Chocolate Labrador Retriever
Brown, Chocolate
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I'm not perfect are you?   Iroh was born around April 22, 2019 and weighs about 95 pounds.  He is supposedly pure Lab, but in our opinion he is over-sized.  He is not fat, he's large.  So, a young couple in a rental, without a fence, that likes to play video games decided to purchase a Chocolate Lab puppy.  Well, he is a lot of puppy and a lot of Lab and we feel he became bored and frustrated from not enough exercise so he began to bite the owners and the woman, especially, became afraid of him.  So, he comes here for boot it the dog or the situation the dog is in???  We decided to take him as we felt strongly it was the situation.  However, we also took in to account that a Chocolate Lab can have more aggressive tendencies than the yellow or black due to the line of breeding to make them Chocolate.  Sadly, he arrived here limping on one back leg and when mentioned they said he must have done it in the car while traveling the 2 1/2 hours here....we did not have this leg looked by a vet with covid we were unable to secure a new patient appointment and it has slowly healed on it's own and should continue to do so.  He rarely favors it 4 months later.  Iroh is not at all afraid of storms or thunder.    Upon arrival he was really good with us and came directly into the house with all the other dogs large and small.  He did well and adjusted pretty quickly.  Once in the yard he began to realize the freedom he had in the 8 fenced acres and was having a ball with the other dogs. So, what happens when a young Lab sees a pond?  We could see his wheels turning and decided to throw a stick - he jumped and went down like a concrete block and up just as quickly - grabbed the stick and swam to shore like a pro!  He's been here a few months so we could work with him and try to figure  him out.  He didn't care how cold it got - he'd go get that stick!!!  As all that pent up energy and frustration left his body he has become a new dog and we are now comfortable to upload him on our site.  In the first month we had three instances where he could have bitten us if we had not learned we need to move fast around here and got our hands out of the way.  Each time the behavior was addressed harshly as he was chased out the dog door with a lot of BAD DOG! NO BITE!  We will be looking for humans that have dog experience and dominant dog experience willing to make sure he doesn't fall back into old patterns and we need humans who will know how and be willing to be sure others always stay safe around him - just in case. The next home also needs to be sure he gets enough activity. Earlier this week he did something that made me feel he was ready to leave us.  He was at the food dish and a Beagle came up and wanted to take over growling at him.  He growled back and went to snap at the Beagle when I yelled NO! His expression was laughable as he looked at me and I wasn't sure what to do as with dog training timing is crucial and he was looking for a cue of what to do next.  I said "Iroh Sit" and his butt went down so fast and I told him how GOOD he was and then had to laugh!!!!   He was SO PROUD!!!  He came over to the doggie gate separating the kitchen and his big feet were on top of it and he was the happiest dog and ADORED all the praise!     Now for the other stuff if you are still with me.  He is fine in the car, but can get car sick as he did on the long ride here - he had not traveled much.  Not feeding before a ride or using Cerenia (by vet prescription) should help until he gets used to it.  He is strong on leash so a harness and maybe an anti-pull devise will help.  He LOVES TOYS!!!  He loves ball, ropes, toys that treats can be stuffed in - toys, toys, and more toys!  And he loves to play tug with the other dogs. If he plays tug with a human the human is going to have to be sure to always win as loosing tug to a dog can cause dominance issues.    We feel someone is going to be so in love with this big goof if they are willing to continue with the work that we've done.  In the right home he is going to flourish. Update - let's try this one more time:  Iroh has now been here 3 months and he loves all of us and we love him!  Since the very first couple of weeks he's not tried to bite man or woman here.  However, about a month ago someone wanted to adopt him and when the woman pet his head he bit her finger!  We were so shocked!!!!  Thankfully, she took it well and healed well and adopted another, a bit more milder, dog and all is well.  He was really good with the man and allowed him to touch him easily.  Although he's wonderful here with all the dogs and us and he's having a blast if a dog can go to a home then they should go to a home.  I have to feel there is a home out there somewhere, but the new owners need to be dog savvy - aggressive dog savvy - and not allow him to ever be in a situation where he may bite someone.  You will likely have to contain him separate from company in your home and he's not a dog that you can take to festivals or family functions.  He may well be better with men than women.  Just look at this happy, wonderful, goof ball!!!  Milo, the Rottie, is his best bud here - what a pair! The Adoption Fee for this dog is $300.00 Adoptions fees vary based on adoptability. In general our fees include spay/neuter, all age appropriate vaccines, Home Again micro-chipping & registration, worming & flea control - a "complete" pet. We accept CASH or Visa/Mastercard ONLY.    Joyful Rescues has no funding except for our adoption fees and miscellaneous donations. Pet care and vet bills are expensive - you must be ready to take on this financial (as well as emotional) responsibility. YOU MUST BE AT LEAST 25 YEARS OF AGE TO ADOPT A DOG FROM JOYFUL RESCUES   We keep our pet list as up-to-date as possible. As soon as a pet is adopted, it is removed from the list. If a pet is still showing, it is still available for adoption.   Can't Adopt Me?  SPONSOR ME Look for the Link "Special Instructions to Seller" if you want to note a particular pet Before you seek to adopt a pet from Joyful Rescues, please read our Pet Adoption page Online Application


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