Acquired: Breeder (hobby breeder)
Training: I’ve taught bird care / training techniques
Posted February 19, 2015
My husband has owned LB since she was 6 weeks old and I've known her since she was 5. She's almost 11 now but she still acts like a puppy! She's very energetic and loving, rarely barks (she growls at delivery men through the door), and keeps a constant watch on who is coming to the door. She is very strong, about 75lb and is a leash-puller - something I'm sure we could have trained out of her but never really took the time to. Her only other bad habit is if she manages to get out of the backyard or through the front door, she is difficult to catch. Chasing after her makes it worse so we usually follow her calmly until she gets tired - again, something that could be improved with better training and a watchful eye on when the doors and gates are open! Other than the leash pulling and adventure exploring, she is a fantastic dog! She has never had an accident inside, will hold off on eating her food until we get home, knows her basic commands, and doesn't go on any furniture. She's in great health and has only been to the vet twice for something other than her regular check up. Once was to remove a wart that was growing on her eyelid and the other time was to remove a gum overgrowth in her mouth.
The only negative thing I have to say about her is that she can get really smelly. I'm not sure if it's specific to her or her breed mix but we take her to the groomer about once a month to keep her smelling better. Keeping her bed clean and laundered regularly helps but we still like to take her to the groomer, both for the socializing she gets with other dogs and it keeps her nails trim and her fur in great condition.