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    Hi all im only new to this site my daughter is wanting a lab pup for her 21st at the end of the year I have been told by numerous people that they are very distructive does anyone thats got one or had one is this true or doesnt it come down to how much you put into them ,thanks debbie

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    IMO it's totally true.

    They will chew anything they can get their floppy mouths on.

    We have a lab x (we think, he looks like a big lab) and he destroyed everything. The walls in the laundry, the trampoline saftey mats, 6 or 7 hoses, multiple pairs of shoes, carpet, blankets, toys. Basically, if he could reach it, it was eaten.

    However, as an adult he wont chew anything he is not meant to. He also hasnt been the worst chewer ever. We had a staffy/boxer x who at 6 years old would still destroy anything he could get his mouth on and we currently have an almost2 year old foxy/shih tzu x who absolutely loves to chew on things she knows she shouldnt lol

    This doesnt mean you shouldnt get a lab of course. They are very trainable, and the destroying does pass. They are quite boisterous dogs though and take a long time to mature and calm down.....so be prepared for the worlds largest puppy lol

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    mum and dad have had 4 labs over the yrs I have had 1 and am getting my 2nd today.....Yep some are destructive some not so much.... 2 of mums havent destroyed a single thing. My 1st lab was 7 when she past away and would still pull washing off the line or dig up the sprinklers if she was locked outside for the whole day. I honestly think it comes down to how much time u spend with them ans how long they are alone for. I used to leave for work at6 and not get home till 6-7 so for those 12 hrs she was a pup in a backyard keeping herself occupied. Once we realised she didnt destroy anything if left inside it was much better.... but she would do everything from catching the fish in the pond pulling up and eating plants chewed all the wiring off a trailer (in one day) and the wipers off the bumperbar of my car...nothing was safe. But when I was home she was lovely. I did obiedience 3x a wk and she was fantastic she was just bored when alone ( she did have a friend a little kelpie so just alone from me)

    where mums dogs havent been destructive hardly at all, but they are retired so there is always somone home. it makes a huge difference.

    They are boysterous pups for the first..... 10 yrs lol...... some are quieter than others but they still go spaz and forget how big they are. BUT with training they are beautiful wonderful dogs.

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    we have a black shepard cross lab and when we first got him a bit destructive but since he turned 10 months beautiful beast. No destruction just lots of love and attention spends time inside with us lots of walks and he talks lots as well. No I would have to say a cross may be better but you do have to spend time no matter what type of pup you get. Lots of love and attention

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    Not fully sure on Labs but if you want an animal destruction ball, get a Heeler.
    By far the worse pups I have had for making a solid thing into tiny pieces within a couple of minutes.
    So if this is what you don't want then keep away from Heeler Pups.

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    Any puppy can be destructive. My dog still has her moments - my ugg boots may never be safe. They need managing and containing until they've learned the rules. Loads of exercise and frequent short fun training sessions.

    If you're looking to get a puppy - try get along to some places where labs hang out, and ask around where they got their puppy and what kind of support they had from their breeder.

    There's a lot of lovely lab pups that show up at our dog club and our club president breeds the occaisional litter of chocolate labs. So that might be one place to start. The other place would be to find your local labrador club or breed shows and go along and talk to the people there. And also ask the guide dog people. They would have failed labs that need homes, and they also look for foster homes for puppies - so they will know about what lab puppies are like.

    Personally labradors are not my favourite breed. They're very affectionate - like a greedy slobbery sledge hammer. But the ones that have been trained how to make a nice polite greeting are a lot easier to be around than the ones that jump all over you, and slobber on you and try to eat your treat bag.

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    We have a lab puppy who is currently 5 months old. So far no major destruction. I feel what helps is daily meaty bones kinda tires her from chewing other stuff. restricted garden areas get citronella spray, and she has her own patch of dirt and grass where she's fine. keeping them outdoors helps as there's plenty of natural entertainment. she loves doing fast runs around the bushes and chews stems of peace lilly (which is like a weed in my garden) . Overall a wonderful dog who loves her kennel and outdoor area and gets to come indoors for special times only. Took 2-3 months to understand this, and only getting better. I think keeping her outdoors from day 1 helped her take to her kennel as a safe resting place. Also got some toys and blankets rubbed in the litter which she still takes as a comfort thing.
    Good luck. Hope this is helpful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by k9pal View Post
    We have a lab puppy who is currently 5 months old. So far no major destruction. I feel what helps is daily meaty bones kinda tires her from chewing other stuff. restricted garden areas get citronella spray, and she has her own patch of dirt and grass where she's fine. keeping them outdoors helps as there's plenty of natural entertainment. she loves doing fast runs around the bushes and chews stems of peace lilly (which is like a weed in my garden) . Overall a wonderful dog who loves her kennel and outdoor area and gets to come indoors for special times only. Took 2-3 months to understand this, and only getting better. I think keeping her outdoors from day 1 helped her take to her kennel as a safe resting place. Also got some toys and blankets rubbed in the litter which she still takes as a comfort thing.
    Good luck. Hope this is helpful.
    Yeh thanks for that. Ours is 16 months old and doing well. When he was younger he also spent most his time outside as well but now he is older we let him inside a fair bit. He doesn't do destruction and the bones I used was from the pet shop only cause they were smoked and better for him. He eats his own food and enjoys that. We do watch his weight though. He has the build of a black shephard and some traits of a lab. He has the brain of a shephard though and very smart. Good luck with your pup.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Roz View Post
    and the bones I used was from the pet shop only cause they were smoked and better for him.
    Hi Roz

    Bit off topic....



    Curious about the smoked bones.

    I understand there are different methods for smoking, like cold, steam, hung and dried in a smoke room etc....

    Are they still soft or hardened and brittle?

    Are they brisket bones (rib flaps)?

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    They are hardened. And they are usually femur bones. I don't like them because they break up into little shards, like cooked bones. I wouldn't give them to a pup.

    I don't know if the smoking method makes a difference. I've tried some from the pet shop and the supermarket and they all seemed to have the same consistency.

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