Potential Behavior Problems

Unwanted behaviors you may encounter in your Lab include excessive barking, begging, chewing, digging, mouthing and nipping, scavenging, and whining. Aggression is rare in Labs, but you should be able to recognize it and know how to handle it if it occurs. Other potential problems include fearful behaviors, such as noise shyness and separation anxiety.

If your Lab develops a behavior problem, the most important thing you can do is to remain patient. Continue to show him what you want, and provide firm, fair discipline when he breaks the rules. Help him with behavior modification if necessary. Below, you'll see ways to manage or retrain your Lab if he develops one of these common behavior problems.

Many of the behavior problems will never develop — or can be easily solved — if your Lab learns early in life that you are his leader and that following you and doing what you ask will always lead to good things.

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