my name is Kellie Bunney
My husband and i have a 20 month old daughter, a mini foxie (Diva) and 2 cats (MJ and TIDO)
we are starting to think about the idea of a second dog and my husband is absolutely in love with labradors!! he has always wanted one!
so i thought i would research into it and if they seem like the dog for us i might just surprise him with a puppy in a few months or so!!
i have known many labs in my life and know that they have the capacity to be such amazing family members! i ahem never known a "teenage" Laab how ever and this is what concerns me..
we have a smallish house and yard, we are very active people and get out n about with Diva at least once on the weekends to the river/ park and we also walk at least once a day and i try to go for a run most days as well, one of us is home most of the time every day as i only work part time when my husband is home from work (I'm a personal trainer) and when he is at work i am at home with our little girl... i in particular would love another running companion. I am starting to lose hours during the day when i can go for a run but am too much of a scary cat to run in the dark with just me n little Diva dog, as brave as she is i am just a big sook!
i am worried that even with all of this exercise that a "teenage" lab would be bored and un happy in a small house/yard, also we want dogs that are happy to both be outside and spend time inside snuggled up watching some tv or sitting at your feet when your in the office doing paper work or playing with our little girl who LOVES doggies!!
is the teenage stage as bad as every one makes it out to be?? chewing everything, destroying the garden, barking... people keep telling me that labs are puppies for 2-3 years and this behaviour is nearly un avoidable..
we really want a dog that loves children as well.. Diva and lyla are only just starting to get along but diva does not like playing with Lyla very much, i think this is mostly because Diva was here first and doesn't like sharing the attention! haha.. but she is getting better and we are teaching Lyla not to be rough wit her.
alos, how much would a puppy cost from a proper breeder? if its not rude to ask
any way enough carping on from me i think! haha
The puppy phase can be challenging, especially with a toddler around. The potty training and mouthing phase just take time and work. I don't think it's really all that horrible, BUT with a 20 month daughter the mouthy phase could be a bit more of a problem. My lab is 2 and while he still has "puppy moments" of cuteness and a lot of energy, but he is very well behaved. We had a few early episodes of destruction, but nothing terrible. It really seems to vary from lab to lab and house to house.
As long as the dog gets plenty of exercise the size of the house/yard isn't so important. However, you shouldn't run/jog with a lab until they're 18 months to 2 years of age.
Have you thought about maybe adopting a slightly older lab?
once a week is not nearly enough, a young lab needs daily exercise. walks are not exercise (there is value in walks but they do not tire a lab out)
You cannot bring a dog running on leash with you until their body is done growing (for labs this is 18-24 months). So if you want a running partner THIS YEAR consider adopting a slightly older lab (18 or so months of age).
If you keep up with training the dog up until they are at the teenage stage it won't be as bad as they say (training and exercise). But it won't be easy.
I am not too sure of the cost of labs in your area - I think Garth may know or one of the other members from your region. I think if I remember correctly a good breeder that does all teh clearances and proves their dogs is usually over $1000. It may be higher in your specific area.
Any puppy is alot of work - only you know what you have time for in your daily routine with a young daughter. Labs are social animals and need to be with their people - they do not make good outdoor dogs and it can be dangerous to leave a young puppy outside unattended (this refers to your other post about sleepign outdoors). It will take management with two cats, a todler and another dog to coordinate everyone but putting the puppy outside (for more than a few minutes) is NOT an option.
Last edited by Tanya; 04-24-2012 at 08:51 AM.
Charlie (foster) and Rocky
I have found putting work into training and socialising you end up with a great companion. As a pup Kassa was challenging, but once she matured a bit and I kept her mentally and physically active she was a great dog.
Ernie her litter mate I adopted at 3.5 had no training and was difficult for several years.His teenage years lasted until he was about 8.
Tessa is 5 and untrained also. She is more laid back than Ernie, but still taking time to train. She isn't destructive like Erns so each dog is different.
A dog from a registered breeder is about $1,00.00. You can adopt .
Thanks for your help,
we have looked into adopting an older dog, we are still in the phase of trying to work out what would be best for us.
i don't think our mini foxie would be very excepting of an adult dog moving in, i think she would adjust better to a puppy and my husband is pretty keen on raising them from a puppy... so I'm just not sure yet, i thought the idea of an older adoption could be a good way to go!
i was already aware that you should not run with a dog until at least 18 months of age and our "daily" walks can and most times do involve stopping off at an oval or park to let the dogs off for a run, a play, chasing a ball etc.
We have two Labs, now 16 months and 14 months old and also live in a home with a small yard. They do require a lot of exercise to stay relaxed. I take our girls to a dog park every day (and I mean every day!) for at least 30 minutes, usually an hour. Plus we walk between 3-6 miles every day. On the very rare occassions where the weather prevents us from getting out as much I find that they are absolute terrors around the house!! They will run like crazy, wrestle and get into trouble every few minutes. I agree with the previous suggestions of looking for an older Lab. Check for a local Lab Rescue group, they can surely help you.... and, good luck.
I have a German Shepherd and a Lab. Both of these breeds need daily stimulation or they can be destructive. A combination of daily training and a brisk 30 minute walk has worked fairly well in our case.
I have a 10 year old Lab and been wanting another for a couple of years, but wasn't sure with him. A couple of years ago started looking after another dog. Ernie loved her. When she went to the USA last Sepember I rescued a 5 year old Lab. People said don't as he would get jealous etc. My husband said get a pup.
I chose a dog I knew would be o.k. with him and wish I had done it years ago. He loves her and he is more alert.
I don't think it is so much the age as to the nature of the dog. A pup can be quite boisterous and an older one you see what you are getting.
Welcome to the forum. Good Luck with your choice.
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