Labradors the dogs for people
People who have once owned Labradors tend to be spoiled for any other type of dog. Most breeds have their devoted followers but few have such a large and enthusiastic fan club as Labradors, the most numerous breed in much of the Western world.
My sister has a new dog called Max Beadle today 2015 he is about 5 and very play full. When he was young he was even taken to dog school. It’s always a good idea to teach dogs when their young as its easier for them to learn.
When you think of the appealing things about dogs, you will find that all of them are present to an extraordinary degree in the Labrador breed. They are loving, loyal companions. They are friendly and good with children. They are intelligent, good-natured guide dogs for the blind. They have undying optimism and unquenchable love for the human race. They will fetch balls and sticks with undimmed enthusiasm until they drop dead with exhaustion if that is what you require of them.
In other words, they are archetypal dogs, and that applies to their appearance as well as their nature. In fact, it seems that when a cartoonist sketches a picture of a dog, he will more often than not find that his sketch resembles a Labrador. Think about one of James Thurber’s floppy, seal-like creations or of Brian the talking dog in Family Guy. They are both clearly Labradors, although Brian’s sarcastic spirit is definitely not typical of the breed. If Labradors could talk they would most certainly not be issuing wise-cracks or put-downs.
In addition to their sublime dogginess, Labradors have some unusual features associated with their history as working dogs. They derive from a species of water dog, the St John’s Water Dog, first bred in Newfoundland to help with fowling and fishing. Because of this heritage, Labradors are excellent and enthusiastic swimmers, and they even have webbed toes to help. In the early days of the breed, there is a record of a dog observed paddling its paw in the water, in order to attract fish. Webbed toes also help Labradors in snowy weather, when they prevent the discomfort caused to some breeds when snow balls up between their toes. A further helpful feature for the wet is their unusual short, thick coat, which repels water.
While a Labrador is to many people the perfect dog, there are a couple of things (but only a couple) to be aware of when choosing one as a pet.
They were bred as working dogs, as retrievers for hunting and fishing. To remain fit, therefore, they need plenty of exercise: two half hour walks per day is the very minimum. They tend to shed hair, and in a temperate climate they can do this almost constantly. They will over-eat if given the chance, so follow any product guidelines on feeding your Labrador; otherwise the dog may become fat, with a negative impact on its health and well-being. Apart from that, the breed has few of the health problems which can plague pure-bred dogs.
All in all, it is really quite hard to think of much wrong with them. The happy love affair between Labradors and the human race is all set to continue.
post By Carol B 28th Jan 2014
My Millennium Dog Amber B (may angels give you wings)
About a Labrador Dog – Amber B:
There once was a dog named Amber B, she was a lovely Labrador who loved everyone back. Her coat was soft and shone gold like the sun. Her favorite food was anything that was yours or her James Well beloved dog food. She was a happy and lazy dog at times but would always greet you with her puppy like eyes and tail wagging. One of her favorite things to do was make you chase after her when she has a toy, or go swimming and jump in off a hill about meter high, so she jumps in like a rabbit with a for paws sticking out. My sweet dog would even bound around when you mention ‘Walkies’ and grab the nearest pair of boots for you.
I remember when I first got my dog from my parents and how much my family and sister loved her like it was yesterday. A dog’s love for others tends to be greater than the love they have for themselves. They truly are mankind’s best friends. Even though mine has gone now before her time, I would recommend the experience of owning a dog to anyone just looking for a friendship that I believe will never end.
She learned many things in her millennium including:
Give a paw or other paw or take it to (mum)
Lay down and take up as much floor space as possible
Sit and listen and speak
Beg (though rarely used)
Stay and watch t.v (though prefers going out or play time)
Fetch (sticks or pick her own on the return (usually bigger), toys, boots etc)
Drop it (Sometimes she would try keep it and tease you back)
Hide and sneak into your room
Sneak a snack and lick plate clean
Hide evidence of naughty deeds by burying (rarely) or laying on it
Keep you warm or snuggle up in bed with you when you’re asleep
Cheer you up when you’re down with her friendly disposition
How to make you fitter (sometimes dragging on lead)
There are so many things my dog could do and like many Labrador dogs grew up and had a dodgy hip. This didn’t stop her though as she always had energy to play.
Amber Beadle (1st Jan 2000 – 14 July 2012)
What took my dog away?
If I had to describe it I would say I can’t say. I would call it evil and the pain of a bad possessions day, there are not many words that best describe it for me. It was that one thing that happened in just a few hours, that thing that made her ill that swelled up her neck and restricted her airflow (malignant cancer). When something hits you like this I found it best to be around your family and friends. What I will always remember though is that she was always there and will always be here in my heart.
Post By Carol B 28th Jan 2014
Who Says You Can’t Teach An Old Dog New Tricks?
To quote the rock band Chicago, they say it’s a hard habit to break. Perpetually stereotyping employment, marriage, and singularity: Age is but a hindrance but not for long. With approximately 15 minutes of training daily for 2 weeks straight, according to The Animal Planet, even the most stubborn dogs will give in. These enduring canines will sit, roll over, and do whatever your heart desires. All you need is a strong sense of consistency, and a mouthful of patience under your sleeve.
In order to make this a quick fix, the trainers (or owners) should develop a positive attitude. To feel frustrated and angry will not help at all. As a matter of fact, pets somehow feel how their owners experience; and that would not speed up the progress for even a bit. As for the owner’s side, unreasonable expectations should not be made for their pets. Unlike children sent to school for a 12-year formal education to get the basics, it is quite irrational to invest an uptight 12-week course for your dog to acquire the desired behavior, and earn the respect and discipline needed. Remember: all relationships require a bit of work.
It also involves recognizing the dog’s previous training, then deciding on what certain applicable and viable changes are needed for a greater effect. You highlight the dog after a day’s work with plenty of rewards such as treats, and verbal praises such as patting him on the head for doing a good job. Take it nice and easy, as not to shock and confuse the pet. It is necessary to change the behavior in small steps rather than a complete change all at one time.
However, there is a difference. One has to put in mind that training an older dog is remembering that this dog has, most expected, to having been trained once. This means that it has an established thinking as to what acceptable behaviors are, and what behaviors are most not welcomed. It takes a great deal of endurance to train an older dog, and should be at the very least regular to receive the best outcome.
But do keep in mind that although the owner is the master, the dog still is an individual, as in it has its own personality; so a little give-and-take affiliation will not hurt. The key is to enjoy the whole teaching-an-old-dog-new-tricks activity, as you build a better relationship with him. That is the sole purpose of dog obedience training.
What you give is what you get; therefore being the educator, you are responsible for the way your pet responds. Dogs are social creatures, and are among of the most loyal. If you have a senior dog around who needs a bit of a push, do not fret; all you need is give your little furry friend some feisty motivation. Who ever said you can’t teach old dogs new tricks?
That saying is meant to be taken more literally to humans, for we’ve got a lot of habits that are harder to break.
Post by Carol B 8 February 2014
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