The names Cody, just got a black lab yesterday from a friend, we named her Natasha.
She is just over 6 months and I went this morning and bought a lot of needed supplies for her.
I had a yellow lab growing up so I have a general idea of how they are.
Natasha is very playful and so far has gone outside to use the bathroom and is following simple commands sporadically when a treat is involved.
I bought her a leash and choke collar today so we can start getting her to go on walks with us but I am already having problems with that, she pulls and tugs on it and almost gags herself on the collar. Suggestions would be nice regarding that.
I have decided after reading a lot of posts on here to have her in a crate at night instead of leaving her outside, she will also be in one during the day when we are at work. We were up at 7 this morning and I let her outside to eat and use the bathroom, she ate very little and wanted to play more than anything. I came back again at about 1pm to check on her and try to get her to eat some more, again she ate very little and wanted to play.
So I guess my two main issues are getting her to walk with us without struggling and for her to start eating more than she is right now.
Only had her for a day though, so I know things will get better.
I was told by petsmart not to use a choker on one thats pulling to the point of pain on you or dog...You can use a "no pull" training leash or a harness in my case seems to be working well not REALLY but well enough that I am not getting drug as much anymore...I got a 22 pound "puppy" 3 months who can pull my little 119 pound self like there is no tommorrow.But the harness has helped with that and the hurting himself..hope that might help or be a idea..
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Welcome to Cody and Natasha from New Jersey!
welcome from Sydney Australia! We have a Halti lead for Milly, she doesn't like it but she definitely doesn't pull. I think it's reduced her pulling power to about 10 percent of what it is without it... Milly is 4 months old next week so we got it for her early as we were told that it's something that they have to get used to.
Or I have heard that harnesses can be a good idea too... other people on here have great suggestions... try posting your question in the Training section and you will get alot more replies.
I just wanted to say Welcome from NY!!!
Welcome from Barrie Ontario. Suggest you cross post in lab chat and nutrition to get more answers to your questions.