Labrador Retriever
Picture of Tipper, a female Labrador Retriever

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Age: 9 Years   Sex: Female

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Doggie Dynamics:
not playfulvery playful

Quick Bio:

August 29th 2007

Balls and chew toys!

Favorite Toy:
An old slipper

Best Tricks:
No tricks....yet. We're concentrating on the basics for now.

Arrival Story:
We decided to add another lab to the family. We were hoping to find an older pup, or young adult. We heard of a few dogs available from a local breeder; when we visited, we found she had a few 5-6 mo. old labs available. We were drawn to Tipper.

Tipper came from Keepsake Labradors, a local labrador breeder, who's been breeding labs for about 25 years. Keepsake Labs are known for their excellent lab temperaments; temperament was the most important trait we looked for in our first lab, Tucker, and what we wanted in the second one also. And Tipper has that excellent temperament. She was 5 mos. old when we got her (we liked that age, instead of starting with an 8 week-old puppy again). She's been with us since the end of January, 2008, and she's a gem! She's very quiet, laid-back, and calm, just as Tucker is. She's learning things very quickly...she's a smart little girl!

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The New Arrival

Tipper's Come A Long Way :-)

March 8th 2011 8:23 pm
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It's been quite a while since I posted. It's been a challenge at times with Tipper. She's a fearful girl; she's been that way since we got her at 5 months old. But now, at 4 years old, she's doing much better. She warms up to people quicker.

She's such an affectionate dog. Always at my side, or sitting nearby, just watching me. She's such a sweetie.

She's ball obsessed! She loves to retrieve balls..and I didn't even have to teach her. She just has that natural instinct to retrieve. And when she does, she'll circle behind me, and end on my side, dropping the ball for me to throw again.

And she likes to sleep on the bed just like a human, with her head on the pillow. With 2 dogs in bed....we need a bigger bed!


Tipper's first swim

April 29th 2008 5:56 pm
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The weather's starting to get warm, so we decided to take Tipper for her first swim at the neighbor's pond. We weren't sure if she'd take to the water, so I threw a ball a few feet into the pond, and she jumped in for it and brought it back. I kept throwing it close to shore, and she kept jumping in to bring it back.

Finally, I threw it further out into the pond, she jumped in....and started swimming for it. She's a natural! Way to go, Tipper!


Settling In

February 10th 2008 6:49 pm
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We brought Tipper home around the end of January, 2008. She's been with us now for two weeks. After a few days of getting used to the routine and our schedule, she's doing just fine! She goes out to the same place each time to potty, and we had only a few accidents the first few days home.

She knows sit, down, off, outside (out to potty), go potty, collar (sit to have her collar put on to go outside), and shake, and we're working on wait, stay, and come. She's a very quiet puppy, with a soft, docile personality. She has wrinkles on her forehead, and those, together with her sad-looking eyes, give her a woe-is-me look....so cute.

She's learning quickly from Tucker, her older brother (he's a good teacher). She likes to chase and bite at him, so when he's had enough, he lets her know, or just gets away from her for awhile. They share toys nicely, like to play tug and bitey-face (and bitey-leg, and ear, and neck....) and get into each other's food bowls with no problems.

She's crate-trained, and is good about being in her crate for short times during the day, or when we're away....but not at night. Since she doesn't care for the crate at night, she sleeps either on the bed with us, or on a blanket on the floor beside the bed. She's had no accidents being out of the crate at night, and is usually awake and waiting patiently for us to get up in the morning.

She's such a good girl!

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