Hello all from southern Ontario. I'm new here and have decided to join to try to alleviate at least a little of the pain of waiting for a new puppy!
My chocolate lab, if all goes well, will be ready to come home around July 1st.
So, for those of you who went the route of buying from a breeder, and had a long wait, what did you do to distract yourselves?
Welcome fellow Canadian! The puppies were already born when we were searching so we visited a them a couple of times. Our wait wasn't as long as yours. Get things ready for puppy at home ie. search for a good crate, toys, investigate dog foods etc. I read dog books even though we already had dogs but you forget what happens when a puppy comes home. Check around for puppy classes and so on.
The voices in my head may not be real, but they have some good ideas!
On a funny note, my husband and I had a 'long' wait without it being a long wait. We planned for months to get a puppy. We researched breeders and contacted them (but didn't actually move forward with getting a puppy). We researched vets in the area, we got a crate, etc. We discussed time commitment, etc. Finally we were ready to 'move' forward and had selected the breeder we felt was the best choice. I contacted her on a Tuesday, she replied that she had a litter that would be ready on Saturday and that she hadn't yet screened for owners so the litter was completely unclaimed.
So we had been expecting a couple month or more wait... and didn't even have to wait a week!
I like the above advice. Also, if you're new to puppies (or labs) then research is never a bad thing. I will say, I've had cocker spaniel puppies but never a lab puppy until now. That is the one area I neglected, I didn't research a great deal about labs, their training, what to expect, etc. He is very different from any cocker spaniel puppy I've been around.
Thanks for the advice, and I'd love to hear more stories!
Crystal, sounds like the timing was perfect for you, and your puppy is adorable.
I'm certainly not new to puppies, or training in general. I've always had rescue dogs, the last of which was a pit bull/jack russell terrier mix (I kid you not!) who was a handful until her dying day! I've also trained many horses over the years, transitioning them from the racetrack to the show ring, so I feel like I at least have some of the patience/attitude/experience required, but I'm also prepared for the challenges of a lab.
This time around, my fiance and I opted for a purebred lab, for many reasons, and are very excited. Most of the preparation has already been done. I'm a little too organized!
The time will go by quickly. We had not had a puppy for many years and never a lab puppy before. I downloaded every training course I could find and started reading. I was terrified but after loosing our old rescue lab we wanted to have as much time as possible with this one and he has not dissapointed. He had his 5th birthday in March and we have enjoyed absolutely every moment.
Judy and Jack
"If you are not living on the edge you are taking up too much room."
"Jack catching a few rays."
Welcome! We waited several months after suddenly losing our beloved 8 year old Lab, Ozzy. It was so hard to wait but there is nothing like getting that puppy in your arms for the first time. We just did the regular shopping for a new crate, bed, leash, collar, tag, toys, new bowls, etc. Read and reread everything I could get my hands on and finally the day came. I cried like a baby when I first held Maxx. The waiting is hard but so worth it. Now Maxx is almost 2, such a funny, loving and truly well behaved guy. He makes me laugh every day, we really lucked out.
Maxx & Emma Jean
Ozzy - 10/16/02 - 06/28/11 - Always in my heart.
Sometimes the hardest part isn't letting go - but learning to start over.
Thanks everyone! The wait continues. The litter was due Sunday, but still no puppies. The little guy sure is taking his time
Just wanted to give you a quick update: puppies were born Tuesday, May 7, 3 boys and 3 girls, all healthy. 7 weeks til our boy can come home!
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Good luck with your new little love! Lab puppies are the best!
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Born to love and be loved 7/31/2010