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Q: My 15 weeks old lab mix is being a little too friendly? What should I do about it

October 15, 2008 | By Djroy25 | 13 answers | Expired: 1997 days ago

My 15 weeks old lab mix is being a little too friendly? What should I do about it

Iam scared he is going to run off with somebody.

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Chellebearx
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Oct 22, 2008

A leash is your best bet, keep your pup on a leash at all times unless in your own yard! My chihuahua is the same way.

She once ran out into a street, crossed it, and greeted pedestrians walking on the other side of the street!

:)

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Jessica P.
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Oct 21, 2008

I agree keep him on a leash....Also, I had a dog that LOVED people....all people, including behaving better than their dogs, when the other owners where giving commands...I thien trained my dog to commands for him, I used "here" instead of "come", "Sleep" instead of lay down, and such this way the dog learns to pay attention to you...I know some people train using german and other languages for this reason as well. Could be worth a try.

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Susan A.
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Oct 18, 2008

Puppies are by nature inquisitive and curious, since they are babies. Exploring the world is a natural part of it. Just like a baby, though, you have to provide for their safety. Keep the puppy on a leash when you are not in a fenced yard, play games with reinforcements (treats, praise, petting) when the dog comes to you so he will want to respond to your commands. But most important, keep him on a leash

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Heatherstevens07
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Oct 17, 2008

It's more training and being a "pack leader" type of thing. The pup needs to know the basics of training like commands and when you say no you mean it. I had that problem with my pup when I first got her, and now that we have managed to train her some things she minds us ALOT more. Keep in mind that he IS only a puppy and you have to keep his mind going because labs are smart and they get bored easily. Play games with him, teach him new trick, and the best way to do that is positive reinforcement and lots of patientice. (I know the spelling is wrong) good luck

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Anonymous
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Anonymous

Oct 15, 2008

I have noticed that labs tend to be very friendly by nature, so like most of the other posts, just make sure that you keep the pup on a leash and keep the tags on so that if he does get away the people that find him will know who to return him to.

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Carrie M.
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Oct 15, 2008

I would keep him on a leash until he has the basics and you are sure he can be trusted. And even then you have to keep a close eye on them.

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Jennifer G.
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Oct 15, 2008

Has your puppy gone through any formal obedience classes? If not, I would enroll him in one to help him learn basic commands. Also, do you let your pup off leash without supervision? If you think he may not listen and come when he's called or that he might run off then I would strongly urge you to keep him on leash or in a fenced in yard, at least until you trust him better. He's a puppy so its normal for him to be curious, you just have to keep him leashed and keep an eye on him!! Good luck!! =]

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patrizia b.
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Oct 15, 2008

I agree with some of the other answers. I think training him to respond to basic commands is very important, especially the 'come'! I also think it's useful, if you are willing to spend, put a microchip on him, so that it would be even easier to find in the tragic case he would be lost.

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Meg S.
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Oct 15, 2008

Even well trained dogs can run off, get hit by a car, etc. Always have your dog on a leash and under your control when out of the home. And always make sure your dog wears a collar and ID tags in case he does get away, he can be reunited with you.

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Marta J.
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Oct 15, 2008

Not only that. What about getting lost, hit by a car, shot by some dog hater, picked up for a bait dog or lab research, or a lot of dangerous other things that could happen. The world is not a safe place for animals that roam free any more.

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