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Old 07-11-2006, 12:02 AM
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One more thing that I did forget to mention, something that the clinic staff and I were discussing after one of my classes. When you see a lab who's crazy and out of control...just look to the handle end of leash and you'll usually see why.
Absolutely!!! I was talking to the staff at the vets during the many times I have been there this last month with Charlie, due to his accident (he cut his paw and leg and required 20 stitches). They are offering a puppy training class. They were so impressed with his behaviour and complimented me many times on his ability to stay calm. Lol. And listen to my commands. He even held his leg up for me to put the plastic over his bandage so it wouldn't get wet from the rain. I am glad that is all over, but I miss going in there and talking with other dog people.
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Old 07-11-2006, 12:07 AM
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abby looks like a wonderful dog. Sounds like a great addition!
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Old 07-11-2006, 12:55 AM
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One more thing that I did forget to mention, something that the clinic staff and I were discussing after one of my classes. When you see a lab who's crazy and out of control...just look to the handle end of leash and you'll usually see why. Like almost no other breed that I train, it's uncanny how clearly they show in their disposition how well they were treated and properly trained. While this can be said of most breeds, labs more predictably tend to do fantastically well with terrific owners and can appear to do the complete opposite with owner's who refuse to do the work.
They're wonderful but certainly not "bomb proof" as far too many people assume.
Exactly.
Labs are alot more work then what you normally hear about.
They need consistant training. When they are puppies they need short training sessions as thier attention span is almost nil.
If I were you I and were looking for a mix or rescue get one that is mixed with a breed that isnt so energenic. Like a basset hound or something.
Labs especially field bred or byb bred can be very excitable and can bring you to the brink of your nerves. Show bred labs tend to be calmer. More like couch potatoes.
Most of this is true with any breed but because of thier size it makes it harder.
Some good toys for labs are Kongs, small tires with ropes, bones and lots of them. As long as they have plenty of tough toys and bones usually they will leave your things alone if taught to.
Puppies are like raising children. They need a routine and consistancy.
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Old 07-11-2006, 01:26 AM
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Exactly.
Labs are alot more work then what you normally hear about.
They need consistant training. When they are puppies they need short training sessions as thier attention span is almost nil.
If I were you I and were looking for a mix or rescue get one that is mixed with a breed that isnt so energenic. Like a basset hound or something.
Labs especially field bred or byb bred can be very excitable and can bring you to the brink of your nerves. Show bred labs tend to be calmer. More like couch potatoes.
Most of this is true with any breed but because of thier size it makes it harder.
Some good toys for labs are Kongs, small tires with ropes, bones and lots of them. As long as they have plenty of tough toys and bones usually they will leave your things alone if taught to.
Puppies are like raising children. They need a routine and consistancy.
I know they are lots of work but I am willing to put the effort in. I have done tons of research and everyone here recommended in when I asked what would fit best. Though being reminded is important, I still need to do more research. Thanks for everything. I love to here real advice not copied stuff.
I am getting a lab from a shelter so hopefully I will be able to know its temperment at least ok. A basset hound/ lab, sounds funny, sorry, just never heard of a mix of those. I may not even get a lab, it depends what strikes my heart the most and I know I can handle. Thanks for all the info. I am hoping I may find a lab of field and show lones mixed, then I have a chance of the best of both worlds... maybe. Also Idefinatly won't be getting a puppy, i think they are adorable but i don't think I could handle it.
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Old 07-11-2006, 01:48 AM
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Abby looks like a great dog...sounds like one to! She looks alot bigger than 4 months old though and the white around her mouth makes her look either older or mixed (don't know with what though...she may not be, can't see her body). I've got a chocolate Lab that's 1 wk shy of 4 months (born in March as well) and Abby looks so much older than him...maybe they have the year wrong? JMO though, pictures can be decieving...guess it also depends on the other breed in her.
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Old 07-11-2006, 02:03 AM
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Abby looks like a great dog...sounds like one to! She looks alot bigger than 4 months old though and the white around her mouth makes her look either older or mixed (don't know with what though...she may not be, can't see her body). I've got a chocolate Lab that's 1 wk shy of 4 months (born in March as well) and Abby looks so much older than him...maybe they have the year wrong? JMO though, pictures can be decieving...guess it also depends on the other breed in her.
She is older than 4 months....March was the date that she CAME to the shelter
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Old 07-11-2006, 02:03 AM
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ohhhhhhhh! Well, now I feel like an @$$. :-/

I thought that was the "born on" date....oops...my bad.
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Old 07-11-2006, 02:05 AM
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ohhhhhhhh! Well, now I feel like an @$$. :-/

I thought that was the "born on" date....oops...my bad.

LOL its ok....its been a long day
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Old 07-11-2006, 02:08 AM
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Definitely a LOOOOOOONG Day.

Neighbors being mean to dogs. Tony gone for the week. No real food til tomorrow (shopping day). Bills still due. Not enough money. AGHHHHH
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Old 07-11-2006, 05:42 PM
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I have had both yellow and chocolate labs and I have to admit they are really different! My yellow is more mellow and the choc is aggressive but both are a joy to have around. I have lived side by side with my yellow for 13 years she went to work with me and hardly leaves my side as she is also my service dog ( I am deaf) now days I am her service person lol. Guess I am partial to labs but have good reason. On the other side of the coin when my yellow was 8months old she showed hip dysplasia and we had to have her fixed so she could not have pups. The seller offered to buy her back and put her down but we were already so much in love!! It meant she had to be less active, gained weight but I have kept it mostly under control ( wish I could do the same for my self) and now she has trouble getting up but is still very active!
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