Out Of Control Dog: Are You Losing Control Of Your Labrador?
The term “losing control” refers to the fact that when a dog becomes over-confident, it may become reckless or even violent. A dog with these characteristics will do things that are not only dangerous but also potentially life threatening. Labradors are known for their high energy level and they tend to act out of character. They are prone to misbehave at times, which can lead to aggression towards humans. If you have a labrador, then you probably already know what I am talking about.
Labradors are highly intelligent dogs, but they are also extremely stubborn and possess a strong sense of self-preservation. These traits make them difficult to train. Some people believe that if you just give your dog enough love and attention, he/she will eventually learn to behave appropriately.
However, there is no way around the fact that your pet needs some discipline from time to time.
Before I explain how to stop your labrador from acting out, let’s try to understand why your labrador is misbehaving in the first place. It’s important to keep in mind that a dog’s personality is determined by a combination of nature (genetics) and nurture (environment). Some dogs are just naturally shy or nervous, others are fearless.
It is also important to remember that genetics does not mean fate. Even the most timid dog can be trained to be confident, and even the most fearless dog can be trained to show caution.
So how do you make your labrador more confident?
It’s not easy, and it will take time and patience on your part, but it can be done. First of all, it is important that you do not unintentionally reinforce any fearful or anxious behavior. In other words, if you make a fuss over your dog when it is nervous, this will encourage the behavior. Instead, try to remain calm and quiet when it gets nervous or scared, and eventually it should relax.
It is also important to socialize your dog from an early age. Just take your labrador out in public and visit different places, like the park or even the veterinarian. This helps them become familiar with their surroundings, and results in a well-adjusted adult dog.
Since labradors are such active dogs, it is also important that you give them enough exercise and playtime. Just a few minutes of walking or running each day will help burn off excess energy and keep them from getting bored and finding their own ways to entertain themselves. Boredom is a huge factor in problem behavior.
Labrador Retriever: What’s Special About Them?
If you are considering getting a dog, you may have thought about the Labrador Retriever. They are one of the most popular dog breeds in the United States, and it’s not hard to see why. They’re loving, friendly, and great with people of all ages, including children. But there’s a lot more that makes them such great dogs.
The Lab is thought to have originated in Newfoundland, Canada, where it was bred to assist fisherman in performing their job. These dogs have a special water-resistant quality to their fur, webbed feet for swimming, and an innate ability to stand up to the harsh weather conditions of the North Atlantic. These qualities carried over into the dogs introduced into England, where they became favorites of the aristocracy for hunting, and quickly spread throughout Europe as well.
By the 1800s, the breed had made its way to America, and was instantly popular with farmers and hunters.
Today, the Labrador Retriever is the most popular breed in the United States. They can survive in pretty nasty conditions, but they also love to be with their humans, and make wonderful family pets.
The Lab has a short, straight coat of soft fur that comes in black, yellow, and a few other colors. Labs are strongly built but not excessively large, and males weigh in at about 60 pounds while females weigh about 55 pounds. Labs have an intelligent face with a nose that’s slightly thinner than it’s rounded forehead.
The tail is thick and long, and the paws are both large and round. The Lab has a strong, muscular body with a very pleasing appearance.
The personality of Labs is what truly sets them apart from other dogs. They’re loving, fun-loving, playful, and if you get a trained one, they make great companions for sports like hunting and fishing. They’re enthusiastic, energetic, and very patient with children.
They love human company, and can become destructive or unhappy if left alone for long periods of time.
If you like to go out on the lake and fish, swim at the beach, or just enjoy the outdoors in general, a Lab is a good companion to have by your side.
The Labrador Retriever is a healthy dog that rarely has any serious health problems. The most common problems are eye issues, such as cataracts and progressive retinal atrophy, hip dysplasia (malformed hip joint), epilepsy, and dilated cardiomyopathy. Many Labs can also be affected by deafness.
The average lifespan of the Labrador Retriever is 10-12 years.
Labrador Retriever History
Labs are the most popular dogs in England, and also are the most popular in America.
The Labrador is a good all around dog that has become popular with families. They’re easy to train, have a great temperament, and are extremely intelligent.
It’s not exactly known how the breed originated, but we do know that for hundreds of years they’ve been living on the island of Newfoundland.
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