Hi from california. Our family will be adopting a seven year old lab in a couple of weeks. My husbands best friends mom is dieing and we have agreed to take her dog. He is a very sweet dog but has had virtualy no training. I was worried about being able to train him at this age but after doing a little research it seems that it's not true that you can't teach an old dog new tricks. He is also extremely overweight and does'nt get much excersise. He is so heavy that he struggles to get up sometimes. I plan on just taking him for walks at first and will take him to our vacation house so he can swim in the pool. The up side is that he has the greatest temperament he loves everyone he meets and fears nothing. He's a happy go lucky guy that just needs to learn some manners.
We have had many dogs over the years that we adopted from shelters or rescues but have never had a lab. We got our last dog from the local animal shelter (border collie x) she was with us 11 years and died this past August. We still miss her but are looking forward to having a dog again.
Welcome! With exercising remember take it slow at first don't push him. Sorry for the loss of your other dog
~It doesn't matter how smart the dog is,it matters how smart the owner is.
Hi and welcome to the forum! It is a good thing you are doing, taking in a dog soon to be orphaned. I'll bet he has been on a poor quality food, along with the lack of excercise. I would check the food and see if it has lots of fillers, grains and such. As far as training, labs are smart! I'll bet he comes around in no time. Also, with an overweight dog, watch the table scraps and treats.
Sophie DOB 04/13/2011 6 mo
Sophie 15 months, with Skye
Thanks for the warm welcome!
I have always heard labs are smart and look forward to going to an obedience class with him. This is a very exciting time for us. Although we will always miss Patches it will be good to have a dog again.
"There is no psychiatrist in the world like a Labrador Retriever licking your face". – Unknown
It is too bad that his current mama is ill and he will be leaving her. That will be sad for him but I am sure that he will quickly adjust to your family. As was said earlier be careful not to push him too hard. He will need to start out slowly. Swimming is the best exercise. We look forward to photos.
Judy and Jack
"If you are not living on the edge you are taking up too much room."
"Jack catching a few rays."
you're doing a good deed. try adding unsalted (i use frozen) string beans and less kibble.
it helps along with everything else ( a little frisbee, longer walks) but he's probably been allowed to lounge and eat too much. and you can use baby carrots for training treats, as a low calorie snack.
good luck, keep us posted and i'm sure you will get him into shape and train him as well.
Hi! Welcome to the forum! I hope you like it here!