Is a puppy for me?
Although the Lab is the epitome of family dogs, he needs a fairly active household to satisfy his need for exercise and work. Daily walks, romps in a fenced yard, and games of fetch keep his mind and body in shape. Unless these needs are met, the Lab may become a wanderer, a digger, or a chewer. First off the new Lab puppy should be leash trained and taught to sit on command to prevent his jumping on people in his desire to say hello.The puppy can be taught early to shake paws and to fetch. His soft mouth and innate desire to retrieve can provide hours of play. Later on, the puppy can learn to put his nose to use and find things that have been hidden for him.
Discipline should be gentle. DO NOT scream or smack the puppy with a newspaper! These reactions to misbehavior may be counterproductive. Labs are generally eager to learn, so firm but gentle guidance and discipline pay off in a strong bond with the family members.
Feeding a Lab puppy is more difficult than buying a premium food and letting him eat his fill. Offer him food four times a day and take away what he doesn't eat in 10 minutes. Teach him to sit before putting the bowl on the floor to avoid his jumping at the dish and spilling the food.
Is a New Puppy for ME?
The decision to get a new lab puppy is not to be taken lightly. An adorable puppy can tug at your heart strings but, in the end, will require a significant investment of your time and money for many years to come. Socializing and training a new puppy is time consuming and, occasionally frustrating. Prospective dog owners often underestimate the investment of time, energy, and money required. Making the decision impulsively can be disasterous.
1) Are you, and all those who live with you, willing to spend 12+ years providing care, food, grooming, training, and giving attention to a dog?
2) Do you have the time to take your dog for walks and to the vet? To bath, brush, clip, and otherwise groom your dog as often as necessary?
3) Are you willing to provide the play, training, and socialalization your puppy is going to need?
4) Is your environment prepared for a dog, and are you willing to make the investment of time and money necessary to ensure that it does?
5) Do you really love dogs?
Ask yourself these questions
If you answered yes to all of the above questions, then you are probably ready for a new puppy. Remember a new puppy is like a new baby. It takes a lot of time and devotion to raise a happy, healthy companion. After all, you would feed your new baby when it gets hungry-right? And you would take him/her to all of his/her doctor visits-right? And you would cuddle and talk to him/her when he/she just needed some attention-right? Our puppies are like our own children. And when you take one of our new babies home, we certainly hope you will give them all the love, care, and attention they so greatly desire and deserve.