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    Mandi_S is offline Junior Member
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    Hi there, I just happened to find this site after doing some research on when to neuter Koda, my 14 week old black lab.
    I added Koda to my family when he was just under 8 weeks and 10.3 pounds, he's growing so fast and is now 28 pounds! What a monster!
    He joins his 2 (little) big brothers, Tito my 5 year old 8 pound Chihuahua, and Nugget a 2 year old 4 pound Chihuahua and my 13 year old daughter.
    His brothers don't really like him and I feel bad because all he wants to do is play with them, I'm hoping that changes and if anyone has any advice on how I can get them to interact in a friendlier manner, it would be appreciated.
    Koda has come camping with us several times and loves it, he's so well behaved and stays close to me and he loves car rides and water. He can sit, lay down, high five and roll over so far, hoping to add more to the tricks soon but his attention span is pretty little.
    That's it for now as I think this was a little longer than expected, so nice to meet you all. I'm looking forward to reading up some good training tips and advice.
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    Koda is so cute!! So is the little guy in the first pic. I'll leave the advice giving to those with more knowledge than me. I just wanted to say welcome

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    Welcome! Give your little guys some time to adjust to the havoc a Lab puppy brings to their new home. As he gets older and learns to play more gently with them they may become more accepting. You can always socialize Kodak with family/friends dogs that you are sure are fully vetted and more accepting of a young puppy full of energy. Set up weekly, or more frequent, play dates. A puppy k class is a wonderful thing to do as well.
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    Welcome! He is a cutie. I agree, give it some time and everything will fit into place.
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    Thanks for the warm welcomes.
    I'm hoping they come along, I thought it would have gotten better already since it's been almost 8 weeks he's been with us now. Now so much... my house is pretty chaotic with the little ones being less than nice to him. He doesn't seem to care though, he still follows them around. It's become more of a problem when it's time to go to the bathroom, he doesn't let them do their business without chasing them back into the house. I have been having to hold him while they do their business and then let him go when they are done.
    The little ones are also allowed on the couch whereas he's not allowed because he's going to be so big, I have been letting him up just over the last day or so and I think that helps him feel like he's fitting in.
    His mom is an 80 pound yellow lab and his dad is a 95 pound chocolate lab, both looked healthy and muscular, not fat. The breeder figures he'll be about the same weight as his dad and that's why I wasn't letting him on the couch, because he'll take it over. But I'm coming to terms that fair is fair, if the little ones are allowed up, he should be too. (Is that bad?)

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    welcome

    you need to give the little guys a break from the puppy. let them go outside ALONE (without the puppy) so they can do their business and do whatever they like to do back there. Then switch and let the puppy out alone.

    make sure the puppy is getting lots of socialisation. He needs to learn from other dogs how to behave - and other dogs may be able to better correct him then your two.

    Make sure the puppy gets lots of exercise (age appropriate) - the needs of a lab will likely be much different than those of your other two.

    Give the little dogs breaks, special time with you be it for walks or whatnot. don't let the puppy harrass them, redirect.

    I would actually do the opposite and give the little dogs their own space on teh couch and not let the puppy up there.
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    Welcome from another Albertan! I am originally from Calgary (family is still there) but we live near Edmonton now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mandi_S View Post
    Hi there, I just happened to find this site after doing some research on when to neuter Koda, my 14 week old black lab.
    I added Koda to my family when he was just under 8 weeks and 10.3 pounds, he's growing so fast and is now 28 pounds! What a monster!
    He joins his 2 (little) big brothers, Tito my 5 year old 8 pound Chihuahua, and Nugget a 2 year old 4 pound Chihuahua and my 13 year old daughter.
    His brothers don't really like him and I feel bad because all he wants to do is play with them, I'm hoping that changes and if anyone has any advice on how I can get them to interact in a friendlier manner, it would be appreciated.
    Koda has come camping with us several times and loves it, he's so well behaved and stays close to me and he loves car rides and water. He can sit, lay down, high five and roll over so far, hoping to add more to the tricks soon but his attention span is pretty little.
    That's it for now as I think this was a little longer than expected, so nice to meet you all. I'm looking forward to reading up some good training tips and advice.
    Mandi
    Koda Slideshow by Smakberry | Photobucket
    Did you come to a decision? Did you check your health guarantee? When to neuter might be specified in it and you might find it says NOT BEFORE 12, 18, 24 or even 36 months of age. A reputable breeder will many times look out for the future health of dogs they produce by specifying you allow your dog to mature fully before altering. There is lots of good reading on the pros and cons of neuter/spay here:

    Neutering Articles and Information

    Welcome. Here's to a long and healthy life with your new baby.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mandi_S View Post
    Thanks for the warm welcomes.
    His mom is an 80 pound yellow lab and his dad is a 95 pound chocolate lab, both looked healthy and muscular, not fat. The breeder figures he'll be about the same weight as his dad and that's why I wasn't letting him on the couch, because he'll take it over. But I'm coming to terms that fair is fair, if the little ones are allowed up, he should be too. (Is that bad?)
    Good luck with keeping him off. Labs have a way of wiggling their way up on couches, beds etc.
    The voices in my head may not be real, but they have some good ideas!



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