New lab owner here. Rescued two chocolate labs last year from the animal shelter. Toby last July at 7 months and Taffy last October at about 2 1/2 years. Toby is a beautiful dog, I can't believe he was an owner release. Taffy was a stray who had obviously had pups recently before being picked up. Poor girl was in the shelter for almost a month. We've never had labs before and we are learning right along with these two. My main reason for searching out a lab forum is a particular problem I'm having. I don't know if this is the correct spot to ask it, but I will and then I will look deeper into this forum to see if there's another spot.
The problem: The male lab eats every collar and harness I put on the female. We have tried putting the bitter apple products on the collars, no use. I don't want to use a choke chain on her because you can't leave that on unattended. I've looked all over to see if someone makes a non-choke metal collar to no avail. They make flexible metal belts for people, I don't know why someone doesn't make a dog collar. I even tried emailing a place that makes chainmail, but got no response. I would really appreciate any ideas. Taffy got out the front door the other day, obviously with no collar on. Fortunately we were able to catch her. She has a chip, but how useful is that if no one checks?
I haven't heard of that problem, so I can't be of much help, but wanted to say welcome from another Southern-California member. Whereabouts in SoCal are you?
My only thought on the collar-eating would be to crate both dogs when they are unsupervised so the male doesn't have the opportunity to eat the collar, and, when you are able to supervise, be vigilant in correcting him when he tries to chew her collar. Eventually, I think he would learn that chewing her collar is bad. There are others here with much more experience than I who can hopefully provide other suggestions.
Also - you may want to post in the training tips/puppy advice section, you may get more responses over there.
Hi there! Welcome to the group! I had a similar problem years ago with our old guy, Mick, and our camp director's yellow Lab. She would grab Mick's collar and yank it off. We finally told the camp director and his wife that they had to take Mick's collar off when they put their dog in the pen with him (they played together everyday, and sometimes he was the first dog out in the morning). Eventually I started soaking his neck with Bitter Apple (the other dog didn't like BA), and graduated to heavily spraying a collar I didn't like with it. We did get to the point that Mick could wear his collar around her. If your dog likes Bitter Apple (Mick did), you can try a product called Fooey. Just make sure to wash your hands after using it- it tastes awful! LOL