I am thinking of buying a labrador puppy but have 2 children,can anyone tell me if labradors are good with children.
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A lot depends on the kids. Are they going to be supervised and taught to not poke/pull/climb all over the dog; or is that what you are looking for in a dog, one who can take that kind of treatment? (this is a trick question, no dog can or should be expected to take this treatment) Will a growl and snap be tolerated when/if kids get out of line? (nearly all dogs will at least let out a growl if baby is sitting on his back poking him in the eye)

If there is a child in the house who is too young to be taught how to treat a dog, I'd get an older dog (puppies bite and pull everything that's in their reach) and supervise the child so that s/he doesn't pester the dog too much. If the kids are 9-10+ a large breed pup would probably work out fine (it would still grab onto cuffs and collars but the children should be big enough to help train puppy to not do this).

Labs are notoriously good with kids (mine loves them even though she has little contact with them and will simply walk away if one pokes and pulls) but they will not be good as puppies. As pups, they will knock small kids down and pull on their clothes (this goes for most, if not all, large breed pups). Even adult dogs won't appreciate a toddlers poking and pulling for long, they may give a growl to voice their displeasure, but most likely will walk away instead of snap.

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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.

I wouldn't suggest a puppy, depending on the ages of the children. Older kids - like preteens - may be able to handle it, but labs are generally too big and rambunctious for little ones. They tend to be very mouthy and jumpy, and I have a lot of students whose children become afraid of their puppies.

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Hi Jacqueline,
How old are your children?
I have two labs, one almost 4, the other 3yrs. I have a 4 yr old grand daughter. She has grown up with my labs and she adores them and they adore her. As well both my children were raised with labs in our home. They are great family dogs. But you have to be prepared to spend time with the pup/dog training it. You should attend obedience classes with the pup/dog as well just as soon as the pup is old enough. Mine attended puppy classes at 12 weeks. If you want a well behaved dog that is a joy to have around classes are a must and money very well spent. Labs love to chew but it can be controlled with training.
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Leah you should really learn something about labs before you write some of the things you do about them.
Your students probably need to train their kids as well as their dogs.

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I wouldn't suggest a puppy, depending on the ages of the children. Olderkids - like preteens - may be able ... tend to be very mouthy and jumpy, andI have a lot of students whose children become afraid of their puppies.

And that simply must be the breed, not a testament to your training skills.
Lab puppies are no more or less mouthy than other breeds when properly raised. YES a Lab pup is going to be mouthy if he's not taught not to, just like an Akita puppy or a Beezer puppy will be mouthy.

Lab puppies are no more or less rambunctious than other breeds for the same reasons either.

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Leah you should really learn something about labs before you write some of the things you do about them. Your students probably 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?
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 ***.

In some cases, training solves the problem. In others, the pup needs to gain a little maturity before the kids can handle him. A 4-month old, even one graduated from puppy school, will still tend to jump at and nip a 4 year old who is screaming and waving his arms.
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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.
I keep a cheap little clock on a stand in the training area. It's been broken
4 times, each time by a lab puppy. Lab puppies are the only ones who havemanaged to jump the gates.
I don't have the same problem with labs in basic classes - the ones who come in over 6 months old. They may be "uncontrollable" when they first come to class, but they learn. It's the very young ones who seem to have trouble controlling themselves when they're ***.
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And just what is it that I said that you disagree with? Lab puppies aren't big, mouthy and rambunctious?

that's why it's important to train the pup in, at the very least, basic manners, while it's young and small enough that it isn't able to terrorize the small fry.
The problem of younger children growing fearful of the big puppy who keeps nipping at them and knocking them over is quite common.

that's not a problem if the owners train their pup.
And it's more common with labs than most other pups, at least in my ***.

Labs, Pit Bulls, Boxers, Goldens... just about any medium or larger sized, high octane breed has the potential to turn into demon spawn when not trained.
In some cases, training solves the problem. In others, the pup needs to gain a little maturity before the kids can handle him.

by the time a pup is large enough to be a physical problem, it's also old enough to have had a considerable amount of training. that doesn't mean that the pup won't lose its brane and get wild if the kids are being hellions, but that's more an issue of household climate. if the parents allow the kids to generally behave wildly, they aren't likely to be able to elicit better behavior out of their dogs.
A 4-month old, even one graduated from puppy school, will still tend to jump at and nip a 4 year old who is screaming and waving his arms.

it helps to train one's kids, too.

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