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I am thinking of buying a labrador puppy but have 2 children,can anyone tell me if labradors are good with children.

Can someone tell me if a female lab puppy is better/worse/no different in terms of temperment than a male puppy? Thanks a lot.
I don't think gender is the deciding factor. In any litter, there are the more bold puppies, the more submissive puppies, the more middle of the road puppies. Last puppy I picked, was for his boldness ;-D
If I were to have only one dog, it would be a male dog. Since I prefer to have at least 2, one of each makes me happy. They are both wonderful dogs and I think very little has to do with their gender.
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Lab puppies are no more or less rambunctious than other breeds for the same reasons either.

Not all of them. I have had many lab pups in class who learned not to mouth and nip quickly. But I've had others who didn't. And I still maintain that it's a breed characteristic.

And you would be the expert, never having owned one.. Oh but I forget you have been training dogs for what 6 months..
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Leah you should really learn something about labs before you ... need to train their kids as well as their dogs.

And just what is it that I said that you disagree with? Lab puppies aren't big, mouthy and rambunctious?

No more or less than many other puppies.
The problem of younger children growing fearful of the big puppy who keeps nipping at them and knocking them over is quite common. And it's more common with labs than most other pups, at least in my ***.

Oh again with the expertise here. Your expertise here is limited to a few pups in a few classes for what 6 months to a year of working at Petsmart..
In some cases, training solves the problem. In others, the pup needs to gain a little maturity before the kids ... school, will still tend to jump at and nip a 4 year old who is screaming and waving his arms.

The majority of lab pups that I see are more gentle with small children than they are with adults.
The screaming and jumping 4 year old is probably an indication of how well the dog is being trained. If they cannot control a 4 yr old how will they control a pup.

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I have 1 of each and I could not pick between them if I had to make a choice. I love them both. I don't think gender makes the difference really its the temperment of the pup that you need to look at.
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You guys are right about puppies having their own personalities but there are tendencies in male and female behavior. Females tend to be more independent males tend to be more dependant. That doesn't mean that you can't wind up with a velcro female and a hardheaded independent male but on the average males are more likely to shadow one around the house and females not so much; IME.
Personally, I prefer female labs. When grown-up they have a seriousness about them that I really like, males I've met tend to be "goofy". Females seem to have more work ethic than the goofy boys I know.

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Oh again with the expertise here. Your expertise here is limited to a few pups in a few classes for what 6 months to a year of working at Petsmart..

Over 50 lab puppies. I think that's enough of a sample to make some valid generalizations. They are (there are ***) more rambunctious and mouthy than most other breeds.
The screaming and jumping 4 year old is probably an indication of how well the dog is being trained. If they cannot control a 4 yr old how will they control a pup.

Well, I don't disagree with this. It's the bane of trainers everywhere, I believe - you teach it, some of them do it, some of them don't.

But to be fair to the kids, it is very hard for a young child to hold still and ignore a puppy who's using his razor-sharp teeth on his ankles. I suggest that they time themselves out - go through the nearest door and shut it. Let mom deal with the training.
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Oh but I forget you have been training dogs for what 6 months..

Over a year. 10-16 classes a week.
I still don't put myself in the same class as, say, Janet or Lynn - not by a long shot. But I no longer consider myself a "beginner."

How long have you been training? How many classes a week do you give?

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The amount of classes you've "taught" are irrelevant. Your base of knowledge rests on only 40 hours training from the Petsmart corporate book. You've never worked under a mentor watching over you and readily admit to passing out bad information on a regular basis. It was only a couple months ago that you learned that prong collars don't slip over a dog's head. I'd step back from the ego buffet and consider myself a beginner IIWY.
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