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Labrador Retriever 7 Month Old Puppy

Updated on August 6, 2020

This Dog Needs a Good Home

We got a random phone call. This guy in a trailer park, had taken it upon himself to take in this dog. It was unwanted, and had been in several different homes in his seven months of life.

It spent all that time on a ten foot leash. According to the man that gave it to us, it was dehydrated and skinny when he got it. Thanks to him, the dog had gained some weight and had a sleek coat.

The dog was very friendly and we liked it right away.

Bringing the Dog Home in Back Seat of Truck

Dog looked out the left window, I'm sure the Dogs GPS system was in full swing
Dog looked out the left window, I'm sure the Dogs GPS system was in full swing
Dog looked out right window
Dog looked out right window
Looking out through front seats
Looking out through front seats
Dog looks out left window
Dog looks out left window

Our Home and Ten Acres to Run

Large yard, checking out our yard
Large yard, checking out our yard
Laying down
Laying down
Needs bath and water bucket.
Needs bath and water bucket.
Fun ball, mannequin head, but, too much loose hair. Volleyball, bad idea too.
Fun ball, mannequin head, but, too much loose hair. Volleyball, bad idea too.
Learning to sit
Learning to sit
More sitting
More sitting
Tired, but relaxed
Tired, but relaxed
Asleep
Asleep

Toilet training

Leash walking until pet has the urge. Praising for going potty outside, or pooping outside.

Yes. On the trip home, the dog started to act desperate, and then it started peeing on the coat we had on the seat for him to learn my hubby's smell. Then, it apparently wasn't done, because he started pooping on the floor mat.

The general farting should have been our first clue, but we ignored it.

(Bad) dog owner...

Well. The poor dog was eating puppy food made with corn. We will slowly change it to a lamb and rice, no corn, no wheat, brand of Diamond dog food.

Tail starts to curl
Tail starts to curl
Dog starts to poop
Dog starts to poop
Squatting and shaking
Squatting and shaking
Poop falls to ground
Poop falls to ground
Pawing motions to cover
Pawing motions to cover

Feeding

Dog eats anything not tied down. Cat food. Sticks. Grass. Finally, dog food.

Dog food, lamb and rice food
Dog food, lamb and rice food

Introducing the dog to the rest of animals.

The dog was in chase mode, but leashing soon cured that problem. Timing, a cat, and the word "no" at the same time as dead ending on leash.

The cats reaction was, "and why was it a good reason to get a dog?"
The cats reaction was, "and why was it a good reason to get a dog?"

Socializing with Another Dog

Well. Our dog is an un-neutered male, and their dog was a fixed female. Our dog was highly interested but our friend's female was a little growly.

Time to get ours fixed.

The chase begins
The chase begins

Getting to the end of day one. The big debate is whether to keep it on porch in its kennel, since it's not house trained yet, or, to keep the kennel in the garage with the cats.

Bedtime -Trial Run

I guess, since it is used to sleeping in its kennel, and so it feels safer, I'm letting it spend the night in the house garage.

He will have lots of company. The cats, so he won't get lonely, plus a safer environment for the cats to prowl around since they crawl at night.

Relax
Relax

I will check on him in a bit. Probably let him out for one more potty break at 10 p m

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    • firstcookbooklady profile imageAUTHOR

      Char Milbrett 

      11 months ago from Minnesota

      Linda Crampton , thank you for your comment! He seems fairly content so far. We went through the garden the other day, and I showed him what I grow in there... 'here is a bean.. you wanna try it? Here's a cucumber... here is a tomato.. here is a [he he he] pepper... dogs are fun..

    • firstcookbooklady profile imageAUTHOR

      Char Milbrett 

      11 months ago from Minnesota

      Agafiathemouse, thank you for your comment!

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      Linda Crampton 

      11 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      He looks and sounds like a lovely dog. Ten acres to explore would be wonderful for him! I hope things go well for all of you.

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      Agafiathemouse 

      11 months ago

      Awww

    • firstcookbooklady profile imageAUTHOR

      Char Milbrett 

      11 months ago from Minnesota

      Louise Powles, thank you for your comment. He made it through his first night. He seems happy.

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      Louise Powles 

      11 months ago from Norfolk, England

      He certainly is a lovely dog. I love Labrador's.

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