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Old 06-17-10, 01:47 PM   #26
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labs and lab crosses are known as four legged garbage disposals for a reason.
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Old 06-17-10, 02:19 PM   #27
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Stick with a two-syllable name, anything more than that becomes a chore if you're feeling lazy or frustrated, and you'll probably shorten a longer name to a two syllable name anyway.

And if she barks like a beagle, get some earplugs and move out to the country. A neighbor of mine has one and he sounds like an old lady being murdered. Seriously.

This is Melvin, he is a lab/border collie mix. He is old but still acts like a puppy and loves everyone he meets.




I sort of like the name "Zora" for a female puppy.
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Old 06-17-10, 04:04 PM   #28
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She doesn't bark! It's is one of the reasons we got her. Even in the kennel at the rescue she was pretty chill, and then once she got out she ran around like mad playing with another dog and then came back to me.

I don't mind barking though; I mean, the neighbor to my right has an extremely loud german shepherd, and the neighbor to my left has a hound mix who howls like hell.
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Old 06-19-10, 04:59 PM   #29
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One more day until doggy comes home! I'm so excited!

I'm cleaning the house like mad so she doesn't chew on, choke on, ingest, or otherwise ruin anything she's not supposed to.

Foosters, grapes are supposed to be really bad for dogs, right? Any ides on how to keep her out of the grapevine in my backyard?
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Old 06-19-10, 05:03 PM   #30
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mark your territory?
alternatively, use wolf or bear pee to mark territory?
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The best way to dog proof your backyard is to simply use wire mesh fencing. Make sure you google all the poisonous plants to dogs that are grown in your area and in your backyard. An exciting day for you tomorrow. Have fun!
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What a cutie! How old is she?

We just adopted a new dog as well. Actually, true to form as with our current dogs, he adopted us. My sons took our two dogs out for a walk and came back with three. The third is Winston (full name: Winston Churchill, but he only hears the Churchill part when he's in trouble). We're not sure what he is, but he may have one or more of the following breeds in him: Grayhound, German Shepherd, Boxer, Pit Bull, Great Dane, etc. He's gonna be a big boy.

At first we looked into finding him another home, and several people expressed interest and then enthusiastically didn't take him. We looked into dog rescue organizations, but we've had him a week now and we're getting used to having him around. He's a friendly sort of chap and is fairly calm most of the time but every once in a while he gets that puppy energy that's hard to control. For instance, he was walking down the hall when the cat came out one room and was heading to another. He didn't see Winston, and Winston went into Tigger mode, bouncing in high arcs until he landed on the cat. The cat freaked out but Winston was all, "Wow! What great fun!"
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I approve, even if she is a stinky, slobbering dog.
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This means I have to chicken fence all the whole vegetable plot and the grape vine...everything else is ok.

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2yr old lab-beagle. But she's on the small side for a beagle, so she could have dachshund or another small breed somewhere in there too. But mostly she's like a mini lab who stayed puppy size and never grew up.

Oh, maybe I'll name her Pan.
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Look who's home!



Foo, welcome Miss Ada Lovelace! Looking at this pic, it seems she has a bit of AmStaff/Pitbull in her face, but her ears and coat are Lab and her size is small Beagle.

Training her is pretty easy. She was crate-trained in all of one afternoon, and last night she slept the whole night in her crate without a peep. She doesn't bark or whine at all, and she pretty much ignores the neighborhood cats. Such a good girl! She also now knows "sit" and "come here." The only problem with her is that she's very stubborn and pulls a lot while on the leash (she's an angel any other time), but we'll work on that and her other obedience commands too.
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I doubt she's a beagle mix. They are notoriously difficult to train, and don't do well at all indoors (or at least your stuff indoors doesn't do well). I'm glad it's working so well for you, as I just saw this and was going to warn you about how stubborn beagles can be.
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I doubt she's a beagle mix. They are notoriously difficult to train, and don't do well at all indoors (or at least your stuff indoors doesn't do well). I'm glad it's working so well for you, as I just saw this and was going to warn you about how stubborn beagles can be.
Yeah...the rescue did say she was a lab-beagle, but I doubt that those are the only two mixed in her. In any case, even if she is part beagle, it's not in her personality at all! She's quiet, obedient, smart, and doesn't tear up anything. A perfect little lady, in short. Gawd, I love mongrel doggies.
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One more day until doggy comes home! I'm so excited!

I'm cleaning the house like mad so she doesn't chew on, choke on, ingest, or otherwise ruin anything she's not supposed to.

Foosters, grapes are supposed to be really bad for dogs, right? Any ides on how to keep her out of the grapevine in my backyard?
The danger of grapes is likely overstated. From my experience almost all dangers are (The one exception I know if is mulch mafe from Cocoa materials, far more concentrated than chocolate and if you use it as mulch a lot more of it).

In my experience dogs tend to respect barriers. Dogs can learn to respect a fence that physically they can easily get over. Mine learned to respect the division between road and sidewalk. The surviving one (the other died of cancer) respects the threshold of our home and generally does not cross it without permission.

Some articles seem to think it may be pesticides rather than grapes per se. Others are more concerend with raisens. I'd bet yuo don't have to worry in any case until they are ripe.
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The danger of grapes is likely overstated. From my experience almost all dangers are (The one exception I know if is mulch mafe from Cocoa materials, far more concentrated than chocolate and if you use it as mulch a lot more of it).
Hmm...no, we definitely don't use cocoa mulch.

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I thought Ada was gonna be harder to train in this regard, but she happily does not pass the invisible barrier between kitchen and hallway to the bedrooms. She's only allowed in the living room, kitchen, and entry hallway, and she knows this. One sharp "NO" was all it took. She doesn't really like being inside the house, and when she's in, she generally stays in the crate. In the rescue she was in a dog run, and I think in her original home she was just tied to a post in the backyard! Hopefully she gets used to the house enough to actually hang out with us outside her crate.
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