Hope you’re all well. A few days following my last update at 5 months, we decided to de-crate Lulu completely and she’s had full access to the house and allowed to sleep wherever she pleases which tends to be in our bedroom. The transition has been seamless and we’ve only had one incident whereby she did a wee upstairs in the morning around 7am, this was our fault for not reading her signs which are extremely subtle. She’s not very vocal and has only barked a handful of times, never gives an indication if she needs to go out and we also have a bell for the garden door. She’s left alone for around 1-2 hours daily at present and is an angel around the house. Her relationship with the kids is brilliant, we always supervise her with the youngest. She now weighs 19.5 kilos (43lbs) and with most labs, has an insatiable appetite. She’s been on raw for a few months with good results. In terms of snacks, we give her rabbit ears, yak chews, pizzle’s, beef tendons, split antlers. Her training is coming along really well and doing off lead work most days now. All her adult teeth are now in. We clean her teeth every few days and brush her every other day which does help with the hair. These tasks used to be chores before, whereas now she is very obedient and obliges us. How far she has come along is unbelievable. Our long term plan is to let her have two seasons before we do keyhole spaying. Wishing you all a wonderful day.