(Closed) Adopting a big dog.

posted 5 years ago in Pets
Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

@Sweet.Sugar.Rose:  At 6 months, he is still a puppy (and very much at his naughty stage). I’ve adopted a 6 year old German Shepherd and a 6 month old Rottweiler with very different experiences  (My GSD is very aggressive to other dogs and it took a very long time to teach her not to take a bite out of my Jack Russell whilst my rottie loves all dogs).

At 6 months, the lab should not have any aggression to other dogs. Labs are very prone to hip dysplexia so to not exasberate the hips, a lot of vets do not recommend running them until they are atleast 1 year old.

BTW, he is gorgeous

 

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

@Sweet.Sugar.Rose:  Just get him vet checked when you get him. All dogs get the same shots. Since you don’t have his medical history (i.e did he get his 3 puppy shots), you might want to ask the vet if he should get the annual booster. You should also get him worming tablets.

Also, he will most likely have kennell cough when you get him. So having some benedryl original might be handy.

 

Post # 7
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Worker bee

@Sweet.Sugar.Rose:  I wish you luck. Dogs are very close to my heart. If you don’t get this one, you can check petfinder.com. There you can search by zip code, size, etc. There are lots of rescues that post there.

Also, you should have a large, sturdy crate. I have fostered a couple of large dogs, and they sometimes can break out of the wire crates by pulling the corners apart. The plastic ones that have a metal door are better for this purpose.

Please keep us updated.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

He’s still a puppy ay 6 months. He will be energetic and act like a puppy until he’s 1.5-2 years old. We have a 1.5 year old german shepherd and she is still very much a puppy but starting to mellow out. We have to give her lots of toys and bones otherwise she gets bored and starts to distroy things.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Oh, how exciting! Large dogs are great – I’ve had two, including my current dog.

Are you going to be using a crate? It’s not cruel, it really helps the dog. You want to make sure the bottom of the crate is padded. Also, a dog bed where the dog can go to rest.  (you also make it the spot where you tell the dog to go, it’s one of the first training commands).

It sounds like you already know that a good dog is a tired dog. Lots of exercise will make a dog more biddable and calmer and ready to learn.

You also don’t want to give the dog the run of the house right away. Increase the space by sections, when you feel the dog is housetrained enough not to consider the new area as bathroom space.

Finally, always remember that you use positive reinforcement. The only time negative reinforcement works is when you catch the dog in the act. I recommend praise in a high voice followed by a treat. The dog quickly learns to associate the good behavior with the voice and treat.

Good luck, let us know how it goes!

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

Labs are more likely to get diabetes so keep an eye on his diet!  My parents black lab (sweetest dog EVER) has diabetes, and it’s SO EXPENSIVE!

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

So exciting!!! We plan to get a dog once we get a larger house with a yard. I bought my house when I was 21 and single.. no yard was less upkeep at the time. We cannot wait to get a dog!!!

 

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Aww, I hope you get one of these big guys (or girls)!  My favorite big dog item is our harness!  I used to walk dogs at our SPCA and we always used harnesses – after using them there I immediately got one for our 75 lb Golden mix.

After you’ve had your dog a bit, if he or she is a “puller”, you might want to consider one – we have the Easy Walk which is great (no, I don’t work for the company!)  Of course obedience school or any kind of training is useful and fun, too.  And most shelters or breed rescues will provide help and advice if you need it.  Good luck!  Let us know!!

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I had a rottweiler growing up. I loved her!!! 

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