Hello to all. I am a new member and I am excited I found this forum. I am searching for a dog to make a nice addition to my family. I have a two year old daughter and hopefully another in the near future. I want to adopt or purchase a yellow lab. I know they are very good family dogs because my friend had one. Unfortunatly, his dog passed last year. I was talking to some people that I work with that have dogs and I get a 50/50 response on purebred and mixed. I saw a dog that is a lab and sheppard mix. He is very handsome and looks to grow large. What should I do. I am torn between the mixed and purebred.
How long does it take to housebreak a dog? Also, if the dog barks alot, how do you train it not to so much? I ultimatly want a friendly, non-aggresive dog that will play with my daughter and be a part of the family. I know that is the ideal pet for everyone, but I can only hope to find the right dog. Mabye I can get some feedback here. Thanks
hello, im also new to this forum. cannot really help with the breed of dog as im not sure which they are. i have a 7 week old doux de bordeaux, who will also grow very big. you mentioned barking, when i first got my puppy, he tended to howl not bark,i was pulling my hair out first few days. but i had tip of training puppy by putting some pebbles in a empty milk carton, and when puppy howled or did something naughty shake carton at him and say no!. didnt think it would work , but i tried it out, and i swear i saw a change in him in a few hours. now he nervous of my milk carton and soon as he hears the rattle he knows hes done something wrong. just a little suggestion for you. good luck with what ever you decide
Hi and Welcome to the forum. I would suggest you go to a shelter and have a look at the dogs there that are up for rehoming. The staff would be able to place you with a dog that will suit your life style and it'll also make you feel really good giving a dog a home that really needs one. Hope this helps, good luck with your search. Keep us updated on what dog you decide on.
Hi and welcome....I have to say that a shelter will not likely place a dog in a home with such a young child. A Lab is not a bad choice, but be prepared to exercise it for several hours a day, labs are a working breed, and if they are not kept busy, they can become hyper active as adults. They shed like you wouldn't beleive, and you'll have to keep an eye on what the dog picks up. Labs are notorious for picking things up, and if they don't eat it, they sure will move it to a new location (he he) Haveing small children in the house, this could be a problem because of all the small toys that smell like yummy sticky fingers.
Pet insurance is a good idea for Labs, thats for sure. They have been bred to be very mouth oriented, so overweight Labs are the norm, so keep the diet in check, and stay away from table scraps, and treats to a minimum unless training. Find a puppy that is easy going but doesn't run right up to you, look for a calm puppy, easy to handle, doesn't fight you.(male) Unless the entire litter is female, sometimes its safer to go with the male, thats laid back, but interested in you. Makes eye contact. Housetraining-every dog/puppy is different, so each will take different amounts of time to potty train. Potty training is really about conditioning the dog to go in a certain area, as apposed to teaching right from wrong. The brain of a dog is close to the mentality of a 2 year old child, so a puppys mentality is less. If the owner is consistant, persistant, firm but kind, I say your looking at 6 to eight weeks. But I've heard of some dogs/puppies conditioned sooner, especially the more intelligent breeds. Barking-Most dogs will bark sooner or later, the reason alot of dogs end up being barkers is becasue of the way their owners react to the original barking in the first place. If in the beginning, the puppy barks, don't react at all, but perhaps turn away or ignore the puppy, when hes quiet, tell him what a good puppy he is. Good Luck
We have two labs that turned 1 on March 2nd.. Lucky, the male, is much more mellow than Lilly, the female.. She also tries to be the dominant one.. She's also the smart and stubborn one.. In fact we had to get invisible fencing, on top of our existing fence and then a "stubborn dog" collar for her.. You could let her out and in 5 minutes she was at the neighbors gate saying hello to their dogs.. I guess her brother isn't interesting enough any more.. They're VERY willing to please though and were easily housebroken.. Lucky isn't a big chewer, but any toy with ANY weekness and Lilly's got it apart in 10 minutes flat.. We were also starting a new family so we wanted a pure bred with a temperment we felt we could trust.. Later on we do plan to go the rescue route though.. I just thought it would be easier not to have any surprises.. They DO shed like I NEVER imagined.. Its constant.. And they DO need a lot of exercise and stimulation.. We try to rotate toys to keep things fresh as well.. And there's at least a new retriever type toy (bumpers, stuffed ducks & geese with squeekers, etc.) every few weeks just to keep it fun.. All in all, we've been very pleased with the breed and our dogs and definately want another in the next few years..
having a baby in the house i would say go with a purebreed. i have two mix breeds and just recently bought a pure breed, and growing up all i had was mixed breeds, so i am not adverse to them. i feel when you know what you want and there is a certain reason you want that breed you need to be certain what you are getting. a lab would be an excellent choice for you. they are very well tempered dogs and can put up with everything your two year old can give them. i had a lab mix growing up and she was very mellow when it came to my neices. they would climb all over her and pull her ears and she would just sit there.