My* beloved Bess (BF, AKC bench line, 55 lbs., 1967-81)* was a furry sponge when it came to getting affection; she was insatiable and soaked it up from anyone who'd pet her.
Not so my beloved Puff (YF, AKC field line, 63 lbs., DOB: 8-'01).* From time to time she's affectionate with me, snuggling, asking for belly rubs and, when she sees me changing shoes,* climbing all over me, tail wagging, face licking, as if saying, "Oh PLEASE take me with you, I promise to be good"
When we get some place where there's people (like our weekly LabFest), Puff likes to quickly plant a lick on each person's face but she doesn't stay around for the petting many people would like to do.
So when I was called by a local group to volunteer with some data entry, my first afternoon there I asked if I could bring Puff.* The Volunteer coordinator, Kate, has 2 Labs herself but they're 100+ miles away.* She said "Yes" so Puff is going with me several afternoons a week.* The other people in the office (so far) enjoy having Puff around.
I gave Kate a ziplock bag with Animal Crackers in it to use as occasional bribes and it appears to be working.* Puff is letting Kate pet her (somewhat) more and plays with her a bit but still had difficulty understanding why she should take the softball back to Kate instead of me after Kate's rolled it and Puff's retrieved it.
I figured Puff spends too much time with just me and that she needed to expand her horizons more.* Wish I'd done this when she was much younger but it seems to be having somewhat of an effect now.*
Puff [YF, AKC field line (from competing HT/FT breeder) 62 lbs, dob: 8-'01]
Bess [BF, AKC bench line (from competing show breeder) 55 lbs., 1967-1981] "Poor Bess, the Wonder Dog":
Bob, I have fostered many of the rescue Labs who didn't know a life outside the backyard and who received very little human contact. These neglected adult Labs just thrived in the right environment. It's never too late to become more socialized. I bet Puff is enjoying this new arrangement. Kudos to you and Puff for your volunteer work!
It's great that you're able to bring Puff with you. It sounds like all three of you are benefiting from your volunteer work...you get to bring your beloved Puff with you and see her interact with someone else, Puff gets to "expand her horizons", and Kate gets to spend time with a lab!
Teresa, mom to Brigetta and Prudence
In which case it sounds as though your current arrangement will do her the world of good.I figured Puff spends too much time with just me and that she needed to expand her horizons more.
Over fixation with one person can be a big problem. Tough to avoid if you spend most of the day with your dog though.