My family and I just became the proud new adoptive parents of a beautiful chocolate lab puppy about 6 weeks ago. She was a rescue and might be mixed but she looks like a beautiful chocolate baby. She has a few lighter hairs underneath the brown ones on her tail about 2 inches from her rear end. The people who adopted her first said that the mother was on the property and was a black lab and they thought the father was a yellow lab mix. We named her Cocoa! Our vet thinks she is probably close to 16 weeks old now. She is very busy and energetic. I have never had a large breed puppy before but we did have a golden retriever (I only knew her as an adult) until about 3 years ago when she passed away. Anyway, I love her! She is my walking buddy! I do have some concerns about how rough she has been with my kids (they are 4 and 2 years old) and our small dog. We have had to keep them separated as much as possible because of the biting and rough play. I really hate that because i don't think it's fair to her have to watch the family from behind a baby gate in the kitchen when they are playing in the living room. Any ideas on how to get them to interact better with each other?
Congrats on your new puppy! Upload some pics when you get a chance
You are going to have to teach her what is okay with the kids and what is not. Both the puppy and the kids are quite young, so this could take some time, but you have to be right there anytime the kids are interacting with her and have to be consistent about what she is allowed to do - correcting her when she does something you don't want her to do and rewarding what is okay. At this age all pups are mouthy, so you'll have to work with that.
I'm sure others will have more suggestions for you, but welcome to the board!
yay for new pups! We are recently owned by a yellow lab pup is 12 weeks today
Rachel mama to,
Skylar - Husky/Shiba Inu - May '03
Molly - DSH blk and white feline - April '04
Cali - Norwigien Forrest Cat - February '05
Courtney - Human Child - October '06
Sookie - DLH Dilute Calico feline - August '09
Liberty "Libby" - yellow lab - March '11
Congrats! Bauer has the same hairs on his tail, I can't remember the reason but I remember being told it was common in chocolates.
16 weeks was a tough time for us, and we really had to spend extra time being consistent (removing him from the room immediately when he got too rough. Good luck!
Debi and Bauer
Some people are like slinkies. Not really good for much, but bring a smile to your face when pushed down the stairs.
Welcome! I agree with Dek you need to teach r what si good and what is bad. Do you have a kong bone or something you could gicve her. teach her those are ok to chew on. Also teach her human skin means you are in trouble. Put her in a crate or something for a few minutes if she puts her sharp shark teeth on any of you.
~It doesn't matter how smart the dog is,it matters how smart the owner is.
It's a tough life.....but someone has to do it.
Daisy and Coco sunbathing.
All mongrels if you ask me !
( Joke ) :-)