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November 18th, 2003, 11:37 AM
Thanks you guys!
I'm not expecting too much of him, I hope. I just want to make sure that I AM doing what is right, 'cause I know that if I screw up it'll make it two times as hard for him to learn in the near future!

We are first time dog owners and we started with a difficult, but loveable breed - the labrador retriever. He is brilliant, and learning quickly (even we are surprised at how fast he picks up on somethings), but because he is the first dog we have had, we just weren't sure how quickly he is supposed to be learning these things!

Thanks again, you guys have great responses and in such timely manners!

Lucky Rescue
November 18th, 2003, 01:06 PM
Labradors are known for being very "mouthy"! Here's a bunch of really great links for first time puppy owners.

Hope they help!:)
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November 18th, 2003, 01:23 PM
Well he sounds really smart and advanced for his age!
A good book to have might be "Labrador Retrievers For Dummies."
The "Dummies" series of books are excellent overall. I have the Rottweiler one (and I'm far from a dummy but still found it handy when I got a puppy after having had adults for 12 years.)

It's probably at your local bookstore, or you can order it here:
If you find books useful, also check out anything by Ian Dunbar, Pat Miller, or Jean Donaldson.
One of my dogs has his photo in the new Pat Miller book! He is demonstrating "leave it" with a liver treat. :)