Hello, I'm a US citizen living in Tokyo Japan and just got my first dog...a Chocolate Lab I named Charlie!
He was born July 15th 2011 in Fukushima Japan...yes, that Fukushima. He was discounted and I think that might be why since there is a lot of fear around Fukushima in Japan right now.
Being a first time dog owner, I looked into a few breeds I've always liked and made sure they were good for first time owners. Everything I read said that Labs were some of the easier dogs to train. I'd believe it too. Charlie can pick up on things very very fast...but he can also be stubborn about things like not scooping up everything on the ground when we go for walks. I feel like all I ever say sometimes is "Leave It!" followed by mouth fishing for foreign objects. lol
He's a great boy though and has a heart of gold. Love people and other animals...sometimes too much. lol He's getting very well behaved when it's me and him in the apartment but if you introduce a new person to the room...you'd think I never spent 5 minutes training him.
Anyway, here are a few pictures from Day 1 until very recent.
Charlie - Imgur
Sounds as though your training is coming along fine ! He's doing a good job :-)
Welcome! Charlie is adorable!!
Welcome! Charlie is a cutie!
~It doesn't matter how smart the dog is,it matters how smart the owner is.
Welcome! Charlie is a very handsome young fella.
HI! Welcome to the forums! I hope you like it here!
He's a cutie. You are doing well with his training.
Welcome. Expect to be fishing for quite some time. I have no idea how these dogs would survive in the wild with noone to save them from themselves.
Judy and Jack
"If you are not living on the edge you are taking up too much room."
"Jack catching a few rays."
Love the pic of him in the bookcase. You'll have to take more of that pose until he doesn't fit anymore!
It's amazing what our puppy (9 months yesterday) can hide in her mouth. "Artemis, what's in your mouth?" "Nuffin mom, nuffin at all" "what's rattling on your teeth?" "my tongue?"....hand goes in and comes back empty..."told you there was nuffin there"...hand goes in again and comes back with a paper clip...."nuffin there now!"
Artemis (goddess of the hunt--for anything on the floor!) Feb 2011
Penny--rescue, died Dec 2010 of Lymphoma at age 7
Belle--April 1992-Sept 2005