Hello everyone! I have been lurking around here the last few days and really like this forum, very friendly. If you are not familiar with Leland, North Carolina....just think of it as the town across the river from Wilmington, NC. We are close to lots of beaches. Now, on to the important stuff..... We are Murphy's people. Murphy is a two year old chocolate lab that moved in with us when he was 8 weeks old. He has been a true delight. House training? Child's play, he peed in the house twice, never pooped and that was it, he knew what to do. We would crate him up at night for the first 4 months we had him. He has not seen a crate since. We are both retired so he let's us go with him on his adventures. I have never seen a dog that just "gets it" so easily. If we do not want him to do something, all we have to do is say "ahhh, ahhhh..." and that is it, he stops. After two or three times, he just does not do it again. Does not beg, stays off furniture (except my bed occasionally in the AM), does not jump up on people. Since he had a few sock toys when he was a pup (real socks) he is a bit of sock thief in the morning. He does not chew them up, just runs off with them all full of himself. Murphy has never been "yelled" at or had a voice raised at him. He is attached to both of us. Depends on who is doing something more interesting at the moment. He gets lots of exercise playing ball, pine cone, water bottle. Water bottle is his favorite, he does not chew them up, just chases them. Of course he loves the water. We get some pretty serious puddles in our yard, about 4 to 5 inches deep. He likes to play in the rain. When he needs a break, you guessed it, he lays down in the puddle. Here he is!