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Labrador retrievers are known to be fairly trainable dogs. They respond well to commands, are eager to do work, and like pleasing their owners. If you are considering training your dog the basics, he should do fine in a basic obedience class.
Labradors also are great dogs for field trials, excel at service work, and ideal for narcotics detection. If you're interested in training your Lab to participate in competitive sports, contact your local club for more detailed information on the sport that you are interested in. The American Kennel Club has local listings. For more information, go to www.akc.org/clubs/search/index.cfm?action=national&display=on.