Ok I have a Black Lab who is almost as much part of my family as my boys but I am wanting another dog and I know I can’t get 1 just like him but this is how Max is: he is protective (more like a guard dog but non-aggressive unless he senses fear in us), non-destructive, easy going/laid back, HATES did I say HATES water of any kind, if you get in our house uninvited you won’t leave the same way.

Does anyone else have a Labrador that is very protective of their Lab Parents?

30 Responses

  1. Tammy

    We Also have a black Lab that is protective but we brought in a yellow lab 3 years
    Ago and they are buddies. My black lab was three when we brought the other one home. If someone comes in the house she doesn’t know she acts like she is gonna tear
    Them up until she sees we know them .

  2. Rhea Brock on Facebook

    My suggestion is get a FEMALE Lab PUPPY (very young, small in stature, i.e. 2 – 3 months old). I hope Max has been neutered, and make sure your spay the pup when she’s old enough. He shouldn’t feel that you or he, himself, is threatened by the puppy and he will become the alpha male of the pair.

  3. Maureen Oakley on Facebook

    We have a chocolate lab who is nearly one and shes the same, very protective, if hubby gives me a cuddle she will jump up at him barking and wont stop until he moves, the same if the cats come near me, shes still loopy though and eats anything that isnt nailed down and generally naughty but we wouldnt be without her. She too doesnt like water- showering her is a nightmare as we end up soaked as she tries to scramble out of the bath so its not just your dog lol !!

  4. Doreen Graham on Facebook

    Yes, my yellow Lab Parker is the same way. He is very loveable, sweet but is very protective of me, house , yard etc. I believe his biggest problem is jealousy.. He tends to be the boss of my other two. I have to remind him daily that I’m the alfa and not him. My one black lab Nemo also hates water, If I even bring out hose he hides.. In 9yrs he has only been in our doggy pool 1 time.

  5. Diane Z.

    How old is you lab? ..and he is neutered by chance?
    We have a 3 + yr/. old- 108 lb. black lab..extremely gentle..w/ no guarding issues. We also have a 16 lbs. KC Cavalier is in only 8 mo’s old. They get along wonderfully.
    HOWEVER we had a Rottweiller ( passed away of cancer a few years ago) that was the same way ( at first) as your lab. Laid back…non-destructive..and a loving dog…but if you were not there to visit…ya better watch out! It took us “time” to teach what was permissable behavior and what was not.
    My 1st answer to you would be to socialize him as much as possible. Doesn’t matter if he is a young pup..or an older dog..he needs to be around other dogs. Also ..he needs to realize he doesn’t have to be in “guard mode” at all times That you are not his “property” so to speak. Some professional training may help as well. A trainer will help you teach him what is tolerated..and what is not. Be calm..but assertive with your approach.
    You should be able to introduce another dog into the family without fear.
    Hope that helps….
    Diane

  6. Phil

    I have a very lean 85lb 9 year Chocolate (neutered) male (rescued at 2 years) who has hugely protective tendencies and ‘dog on dog’ aggression issues, and is not averse to taking on German Shepherds, Rottweilers etc. … and winning! Amongst family and humans he is joy itself; kind, giddy, playful, funny (he has a sense of humour) and so, so loving. When his companion female Black passed away at a young age he mourned her so much that we had to get him some company. We got a 5 month Black lab with all his bits ‘n pieces intact. We kept an eye on them both for the first 5 minutes when they first met (on Choccy territory); after roughing the Black up for a minute, the Chocolate sensed he had established the pecking order and now they are inseperable. The Chocolate is now the biggest, toughest and most protective nursemaid ever and the Black has his bestest, biggest big brother! A wonderful bond has developed and both are the happiest Labs… ever. It’s about understanding your dog’s fears and needs. It’s not rocket science, it’s nature. Labrador nature.

  7. Diane Z.

    Can I make another suggestion? If you happen to have a friend that will do this w/ you…. try taking walks with another dog in populated areas. Without observing your dog..it would be hard to know what his issues really are…but if he feels other dogs or people are a threat..daily walks will certainly help. 🙂

  8. Nancy Bowman Piltzecker on Facebook

    Yes! But not in a good way. He’ll charge the fence when he sees people walking by (and then overheat very quickly and collapse…sometimes) bark at doorbells on the tv (can you say heart attack) and bark at noises upstairs (um hello you’ve met our kids 🙂 but he’s a mush. We DID get a puppy 3 months ago and he has been so incredibly sweet and tolerant with her. He will move away from the water dish so she could drink, give her toys. I think she might be testing the dominance waters but they seem to be on a pretty even level. They’ll take turns if there is only one bone, respect each others space. A very cool experience 🙂 And yes, he’s not a fan of water but when she gets in the pool beware 🙂

    • Brande

      Thank you for all the comments. Max has been neutered and I am looking at getting another male because they seem to be bigger in size. I was just wondering if anyone else’s lab was protective. When we first got him I thought I just got a lab now someone can break in the house and he won’t care (mind you he was still a pup) well that is not the case now with my 100+ pound lab. I love him and love the breed so I don’t want to stray from that. I hate to get a female because I don’t want to have to fix her I only fixed Max when he was 4 because he kept having kidney/bladder issues. I treat him like he is one of my kids lol.

  9. Lorraine

    We got a chocolate lab puppy that was the same sex as our older lab. So far it has worked out bc the older one established his alpha role in the relationship.

  10. Tori

    I have a male black lab who will be 2 in feb… he has become the same way!! flips out if people come near the house or cars and absolutely dislikes guys… we are unsure of the reason for this except for the fact that he is not neutered yet! With us and people he knows he is a big teddy bear but for a male stranger it can be a scary experience because he is a large lab! We got a female chocolate lab puppy when he was about 11 months old so he would have a playmate and although he is very protective and jealous at times he is as gentle as a bunny with her! she has already become the alpha dog although she is 1/4 of his size at a year old.. but it has also added to the protective factor.. our female is spayed now but we are hoping the neutering of our male lab will help… i know my experience cannot be of much help because i am still trying to solve it but just wanted to let you know you are not alone!

  11. Diane Zaayenga on Facebook

    How old is your lab? ..and he is neutered by chance? If not..that could be part of it.
    We have a 3 + yr. old- 108 lb. black lab..extremely gentle…w/ no guarding issues. We also have a 16 lb. KC Cavalier who is only 8 mo’s old. They get along wonderfully.
    HOWEVER we had a Rottweiller ( passed away of cancer a few years ago) that was the same way as your lab. Laid back…non-destructive..and a loving dog…but if you were not there to visit…ya better watch out! It took us “time” to teach what was permissable behavior and what was not.
    My 1st answer to you would be to socialize him as much as possible. Doesn’t matter if he is a young pup..or an older dog..he needs to be around other dogs. Also ..he needs to realize he doesn’t have to be in “guard mode” at all times That you are not his “property” so to speak. Some professional training may help as well. A trainer will help you teach him what is tolerated..and what is not. Be calm..but assertive with your approach.
    You should be able to introduce another dog into the family without fear.

  12. Kathy

    I agree a younger female may be the ticket! She needs to be old enough to know that she is not an alpha type! Introductions should be done in a neutral territory some where Max is not territorial over. Max needs to know that you are the boss not him! With a second dog you are more important as the pack leader. Try taking Max to a dog park, doggy daycare or some place he can learn to socialize with other dogs first. Obiedance calss is also a chance to learn other dogs are ok as well! Good luck!

  13. Julie Bork on Facebook

    Ive had the same problem with my 2 year old male. Hes very possessive of me. My boyfriend moved in with his 4warm year old Jack Russel and its been an adjustment, but they do get along and hes gotten a little better with his possessiveness (he probably would be alot better if I wasnt so laid back about it). So there is hope….they will adjust.

  14. AnnM

    I have a Black Lab…sounds much like YOUR Max. Now, he (Gretzky) is a Service Dog, and he is sensitive and very aware and protective of me..(very rarely have I actually seen him growl or bark at someone, but, being disabled, if anyone ever approached me where I was afraid, I know he would defend me till the cows came home. When I am feeling sick, he comes to my bed and puts his head on the bed, which is his way of saying “can I come Up”….I say yes, and he jumps up and snuggles right to me, must touch me, until I feel like getting up…….but, I agee with Rhea, that you should get a puppy….4-6 months old….that He can be the Alpha dog, and transfer some of that protectiveness and teaching (He’ll become even calmer) to the Puppy…they’ll be best buds…. Make sure you sit down and explain to Max that there will be a new family member….Labs are amazing…he’ll understand that…you may not think so, but, he will. (btw too, Gretzky hates water as much as Max I’m sure)

  15. Kristina Barnes Allen on Facebook

    We have labs and each one is very protective in their own way. I think its more of a jealousy issue with them. We have puppies right now and can sometimes be jealous of them. You just have to let them know who’s boss in the household.

  16. Diana Pratt-Simar on Facebook

    Just get another lab puppy. It always works out with labs. I game a 7 yr old yellow-Bodie and 3 yr old black.-Tahoe. In the middle is our border/Shepard mix-Topaz.its a wonderful household of dogs, and we wouldn’t change things for anything.

  17. Eileen Doran on Facebook

    My first Lab, Sparky, was that way and my third Lab, Cassie is that way. My German Shepherd Dog is that way. BUT, when you get a puppy, everything changes. The last dog raises the next pup. Cassie raised the GSD. The GSD hates adult dogs, but she raised my King Shepherd and even played with my daughter’s Shih Tzu puppy. Maybe, because all of mine are females, I don’t know.

  18. Laurie Turgeon-Pirini on Facebook

    We have a 10 year old yellow lab and when we brought home our yellow lab pup at 8 weeks, they immediately bonded. Both are females. And, our Puppy (Romy) just follows (Emma’s – 10) lead. It’s been a great experience. Wish you the best!!

  19. wendy

    We have a male, Buddy, I got him as a Birthday present for my Husband when he was 8 weeks old, six months later, Hubby decided he wanted a female labrador to keep Buddy company while we were at work. (they were and are only alone for 2 hours – to this day)
    So along came Shadow – what we did was when it cam time to pick out the pup – we brought Buddy with us – and the puppy (Shadow) picked him out – she followed him everywhere, hence the name – Shadow. Now they are inseparable.
    Buddy is also very protective of me, especially if I’m walking them, he can sense if someone is “questionable” – and I believe all dogs have that inbred in them.
    I would definitle socialize your Lab, and see what noises, or people he is sensitive to, and remember that YOU are ALPHAdog, not him.

  20. Gayle Steen

    I have 2 black labs. Steena was 2 and a half when we got the pup. Took a while for her to accept the pup but they wouldn’t be without each other now. Before Kaga came along, Steena was always at my side, she followed me everywhere. Kaga soon put her nose out of joint and she became more independant and willing to do things on her own. Good luck x

    • Gale

      Our 5-year-old yellow lab, Maggie, is protective of the front door and the gate to the backyard. She barks like she is going to eat you up, but if she seeds that we are okay with the visitor, she is too. If she is not at ease with someone, then I don’t trust that person either. Dogs have saved my life and the life of my brother, so I trust their instincts.

  21. Donna

    I rescued a (supposedly) 8 (maybe 9?) year old lab “mix.” The story was that he was reportedly left by his family because they were moving…yadda yadda…we’ve heard it all before. For the first several months, he was unemotional, very much UNlike a friendly lab. He seemed disconnected. I did a DNA swipe on him, and found that he was part Chow. When I read up on the breed, I found out that Chows are protective family guardians. This one does not like men…..and definitely like other dogs. He has killed several varmints in the yard and has a strong prey instinct. We now have him almost four years…he is VERY protective over me, and also of my husband. But because of his age….and not knowing his entire history, I’m fearful of bringing in any smaller dog….although I’ve thought about a female lab puppy. Just frightened of what he might do when I paid attention to another dog . Any thoughts? Sigh….

  22. Shadow

    I have a 2 year old black Lab, he is very procted of me. When I am walking him and go vist a friend on our walk, my black lab with bark and snap at some people who he sees. And if people he don’t know but i do and my family know them he will growl and bark at him. I had him since he was 6 weeks old and he is so attach to me, he won’t let me leave his sight. He with me 24/7 by my hip. How can I teach him that some people that we know is okay ?