Doug is so beautiful. Black labs are my favourite. Does he like to greet people by putting their arms in his mouth? We had a black lab who did that. Not everyone likes that, we discovered.
And look at Charlie! I hope he'll turn out to be a total rascal when you've had him for a while and he settles in properly.
This is our pack (I don't know if this photo will work).https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EC5Xz6xXYAAkEcc?format=jpg&name=4096x4096
― trishyb, Sunday, 13 October 2019 08:56 (one month ago) link
Oh, hueg, sorry.
Love to see all the VGBs.
I am still VERY dog-broody.
― coup de twat (suzy), Sunday, 13 October 2019 10:01 (one month ago) link
Labs are such easy dogs to have if you are under stress. When I had anxiety my lab mix used to lie down next to me so I could feel how calm he was. Only problem with them is that they WILL eat anything, including - ick - a tray of pasta in the alley that has maggots. They're smart dogs so it just must be hard-wired into them to put any and all food into their mouths.
― I Guess Old Notre Dame Won't Win After All (I M Losted), Monday, 14 October 2019 16:49 (one month ago) link
" Black labs are my favourite. Does he like to greet people by putting their arms in his mouth? We had a black lab who did that. Not everyone likes that, we discovered."
yep, not biting but excitedly getting hands, arms, sleeves of coats in his mouth in his excitement, and he repeatedly jumps up at people - which is not good when he is covered in mud or the unfortunate person has recently had a hip replacement or just doesn't like that type of thing! He is calming down a bit and getting more wary about strangers, but still often starts hyperventilating when he meets other dogs or people sometimes, get's crazy excited. He will literally eat anything hence the need for a muzzle off the lead. I've stopped going to to one local park because some twisted psychopath from the rugby has been putting poisoned food around the pitch again
― calzino, Monday, 14 October 2019 17:09 (one month ago) link
mine is having separation anxiety, barking/whining after i leave. this was my first day heading out to my job so we'll be working on it. hopefully when things become more predictable and normal he'll relax a bit
― global tetrahedron, Monday, 14 October 2019 17:15 (one month ago) link
I'd recommend getting some pressed rawhide bones, they can chew them for hours and it might help him chill if he's showing anxiety and prevent other things getting chewed.
― calzino, Monday, 14 October 2019 17:38 (one month ago) link
xp to trish
just remembered the day my postman, who is a fan of Douglas came to say hello and ended up with his hand in a big cavernous labbie mouth, and when get got his hand back there was a huge globule of saliva dangling off his wrist..
― calzino, Monday, 14 October 2019 17:43 (one month ago) link
No! Not rawhide! The rawhide doesn’t digest, is often made by bleaching said rawhide and comes from very unethical places. Plus I see a rawhide veterinary horror story just about every day online. You’re best off getting raw bones from a butcher (I get beef rib bones for Wilf when he stays).
― coup de twat (suzy), Monday, 14 October 2019 17:46 (one month ago) link
shit I didn't realise there were so many blockages caused by rawhide bones. The ones I get are quite expensive and from a reputable online seller, and I thought they were just basically very chewy protein. oh well!
― calzino, Monday, 14 October 2019 17:57 (one month ago) link
Douglas is such a beautiful dog ❤️❤️
― gyac, Monday, 14 October 2019 17:58 (one month ago) link
NB: Bully Sticks have similar issues if you have a fast chewer though puppies go berzerk over them. NB to NB: they smell real bad thoNB to NB to NB: they are bull penises tho
― Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 14 October 2019 17:59 (one month ago) link
he's absolutely gorgeous, that much was evident the second I saw him as a pup - but he's maturing into a stunningly handsome dog. Does anyone know if those poundshop butcher's bones in cellophane wraps are good or bad? or what are the best doggy chewing treat options?
― calzino, Monday, 14 October 2019 18:14 (one month ago) link
We used to do the king size kong with frozen food/peanut butter in it.
― Yerac, Monday, 14 October 2019 18:35 (one month ago) link
Yeah, Kongs here too.
xp to Calzino: Those things can splinter if the dog crunches too hard on them, so they're not great for very chompy dogs. We're fine because we've got two weak-mouthed dogs and one Jack Russell who is mighty and strong but small.
Yes, an old housemate of mine used to call our labrador Lord Crustynosebridge because he always had a big dried flob across his muzzle. So debonair!
― trishyb, Monday, 14 October 2019 18:38 (one month ago) link
I've just been reading that you should avoid white rawhide dog chews because they are the ones that are likely to have had extensive chemical treatment. The ones I get are a yellow ochre colour and don't stink like crap, so I feel a little bit better now. But the choke hazard is obv not good.
― calzino, Monday, 14 October 2019 18:41 (one month ago) link
xp and when they shake that head - duck and cover!
― calzino, Monday, 14 October 2019 18:43 (one month ago) link
I had a 70 lb boxer and he did pretty well on bully sticks, but he also had little dolphin teeth. He would just snap almost everything else in bits and then swallow them whole so never touched rawhide.
― Yerac, Monday, 14 October 2019 18:48 (one month ago) link
Bones from an actual butcher. If they’re not giving them away outright, they will cost pennies, and not be origin-suspect like those from Poundland (also: raw every time). Get a bunch and lob them in the freezer. That’ll do for any germs and your dog will be BUSY for at least three hours.
― coup de twat (suzy), Monday, 14 October 2019 19:01 (one month ago) link
crazy fool tried to jump over a barbed wire fence and his carpal pad god ripped!
― calzino, Friday, 18 October 2019 18:28 (four weeks ago) link
get well soon buddy :(
― expedited frictionless convergences (bizarro gazzara), Friday, 18 October 2019 18:33 (four weeks ago) link
Oh Douglas, you beautiful fool.
― trishyb, Saturday, 19 October 2019 11:29 (four weeks ago) link
he's not happy about his second spell imprisoned in a buster collar.
― calzino, Saturday, 19 October 2019 11:34 (four weeks ago) link