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    Hey guys, i'm new to the forums. I was just wondering, Is the labrador for my family? Okay so my siblings and I want a dog. They want a dog to play with. I want a dog to take with me for jogs and outside activites. My dad asked me if I could be the one to take care of him. By that he means clean him every week, clean up it's poop from our backyard, feed him, take him for walks, and disipline him, along with more. Now i've read a lot of books/ websites to learn how to take care of a dog. Which is a big responsibility. Now I don't to get a dog and find out I can't take care of it. It wouldn't be fair to the dogs. So if you could answer my following questions it would be great.

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    1: My sister and brother will be gone for school 8 hours a day. Could he handle staying outside? Or inside down stairs by himself? With some toys.
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    2: What should I be asking when i'm looking to buy a dog, from a puppy to 1.5 years old.
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    3: How many walks a day would be good for my dog?
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    4: What's a good brand for dog food? And where could I get it from ( I live in Canada)
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    5: What's some good ways of house training a dog.

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    DefaultRe: Is the labrador for my family?

    Okay I'm not going to do a Q and A but I'll answer most of your questions and give you some more info.

    If you get a dog, especially a puppy, no jogging/running or forced exercise with you or anyone else until he/she is at least 2 years old. It's bad for their joints because they are still growing.

    Many people on here work full time and their dogs are left for 8+ hours a day, so that should not be a problem.

    Don't leave your dog outside, most of the others here will agree with me. It's cruel and Labs especially want to be with you, his/her "pack" all the time.

    Get a crate. That's the easiest way to housetrain your dog/puppy and will ensure that the dog doesn't chew up anything or hurt itself while you are not there. Dogs don't like to pee or poop where they sleep, so crate training really helps. A lot of people get bells, like jingle bells from Xmas, and hang them on the door. They train the dog to go to the bells and make them jingle to signal that they need to go outside.

    There are a lot of good rescues out there where you could rescue a Lab and the cost would be minimum. Obviously if you want to get a Lab from a breeder, it will be more expensive and the timing will depend on when the breeder plans on breeding their dogs. That said, if/when you go talk to a breeder, ask to see the parents so you can see how their temperaments are and DEFINITELY ask about papers and if they have had all of their clearances for hips, elbows, etc.

    There's a rule about a certain amount of daily exercise per month of age, but I can't remember off the top of my head. It depends on the age of the dog, but the best combo is to train the dog with mental stimulation and exercise the dog daily. Exercise for young puppies would mostly be short but frequent walks, playing fetch, etc. As the dog gets older, you increase the length of the walks and play times. Labs have LOTS and LOTS of energy, so be prepared!

    But I cannot emphasize enough the importance of crate training...! That's the #1 thing you need to learn about right now.

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    I don't know how old you are or what your personal activities are that might prevent you from dedicating crucial training and bonding time with your dog. So first, I will answer your direct questions and then post way too much philosophical stuff about living with labs after that. Ready? Here we go:

    1: My sister and brother will be gone for school 8 hours a day. Could he handle staying outside? Or inside down stairs by himself? With some toys.
    A: If you want to train your dog to be an outside dog, do so. Provide adequate warm, clean shelter for him/her. Labs like to be with their people so if you are outdoorsy types, this may be okay. Personally, I like my labs indoors to live WITH us... not WITHOUT us.

    2: What should I be asking when i'm looking to buy a dog, from a puppy to 1.5 years old.
    A: See the forum frequently asked questions section... this is a topic far to broad to cover in a little reply post

    3: How many walks a day would be good for my dog?
    A:Depends upon the dog and what you accustom them to. Some labs like lots of walks, some prefer vigorous fetching sessions, some thrive on swimming. As long as they are well exercised in any form, they'll be fine. You'll have to figure that one out on your own. There is no set rule on this.

    4: What's a good brand for dog food? And where could I get it from ( I live in Canada)
    A: If the dog you bring home seems fit and fine on the food he/she is being fed, continue with it. Don't mess about with food unless you have REAL reason to believe the dog is not doing well on it.

    5: What's some good ways of house training a dog.
    A: If you have a puppy, take them out at one hour intervals. Use a training word when you do this... "POTTY NOW" and usher them out the door. Make certain they do something outside. TREAT them when they actually do something. When you usher them back in PRAISE and TREAT again. Treat does not have to be food... it can be an extra warm cuddle or tousle on the head... "GOOD boy/girl!

    Any of this help you? I'll save the philosophical stuff... just remember, you are bringing a dog home. Raise him/her they way YOU would like to be raised and your dog will be your best mate. Honest.

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    DefaultRe: Is the labrador for my family?

    You've gotten some great info already. I just want to chime in on the leaving him outside all day thing. Labs are very athletic. They are working/sporting dogs by nature. I'm deathly afraid to leave my lab outside because of this. I'm afraid they (especially my energetic chocolate one) will either jump the fence, or dig out, or figure some way to get out. I couldn't have a second's peace if I knew they were outside like that.

    For short periods....to do their business or get a little exercise. That's fine. But all day....unattended.....no way!

    I also worry about someone stealing them.

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    DefaultRe: Is the labrador for my family?

    How old are you? You live with your parent(s)...what would happen to the dog when you move out for college or life?

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    My only comment regarding leaving him outside...

    Assuming you have a fenced yard and provide adequate shelter (i.e. a large dog house with shade and cover from weather) he should be OK. I leave mine in my patio/garage (not closed garage but totally fenced) and they have access to the covered part of the garage where they have their dog house. They do OK. Leave toys for him to play with

    I only leave them there while I´m out at work, but whenever I´m home they are always with me, either inside the house or out in the yard.

    Exercise. I run with them every morning for 1/2 hour at a slow pace (i´m the slow one ) and then play fetch for 1/2 hour at night when I get back from work. I go home at noon to check them out, though, so they are never alone for more than 5 hours in a row, but usually stay over 8 hours on their own. They sometimes destroy things or pee where they shouldn´t.

    Don´t know your age but definitely an adult needs to take responsibility of the dog. If your parents are not willing to commit to the dog and have a new family member I wouldn´t recommend getting a dog (i.e. who will provide vet care, pay for the expenses, food, etc.)

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    DefaultRe: Is the labrador for my family?

    good for you for doing your research

    i hope your parents understand that they will have responsibilities for the family dog no matter how responsible you are (vetting, paying bills, getting dog food, helping you with your responsibilities)
    that said our first family dog joined us when I was 12 and it was a perfect fit ... my parents helped when needed and loved her but Kelly was MY responsibility no doubt of it ...

    please keep your dog indoors - too cold, too dangerous outside
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    Quote Originally Posted by M.Slick

    1: My sister and brother will be gone for school 8 hours a day. Could he handle staying outside? Or inside down stairs by himself? With some toys.
    A: Crated, a dog can be left for 8 hours. A puppy will need potty breaks. Leaving any dog outside all the time is not good, but especially not a Lab, They are people-dogs and want to be with you, not left outside alone. When they get bored, they get into trouble.
    2: What should I be asking when i'm looking to buy a dog, from a puppy to 1.5 years old.
    A: I suggest going to a Lab rescue and getting an older dog - like at least a year. They are often already neutered, crate-trained, and housebroken, eliminating a lot of the possible problems.
    3: How many walks a day would be good for my dog?
    A: That depends on how energetic your dog is. If you have a fenced-in yard, a couple of good retrieving sessions every day would be perfect.
    4: What's a good brand for dog food? And where could I get it from ( I live in Canada)
    A: Find out what the dog has been fed, and stay with that at least for a while. If the dog is doing well on it, don't change it.
    5: What's some good ways of house training a dog.
    A: See response to #2 above.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JacksAndLabs
    How old are you? You live with your parent(s)...what would happen to the dog when you move out for college or life?
    This would be my first question. You may want to bring the dog with you when you move out (for school or work) but you MUST realize just how difficult this could end up being (just finding a dog friendly apt is very very difficult, especially if the budget is tight). And alternatively, if you get and train the dog then leave, will your parents and siblings take care of him/her appropriate (to the same level you did)?
    Does the rest of the family want a dog and participate with the upbringing or is it only you?

    For your questions:
    - you usually don't need to "clean" a labrador every week. Abit of brushing every few days sure, but they shouldn't be bathed with soap (usually) very often. A rinse with water when they are muddy/sandy should be good.
    - no jogging with a labrador until they are 2 years of age
    - It's not a good idea to leave a puppy outside alone for 8hrs. An older dog, IF you have a safely fenced yard (or preferably kennel), you can do when weather permits with proper shelter. BUT labs are pack animals, meaning they do not do well outside alone as a way of life (so spending the work/school day outside then coming in to live with you all when you return home would be ok once the puppy is older).
    - you want BOTH parents to have eyes, heart, hips and elbows certified, do not get the puppy before 7wks of age (after being weened it needs time to learn from it's siblings before coming home to you).
    - exercise will increase with age, short burts for a puppy but my 4 year old gets two 30 minutes walks AND a 45 minute run a day. I'd factor in an hour a day of exercise for the average labrador (but preferably not JUST a walk all the time, some fetching is good, playing with other dogs...)
    - there are plenty of good dog foods. WHen you bring the dog home (puppy or rescue) it is highly recommended you keep them on whatever food they were on before until they settle into their new home. If the food works then there is no need to change, if not, then you can start researching. There are plenty of good lines of dog food. Those at the grocery store tend to not be the best (generally speaking)

    Keep in mind the cost of the dog. If you rescue you can cut the cost on the purchase of the dog, but there is also vet bills (so you need some money saved up for "surprise" vet visits), dog food and training (it's really really good to take at least one obedience class, to teach yourself and the dog.
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    DefaultRe: Is the labrador for my family?

    Good to see you're thinking this thru! Sounds like you might be old enough to handle it - and you've got good advice aboue!

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