1. A Labrador’s life is very short when compared to a human’s lifespan. While humans can live for more than 100 years, German Shepherds may only live for 12-13 years.
2. Labradors are very expressive. Dogs may not be able to speak our language, but they can tell us a lot, if we just pay attention.
3. Labradors may display sudden changes in behavior due to illness. If your dogs are suddenly acting aggressively, or not wanting to walk or eat, it could mean they are sick or injured. Labradors don’t complain like humans, but a change in their regular behavior or routine could indicate there’s something wrong.
4. Labradors kisses may also improve your health! A new study aims to show that microbes exchanged between dogs and people may have a positive probiotic effect on the human body that affects our overall health.
5. Labradors love to have jobs. Keeping your Labradors active and fit will not only maintain their physical health, it will keep them mentally happy too.
6. Labradors appreciate everything you do for them. No gesture is too small or too short – Labradors are just happy to be loved and cared for and every minute you spend with them just makes them love you more.
7. Labradors reduce stress. Labradors have been shown to decrease the risk of heart disease because they motivate people to get outside and take walks. Also the emotional bond owners feel towards their pets reduces their reaction to stress and lowers their heart rate.
8. Labradors naturally want to comfort people who are upset. Scientists have shown that Labradors respond to human tears and will naturally try and reassure a distressed person.
9. Labradors look to their humans for help. Labradors derive comfort, security and motivation from their humans. Old Labradors deserve just as much love and attention as puppies. Everyone loves puppies, but senior dogs have spent many more years loving and being loyal to their humans.
10. Labradors don’t understand speeches. They respond to key words, vocal tones and body language. Research has proven that Labradors watch human interactions and understand subtle signals.
11. Labradors thrive on encouragement. Positive reinforcement training has been shown to have far better results in modifying a dog’s behavior than harsh training methods. Researchers suggest training your dog well and early on to avoid any problems with aggression.
12. Labradors always refuse to leave their human’s side. There are countless reports of loyal Labradors who stayed beside their humans when they were sick, injured and even deceased. Remember this when it’s time for your dog to cross the Rainbow Bridge.