According to registration statistics recently released by the American Kennel Club® (AKC), the Labrador Retriever is the most popular purebred dog in America for the 21st straight year. More than twice as many Labs were registered than any other breed making it a likely leader for many years to come.
In a recent article, a licensed professional counselor for more than twenty-five years, explained how owning a Lab can help produce healthier, happier, more well adjusted children. Here is an excerpt from her article.
Dogs help children to be more cooperative and sharing. For children, a close relationship with a dog is a proven benefit in study after study. For instance, in research with preschool children, psychologists at Oregon State University found that teaching children to care for a puppy enhanced their social skills. “It made the children more cooperative and sharing,’’ said Dr. Sue Doescher, a psychologist involved in the study. “Having a dog improves children’s role-taking skills because they have to put themselves in the puppy’s position and try to feel how it feels. And that transfers to how other kids feel.’’ Children who were regularly given the opportunity to care for a puppy at their preschool, as well as those with pets at home were found more socially competent. They were more popular, felt better about themselves and were better able to understand other children’s feelings.
Be sure to read the rest of her seven part article, Ten Reasons to Own a Dog.
At Twin Lakes Kennel, we have been breeding and training world class Labrador retrievers for more than thirty-five years. Our Labs can be found across the states from Hawaii to Maine, from Alaska to Florida. Our second-to-none Puppy Guarantee makes buying a pure-bred Labrador retriever one of the wisest decisions you will ever make.
But don’t take our word for it. Read the personal testimonials from prominent Lab owners from around the country. And visit our Puppy Page or call Woody or Judi for up-to-date puppy information at 910.462.3246.
Did you know…
- The population of Birmingham is approximately 242,820.
- The distance from Birmingham to Washington DC is 680 miles.
- The distance to the Alabama state capital is 86 miles. (as the crow flies)
- Birmingham was first known as Elyton and was just a small settlement of farming families. Due to its lack of facilities and businesses, no real damage was done here during the Civil War while other nearby areas were devastated. Named for the industrial city of the same name in England, Birmingham was founded in 1871 where two railroads crossed. Due to its location as an industrial center, it grew rapidly and became a magnet for iron and steel production. The Magic City nickname came about because of the quick growth in the beginning. Some said it happened like magic and the nickname stuck. Though the city experienced hard times during the Great Depression of the 1930’s, it rapidly came back during and after World War II. As time went by, more of the economy was shifted from the iron and steel mills to that of manufacturing and service oriented industries.
Source: USA Cities Online