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Old 10-11-2006, 03:56 PM
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hi my son bought a Labrador retreiver last week. Ginger is a mix black and chocolate lab 2 years old so far the only negative thing about her is that one of the cats don't like her. Does anyone know anything we should?
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Old 10-11-2006, 04:44 PM
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Shes gorgeous! Congratualtions. Do a search for any info you may need...there is a lot here
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Old 10-11-2006, 10:00 PM
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What do you mean by a mix chocolate and black lab? She's either one or the other - or a mix of a lab and something else.

Labs are great family dogs. They love to eat! They also love to chew. They are notorious for chewing furniture, walls, woodwork, you name it and a lab (somewhere) has probably done it. So make sure that you provide many chew toys and redirect when necessary.

At 2 years of age they are usually calming down quite a bit.

Labs are very smart and usually eager to please their people. They do learn quickly and are anxious to please -- even more so if they know there is a treat involved.

I have a black lab and honestly can't find a bad thing to say about her. She has the patience of Job ~ puts up with everything my kids dish out and has never so much as looked at them cross-eyed. A well bred lab should have an amazing temperment.

Labs do need a lot of exercise -- not an excessive amount, but more than just a simple walk. They need to be able to run and play. There is a saying ~ "A tired lab is a good lab". So make sure that she gets ample exercise -- off leash if possible (say at a dog park or a fenced backyard), lots of retrieving, swimming, etc. Oh, yes, they usually LOVE water, so swim if possible.

I wish your son much luck w/ his new furbaby.
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Old 10-11-2006, 10:35 PM
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What do you mean by a mix chocolate and black lab? She's either one or the other - or a mix of a lab and something else.
Maybe she means one of the parents are chocolate and the other is black?

Other than that you have everything pretty much covered.
I havent had big time chewers. I mean they did chew up a few things, get into the garbage, counter surf, ect...Nothing out of the norm for any pup of any breed.
Labs are high energy dogs most the time and need plenty of exercise. A tired puppy is a good puppy. Since she is older you may have some bad habits ingrained that you need to re-teach. They are eager learners but can get bull headed when they want to.
Theres a wealth of knowledge here so I hope you take advantage of it and post as many questions as you have.
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Old 10-11-2006, 10:41 PM
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my Chloe is a GSD/Lab mix and she was / is a BIG chewer...and very very active...
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Old 10-11-2006, 10:52 PM
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Some labs act like they are about as smart as a box of rocks...but the one I had was very smart indeed! I think some it has to do with how much time and effort the owner puts into their dogs.

Most labs are crazy about water, and fetch, and chewing and eating. Watch to make sure she doesn't con you into overfeeding her...Labs tend to blimp up pretty quickly.

But you will be hard-pressed to find a sweeter dog! Unless maybe an Aussie.
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Old 10-12-2006, 08:40 AM
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Some labs act like they are about as smart as a box of rocks...


My friends Lab is one of those! Mr Big and Stupid! I LOVE him to bits though!
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Hi my dog is a lab X with what we are not sure, but she is more lab than anything else. We adopted her from the local rescue shelter, we have had her about 12 weeks, she is just over 2 years old. When we got her she didnt know any of the basic commands, so I enrolled her in a 6 weeks training course, best thing I did, she now walks on a leash, sits, down and sometimes comes if she thinks there is a treat involved.She does love to walk, we walk each morning for 1 hour round the local park, on an extender lead, she loves it, sometimes she refuses to get back in the car as she wants to stay there.
We are fortunate enough to have a very large garden so she runs off lead, fetching and chasing anyone in the family who has the energy to keep up with her. She just loves to play.
There really is a great deal of information here,and there are a lot of people with a great deal of experience who can help you with anything,so post your questions, I spend hours on here reading.
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Old 10-12-2006, 11:29 AM
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It really comes down to the breeding..
We had field dogs so the breeding was primarily for the intelligence and instinct more then the looks. The show dogs that came in were harder to train and heavier in the body making field work harder for them to do.
If i were looking for a lab i wouldn't want a show one, i would want one from the field stock and even then you should really get to know the breeder, and the parents and if possible some offspring. A great place to look is at your local Labrador club. Here we have the Kansas CIty REtriever club and i know there is a kansas chapter as well.
Yes they are goofy, and happy, and slobbery and silly that is until work comes then they are dead serious and so impressive! I don't think there is an easier to train dog alive, all they want to do is please.
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Old 10-12-2006, 06:28 PM
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your right Mygirlsmom, from what we were told, Ginger(I'm now thinking of Tia or Reba for her name) is mixed black lab from one parent and chocolate lab would be the other it's funny her back end is black but almost chocolate. She came with a big raw hid bone that is almost done. When it's done should I get her another or one of those "real" bones you get at the pet stores?? Other than being talkative, I have yet to find a wrong in her. She walks great on the leash, sits when we stop. I have not found a bad thing in her and we've had her for a week now.
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