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      Hello All!

      I really want a Labrador Retriever, but I am a little hesitant. I saw some stories about a Lab's behavior as a pup and their chewing habits. Do they really chew table legs, sofas, etc? If I provide the toys necessary and use corrective behavior, will this deter the pup from chewing on things he/she shouldn't? Will you please tell me your experiences with labbies from puppyhood to adulthood? I think the dogs are great, but I do not want to get in over my head. I want to make a sound decision and if the lab is not the pup for me, I will consider another breed. I do understand that puppies teethe, so I am not totally oblivious. Thanks!

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      Welcome!

      I have two labs. Samson will be 5 soon and my Asher is in is 9th month. Chewers? Oh yes! My baseboard has evidence of that from when Samson was a puppy and I wasn't fast enough to stop him. Asher will try bite on the corner of my TV stand or my end table. Positive reinforcement helps. Staying consistent and right on top of the pup is essential. I use Kong toys. Asher seems to love those. I stopped giving Samson Nylabones after Asher sheared his puppy canine playing tug with Samson. I know it was not related to Nylabones but I always had my hesitations giving them to Samson. Anyways, I'm not a pro like many others so all of this is new to me too. I will say you need to be energetic and ready to care for a lab pup/dog just like you would a child. The reward is priceless!

      Good luck in your decision and please make sure you are ready for a lab pup if you choose one! :-) Asking questions here is a great start!

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      Welcome to the board. Good for you for doing your research. Any puppy can chew, regardless of breed. My sister's puppy, an English Shepherd, emasculated Sis's kitchen table. It used to have canon ball legs. Neither of my Lab pups was a hard core chewer but Oban did go through 7 (seven) pairs of the OH's reading glasses. The number 7 is key, the owner has to be capable of learning not to leave his reading glasses where a puppy can get them. Yes, toys and guiding lessons from you will help deter chewing but it takes time. Some need more time than others, puppies and owner.

      Chewing isn't the only thing they do. Some really nip. Labs are bred to use their mouths to retrieve and they do tend to try out their mouths a bit more than non-retrievers, sometimes.

      A big area of your research should be into health tests for your future puppy's parents and what the breeder does to ensure you get a healthy puppy, again regardless of breed. There is a puppy section here on some of the things you should know about that.

      I hope we see you here lots more. You sound like you are going to be a great owner, thus you will have a great puppy.

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      Hello All!

      I agree with the above. Any dog can chew. I knew someone with 2 Pomeranians and they destroyed her baseboards. My last chocolate lab never chewed furniture. He might have taste tested the coffee table but then he saw my face either way, any dog may have destructive behavior. They are dogs after all.


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      I have 2. A 3 year old and a 1 year old. Maverick wasn't a chewer. Bear chewed on Maverick. We have a corner wall edge with teeth marks. We used a bitter apple spray, gave lots of toys and cheeses, and corrected naughty behavior.

      Good for you for checking this out first! That's the best way to go into making a decision!


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      welcome.

      i can only echo the above - MOST puppies chew. it's your job as the owner to supevise, manage, train and set them up for success (containement when not supevised to keep them safe).

      labs are very busy mouthy puppies. so be ready to provide lots od mental and pbysical exercise and spend tons of time training.

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      Welcome to the board. I was lucky with my 3yo Buddy. He's never chewed anything other than his toys. He gets an occasional Kong filled with treats. Helps to keep them engaged and active. Other pups in the past... not quite so lucky. Good advice in the posts above. I've had labs for over 20 years and love the breed.
      Good luck on your search.

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      Thank you so much for your reply! I have heard of Bitter Apple. Did you try it?

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      Thank you very much for your reply! I am familiar with Kong toys and they look pretty durable. I fell in love with a lab last week, she was so SWEET!!! I love big dogs and most of the do not have to prove anything like some of the smaller dogs. Buddy is so cute!

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      Quote Originally Posted by SamsonsMom View Post
      Welcome!

      I have two labs. Samson will be 5 soon and my Asher is in is 9th month. Chewers? Oh yes! My baseboard has evidence of that from when Samson was a puppy and I wasn't fast enough to stop him. Asher will try bite on the corner of my TV stand or my end table. Positive reinforcement helps. Staying consistent and right on top of the pup is essential. I use Kong toys. Asher seems to love those. I stopped giving Samson Nylabones after Asher sheared his puppy canine playing tug with Samson. I know it was not related to Nylabones but I always had my hesitations giving them to Samson. Anyways, I'm not a pro like many others so all of this is new to me too. I will say you need to be energetic and ready to care for a lab pup/dog just like you would a child. The reward is priceless!

      Good luck in your decision and please make sure you are ready for a lab pup if you choose one! :-) Asking questions here is a great start!
      I love your baby!

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