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  1. Those Crazy Labradors

    Welcome FrOst and your lovely yellow baby. Can I just say about diet..we feed dry food to all our dogs and they look amazing. We use Advance for the show dogs but when they are not in the ring we feed Pal Working Dog. We make sure that there are no colours and preservatives in it. Daily we feed a fish oil tablet, a vit. e tablet and an ester c tablet. We also give them half a teaspoon of kelp every day. We add sardines, mince, egg, or a stew I make up with brown rice and veges....we also feed a lot of goats milk as we have a dairy up the road and it is easy to access, sooo good for the dogs. We feed yoghurt to our girls when they have puppies and also to the baby puppies when they start eating solid food. But all dogs are different and some do have skin or gut problems and you have to work through things until you find what suits them.
  2. Those Crazy Labradors

    So glad it all worked out Mrs. Ts...he looks like the king of the castle :laugh:
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    You just gotta love em eh!!!
  4. Those Crazy Labradors

    Sorry I have taken a couple of days to get back to you, I have been away for work. A puppy should be friendly and confident without being over the top. It should not be reserved or frightened. Puppies should come up with tails wagging...we sell nearly all our puppies to people who have not seen the litter or met the parents, we have had success in matching the personalaties of puppies to their owner. I usually spend a lot of time talking to prospective puppy buyers so that I can get an idea of thier needs...I guess you are right your need to find a breeder that you feel confortable with then take it from there. We find that most everyone that gets our babies always comment on their great temperament..... I am glad to hear that Nixon has settled down, they are pretty incredible and usually dont take long to settle into their new environments, now that he is well hopefully everything will fall into place.
  5. Those Crazy Labradors

    Hip scoring is in my opinion one of the most frustrating things we have to deal with in the scheme of things, I have known perfect scoring dogs that have been bred together and have produced bad scores (was it environmental I dont know, maybe) I have also known litter siblings, in more than one litter, come back with scores that are poles appart, one really good and one bad, I dont think we can get a reliable result unless all the puppies from several litters of the parents were scored and we all know that is not possible. All we as breeders can do is breed dogs together with good hips and elbows and then mother nature takes care of the rest. I believe there is no guarantee....yes elbows are very important and as stated before just as important as hips, however I personally have had the heartache of buying in a beautiful young potential stud dog from parents with brilliant scores that had such bad elbows the poor boy had to be put down at a very early age...... Good luck with your search for a puppy.... I agree with you Mikelli, there are no guarantees, that pups from parents with great hip and elbow scores will inherit their parents great hips/elbows, but the odds are stacked in the pups' favour that it will. Conversely, pups from parents with not so great hip and elbow scores, can have excellent hips and elbows, but the odds are not stacked in the pups' favour. Whilst hip and elbow scores are important, and for me personally Elbows need to be Normal 0:0, I do give more leeway with hips as we all know Excellent/perfect score of 0:0 in Labs is far from the norm and to have both parents with 0:0 hips is pretty rare. For hips, as long as they are below the Labrador Average of 13 (total of both hips), lower the better of course and scores on both hips of both parents are pretty even, i.e. 4:4 rather than 1:7 as an example, then I am ok with that. Checking hip and elbow scores of the parents of a prospective Lab pup is only one aspect of researching a prospective pup, another aspect and for me, the most important one is Temperament. Temperament Rules as far as I am concerned as this is what is so intrinsic in a Labrador and what they are so renowned for and a crucial part of the Labrador Breed Standard. I am prepared to compromise on hip and elbow scores in favour of Temperament e.g. if offered the choice of a pup from parents where both had Perfect hips 0:0 and elbows 0:0, but the temperament of either the mum or dad was dodgy and a pup from parents with average hip and elbow scores but both parents had "to die for" rock solid Lab temperaments, then I would take the pup from the parents with rock solid temperaments. How sad about the potential stud boy youngster awful bad luck or maybe environmental or something far back in his pedigree line,who knows, poor baby Temperament is certainly the MOST important requirement of a labrador.... Yes check the hip and elbow scores and the other important one is PRA, you need to know that your baby will not be affected by this disease. Below average hip scores and I will not rule out a one on the elbows, but certainly no higher....
  6. Those Crazy Labradors

    Hip scoring is in my opinion one of the most frustrating things we have to deal with in the scheme of things, I have known perfect scoring dogs that have been bred together and have produced bad scores (was it environmental I dont know, maybe) I have also known litter siblings, in more than one litter, come back with scores that are poles appart, one really good and one bad, I dont think we can get a reliable result unless all the puppies from several litters of the parents were scored and we all know that is not possible. All we as breeders can do is breed dogs together with good hips and elbows and then mother nature takes care of the rest. I believe there is no guarantee....yes elbows are very important and as stated before just as important as hips, however I personally have had the heartache of buying in a beautiful young potential stud dog from parents with brilliant scores that had such bad elbows the poor boy had to be put down at a very early age...... Good luck with your search for a puppy....
  7. Those Crazy Labradors

    you're always so reassuring, thank you! I think the vet barking was similar to anytime we have to leave him, but that has been improving a little with time in his crate. My bigger behavioural concern is he barks at me, particularly when I'm sitting on the couch... If I'm in the kitchen he's like a lamb! It usually starts with a really freaky fixed stare, followed by loud barking at me, even with my back turned. He'll stop if I leave the room, but just starts again. The puppy preschool trainer taught us an 'enough' command which stops him briefly, and she also said I need to stare him down, which has been helping too. If I make him come to me he just tries to nip my hands, and this morning that was hard enough to break the skin... He really needs another dog to whip his ass I think! I think we're making progress, but I worry all this guess work from us might harm him in the long run, and maybe a behaviourist could correct things easily while he's so young?! Lucky his broken tooth was a baby one, but it was in 6 shards when they removed it, so no wonder he was in so much pain! Our vet fees are at $1200 in just over a week... Probably pretty good considering. I'm pretty happy with the vets, but he was unattended overnight from 10pm to 7am, so maybe the poo eating started then. It's also a lot softer than normal still, so makes an easy meal. Softserve!! Maybe when they harden up again, he won' t be tempted! He was on eukanuba kibble, then eukanuba low residue soft food after being sick, then low residue kibble, and now he has to be on meat pieces for a few days so he doesn't get food stuck in the crater where his tooth was. I can't imagine getting poo in the crater is helping keep infection away either So, the short answer is his food is all over the shop! I keep hoping when he's healthy again and everything is normal, it will all come good... Have you contacted your breeder? It would be interesting to see whether any of the other puppies in the litter have had the tummy problems.....you sure have had a doing. Your breeder may also have some tips re training to overcome some of the undesirable traits that he seems to have. Just to add I would be very concerned if a puppy I bred was behaving this way...
  8. Those Crazy Labradors

    you're always so reassuring, thank you! I think the vet barking was similar to anytime we have to leave him, but that has been improving a little with time in his crate. My bigger behavioural concern is he barks at me, particularly when I'm sitting on the couch... If I'm in the kitchen he's like a lamb! It usually starts with a really freaky fixed stare, followed by loud barking at me, even with my back turned. He'll stop if I leave the room, but just starts again. The puppy preschool trainer taught us an 'enough' command which stops him briefly, and she also said I need to stare him down, which has been helping too. If I make him come to me he just tries to nip my hands, and this morning that was hard enough to break the skin... He really needs another dog to whip his ass I think! I think we're making progress, but I worry all this guess work from us might harm him in the long run, and maybe a behaviourist could correct things easily while he's so young?! Lucky his broken tooth was a baby one, but it was in 6 shards when they removed it, so no wonder he was in so much pain! Our vet fees are at $1200 in just over a week... Probably pretty good considering. I'm pretty happy with the vets, but he was unattended overnight from 10pm to 7am, so maybe the poo eating started then. It's also a lot softer than normal still, so makes an easy meal. Softserve!! Maybe when they harden up again, he won' t be tempted! He was on eukanuba kibble, then eukanuba low residue soft food after being sick, then low residue kibble, and now he has to be on meat pieces for a few days so he doesn't get food stuck in the crater where his tooth was. I can't imagine getting poo in the crater is helping keep infection away either So, the short answer is his food is all over the shop! I keep hoping when he's healthy again and everything is normal, it will all come good... Have you contacted your breeder? It would be interesting to see whether any of the other puppies in the litter have had the tummy problems.....you sure have had a doing. Your breeder may also have some tips re training to overcome some of the undesirable traits that he seems to have.
  9. Those Crazy Labradors

    I hope it works out for you and Ollie, sounds like a great compromise....as for how he will react to the other animals, that would be anyones guess, but I am sure that he will settle, whatever his initial reaction is. It sounds like a busy place so hopefully he will have lots to do and will not need to be so destructive. Good luck...
  10. Those Crazy Labradors

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  11. Those Crazy Labradors

    Thank you Mudlark, our baby is actually Secrets baby, she went very well at the show, was not fazed by anything and loved everyone. Our little boy Tom, is 6 months old and had his first show in Minor and came home with his first 7 points so we are thrilled with that too, he also went Minor Puppy in Show way to go Tommy
  12. Those Crazy Labradors

    Hello, There are several great breeders in Victoria, my suggestion would be to contact Sylvia Power she is a breeder herself, Zenchel Kennels, but will also be able to put you in touch with other breeders throught her contact with the Labrador Club of Victoria...I am sure that she will be able to recommend someone to you.
  13. Those Crazy Labradors

    Please don't beat yourself up Mrs. Tornsocks, we can all tell from your post that this has been a very difficult decision for your to make, and yes you are right, without attention and time Ollie will not break this habbit, it is after all attention seeking and boredom and as you have said you do not have the time to devote to him. You have made the right choice for Ollie, as I am sure that with some training and time he will be better, and will make someone a loving devoted companion and of course he is only young and he will grow out of this to a certain extent, but sometimes labs take longer than other dogs to grow out of their puppy behaviour. I always believe that the right home will come along, just may take a little while.... 's to you Mrs Tornsocks, but well done for making this very hard decision.
  14. Those Crazy Labradors

    Welcome to those Crazy Labradors. Yes it is good to read books but of course baby labradors are like every other baby and are all individual, they all react to different things in different ways.... You need to make his pen a nice place to be, could you put it somewhere where he can see it when he is out and about, leave the gate/door open and let him come and go, I would feed him in the crate and no where else....he seems to suffer from separation anxiety but should get over this with time and patience. Each time he goes into the pen give him a treat, our dogs always get a small treat each time we put them into their pens, its a "go to bed" command, they wait at the gate for us and then a treat, "Good boy Nixon" big pat and shut the gate....We always use "Quiet" (in a loud gruff voice) if there is any barking/noise, if he stops his noise for even a little while, I would praise again, good boy Nixon.....is it possible to give him short times in his pen, say on the weekend when you have time....if he is quiet for a while then let him out for a play....they are like kids they need to be taught the rules. I guess a lot depends on the environment when he was a baby, were they in the house or in a whelping area at the kennels, what was he used to while he has been growing up. We always have a radio playing when any babies are growing up at our place, and we have one going out the back at all times, just a bit of noise around the place can settle them instead of dead quiet. I hope I have been some help....they are all different....good luck, hope he settles soon...
  15. Those Crazy Labradors

    Two maybe three, still deciding that one...thinking about taking a baby, but hope it wont be too much for her. See how she handles the shows, has her first outing in Baby Puppy on Saturday...
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