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living in austin wrote at 2007-07-04 05:29:35
hello! I stumbled upon your question and wanted to let you know that I have an 8 month old black lab(sire)/blue heeler(dame) puppy my husband and I adopted when she was 8 weeks old.

i'm sure its luck of the draw, but our puppy is the smartest, sweetest little devil in the whole world. the chewing was nonstop for the first 6.5 months, and even though we saw no results we kept at the positive reinforcement (distracting her with a toy, rewarding calm behavior with treats, etc) which is finally paying off. she finally listens (most of the time) when we say "no bite" if she goes to chew on our hands. thank god!

our puppy has the body shape of a small lab (her mom was tiny) and looks to be filling out to about 35-40 lbs. her coloring is mainly black with some brown and white speckles.

she needs a good 30-40 min walk or leash free romp every day and is finally sleeping in on weekends. she is aMAZINGLY smart and sweet, loves grown ups and kids and other dogs alike. we've taken her to dog parks since she got her final booster shots and she's incredibly well socialized. she was a cinch to houstrain (which I think is a trait of the cave-liking heelers) and only went to the bathroom in the house if we weren't paying attention to her needs.

at 6 months we started her in a positive reinforcement basic obedience class, and were told that results would be slower to see but more effective in the long run and i'm so grateful we tried it. our puppy (even with all her crazy energy) is remarkably well behaved and we're learning how to cope in extremely distracting situations.  

basically... my lab/heeler mix is MORE hyper than a lab, and chews a ton more than a lab would alone. but I swear her smartness (she learns a new trick within an hour - she was doing "shake" at 10 weeks) is worth it. I can tell that the hyperness is mellowing with age (thank goodness shes PART lab) as long as we keep up the exercise. she's got the webbed feet of a lab and loves to water retrieve which is our favorite form of excersize - one 30 min session and shes out for the rest of the afternoon.

also, bones and organic "bully sticks" (buffalo tendons that have been stretched and dried till their hard) have been a godsend. she gets too territorial over rawhide, but anything thats a long chew (and i'm grateful for 15 min!) is worth it. we crate her during the day (but come home for lunch) and she sleeps next to or on our bed at night (with the door closed - we'd never trust her with the run of the house at this age).

your lab/heeler mix will take a little extra time than a lab but other lab owners will be shaking their heads at your dog's intelligence. it is incredibly fullfilling to have such a smart & sweet little buddy. it makes the bite marks all worthwhile ;)

Pete wrote at 2007-07-05 03:06:40
I had a blue heeler/lab mix for 17 years.  They are just as hyper as a full blooded heeler as far as I am concerned.  GREAT DOG though...I am looking for another one like her.

ilovemydogjack wrote at 2008-09-10 05:43:39
well i have a chocolate lab and blue heeler mix;

he is 1 year and 3 months. he is the best dog ever. but he is quite larger in size. he is a chewer though and kinda a digger. but is not hyper really at all except for the fact that he doesnt like to be walked he likes to hold his own lesh.

Penny wrote at 2012-10-11 21:21:13
I have a black lab/blue healer mix.

She is 7 months old right now.  Same as you, dad is lab and mom is blue healer.  Let me tell ya.. she's still as rambunctious as you can imagine.  She has slowed up on chewing everything just in the last 1 1/2 months.  She is super intelligent, stubborn and bull headed.  She's not hard to train, but you must have a strong hand, and she will fight every inch of the way.  She's very loving and good around kids.  She chewed everything in my house.  My shoes, glasses, couch, electric cords to our appliances.  It's been a long road, however, this is not uncommon for Labradors.  I have had 5 Labradors, and this is just about how they were too.  The level of energy is quite a bit higher, but the stubborness was something I hadn't had before.  We love her to death.  We just got her fixed and was hoping it would slow her down.  She was slow for about 6 hours after we got her home and she was back to normal.  

Jae wrote at 2015-07-12 03:52:38
I have a lab/heeler mix.  She is now 8 weeks old and extremely intelligent.  She has already mastered sit,  lay down, shake,  and stay.  She is very stubborn and hyper. She will already go to the door and whine when she needs to go potty.  I have to say this is the most amazing puppy breed I have ever seen.  

Jae wrote at 2015-07-12 03:52:48
I have a lab/heeler mix.  She is now 8 weeks old and extremely intelligent.  She has already mastered sit,  lay down, shake,  and stay.  She is very stubborn and hyper. She will already go to the door and whine when she needs to go potty.  I have to say this is the most amazing puppy breed I have ever seen.  

Puppy Lover wrote at 2015-08-03 16:56:06
I want a lab blue heeler mix so badly. I am in love with the mix. Where is everyone finding these wonderful pups.  

Becky355 wrote at 2016-01-25 15:02:46
We adopted our blue heeler/ lab mix from the spca when he was around 1 year old. Sad to miss the puppy months (sort of).he was probably an outside dog in his first life as he clearly hadn't been in a car, walked on a leash, been around people, used stairs, etc. before we brought him home. Luckily he is super smart and the lab in him helps with him catching up socially. He loves all dogs, but is skittish around strangers (definitively the heeler). He loves water more than anything and Is stubborn as heck about it! No point wasting your breath trying to call him away from water, whether it's a puddle or a lake! He needs a lot of exercise and loves to have things in his mouth, but luckily only chews his toys. If he wants to go out he'll slowly bring  over our socks and shoes, one at a time  :) I grew up with golden retrievers, so I wasn't sure what to expect! But I love this dog so much. He's just an incredible buddy.

The only really negative situation I've been in with him was when we were hiking and he ran off after a wild hog.. For about a half hour we could hear him getting further and further barking And yelping and going crazy. He finally came back... Later we figured out blue heelers are a favorite among hog hunters.... So I guess we could forgive him! It's in his blood!!


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