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I had a new client call this morning asking if I would evaluate their new puppy. A silver lab, bought in Colorado when it was 6 weeks old (it is 8 weeks now). The family has 3 kids under the age of four. The owner's wife said the pup is biting and growling when it does not get it's way with something. I am going to see it on Sunday.....

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Oh man...good luck with THAT!!! Bring some printed materials for them to read about small kids and dogs?
 

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yikes. what were they thinking? Were they thinking?
The husband's mother actually bought it for them. Fortunately, the family recognizes already the potential problems. The lady seemed dismayed when I said that there were many breeders that would not sell a puppy to someone with that many young children in the house.

I owe a lot to the husbands father....he has some fabulous hunt training grounds that I have unlimited access to and he has referred several people to me. I hope the family can pull this one off!
 

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potential problems? Other than it was 6 weeks old when the got it? Do you honestly think it's anything more than that Karen?
 

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Oy is right. I had one of those calls last weekend, and then met 'Jade' a rare yellow lab with green eyes.

I hope you have better luck than I did, but this one was 9 months old...
 

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potential problems? Other than it was 6 weeks old when the got it? Do you honestly think it's anything more than that Karen?
What do you mean?
 

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Fortunately, the family recognizes already the potential problems.
Oy is right. I had one of those calls last weekend, and then met 'Jade' a rare yellow lab with green eyes.
I don't understand. So what if it's "silver"? So what if it's yellow with green eyes. Why would that make for more potential problems? Other than the they paid money for a "rare breed", they're still puppies and they can be trained just like any other dog.
 

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I don't understand. So what if it's "silver"? So what if it's yellow with green eyes. Why would that make for more potential problems? Other than the they paid money for a "rare breed", they're still puppies and they can be trained just like any other dog.
I was just trying to be descriptive and give an indication that the family may not have been the best informed to start with. I do believe though that a silver (because of the Weim mixed in somewhere) would be a different critter than a lab...in general
 

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So they potentially have more behavioral problems then? Just trying to understand. :)
 

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So they potentially have more behavioral problems then? Just trying to understand. :)
Perhaps just different. I have thought that Weims were a little more "energetic" especially for a family with small kids. The family is used to an old lab (put down last year). I am hoping that it will be a 'good' puppy. Perhaps the biggest problem are the 3 small kids (youngest 10 months old)

that 6 weeks has to be a big factor .. never learned proper manners from its littermates
I think that will be a big factor. It is always hard to tell from phone descriptions what 'biting and growling' really means. After all, I think all puppies will "play bite" until taught not to. But what the heck when I got Belle and she was barely 6 weeks old. (Breeder lead me to believe she was closer to 8 weeks). She was (and still is at nearly 11 years old) quite the little hellion, and I did not have 3 small kids to deal with!
 

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Having a 10 month old and problems of our own I can't imagine a nipping puppy and 3 small children. It's doable if the parents are vigilant and really want the puppy hopefully that's the case and they will work with it to become a good dog.
 

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What do you mean?
I mean that usually the bulk of a problem with nipping with a pup that was taken from it's litter at 6 weeks is lack of pack socialization. I don't there there is anything more to worry about (like dominance) than that. 6 week pups will be mouthier longer, will be apt to treat it's people like pack mates longer. It doesn't have anything to do with color.

I got Rider at 6 weeks and he was a mouthy dog. I stuck with training on him and he's a kick ass dog.

That's what I think you are going to run into...not anything really probably other than that unless the family is abusing the pup.
 
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