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    With the peeing, they pee after eating, after sleeping and then whenever. Sniffing around is an indication. Water and vinegar gets rid of the scent. Any amonia kind of products will only intensify it. You have to be really on the ball with this toilet training stuff.

    I used a word when toilet training. Said it as a question when when going out the door and then during a pee/poo with great praise.
    Make the peeing outside as boring as possible, no play, petting etc but huge praise, treat when done.
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    Heaps of stuff in here on toilet training... it's fairly straight forward but it helps if you're super vigilant.

    https://www.google.com.au/#hl=en&scl...ogforum.com.au

    For the first couple of weeks I had my dog I was taking her out at 10:30pm just before I went to bed - then again at 2am and again at 4 am for a week and then 3:30am for a week or so. I had a lead tied to my dog and then under me and she was in a cardboard box with lots of old towels and old jumpers - so if she got up - she woke me up and I took her out (and re set the alarm).

    A puppy should be able to last all night from 14 weeks but some puppies take a little longer.

    Boy puppies do squat. Some boy puppies are taught never to cock their legs and will always squat if this is the case.

    when you have two dogs to train, it can help to give the one that is sitting out the training - twice as many treats as the one you're working with.

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    Congrats on your pup. One thing I strongly recommend with all my students is to teach the dog its name so that you get instant focus as soon as you call him. This is priority 1 so that if he gets off leash you can call him and get him to come straight back.

    I suggest high value treats such as VIP Chicken Chunkers, viennas, cheddar cheese, shredded ham for this as you need to be way more rewarding than if he ignored you.

    You also need to socialise the chap with both other dogs and humans. Join a dog club and take him down there to meet and greet people and dogs. Take him to shopping centres and walk around outside the entrance letting him greet people. This is where you can reinforce the sit for the greeting - ie sitting quietly and no jumping up he gets a big jackpot reward.

    Be wary of dog parks as they are frequented by some irresponsible people and you do not want your pup to have an unfortunate incident at this most impressionable age.

    From an exercise point of view, most Labs love to retreive and to swim so by combining these two you can stand on the bank and throw the ball until he is tired out.

    Go to it and keep us posted.
    Nev Allen
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nev Allen View Post

    I suggest high value treats such as VIP Chicken Chunkers, viennas, cheddar cheese, shredded ham for this as you need to be way more rewarding than if he ignored you.
    I just discovered how much my dogs love cheerios (those little red sausages). They will do anything for them!

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    I am not sure how old the puppy is but you will need to have the vaccinations up to date to the third at 12 weeks old before you go too many places. Puppy preschool is great if you have it in your area as the dogs are screened and the same age, great socialisation.

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    The Little guy is doing good! toilet training went pretty well today, i took him to the vet (we just got him yesterday) he was due for his second vac and i got him re wormed as well, the vet said it was best if i wasnt sure when it was first done as we have our little girl, and i was ashamed in myself and sad to hear that in the vets opinion he was too skinny, to the point where the vet told me to feed him 3 times a day and let him eat till he is full!! (this resulted in him eating untill he bloated/ballooned to the point where he felt sick the rest of the day i wasnt ready for him to eat as though he has been starved i thought like the vet said he would stop! yikes!!! i feel disappointed that i did not notice he was too thin, i was un aware of what lab puppies should look like at 10 weeks im so happy i was determined to get him to the vet asap! other than needing fattening up the vet said he looks good! hopefully he is much better at his next vac appointment i am going to try get into the exact same vet!

    He also has some flees which my flee wash did not get rid of so off tot he shops to get something better tomorrow!!! None of our pets haev fleas so i am dead keen to kill them all!!! haha.. as i should be any way :P

    Also he has a really light coat and blue eyes, does any one know if he will stay this way or change? or is it impossible to tell? just curious

    thanks for the great advice about learning his name (he is doing really well so far! very responsive and very VERY eager to be near his family) and special treats! our mini foxie LOVES cheese!!

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    I use Revolution which is just applied behind the neck, recommended by my vet. Seems to do the job well, others probably use other products.
    It may be worth doing a search or asking about what to feed the puppy. I feed raw but I know others who use cooked and premium foods.
    Maybe too much cereal in the food. There is a percentage to feed them, puppies eat about 7% of their weight a day divided over four meals. Labs are well known guts so you will need to be disciplined.There has been a lot of chat about this issue on the forum in recent months.

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    I never heard of a lab with blue eyes, not even a puppy. Maybe he has a bit of husky or coolie in him.

    If you can feel the ribs easily - this is about right weight wise - but if his ribs and spine and hip bones are clearly visible - that's too skinny. If you can't feel his ribs at all not anywhere, and there is no tuck in between his ribs and his hips - then he's too fat.

    Labs are usually too fat. Even some vets like them a bit fatter than they need to be. But this is probably not so much of a problem with a puppy.

    You might want to get a treat toy like a bob alot and just keep filling it up, but he won't be able to eat the food as quickly. Or get one of those bowls that look like a lego piece with lumps in the middle to make the food harder to pick up. This also slows them down. And the puppy kibble that I fed - advised soaking it first in water. It swells up quite a bit, better it be like that before the puppy eats it than after.

    And be careful not to have the puppy running flat out for up to an hour before and after feeding. General rule of thumb for puppy exercise is 5 minutes per month of age. But you can still do more than one session, just make sure he gets a sleep between or try some mental exercise instead of running, playing and wrestling.

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    He certainly is not much of a runner yet! big lazy baby! hehe.
    He and our mini foxie Diva had a good play tonight after he went a nice big toilet and felt a bit better i think! i will try soaking the food thanks for that! i shall look into different flee killer brands and also get flea collars for the other animals just in case! He's eyes aren't piercing blue more of a grey blue i should have been more specific sorry, not like a huskies, though who knows he has no heritage papers or knowledge except for his parents.

    i will definitely try soaking his dry food tomorrow thats a great idea thanks i bought some raw meaty bones for them from the butcher and will also get some marrow bones at times too, Diva loves bones! especially when they are almost bigger than she is! lol

    this is a great forum community by the way! every one has been so nice and free of judgement which is vey inviting! thank you all so much!

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    Usually with Labradors you can tell what colour they will turn out by the colour of their ears, so if he has dark ears, he will be dark, light ears and he will stay light

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