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14 October 2013 / rubytheblacklabrador

Back to square one

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So apparently we’re starting over, going back to square one, rethinking the contract. In the meantime, here’s a shot of me as a very young pup before my food obsession, my preference for eating dead animals and the development of my belligerence and general ignoring of commands. Wonder if anything will change this time.


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  1. suzie81 / Oct 14 2013 7:43 pm

    cutest thing ever!

  2. fozziemum / Oct 14 2013 7:49 pm

    Oh Ruby…you can teach an old dog new tricks..and for you Ruby it will be your tummy that gets you motivated..ironic…Labrastomachs…unstoppable 🙂 hugs Fozziemum xx

    • rubytheblacklabrador / Oct 14 2013 8:12 pm

      I’m wringing my hands at the moment – spent half the time in the park dragging her by the collar away from fig trees and the half wrestling bits of weekend picnicking from her mouth. No fun at all – for me:)

      • fozziemum / Oct 14 2013 9:05 pm she off lead or on lead ?

      • rubytheblacklabrador / Oct 15 2013 2:18 pm

        Off lead but then I just end up putting her on and running with her to make up for lost time. She is perfect on lead – runs happily next to me and lollops along. Maybe a blip?

      • fozziemum / Oct 15 2013 2:36 pm

        Yep,i think maybe on lead until she can really be a good girl,the worry is with headstrong pups that she could get on the road or eat something dangerous..if Forrest is off lead here on the property he’s like ole yella..we’d never see him again! he follows his nose and with the dangers here just not worth it..he goes off lead in the safe paddock but not it’s spring it’s on lead all the time..he still gets heaps of exercise …they are a worry aren’t they 🙂

      • rubytheblacklabrador / Oct 15 2013 3:12 pm

        I’ve got a 3 metre lead which I might try tomorrow. Although maybe I’ll just run her ragged (although I don’t actually think dogs should be ‘run’ as such – thye need to potter and play with other dogs. We’ll see how my temper goes…

      • fozziemum / Oct 15 2013 3:14 pm

        I agree they need to sniff and get their ‘dog’ on goodluck with the walkies 🙂 if hse likes toys maybe have her carry a toy with her it might keep her a bit more focused 🙂

      • rubytheblacklabrador / Oct 15 2013 3:23 pm

        Good idea – thanks for the tips. Will try anything!!

      • fozziemum / Oct 15 2013 3:55 pm

        Hope it helps 🙂

  3. 1st World Dog / Oct 14 2013 8:15 pm

    Such a cute puppy Ruby… Ahhhh.
    Your food obsession makes you who you are… What would your mum have to write about otherwise???

    • rubytheblacklabrador / Oct 15 2013 2:13 pm

      I suppose there is that consolation..,

      • 1st World Dog / Oct 15 2013 2:19 pm

        It’s like me and dropping bars on the agility course…. There is some saying about “you get the dog you need – not the dog you want”. Mum keeps telling herself that is she is learning lots about dog health, fitness, cueing and timing thanks to me :o)

      • rubytheblacklabrador / Oct 15 2013 3:11 pm

        …and patience:)

  4. araneus1 / Oct 14 2013 8:35 pm

    Ever day is a new day. Good luck.

  5. susank456 / Oct 14 2013 8:45 pm

    How old is Ruby, 2 or 3, I can’t remember. Maybe some more intensive training might help. I know how frustrating it is when no matter what you do, it doesn’t seem to be working.

    I know some think it is a drastic measure, but we use electronic shock collars on the dogs. In the beginning there is a lot of correction, but after a while we only have to nick them on the rare occasion that things get way out of control. I don’t recommend people using a collar to shock the bejesus out of the dog, but when used prudently and carefully it has helped us a lot in the past. Like when the dog runs off and won’t come back or when grabbing something she shouldn’t. It might be something to look into.

    Good luck to you, I hope it works out. Let me know how things go,and what you end up doing.


    • rubytheblacklabrador / Oct 15 2013 2:16 pm

      Thanks for the advice Susan. Ruby is 3. Maybe intensive training first. I was really thinking she had got ‘better’ maybe it was just a blip – maybe.

  6. Suzanne and Nemo / Oct 14 2013 10:42 pm

    I feel for you both! My Nemo is more passively disobedient, meaning he’ll just stand there and look at me when I’ve told him to do or not do something with the expression, “you’ve got to be kidding” or “yeah, I’ll think about that” on his face. Thankfully, he’s not into dead critters, but one of the things I am soooooo happy I taught him when he was little was: DON’T TOUCH. Another that keeps him away from stuff I’m not close enough to really see what it is: EWWwwwwwWWW, THAT’S dusGUUSSSSTTTTTing. Tried to get the vocal inflection in there for ya :D.

    I take advantage of his general prissiness to show distaste for something to appeal to that side of him, and it usually works. Sounds like Ruby’s going be spending time in purgatory (i.e., on-leash) more often than not for awhile till her hard-headedness relents! LOL. Awwwwwwwww, poor Ruby and Mum……. just be more hard-headed, Mum – you can win this!

    • rubytheblacklabrador / Oct 15 2013 3:04 pm

      Thanks for the support – feel like I’m back to square one but will regroup and with the help of blogging get it all out of my system!!!! A new approach is required I feel:)

  7. Emily @ Adventures of a Dog Mom / Oct 15 2013 1:42 am

    Aw… what a little cutie pie!

  8. Kuruk / Oct 15 2013 1:59 am

    Cuwoooowooote baby Ruby! Does this mean you are going to puppy school now?

  9. littledogslaughed / Oct 15 2013 4:10 am

    What an angel-another delightful picture of our favorite lab from Down Under

    The first two years with Jack Henry were a nightmare-he was one of the most destructive dogs I had ever owned, and on top of that he could not be crated-(he had broken out of two heavy-duty ones) Add separation anxiety and it is nothing short of a miracle that we got through that time. He still has his moments-I am sure Ruby will do fine-she is still a young dog is she not?

    • rubytheblacklabrador / Oct 15 2013 3:06 pm

      Yes – she is three and I did think a month or so ago ‘she’s grown out of everything now’. But maybe I didn’t touch wood or something. Anyway, at least I have my online buddies to share the frustration with!

  10. rileysaur / Oct 15 2013 11:49 am

    Awwww puppy Ruby! Too cute 🙂

  11. ramblingratz / Oct 16 2013 1:48 am

    It is your naughty escapades that make this blog such fun. By heck you were a cute pup though!

  12. readingwithrhythm / Oct 16 2013 8:25 am

    Oh Ruby. I feel for you girl. You need to learn some subtlety. And think of clicker training. It’s all about giving them a treat sometimes. Sooo – you be good for a bit, then some sneaky bad. Then good again. Keep them guessing and thinking they’re going to get the good dog! I’ve found in my maturity that the Mom Person usually has better treats in her pockets than that smelly stuff in the woods. Now I just roll in the stuff and go get the good treats.

    • rubytheblacklabrador / Oct 16 2013 4:56 pm

      Thanks for the tips – I still like eating figs better than treats though:)

  13. Misaki / Oct 17 2013 1:02 am


  14. Sonel / Oct 17 2013 6:13 pm were so adorable Ruby and still are. 😀 *big hugs*

    • rubytheblacklabrador / Oct 17 2013 8:28 pm

      Don’t think she has changed at all – she looks very similar – awwwwww:)

  15. 2browndawgs / Oct 20 2013 4:23 am


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