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The Truth About Labrador Aggression


Labradors are one of the most tolerant breeds of dogs. Friendly and adaptable, they tend to stay happy with other pets and family members. However, if left untrained or not socialized properly, outbursts of Labrador’s aggression can be there whenever they are provoked. There may be visible food or territorial aggression, even if your Lab may not be a threat to strangers. But the good news is that there are ways to train your Lab so that they refrain from becoming aggressive. Read on to learn more about Labrador aggression.

Labrador aggression

Are Labradors aggressive dogs?

No, Labradors are not typically aggressive dogs.

Unlike Rottweilers, Labrador Retrievers are not true guarding dogs. Aggression and attack are not in their genes. They are smart, loyal, and among the most friendly animals and have no problem in making friendship with children and other pets.

However, Labs are originally bred as hunting and field dogs and their aggressive instinct may remain suppressed. These dogs are likely to turn aggressive when they see a reason for it. Like most dogs, Labrador Retrievers may attack if they think they are in danger or perceive a threat to the family. That is one of the reasons why you should never antagonize any dog, including a Lab.

Labradors are not counted among the hot-headed dogs that become aggressive and attack strangers at the slightest perception of the risk. Famous for their friendly and playful nature, these dogs rarely turn aggressive. However, a dog is an animal and his behavior is subject to his perception. Never try to push his patience to the absolute edge forcing him to do anything harmful.

When your Labrador Retriever is a puppy, it is important to teach him that you are the leader of the pack. If you do not establish dominance when they are young, they will take control. It all starts with disobedience and when you force hard to command obedience, the Lab may react with an aggressive attitude.

Once a puppy becomes an adult dog, if he is not trained, he may seek to run the show. Of course, we are not suggesting that you should physically hurt your dog. That kind of treatment is never necessary. The goal is to train them in such a way that you are still their friend when the training is over.

Socialization essential to prevent Labrador aggression

It is also a good idea to take your Lab to new places. He should be exposed to a variety of dogs and people, and it will give you an opportunity to reinforce their training. It also makes them more comfortable around strangers.

Socialization is a double-edged sword. It helps your dog know about the world outside while helping your train your companion. Try taking your pet on walks to nearby dog parks, down the street across your apartment, or on to children’s park. He may see various people and objects and understand their behavior. It also let him learn about different animals, sounds, vehicular noises, and human activities. Your dog’s observation helps him develop his understanding and shape his response and rules out any chance of Labrador aggression.

When you take your Labrador on a walk, tell them to sit, stay, and heel and help them through the motions. Run through these commands regularly until your Lab has them memorized. This is one of the best ways to establish leadership without going overboard.

If you are interested in adopting an older dog, you need to make sure his behavior is stable. After all, you have no idea what that dog has been through. He may have been abused or had other bad experiences. And these experiences can affect his current behavior. For example, some rescue dogs are frightened of people – sometimes a certain type of person in particular. However, the good news is that you can help a dog get over their problems by giving them a happy, safe, and loving home.

Is Labrador aggression difficult to control?

When you retaliate with punishment, it may be difficult to control your Labrador’s aggression. If you are calm, positive, and tactful enough to establish your dominance, you can easily control it. All depend on what type of method you select.