Hello. My family just purchased our own home and are ready to purchase a puppy. We have a 4-year old and a 12-year old. We have narrowed it down to a labrador retriever. So I have a few questions if anyone can help me out. Thank you in advance.
1. We have been looking at getting a full breed. How much is too much to pay? What should we look for when selecting a breeder? I have heard that full breeds may have issues of overbreeding. Should I try to find a breeder that does not breed their dogs very often?
2. The puppy will be home by themself for about 7 hours a day. Is this normal? The only option is waiting until summer so my daugher and son could by with him/her full time but I am not sure they can handle the relationship. If we got the puppy now I would take a week off of work to be with the puppy and leave it there for a few hours each day. And I can have neighbors come by once a day to take the puppy outside. Any advice in this area would really be apprecieated.
Thank you in advance for any help!
7 hours is too long for a puppy.
You would need to arrange daycare or get a neighbour to help with letting them out !
Okay I can do that. Do you know how we would need to do that? I hate the feeling of leaving her home alone for so long. My mother will stop by once a day to let her out. Will that be good enough?
Thank you for the quick response!
I don't think that once will be enough ! I got Dylan as a rescue at five months old for exactly the same reason i.e. it's not fair to expect an eight week old pup to hold it's bladder for 3 1/2 hours. Daycae would be the best solution and if you let us know your location then somebody here will no doubt be able to help with local advice unless you live in Mongolia ! ?
At five months old they can hold their own but even then it is necessary to let them out straight away to relieve themselves or face an accident.
I got Dio when he was 8 weeks old. I am a teacher and I was fortunate to get him during my 2 months off in the summer. After that, when I returned to work in the fall I had someone come 1-2 times a day to let him out to potty and to play with him. The crate is an amazing tool in keeping the puppy and your house safe! I also had him in a puppy pen for the first 2 months, until he figured out how to escape it.
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HI, We live in the country and commute to the city and I thought 8 to 10 hours alone during the day was too long so I bring her in and leave her with my parents because I work close by or my daughter takes her when she isn't working (flight attendant). She goes to daycare once a week, however, here you can't bring your dog to daycare until they've had all their shots. I don't know what the regulations are like where you live. Something to check into.
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Mark j you are way off in your beliefs About how to get a pup and how much to pay. A dog from a reputable breeder will cost the same if it's a show prospect or a pet. A reputable breeder does not discount their puppies and dont plan a move during puppy raising. Prices will vary depending on where you live. Expect to pay about $1000. Any less and you can sure as shit bet that the breeder is skimping on clearances or sending the pups to homes too early.