Why are labrador retrievers good guide dogs?

Asked By: Otto Konopelski
Date created: Sun, Apr 18, 2021 1:20 PM
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The Labrador Retriever is not only a loving and loyal companion but also a quick learner and a proactive thinker. These qualities, combined with the dog's strong and ready physicality, predispose the breed to success as guide animals.
Answered By: Ned Jones
Date created: Mon, Apr 19, 2021 3:23 PM
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The reason why is because Labradors, Goldens, and GSDs have a suitable temperament and physical structure for the job, and were common enough to establish breeding programs of each when the guide dog organizations starting breeding their own dogs. The rest is history.

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Labrador Retrievers were bred for physically demanding jobs, and they have the high energy that goes along with being a working breed.

They need at least 30 to 60 minutes of exercise a day.

But Labs are large, energetic animals, and like all dogs, they need to be taught good canine manners.

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Service dogs, which are often Labradors and Golden Retrievers are great examples that Retrievers can live in apartments and thrive.

Remember, dogs come from a burrow-background.

They are used to small places when they come home.

Small is not a problem when you can get your dog out and let them expend the energy.

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Labs are excellent family dogs because they do want to be with people and many do not do well as kennel dogs. Labradors do tend to be protective of their families and homes but are usually happy to greet company, too… These are very strong dogs and early training is necessary to have a dog that walks nicely on lead.
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Some Labs make excellent guard dogs, but others, not so much.

Just like any dog breed, Labs can differ in temperament from dog to dog.

Some Labs are great guard dogs, but the vast majority of them will be too friendly and extroverted to be much help guarding your home.

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Depending on what you desire in a guard dog, having a Labrador Retriever might be the best option. They are loyal, dedicated, and gentle, despite being able to act as your guard dog in times of need. In fact, Moses may even protect you when you are unaware that you are in danger.
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Labs are excellent family dogs because they do want to be with people and many do not do well as kennel dogs. Labradors do tend to be protective of their families and homes but are usually happy to greet company, too.
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