Discussion in 'Odds & Ends' started by Hrandyrko, Jul 24, 2009.
Awesome bump, looks like it was a good decision to keep him!
Good pics too!
Thanks for the kind words, everyone. I'm glad I stuck in there too. I love Murphy so much.
Oh god. That thread was a disaster.
I bet your dog is the smartest blonde in the world.
Thats good you still have the guy. And at 4 hes past that endless ball of energy stage.
Whats his toy of choice. Most goldy I know always seem to like fetching tennis balls the best.
I have a dog that is mostly pit bull but i think she got the fetching and water part of a retriever. She would attack the water and jump in there with no reagrd to anything.
I think i should have entered her into those long jump contests. She might have set the record
Patience is your best tool. Lots of walks are very good for a young dog with tons of energy. Develop some routines so Murphy can settle into some kind of schedule. Get a portable kennel - a good-sized one he can grow into - and use it while you are away. I have found with my labs that the kennel becomes their "space", and is an area of security and comfort. Plus it keeps them from chewing on everything in the house, or going to the bathroom inside and those sorts of things.
Your dog is very smart - your job is to figure out how to communicate most effectively what you want him to do. Attend obedience school with him - maybe two sessions. He'll learn basic commands like sit, stay, heel, come etc and will be able to please you with his obedience.
And love him.
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