When animals pair up, certain patterns tend to emerge, based on each animal’s natural tendencies. For couples, a greater understanding of each other’s natural tendencies and communication styles is important, especially when it comes to dealing with deeply emotional subjects like money.

How Labradors and Otters get on

Labrador & Otter relationships are about the nice guys and girls. They are both affable personalities seeking an easy life with limited expectations. They enjoy a rare capacity for tolerance and acceptance no other mixed animal combination shares.

Labrador & Otters rarely burden their relationship with emotional baggage. They focus on the positive aspect of each other’s personality and appreciate his or her unique contribution. They make the most of many ‘comfortably opposite’ attributes. Otters need Labradors to calm them, to listen to them, to praise them, to play with them and to delegate to. Labradors need Otters to excite them, to encourage them, to accept their low profile, to be kind to them and are happy to do.

However, there opposing traits also create numerous conflicts. Labradors see Otters as loud and insensitive whilst Otters see Labradors as boring and reluctant to try new things. Labradors are tenacious, committed & loyal when interested in something, but find motivation difficult. Otters are interested in everything, but lack discipline and commitment. Labradors resent Otters insensitivity, defiance to rules and poor listening skills. Otters get impatient with Labradors self-pity, pessimism and emotional reticence.

How to better communicate with an Otter

  • Everyone loves to be flattered! This is even more effective when you flatter Otters by acknowledging their particular needs. Otters need to be noticed, feel praised and to look good socially.

  • Style-wise, Otters like conversations to be fun and entertaining so be enthusiastic and tell stories or jokes.

  • If you want your partner to make changes or do something different, you can’t make Otters change, only they can. Therefore, you need to give them choices, make them feel involved and give them time and space to make a decision.