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Dogs don't know when a similar situation is OK or not OK!

For example they don't know the difference between an old pair of socks and a new pair. Or old shoes and new shoes. All the same to them!

For that reason, I feel it is best to ALWAYS have the same rule for everything...
Never any sock chewing allowed.
Never any shoe chewing allowed.
Never allowed to jump up on anyone.
Never allowed to nibble, chew or bite anyone. Teeth on skin is a no no. Etc.
With the kid wrestling, etc. yes this is fun, however because the dog can't tell when it is OK or not OK, because the dog will get to be quite large, and because this could potentially injure a small child, I feel it is best to have a NEVER do this with ANYONE rule.
And so far as kids with dogs go, you have to watch them constantly - correct the dog AND the kid! Only allow the kid to do things with the dog which would be acceptable with any child. Fetch, petting, etc.

I've explained to small children why I don't let my dog run wild around them. They seem to understand it is for their own good. I've also explained to adults that I am trying to train the dog to not jump up, etc. and ask them to help by telling the dog NO! when she does this.

Taking my dog for walks and encountering various people, many people will ask if they can pet the dog, but some seem to shy away. So I am training my dog to not go up to strangers. To stay with me when walking. If they strangers want to pet the dog, they have the option of approaching me and the dog.
I meant, "large" and "medium" are subjective, and making the cut-off 60lbs is arbitrary.

I don't know if it is or it isn't. They (whoever "they" is) may have made an ordered list and decided to place cutoffs at certain percentage points. My guess is that they didn't, but they could have.
Anyway, I don't like those lists. My dogs are bigger than a breadbox and smaller than console stereo (do they still make those things?).

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Large Breed Dog List: Labrador Retriever http://www.animalhospitals-usa.com/dogs/large dogs.html

TD, size classifications are somewhat subjective.

I don't normally resort to lists. Just googled up a few sites and posted one. Myself, I go by size as to how I refer to a dog. Since most of the dogs in our extended family are mixed breeds, it would be difficult to catagorize them by breed specifics for our dogs.

If it's big enough to put it's front paws on/over my shoulders, I call it large*. And if it's heavy enough to knock me over, again, I dub it *large. ;-)
Yes, they are classified on many lists as a large breed, but the breed standard specifies it thusly: "The Labrador ... to win in the show ring; and the temperament to be a family companion." And it's the technically correct classification.[/nq]Thanks for the information. Monte, our chocolate lab, is very small compared to most of the labs I see locally. So I've always referred to her as a medium sized dog at around 55 pounds. I don't know what it is, but around here most of the labs I see are quite large dogs. Coda, the big chocolate that was my son in laws dog, wasn't over-weight by any means. He was a big, strong, muscular dog who always put my furniture in jeopardy when he visited our house simply by wagging his tail.

Emotion: wink He was a wonderful dog, very sweet-natured. He loved to swim in ponds and fetch. And I simply adored him. When he died, it took four large men to carry him down the stairs and outside to my husbands SUV to transport him to the vets. They laid him on a blanket and carried him that way. He was a very big boy who is still very much missed.
Oh yeah, him I called big.
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.

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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.

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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.

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I don't know if it is or it isn't. They (whoever "they" is) may have made an ordered list and decided to place cutoffs at certain percentage points. My guess is that they didn't, but they could have.

The identity of "They" is the question. But I'm looking at how the breed standards describe the dogs, not at arbitrary lists.
Anyway, I don't like those lists. My dogs are bigger than a breadbox and smaller than console stereo

Therefore, they are Just Right.
(do they still make those things?).


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TD, size classifications are somewhat subjective.

I don't normally resort to lists. Just googled up a few sites and posted one. Myself, I go by size ... shoulders, I call it large*. And if it's heavy enough to knock me over, again, I dub it *large. ;-)

I just asked all of my Labs how they prefer to be classified, and they all agreed (yes, it was unanimous!), it doesn't matter to them, provided I keep feeding them on schedule.
Yes, they are classified on many lists as a large ... be a family companion." And it's the technically correct classification.

Oh yeah, him I called big.

Yes, I'd have to agree!

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
From your lips to their ears. You are right about the branches. No two ways around it. With a special needs child and a toddler, they are often too busy to spend time with Cooper. I am constantly on them about that. So when I am there, I like to spend time with him, give him attention and exercise and play. I am going to buy a couple of sets of balls I've found that work well with our own dogs.

They appear to be pretty much indestructible. My own dogs will chew most anything completely to shreds and they haven't been able to destroy these balls, so they pass the test. I'm usually by myself outside with Cooper, but I'll try to round somebody else up to ping/pong with. Don't know how much luck I'll have, but I'll give it a go.
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It only takes one time for *** to happen, TD. It's just not worth the risk.

You are so right there.
Thanks Jack, I will give that a try. I'm not getting any younger, and my throwing arm isn't what it used to be. Emotion: sad

Mine either!

Yup, sucks getting old, 'eh?
td
Large Breed Dog List:

Boxer

IDTS! I have no idea where that list came from,

I posted the link.
I posted the link.

Hey! Your plonker's busted.

Melinda Shore - Software longa, hardware brevis - (Email Removed)

Prouder than ever to be a member of the reality-based community
Yup, sucks getting old, 'eh?

Beats the alternative.

Melinda Shore - Software longa, hardware brevis - (Email Removed)

Prouder than ever to be a member of the reality-based community
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