We'll be adding a labrador puppy to our family in January, so I've got some time to gather all the essential items. Any advice on what to buy before we bring this sweet girl home? The more I read on labs, the more I am aware that they are big-time chewers and need special toys/bedding/etc. I will add that I am a stay-at-home mom, so the puppy will be monitored most of the time. Thanks in advance!
2) Stainless steel food and water bowls
3) Leash / harness...no collar just yet
4) puppy traing classes
5) Kongs x 10
7) plush toys
8) Natures Miracle enzyme liquid.....for puppy accidents
9) Patience, love and understanding
10) exercise exercise and more exercise
Good quality puppy food. Don't be tempted to buy whatever is on offer (unless it's the good stuff!). Buy the best stuff you can afford and do some research before you decide on a brand, I can't recommend one specifically as I am in UK and we don't have a lot of the stuff you can get in the US or elsewhere, plus different brands suit different dogs.
Also do some research on regular puppy food vs. large breed or even adult as there have been a lot of studies to show the higher protein content in large breed puppy food isn't good for developing joints and bones of labs - can make them grow too fast and be more at risk of certain conditions. Some people don't even use puppy food at all as even that is higher in protein than adult food. But you need to do your own research and decide what is best for you, your budget, and your pup.
Aside from puppy checklist and quality food, you may need your home to be a puppy proof especially keeping way any things he may run through or chew and swallow.
"Did you ever walk into a room and forget why you walked in? I think that is how dogs spend their lives." ~Sue Murphy
keep the puppy on the same food the breeder fed at least for a few weeks. when a pup leaves the litter it is not time to change the food.
if you researched your breeder and they are knowledgeable and know their lines talk to them about why they feed what they feed.
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