Thursday, March 29, 2007

Can an older Labrador Retriever make a good pet?

Readers E-mail - Paul Writes:

Hi, Good morning! Just want to ask if a 6 year-old labrador can still be a good pet? 2 labs were given to us as a family gift yesterday (1 black 4 yr old and 1 brown 6 year old).

Please advise -- Paul

Answer:

Hi Paul, Thank you for writing.

The information given here is to help you learn more about your Labrador Retriever and not to replace your veterinarian's advice. Disclaimer

When people ask me about getting a new Labrador retriever, I always talk to them about adopting or rescuing one. Why? Because of the over population of Labradors in these shelters and rescues.

Don’t get me wrong, I love the puppies as much as anyone. There are the benefits of being the owner of a new Labrador retriever puppy, but there are also many benefits to taking on an older Labrador also.

First off, you’re getting two older Labrador retrievers. What does that mean?

It means your skipping that whole puppy stage, the extra time, energy and patience it takes to properly train a new Labrador. Training a puppy means starting from the beginning. Sure you will still put in time with the older Labradors (walking, playing, etc) but they are most likely housebroken, and they probably have received some previous training. You will not have to take them out as much as puppies, they are more independent and unlike puppies, your older Labrador retrievers have grown into their personalities and size.

Older dogs have usually learned what "no" means, passing the “chew everything left in reach stage” and are usually calmer than younger counterparts.

They can be trained just as a puppy could, possibly even easier. Remember the older Labrador is calmer and quieter than a puppy, so he will focus better on what you are trying to teach him. As an older dog, he is not trying to prove his dominance over humans, and is ready to fit himself into his human family.

With plenty of love, some time, patience and effort on you and your family’s part, the older Labrador retrievers can be an excellent companion and great pet.

What I do recommend, is that you (and your family) set aside some extra time to spend with your new (older) Labradors, establishing good communication with them, and creating a bond that will ensure a good future together.

Oh, one last thing Paul, I really don’t classify old as four and six, especially with the Labrador retriever. I’ve seen 9-10 year old Labradors with as much energy as younger ones.

I applaud you for taking in your new family members. Good luck and don’t hesitate to email me with any other questions.

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