Hi everyone. My family just adopted Maisy, a 12 week old female chocolate lab. She was born Sept. 9th and has is been in our home for 8 days now. The first few days were tough with the peeing. She was taken out every 20 minutes or so, but still had plenty of "accidents". In 8 days, we are down to 2-3 accidents. She is starting to stand at the back door and scratch when she want to go out, but we still take her regularly. Funny thing, she only pees in the house, hasn't pooped ! She sits on command very well. We always praise and reward when she goes potty outside. Nights go pretty well. I put her in her cage at 11:00 or so. I lay down next to her cage in the living room until she quiets down (10 min or so) and she sleeps through the night. This morning was the first time she got up before me (5:40am) barking. IT was only 20 min early, so not that bad. I've read lots of horror stories, so maybe I am lucky. Working on the biting, those teeth are sharp. I yell ouch loudly, and that seems to be working. Need more time.
Can't wait until we don't have to completely occupy ourselves watching her so she doesn't mess on the carpet. We all really enjoy her, but its a lot of work. Praying it all pays off!
Welcome to the forum. I hope you like it here.... I have an 8 mo old chocolate named Sophie. She is a handful and a joy rolled into one. I remember those needle sharp teeth! We put a hand over her muzzle and commaned Don't Bite! every time she did it. She stopped at about 3 or 4 months old. Potty training is pretty easy with labs, they are a smart breed. She stopped having accidents at about 4 months. She did pee once when we didn't notice her at the door...poor girl probably held it as long as she could! We have been teaching her to speak at the door. We don't always notice her just sitting there waiting. Lab puppies can be a handful, and we are here for you if you need us,
Sophie DOB 04/13/2011 6 mo
Sophie 15 months, with Skye
Welcome! Cant wait for pics
~It doesn't matter how smart the dog is,it matters how smart the owner is.
Hello!!! You are doing really well I think. and things will get easier soon, just keep doing like that, they learn so fast, and so easily. Don't let her bite neither of you, teach her from the very beggining that's wrong, even if she means to play.Good luck!!
Welcome! It does get a lot easier. When they are that little there is a lot to worry about! It's a huge sigh of relief when you don't have to worry about making sure they don't go potty in the house! Enjoy the tiny puppy stage it goes fast!
"There is no psychiatrist in the world like a Labrador Retriever licking your face". – Unknown
Hi! Welcome to the forum! I hope you like it here!
Here's a few pics of Mazie...(Hope this works)
Welcome, what a little beauty you have!
She is very sweet and already growing well. Just make sure that she cannot get anything in her mouth when you are not around to get it out. They are a real danger to themselves. Everything goes in the mouth. Pieces get broke off. I did not leave any toys with Jack when he was alone. Enjoy her.... she will definitely be worth it.
Judy and Jack
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"If you are not living on the edge you are taking up too much room."
"Jack catching a few rays."
She is just adorable!!