Yep. I adopted an 18 month old labrador about 2 months ago.
It was a pretty spontaneous decision. I had been thinking about a dog- for selfish reasons, I guess. Depressed and lonely reasons. I wanted a friend and someone who'd encourage me to live life and get out and about ...and then all of a sudden a family friend couldn't keep her new lab (she'd recently got him from the pound but her older dog couldn't stand his energy so she was going to have to take him back) and suddenly I have a crazy excitable untrained boy dog with no manners (chained and neglected by original owners) climbing all over me 24/7.
After I got him I felt he probably deserved better than me (a real "doggy person") but I'm trying to be the right person for him. I wasn't a dog person and I know, it was probably a dumb decision but I really want to make it work... I feel like "dog people" think I'm an idiot who doesn't deserve a lab, but I hope people will understand I'm trying to be a great owner. And I hope people will be nice to me here.
Plus, he's so cute.
(If you're wondering what his name is, we've been calling him Jack but I feel like he deserves something a bit more interesting, so it's an ongoing discussion, poor guy...)
Where are you?
Contact the Auckland Labrador Club. They have members with decades of experience who could help you with training & obedience.
This is their link:
New Zealand Kennel Club
Georgeous boy BTW. I LOVE him!
Welcome and good for you for giving this dog another chance at a good life and doing your best.
Agree with the above, find a contact that can work with you or an obedience class for help training.
Also, what type and how much exercise is the handsome guy getting every day? Not that exerci replace training but it makes them calm enough TO train.
Last edited by Tanya; 05-25-2011 at 07:05 AM.
Charlie (foster) and Rocky
thank you for rescuing this gorgeous guy I agree with Garth about the labrador clubs. I adopted a 6 month old who is now 1. He has been a pain in my rear end but I am working with him. Tank my black lab was also abused and it just took a lot of training and I call him the perfect dog with some quirks. Also how much exercise is he getting? Bentley is now on-leash but he gets 3 miles everyday with walks plus on a long line. Tank gets a little of running time and now 2 miles because he has a hip that does not allow him to be exercised a lot even though he wants to keep going.
P.S. I know you didn't ask but labs are very prone to a lot of sicknesses. So I would make sure you get him to the vet for a check up at least once every 2 years I would say. Plus s he nutered? it will be better for his health like not getting testicular cancer. Also do not allow him to eat a lot then go run really hard since they have a tendency to bloat.
~It doesn't matter how smart the dog is,it matters how smart the owner is.
an obedience class would be bonding for the both of you !
No new advice...but he really is a nice looking dog.
Oh...and all dog people have to start with their first dog. Welcome to the journey.