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Want To Buy A Labrador Puppy

While this is true in many cases, as with all dogs, we believe much of a puppy's temperament is related to the individual Labrador's training and upbringing, not just the breed. If a Lab puppy isn't given proper care and training, they could develop behavioural problems in the future. Make sure you're prepared to look after a Labrador puppy and meet all their needs.

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Here are six important things to consider before buying a Labrador puppy. Knowing these will help you to decide if now is the right time to buy a Lab puppy, or whether you might need to wait a little longer before you bring your new dog home.

There are many things to consider before taking on the responsibility of a Labrador dog. Price is just one of them. And Labrador Retriever price is more complicated that just the purchase price of a Labrador puppy at $800 to $1200. You also need to consider the impact of a Labrador puppy on your home and life. And the cost of food and medical care for Labrador Retriever puppies.

Buying a Labrador is not just a question of the purchase price of a Lab puppy, though of course that is important. There are other costs involved, both financial, emotional and in terms of time and effort. So we need to look at those too.

Dogs need space, both indoors and outside. Even small breeds need room to stretch their legs and run about. And Labradors as fairly large and lively dogs need quite a lot of space. This means you need a decent sized backyard if you plan on buying a Labrador puppy. Somewhere that your Lab dog can run around, play and enjoy training sessions with you.

These are helpful but do take up a lot of space. Even more space invading is another great house training solution, putting a crate inside a puppy playpen* for the first few months. Although this will take up a lot of space indoors, it can work very well for larger apartments with no easy outside access.

Training cannot be saved up for the weekend, your dog will have forgotten most of what he learnt the weekend before, and he does not have the attention span to concentrate on you for an hour and a half. You can find out more about training your Labrador puppy here.

Exercise is required on a regular basis, for some breeds of dog this means at least an hour a day of walking or jogging to keep your dog fit and healthy. You can find out more about the exercise requirements of a Labrador puppy here. Whilst your dog will not come to any harm if you miss a day occasionally, a daily routine is often the best way to ensure that you build this important habit.

The price of a Labrador puppy will vary from breeder to breeder, and from place to place. In the USA as a rough guide, you are looking at $800 to $1200. In the UK you can pay anything from 650 to 850 for a well bred, health tested Labrador.

The reality is, you are also going to need to fork out a chunk of your wages each week on keeping your pooch happy and healthy. Obviously you will have taken the cost of a good brand of Labrador puppy food into consideration.

You will also need to vaccinate your dog against common canine illness, and this will probably need to be done each year too. Especially if you are wanting to occasionally leave them in boarding kennels when you go away, as they require up to date vaccination certificates.

There will be a few other one-off costs such as a puppy crate and puppy play pen for your home for when your dog is young, another for your car if you have one. Then there are bowls, bedding, collar, leash etc. But you may be able to borrow a crate or get one second hand. Here are some of the items you will need for your new Labrador puppy, and reviews on the best options for Labradors:

Having a puppy is a bit like having a toddler, and whilst some dogs and kids do rub along very nicely together, it can be very tough in the early years. Pushing a buggy whilst trying to lead train a large or even a medium sized dog is no joke. And tiny puppies are easily broken by small children as they step on them, climb on them, and trip over them.

Make sure that you invest in a crate and puppy pen, so that your puppy has somewhere safe to go when he needs a break from the kids. And help to get them off on the right foot by teaching the children how to play safely with a Labrador.

I love that you explained everything that needs to be considered before buying a labrador, especially the time and space you have to give them to feel loved and free. My boyfriend and I have been living together for a while and weve been thinking about buying a labrador retriever since we both love the breed. I will talk about this with my boyfriend so that we decide on whether buying it or not.

I am a breeder and I love my labs. I not a huge breeder like a kennel. I have one litter once a year until a certain age my dogs stay with me even if not breeding. I currently have 2 fox red females and 2 lighter yellow males. All 4 are so loving. One male has a very strong prey drive and loves to just run. He had to have a job. I suggest looking into different breeders for the temperament that fits your needs. not just settle for any puppy.

if breeding done right. the temperament should be the same in both male and female from the same little. However males tend to mark there territory and have been known to roam if they are not fixed. Females will also mark sometimes. Even though they both can be trained not to mark in the house. Its a real pain wait for a male to finish going to the bathroom. If you want to find the right puppy for you. I sugget the Volhard testing.

Bringing a new Labrador puppy home is both exciting and terrifying. Puppies are so cute; you cannot help but fall in love with them immediately. Then you get them home and realize just how much work they are! Like human babies, Lab puppies require 24-hour care for those first few weeks. And, also like human babies, there are numerous supplies and essentials you will need to raise your puppy into a loving, responsible dog. So, what do you need to buy for your new Lab puppy?

A crate is essential for every dog owner. It is infinitely harder to house break a puppy without a crate, and a crate will also allow you to have a few minutes or a few hours of time where you do not have to watch every move your puppy makes.

I recommend that you start with a small, puppy sized crate. This is important because a small crate will keep your pup from moving around a lot and make it more unlikely that he/she will have an accident in the crate. The larger the crate, and the more the puppy can move around inside the crate, the more likely they will have an accident in the crate. For obvious reasons, you want to avoid these accidents.

Additionally, the crate should feel like a den for your puppy and dens are small spaces where a dog can feel safe and comfortable. Put a small hand towel in the crate to absorb any accidents and keep a bottle of Angry Orange Pet Odor Eliminator or other cleaner nearby.

Puppy crates can be found online, in big-box stores or pet stores. Plastic crates are best for puppies since they contain any messes and are easy to wash out. I do not recommend metal or fence crates because they do not allow dogs privacy and a place to escape that plastic ones do. Your goal should be to teach you puppy that his/her crate is a good, safe place for them to sleep or get away. Learn how to do that here.

Of course, your puppy will need food, and you should give this some thought before you bring your puppy home. If your breeder feeds a quality food, it is often helpful to continue that food. Your puppy will be adjusting to a lot of things that first few weeks and a new food is just another stress for them. Often breeders will send you home with a small bag of food, but that will not last long so if you can have an extra bag already at home you will be prepared.

Puppies naturally move their dish around as they are eating, especially if the dish has a flat bottom that easily pushes around the floor. We have found that dishes with a non-slip bottom can help so that your puppy is not chasing around his food dish.

It is vitally important that your puppy have access to clean water for drinking. Again, your puppy will not care what type of water dish you have, but only that he/she has one. With the puppies we raise, we have found that it can be challenging to keep a small water dish full, so we prefer to use these 2-gallon water dishes. They are easy to fill and allow us to only have to fill them a couple times a week instead of several times a day.

While your puppy is unlikely to run off during the first few days after you bring him/her home, as he/she gains confidence puppies tend to range more and more. We suggest that you introduce a lead to your puppy as they start to grow in confidence and walk further from you when outside.

There are two great reasons to do this early on. First it teaches your puppy how to handle the pressure of not being able to go wherever they want whenever they want. And it keeps your puppy from developing a habit of running away from you.

A Flexi-lead works especially well if you want to give your puppy a little more freedom to go do his potty business but still keep control. Just hook the lead to his/her nylon collar for now, but as your pup grows, you will want to introduce a chain collar.

Puppies need toys. If you do not give them toys that they CAN chew and play with, they will chew on your sofa leg, or a book or a blanket or anything else they can find. So, purchase some good durable puppy chew toys. But watch your pup carefully. As they get older and stronger, they will be able to rip apart cloth toys and ingest them. Or they will chew rubber toys into small pieces and eat them. When your pup gets strong enough to destroy toys, it is time to take away the puppy toys and give them only dog toys designed for older, larger dogs or quality rawhides that they can chew that will not cause digestive problems.

If your plan is for your Labrador puppy to become a hunting or competition dog, you should have a puppy sized bumper. You can start working on retrieving with your new pup within a few days of bringing him/her home. Learn more about teaching your puppy to fetch in this post. 041b061a72


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