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    Hi Everyone,

    My wife and I will be getting our very first Labrador Retriever in Late February or Early March. We just put our deposit down and are first in line for a yellow male that will be born around Christmas time. I've been doing research and trying to be as ready as possible for about a year or so now, but something tells me that I will never be as prepared as I would like until the puppy comes and we see what his temperment and personality is like .

    We have one other dog, an American Eskimo Miniature who is about 12 years old. I'm sure she'll be just a little jealous but will get adjusted in no time. She's always had great maternal instincts. We've had two kittens and four baby chickens. She used to lead them around the house in a single file line lol.

    The thing that concerns me the most about getting the puppy is house breaking. To be honest, I was not worried about this until recently since I had my mind set on obedience training. My wife and I work 8 hours a day, but my younger brother is in college and gets home each day around 11am or noon. For the first week I will be staying home with him and getting him used to a routine.
    I'll also be coming home during lunch to let him out and coupled with my brothers class routine I think we'll get sufficient breaks throughout the day as well as play time.

    In preparation for him, can you give me thoughts on how you did bathroom breaks for people who work throughout the day?

    Honestly, did anyone ever feel excited and worried at the same time before the puppy got home?

    Thanks!

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    hello and welcome.

    the rule of them is puppies can hold it for one hour per month of age. So at two months your puppy will likely need to pee every 3-4 hours during the day (max). Many peolpe encourage the use of the crate to help with house training (though crate training is for much much more than just house training). When you cannot supervise the puppy or are outside the home you put them in the crate. But make sure to properly introduce it and make it a fun place first. The crate, until the dog is house trained, should be just big enough for them to get up and turn around. The theory is that a dog will nto want to pee/poop where they sleep. But for this to work, someone needs to let the puppy out to potty every 3-4 hours (depending on teh dog).

    Ideally you may want to stagger your start times for work (you and your wife) so someone startes later and can let the puppy pee later in the AM, and the other arrives home earlier in the afternoon (though thsi may be less of an issue if the brother is home by 11am or noon).

    You may also need back-up plans for the days yoru brother has other plans (and cannot get home right after classes).

    One the dog is house trained you can make the crate bigger to give them as much space as you can. They sell seperators to make crates smaller so you do not need to buy multiple crates.
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    Awesome! Thanks for the reply. I usually don't start until 8:30 where she starts at 7 so I'll be able to get up at 6 to feed him and let him outside, then once again before I go.

    As for socialization, I have alot of family here so I will be able to introduce him to kids, adults, and older people. The only thing I am worried about is taking him places before he has all of his immunizations done. How did you guys take out your young pup to get them socialized?

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    A lot of times, having the older dog will help potty trian the puppy. Especially if the older one will pee on command.
    Take both out at the same time and the puppy will learn to mimic the older dog.

    Your vet may offer pet sitting / house call services, or know a trust worthy person, who could help out the first few months.
    They could stop by and let puppy out for a tinkle and tummy rub, and put your worries to rest.

    New puppies always bring excitement and worries, LOL.

    Just to mess with you.... try this worry on for size....
    what if momma dog has a litter of chocolate and black girls????


    Socializing a puppy, keep him home till all shots current. Family and friends at home is fine, visiting family homes fine as long as
    other dogs fully vaccinated. Even at vet, no playing nice with other dogs, keep him on lap or close to you. Not all dogs at the vet are healthy.
    Don't let him down on the ground outside either, sick dogs use the bathroom out there and your puppy will be right in it.





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    Thanks! I appreciate the advice.

    I have thought about if all the puppies were black and chocolate, and I just think about how much it would stink to have to wait for another litter and 8 weeks after that litter is born. LOL! I honestly don't mind any of the three colors, I think they're all great. My wife has always wanted a puppy just like the Cottonelle puppies. It's funny because she has never been a dog person, but she's always said that if she got a dog, it would be the Cottonelle dog. I've always wanted a Lab so I say it was fate lol. She was a bit unsure about but we visited some Labs, played around with them, and she's been in love ever since.

    As for the socialization I will definitely have people come in to visit. Most of my family members don't have dogs and our older dog is fully vaccinated so we should be okay visiting places. I'm always a type of person to be safe than sorry even so places like pet stores or parks will be avoided until he's fully vaccinated. My only concern is how he will be with kids. We have a lot of children that visit our place, but I guess that would have to do with training him to have proper manners and house rules.

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    " My wife has always wanted a puppy just like the Cottonelle puppies. It's funny because she has never been a dog person, but she's always said that if she got a dog, it would be the Cottonelle dog."



    Little boy... call him.... "Cotten"
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    Quote Originally Posted by athao04 View Post
    Awesome! Thanks for the reply. I usually don't start until 8:30 where she starts at 7 so I'll be able to get up at 6 to feed him and let him outside, then once again before I go.

    As for socialization, I have alot of family here so I will be able to introduce him to kids, adults, and older people. The only thing I am worried about is taking him places before he has all of his immunizations done. How did you guys take out your young pup to get them socialized?
    look for puppy classes in your area, they are ment as a safe place to train and socialise your puppy before it has all it's shots

    you can bring your pup to family and friend's home if they have healthy dogs and never had parvo on their property (not for hte last 5 years I think). You can bring him for drives around the city and stop at drive thru's. non-pet stores that allow dogs, put him on a blanket or towel in hte cart and have fun. Just avoid dog parks, places highly frequented by dogs, keep him in your arms at the vet's, avoid dog parks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by athao04 View Post
    Thanks! I appreciate the advice.

    I have thought about if all the puppies were black and chocolate, and I just think about how much it would stink to have to wait for another litter and 8 weeks after that litter is born. LOL! I honestly don't mind any of the three colors, I think they're all great. My wife has always wanted a puppy just like the Cottonelle puppies. It's funny because she has never been a dog person, but she's always said that if she got a dog, it would be the Cottonelle dog. I've always wanted a Lab so I say it was fate lol. She was a bit unsure about but we visited some Labs, played around with them, and she's been in love ever since.

    As for the socialization I will definitely have people come in to visit. Most of my family members don't have dogs and our older dog is fully vaccinated so we should be okay visiting places. I'm always a type of person to be safe than sorry even so places like pet stores or parks will be avoided until he's fully vaccinated. My only concern is how he will be with kids. We have a lot of children that visit our place, but I guess that would have to do with training him to have proper manners and house rules.
    Even if there is 1 or 2 yellows in the litter htey may not be the one that is the right fit for your family. so you may want to think things thru and talk to the breeder if you really are set on "only" yellow puppies. Personality and fit are more important than colour, but if you want a colour you may have to wait a few litters before finding one that is both the right color AND the right fit. Most good breeders will pick the puppies for the buyers based on fit.

    Make sure the breeder has had both parents cleared for all teh major health issues that plague the breed. Parents should be cleared for hips, elbows, eyes, heart, eic and pra at a minimum. these are not done at "wellness visits" at the vet.

    make sure you socialise to dogs as well as people.
    Charlie (foster) and Rocky

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    Thanks everyone for all of the advice. I will definitely use it.

    The breeder that we have the deposit with only breeders yellow puppies, which encompasses coloration from a fox red to ivory. I asked if he ever has chocolate or black labs that pop up and he said he did have some black lab puppies in his earlier litters about 10 years ago. I asked him if he would be willing to help us pick out a puppy to match our needs, and he said he would be more than happy to help us out with fitting us with the correct puppy. If there were x amount of males, and none would be a good personality match for us, we can either get the $300 as a refund or apply it to the next litter. I'd definitely rather wait for the right puppy. My biggest worry is having a puppy grow up to be a big dog that does not listen. I'll be sure that does not happen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by athao04 View Post
    Thanks everyone for all of the advice. I will definitely use it.

    The breeder that we have the deposit with only breeders yellow puppies, which encompasses coloration from a fox red to ivory. I asked if he ever has chocolate or black labs that pop up and he said he did have some black lab puppies in his earlier litters about 10 years ago. I asked him if he would be willing to help us pick out a puppy to match our needs, and he said he would be more than happy to help us out with fitting us with the correct puppy. If there were x amount of males, and none would be a good personality match for us, we can either get the $300 as a refund or apply it to the next litter. I'd definitely rather wait for the right puppy. My biggest worry is having a puppy grow up to be a big dog that does not listen. I'll be sure that does not happen.
    Sounds like you are doing some good work prepping for your puppy.
    I think you'll be fine and you pup will be going into a good home.
    Keep us updated, if you get new baby pics we would love to see them.
    I think little Joey is leaving the 5th, so people will need new oh and ah materials , LOL.
    People need their "puppy fix".





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