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My Chocolate Labrador's Bad Eating and Other Dog Habits

Updated on September 17, 2018
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Always a furbaby in the house, if not a few. Well trained, good humored, funny creatures, and good for a snuggle. Sometimes they are, too.

Our beautiful Chocolate Lab

This page is the story of Rascal.

A stunning full bred Chocolate Labrador Retriever dog with American Kennel Certificate registration papers. He truly is a gorgeous specimen of this breed. Dark brown shiny coat. His weight ranges between 65-75 lbs, depending on the season, and thickness of his fur. A proud stance that is a credit to his sire Makayla's Mr McGiver and dam Lucy Lee Spencer.

If you are interested in a Labrador Retriever, please consider beginning at a Rescue Center, your local Shelter, (click on Pet Stuff to enter zip code) or

Thanks for dropping by and Enjoy!

Rascal and Jacob

Growing up together
Growing up together

His Early Years

Rascal basically grew up with a very busy 2, then 3 year old child named Jacob.

They trained each other to play hard in a yard absolutely wonderful for a kid and his dog.
They trained each other to wrestle.
They trained each other the game of chase.
They taught each other the game of tug.

Can you predict where this is going?

 "Hi, Hi, HI!"
"Hi, Hi, HI!"

His Social Graces... or lack thereof

Excited when we come in like an exuberant greeting "Hi, Hi, Hi!".

We've trained him to get his Kong ball. That's helped a little. We've trained him (sort of) to let us put our stuff down before we say "Hi, Hi, HI!" back. Even if he's not jumping, he can still knock over a toddler, or knock them back out the door, in his excitement. If he were able this greeting would like more like a hug than jumping. He really likes everyone, it just doesn't look like it.

Bark and jumps on the window if he's inside.

Barks and and jumps on the deck rail when we are outside.

Or pulls on his leash when an owner/dog come within 500 yards of us, and he would bark and jump on them too, if given half a chance.

What sex life?
What sex life?

His Sex Life

Since he's been neutered, he doesn't have much of one.

He does have a thing for the towel that covers the only furniture he's allowed on; the ottoman.

He takes it away to "hug" and chew it while having his "fun".

Previously in his life, before us, he had a standard dog bed.

That is, until he ATE it.

"Rascal, I can take you out before you know what hit you." ~ Kitty Kat Kisses
"Rascal, I can take you out before you know what hit you." ~ Kitty Kat Kisses | Source

His Eating Habits

A.K.A He'll eat almost anything

Since he has a problem with dry skin and ear irritations involving yeast which he transfers to his paws, or maybe the other way around, he needs a non-beef, non-chicken or non-wheat dog food and treats. That leaves a very-high priced venison and potato chow. We usually have venison in the freezer, and always have potatoes, but he eats through more than I can make so it's added to his diet.

He would eat the cat, Kitty Cat Kisses, if only she would hold still long enough.Then there is the challenge of staying away from her pretty long nails. But you have to give him credit because regardless of those 2 challenges, he does keeps trying to accomplish the impossible feat of nailing her down.

But wait, there's more...

I've already mentioned his towel in "His Sex Life".

He's also partial to fleece throw blankets left around by my kids and grands.

Tennis balls are only for playing catch. Otherwise he'll EAT them.

He chewed up a medium sized Kong when he was less than 50 lbs.

The only size Kong he hasn't chewed up, so far, is a XXL Kong.

If given his way he would snack continually on the kids toys.

Paper plates.

Paper towels.

If given the chance, he also enjoys a treat of socks and underwear.

Oh, and used tissues and other unmentionable items from the bathroom trash can. Eeew.

See the product below for my solution for that particularly gross problem.

Yes, Labs will eat ANYTHING!

Maybe we don't have it so bad...

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This site is focused on the Labrador breed, but other breeds mentioned here as well.

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How to keep the Dogs out of the Kitchen Garbage and Bathroom Trashcans. - Wow, they really do work great.

If you are concerned about battery life. Don't be. The batteries in both the small and large trash bins have now lasted over 2 years with operation many times each and every day.

Note: My Lab may be pretty, but he is not the smartest canine creature in the world. If you have a dog who has trained him- or herself to open ANYTHING, I do not recommend this for use around them. Unless the cans are taller than they are. Or they can climb or jump to get what they want.

The Kitty sez "Make sure to come back and click the Link below to see my story."
The Kitty sez "Make sure to come back and click the Link below to see my story." | Source

His Sleeping Habits

He spends his quiet times during the day on his ottoman shown in the picture for "His sex life". He also sleeps there at night.#

That is until he heads for our queen-size bed as soon as we are settled for the night, unaware of his stealthiness.

He slips right in between us.

Stretched out to his full size and width which can be mistaken for the other spouse,

Once he's discovered he's pushed out,

then he begins this process again.

We would just shut the door, but for the cat. If the cat is shut, in or out, she will scratch the door to get to (through to?) the other side.

Since this seems to be mutually beneficial for the both the cat and dog, we think this is their only shared mission in our household.

Suffice it to say we usually discover both the dog and cat in our bed come morning.

* sigh *.

# Update 2012: No more ottoman. He punched a hole in it. That piece of much missed furniture now resides in the extra bedroom. He now rests on the super comfy, premium padded, carpeted floor. Unless I've caught him on a couch.

* BIG sigh *

UPDATE 2013: He finally outgrew eating the towels, blankets, or durable tablecloths, we placed over, stapled, or tied to cover the holes and escaping foam pieces. So he got the ottoman back for good.

* Aaahhh *

His Toilet Habits - such as they are

Lab-sized bombs everywhere.

Hanging mid-air in evergreen shrubs.

On top of flowers like my already struggling rose bush..

Underneath the swing set and at the ends of the play slides.

As you can imagine they they invariably get stepped on by toddlers.

Then there is the miraculous reappearance of the a fore-mentioned items in "His Eating Habits" chapter above.

Yellow grass near the fence lines.

Near the hot tub.

Puddles on the end of the play slides. Not under them. On them.

Next to my Flower pots.

Maybe a yellow-sided shrub or 2, or 3, or 4. You get the idea.

We are trying to train him to "go to the weeds".

See the ribbon grass garden planted for this very purpose in background above.

Mildly successful with the praise and bribes of treats.

As long as treats are shown, but not said yet.

We're working on that.

And we have to be in the yard most times.

We're working that, too.

The is the end of his story, as it is so far...

His Training


This is a tough subject.

Professional training is out due to lack of disposable funds.

Techniques that seem work by the televised trainers: some work, some don't.... yet.

Family training solidarity is an issue that we are trying to resolve..

So we are trying the best that we can with techniques that seem to work.

He is walked at least daily in the neighborhood.

We play "get the ball" in the yard when we are able.

Despite all this we love him dearly. He is a wonderful addition to our now empty nest family.

Even the cat loves him.


maybe not.

Sorry to say this story did end...

He really did eat anything he could get his snout into, and that finally did him in. Unfortunately he ate a plastic container, showed no symptoms until it was tool late.

Rascal lived a wonderful life...

He was well loved by me, my husband, my daughters, spouses/significant others, and 3 grandchildren who essentially grew up with him.


Dearly Loved

& Missed

2007 ~ 2015

Paws here to leave your suggestion, tip, or to just say "Hi, Hi, Hi!" Anyone can leave a comment, so please do.

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    • Tonipet profile image

      Tonette Fornillos 

      10 months ago from The City of Generals

      Oh so sorry. My heart was pierced, I love dogs and Rascal looked like our chocolate Doberman. I had the slightest idea of how allowing plastic stuff as a toy can be that dangerous. It made me worried I had been allowing my 4 months old German Shepherd plastic items. He just loved to chew. This hub just educated me. Thanks to Rascal's story and thanks Beth for sharing. Hope Jacob has a new dog now. I love their photo together while Rascal was still a cute pup.

      You can be saving a lot of pups. Great but touching hub!


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      9 years ago

      Cool lens, Rascal seems like a ton of fun :)

    • norma-holt profile image


      10 years ago

      *-*Blessed*-* again and featured on Angel blessings for dogs on Squidoo

    • WindyWintersHubs profile image


      10 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Rascal's an attractive dog and what fun you must have keeping him entertained!

    • awakeningwellness profile image


      10 years ago

      I loved reading Rascal's story and had to laugh at his antics...these things are always funny when they happen to someone else! (o:I am adding this lens to Squidoo Soup For the Dog Lover's Soul

    • norma-holt profile image


      10 years ago

      returned with a *-*Blessing*-* and to feature this lens on Sprinkled with Stardust and Pets Heath

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      10 years ago

      What a sweet lens. I love the photo of the little guy with your lab. Lensrolled to my lens found you on Red Gage - can we be friends on Red Gage? (I'm not sure how to do that yet.)

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      11 years ago

      a cool lens and an even cooler dog

    • bigjoe2121 profile image


      11 years ago

      Thanks for the rating and roll :) I rated and rolled back :) Your dog sounds like a big goofy ball of fun, and as long as he's not eating lazyboy chairs (I had a lab that did that), I would love him.

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      11 years ago

      What a handsome dog! I agree with you that if someone wants a pet, an animal shelter is a good place to start. Lensrolling this to my cute cats lens.

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      11 years ago

      He sure is a beauty!

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      11 years ago

      He is beautiful. There are so many labs at the animal shelters. I think people get them not realizing they are a lot of dog.

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      Sandy Mertens 

      11 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Rascal is a nice looking dog. Very nice to read about labs.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      11 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      It was nice to meet Rascal and to read all about him. He is beautiful. Lensrolling to Squidoo Pets.

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      Shibamom LM 

      11 years ago

      Oh my gosh - this brought back so many memories. I may currently be Shibamom, but until about 8 years ago I was Zack's mom. Zack - 108lbs of total love, with an insatiable need to chew Choc. Lab. I still get a lump in my throat when I think of him and miss him so much. Even though he ate most of the siding off the garage, knocked over the Christmas tree every year until I learned to anchor it to the wall with fishing line, toppled over the gas grill in his excitement to bark at the neighbors dog. Ate a whole chicken, bones and all off the stove when I literally turned my back for two minutes. Don't feel like you missed anything with the obedience class, we went through it, graduated (I think just to get rid of us) and he was still a big lug of exuberance, energy and happy love. Geez I miss him, wiping a tear right now.I can't tell you how much I loved reading your lens. Thanks for the memories! Lensrolled you back X 5.

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      11 years ago

      Fab lens what a cute dog, 5 stars and added to my favourites.

    • JoyfulPamela2 profile image


      11 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      He's adorable! I love retrievers!

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      admiralglass lm 

      11 years ago

      What a hilarious lens =D Rascal seems to be one happy dog and bit naughty too ( but then again boys will be boys).

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      Beth Webster-Duerr 

      11 years ago from Henrietta, New York

      @SandyMertens: Thank you. We do too. :D

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      Sandy Mertens 

      11 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Love your chocolate lab!

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      11 years ago

      Our Choc Lab "Gus" prefers the theft and consumption of tender roast pork loin robbed from the butcher block at the most inopportune time (just prior to dinner!) At 8 yrs old &100+ lbs, his insatiable appetite has claimed everything from shoes & simple loaves of bread to the most painstakingly prepared, highly delectable cuisine! To demonstrate his intellectual prowess, he has learned how to open the trash compactor and leave it's contents strewn about in all the most recognizable places. Of course he feels compelled to shed vacuum bags full of hair on a regular basis. He is an alpha male and must participate in daily conversations with all the family to make his position on the issues clear! From my perspective with Gus, I have thoroughly enjoyed this lens and for one who claims to lack confidence in their writing skills, this lens is beautifully written and had me ROFL. Thanks for your visit and comments on my lens. :~)

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      Beth Webster-Duerr 

      11 years ago from Henrietta, New York

      [in reply to stargazer00] I'm happy to say that we adopted Rascal past the chewing-everything stage. I can't wait until he gets past the eating-everything part, tho. :D Thanks for stopping by.

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      Dianne Loomos 

      11 years ago

      We have 2 lab mixes and they have the sweetest personalities. One liked to chew on wood when she was a pup. She chewed the corners off my coffee table, wooden rocking chair and the kids' bunk beds. She would pull a stick of firewood out of the pile and chew it till it was gone. She did outgrow that, thankfully! The other one liked everything plastic. Pens, cassette tapes, her dog brush. They are great dogs especially now that they don't chew on everything!

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      Beth Webster-Duerr 

      11 years ago from Henrietta, New York

      [in reply to 24websurf] Thanks! I think have known this dog before, too. Had a smaller breed dog that I think must be passing info from the other side of Dog Heaven... :D Thanks for your visit and much welcomed blessing.I think you will see me at RocketMoms. I was afraid of the lens a week challenge, but I've been writing 1, or even 2 or more, each week recently. :D :D

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      Holley Web 

      11 years ago

      Rolling laughing! I believe I have known this dog.. several times. I have never found well trained dogs to have much personality though, so it has been an okay trade off for me. I am sad to say though that the "boss" in our house has quite a bit of fur. I wonder if I could train her to get a job now? ~ Blessed by a laughing Squid Angel ~! PS ~ I am a RocketMom and will be looking for you :)

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      Beth Webster-Duerr 

      11 years ago from Henrietta, New York

      [in reply to jgelien] Thanks so much! Think the face says "sure, uh-huh"? :D

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      11 years ago

      What a great dog and a great story. The look on Rascal's face in the Training section is priceless! Love your lens. 5 Stars.

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      Beth Webster-Duerr 

      11 years ago from Henrietta, New York

      [in reply to anneleonie] Great lens on the Airedales. Sounds all to familiar regarding the Kit's welcome to the new "invaders". :D I did rate 5 stars, and wanted to leave a guest book entry, but none found on either of your lens. Thanks for the visit.

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      Beth Webster-Duerr 

      11 years ago from Henrietta, New York

      Thanks so much to everyone for their wonderful comments. I am thrilled you enjoy Rascal's story. I promise I will be by to thank each of you as soon as I am able. :D

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      11 years ago

      Very good lens. I actually feel you with this one. I have two dogs so I know the feelings here. Anyway, I am giving you 5 stars and a blessing.

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      11 years ago

      Very good lens. I actually feel you with this one. I have two dogs so I know the feelings here. Anyway, I am giving you 5 stars and a blessing.

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      Susan Deppner 

      11 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I understand the "Hi Hi Hi" and that made me laugh! Daisy ate her bed, too. Well, she tried to so we took it away. Bless her heart, she has neither an ottoman nor permission to sleep on our bed, but she doesn't seem to mind sleeping at our feet, wherever we are (picture her to the right of my desk chair now, stretched out and snoozing on the floor). Great lens about love for a lab! Thanks for featuring mine below! (Definitely returning the lensroll, etc.)

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      lakern26 lm 

      11 years ago

      Rascal is just beautiful and he sounds like a real pip . . . just like my lab! I can totally relate to the "social graces" and "eating habits" issues. Aren't they just the sweetest dogs, though? Ours is so great with the little ones - we can't help but love him to death! I can tell that you feel the same way - Wonderful lens and thank you for featuring my Lab lens here! 5* and lensrolled to my "Love labs? ..." lens.

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      11 years ago

      Nice lens. Great looking dog too. 5*

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      11 years ago

      A fun lens. Pics are great, more are better. If you like animals check out this lens.Me-and-My-Airedale

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      Beth Webster-Duerr 

      11 years ago from Henrietta, New York

      Thanks so much for all your wonderful comments and stars! Much appreciated :D

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      The Party Animal 

      11 years ago from Partytown USA

      OMG I am laughing so hard - sounds so much like mine - I have 9 Pets - 3 Dogs and Six cats - every day is an adventure. Come see my pets lenses and maybe you may like to add them here - My Senior Dog Bailey and Tough Dog Toys for Power Chewers may be a perfect fit. I love animals and I love personal stories for that You have been Blessed by The Party Animal. Party On....

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      Deb Kingsbury 

      11 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      Well a beautiful dog! Sounds like he's a handful ... but a wonderful one. Our dog sleeps with us, by the way. Then again, she's only 25 pounds.

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      11 years ago

      Great lens! "he also enjoys a treat of socks and underwear.""miraculous reappearance of the a fore-mentioned items"made me laugh, sounds all to familiar.

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      11 years ago

      nice lensthanks for the comment and lensroll to meet our pets...I need to update that one too

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      11 years ago from Australia

      Gotta love dogs! Our dog, Bingley, is a jumpy greeter. But being only 5kg it doesn't really matter. :-) 5*

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      11 years ago

      Great great lens!!I love animal lenses:-)5 stars!!

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      11 years ago

      I'm a big lab fan, so I really enjoyed your labs escapades:-) Thanks for sharing, and for featuring 10 Fun Activities.


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