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    Wink Help and advice for a first time Labrador owner please

    Hello there,

    while i have researched and researched i now find myself the day before we get out puppy, newly terrified of this adventure! haha

    i was just hoping for any tips on the first day at home and how to train a labrador puppy.
    i am thinking i will take him to puppy school also

    we have a mini foxie she is a girl and very well behaved apart from being a bit of a jumper...
    we also have 2 cats

    the little man we are getting is a golden Lab and he is nearly 10 weeks old, he is a backyard puppy ( say what you will about it, in my eyes he is already born and he needs a loving home just like every one else) i thought it best to say that he is a backyard puppy incase that changes the advice at all.

    he will be inside or outside most of the days his choice we have the door open a lot as my 2 year old daughter likes to wander in and out and in and out and in and out and well u get the picture :P
    he will sleep outside in a nice warm bed under shelter with our foxie.

    i am home most days with my little girl and when he is a little bigger there will be plenty of walks and romps in the park and ball chasing!

    my biggest concerns are feeding and toilet training and just in general making sure he is happy healthy and a loving family member.

    thank you so much in advance for any advice

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    I'm no pro at this but i've had a couple of pups in my time. I would try and take somthing from the breeders home that smells like mum....maybe a towel or somthing from whatever the pups have been on that has a familiar scent.

    As for feeding, try and keep the diet the same or similar to whatever the breeder has been feeding them already. You can slowly change the diet over the next few weeks to somthing better quality if it dosnt upset the pups belly.

    Toilet training.......persistence, patience, and get ready for some sleepless nights. I used a crate to toilet train my guy and it worked a treat and i still use the crate all the time for diffrent situations. Best thing i ever bought i reckon.

    2 members on this forum always post EXCELLENT links to people like you asking these questions....they are NEWFSIE and HYACINTH.....if they dont reply or see this thread you can Private message them requesting the links....i'm sure they will be happy to help you out. Newfsie might be a bit busy at the moment but Hyacinth is a Moderator here and is usually lurking around somwhere

    Congrats on choosing a excellent breed.....i love Labs...hope it all works out well and welcome to the forum.


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    Thanks so much for your help!!

    He will be sleeping outside from the start with our other dog, he already sleeps outside with his parents so i hope he transitions well!! the smell of mum is a great idea thanks!!! we have a mat that we want him to stay on a fair bit when he is inside, we used the same thing with our foxie, she now has her bed inside that she spends most of her time on unless shadowing me or playing with our daughter :P hopefully it works with him, if not a crate might be the way to go!

    My husbands main concern is digging, our foxie is not a digger but im not sure its anything we did, we just played with her lots and told her off when she dug which wasnt often, what do u do if a pup just has it in him to dig and dig?

    thanks so much again!

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    By backyard puppy do you mean from a back yard breeder or that the dog will just be outside? My dogs are both unfortunately from back yard breeders but the advice is no different.

    I personally would not have a 10 week old puppy outside at night, especially in winter. During his first few weeks or so sleeping in a laundry/bathroom or crate in your bedroom is best.

    Puppy school and training will also be very important. Labs are very boisterous and there is nothing worse than an untrained hypo dog. Toilet training is fairly simply, hourly to two hourly toilet brakes day and night and after every meal. Food wise it is best to continue to feed what ever he is currently on and slowly swap it over to your preferred food.

    Digging is generally the result of a bored dog. If you keep his mind active and exercise every day you shouldn't have to worry about him being bored.

    There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.

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    Congratulations on your new puppy! My first Lab was pedigreed but killed by a car at a young age (long story), the rest of my Labs came from the pound as mature dogs - no idea what their parentage was, but still great family dogs.

    None of my Labs were diggers, but they loved to harvest and eat the 'almost ready to pick' capsicums and anything else they fancied in the garden!

    I'm not sure that free access to the house is a good idea while you are toilet training. Supervised or controlled access might make toilet training easier for you. I'm not an expert, hopefully there are others on here who can help you with this. Keep up the research, you can search on this site, plus there's a wealth of information on the internet.

    Have you named the pup yet? Don't forget to post some pics soon

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    Hi. I can give no advice as I failed miserably with a lab 30 years ago. I had no idea about the needs of the dog. She was far too rough around my son, always knocked him down outside all the time etc etc Just think of the exact opposite of what should have been done and that was me. There was no internet then.
    I rehomed her with my sister and she lived a very long and happy life with them.

    Any posts made under the name of Di_dee1 one can be used by anyone as I do not give a rats.

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    Most labradors LOVE food - so training them is easy. You just make sure they work for (do what you want) in exchange for some or all of their food.

    Starting with doing a nice sit, then buidling up to a nice sit-stay before you give permission for your new puppy to eat dinner.

    It's really important to train a lab to do a nice sit for greeting people because when he's big and all wet from a swim at the beach, other beach goers are going to be very annoyed with a soggy labrador jump and hug. Or goose.

    And some people can be seriously injured by it, the frail and very young.

    Possibly the best reason not to go to a back yard breeder that has done no genetic testing or hip scores is your future vet bills may be much higher than if you got a puppy with a reduced chance of these problems. And the other reason I wouldn't go to a BYB - is I don't want to take one of their puppies and encourage them to continue doing the wrong thing by their dogs.

    And that goes double for your lab. Only reward or encourage any behaviour you want to see in a full sized lab. Rewards include attention, food, pats, praise and play. Not stopping some behaviour is also rewarding ie some behaviour is fun all by itself and it may not be what you want to see in a puppy or full sized labrador.

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    Get started on recall training as soon as possible. The earlier you start, the more reliable he will be for the rest of his life. Start teaching him to walk by your side and one day he will probably be able to walk nicely off leash.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    Only reward or encourage any behaviour you want to see in a full sized lab. Rewards include attention, food, pats, praise and play. Not stopping some behaviour is also rewarding ie some behaviour is fun all by itself and it may not be what you want to see in a puppy or full sized labrador.
    This is great advice.It will also help if you sit down and make a list of what are the rules and limits you want the puppy to learn. (WE learned to do this from the Obedience class trainer..great investment) This will focus you on what your priorities are. This has helped me with my pup as we have identified some key things for us.
    For example, she now waits to go through a doorway instead of barging through ahead of us. She knows where she cannot go in the house ( still pushes it but does know), she waits for permission before jumping out of the car, she doesn't get fed until she sits and shakes a paw.
    She is only 5 months old and we have a long way to go but I do know what I am aiming for now.

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    IMG_3502.jpgIMG_3488.jpgIMG_3490.jpgIMG_3510.jpgIMG_3514.jpgThank you all so much for your advice!

    His name is Booma, yes he is unfortunately from a back yard breeder, they had the parents and only one litter no cages or anything but still a little feral. i do not regret adopting him at all because he is a beautiful little man and we have loved our first day with him. our first trick is going to be to teach him not to jump up as he can already knock over our daughter!! though he is not nearly as jumpy as i though he would be! mostly when she has food or when she falls over and he has to be all in on the action!

    he will be an inside and outside dog with our other dog, we prefer them to sleep outside, we may try having him inside for a small while at this early stage though.

    Should i get the vet to do a hip scoring on him when i go for his next injection? or is that something that is done on the parents?

    he has already peed inside a couple of times right when i go to take him out he squats!! my bad for not being on top of it! missing the mark by a second! haha I ned to get some spray to get rid of the scent!!

    His personality seems just amazing though such a big snuggle baby and he has had several naps in his outside bed and 2 on his inside mat which is a FANTASTIC start! he doesnt seem to be overly agressive and i think our mini foxie telling him of has something to do with him being kept down a peg :P

    i have added some photos of him my daughter and our fixie i hope they worked!

    also our foxie has been a bit put out but i am hoping she is just staking her spot as the domonant dog and will soon adapt. lost of treats and praise for her today as well

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