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    Hi Everyone,
    I haven't yet gotten my new Lab but am hoping to find the right one by Easter time. I want to adopt a Black or Choc Lab. I am doing all of the reading up on training etc and am so excited..feels like a "What to expect when you are expecting" moment haha. I can't wait to have a dog again...it has been many years.
    Does anyone have any suggestions or tips on training or selection processes that I could consider? I have had black Lab's in the past but have always wanted a choc...are there any differences I should be aware of? I haven't yet decided whether to get a male or female but I know that whatever it may be I am wanting a true companion to camoflage my single life.
    I want to be as prepared as possible to make sure my home is ready for a new addition and the joy that is about the come from having a true mate

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    There are many thread on here about finding a good breeder. Do a search and you'll see. Welcome to the forum! I remember how excited we were before we got Sophie back in June! I am surprized you can wait till Easter!
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    Thank you I can't really wait till Easter, but I have a tendency to rush into things and I want to make sure I take my time with this and am fully prepared. Sounds very adult of me huh. I don't imagine it will be that far away but I needed to give myself a timeline.
    Sophie is just beautiful!!

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    Do you work? You need to think about your puppy being left for the hours you are at work. You need to have a plan. Puppies can't be left crated 8 hours. You'll need daycare, or a sitter, or someone to come and take it out for potty breaks. It is something to think about.
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    Quote Originally Posted by anji View Post
    Hi Everyone,
    I have had black Lab's in the past but have always wanted a choc...are there any differences I should be aware of?
    There is no difference between a Choclate and a black lab excpet Color.But individuail labs yes. If you want to adopt a lab then go to a breeder make sure you find a dog that fits YOU! If you are active and like to do a lot of outdoor things(hiking ,swimming) then I would get a dog that is a bit more active but if you like to just chill at home and not much of a hiker then get a more laid back dog.(just keep in mind all labs need exercise or they will destroy your house ) If youhave friends with dogs that come over make sure he/she is dog friendly people friendly.

    If you are going the breeder route tell the breeder what you are looking for in a dog and they will match the puppy to you since they know the puppy best.
    ~It doesn't matter how smart the dog is,it matters how smart the owner is.

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    Hi! Welcome to the forum! I hope you like it here!
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    Hi and welcome to the forum. Getting a new dog is very exciting and the path you take will have a lot to do with the age of the dog that you get. Good luck with the shopping and come back with photos when you pick up that pup/dog that will fill in the holes in your life.
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    Welcome to the forum! Sounds like you're doing all the rights things before adopting a lab. They can require a lot of work & dedication - your life will revolve around your dog's schedule (mine does anyway), but they are so worth it in the end. Nothing can beat the sight of their tails wagging non-stop just because you walked through the door or when they curl up on your lap when you're watching TV. I don't think I will ever be without a labrador in my life.

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