Acquired: Breeder (professional)
Training: I’ve taught bird care / training techniques
Texas, United States
Posted June 10, 2015
My family never owned a dog before, always cats. We decided to get a dog. The veterinarian recommended us get a Labrador. We ended up getting a female Black Lab, named Betty. We named her after the song "Black Betty" by Ram Jam. If you had a chance to meet this dog, the name and song are incredibly fitting.
Betty is a beautiful dog. She has this shine to her coat that is stunning. She also has a very regal and proper look to her. She is purebred and looks the part. She is a very big and muscular dog. Not overweight or heavy, very lean and athletic, just a big dog at 100lbs.
I think I am the only one in my family that has this opinion of our dog, but I do not care for her. I love her, and she has some very good qualities, but she is too much to handle. Her energy level is through the roof, and she is constantly making trouble. We have trained her at home, and even sent her away to a professional training center, and even they said she is not a well behaved dog. Recently, we were all out of town and no friends could look after her, we had to take her to an overnight doggy day care for two days and they had to drug her to get her to behave.
She is incredibly clingy, very vocal, barks at anything, knocks stuff over, thinks she is still a lap dog, overly friendly, always jumping on people, cannot be left alone, the list goes on. She is exhausting. Maybe it is her breed that is not right for me, but as a first time dog owner, it left a bit of a sour taste in my mouth because of how uncontrollable she is. We thought that she would calm down in her later years, but she is 8 years old now and still almost as rambunctious as when we first got her. Even walking her and taking her to the beach daily does nothing to lower her energy level.
If I do get another dog in the future, it will be a different breed that is much easier to handle, and definitely not as big.