Choosing a Labrador
Is the Labrador the right breed for you?
More important are you the right person for a Labrador?
Labradors are an excitable breed, highly intelligent and very sociable. While these are positive traits if a Labrador is not trained it is because of these traits a Labrador will become wayward and out of control.
I love Labradors and think they are wonderful dogs as they are willing to please, affectionate and a fantastic companion. But don't be fooled into thinking that because Labradors are smart they don't need to be trained. In fact it is the opposite. It is because they are smart they need training. They need rules and boundaries and consistent and firm but gentle handling to enforce this.
Please read the attachment "Right Breed for you". This article acutely describes a Labrador.
Buying a Romsen Labrador
Before you contact us about a puppy please read the below to ensure you can meet the needs of a Labrador.
A long term commitment. A Labrador can live for 12-14 years. In order to commit to this timeframe it is important you understand the breed. Please ensure you have read about the breed and the attached article Right Breed for You. So is a Labrador suited now and in the future to your your home, family and lifestyle? This commitment is also financial commitment. Please unsure you understand the cost of food, worming, fleas treatments, yearly vaccinations, desexing, kennel costs and other vet bills.
Provide an appropriate home environment including dog proof fencing. Labrador prefer to be inside with the family and most people who have a Labrador do allow them inside. They can be happy as outside dogs however only if you regularly spend time outside and if your home is set up so your Labrador can see you inside while they are outside. For example your living area has a large glass door where you dog can lie and watch what is going on inside. Labradors are not suited as an outside dog where they cannot see what is happening inside. Suitable fences are vital as Labradors are excellent escape artists.
Train your Labrador. Training your labrador is essential. This includes puppy preschool and basic obedience. I recommend training your dog until they are one year old as a minimum. The longer the better. You may find you enjoy it and then continue to advanced obedience or move onto a different dog sports such as agility. If you have never trained a dog before obedience school is important as it will with teach you, the owner, how to handle your dog. Even if you have trained a dog before you still need to go as your dogs needs to learn to listen to you in different environments with distractions. And lastly - don't forget to practice at home!
Provide your Labrador stimulation. Labradors are an intelligent breed that like to keep their minds working. This means they bore easily which can lead to destructive behaviour. They will chew and eat anything. Socks swallowed whole was my last dogs favourite. You need to provide stimulation when you are home for example practicing your obedience training. More importantly you need to provide stimulation while you are not at home for example toys that require the dogs to work such as kongs with treats inside.
Regularly exercise your Labrador. As Labradors have a predisposition for hip and elbow dysplasia it is vital your Labrador does not get fat. This exercise may in the yard, playing with other dogs or children or taking your Labrador for a walk.