I just had my first female lab, with no prior experience.
I live alone and she will be my companion. Any recommendations to start the right way?
Ill post her photos soon.
Hey, Welcome! Good Luck with your Lab. Only thing I will suggest with such a young pup is a crate. Around here pups don't leave until 8 weeks old. Stick with the food the breeder has until at least 8 weeks old, as your pup has a immature digestive system. Lots of naps too as a pup at that age definitely needs the rest.
Look forward to photos! Wishing you the best with your sweet girl.
Thank you ZRabbits, I am actually keeping her in a small confined room for the time being, with her food/water pot, a corner with newspapers and a free corner, and when I want to play with her I take her out of the room. I was wondering whether I really need to put her in a crate as I am away from her for more than 4 hour intervals during the day...
Wishing you all the luck with her.
At this age, do I expect her to start learning to do her pee/poop on the newspaper? cos mostly when I open the door for her she gets excited and never wants to go back to her room to do the thingie there, so she starts doing them everywhere...
Also remember pup's this young don't have big bladder control. So if she pees and then you let her out, I'd take her back to her room every hour and place her on the newspaper. Being consistent like this, she'll get to know this is the spot you want her to go at.
And yes, she will be so excited to see you. And yes, she won't want to go back to her room when there is a big world out there to explore. You just have to be strong and consistent. She'll get to be out and about in the big world when she's older.
Thanks KAZ, ur very helpful, appreciated
how much time does she spend in the room VS how much time with you?
She's very young, you will have to carry the pup outside for potty breaks. Calmly walk in, gently pick her up and bring her to where she can potty. Wherever that may be. She has no control of her bladder really at that age so you need to be the one on the clock bringing out the puppy to where they can potty and rewarding when hey go in the right place.
I am thinking maybe puppy classes are not something available where you are?
Hi Dryfo, I think she is yet too young for classes, but although she will be 7 weeks old by tomorrow, she is quite energetic and hyper most of the time. I am trying not to take her out of the house meanwhile to avoid any risk because she hasn't had her first vaccination yet, which she will have tomorrow. Otherwise she bites a lot and loves biting my feet in a stron nonstoppable manner lol.
she is very cute but I cant drift my eyes off her for a sec
Smart move to keep her inside until her first vaccination. My pup didn't venture out of our backyard until he had his second round (12 weeks). Better safe than sorry.
You can start with training right now. Definitely work on "budding" habit of biting, with "No". Did that from Day One with our pup, and have to say, only mouthing when very tired or really excited. Really pleased. Also you can work with her with "sit". Then move on to "off". She's young but boy you would be surprised if you do things the same thing over and over, how she will get it.
Learned a term on another forum "nothing in life is free". Make her work for her food. My pup learned that he must sit before he receives his food. Also learning to retrieve could help with the energetic hyper energy. Keep all teaching time short and always end on a positive note.
I would research some on-line books on training pups and find things that work for you. Have fun, enjoy her as this is the best time to start that bond that will last a lifetime!