I grew up with labs and lost my last two to old age a few years ago. I am done with them you get to attached to a dog that is so in tune with people. I switched to a Border Collie. Perfect blend of a great companion and a working dog. Smartest animal i have ever owned. With working breeds like herding doags you have to be very particular about which individual dog you choose if you want a pet more than a working dog. On trick i have found for any type of dog is to lay flat about 15' in front fo their kennel. have them turned loose. the beterr pets will come to you first. They will express less dominant in the pecking order characteristics like licking uor lips etc. The more dominant dogs will lay back and act like dominant dogs.