How to Cope with an Excitable Labradoodle
Labrador Retriever Behavior By Age:
1 year old – The first time you meet a new puppy it’s like meeting your own child. They’re so adorable! But they’re still just little dogs. You need to take them out of their home environment and into yours.
Your job is to make sure they don’t bite or otherwise cause any problems. If you have trouble with this, then maybe you need to get another pet.
2 years old – At 2 years old, your dog will probably start having some separation anxiety issues. You’ll want to keep him busy and away from other dogs (and people) as much as possible. He may even become aggressive towards other dogs if left alone too long. You’ll need to teach him how to behave around other dogs.
3 years old – At 3 years old, your dog will likely begin showing signs of aggression towards other dogs. He might growl at them, lunge at them or even charge at them. These are all good things because they mean he’s learning how to interact with others properly.
4+ Years Old – At 4+ years old, your dog will most likely be a bit more independent than he was before. You’ll need to make sure he’s well-trained, and you still should play with him every once in a while.
Labrador Retriever Behavior In-Depth:
It’s important to let your lab have a little bit of freedom when you first get him. However, it’s also important that you don’t let him wander off and get himself into trouble. So keep a close eye on your new friend when you first get him. If you’re not around, keep him leashed until you can trust that he won’t wander off somewhere he shouldn’t be.
You’ll also want to make sure that your labrador retriever doesn’t start developing any bad habits. So if you catch him chewing on something he shouldn’t be, like shoes or furniture, then immediately get his attention and give him an appropriate chew toy that’s specifically for him to use.
As your lab gets older (after they’ve been fully trained), you’ll want to socialize him a little more. This will help him learn how to behave around other animals and people. Take him to the pet store or take him to the dog park so he can interact with others. If he gets along okay with other dogs, that’s great.
If not, keep working with him until he does.
All in all, these dogs are very loving and they love being with their masters. They tend to be a bit hyper at times, but their sweet personalities make up for it. The key is to make sure you’re the dominant one in the relationship. Without that, these dogs will think they can get away with anything!
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