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Hi all,

I have recently entered the wonderful world of Labbies with lovely Sparky, my 10 week Yellow Lab. I have never had a dog of this size previously and am a little unsure of certain procedures.

My main concerns are feeding and obedience. At the moment I'm feeding Sparky twice a day, in the morning before I go to work and at night after I eat dinner, he is on a mixture of dry food mostly (which occasionally he won't touch for hours) and puppy meats and the occasional snack of left overs, is this the correct feeding for him to grow big and healthy? As I know they are prone to obesity and bone problems due to excessive eating and I'm worried cause it seems Sparky will just about eat anything!!

My next question is on obedience, are there any proven reliable methods for training how old should he be before I commence, what type of training will work?? Where can I get manuals etc? I want him to sit, stay, come etc all the lovely commands that I know are possible but just don't know where to start!!!

Any comments will be much appreciated.
 

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Hi Pep, welcome to the forum. You will find a lot of useful information here, both from asking and by trawling the past postings

As for feeding, at 10 weeks of age my view would be to feed a good quality food three times a day. I wouldnt feed any leftovers, not only because they would only add unwanted calories but at that age they may cause stomach upsets

When you say you feed before you go to work and then dinner time is Sparky left alone in between times?

There are a whole host of good books on dog training, anything by Karen Pryor, Jean Donaldson, Ian Dunbar are worth reading as is "Labradors for Dummies" by Joel Walton. I'm sure others will recommend many more

I would also strongly recommend that you enrol in puppy training classes, not only will you learn a great deal, but Sparky will love it! :wink:

Cheers
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Hi Pep

Welcome to the site ... I have found it incredibly useful and very amusing too!!.

On the feeding front, I have always used dried foods (IAMs etc), and pretty much stuck to the recommended guidelines, less 10% (as I believe the manufacturers give you the maximum guidelines in order to sell more). I feed her in the morning and in the evening, and have to be honest, remain very strict in terms of no scraps, treats etc .. having said that we do give her a couple of carrots in the evening.

I completely agree with Nigel that you should enrol into training classes .. it provides a very good foundation for training techniques, and also provides the dogs with necessary socialising at a rel;atively young age.

Most reputable trainers will alway leave an open invite for you to return at anytime to brush up etc.,

Good luck and let us know how you get on.

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Hi there

Re training : I haven't enrolled Corbie in a class - although I have just received some info from the Kennel Club on the Good Citizen Dog Schemes, which I'm interested in possibly taking Corbie along to.

I've been training Corbie at home ever since we got him at 7 weeks old - they should start learning straightaway, but keep it fun and only limit it to a few minutes so the pup doesn't get bored, and keep doing it!

Sit was first, then down, stand, leave, off, and rollover. The Come command is still not 100%! I bought a dvd which was/is very helpful called Training Dogs - some info here (I think a video is available elsewhere if you don't have dvd): http://www.play.com/play247.asp?page=title&r=R2&title=125234

It showed good techniques and helpful tips and was easy to watch and learn. Although I can recommend the book The Perfect Puppy by Gwen Bailey, which has some training sessions to practice in there.
 

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Hi

welcome to the site. I believe such a young puppy should be fed not less than 3 times daily, gradually put to twice daily and stay on twice daily even in adulthood.
The breeder should really have given you some guidelines as to the amount etc. but as someone else has said the instructions on the bag is a good guide, but a little less. Certainly no scrapps.
I to feel a litte concerned as it sounds as though the puppy may be left all day.. If this is so how will you toilet train.(Forgive me if I am jumping the gun)
Enquire around for good training schools in your area, maybe your vet. will know. All the best with your new charge. Meg
 

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Thanks for all your replies, at the moment I have been feeding him Lucky Dog (Good Quality Dog Food in Aus) dry food which he really loves, approx 3/4 of a cup at both sittings which he finishes in under a couple of minutes! He spends his days with my wife so he always has company, as far as toilet training etc. he spends most of his time outside and knows where to do his business and I was actually surprised how easy it was to teach him to go on the patch of "selected" grass.

With basic training he will sit almost 90% of the time and comes to me almost 95%, my main concerns are his need for biting and chewing everything (but from what I've learnt that's just Labby pups) And I know he will eventually grow out of it and also learn about amount of pressure etc. But It's becomes real hard to control him at times as he just won't listen I will eventually begin formal training when he is old enough and has had all his shots.

Does anyone have any more recommendations in the mean time for training etc?


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Nina Bonderanko has a video called understanding and training your puppy which you can buy through caninepartners.co.uk ive not seen it but to get vogue I went on a fortnights training course to train me more than her and she really is an excellent trainer and its positive reinforcement training which is definatly the best, she is the program director for canine partners and look how wonderfully vogue came out!
anna
 
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