Sadie is Tennis ball nuts. Typical labrador retriever nuts on Tennis Balls. Our First, Alex, was like that. she'd get it full of saliva and mud and drop it on your white canvas shoes. Jasmine could give two rats about tennis balls. She was probably the weirder one of the 3 dogs when it came to fetch. She liked to fetch hunted birds that was it. I guess that was all that counted.
Sadie shows us her teeth when we holler at her. So I was listening to the kids and DH reprimanding her on a good pair of snowmobile/ice fishing gloves. Or maybe it was my leather gloves for chicken chores...I've went through 3 pairs so far this winter with her. And I got to thinking that I think she shows her teeth because she is afraid when we scold her and she defends herself. So I tried some really really soft baby talk with her during the good moments. Because she really hasn't had many....and I *think* she might be understanding that we don't want to holler at her all the time. Like if she's good ...she'll get nice baby talk. I have no idea how to approach this dog. Because to be honest...in the average family living in a town house say in Minneapolis with say toddlers...this dog would have been taken to the pound. My son has superficial scratches and scars up and down his arms from her "play" my daughter and son have been scratched and bitten in the back. She has ZERO respect for my kids. DH and I-- she listens to. But she'll even do tactical sneaks and pounces off of me...say when we go down to the coop and back. I've grabbed her jaw and pressed the teeth to the gums over and over and over again. It's just not getting the job done. I think she needs tons and tons of exercise. When she runs she just doesn't run...she bounds in 6 foot graceful leaps and bounds. She's an athlete of a dog at 48 pounds. But Her Head is in a different lane than I've ever seen for a labrador. We'll never give up on her. She's not even a year old either...but I just thought she might be "getting" a few things. You know?