Acquired: Rescue / shelter organization
Training: I haven't learned care / training techniques, Books
Posted July 17, 2013
One of the most intelligent dogs I ever owned was a black Lab. She was a rescue puppy. I was looking for a Lab to train to be a water dog, (if you are not a hunter, that means they can retrieve birds in water upon being given specific commands).
I started her off in the water as a very small puppy, she was a little shy of it at first but was soon splashing right in. I was absolutely amazed at how quickly she learned. She was fetching training dummies that were bigger than she was in no time. I was very excited because I had never trained a hunting dog before and she gave me a very good experience. I'm pretty sure she taught me more than I could have ever taught her.
Labs are extremely energetic dogs, they require a lot of attention and need to be allowed to run a lot. I wouldn't recommend them for small children just because of their activity level. They are very even tempered dogs, which is necessary for the stress that is put on them in the hunting field.
Whether or not you are looking for a hunting dog or a pet, Labs are a perfect pick.