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Does anyone know anything about labs?

Katherine1
January 5th, 2005, 08:30 PM
Hi All,
Just wondering if anyone knows anything about labs. We are going to look at one tomorrow. I have seen her before and she is very friendly. She has had her shots and is spayed. She is 1 and a half years old. If she chooses me to be her mom I will have a furbaby to love.

Carina
January 5th, 2005, 08:42 PM
Never owned one, but have known many!
HIGH energy. :) Labrador Retrievers are natural athletes, goofy, energetic, love to play ball. :)
Smart.
Will eat anything that isn't nailed down so a: make sure she doesn't get fat and b: monitor the kinds of toys she has, ie, rawhides would most likely not be a good choice
Very social, great family dogs, great with kids.
Uncomplicated, sturdy, not given to being neurotic.

These are generalizations, of course...she might be a cranky, unfriendly slug with no appetite. :p
What colour is she?
Oh....the light coloured ones shed more, it seems. Or maybe it's just more noticeable....but it seems to me the golden labs tend to have a heavier undercoat.
What do you know of her history?

Katherine1
January 5th, 2005, 09:14 PM
She is a chocolate lab and has been staying with a family that has 2 kids ages 8 and 6 and have had no problem with her. They raise birds and it is coming up on mating season for the birds. She is very friendly and energetic just what our family needs.

Carina
January 5th, 2005, 09:18 PM
There was a chocolate lab in an agility class I was in last fall....a very cool dog!
I hope she "chooses" you (Iknow she will.) :)

Katherine1
January 5th, 2005, 09:23 PM
I am excited too! Almost like when I was a kid lol hard to sleep when you are this excited. Going to go see her around 9 in the morning.

CyberKitten
January 5th, 2005, 09:27 PM
My brother has a chocolate lab who I labsit now and then and he is a wonderful dog. Happy, very high energy, needs LOTS of attention, loves to play (It takes them two years to mature officially anyway and "mine" is nowhere near maturity, lol) They are lovable, kind and very smart! I adore chocolate labs!! Congrats and good luck!!!

Katherine1
January 5th, 2005, 09:31 PM
She will get lots and lots of attention. I am a stay at home mom and we have a 9 and 14 year old. LOL I don't know who is more excited me or them. She has had some training. But I look forward to seeing how much the both of us can learn.

Katherine1
January 5th, 2005, 09:43 PM
Well I am going to umm try and go to sleep lol make the morning come faster. If anyone has suggestions on anything particular that I should be aware of or that I should be asking when I go to look at her again tomorrow please post as I will check here before I go. Thanks All!

lil_kirk
January 6th, 2005, 07:16 AM
Good luck! Please let us know how it works out!! I hope the meeting goes well! :thumbs up

whinnie-boo
January 6th, 2005, 07:25 AM
By my clock, its 8:37 a.m.

I'll check back in a little while to hear about this beauty, hope everything worked out for you. Good Luck.
:thumbs up

schnauzerlove
January 6th, 2005, 08:01 AM
We have a 1 1/2 year old female yellow lab, Shelby. We adopted her as a pup. She has been an AWESOME dog.

We have a 9 year old son. She's sturdy enough to take whatever he can dish out, but gentle enough to know when enough is enough. We also have a 6 month old Mini Schnauzer and she knows how much play he can take as well.

She was easy to housetrain and lives only to please. She is cuddly (thinks she's a lap dog) and affectionate and wouldn't hurt a mouse (literally). She loves to go for walks and never complains about the weather (hot or cold). Our vet kisses her face everytime she visits and tells us he wishes he could work on dogs like ours all day!! :angel:

The downside (there are always downsides) are the shedding (not too bad in the winter, spring is REALLY bad) and the chewing (only if left alone). Tons of chew toys are a MUST!! I hear the chewing will go away as she matures. I understand a 1 1/2 year old lab is still considered a puppy.

Apparently labs are the most popular dogs in Canada (North America?). I know why. You will find out too!! :D

I can't wait to see pics. Good luck. :thumbs up

mona_b
January 6th, 2005, 08:34 AM
Well hubby's best friend has 2 Labs.A chocolate and a yellow.Gunner(chocolate) and Max are very layed back,and very mellow,not hyper at all.And they also have a 10 year old son.The dogs are great with him.Gunner actually like to talk to you.LOL.They do love the attention though. :)

A buddy of mine at work has a Yellow lab,Dippy(don't ask...lol)He's 1 1/2.He got him in Dec from a friend of his who couldn't keep him anymore.Again,very layed back,gentle,and calm.Actually very well trained.

The way I see it,any breed can be very hyper,get into things,misbehave.It all has to do with the training.

Look at it this way,in the show world if these breeds acted up,would they be showing?Just something to think about.

As for my buddy at work,I did have to talk to him about his Labs food.Dippy is a bit overweight and the previous owner was feeding him Dog Chow.Not a good food at all.So he has switched it. :)

The one thing you need to be careful about in Labs is they can get what's called Bloat.Because they are a deep chested dog.Here is a link you can read up on.

http://www.globalspan.net/bloat.htm

Some questions to ask.
Why can't she keep the dog.
Is the dog good with other dogs.
Has the dog been socialized with other dogs.
Ask to get the dogs medical records(if any) from her vet.
How is the dog with other children.

Also,it the dog has a licence,you will have to call and change the owners name over to your name and address.

Well these are some of the questions I can think of.

I hope it goes well.Keep us updated. :)

mona_b
January 6th, 2005, 08:36 AM
WOW,what a beautiful dog you have there. :)

Katherine1
January 6th, 2005, 11:00 AM
Woohoo!!!! I brought my furbaby home today! She is so beautiful. She is full of energy and had to check out her new home. We have already gone on our first walk together. Oops. she did have her first accident in the house but I knew that would happen since she has to stake out her territory and all and I took her out right away so that she would get the idea that it is a no no to go in the house. She listens well and when I tell her down she lays down. I give her lots of praise for this. When we first got home I let her roam a bit and check things out but kept an eye on her to see where she would go - LOL she checked every room. Then I sat on the couch and called her, she came right to me and rolled over onto her back for a belly rub. Right now she is laying down right beside me. What a great dog she is. I am so happy that she adopted me. I will post pictures as soon as I can. Right now I am going to give her some much needed attention for being such a good dog.

sammiec
January 6th, 2005, 11:45 AM
Congratulations Kathleen, sounds like she chose a great new forever home!!! :D

CyberKitten
January 6th, 2005, 11:55 AM
Conratulations!! She sounds wonderful!!

Katherine1
January 6th, 2005, 12:45 PM
This is Molly's first picture. I took it with my webcam not good quality lol she kept wanting to come to me. I hope I attached it right.

Katherine1
January 6th, 2005, 12:48 PM
This is another one that I took. Going to have to find the digital now.

Luvmypit
January 6th, 2005, 01:38 PM
What a Gorgeous dog! Congrats on your new addition!!!

schnauzerlove
January 6th, 2005, 02:17 PM
She's a beauty!! Keep the pics coming! ....and have fun :thumbs up !!

Katherine1
January 6th, 2005, 03:53 PM
Just thought I would update everyone. Molly has been home now for almost 8 hours. She has had full access to the whole house (with supervision ) and other than the one poo accident, that she did 5 minutes after we got her home, she has had no more accidents in the house. LOL could be due to the fact that I have taken her out 4 times already today even as hard as it is snowing I didn't just let her out I put all my winter gear on and out we went together, which I enjoyed as much as she did. LOL that from someone who hibernates in winter time. She is adapting very well and she has already stolen our hearts. :D

mastifflover
January 6th, 2005, 04:04 PM
She is beautiful and you are very lucky for her to have adopted you.I hope you all live up to her expectations, I am sure she will be very happy in her new home I think she lucked out and got great owners. Good luck good trick for dog proofing get down on your knees and look around the room these are the things that your new baby will scope out and possibly chew you have to look from their view point.

Carina
January 6th, 2005, 07:06 PM
Wow, Molly is beautiful.
Yes....dogs make us bundle up and go outside....she sounds like a real sweetie, look forward to more photos!

Katherine1
January 6th, 2005, 07:17 PM
Thank you so much Mastifflover for the advice. I did just what you said and omg I did find a few things that would not have been good for her to chew on or get curious about. They were just under the flap of the couch where I would not have noticed if I had not gotten down on my hands and knees to take a long look around her environment. LOL of course she thought I was playing but I got to the items before her and removed them. I sure feel better knowing that her home is safer for her. :thumbs up

Writing4Fun
January 6th, 2005, 10:33 PM
Congrats on your new adition! She's a beauty. Our neighbors (and good friends) recently adopted a 6yr old Chocolate Lab (retired stud). Upon bringing him home, he immediately set about chewing up everything in the yard - garden hoses, plastic garden edging, etc... I bought him a Kong - the black one (for heavy chewers). I have yet to see him put that thing down. If he's outside, he has the Kong in his mouth. Each family member has to spend at least half an hour tossing that thing for him throughout the day. They just bought him a red one, and he didn't waste any time destroying it. The black one is still intact. I highly recommend one for your dog - for any dog, really. :D

twodogsandacat
January 6th, 2005, 10:58 PM
Great looking dog. Congratulations. :thumbs up

I used to be a wintertime couch potato as I also hated the cold just like my one dog does. Now both of us have no choice but to go for a one hour run everyday because of the energy of the other dog. Before this I'm sure neither of us had much use for winter clothing.

You seem as excited as I was when we picked up our pups. You can own many material things but nothing brings me as much joy as my two dogs - I'm sure it's the same way with kids. Even on the worst days nothing bothers me on those walks no matter how cold and miserable it is.

Katherine1
January 7th, 2005, 06:18 AM
Well we had an eventful first day. Molly is such a wonderful addition to our family. By the time everyone got home from work and school she had adapted well to her environment. She was excited as each of the other members of the family returned home. She doesn't have any toys yet but I see a trip to the doggie toy store in the very near future. Our son found a safe ball to use for now to play with her and normally I do not allow ball playing in the house but I figured it was good for Molly's adjustment. LOL even my husband was throwing the ball for her to chase and teaching the proper way for our son to play with her. When they first started playing Molly didn't want to readily give up the ball but it didn't take long for her to learn that if she brought it back and dropped it they would play longer. She learns quickly too. After just a half hour of play our 9 year old son just has to say drop and she drops the ball then he snaps his fingers and she sits to await the next throw. We made a tuggy thing out of an old cloth place mat until we can get one of those rope tuggy things. When we sat down to dinner she sat by the table but didn't whine or try to get anything off the table she just stared at everyone in turn maybe hoping that someone would pitch her something. She didn't get anything from the table this time although I am sure she will from time to time but I told the family that she needed to adjust to us still and since she was being so well behaved I did not want to start a behavior of begging that she did not possess now. I did give her a treat after I had cleared the table so that maybe she would understand what a good dog she was not to beg. She slept on the floor on my side of the bed, several times I woke up to find her with her chin on the side of the bed looking at me. LOL I just patted her head and told her she was a good girl and said down and she laid back down. Got up this morning 'no accidents thru the night and nothing chewed' I got dressed and took her out all the time telling her what a good girl she was. I could go on and on as she is an amazing member of our family. Sorry so long of message but couldn't help but share. Oh, and by the way what is a kong? I have never heard of it though I have seen reference to it in other messages that I have read here and on other threads. Also where do I get one.

Sneaky2006
January 7th, 2005, 06:56 AM
Congrats on your new addition! Sounds like she's the perfect pup!

A kong is a toy you can get at most pet stores, it's a hard rubber toy that dogs can't chew through... it has a hole in the center where you can stuff all sorts of yummy things into and it takes a long time for dogs to get it out... keeps most dogs busy for a long time!

meb999
January 7th, 2005, 09:34 AM
CONGRATULATIONS!!!!
I'm so happy for you...she's SOOOO gorgeous!

Katherine1
January 7th, 2005, 06:45 PM
:grouphug: Thanks for the info. Molly got a kong today along with a bag full of toys that mother couldn't resist for her lol. She loves her kong. I even took her in with me, I didn't know untill I read on here that she would be allowed in the store with me.

Britishvixen21
January 7th, 2005, 10:48 PM
Congratulations on your new furbaby, hes a beauty! I hope you have a happy and long life together.
:thumbs up

Bearsmom
January 8th, 2005, 09:10 AM
Katherine it sounds like you're having so much fun with her. She truly is a beautiful girl.

What I do know about labs (okay, well, our lab mix in particular)-they chew! Bear went through Kongs like they were toilet paper. He also ate every single one of my left shoes (not my husband's, but mine), a shower curtain, twelve fire logs, 3 television remotes, etc etc etc, all before he was about 8 months old. Now he just eats golfballs for fun. (don't ask, I've already hidden the bag of golf balls away, he just keeps finding it and dragging them out) Our lab mix is high energy, extremely willing to please (as most labs are), and just generally great big goofballs. You must watch out for the "hey, pet me" arm fling (usually he runs up and jams his nose underneath my elbow when he wants attention-this also usually occurs as you're carrying a cup of coffee).

They're tonnes of fun and will give you more love than you can ever imagine, as long as they're treated properly.

Good luck and keep posting those pictures!

Katherine1
January 8th, 2005, 01:50 PM
You must watch out for the "hey, pet me" arm fling.
LOL I experieced this for the first time today. I was sitting on the floor and she decided she wanted attention. I have never laughed so hard as she nearly knocked me over. I am starting her training to come with a whistle when we are out back with her so that I can let her run ( she loves that ) but mommy doesn't run that fast. I made sure I had her cookies in my pocket and gave her one when she responded and returned to me when I whistled. I started her off on a very long lead and then whistled for her and let it out farther ( giving her a little cookie each time she came back ). She learns fast and I gave her lots of praise and hugs then we went for the big one, I let her off the lead and let her run. Wow can she ever run fast. I let her run and romp for about 15 minutes all the while telling her she was a good girl so that she would not forget that I was there, then the real test came. I blew the whistle she stopped looked at me LOL I said ' Molly's cookie ' and then she came barreling towards me and sprayed me with snow (we live on 2 acres and we were out back where there is pristine snow as no one had been back there yet ) as she came to an abrupt halt in front of me. I was so proud of my baby for learning so quickly that she got 2 cookies. Just thought I would share this with you all.
Yes Bearsmom, I am having so much fun with her. She has only been with us for a few days but it seems like she has always been a part of our family and I couldn't imagine being without her. She is still insecure at night. She sleeps on the floor on my side of the bed and if I turn over in the middle of the night the next thing I know I have a dog face nuzzling my neck. I give her a hug and tell her she is a good girl and she lays back down and goes back to sleep. Woohoo still no accidents in the house and she has now started coming to me and then going to the door which I am smart enough (thank goodness) to know that this is her way of telling me that she needs to go out. LOL well I could go on and on OOPS I think I have already but when you are this happy you just feel the need to share it. :D

Carina
January 8th, 2005, 05:29 PM
She sounds like a really awesome dog!!!

Katherine1
January 11th, 2005, 12:10 PM
:thumbs up Thought I would give everyone an update on, Molly, the newest member of our family. We have had her now for 6 days. OMG I can't believe that we have had her such a short time. She has settled in with us so well that it seems like she has always been with us. She is very well mannered and we are overwelmed by the great way she interacts with the entire family. She definately likes to please and responds joyously with the praise and hugs that we give her. She has learned very quickly when playtime is and when it is time to rest and relax. I bought her some toys that she loves to play with and friends of ours came over to see her and brought her more toys. LOL she is just like a spoiled kid. She sleeps on the floor on my side of the bed and is getting less insecure at night. When we first got her she would wake up 4-5 times through the night and need to be petted and loved every time that I rolled over ( LOL and I roll over alot ) before she would lay back down. Now it is only 1-2 through the night. I don't think it will be long before she will be able to sleep through the night knowing that she is safe with us and not going to be put outside. When my husband gets up in the morning, she follows him into the kitchen but it doesn't take her long to realize that mum is not up yet LOL ( I am her primary caregiver and I think she knows that too) and the next thing I know I have a velvet snout in my face urging me to get up. I just love that furbaby! Last Sunday she was by herself for the first time and did very well even though I was worried about her. Today was the second time that I had to leave her so that I could go to exercise class ( I would have taken her with me but that would have meant she would have been in the van for 2 hours by herself and I just couldn't do that to her ) anyway I figured that she would be fine since she had stayed by herself once before. When class was through I was anxious to get home to see how she was. :D She was such a good girl ( no accidents and no messes ) I thought she was going to knock me down she was so happy to see me. Took her out right away praising her the whole time for being such a good girl. I am at a loss for words to express how elated I am that she chose me to live with.

mastifflover
January 11th, 2005, 02:15 PM
I am so glad that she is adapting so well and you sound like you are doing great with her. I love a happy ending. Keep us posted on her she is so sweet what a face.

LabMum28
January 31st, 2005, 03:05 AM
Hello Katherine1,

I myself just adopted a 7 month old black lab his name is Beau french for hansome. Beau is Truly a hand full with so much energy. I wish I had half the energy he has. But I quick learned they are the best companions and are very protective of there owners and they love children. But that comment Carina about there chewing anything thats not nailed to the ground is very true . They might as well eat the nails also sinse they chew everything in sight. I hate leaving Beau alone when I go to work cause every time I come home the yard is a total mess. I have lots of toys for him and I have two other dogs for Beau to play with but he still destroys the yard. I plan on getting him fixed that should mellow him a little but he still needs training. Well anyways I just wanted to wish you luck with Getting a Lab. If you got one already many blessings on your new Black lab.They are great family pets and they show lots of love.

Take care

LabMum28 :usa:

goldenblaze
February 3rd, 2005, 03:51 PM
We had our Lab Kaiger from 8 weeks of age and I can tell you Labs are sweet, love to please and learn all they can. Yes they have lots of P/V but worth every minute of it. Sadly Kaiger was only with us till 27mths of age, it will be one yr April 7th/05 that Kaiger passed away we miss him daily.
Hope you enjoy your new Lab and you bring each other many many years of love and happyness. this is one lucky Labbie and you are one lucky Labbie owner. :)

I send along a photo of Kaiger and brother Jordie, they LOVED each other.