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Old 04-13-2014, 10:34 AM
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The best things about them is their energy and the curiosity of a 2 year old, which happens to be the worst as well. On my second lab, first one lived to 14. Stella my 4 year old lab is trying her best not to. Latest is she got into something and just rung up a $1700 emergency vet visit. She is about as miserable as can be. It would be great if they learned from these things, but I know better.

Short list in 4 years -
Sabiki hook thru the lip (she is no longer welcome fishing between eating bait and insisting on being the first to welcome a catch aboard)
Torn acl (or whatever the dog equivalent is)
2 emergency room visits for eating god knows what
Jumped out of the boat doing 20kts to get a duck
Jumped over the rail of a second story deck after she brought a muddy tennis ball in the house, and like a bone head I thru it out the slider and she went after it.
I am sure there others that I am forgetting.


They are good dogs, but if you disengage, forget to exercise them, or leave them to their own devices ....owner beware. Other lab owners have similar challenges?
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Old 04-13-2014, 10:46 AM
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That is precisely why we have Pet insurance. Just this morning while out for a walk in the woods Bucca (as in Sambucca) found a dead baby bird and decided he wanted to eat it. Thankfully I got him to drop it without having to take from his mouth physically. He also likes to dig holes in the backyard and then proceed to trip in them while playing soccer. One day we heard him yelp and he was having a hard time walking after. It cleared up after a day or two but my wife was ready to take him to the emergency room. Fortunately we haven't had any serious issues with Bucca besides finding out he has Muscular Dystrophy.
My wife posts about his exploits daily on FB and our family and friends love it. Labs and retrievers in general are such characters.
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Old 04-13-2014, 10:56 AM
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first lab I got had a pedigree better than most people, that dog was nothing but energy. after that a friend told me don't get a working dog and expect a pet, they are bred to go non stop.

next lab we got was from a show breeder, absolute best dog on the planet. she was so smart, gentle and easy to train

I was looking at pics last night, she was laying down and had 10 baby chickens crawling all over her.

man I miss that dog
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Next time get a Rat Terrier, smarter, brighter, higher IQ, easily trainable, natural born vermin killers, they do retrieve dead rabbits or any other little pest in their area. p.s. LOW MAINTENANCE.
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Originally Posted by Boat Hound View Post
The best things about them is their energy and the curiosity of a 2 year old, which happens to be the worst as well. On my second lab, first one lived to 14. Stella my 4 year old lab is trying her best not to. Latest is she got into something and just rung up a $1700 emergency vet visit. She is about as miserable as can be. It would be great if they learned from these things, but I know better.

Short list in 4 years -
Sabiki hook thru the lip (she is no longer welcome fishing between eating bait and insisting on being the first to welcome a catch aboard)
Torn acl (or whatever the dog equivalent is)
2 emergency room visits for eating god knows what
Jumped out of the boat doing 20kts to get a duck
Jumped over the rail of a second story deck after she brought a muddy tennis ball in the house, and like a bone head I thru it out the slider and she went after it.
I am sure there others that I am forgetting.


They are good dogs, but if you disengage, forget to exercise them, or leave them to their own devices ....owner beware. Other lab owners have similar challenges?
You cannot blame her for that one!!! She did what she loves, and was taught to do!!

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Old 04-13-2014, 02:37 PM
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My lab is the same way one of his biggest problems is he is to smart for his own good. Good dog but occasional finds something that is worth the punishment.
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My buddies dog sounds like yours. He ate a whole 10lb bag of raw potatoes, bit through soup cans and ate what ever he could get out of them. Broke his patio door going after a squirrel. And the SOB bit me once because I wouldn't play with him, and it wasn't a play bite either. He drew blood and two of my fingers swelled up to double their normal size.

We have a 14 year old female black lab that we have had since a puppy. She went through a chewing stage, eating cat poop stage, and the eating everything stage. We had her fixed when she was 2 and I don't know why but she became like the perfect dog after that.

We thought she was done twice but she just keeps going. She is stone deaf, has cataracts and can't hold her pee like she used to be able to do. She is by far the best dog I have ever had. We let her out to do her thing and she doesn't leave the yard, never bit or even growled at any one or any other animal. My daughters cat crawls all over her and she will just lay there.

Is your dog fixed? I know it made our lab into a totally different dog. I have no explanation how/why but she never ate cat poop or drug stuff into the house after the surgery.
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Old 04-13-2014, 05:03 PM
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Next time get a Rat Terrier, smarter, brighter, higher IQ, easily trainable, natural born vermin killers, they do retrieve dead rabbits or any other little pest in their area. p.s. LOW MAINTENANCE.
No way. Never had a problem training my lab...just need to constant direction. Those little dogs are tough in the snow.,.. More then a 6" of snow and you lose them!
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first lab I got had a pedigree better than most people, that dog was nothing but energy. after that a friend told me don't get a working dog and expect a pet, they are bred to go non stop.next lab we got was from a show breeder, absolute best dog on the planet. she was so smart, gentle and easy to train

I was looking at pics last night, she was laying down and had 10 baby chickens crawling all over her.

man I miss that dog
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They have to be exercised or they get crazy in the head. U run mine 3 to 5 miles a day
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No way. Never had a problem training my lab...just need to constant direction. Those little dogs are tough in the snow.,.. More then a 6" of snow and you lose them!

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Labs are the best. I'm on my third. Train them young. Mine is really smart, loving and obediant. Unfortunately the training (which is really for the owner) didn't tie on the wife and she is ruining him. She now spoils him and he's turned into a beggar and a mooch. Still a great dog but not what he used to be. When he's gone, no more!
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Agree labs are the best. Looking at a puppy now because my boy is 12 and hasn't been able to hunt the last 2 years.

He is one of the best dogs I've ever had. Solid field dog and great family pet. Their were tough times though, chewed window sills, chewed trailer light wires, dragging half trees from behind the retaining wall into the back hard. But I wouldn't trade it for anything.
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My dachshund's nose gets her in trouble. She once dug under my porch to get to a chipmunk colony under it. She ate so many she couldn't get back out. I had to pry up two boards. When she came out, she looked like a basketball with tiny drumstick legs. How distended her stomach was was literally like something out of a cartoon. She had to go to the vet because the skulls were too big to pass. $450 bill. Apparently chipmunks are $75 a pop.
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I feel your pain, my 2 year old son fed our 3 year old yellow lab a couple plastic butter cups you get in restaurants (we had take out). That surgery cost me $2,500 two weeks before Christmas. Love my dog, but after he goes I'm done too.
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Oh yeah that reminds me. Birthday party for my daughter and we all went to dinner. We get back and all of the balloon's are gone, there had to be at least 20 of them. We were at a complete loss at where they went until our lab started pooping colorful poop in the yard! We called the vet office and they told us as long as she is pooping she should be fine. After 3-4 days the yard was full of balloon pieces and she wasn't any more.
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I own huskies, I feel your pain.

My male insists on opening the fridge & eating everything in it if I don't keep it chained shut. & if you set a drink down its gone.

My male my mom has is has no fear, he thinks everything is there for him to play with, his escapades including chasing the terrified teenaged girl who lives next door & trying to play with a donkey who was trying to kill him
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Our boy Leo is a Goldie and he's a running fool. He's long in body and a little above average in leg, which are like springs, but man when he stretches out he covers some serious ground. And there lies the problem, he gets going so fast he starts to lose control of his running. When he was a puppy he hurt himself trying to figure out his legs, I figured it was just clumsy growing pains. But now at 4.5 yr old he still runs crazy to the point we stand there and tell him "take it easy." He really loses it in the corners more than anything else. One time he ran right smack into the inside of my shin and we went bone to bone with his hip bone while he was doing at least 25mph. He took me right off my feet and at first I thought sure as chit that he broke my leg. Not to long ago he got into one of his speed demon runs and slipped in the wet muddy ground trying to turn and ran smack into the corner of the front bucket of my backhoe so hard it sounded like a bell gonging. He came up limping and dollar signs started running through my head for a vet visit for a broken hip but he walked it off after a few minutes and was fine. It's beatiful to watch him go but it gets scarey sometime.
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Labs need to be trained...and they respond to training better than most breeds.

If you don't train him yourself, have someone else do it.

A trained lab is a wonderful creature...untrained, their energy will tax even the most patient soul.
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Funny, no one mentioned dog hair. You have to learn to live with it. Labs shed 12 months of the year.
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