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4/12/08 10:25 P

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Mary, we have a yellow lab named Toby too. He is 7 yrs old and we love him dearly.

Welcome Mary and BETZIBOOP. Glad you have joined the gang.

BETZIBOOP, we had a mixed black lab Rambo and now we have yellow lab Toby. Personally, both have been great. Rambo died at 12 and that is when we got Toby who is about twice as big as Rambo was. Some have said that yellow labs are smarter but I did not see that. Both were/are smart, loving, good dogs. If children are involved, that is all that I will ever have and we have 6 granddaughters.

Trust God, believe in yourself, and keep looking forward. You can't change the past. You are always special.

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4/12/08 10:45 A

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HikerMary---he has been through 2 sets of classes...and I know its my fault with the Bflo weather, training outside had been tough..now that the weather is better DH and I have been working with him outside and he is coming around...and yes treats definatly do the trick. We have some more work to do...

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4/12/08 10:17 A

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Hi everyone. I'm also new to this team. I currently do not have a lab, but my family has only had labs my whole life. My parents lab passed away this past November at the age of 16. He was a great dog and the whole family still misses him. My husband and I want to get a puppy but we want to wait until we get a house. He wants a yellow lab and I've only had black labs or lab mixes. Which ever we decide it doesn't matter as long as the puppy gets along with oue 8 month old kittens. Hope everyone has a great weekend.

Good Luck Everyone. If You belive in yourself anythig is possible.


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4/12/08 2:04 A

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Coopsm, I don't know if you have tried this trick or not. Here's how I trained mine to come when he is outside. Treats. If he comes when I call him the first time he gets a treat. If he ignores me he doesn't get one,no matter how much he begs. Works everytime now. I let him out to do his business or to play and when I want him back I call him and he runs so fast for the door I had better have it open by the time he gets there or he's going to crash through it.LOL

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4/11/08 9:32 P

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welcome Mary---ours is 11 months old and we vacuum everyday!! So we have about 13 months until he realizes that he can hear while outside?? I swear he hits the door and a switch turns his hearing off...he is a wonderful dog though!!

Good luck with your golas!!

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4/11/08 8:08 P

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Hi, I'm a newbie here at Lab Lovers. I have a 2 1/2 year old male yellow lab named Toby. It's true what they say about them calming down after they turn 2. Mine is as peaceful as a lamb most of the time now. He's still crazy but at least he isn't tearing around the house like a maniac anymore. I love him to death but he used to be a handful. A great big puppy!!! I have pics of him in my profile if anyone wants to see him. I still need to add some more up-to-date photos....these are mostly his puppy pics.

Anyway just wanted you all to know I love Labs would never have any other kind of dog. One question tho? Do yours shed year round? Mine does!

Mary

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4/10/08 10:44 P

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Hi Revots - I've placed a link below to one of the best dog training programs around. I realize you're probably not in Wisconsin - but if you go to this page there is a DVD and Books link. These are written by Trish McConnell. She is a zoologist at the University of Wisconsin Madison and she's the National Public Radio host of "Calling All Pets". None of her techniques are aversive and she really focuses on your establishing your stature as the "benevolent ruler" with your dog.

www.dogsbestfriendtraining.com/index
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4/10/08 9:49 A

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I know the rain is necessary for us this time of year but goodness sometimes I feel like a duck.

Cash and I were suppose to start obedience school tonight but the trainers want you to use choke chains and I have a real problem with that. Any suggestions on books or do-it-at home programs. He already does the basic sit command but thinks he is suppose to jump up on his back legs and give hugs to everyone he meets. (I taught him that when he was little. Obviously wasn't thinking real clear at that time.)

Carpe diem! ~ Dawn

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4/10/08 7:27 A

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Yeah! Success for you and Cash! I'm so glad this went well. Today we're slated to get the rain that it sounds like you had. Our rivers are already over the banks so I hope we don't have flooding. Maizey

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Thanks everyone for the warm welcome. We have nearly 4 inches of rain yesterday so I came home on my lunch to let the dogs (3 big ones including my Cash) in the house because we have thunderstorms and large hail forecasted. Our other 2 dogs are old and respect the house better than my husband and I. I came home after work to fine . . . nothing. No destruction, no removal of the carpet from the staircase. Cash was an angel. :)

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4/8/08 8:28 P

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Hi Dawn - Welcome! Most of our dogs have been very good about only destroying their toys. Our chocolate lab had a terrible food stealing behavior, but only when we weren't home. We also had a beagle who used to chew things. In both instances people advised us that this was a separation anxiety or boredom issue. I know exercise can help with both. We also limit the area the dogs have when we're gone, give them Kongs as we leave but we don't make a big production that we're leaving as we were told that a lot of attention about your leaving can increase anxiety. Maybe others have some ideas in this area...


Anyhow - welcome aboard. Looking forward to seeing you here on the Lab Lover's Team. Maizey

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4/8/08 1:03 P

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Our Toby quit chewing shoes by the time he was 1 yr old. He has always been good about not chewing our grands toys (dolls, stuffed animals). Now his toys he demolishes within hours no matter how sturdy they are suppose to be. He is in the house 24/7 unless we take him out in the back yard and we have raised him in the house since he was 6 weks old. We did put him in a crate maybe for a month but that is all. When we leave, he has the run of the whole house. Toby is now 7 yrs old.

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welcome to the team....mine is 11 months old and can't be trusted in the house..tried it once, go to my page and look at my pictures...everyone told me not until he is 2 years old.....
He seems to lose his hearing too when outside....call him till I am blue and he just keeps right on sniffing!!

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Someone once told me they calm down around 2 and half. My Buddy liked to chew up shoes as well as all toys when he was young. I learned not to leave my shoes around and gave up on those cute doggie toys, but sure enough as he grew it got less frequent. By the time he was 2 1/2 he had calmed down. I can even buy doggie toys, mind you I still go for sturdy. I would say your halfway there, but you might want to wait a little while on carpeting the stairs.

"You must do the thing you think you cannot do. " Eleanor Roosevelt

"Don't wish it was easier, wish you were better. Don't wish for less problems, wish for more skills. Don't wish for less challenges, wish for more wisdom. " Jim Rohn


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Hi everyone. I am Dawn from Oklahoma City. This is my running buddy Cash. He was a birthday present from my hubby last July. Our daughter was leaving for college and my husband thought Cash would help out with the empty nest syndrome. He is our first lab and a truly wonderful dog. He has a knack for redecorating. His newest project is the carpet on the stairs. (It was old and needed replacing anyway.) I am trying to figure out when it will be safe for me to replace it. Any suggestions or words of wisdom.

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