Not posted for a while as have been away with work but back again now and online! My beautiful labs are now 1 year old - Elsa & Jed. One yellow (Elsa) and one black (Jed) and brother and sister. I did post a bit about them under the section Introduce Yourself but for those who donīt really know my story. We bought Elsa in December 2010 and were really happy with her, started her training etc and things going really well. We thought we had bought from a reputable breeder but since then know this is not the story! About 6 weeks after getting Elsa the owners said they had one left and that they were moving to another part of Spain and could only take the mother and father with them and not the Puppy. They asked if we knew anyone else that would like a new puppy. We asked some friends with no luck. Anyway, as they had been to our house before to see where Elsa would be living etc we came home one day to find Jed tied to our back gate and with a note saying "We are sorry but know you will love and look after him" !! God, we were like devasted - a) because we didnīt know what to do and b) we felt so sorry for him. We thought about it long and hard but just could not take him to the dogs home as they are not very good here! Unfortunately we did not crate them so they have lived together/slept together since then. They play together in the garden and sleep together at night. We have spent some time taking them out separately, feeding them separately, playing with them separately so they develop their own personality and bond with us as their īpack leadersī. Elsa has now been spayed but Jed not although we are planning to do this soon. Anyway, as they have got older Jed is becoming more aggressive. We have bought them a bed each and when we put it down Jed goes mad and really went for Elsa even though he had his own bed too. It is getting cooler here in Spain now and I want them to have something soft and warm to lay on even though they sleep in the bedroom with us (but not on the bed!!!!!!). I really donīt know how to get around this and it is making me feel so sorry for Elsa and Jed and I just donīt know why he wonīt let him go on her bed when he has one of his own! - Anyone had any experience with this sort of behaviour?? I havenīt posted any photos yet as still trying to work out how to do it but will keep trying today. Well, any advice or experience I am sure will be really helpful to me! Thanks all. Jo Jo
I am so sorry this is happening to you. You obviously have a good heart, taking Jed in under those circumstances. Have they been to obedience training? There are many on this site that think waiting till 18 months to neuter a male is best. I would like the people that have males to advise you on neutering now. You said they always slept together before you bought the new beds. I wonder if you could try going back to the old way of sleeping and see if it makes a difference in Jed's attitude.
Sophie DOB 04/13/2011 6 mo
Sophie 15 months, with Skye
Hi! Welcome to the forums! I hope you like it here!
It sounds like he needs some training maybe. You definitely need to correct this behavior when it happens, if you continue to allow him to get away with this he will think it is ok and you will be on your way to bigger problems.
Thank you all for your comments. I think you are all right that they need some training. We are trying to find some suitable classes or one to one training here - but honestly here in Spain they are just not as advanced with dog care, training, rescue centres etc. I do have a friend that used to do agility training with dogs and he has helped us a lot with helping training them not to jump, walk properly on the lead and come back when off the lead which is helping a lot and we can really see a difference. You mentioned correctly Jedīs behaviour when he goes for Elsa - can anyone give me any advice on how to do this?? I have been a bit nervous to get involved and end up just grabbing the cushions off them both! Also - neutering - what age is best for males. I keep hearing lots of different thinks. Also, can anyway tell me how to get my photos on here - I am really struggling! Good morning to all anyway as it is 08,40 in the morning here, I am sure there are lots of different times of day going on.
Can you try taking him with the collar or leash and firmly putting him on his bed. Use a confident tone and tell him to stay. Repeat this as many times as possible. Maybe with firmness and consistancy you will be able to get him settled. What is the problem with them sleeping together. They would be warmer. Lots of dogs sleep together. Good Luck and I do hope you can continue to provide a good home for both of these wonderful labs.
Judy and Jack
"If you are not living on the edge you are taking up too much room."
"Jack catching a few rays."