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    Hello,

    We have been waiting for our purebred Labrador puppy for much of last year. We chose a breeder after visiting 3 and have been on their waiting list. We have found out that the dog did not get pregnant. We have built up a good relationship with the breeder and have been offered a 6mth old purebred Labrador puppy, with short notice.


    I will be meeting with and talking with the breeder again tomorrow and will be able to pester her with loads of questions, but thought I'd jump on here and ask a few now...

    What gear do we need?

    What can you recommend? - bedding, crates, car restraints, bowls, leads, collars, toys, etc etc
    Any tips or style/brand recommendations and links much appreciated!


    Any training tips for a 6mth old puppy? She has been going to puppy school, but is not indoor toilet trained - so we will have to begin this.

    Thank you!
    Hazel.

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    Hi Hazel, welcome!

    I have 2 6 month olds myself (mine are alot smaller than yours though!) Training tips I recommend? Consistancy, consistancy, consistancy - Pick something and stick to it! And praise like there's no tomorrow when she does something right! If she does something wrong, just ignore it.

    I think all toys are good, try to get some tough chew toys though! Maybe take a trip to your local pet store (I love Pet Stock personally) or even Kmart or Big W.

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    Chew toys are a must to try and save your shoes, anything down low. I have chew toys and pigs, venison ears, rawhide chews that I offer. I also houseproof as much as possible.
    You will need a restraint for the car..I have a harness that the seatbelt goes through. There are fines in NSW if caught with unrestrained dogs in the car, would you let a human passenger not wear a seatbelt in case of accident?. A crate may be a good idea if you like that idea. Mine are outside/inside dogs.
    I would be checking what the breeder is feeding and start with that, gradually introducing any changes to diet that you want to make.

    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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    I 3rd the chew toys! Anything, chicken bones, pig's ears, rubber bones etc.

    Try to houseproof by putting things away in cupboards and drawers, keeping cables away or covering with chilli powder.

    Toilet training- this may be quick or take forever. I don't know if those mats work, I've never tried them. Consitency and paitence are key.

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    I have a laptop in the loungeroom. When Jodi is in I use battery and the leads are all in a box, a hole both ends, the lead to the pc comes in and out of it. The box houses the surge protector and leads. Hubby is getting me some pvc pipe to protect the chord between the box and powerpoint. This has really helped as for some reason, Jodi's (10 weeks old) fave place to rest and or take her toys to chew was on top of all these leads.
    It certainly gives me some peace of mind. At the moment though she is only inside about an hour at a time, as she stays running around with the litter. The others are in too individually so the box is wonderful.

    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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    We use pads, they do work so long as you are consistant!! Ours are trained to go outside but if it's raining (sooks! lol) or we're away for long periods of time, i.e. at work, they have a pad.

    Hazel, mine currently love Nylabones and rope toys as their adult teeth are coming through.

    For bedding, you could spend $5 or $50 - they won't care. Ours have expensive beds, which they do sleep in, but they also fell in love with our old pillows and quickly claimed them for naps! They also have a couple of baby blankets I got from Woolworths.

    For bowls I'd get stainless steel or ceramic - something heavy that won't become a chew toy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Di_dee1 View Post
    I have a laptop in the loungeroom. When Jodi is in I use battery and the leads are all in a box, a hole both ends, the lead to the pc comes in and out of it. The box houses the surge protector and leads. Hubby is getting me some pvc pipe to protect the chord between the box and powerpoint. This has really helped as for some reason, Jodi's (10 weeks old) fave place to rest and or take her toys to chew was on top of all these leads.
    It certainly gives me some peace of mind. At the moment though she is only inside about an hour at a time, as she stays running around with the litter. The others are in too individually so the box is wonderful.
    I wish I'd done this Di - Charlie chewed through my laptop cord while I was using it the other day and nearly bloody electrocuted himself. I didn't even know he was there.

    Hazel, houseproof as much as you can - there were tears here (mine) when my 2 destroyed some of my much loved books. They'd never looked twice at them before but one day decided they'd be a nice toy. The anti-chew sprays from the pet store seem to have no effect either.

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