Hi ,I haven't read all this thread, so apologise if I repeat anything. I'm no dog expert, but this is what we've done as it's worked so far:lol:.
Our puppy, Oz is one next month....choc lab. To be honest I didn't realise just how much work would be involved, however, I wouldn't change having him. It's like having another child. They really become part of the family.
Only purchase a large breed if you seriously have the time to exercise it. Oz needs alot of exercise and there have been many atime I wished I had a King Charles and could throw a ball in the garden:lol:
We didn't use a cage, and found it quite easy to train Oz. He was only allowed the kitchen and conservatory for the first three months. With regard to leaving him, not that I do it often, but I can leave him up to 5hours with no tiddles, and he never barks whilst we're out (my neighbours listen out for him:lol.
It really was hard work, but we are reaping the benefits now. On the down side, when he's off the lead on the beach and see's another dog, he gets so excited he won't come back......any tips:idea:
I have the same problem ,my pups 10mnths,when shes off the lead shes gone if shes seen another dog and completly ignores us,she is quite a strong dog ,american bulldog /akita,i try now just to let her off the lead in a quite area as alot of dogs dont appreciate her jumping all over them,its ok though if its another big pup,its lovely to see them jumping around together.Im hoping its just a puppy thing when she ignores me when theres other dogs around,and she ll grow out of it,shes fine on recall if theres no one about normally.