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Well I've finally done it!

Post by MACCA » Tue Jun 11, 2019 8:30 pm

Well I've put it off for several years, but I can now confirm I've finally taken the plunge.
(Any tips greatly appreciated)

Gentlemen, meet Stanley....
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Re: Well I've finally done it!

Post by jdrobbo » Tue Jun 11, 2019 8:32 pm

What an absolute beaut. Congrats. If you ever need a dog walker, drop him off in Guiseley outside Harry Ramsdens.
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Post by DAVETHEVICAR » Tue Jun 11, 2019 8:33 pm

Golly, a real cutie

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Re: Well I've finally done it!

Post by Billy Balfour » Tue Jun 11, 2019 8:38 pm

kitchen scales? I hope he's not going to eat it.

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Re: Well I've finally done it!

Post by AndyClaret » Tue Jun 11, 2019 8:38 pm

MACCA wrote:Well I've put it off for several years, but I can now confirm I've finally taken the plunge.
(Any tips greatly appreciated)

Gentlemen, meet Stanley....
Labradors are known for their ferocious appetite, watch what you feed it, and watch out for it pinching food.

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Re: Well I've finally done it!

Post by claretblue » Tue Jun 11, 2019 8:40 pm

jdrobbo wrote:What an absolute beaut. Congrats. If you ever need a dog walker, drop him off in Guiseley outside Harry Ramsdens.
do dogs eat fish 'n chips? :D

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Re: Well I've finally done it!

Post by taio » Tue Jun 11, 2019 8:40 pm

Cracking photos and little dog.

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Re: Well I've finally done it!

Post by Claret Till I Die » Tue Jun 11, 2019 8:43 pm

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Re: Well I've finally done it!

Post by MACCA » Tue Jun 11, 2019 8:43 pm

AndyClaret wrote:Labradors are known for their ferocious appetite, watch what you feed it, and watch out for it pinching food.
Cheers

Sounds just like me, he'll fit straight in :lol: ;)

2kg today when he was weighed ( 4 weeks old )
Should be about 5kg when he can come home on 9th July.

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Re: Well I've finally done it!

Post by Steve1956 » Tue Jun 11, 2019 8:47 pm

You now have a friend for life Macca......well done.

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Re: Well I've finally done it!

Post by Shore claret » Tue Jun 11, 2019 8:49 pm

Hide all your footwear.

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Re: Well I've finally done it!

Post by Funkydrummer » Tue Jun 11, 2019 8:56 pm

Cracking specimen there - as has been said, you have a friend for life in your hands.

Cherish and enjoy.

It's true what they say, labs will eat until they're sick and then start again, so be careful
what and how much you feed him.

They also love water and will often find it when you didn't even know any was present.
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Re: Well I've finally done it!

Post by MDWat » Tue Jun 11, 2019 8:56 pm

He’ll cry like a bitch for about a week. Try resist the urge to go downstairs or take it in the bedroom with you.

It’ll **** and **** around the house for about 12 weeks so make sure you get some pads. Hopefully you haven’t any young, inquisitive kids who pick up anything on the floor.

However, dogs are ******* mint. Ours is 11 months old now and regardless of how **** your day has been, they still love you all the same. It’s mint.

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Post by MDWat » Tue Jun 11, 2019 8:59 pm

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Re: Well I've finally done it!

Post by jdrobbo » Tue Jun 11, 2019 9:00 pm

claretblue wrote:do dogs eat fish 'n chips? :D
No, but they love curry sauce and scraps!

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Re: Well I've finally done it!

Post by Steve1956 » Tue Jun 11, 2019 9:04 pm

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We love our two.
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Post by Tricky Trevor » Tue Jun 11, 2019 9:20 pm

Claret Till I Die wrote:Image
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Re: Well I've finally done it!

Post by Fenwick » Tue Jun 11, 2019 9:23 pm

Buy good waterproofs

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Re: Well I've finally done it!

Post by Leamington Claret » Tue Jun 11, 2019 9:24 pm

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Managed most of my life without a dog, now I couldn't imagine life without one (or, to be exact, two!)
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Re: Well I've finally done it!

Post by Foulthrow » Tue Jun 11, 2019 9:43 pm

Would love to get a dog. The wife is dead against it. I’m also worried about the cost ( and picking up poo).

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Post by ewanrob » Tue Jun 11, 2019 9:47 pm

When your at the top of a moor somewhere, just you and your dog its magic...feels a little like when the final whistle went against Spurs at the turf...pure heaven.
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Post by CnBtruntru » Tue Jun 11, 2019 9:55 pm

We have a lab and she is the most loving and devoted dog you cold ask for, best thing I read about them they are a "stomach on legs", and it a is absolutely true but will be devoted to you.

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Post by Guppyspotter » Tue Jun 11, 2019 9:58 pm

Just to balance it out, our lab arrived 7 weeks ago. Didn't cry at night, cage and blanket over it. Had a few accidents in week one and 2 and then 1 a week max. Doesn't chew too much yet except lumps of firewood and rubber toys he's given and of course a beef bone. Don't feed it anything other than dog food from its bowl .

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Re: Well I've finally done it!

Post by Steve1956 » Tue Jun 11, 2019 10:09 pm

Foulthrow wrote:Would love to get a dog. The wife is dead against it. I’m also worried about the cost ( and picking up poo).
Massive commitment mate,but the good times outweigh the bad,a dog will be the best friend you ever had.
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Post by claret_in_exile » Tue Jun 11, 2019 10:13 pm

Dogs are awesome. We just got two more (Pom puppies).

A house is not a home without a dog.

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Post by Chobulous » Tue Jun 11, 2019 10:19 pm

This is Benjamin, just 6 months old. We got him the day after I retired on Feb 1st
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Post by conyoviejo » Tue Jun 11, 2019 10:36 pm

This was one of the guide dog puppies we looked after a few months ago,unfortunately we had to give back lol.
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Post by Leisure » Tue Jun 11, 2019 10:47 pm

Do not be tempted to feed it scraps from the table. If you succumb to it's pitiful eyes you'll never have a peaceful meal without it sat at your feet drooling while you're eating! ;)

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Post by Bin Ont Turf » Tue Jun 11, 2019 10:52 pm

conyoviejo wrote:This was one of the guide dog puppies we looked after a few months ago,unfortunately we had to give back lol.
I still don't know how you do it mate.

Great work though. 8-)
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Post by ewanrob » Tue Jun 11, 2019 11:10 pm

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MACCA wrote:Well I've put it off for several years, but I can now confirm I've finally taken the plunge.
(Any tips greatly appreciated)

Gentlemen, meet Stanley....
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Post by tybfc » Tue Jun 11, 2019 11:21 pm

Leisure wrote:Do not be tempted to feed it scraps from the table. If you succumb to it's pitiful eyes you'll never have a peaceful meal without it sat at your feet drooling while you're eating! ;)
Sounds like the Harwood lot on an Accy Clarets away trip :)
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Post by AndyClaret » Wed Jun 12, 2019 6:07 am

This is Lola, now 8 months old, can be seen playing with all the dogs on Ightenhill Park, she's a star !
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Post by Quicknick » Wed Jun 12, 2019 6:19 am

Stir fry it.

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Post by MACCA » Wed Jun 12, 2019 6:27 am

AndyClaret wrote:This is Lola, now 8 months old, can be seen playing with all the dogs on Ightenhill Park, she's a star !

Well we might see you around, that'll be our local too.

Think theres a few posters on here that frequent that park and the walking routes near me.

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Post by claretonthecoast1882 » Wed Jun 12, 2019 7:51 am

Good choice for a 1st dog, you will have a new best mate.

Remember any food you have is his, any crisps you have are his. If you think some food is out of reach on a work top or some higher place it isn't. No chocolate.

Also if you wonder who loves you more the mrs or the dog, 1st Saturday game tell them both you will be home no later than 7pm. Roll in at midnight hammered and see who is happiest to see you.
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Post by ClaretMoffitt » Wed Jun 12, 2019 8:01 am

Now this is my kind of thread

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Post by Lancasterclaret » Wed Jun 12, 2019 8:04 am

ClaretMoffitt wrote:Now this is my kind of thread
Surely this will only add to your enjoyment?

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Post by ClaretMoffitt » Wed Jun 12, 2019 8:05 am

Lancasterclaret wrote:Surely this will only add to your enjoyment?

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Looks a little like me :twisted:
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Post by claretonthecoast1882 » Wed Jun 12, 2019 8:06 am

Lancasterclaret wrote:Surely this will only add to your enjoyment?

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:D good spot
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Post by Hipper » Wed Jun 12, 2019 8:09 am

claretblue wrote:do dogs eat fish 'n chips? :D
My mum used to do baby sitting. She went round this women's house and she had just got a dog, a deaf Dalmation. Before she went out this woman asked my mum if a ham sandwich would be alright for its tea.

The next day my mother got a call from this woman to say that her husband had threatened to kill her and the dog unless she got rid of it, so this animal ended up with us. It was six months old, had not been house trained (the previous owner was a working woman who had left it to its own devices all day), but was very affectionate and intelligent. It destroyed lots in our house - television (it walked round the back of it to see what was going on and knocked it over); double glazing (my mum was cleaning the inner glass of the French windows from the outside and the dog just ran straight through it on seeing her); chewed up hair brushes and lots more - but we loved it. It could somehow detect when I was coming home from work and would put it's front legs on the window sill to try and look out for me.
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Post by gc14 » Wed Jun 12, 2019 8:18 am

Have a lab (same colour) for almost 4 years, A fantastic dog,brilliant with kids,adults and other dogs, always done his
business outside without any need to train ... One good piece of advice we was given, don't 'over-walk' him for the
1st few months .. 4 x 10 minute walks a day is ideal over exercising them can impact on their hips for later life ..
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Post by claretblue » Wed Jun 12, 2019 8:36 am

claretonthecoast1882 wrote:Also if you wonder who loves you more the mrs or the dog, 1st Saturday game tell them both you will be home no later than 7pm. Roll in at midnight hammered and see who is happiest to see you.
:lol: :lol: :lol:

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Post by MACCA » Wed Jun 12, 2019 8:38 am

claretonthecoast1882 wrote:Good choice for a 1st dog, you will have a new best mate.

Remember any food you have is his, any crisps you have are his. If you think some food is out of reach on a work top or some higher place it isn't. No chocolate.

Also if you wonder who loves you more the mrs or the dog, 1st Saturday game tell them both you will be home no later than 7pm. Roll in at midnight hammered and see who is happiest to see you.
He wont eat any human food, but I'd like to see him try it on for my crisps. If theres one thing I'm passionate about its crisps ( it used to be crisps and pies, but I've spotted my addiction to the latter )

To be fair I can see the dog helping in my quest for more drinking hours, its earnt me millions of brownie points, and who doesn't like a quick pub stop after a decent walk.

Just hope he's happy to sit and watch the cricket for several hours in the sun, then guide me home.
I'm usually a touch wobbly.

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Post by MACCA » Wed Jun 12, 2019 8:45 am

gc14 wrote:Have a lab (same colour) for almost 4 years, A fantastic dog,brilliant with kids,adults and other dogs, always done his
business outside without any need to train ... One good piece of advice we was given, don't 'over-walk' him for the
1st few months .. 4 x 10 minute walks a day is ideal over exercising them can impact on their hips for later life ..
Yes picked him for those reasons listed above, and his parents are great too, so hoping he follows suit.

Hes already doing his business on pads at his current home, so touch wood we wont have too many accidents early on.

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Post by claretblue » Wed Jun 12, 2019 8:48 am

MACCA wrote:Hes already doing his business on pads at his current home
keep your IPad outta reach MACCA! ;)

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Post by 1Simpleton » Wed Jun 12, 2019 8:56 am

Logged in just to like the post they truly are a man's best friend. Off out with mine soon the only problem is he will return wet and muddy.

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Post by RalphCoatesComb » Wed Jun 12, 2019 9:02 am

"Any tips greatly appreciated"

Get a cage and use it, especially at bedtime.

He'll soon get used to it and will go there on his own within a short time. Make it HIS space.

Cuts down on lots of "Puppy Damage" - Enjoy!
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Post by gavster » Wed Jun 12, 2019 10:21 am

https://www.thelabradorsite.com/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

That’s a great site for all sorts of help. My advise really invest time on the first few weeks in routine. Really get to know the breeder and get them to do lots of socialisation work and have fun they’re awesome

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Post by MACCA » Wed Jun 12, 2019 10:54 am

RalphCoatesComb wrote:"Any tips greatly appreciated"

Get a cage and use it, especially at bedtime.

He'll soon get used to it and will go there on his own within a short time. Make it HIS space.

Cuts down on lots of "Puppy Damage" - Enjoy!
Yes the cage has been the first thing we saught.

I'm not giving up my bed for anything, you hear all sorts if stories of them sleeping with the owners or in the same room etc
I'd prefer if he didn't go upstairs at all.

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