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    OK so I have taken the online dog compatibility tests and it seems that a lab would be suited to my lifestyle, which is great because I've always loved labs.

    Can any lab owners tell me a bit about them? Temperament? Exercise schedule? Etc Etc. I am going to be a first time dog owner. Is this a good move to get a lab?

    Thanks for the input

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    I seem to recall a lovely lab available at my local pound......BRB
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    Ah yes....here he is listed as a Lab X due now Looks to be quite mature....which in other words means zen!! I could find out some more info for you if you like?
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    Awww, he looks like a sweet 'ol thing Shar! I hope he finds a loving home soon.

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    Aww, what a poor old soul!
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    The thing a labrador needs most is training and discipline. You can't let them get any reward for unacceptable behaviour. A lot of exercise helps as does good weight management. Fat labradors are likely to have trouble exercising, but they can still eat your furniture.

    Temperment wise - some of them - can get a bit protective, territorial and aggressive, but it's usually pretty easy to train the ones who like food a lot to be more relaxed. Most of them are big happy friendly clumsy bundles of fun. Or wrecking balls if travelling at speed and not paying attention to where they are going.

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    I looked after lots of them in the boarding kennels.

    The key I found to their happiness was exercise. The key to their owners happiness was training and exercising said labrador.

    A well trained labrador is a joy to behold, the other is a jumping, barking, leash pulling, eat anything, chew anything monster on four legs.

    Mental and physical exercise makes for a happy lab and happy owners.

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    My grandparents had a lab when i was little, so i am biased, they are great dogs but easily become bored there are many stories of her eating shoes, bed spreads and the pillows off the couch, but she was also the most loving, loyal dog ever! She lived to be 18 yrs old despite being overweight for most of her life! When i was about 2 there is a story about us sharing an ice cream, one lick for her one for me! she also helped me to learn to walk, was my constant companion when i got really sick and my pa snuck her into the hospital and the matron let her stay the whole day and she was my constant companion when i went home. I dont know if i would have a lab now, i am so used to dogs that dont shed but if i was going to get one it would probably be a lab!

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    I have 2 Lab crosses, and I don't find the above to be true in my case. Ours have been really easy to live with. We got Molly from a shelter when she was (we think) around 6-8 months old. Now don't get me wrong, she's a pocket rocket and never stops, but thats just excitement and energy. Jack came home at about 14 weeks old, and he has been the easiest puppy EVER. I never had even one toilet accident with him, he's only ever chewed up one thing and that was a knob off my dresser drawer. Other than that, easy peasy.

    We keep them lean for the exact reason that everyone else has stated, Labs will eat like food is going out of fashion if you give them the chance.

    They are the sookiest, most loving and loyal dogs. I would totally recommend them as a breed.

    Best of luck.
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