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Lambeau was 2 on June 9th. He is such a wonderful dog. Makes me wish that I would have had Golden Retrievers for my last 2 dogs before Lambeau. He was very easy from day 1. We was never a chewer or a landshark. He's been a joy to take on daily walks. He definately is my favorite dog. He has been out of this crate totally since 6 months old and has always had the run of the house since than even when we r not home. I'm still having problems with his over exciteness when people come in our house. I'm hoping as he gets older he will calm down. Any other time he is such a mellow dog.

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Glad to see W is finally calming down!! I know how long you've been waiting for this, glad to see your hard work paid off! And Lambeau sounds wonderful:-) I've taken to gating Kaizer in the family room whenever we have guests over (not often, which is part of the problem lol) and then letting him out when he calms down, which doesn't take too long. I've not really thought about fixing the behavior, although I probably should lol. I've been focusing my efforts elsewhere.

Kaizer has been calm in the house for as long as I can remember, but we're struggling with getting that calmness outside the house. I've kinda been working on it for the past year, but only started really working on it in the last couple months. We've made some really good progress already, so I'm hopeful that we'll turn a corner soon. He's such a good boy, he makes training him so easy.

Kaizer also went in to get neutered today, so fingers crossed that goes well.
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Good luck with Kaizers neutering. I need to have that done this fall with Lambeau. I think part of Lambeaus craziness when people come over is also the lack of people that usually come over also. We moved into our new house 1.5 yrs ago and just recently have started to meet the neighbors so hopefully he will start to mellow out when people come over. We have always spent alot of time outside walking and hiking so he is very good with his walking and commands. Lambeaus weight is 65 pounds. I try very hard to keep him right at this amount.

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Thank you! We had a rough first night and day, but it seems to be getting better now. Hopefully it'll stay that way. Picture of Kaizer's new favorite sleeping position.

We moved to a new state 2 years ago too, so we didn't know anyone who could come visit while Kaizer was a puppy. That was also part of the problem. If we were still in Jersey, there would've been people to come visit (friends, family friends, neighbors, etc.). His outside greeting manners are very polite though - he's still all tail wags and body wiggles, but he goes into a sit or leans on them.

Kaizer is currently 68-70 pounds. I've been trying to get some weight on him because he's too skinny (you can clearly see every one of his ribs and occasionally his spine makes an appearance) but it's not really working. He has managed to gain 4-6 pounds since the beginning of June though! The lack of any physical activity in the next 2 weeks will hopefully put some weight on him, but I'm monitoring really carefully so he doesn't end up overweight.
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Aww, I'm so sorry K had a tough night. I remember with W that his first night was awful and sad but then he bounced back quickly. Is K back to himself? We found it was hard to restrict activity because he was feeling fine.
Lambeau is so cute. The excitement with new people seems to be a running theme. We have kids in our house enough so W is fairly calm with most of them after the initial greeting. (Our next door neighbor's son might as well live here some days.). He's worse with adults. We've been working on him sitting when the front door is opened, now that I put the gates away. I don't want him running out.
Well, Wilder is now an only pet. Our cat deteriorated quickly over the past several days. We euthanized her this morning. It was terrible. We decided Saturday and all four of us had been sobbing all weekend. The kids had plenty (maybe too much) time to see how old/ill she was and get some closure. My daughter has had such a rough summer losing her guinea pig and now the cat that slept with her a lot. She's been crying a lot but understands. Sad.
I think W is 70 pounds. He seems about right. If he needs to lose, it's just a pound or two. We'll see when we go for shots in a couple of weeks. TOMORROW is his 2 year gotcha day. Bittersweet with all that has happened over the past couple of days, but we are glad to have him!

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I'm sorry about the loss of your cat and your daughter's guinea pig, I can't imagine how much that hurts. So glad you have W though!! Happy gotcha day!

Yes, he's back to normal! It's gotten to the point where we have to keep him on leash all the time because he's so full of energy and trying to run around constantly. I'm being really careful with him because he has three incision sites so we're not doing much training either (the stuff I was teaching him prior requires too much movement for me to be comfortable continuing with him). Only one week left!
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I'm sorry about the loss of your cat and your daughter's guinea pig, I can't imagine how much that hurts. So glad you have W though!! Happy gotcha day!

Yes, he's back to normal! It's gotten to the point where we have to keep him on leash all the time because he's so full of energy and trying to run around constantly. I'm being really careful with him because he has three incision sites so we're not doing much training either (the stuff I was teaching him prior requires too much movement for me to be comfortable continuing with him). Only one week left!
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Hi All - I got an update on a random old thread I responded to and decided to check in here. How is everyone doing?

Wilder is, obviously, three now. He was 68.8 pounds at the vet this summer. He's an only pet for the last year since the elderly cat passed. However we are still on the wait list to adopt a 'failed' guide dog and have also applied and been approved to a local-ish Golden Retriever Rescue. Probably waiting for the guide dog, even though it would likely be a Shepherd, but could be a lab, because it would be smaller (50-65 pounds is how big they breed them) and be solid as far as disposition. With the Golden Rescue, finding a combo of size and temperament has not happened yet. Many either need to be only dogs, or are not good with kids, or are 90 pounds, LOL. My kids are still smaller - both (10 and 12 years old) are between 60 and 70 pounds, and we really want a smaller one so one kid and one parent could walk both dogs, instead of needing both adults to be home. We have also considered a smaller friend -- my daughter is pushing for a corgi -- but have not found any appropriate rescues and we just don't feel like starting fresh with a new puppy at this time. So, we'll wait and see what fate has in store. In the meantime, he plays with a friend's Bernedoodle and other neighborhood dogs when we get a chance, and goes to the play-kennel when we travel. They moved and added a water park so you know he's in heaven there.

Wilder is GREAT. He's such a loving guy. Knows exactly how to lean in to us to get pets when he wants. My husband, who initially wasn't thrilled about getting a dog, LOVES the dog and says he's no longer a cat person. Wilder clearly loves him back - they have a bromance of sorts. He sleeps in my son's room. We do still prop the gate up against the door simply because he would visit us and nose us awake during the night. And my daughter's room has a gate propped on the door because she has so much craft stuff all over her floor and room and he will go in and chew it if the gate isn't there. Otherwise, the house is gate free and he's a good boy unless he gets a paper napkin or tissue occasionally. I was so excited when he stopped destroying soft toys because he's got a collection of them now. He will often use them as pilllows and it's adorable. I just started back to teaching pre-k last week. He's definitely bummed that the kids and I are not here as much. Older kid started Jr high and we're all out of the house a little earlier. I can still come home for lunch but this past week had been so crazy that I have stayed at school and feel guilty but really he just sleeps all day.

He still goes nuts when someone comes over but now it's about 10-20 seconds instead of the incessant 10-20 minutes of a couple of years ago. He settles quickly and just wants pets. The kids' friends, and their parents, are quite used to him.

Would love to hear about your June puppies!!! Anyone have a new friend? Update when you can!
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Cate! It's been forever, how are you doing? I'm so glad to hear W is doing well - it's crazy how much these dogs have changed! I know everyone said it was gonna get better, but it sure didn't feel like that 3 years ago LOL.

Kaizer's been having super odd health issues (mainly skin issues) for the last year and a half now. We've been in and out of the vets and I've spent way more money than I actually have, and he's still somewhat of a medical mystery. You would never know by looking at him though - he is still my sweet, playful, happy boy! I was hoping we'd have everything under control by now, but we do not. We're making due though!

Unfortunately, no new dogs in my household Just can't do it between Kaizer's skin issues and college. Maybe in the next couple of years.

Can't believe our June babies are almost 4!! It doesn't feel like we brought them home all those years ago!
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