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    QuestionFirst time lab owners. any advice and tips are welcome! :)

    My wife and are getting our first lab together and we are very excited. We are picking him up October 18th and he will be 7.5 weeks old. We live in a 2 bedroom apartment that is pretty good sized and we are both very active so exercise for him when hes older wont be a problem. The max amount of time he will be alone during the day is 4 hours. Im wondering what other apartment lab owners do with their dogs while they are at work etc.. We have a large adjustable metal crate(is 4 hours to long inside??) but I would like to get him to the point where he can just free roam inside. When can I start working on sit stay lay down and what methods work?(I know patience is key). what is the best puppy dog food that is not too expensive, and how often/how much should we feed him? My inlaws live a mile away and they have a backyard he can play in while we are at work once he gets older. they also have a 2 year old male half beagle half lhasa apso ball of energy he can play with. When can we introduce them to each other? Those are just some of the questions off the top of my head and I am sure we will have more once we get the little guy. Thanks for any replies!! have a great day

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    You will be approximately two years away from him running free around your apartment without causing damage on the day that you pick your pup up.

    Crating will be fine though providing the crate is not too large at the beginning. 18"-24"square would be fine to begin with.

    You must start as soon as your pup arrives. Don't expect him to pick it up immediately but be consistent with your commands.

    He needs to have all of his shots before he is socialised. Your vet will advise when.

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    OOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Hi fellow Duck fan! Welcome to the forum! Our Sophie is 17 months. We can trust her to leave her alone in the house now. By the time she was a little over a year old, we started leaving her for short periods. It depends on the dog. Now we can leave her for several hours. We used to get Sophie-sitters when we had to be gone for very long. We had a never ending line of baby sitters, she was so cute and snuggable everyone wanted to Sophie-sit! 4 hours in the crate is about the limit, and you should be ok there. Have the crate no bigger than he can get up and turn around. Don't put anything in with him that he can chew up and choke on. As far as food goes, you need to find out what the breeder is feeding him and continue with that. You don't want to chance gastric upset by changing foods at this point. You can start training right away. We used yogurt doggie treats when training Sophie. She could sit, lay down, and shake hands by 10 weeks. They are really smart and pick it up quickly. We taught her Don't Bite...believe me, you'll need to teach this one! He'll think you're his own personal chew toy, and those teeth are like little razors! Don't bite took longer, about a month. She knew "Drop it" by 3 months. Have you been thinking of names? What color is he?
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    how exciting, I just picked up our 3rd Labby today, she's only 7.5 weeks too, so tiny! All I really remember with my other 2 as young pups is those razor sharp teeth...lots of dental toys to chew on really helped and a sharp no or no bite when they are mouthing....enjoy your new bundle...Im so in love with my girl : )

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    Thanks for the quick replies guys.

    @sophiesmama He is black and your gonna like one of the name options haha we are thinking either Chip Kelly or Blazer, since we love the ducks and also the portland trail blazers. its a tough choice lol. how quick was the potty training with your girl? when can we introduce him to water and swimming?

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    if you are getting the dog from someone you trust, a good breeder, stick to the food they recommend. you trust them to care for mom and raise the litter, the food they recommend should in theory work for their lines. If there are issues wtih teh food after you can start looking to change.

    Have as many people come over to meet hte puppy. men, kids specifically. It's prime time to get the dog socialized to as many people as possible.

    IF the dogs you know (and listed above) are up to date on their shots and there has been no parvo in the yards, I say go ahead and let them meet and play. Dogs need to socialize with other dogs. No dog park, no dog stores, keep the puppy in your arms at the vet's, those are NOT safe places for a dog that hasn,t had all their shots. Be careful where you walk, keep to places less frequented by dogs.

    This is a great free guide but there are also tons of great books.

    Oh - sign up for puppy classes right now! Some are ment for puppies that don't have all their shots, others wait until they are 3 months either is good. Generally private schools are better than the chains like Petco or Petsmart (but if those are your only options that can work too)

    http://www.dogstardaily.com/files/do...Your_Puppy.pdf

    ETA: yes it may be a good year or two before he is allowed free roam in the house. it isn't just about h ouse training to not pee and poop but many labs can be chewers and destroy things (and potential hurt themselves)
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    oh and read the "our best advice" thread sticky-ed at the top of this section. TONS and TONS of great tips there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OregonDuck20 View Post
    Thanks for the quick replies guys.

    @sophiesmama He is black and your gonna like one of the name options haha we are thinking either Chip Kelly or Blazer, since we love the ducks and also the portland trail blazers. its a tough choice lol. how quick was the potty training with your girl? when can we introduce him to water and swimming?
    Hahaha! Good name choices...How about Puddles!? Hahaha! That will be more true than you know! We began potty training the day we got her. I would say she was smart and picked it up pretty fast. We always used the same command. Even if we caught her in mid-potty we'd say, "Sophie Outside" and take her out to her spot. Lots of praise when she went outside. She was fairly easy. Remember to take your boy out after eating, sleeping or playing vigorously. I think we took Sophie out about every 45 minutes at first. By the time she was 3 months she was doing great and by 4 months she had stopped having inside accidents. We had trouble getting her to alert us when she went to the door. We can't see our back door from everywhere in our house, so she would just go lay by the door. We began telling her to speak before we opened the door. Once she did, then we'd open it. She figured that out pretty fast too. Now, she has a certain kind of grumbly tone in her voice when she needs to go out. She has different voices for different needs. Labbys are really smart. My sons are heading to the game on Saturday. Are you going? I can't go, we have family in from CA for a death in the family and there's no way I can get away. I just have one thing left to say: The Huskies are going DOWN! There will be no dancing on our Duck this year!!!
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    Sophie 15 months, with Skye

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