber
Nose Color Possibilities
black Labrador Retriever nose
Black
brown Labrador Retriever nose
Brown
Coat Color Possibilities
black Labrador Retriever coat
Black
brown Labrador Retriever coat
Brown
cream Labrador Retriever coat
Cream
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Labrador Retriever straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Labrador Retriever Breed Maintenance

Grooming is fairly easy with a Labrador Retriever, a good brushing daily to keep the shedding under control and can even use your vacuum cleaner to go over their coat if they are used to the noise. They do need a bath, usually about every two months or so unless they have found something disgusting to roll in which Labs seem to like doing. They are usually very patient when being bathed, enjoying the extra attention, but watch when you let them out after drying them off; they will head for a dirt patch to roll in! Other maintenance requirements are a regular ear check, as dirt and bacteria can build up inside, causing inflammation and a bad smell. Never insert anything deep into the ear canal, just clean the outer ear. Daily brushing of their teeth using an appropriate pet toothpaste is best, never use human toothpaste for your dog as it can produce a severe reaction. A busy Labrador’s nails will keep short naturally, but if your Lab is clicking its way across the floor, then the nails need trimming. It will help prevent any scratching if they jump up on visitors. If you make grooming a positive experience filled with praise and rewards, the rest will be easy. These dogs can be quite active and need regular exercise, and it helps to have a big fenced yard where they can roam. As they are prone to weight gain, as well as bloating, feed your dog meals several times a day rather than one big feed a day to keep them in shape and healthy.

Brushes for Labrador Retriever
Pin Brush
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Labrador Retriever requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Labrador Retriever Temperament

The Labrador is a loveable animal and adores being around his family. These dogs have one of the most mellow, patient personalities, and they love young children. They will happily put up with ear tugs, getting climbed on, and patiently endure getting dressed up, and of course, will help your child eat his dinner if he can get away with it. Even though they are mellow, teach your children not to tail pull, or to approach the dog while they are eating. A Labrador will rarely bite, but supervision is needed especially around food. If left alone for long periods of time in the backyard, he will get lonely, bark and get into all sorts of mischief. Labradors will happily join you on any outing, even if it is just going outside to put out the trash. They vary from dog to dog as to their level of activity, but they do need some exercise to keep them healthy, both physically and mentally. This breed loves to serve, which is why they adapt well to training, and they love meeting people which is why they are so good with the sick and elderly. Their one weakness is food; they just love it! They will go to extraordinary lengths to fill their stomachs, eating some things that would turn your stomach. The Labrador needs to be trained to walk on a leash. Otherwise, they will practice ‘selective deafness’ (ignore you completely) and wander off following their noses. They love a good game of fetch, enjoy a swim in the sea, lake or river, and will happily join you in the garden to offer assistance. Mixing well with other animals, they make friends easily with cats, rabbits, and other dogs.

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
15 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes

Labrador Retriever Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
2.5 cups
Daily Cost
$1.8 - $2.3
Monthly Cost
$52.5 - $67.5

Labrador Retriever Height & Weight

6 Months
Sketch of Labrador Retriever at six months
Male Labrador Retriever size stats at six months
Height: 20 inches Weight: 47 lbs
Female Labrador Retriever size stats at six months
Height: 19 inches Weight: 35 lbs
12 Months
Sketch of Labrador Retriever at 12 months
Male Labrador Retriever size stats at 12 months
Height: 22 inches Weight: 60 lbs
Female Labrador Retriever size stats at 12 months
Height: 21 inches Weight: 42 lbs
18 Months
Sketch of Labrador Retriever at 18 months
Male Labrador Retriever size stats at 18 months
Height: 23 inches Weight: 72 lbs
Female Labrador Retriever size stats at 18 months
Height: 22 inches Weight: 62 lbs

Top Labrador Retriever Breeders

Check out who made our list for the most reputable Labrador Retriever breeders of 2018.
Top Labrador Retriever breeder On Cue Kennels
On Cue Kennels
Chula, Georgia
Top Labrador Retriever breeder Maranatha Farm Kennels
Maranatha Farm Kennels
West Buxton, Maine
Top Labrador Retriever breeder Puddleduck Retrievers
Puddleduck Retrievers
Morrill, Maine
Top Labrador Retriever breeder Victoria's Pups
Victoria's Pups
Dickerson, Maryland
Top Labrador Retriever breeder Andover Meadow Farm
Andover Meadow Farm
Marydel, Maryland
Top Labrador Retriever breeder 
Shadyside Labradors and Bachman Mill Labradors
Shadyside Labradors and Bachman Mill Labradors
Mount Airy, Maryland
Top Labrador Retriever breeder Belquest Kennels
Belquest Kennels
Mount Airy, Maryland
Top Labrador Retriever breeder Sweetwater Labradors
Sweetwater Labradors
Stevensville, Maryland

Labrador Retriever Owner Experiences

violetta
3 Years
1 People
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perfect dog, beatiful, loveble,
4 months, 4 weeks ago
4 Months
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running, jumping, & smelling
I absolutely adore Labs. They are full of energy and keep things very interesting. My experience with labs has been wonderful, they are energetic, love being pet, saying hi to everyone, smelling everything around them, and constantly wanting to move. Great breed to walk if you have some experience as a walker as they are high energy.
2 months ago
6 Years
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All labs are very loving hyper but loving. I would say they learn very quickly and get attached to a walker very quickly and expect the same person to walk them
2 months ago
5 Years
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She was great and friendly. At first she was very protective of her home but one she smelled me and I pet her she was fine. She was a little bit scared of any noise and any movement. She was a bit shy as well.
2 months ago
7 Years
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Tug-of-war
Fetch
I walk a Labrador every Monday and Wednesday. He has the sweetest disposition. Extremely friendly to humans as well as dogs. Loves attention and treats. Very responsive to commands and highly trainable. Loves walks and is a big licker as well.
2 months ago
1 Year
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Fetch
Run
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Dog Parks
Chase
He barks when you enter his home, but has soon as you say his name he stops. When you let him out of his kennel he wags his tail and the as soon as the leash is on he goes to the door. You open the door and he is ready to run. He knows where to go and will come when you call his name. Very energetic and will give you plenty of kisses.
2 months ago
1 Year
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The labrador I walked was super sweet, affectionate, and happy. She was only 1, so she was very full of energy. She stole my heart. She's also very obedient and smart.
2 months ago
2 Years
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Walking
Fetch
Labrador Retrievers are such a loving dog breed. They are great with any age person and any sized dog. They are full of energy and love to go on long walks and SWIM A BUNCH!
2 months ago
4 Years
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Great energy. Super friendly and enjoys sniffing a lot on walks. Reactive to bikes, skateboards.
2 months ago
9 Months
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All the labs I’ve walked have been easy to wak and responsive to direction. They are playful, calm, affectionate, and enjoy walking.
2 months ago
3 Years
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Sniffing
Exploring
Cuddling
He was a black lab that was in very good shape. Loved his walk and was very very obedient. He knew that he wasn't supposed to pull and also knew to keep pace with me. After his walks he is always so loving towards me...he lives for his walks!
2 months ago
5 Months
People
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Fetch
One of the most common breeds found in households because hey are so friendly and get along grate with children of all ages. They love getting their bellies rubbed!
2 months ago
5 Years
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he was the sweetest dog ever. he was so kind right as i walked through the door for the first walk with him. he was so cool and laid back. he never pulled too hard and always was by my side like he had been my best friend for years.
2 months ago
3 Years
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Running
petting
Walking
Labs are one of the most wonderful breeds of dogs in my opinion. I always know that they will be so loving and affectionate and happy to get there when I arrive for the dog walk. They are always so well behaved and love to meet other people and dogs along the way with our walks. They never pull too hard but do like to keep a pretty quick pace while out and about. They love to lick and get pet as well!
2 months ago
2 Years
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Tracking
Tug-of-war
Swim
Run
Walk
Boat ride
Therapy Training
I’ve never met a lab that wasn’t a complete lover. I’m never concerned walking into a lab’s house for the first time. I know they’re going to greet me with excitement and kisses. They love to run. They’ll run the entire walk if you’ll let them. They’re incredible at fetch and seek and find. They’re really good at tricks and very smart. They make for great family dogs.
2 months ago
5 Years
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I have walked a few and most have been great. Well trained, or easy to train on the leash. I've had a pretty strong puller but managed to make some progress with him after a few walks. They are popular for a reason. Very smart, friendly, and usually good around kids and other dogs.
2 months ago
2 Years
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Very loving and affectionate lab pretty high energy but that's okay love to walk Walk and Walk and Walk they could walk forever it was very enjoyable
2 months ago
4 Years
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Exploring
smelling
Cuddling
Walking
chasing
I have walked a couple of Labrador Retrievers as well as Labrador Retriever mixes, and they were all very friendly and excitable. I would say they all seemed very people-oriented, leaning their bodies on your legs, jumping up and kissing you, or anything else to show affection through touch. They all were very curious about their surroundings on the walk, eyeing every squirrel, person, and car that passed by. They all seemed to enjoy exploring the change of scenery as well as meeting new people and dogs.
2 months ago
2 Years
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Walking labradors are so great they are always by your side and happy and smiling. I would almost compare it as if the two of us are walking on clouds through a rainbow.
2 months ago
3 Years
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Playing in leaves, picking up sticks, socializ
I’ve always had the best experiences with Labrador Retrievers! I have walked multiple, and they all have been so sweet! Walking Labrador retrievers never feels like work. They are always so friendly and want to play and meet with everyone! They greet me with so much excitement when I walk in their homes and always bring a toy to play with. I love walking Labs because during the walk they will look up at you with so much happiness and it just makes you want to smile. They are always so full of life and energy which makes walking them so much fun!!
2 months ago
6 Years
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I have walked and still walk a pair of chocolate labs, one M one F. They are easy going and slow walkers, the male can be stubborn and will lay down on walks if he gets tired. He also, despite being neutered, will mount walkers if he does not get his way (i.e. he wants to stop walking early). I am working on this behavior with him. Overall they are both friendly and easygoing, especially the female. I have also walked a 13 year old lab (mix?) who was very large. He is in good shape for his age and enjoyed walking. Also very sweet and easygoing, one of my favorites.
2 months ago
7 Years
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my lab was great but liked to stop and smell every other step! he was slow to start and growled a lot when I first got to the home. it took about ten minutes to get him to trust me. once he did we had a slow walk to the park. he took a very long time to decide when and where to go to the bathroom. he was friendly with other dogs and not aggressive with people on the street, he barely noticed them. he was not very fast and was stubborn. I really had to coax him to start on home.
2 months ago
6 Years
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Run
Play
He loved to run and explore outside! He liked to sniff and grab things to eat off of the ground. He was very affectionate with me and loved to be pet before we started walking.
2 months ago
Nine Years
People
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Walks
Going out
chasing squirrels
His names Forrest and like labs I've walked in the past there was always great energy and a love for the outdoors snow,rain or shine. Like most labs he is playfully and energetic. This one jn particular loves to chase squirrels while my lab mix loves going after birds. Most labs have that hunting dog mentality still with them so I believe that's the cause.
2 months ago
4 Years
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Run
Explore the woods
Frisbee
Fetch
My experience with a black Labrador retriever were wonderful! He was a bit overweight but it definitely didn’t slow him down one bit! He was super curious and such a gentleman on the leash. He was a great listener and was extremely friendly to me and other dogs around the area!
2 months ago
1 Year
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Walk
The Labrador retriever is very food motivated which makes them easy to train because once you have food you will be gold in their eyes. They will want to please you they will be looking for things to do which can sometimes be problematic because if you don't give them something to do they might help themselves. They are high energy but cuddly too. They are normally swimmers and love outdoors (they were bred to retrieve for hunters after all.)
2 months ago
6 Months
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Fetch
Play
Tug-of-war
Walking
Is there a better dog than a Labrador Retriever? I submit to you that there is not. This little guy, Hal, is just a puppy, but is quickly growing into his own. He starts out rowdy and rambunctious, but by the end of the walk, he’s pooped. He loves playing tug-of-war, and never saw something he didn’t want to eat. He is friendly to all living things, and everyone loves him.
2 months ago
5 Years
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Fetch
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Dog Parks
The last Labrador Retriever that I walked was probably about 5 years old, but very much acted like a young puppy. He was extremely full of energy, had a strong habit of jumping on people, presumably to lick their faces, was very strong, and loved to run. I walked him to a nearby dog park (he pulled hard on the leash the entire way and tried to dart toward every squirrel or animal nearby), and when we got to the dog park, was very playful. He seemed to never lose energy, constantly running, chasing tennis balls or frisbees or other dogs at the park, and was very friendly--he wanted to meet and got along well with almost every other dog we saw. This dog was overall very sweet, but had so much energy he could be difficult to handle. For an inexperienced or even physically weaker Wag walker, he would have been a big challenge.
2 months ago
2 Years
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During my time as a Wag! Walker, I have walked many labs and have not walked one yet that wasn't energetic. They are very sweet dogs, but often do not realize how strong and big they are. They do not always know how to be gentle, but always great you with a wag of the tail and lick of the face. Labs are usually relatively friendly with other dogs as well even if they bark on their first greeting. Labs have short and oily fur, and they eat alot as well. The lab that I have walked most often likes to lick faces in particular so when I bend down to pet her or attach her leash, she jumps at my face pretty forcefully. I had to learn to be aware of this. She had instincts like a hunting dog as far as awareness and agility. One of the best dog breeds around in my opinion!
2 months ago
16 Months
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He's a very friendly and excited dog. He enjoys long walks and running in green areas. Likes to lead. He is gentel and playful with children.
2 months ago
9 Years
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Laying in the sun
Tug-of-war
Swim
Road trip
Run
Walk
I've been around many labs in my life and all of them have been loving and energetic. They do have some health risks involved but they are very loyal dogs
2 months ago
3 Years
People
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meeting people
Run
Walk
Fetch
The labrador retriever I walked was 80 lbs of energy and excitement! He was fairly well leash trained. This is likely because labradors are highly food motivated and very loyal dogs, so they are easy to train. He was very friendly and was good-natured about meeting people and other dogs - little to no barking. However, he is very strong and sometimes jumps on people and/or slobbers, so keeping an eye on his behavior in public places is definitely necessary. He loves playing with toys and balls of any kind, and is happy to bring toys back when thrown. His coat is short so little grooming is needed, although a bit of brushing is good to keep shedding at bay. A great, friendly dog who I would love to walk again.
2 months ago
6 Months
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I have walked Bogey several times. He is a very energetic and mischievious lab puppy! He could not be sweeter, but does get into trouble chewing things up and being out of control on walks sometimes! He is very lovable but has gotten into trash, chewed furniture, wrecked a Christmas tree and eaten lizards!! He needs a lot of attention and a lot of activity!
2 months ago
7 Years
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Playing in the snow
Dog Parks
Shake
Dog-friendly events
Fetch
Tug-of-war
This is the easiest dog to walk, play, train, etc. Easy to get in and out of the house, understands commands well and is very easy to train. I think age might play a part in this as well. Very affectionate and gets attached to you easily. Whenever I leave this dog he wines and as well watches as I get to my car and leave. (Hurts to leave some of the time). All and all I can see why this is a popular breed.
2 months ago
9 Years
People
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Playing with toys
Running
Walking
The labs that I've walked are so sweet and very active! They're a little more dog-reactive than other dogs but they're so sweet with most people and love getting pets, attention, and belly rubs! They're so exciteable and easy to train as well! Very loyal
2 months ago
5 Years
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Smelling, Greeting Others
I have walked quite a few labs so far and I am always happy to see them on the walk request list! They are one of my favorites, as their personality is one of the sweetest! They are always super friendly to new people they meet and generally other dogs as well. Their energy level in fairly high and we usually get well over 1 mile done in 30 minutes. I have noticed they are very obedient and know most common commands. Though, I have walked a few older ones that have their own agenda for the walk that day, but they still listen very well. I also seem to get the best pictures with this breed, they are very photogenic and always look so happy!
2 months ago
4 Years
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Bradley Gubler was a very sweet and friendly dog to walk. I would describe him as an old soul. He enjoyed gentle walking and sniffing grass. He was very well trained and followed commands in a proficient manner.
2 months ago
5 Years
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Fetch
Running
swimming
Walking
Listening to jazz
Tank is o e of the biggest Labradors I've ever encountered. He's about 100 lbs but so full of energy and love ! He likes to bark out of excitement when I come and really loves going swimming after his walks. He knows how to do alot of tricks as well as understand alot of commands. I think my favorite thing about him is how vocal he is. He might even answer a question if you ask it right!
2 months ago
2 Years
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Play
Agility training
Run
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Fetch
Labs are one of my favorites. They are always so sweet. I usually ask the owners if I can take them in the backyard before the walk just to get some energy off because they have an almost endless supply and that can lead to you getting your arm pulled off when they want to pull on their lead. I usually run with them a bit if the backyard thing is not accessible. I usually also bring a ball with me and check around for a dog park for them to play in.
2 months ago
5 Months
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Frisbee
Run
Tug-of-war
Playdate
Chase
I have walked this puppy lab for a few weeks now as a regular. He is the most energetic pup I’ve ever walked! My usual walks are a half an hour to an hour but because of his energy levels we do an hour and a half. He loves to run and play non-stop. He always tries to eat stuff off the ground at the beginning of the walk and I have to pull him away a lot. Since he is still very young he’s very curious. He is a surprisingly great walker after the first few minutes of distractions. He doesn’t pull at all unless there are other major distractions around. He won’t let me move anywhere if there is a dog walking behind him. He has to say hi to every dog walking by. He loves dogs and people more than anything! He’s extremely friendly and pretty well behaved for a puppy. I try to get him to sit before crossing the street, but he doesn’t always listen. He loves chewing and especially loves toys!
2 months ago
2 Years
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I have many years experience with Labs. They are a great breed. This particular lab was gentle, hyper, and very loyal.And after his long hot walk in Florida he cooled off by jumping in the pool at his owners home. Much to be expected from a water dog. He knew me for 4 minutes and when he saw the cable guy he barked at him. They are smart and will protect those who they LOVE.
2 months ago
5 Years
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Chew
Play
Walk
The lab that I have walked is a sweetheart. He loves playing with sticks that we find on the walk. Sometimes he will enjoy walking around carrying his sticks with him. His energy is typically pretty high and is always excited to start the walk. Throughout the walk he loves smelling everything he can. When we get back home after the walk he usually still has enough energy to play with his ball. He is also such a love bug. When I have to put him back in his kennel before I leave he always tries to get a few extra minutes playing with his toys around the house. A few times he has just wanted to sit with me in the house and just have cuddle time. Labs are a great breed with much love to share.
2 months ago
RVCA
3 Years
3 People
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Walking
I have walked RVCA twice now. He is a Labrador Retriever. His coat is short and white. He’s also a bit on the heavier side, but still very fit and energetic. RVCA and I have been on two twenty-minute walks together. When I arrive at the house, RVCA is by the gate, super excited. He has such great energy. He leaps up and wags his tail. I have to wait for him to settle down a bit to get his leash on, but all in all very obedient. RVCA is super commanding. He knows exactly where he wants to go and wastes no time getting there. He’s a strong boy! If you’re not careful or strong, he can definitely end up talking you for a walk instead of the other way around. We normally walk for about a mile, in the 20 minutes we’re out, so RVCA really doesn’t waste any time. He’s a curious boy, as well. He’s constantly sniffing the ground, and his tongue is out the entire time. RVCA does well around other dogs. We encountered another dog, and he didn’t bark too much or get out of hand. The other dog was probably young, because that dog was barking a lot and the owner had to pull that dog away. As soon as that dog was out of sight, RVCA immediately focused all of his attention back to his brisk walking. Very wonderful dog!
2 months ago
6 Years
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The Labrador Retriever I walked was super easy going and happy. He was extremely excited to go on his walk and explore around the neighborhood. We walked several blocks and jogged a couple. He was very friendly and wanted to meet each person we passed. He was very easygoing and had no particular care for where we walked. He was super sweet and really enjoyed the time we spent outside. I only had thirty minutes to walk but actually walked around quite a bit because of how relaxed he was. He met a lot of people and loved to be pet. He was very furry and shed everywhere but was still super adorable. After our walk, we returned to his house and at that point he was very tired. From this experience I can say Labrador Retrievers are very easy going and loving dogs.
2 months ago
8 Years
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Running
Sniffing
Fetch
Going to the park
Walking
being pet
Labs are very sweet and loyal. They can have very high energy and love to play fetch and other games with people. They love to just do activities with their owner and stay by their side. They are active but also love affection and being pet. They are social even with people they don't know. They can be stubborn at times when they don't want to do something like go outside or keep walking, but eventually they will listen.
2 months ago
7 Years
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Walk
I walked a large Labrador Retriever for a family with several children. This particular pup was deaf but so loving, calm, and excited to walk. The pup was heavy set and on the older side but had great endurance during our one hour walk. He did not overly sniff mailboxes or flowers and would stay focused on walking. Running would have been too much, due to a swaggered walk. He became very startled by other dogs while walking; I think this could be a result of his lack of hearing or being leashed. He did not pull while walking and loved a back and belly rub; when I showed he was being a great dog. He kept his tail wagging the entire time -- such a happy breed!
2 months ago
12 Years
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I absolutely love Labradors! Ive never had a bad experience with this lovely breed. The precious old black lab girl was so sweet, very quiet, and was intrigued with birds. If she wasn't so much older I think she would have really enjoyed running after them! So sweet, responsive, gentle, and obedient. Labs are the best! She was very friendly with other people and dogs. She never pulled during the walk and would match my pace, slow or fast whatever the situation was. She was very confident in herself and showed that throughout the walk. I think that helped when other dogs came to us, she wasn't aggressive and was super gentle. She was very happy and would stop to smell the flowers, she always seemed to be paying attention to her surroundings and me.
2 months ago
2 Years
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I've walked more labs than any other breed. Whether or not their calm and have good leash manners has everything to do with training. I've walked a couple that were incredibly easy and more than a few that pulled on the leash most of the time. They can almost always be redirected with a treat but prevention goes a long way. They are smart, love being part of the family and love to please.
2 months ago
4 Years
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Check out Teddy, my boarding buddy for the day. Teddy is so in love with Laney and loves to give her kisses and longingly stare at her when she is relaxing. Teddy is obsessed with his ball and wants to play fetch non-stop. He reminds me so much of the dog Chum from Spanglish! "DON'T EVER THROW THE BALL!" My house is full of chocolate labs today!
2 months ago
10 Years
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Walks
Tug-of-war
Beach
Been walking two of these gentle giants for about two years on the regular. They are seriously are a comedic duo. They always will put a smile on anyone’s face they come in contact with as they’re absolute huge teddy fur bears. They love their walks and stimulating their mind and brain and exercising their legs. Always have a blast every day with these two. They are clumsy as ever and step on one another, potty on one another, get stuck with their leashes around poles and bushes. All that being said, they are seriously two of my favorites. They always make the day better. Who wouldn’t want to walk two 90 plus black and white labs on the daily? It’s always a win win with these two.
2 months ago
5 Years
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Walking
snififng
Meet Lucy the Chocolate Lab! Lucy was just as sweet as milk chocolate! She was super affectionate and it was really hard to leave her! On our walk she was such a good girl and didn't pull or get distracted by anything! I really wish I could capture her beauty and spirit in the picture but every time I bent down to get a picture, she scooted up as close as possible to me for some love! She was extra loving today and even stopped in the middle of her walk to demand kisses and belly rubs. I tried to get a photo of us but the photo of her giving me a spa facial with lots of slobbery kisses was the best we could do!
2 months ago
3 Years
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Lyla is very nice and friendly and full of energy. She pulls on the leash but she’s still young and is just so excited to be out.
2 months ago
1 Year
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Play
Walking
Everyone meet Chocolate, a young Chocolate Labrador Retriever! Chocolate is such a good boy and likes to be reminded that he's a good boy and to feel important! As a young 7 month old pup, he didn't really want to walk in the beginning and just stopped and stared at me -he even talked back and playfully barked at me when I was trying to get him to walk. Something wasn't right! A young Retreiver who doesn't want to exercise?! Then I thought, "he needs a job to do!" So I gave him a toy to carry on our walk and I told him he was responsible for it. He instantly perked up and pranced on the streets pridefully showing everyone how good of a worker he was. Then I told him he was done with that chore and upgraded him to "big boy" chores and gave him a rope to carry and look after. This is one smart (chocolate) cookie and I have a feeling he's gonna give mom a run for her money as he gets older and wiser!
2 months ago
5 Years
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Playing
I walked two Labrador Retrievers and they were brother and sister. They both were friendly and liked walking and playing. They were both very smart and knew their way home!
2 months ago
1 Year
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I had never seen a white lab before until Beau and he is a beautiful dog. Almost every time I walk him, people stop me and remark how beautiful he is. He is very active and likes to chew on things and jump up. I would give him 5 stars for friendliness but the highest I can select is 4 stars. He is afraid of the wind and starts walking backwards in it and loves eating snow. He still has a lot of puppy in him, even though he is full grown now.
2 months ago
1 Year
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Run
Tug-of-war
Swim
Fetch
Labrador Retrievers are probably one of the most well rounded dog breeds I’ve walked. They are full of energy and always happy to see you when you enter the house. They are beautiful and smart. I love the fact that they both cuddle and love to play. They are docile when you want them to be but can also handle running long distances. Ive never had a bad experience with a lab, or a lab mix. That being said I love high energy dogs. I like to run, not walk and I like to play rough with their toys, like tug of war. They shed A LOT. Dog hair is definitely an accessory of most lab owners and walkers. I always bring a lint roller with me on walks with labs so I’m not afraid to get down and give them the belly rubs they deserve! I’ve run as far at 4mi on a 30min walk with labs. Even older labs can go at least 3mi jogging on and off. They sometimes sniff a lot. My two favorite lab walk stories are one lab that held his ball launcher toy the entire walk and refused to let me carry it. He slobbered all over it and the ball would slip out. He would try to carry both the launching stick and the ball the entire time. Adorable!! My other favorite lab story was with an adorable black lab that was a little more shy. He stayed close to me and would keep his head in my hand searching for constant pets as we walked through the city streets. The one downside to this breed I’ve noticed as you enter the home they can get excited and jump on you not realizing their strength. You have to be a little strong at time especially with younger labs.
2 months ago
3 Years
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Walking
The Lab I walk is low key, he's so laid back, calm, and almost methodical in his motions. I walk him everyday Monday thru Friday. We walk over a mile. He has never jumped on me, he was a rescue. Gentle giant, great walker,he greets me at the door yawning from his nap he was taking. Very sweet temperament. Two of my girlfriends have had Labradors since they were pups and they are very energetic, they love to retrieve, and love the water, love to dig, and they do chew. It takes about three to four years for them to calm down. They are very loyal dogs and make great family pets. One was chocolate and the other one was black, the one I walk is a yellow lab, I see no difference in the color with the breed traits. They make wonderful service dogs.
2 months ago
7 Years
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sunbathing
Fetch
Labrador retrievers are very sweet and well-behaved, and love a good petting! They are friendly right off the bat; definitely a trusting breed.
2 months ago
4 Years
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Labrador Retrievers are really pleasant and simple dogs. I feel it is a heavily mixed with breeds so many mutts are part lab. Labs are very well mannered, tempered, and just generally sweet dogs. I always enjoy walking labs because they are nice dogs to walk and easy. I really think that every one should have a lab or lab mix once in their life. they are constantly smiling, and eager to please. Interacting with other dogs is always easy, but with WAG I never do or course.
2 months ago
8 Years
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I've never met a lab I didn't like. They are friendly, energetic, playful and loyal. They get along with other dogs and are very smart. Females tend to stay by their owners more. They like to sleep by your bedside and can be protective. They are gentle with children and tolerate baby's antics very well. Labs come in various sizes too and colors. They can be slim and tall or short and stout. There are black, brown and yellow labs and even some white ones too. They can be strong pullers on walks so I always recommend a front lead harness for them. They train well too. Since they are natural retrievers, playing ball and having them "retrieve" it and dropping it in front of you is an easy skill for them to learn. Labs are great family dogs and I always enjoy walking them.
2 months ago
6 Months
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Hiking
Running
Tug-of-war
Fetch
Walking
If you ask someone to name a breed of dog, you can bet that “Lab” will be one of the first breeds they mention. It is the quintessential family dog. The paragon of trainability and kid-friendliness. They are loving and eager to please their owners. They are intelligent and trainable. They seem to have unbeatable patience with young children who scream at random and pull tails. But, buyers beware, like any other breed of dog, Labs don’t become “good dogs” all on their own. They start out stubborn and crazy and will think that they are the boss if you haven’t taught them otherwise. The Lab puppy that I walk will attack my face if I make the mistake of bending down to low. The Lab “old man” that I walk will go wild if he sees a squirrel or a bird and will require about 5 full minutes to calm down afterwards. I get it, though. One good snuggle from these guys at the end of the walk - “puppy-dog eyes” that make me believe that I’m their favorite person in the world and they have me in the palm of their hands. Long live the Lab!
2 months ago
6 Years
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Labs are wonderful, one of the sweetest and well behaved dogs. They are happy and energetic dogs, they enjoy running and playing with you, they are also obedients and easy to train, they don’t usually pull hard like other breeds and they are all beutiful. It’s so hard not to have fun with them cause they are always excited and ready for a walk. I love the all
2 months ago
10 Years
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butt scratches
Belly rubs
Fetch
Swim
Catch treats
Run
Walk
My two dogs growing up were both lab mixes, and were the most sweet dogs I've ever met. My dog that I have now, is very energetic still, at 10 years old, and still runs around until shes too exhausted to stand up. SHe learned many tricks, very quickly. Even as shes aged, she is still learning new tricks that we come up with. They are very good listeners, and learn easily. They are very good with kids, and pretty much everyone. I'm not sure if this is the case with everyones lab, but my pup is very submissive when it comes to other dogs, and never barks at other dogs. She runs around the house like a maniac, and she loves cuddles. Labs are definitely my favorite breed, by far.
2 months ago
2 Years
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Run
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Fetch
The lab I walked was highly energetic! She was so excited to go for a walk she pulled really really hard the first half of the way. It wasn't so difficult for me because I am pretty strong and was able to manage her however if it were an elderly person or a young kid I would be concerned if they would be able to walk with such high energy! I was told by the owner before we went for the walk that she did pull at the leash and that she doesn't always go for a walk so it's not always the case that labs behave this way. However, you do need to train them in the beginning to walk otherwise it will be difficult later on in their life. They will talk at the least really hard or are they just won't even walk in a straight line. Labs are definitely very kind nature dog. They love to snuggle and be in the house just as much as I like to be outside. They really love toys, fetch and playing with each other. This breed thrives on attention so if you're not the type of person who has time for a dog this may not be the breed for you. If you're someone like me though who has time for a dog and loves to have affection and give time then it's a perfect dog for you! After you're able to tire them out on a walk, they will be able to walk by your side and then you can train them easier because they will listen and not be so excited. Even though labs are bigger dogs wonderful ground it's good to have them on a harness leash when they're younger so you can train an easier while on a walk. Overall labs are wonderful friendly dogs. They can shed a lot and they definitely need a lot of grooming.
2 months ago
11 Years
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I love Labrador Retrievers! I grew up with Black Labs and Brown labs in my family and walking a Lab always brings back those great memories. I recently walked an eleven year old. I've noticed they generally slow down at around nine years old, especially bigger dogs. So this lab is a big old boy and likes to take a little more time with his walks. When I arrived, he came up and gave me a welcoming lick on the hand. When we went for our walk, he showed me which direction he wanted to go. He was very well behaved and walked nicely. He liked to stop and sniff everything he saw and there was no rushing him. He was a pleasure to walk. Labs are always very sweet, good-natured dogs. That's why they are one of the most popular breeds in the country!
2 months ago
2 Years
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Walk
Another favorite breed of mine. The Labrador Retriever needs attention. They need to be walked and trained on a daily basis. They are excitable in the best way. Getting the harness and leash on is not too difficult. When they see they are going out they get very excited. After you get their leash on they are ready to go. Keep a tight hold if you don't know the pup real well. They love to go after small animals like squirrels and bunnies. They are also trainable to not go after these animals. They are a very loyal and lovable breed. The majority of Labs I have walked have been a great walk. Like all breeds consistency is the key. If you can't walk them daily find someone who can. A great pup indeed!
2 months ago
4 Years
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Ru
This dog is a mover! Loves to cover a lot of territory. Very smart and receptive to training. Friendly with everyone we came across and wanting to greet everyone. Would most likely need an hour walk or run before he slows down!
2 months ago
3 Years
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meet other dogs
Walk
Run
Play
Fetch
The lab I walked the most is an amazing ball of energy! So cute, so sweet and so ready to get moving! He loved meeting other pups, gently sniffing them and then moving on. He loved to walk and run. He loved playing with his toys.
2 months ago
1 Year
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Sniffing
Running
smelling
Playing
Labs are awesome. They are great dogs who are very lovable. They are extremely excitable and high energy. Walks and yards are a great way for them to get out their energy. They are great greeters when you come through the door. They love people and get so excited when they’ve been home for a bit. They love to chew. Anything they can get their mouth on they will chew. They love to play both inside and outside. They are tons of fun to play with because of their high energy. Most of the time labs are great with other dogs. They play well with dogs of all sizes. Labs are also very loyal. After a long day of playing and chewing they are great cuddle buddies. Laying down after a long day and watching a movie with a lab is great. Because of their loveable personalities they will often lay on or close to their owners. They love being pet. They do shed a lot. Their short hair tends to end up everywhere in your life if you own a lab.
2 months ago
8 Months
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Run
Walk
Fetch
My first walk experience was with 2 chocolate labs. They were brother a sister and only a few months old. They were super sweet dogs who loved attention. They were puppies so were still teething and wants to chew on leashes and coats and whatever else they could find. They were walked together and one was always a little further behind then the other. One enjoyed a fast speed and the other wanted to walk at a more leisurely speed. They were still potty training so there was a mess that needed cleaned but they were good in the train ability aspect. They did their business on the walk and were starting to learn a few commands from what I could tell. They were super sweet dogs and made me want to own one myself!
2 months ago
4 Years
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Walk
Jogging
Labs are great dogs loyal and friendly and good natured. They also can be large and will pull if they are not trained and/or are in the wrong type of collar/harness! Labs are very trainable and they want to please you! They have so much energy and need to exercise. A well trained Lab is a beautiful thing to see.
2 months ago
11 Years
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barking
sniff
Oh goodness labs are just so sweet! This particular pup greeted me at the door with some happy whining noises and a stuffed animal. Throughout the walk, he listed very well and had a sweet temperament. This breed is athletic and loves to run, however due to the age of this pup, we did not run. These dogs are wonderful and happy, sweet pups! I highly recommend this pup for families!
2 months ago
1 Year
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toys
Retrieve
Catch treats
Fetch
My experiences with Labrador retrievers are very positive as they are a very affectionate breed. They tend to sniff at everything in site during their walks, because they are prey-centric dogs. Even small distractions get their attention so be patient as they will want to examine every tiny obstacle in their path and check it out. Their other distractions include squirrels and birds! They are easy to train with treats as they love being rewarded and love to eat. Easy commands like sit, heel and come tend to be learned quickly. They are very energetic so long walks are best as is playing with toys. They also love to play ball and retrieve any toy you give them. One of my yellow lab clients always greets me with a stuffed animal in her mouth as a way of welcoming me in and sharing a gift - this is their affectionate trait. They are loyal to their family and walkers and even though they are very social and love meeting other dogs and people, they usually respond to commands to obey. They tend to shed quite a bit, so grooming and brushing is a must, but they enjoy the attention so love being brushed. It is best to keep valuable items out of their reach at home as they can chew on anything and everything in site. This breed is best in a home that has a backyard but can be accommodated in an apartment atmosphere as long as you can take them on frequent walks.
2 months ago
3 Years
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Laying down
Running
Playing with toys
Look out the window
I walked a Chocolate Lab and he was the sweetest thing. I had a little trouble opening the door and he didn't bark at the noise or make a sound. Once I finally got the door open, he greeted me with so much love. We were in the city, so there were a lot of people and dogs around us while we walked. He didn't get aggressive with other dogs or people. We walked swiftly and calmly. He didn't pull, didn't sniff in one place for too long, and didn't get jumpy at people or me. He loved to be pet and loved to hear compliments! He was such a handsome dog, his coat was so soft and smooth. The owners really took care of him.
2 months ago
2 Years
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High energy, eagar to pleases, friendly
2 months ago
11 Years
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Laying
He was very old and therefore had little energy. He was very sweet but a bit stubborn. Pretty easy to walk, but strong when pulled
2 months ago
3 Years
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Fetch
Rolling around
Eating Snacks
Tug-of-war
The labs I have walked have been among my favorite dogs! They have ranged from being very focused on people to being a little but more independent, however they have all been affectionate, active, sweet and interested in food! A couple of my labs have been very into either bringing a toy or ball with them on the walk, or finding a stick to play with along the way! Some played your classic version of fetch, which another like to play fake-out-fetch and end up playing tug instead. They have ranged pretty widely in how well they were trained, but most are very eager to please, and are motivated to figure out what you are asking of them. While they are strong dogs, they haven't tended to pull as much as other breeds. All of the labs have been very friendly when I entered their homes, and all have been very excited to get outside and go for a walk. They seem to have a higher activity level than most of the other dogs I have walked in the city. One particularly needs to run/jog rather than walk with me. All of my labs have been very joyful and polite around other dogs and children, which makes them very easy to take pretty much anywhere. Most of the time, the adult labs are more focused on food or their toys, and don't make much of a commotion passing dogs and people. That said, many have a strong prey drive and will make a mad dash towards pigeons, squirrels and the like. The downside to them being very motivated by food is they can be quite the street snacker. One lab I walk in particular will try to grab any bones she sees on the ground, along with other dropped food. She has on occasion put up a fuss when I tried to get her to go around it, and has wanted to pull me back to try to get a second shot. It isn't much of a problem if you are aware, but can be dangerous if you aren't paying attention. While labs are short coated, they still manage to shed quite a bit, and so grooming is periodically necessary, as well as tending to their nails if they don't wear down enough on their own. They also seem to have a sixth sense for where the most mud and dirt is, and i have had to wipe down muddy labs many many times!
2 months ago
7 Years
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Walk
Smell
Chase
The lab was older but was still excitable when other dogs came around. He was more aggressive to other dogs while on his leash.
2 months ago
2 Years
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Explore the woods
Run
Play
Dog Parks
The Labrador Retriever breed is perfect for families, and have even been called America’s number one dog. They are wonderful, and so compassionate, but they do require a great deal of care. Labrador Retrievers are called “working breeds” and in need of large amounts of physical exercise. Labs are large, energetic animals, and like all dogs, they need to be taught good canine manners. Any Labrador Retriever I have worked with has been wonderful, always friendly, but definitely energetic. Due to their high volume nature, these dogs also love to eat. Their metabolisms are slower than they seem though, so it is best to make sure to accurately measure out regular meals, especially if they live in an apartment setting where they may not have a lot of room for physical exercise indoors. Another common personality trait I’ve seen among Lab’s is that if they are not given enough attention, or exercise, they can be destructive or develop separation anxiety; some labs will dig up holes in the backyard, others will chew on furniture. Exercise is a necessity for this breed. I have seen homes with a single Labrador Retriever and homes with numerous pets, including a Labrador Retriever among cats and other small dog breeds. These dogs can adapt to live with a variety of animals, or can be by themselves. However, as mentioned, they do need attention so having another furry friend around for them to play with might not be a bad idea! Labrador Retrievers are also good prospects for therapy dogs. When they are trained correctly and have a healthy, balanced exercise regiment they can be some of the nicest, humblest therapy dogs. I have worked with Labrador Retrievers during therapy dog training, as well as boarding through Wag!, and the response people give to these dogs is amazing. There is something about Lab’s that people feel very comfortable with, as if they are just naturally good hearted. To anyone looking for adopting a Labrador Retriever make sure to adopt from either the Humane Society, another adoption agency, or a reputable breeder. Because of the high demand in American society for Lab puppies, there are plenty of people breeding Labs who are more interested in filling the demand for Lab puppies than in breeding healthy dogs with good temperaments. To get a healthy dog, never buy a puppy from an irresponsible breeder, puppy mill, or pet store.
2 months ago
6 Months
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Jumping
Running
Playing fetch
chasing
I walked a VERY young yellow Labrador for a while and she was so energetic! She was less than a year old and she was the most excitable pup ever! She would want to run and jump all over me and no matter how long I spent with her, she never seemed to get tired. We always had so much fun, but she definitely wore me out. I don’t think I would be the greatest lab owner because they need constant attention and an extreme amount of exercise for them to thrive! They are, however, one of the sweetest and most affectionate breeds. The definition of man’s best friend! :)
2 months ago
8 Months
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rolling in poop
Running
Dog Parks
saying hello
picking up sticks
treats
Walking
Wonderfully energetic and loving dogs. They are truly a great breed for any family. Retrievers are playful in any situation and have a great knack for being silly. I have never met a lab that I did not like.
2 months ago
6 Years
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Jumping
runnning
I have walked two black labs and they were basically identical. They both greeted me instantly with kisses and jumping on me which I do not mind at all. They did not get tired during their walk and wanted to chase squirrels and cats. Very loving and sweet dogs. Always a great walk.
2 months ago
5 Years
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Run
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bark
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This was 3 dogs per walk Leo, Luc and Lola— so fun to walk these doggies— when we started walking these doggies Luc was so timid, after walking them the past months he’s really come out of his shell!! Lola is a talker who gets super jealous and wants all the attention! The owner is fantastic and we have great conversations together! This is definitely a great relationship!
2 months ago
12 Years
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Walk
Eating Snacks
Polly is such a sweetheart. I have walked her many times and have always enjoyed doing so. Polly is getting very old so she is very frail. We can only make it around the block before she starts wearing down, but she is such a delight to be around. She still gets excited to see you and just wants to love. Even when we walk by other dogs and people, she gets so much attention because she has such a loving face. I would recommend a Labrador retriever to anyone looking to buy a dog because of their excitability and friendliness.
2 months ago
4 Years
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I have met many labs in a professional environment and each and everyone of them have been amazing dogs! I have met labs that are at an extremely high energy level to mellow. Every lab I have walked has thoroughly enjoyed their walks and are kind of in a “zone” while on their walk. They love sniffing around, saying hi to those passing by, and just enjoying being outside and with their human. They will try and eat what they find on the ground, so I always need to make sure I am paying attention! I love labs because they are just so happy and easy going. I have never had an aggression issue with one and the only issue I would have on walks is that they may pull quite bit. However, they do seem pretty willing to please, so they are normally very good listeners.
2 months ago
1 Year
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Labs are one of my favorite breeds. The White Lab I walked was very energetic but was not aggressive at all. She was very kind and super approachable. This makes her willing to approach any dog without caution, unfortunately. But it is nice that she does not bark at other dogs or act aggressively. She will run towards another dog with happy energy but does not show any hostility. When it comes to fetch, she was pretty good at returning the ball but would get easily distracted by smells, sounds, and activity around her. This made it difficult to keep her focused on the ball and my commands. There were even a few times where she decided to take off in a different direction without my ok. I've had to correct this multiple times. So, I'm happy that she is a friendly dog, but there is definitely lots of room for improvement in discipline. I have found this to be true with other Labs sometimes too. They can be responsive to commands but are not focused on commands 100% of the time. Labs also shed a lot so get your broom ready!
2 months ago
1 Year
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Playing in the snow
Running
Tug-of-war
Walking
Well for the 1000th time, I have to agree with everyone and say Labradors are the sweetest, most loyal and affectionate dog breed, bar none. That's the reason for their consistent popularity among families. They have it all: friendliness, good with kids, obedient, playful, low maintenance and healthy. I have noticed a couple of people mentioning they shed a lot. I just did not see this at all, and although I do not own a lab, I have walked MANY before in all kinds of weather. The stray hair on your coat does not constitute as proper shedding in my book. Then again, my siberian husky may be setting the bar high as to what defines shedding! I have walked mostly young labradors and they have all been BIG, happy-go-lucky, doofballs. They are so so so friendly. They love to run and fetch ( they are retrievers after all). They will love to run by your side and not wander off into the sunset like some breeds. Labs are prone to weight issues because of their sweetness and love of food. Many an owner cant resist showering them with treats for their good behavior. Guys, please try to resist! No need for so many rewards when it is their nature to be awesome---they are not doing anything special! Having said this, I must mention one of the worst walks I have taken that has been with a very young, VERY overweight labrador (all the other experiences with labs have been positive, but I feel I must highlight one negative to make it clear that they are not perfect). This lab, appropriately named Brutus was about the size of a baby elephant and he weighed about the same as me (120 pounds). This was not a good mix. This lab was not very well trained which would be forgivable if he was a normal weight, but because of his giant size he pulled me abruptly into the street because he saw another dog on the other side. I got dragged into the road, and luckily there were no cars or it would have ended very badly for the both of us...I had to use my entire body weight to control this particular lab. Treats did not help much as he would lunge at them and almost knock me over each time. This was an extreme case where the owners did several things wrong. Please people, do not overfeed your large breed, untrained dogs, unless you want a disaster!!
2 months ago
8 Years
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The Labrador Retriever I walked was older and very gentle. He barked a few times when I entered but quickly warmed up to me after I spoke to him softly and let him get used to me. He was very easy to walk and listen somewhat well to verbal cues. He could get stubborn at times but will listen if you are patient and coax him gently. Labrador Retrievers are gentle and are great with other dogs, humans and children. Labrador Retrievers can use some exercise if they are high energy, usually when they are younger or in their prime; the older ones are happy to go at a steady pace. I’ve found most Labrador Retrievers to slobber, drool and jump on people quite a bit so be prepared with long pants, wipes and tissues before the walk. They can work up a sweat on walks and runs and will need to hydrate after the walk.
2 months ago
4 Years
People
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Playing in the snow
Walk
sniff
I have had wonderful experiences with Labrador Retrievers I walked. They have been incredibly friendly, sweet, and adventurous. When it is time for a walk, they are very intelligent and know the routine to get ready. One was very independent and loved to walk ahead of me. The other stayed close by and just enjoyed the company! Both were great listeners and so much fun to walk, neither pulled or was triggered by other dogs or people. They didn’t seem to tire at the end of our 30 minute walk and probably would have walked all day if they could! They loved to play in the snow and it was so cute how they jumped and rolled around. Never a dull moment with a Lab!
2 months ago
3 Years
People
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Explore the city
Sniffing
Fetch
Play
Run
Walk
It was a white Labrador and he was easy going and calm. Simple to walk and intelligent. You could tell the owner has him well trained. He would sit before crossing the street and wasn't searching for food. No pulling on the leash and no need of correction . This dog was just focus on walking and using the bathroom. He did love attention and belly rubs but did not force you to do any of this. Lay back type of personality with not a worry in the world kind of mentality is what I saw in his manner. This makes one feel comfortable while being around this dog. He is not intimidating and you can tell by his slow movements and gentle personality. He also did not chase birds or squirrels or try to hunt rats like so many other dogs do. This made it just much easier and enjoyable to experience a well trained Labrador retriever.
2 months ago
6 Months
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Playing in the snow
Eating Snacks
Explore the city
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Tug-of-war
Play
Run
Walk
The Lab I walked was a bit nervous of new people but warms up right away and wants to be petted and play. He enjoys picking up sticks and smelling/ exploring around. He didn't really pull but liked to play tug of war or keep away with you. Very smart and learns fast.
2 months ago
6 Years
People
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Run
Fetch
Labrador retrievers are incredibly loving and loyal. Every dog has very different habits though, so pay attention to what each one likes to do. While labs can be very easy to train, some of them are also very stubborn. Many can get close to 100 pounds and as such are very strong, making the difficult to walk. Others who have had more training are very easy to walk. They like to give lots of kisses and have a strong drive to explore. They need a lot of exercise and channel their energy into looking for squirrels, birds, and food. They will eat almost anything they can find. They are very loyal companions and will greet you as such whenever they see you. They will stay close by your side when you are around!
2 months ago
5 Years
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Run
Smell
Go to Park
dig
Out of all the breeds I have walked with, the Labrador Retriever and all its mixed variations have by far been the most popular. Principally, this means a certain majority of owners with whom I have set up appointments all happen to be Lab owners. Labs have long been considered, in general at least, to be one of the most popular breeds, and after having met so many I can understand why. One male Lab I have in mind perfectly embodies the backing for that general respect Labs receive. I have known one female Lab my whole life, but this male I have in mind was the first I worked with professionally. He was as inquisitive as he was docile. He loved to explore but never made a sound when accosted by other dogs or inundated with the sounds of city life. Labs seem to be the preferred breed on account of the calming effect I witnessed this male exude during our early morning appointment. They are highly social, and show no qualms in taking direction, making them easy to train/adapt to life with any sized family or living space.
2 months ago
4 Years
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Playful Biting
licking
Sprinting
Tug-of-war
The Lab I have in mind as I write this was the second one that I ever came to know professionally. He happened to be a mixed breed: part Black Labrador, part Dachshund. This made him as powerful as he was low to the ground. I was tasked with walking him for an hour in a large public park, and he certainly took full advantage of the open range. Labs are retrievers, and Dachshunds too were utilized by mankind initially for their hunting and searching capabilities. This Black Lab mix was the first dog to walk me, and not vice versa! He was so powerful, but it was obvious he bore no aggression toward me or the environment we found ourselves in: he was incredibly playful, and had strength to match. We sprinted together almost constantly for our whole appointment, and though he was only relatively young, he still sought to assert his dominance over me by leading the walk and resisting direction until I offered treats. He immediately sat down in place and waited to hear from me further. This tells me that his overall disposition was generated more by his growing youth than any blurring of character traits. My moral here is not to worry when dealing with a mixed lab: it will certainly retain the intelligence and affability you have come to expect.
2 months ago
5 Years
People
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casual walking
Running, jumping
catch
Tug of war
The following writings are based off my experiences with the third and fourth Labradors I have come to work with professionally. The recollection of these experiences will help to showcase how Labs can be suited to live in most environments. This particular Lab is also one I have worked with multiple times. He is a young, pure bred born in the countryside who lives in New York City. He immediately impressed me with how comfortable he was maneuvering through crowded and loud midday streets. Taking a step back, he never gave me any problems applying his winter coat and he showcased astounding respect for the whole process, even helping me as much as he could. He is full of that quintessential Lab intelligence. In his apartment, he made use of two cages: one a playpen, the other a legitimate cage. He was much taller than the playpen fencing, and I have seen him jump outside when we were in the park, but in the house he never many any attempt to escape or hop the fence to greet me. Likewise, one time I found him left in the cage and he moved with dignity and grace as he awoke to me letting him go. When I closed up the case, he gently pushed me aside and pawed at the latches, rubbing his nose in between the gaps of wireframe. Here we see exemplified that classic Lab sense for articulation. I opened the cage because I clearly understood what he meant. He immediately rushed in and dragged out his favorite toy, which he brought over to the pile containing his leashes and winter coats. My takeaway is that even with the spike of intelligence one discerns when dealing with Labrador retrievers, they still desire, for the most part, the simple pleasures companionship as they know it, and of being understood. Once in the park, he gave me no problems and even with his young age, he treated me as an equal, trusting my guidance, perhaps because he understood the respect for which I saw him gesture. — I juxtapose this third Lab with a fourth one: a young female, also very articulate and incredibly well behaved compared with other dogs her age across varying breeds. She mainly taught me that there is something to Labradors that shows they understand the stakes of living in companionship with human beings. She speaks for her whole breed when she makes no fuss about winter attire, verbal commands, traffic laws, sightings of other dogs, preference for the timing of treats: all these come secondary to a Lab's respect for his or her bond with an owner; or in my case, as a walker, they exhibit a willingness to trust based on a general, intuitive albeit basic understanding of human life.
2 months ago
6 Years
People
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Meeting other dogs
marking territory
Dog Parks
The following is based on my recollections of a few experiences shared between myself and the fifth and sixth Labrador Retrievers I have worked with professionally. The accompanying statistics speak to the Labrador breed in general. They were both male. The fifth was a teenage Yellow Retriever, and the sixth was a classic Black Lab. — The Yellow Lab was incredibly playful, in keeping with his age. Labs are famously well-behaved, most of all because they foreshadow the full unfolding of their maturity even at very young ages. This Yellow’s playfulness did not detract from the sense of partnership we established on our walks. This is an urban dog with a suburban sentimentality. We walked for about twenty minutes from his apartment complex to Central Park, which I could tell he had done many times before (evidence of mature respect for custom atop the usual knack for routine that dogs excel at). For the whole walk over, even with the promise of all the empty, wintery fields, he behaved impressively well and did justice to the honorable reputation of a Yellow: he did not fight back against a shortened leash, when paused he would stay by my side rather than meander off the corner into the street, he investigated with his nose constantly and gave other passing dogs, especially the smaller breeds, little to no hassle (only because sometimes an expression of interest is enough to agitate other dogs, but not necessarily Yellow Retrievers). — The Black Lab I have worked with was more aggressive, shedding his peaceable disposition when encountering dogs who bore some resemblance to him. This is typical of all breeds and not a mark against the Retrievers' collective respectful temperament. It is worth noting that it seems not even Labs are immune to the one bad habit all dogs somehow share: all sense for carrying out commands or respecting the wishes of the accompanying human become void when the right interesting counterpart crosses their path, whether it is a dog of similar breeding and palpable attitude or a smelly spot/piece of garbage that fixates them just right. The upshot of Labs is that they offer a lot of room to negotiate around these two doggy loopholes. Their intelligible character never leaves them and if enough time/space is thrown into the mix, they tend to calm down much faster and offer no residual resistance compared to other breeds. This becomes readily apparent when considering the reports card that every Wag walker must issue at the end of each walk. Each report card comes with a little doggy portrait, and I have found that Labs of all sizes and mixes tend to do justify to the reputation of their incredible intelligence by posing the best and with the most ease out of any other breed (which I have seen). It really shows how willing and essential they take our companionship to be, that they would actively help and participate in a practice so foreign to them as photography.
2 months ago
3 Years
People
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Sniffing
Playing
Walking
Labs are the perfect family dog! Every lab I've met has been lovely with kids and the perfect playful home companion. They are super easy-going friendly pups that just love affection, treats, and long walks in most weather. Labs are almost always up for playtime or a game or some sort, and are also almost always ready for snuggles and pets. Labs are rather easily trainable as they are usually people-focused and treat-motivated. They are usually very good with walkers and overall pleasant to meet and spend time with as a walker. With love and attention, labs are a fantastic dog breed. They love having plenty of room to play and roam, but can also do well in an apartment given enough outdoor exercise. Being gentle, they usually do well with other dogs at home or at dog-sittings or day-care. Labs are one of my favorite breeds. They are full of energy, love, and life.
1 month, 4 weeks ago
5 Years
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Energy
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Pastimes
pets
Sniffing
Running
Marking
Walking
In my experience, Labs are always some of the friendliest and most easy-going bigger dogs. They are very affectionate and friendly with strangers but even more so around their family and can be very protective. One Lab I walk frequently lives with a small baby and he always goes in to check on her the second we get home. They have a lot of energy and like to go on long walks. They especially like it if you'll jog with them sometimes and let them go at their own pace! They are generally good with other dogs but might react a little defensively if they think the other dog is a threat to their family or their walker. In my experience they also have very good leash manners and will follow your lead with no problem.
1 month, 4 weeks ago
4 Years
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Walk
Catch treats
Play
I fed her some dinner before we left and the experience was hilarious. She basically dives into her bowl and inhales her food. After leashing her up she was so full of energy and enthusiasm. She would prance around with the leash, grab any stick off the ground that she found and romp with it, and would leap randomly. During our walk we found a balloon and, suspecting that she'd love it based on her endlessly playful nature, I tossed it into the air in front of her. This was perhaps the most fun both a dog and I had on any walk I've been on. She would bounce the balloon off of her nose, watch it fly in a random directly, run toward it, and repeat the process. I couldn't have asked for a better surprise toy for her. When we arrived back at her house she was exhausted and so very happy.
1 month, 4 weeks ago
1 Year
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Energy
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