My husband and I will be getting our first black lab on August 13th. We named her Meeka. Any advice on how to prepare for her arrival? We are ready to go just waiting for her.
hi and I love the name! make sure you have a puppy crate or if you want to save money in the end get an Adult sized crate and put a divider in it then when she is bigger take the divider out. also lots and lots of toys. Also be ready for some damage down to furnisher,doors, anything really even sometimes your fingers or toes,lol (which should be corrected right away).
~It doesn't matter how smart the dog is,it matters how smart the owner is.
get a crate (if you go with a big one right away find a way to partition it smaller during house training phase, they do sell partitions). Get lots of nature's miracle or other product to clean accidents and stock up on paper toilet.
Get some extra sleep while you can
Find an sign up for a puppy kindergarten class
find and make an apt with a vet (puppies should go to a vet within the first week home)
Find out what food the breeder is feeding and make sure to have some in hte house.
Get ready for the nipping
ETA: the above assumes you are getting a puppy.
Charlie (foster) and Rocky
We bought a 42" crate with divider, toys, and collars, leashes and harness. We also plan on keeping her on the same food as the breeder has her on, it's Royal Cainin.. I also bought a baby gate. Very excited, these next few days are going to DRAG!!!!
Congrats on the new pup, I love the name and Welcome
Welcome, you ahve recieved good info from the above posters.
Also, take a long a towel or something that you can rub mums scent on to, then put it in the crate for the pups first night or two. It might help settle them. Some say to put a ticking clock in the crate (or near by) as this mimics the sounds of mum (and littermates?) heartbeat.
Good luck, the wait will be a LONG drag, but get some sleep while you can, it is like bringing a newborn baby home.
I look forward to seeing some pics
So exiting, do you have any pictures yet?
Congrats! Get Nature's Miracle for accidents!
"There is no psychiatrist in the world like a Labrador Retriever licking your face". – Unknown
It sounds like you are well prepared. Make sure you also charge the camera . . . we need puppy pics!!
Congrats, labs are the best . . . but I might be a little biased.
Debi and Bauer
Some people are like slinkies. Not really good for much, but bring a smile to your face when pushed down the stairs.