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Could you teach your dog to trot on leash next to a bicycle?

I wouldn't be doing that with a 5 month old lab pup. No jogging either.

Good point. What's the appropriate age for that sort of running?
Lia
Good point. What's the appropriate age for that sort of running?

Ideally, knowing when the growth plates have closed. With a retriever puppy, I'd not do such a thing younger than 15 months, but I'm a little protective and tend to err on the side of caution and say 18 months. That certainly doesn't mean no exercise of course! Free play, fetching, swimming - all good things. Just not paced exercise like jogging or jumping.

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Good point. What's the appropriate age for that sort of running?

Depends on the breed, on how the individual dog is maturing, whether or not the individual dog is obese, what kind of surface it'd be running on, etc. If you're not sure, a year is a reasonable rule of thumb for an average dog. A little sooner for a smaller dog, a little later for a larger dog, etc.
Oh, yeah - when in doubt, ASK YOUR VET.

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We have a 5-month old 50 pound lab and an 8-year old neighbor boy who love to play, wrestle, roll ... but other kids are still vulnerable. Any/all suggestions much appreciated. Dave Perry ==These would be a few of my suggestions.

I would suggest you always keep the pup on a long leash when at the dog park.
Never let any child wrestle or play with your dog or allow the dog to get overly excited. The pup will view all children as equal. When children come to your house, put the dog outside or in another room.

If the neighbor's child wants to play with the dog, then have him throw a ball for him to fetch and then teach him to bring the ball back and drop it. Don't let him try to remove the ball from the dog's mouth. If the dog does not drop it, have him throw another ball and the dog will then drop the first ball. Someone should be there to supervise the boy when he does play fetch with the dog.
This will be fun for both boy and dog and good exercise and mental stimulation for the dog also. Retrievers love to fetch.

Try to walk the dog daily on a leash. If the dog receives enough exercise, he won't be so rambunctious and much easier to live with and control. Walking the dog is also another form of mental stimulation for the dog.

This pup is going to be a large dog. He will be difficult to control with no training. I would suggest taking the dog to obedience training classes. Everyone will enjoy the dog more if the dog learns to sit, stay, come and heel on command.
Even though the dog is good natured, his size and exuberance will frighten small children and tend to knock them over easily. I would keep the dog away from all small children.
I would suggest you always keep the pup on a long leash when at the dog park.

Is this acceptable at most dog parks?
Never let any child wrestle or play with your dog or allow the dog to get overly excited. The pup will view all children as equal. When children come to your house, put the dog outside or in another room.

That's not good advice. The dog needs to learn how to interact properly with children. That will not happen if the dog is locked away from them.
If the neighbor's child wants to play with the dog, then have him throw a ball for him to fetch ... the dog does not drop it, have him throw another ball and the dog will then drop the first ball.

How about teach the dog to fetch and return instead of having a neighbor's kid do it?
Try to walk the dog daily on a leash. If the dog receives enough exercise,

I suppose, if your definition of "enough" is low, you might be able to achieve "enough exercise" for a retriever by walking it on-leash.
This pup is going to be a large dog.

Labs are medium sized, not large.
I would keep the dog away from all small children.

I'd train him to be safe around children (assuming, obviously, that he is not aggressive toward them).

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We have a 5-month old 50 pound lab and an 8-year old neighbor boy who love to play, wrestle, roll ... dog at bay, to sit and all that but other kids are still vulnerable. Any/all suggestions much appreciated. Dave Perry

Many labs retain that puppy behavior for the first five or so years. ;-) If your pup is already 50 pounds, he could end up being rather large at full growth. Coda, a male chocolate lab family member of ours, ended up being close to 120 pounds. He was a big 'un.
Although labs love to play* with children, they must be taught to be aware of their size when around *little people. I'd suggest teaching your dog some games, fetch for example, and then teaching the neighbor child how to play in an acceptable way with the dog. Maybe even getting to the point where you, your dog, and the neighbor child can all walk the dog together. A good opportunity for you to teach the child also about proper playing with dogs, or perhaps I should say proper ways of behaving around dogs.

It's been really hot here this summer, hottest August on record. So we've had to curtail outside activities for the most part. But when it gets cooler again, I like to take my dogs out back and throw balls and sticks for them until I wear them out completely. A tired dog is a more docile dog.

Best of luck with your new pup.
td
Labs are medium sized, not large.

Labs come in Small, Medium, Large, and "For crissakes, put the dog on a diet, ma'am" sizes.
Unfortunately.

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"The main proponents of 'universal coverage' want to throw more money at the current health care system, which strikes me as unwise. I believe that the 'universal coverage' mantra is dysfunctional for the same reason that 'more money for public schools' is a dysfunctional mantra for education. When your current approach is digging you into a hole, the sensible thing to do is not to dig faster. It is to stop digging." http://www.tcsdaily.com/article.aspx?id=080607B
I'd suggest teaching your dog some games, fetch for example

Through people I know, I have arranged for a special place in Hell for the folks who own retrievers, especially Labs, who don't play fetch with them.

Handsome Jack Morrison
In typical "reality-based" fashion, John Edwards wants you to give up your* SUV, but wants to keep *his 30,000 sq. ft. home, multiple SUVs, ride in private jets, etc. http://www.wlos.com/template/inews wire/wires.regional.nc/22b7034c-www.wlos.com.shtml http://i167.photobucket.com/albums/u128/sapguy us/EdwardsHome.jpg

"Reality-based" thinker claims that torturing and killing dogs is no worse than eating at McDonald's! http://newsbusters.org/blogs/p-j-gladnick/2007/08/25/lawrence-odonnell-compares-killing-dogs-catc...

Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week - October 22-26. Be there, or be square. http://www.frontpagemag.com/Articles/Read.aspx?GUID=782CE43A-F940-4F85-A13A-08CF7750A063

This* is the *real reason why the "reality-based" community pushes global-warming hysteria. To push you around and take your money. Senator Dingell now wants a cap on the Mortgage Interest Deduction! http://www.treehugger.com/files/2007/08/dingell wants c.php

Freakin' Democrats.
"Reality-based" community clamors for housing bailout (at taxpayer's expense, of course). http://michellemalkin.com/2007/08/24/the-democrat-clamor-for-a-housing-bailout /

The "reality-based" community: Hopelessly Devoted to Failure. http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=Mjc2NGM4NTBmYmUwYzRkYzNmMGVkMWZhYjU5ZjEzNDE =

Why "liberal" doesn't quite fit:
"In the short term, this reflects the failure of the Republican Party to secure its hard-won victories. In the longer term, this may provide a new opportunity for the heirs to authentic liberalism - today's conservatives - as they often thrive when lovers of big government, by whatever name they go by, overreach." http://blogs.usatoday.com/oped/2007/08/why-liberal-doe.html

"The main proponents of 'universal coverage' want to throw more money at the current health care system, which strikes me as unwise. I believe that the 'universal coverage' mantra is dysfunctional for the same reason that 'more money for public schools' is a dysfunctional mantra for education. When your current approach is digging you into a hole, the sensible thing to do is not to dig faster. It is to stop digging." http://www.tcsdaily.com/article.aspx?id=080607B
Labs are medium sized, not large.

Certainly not in our neck of the country.
Labs come in Small, Medium, Large, and "For crissakes, put the dog on a diet, ma'am" sizes. Unfortunately.

Yup. I'd guess, around here anyway, an average would be around 70 pounds. And I'm not talking *over-weight* 70 pounds. Old Yeller-like 70 pounds. ;-)
td
Handsome Jack Morrison In typical "reality-based" fashion, John Edwards wants you to give **** SUV, but wants to keep his 30,000 sq. ft. home, multiple SUVs, ride in private jets, etc.

http://www.wlos.com/template/inews wire/wires.regional.nc/22b7034c-www.wlos.com.shtml
http://i167.photobucket.com/albums/u128/sapguy us/EdwardsHome.jpg "Reality-based" thinker claims that torturing and killing dogs is no worsethan eating at McDonald's!

http://newsbusters.org/blogs/p-j-gladnick/2007/08/25/lawrence-odonnell-compares-killing-dogs-catc...
Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week - October 22-26. Be there, or be square.

http://www.frontpagemag.com/Articles/Read.aspx?GUID=782CE43A-F940-4F85-A13A-08CF7750A063
This* is the *real reason why the "reality-based" community pushesglobal-warming hysteria. To push you around and take your money. Senator Dingell now wants a cap onthe Mortgage Interest Deduction! http://www.treehugger.com/files/2007/08/dingell wants c.php Freakin' Democrats. "Reality-based" community clamors for housing bailout (at taxpayer'sexpense, of course).

http://michellemalkin.com/2007/08/24/the-democrat-clamor-for-a-housing-bailout /
The "reality-based" community: Hopelessly Devoted to Failure.

http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=Mjc2NGM4NTBmYmUwYzRkYzNmMGVkMWZhYjU5ZjEzNDE =
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