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Hey there, I've been reading along in this forum for advice about how to train and raise up a good puppy lab into an intelligent friend, but I really never got full advice or the steps to take in raising him. I'm getting my new puppy lab today and cant wait to raise him, but I'm really new to this and need your help in this. Feeding him, training him, where to put him to sleep, etc.. Please reply asap, for I dont want it to be too late before I find the right advice. Thank you in advance and good work on the forum :)
 

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Congratulations on your new addition. ;D

Feeding: are you getting him from a breeder? if so, your breeder should provide you with a detailed diet sheet of how much/what to feed him. If you are getting him from a rescue, your rescue should do the same. If you are not happy with what the breeder/rescue is feeding him, you can go about switching as long as you do it slowly.

Training: begins from day one. Set rules, boundaries and limitations (Gosh -- did I just say that? call me Miss Cesar Millan!) and sign up for a puppy training class ASAP. Get him used to his collar and leash by having him drag it around. Begin the very simple foundations of obedience training -- try teaching him to 'sit'.

Most importantly, get a crate and USE IT. A crate is the best tool for potty training, hands down. You want to introduce him to the crate from day one. Feed him in there so he associates it as a positive place to be. He will make a big fuss in there the first time but ignore him -- he'll get used to it and you won't regret it for a second.

Read this forum inside out and back to front. Especially the 'Our Best Advice' thread and everything in the Puppy/Training section.
 

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How do I limit his play time? :-\ And well, wanted to ask if i should leave him most of the time in the backyard or let him spend time inside the house, where to put the crate.. etc.. please tell me such basic things I need to know :-[
 

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if i should leave him most of the time in the backyard or let him spend time inside the house, where to put the crate..
Absolutely DO NOT leave him outside unsupervised! Labs are inside dogs and need to be with their people. It's way too dangerous leaving him in the yard, too. Use a crate when you're not home, you can pretty much put it anywhere. Move the crate into your bedroom at night. Where are you getting your puppy from - a breeder? Also, he can't be left alone for more than probably 3 hours at a time in the beginning, he need potty breaks.
 

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How do I limit his play time? And well, wanted to ask if i should leave him most of the time in the backyard or let him spend time inside the house, where to put the crate.. etc.. please tell me such basic things I need to know
Although puppies do tend to goof around and make trouble, they don't 'play' constructively with themselves. 'Play' is only 'play' if you interact with him. Most people recommend you follow the '5 minute rule' in regards to exercise with a puppy -- that is 5 minutes of exercise per month of age. This is designed to protect the growing joints in the first year of life. So, for your 8 week old puppy that is only 10 minutes of exercise per day. The best type of exercise for a young puppy is a few short play sessions throughtout the day. They don't have a lot of stamina at that age and crash out easily so they should be sleeping lots and playing sporadically. If you want to read more about exercise I made a long post about the subject in the 'Our Best Advice' thread. You might want to check it out.

You must never, EVER leave a puppy unattended alone in the back yard. Labradors are people dogs. They don't enjoy being isolated. This makes them miserable and destructive. Leaving a puppy unattended is a recipe for disaster. Not only could the pup get into all kinds of trouble (escaping under the fence/gate, chewing, digging, eating things, etc.) but dog napping is growing crime. Dogs get stolen from yards ALL the time. I'm sure you don't want that to happen to your puppy so for his own sake, keep him indoors.

You should put the crate in a high area of activity in your house. Puppies like to see what is going on around them. That means if they have to be crated when you are in for whatever reason, they are kept stimulated. The kitchen or living area is a popular choice. Ideally, it should also be near the back door so you can scoop him out quickly to potty in the yard.
 

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Hey lab's here, but he seems to be scared!!! I need help !! He has peed like 3 times now in the kitchen and I dont dare to get him into the rooms! Gonna get him a crate now but I need advice in how to treat him for now! Why is he scared?? Too much activity maybe?? He's tired though thats for sure! I need some tips!

EDIT: Btw, should i let him chew on my hands or should I really be strict with him ?
 

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He is probably very tired my Labby slept more than he was awake at first. Get a crate and put him down for a nap. As soon as he wakes up take him out to pee/poop. use a special word or couple words and say it in a soft voice until he starts to go (i use hurry up but do it or go pee or whatever works for you is fine) as soon as he starts to go then praise him until finished and beyond. Plan to take him out every hour or less during the day, and after every meal, for the first few days so he'll learn it. I would not offer water after suppertime until he's trained. Use odor neutralizer like fa breeze or pet fresh to deodorize anywhere he's peed in the house after you clean it up. Make sure you praise praise praise and don't say anything if he has an accident as he won't understand yet "where he is supposed to go" Watch for signs sniffing,circling or whining to go potty but mostly at first just take him out alot so he'll learn it quickly.
After he goes outside i would bring him in, let him associate outside with potty at first, after he's trained then you can play with him outside it will confuse him right now IMO.
Also after he goes is the perfect time to hangout and play with him because you know he just went. after 15-30min of play hangout time then take back out to pee, then crate for a nap. and repeat. For the first few days i did this and it only took a very short time to house train. Also i feed in the crate as it helps to get them used to it and go in willingly if they associate it with 'nice' not 'bad'. i found when Gus when really bitey he needed a nap or 'time-out' in crate. To some degree pups need to bite to learn not to bite hard. its called bite inhibition, a puppy that doesn't bite may not learn his own strength and as an adult may bite with serious consequence! When he bites say "AAAAAKKKKK no bite" or something like that and replace your body part or shoe etc. with a toy or something appropriate. Dogs do learn and experience things with their mouth, mouthing is ok for a puppy, so if it doesn't hurt imo its ok, and thats really what we want them to know, bite inhibition. don't scold or slap if he bites then he'll just learn to fear you, if he is really acting like a wild child and doesn't stop even after you've redirected a time or two then put him in his crate for timeout or otherwise ignore him!! ;D good luck and can we see a pic of your wee labby please ;)
 

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Thank you really for your help everyone, I think hes calm now and going to bed :) I'll take some pics tmw for you all hes a lovely little lab! I'll let you know what's happened with him very soon ;) Hope I can sleep through the night though.. can't let him sleep in his crate near me in my room coz im afraid if i let him out he'll ruin my furniture if he potties or pees :-\ Is it ok if he sleeps alone in the kitchen ?
 

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I slept on the couch with the crate pulled right up to it when my Gus first came home because if i left the room he cried and cried. Your pup is used to sleeping with his liter mates so it may take a few nights to get used to it. After about 3-4 nights i left my Gus in the lvrm.and slept in my bedroom and he was fine. If he's in your room in his crate,he can't wreck anything,when you let him out to pee just carry him so he can't squat. he won't be able to hold it all night you'll need to let him out at least a couple times i'm sure. ;)
 
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If he's in the kitchen how are you going to hear him? I really don't want to be rude ... honest ... but you should have researched this before today. You need to RUN to your local library or bookstore and stock up on some books on labradors in general, as well as a book or two on puppies and training. Your puppy will probably not sleep through the night for at least a week or maybe several weeks.
 

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I know and I regret it.. got over-excited I presume.. I will try my best to figure something out and learn how to socialize him..do I need to take him potty late at night ? :-\
 
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I know and I regret it.. got over-excited I presume.. I will try my best to figure something out and learn how to socialize him..do I need to take him potty late at night ? :-\
Yes.... take his water up at 7:00. Take him out to potty right before you go to bed. Praise the dickens out of him when he potties. I mean practically throw a party. I hope you have a divider w/ your crate. You need to make the crate area just big enough for your puppy to turn around. This prevents him from pottying at one end and laying in another. He should cry to get out and go potty. I would expect to get up at least twice. You will need to JUMP out of bed and get him outside ASAP. Do not delay. They do not have good bladder control at this age.

Can I ask ...where did you get your puppy? If you got your puppy from someone (petstore) that kept him crated all the time and let him potty in his crate, you are in for an uphill battle. Hopefully that's not the case.
 

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do I need to take him potty late at night ?
Yes you do and every night for 3-5 weeks until he is old enough to hold it thru the night.

This is a lot like have a baby - they need you for everything. With both of mine I would wake up about 1am and then again about 3 am and then up for the day by 6am. Both of my labs starting sleeping thru the night once they were about 12 weeks old. Also neither of my labs would sleep past 5:30 until just recently (one is 2-1/2 and the other is 3 yrs 2mths).

Hopefully you have gotten the crate and are using it. Remember to make sure the crate just has enough room for the puppy to stand up and turn around. This will keep them from going potty in the crate. And one more thing, depending on when you go to bed at night you should pick up the water a couple hours before just so the puppy doesn't have to pee as soon as you go to bed.
 

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What are the different possibilities of what the puppy wants when he moans at night? Should I keep the bowl in the crate filled with water or when should i fill it?
 

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If you give your puppy water at night he will have to go pee more often at nite - so i would not give water in the crate at night! I would take away his water just after supper and give no water until morning.
Your puppy is most likely moaning (crying?) because he is a bit lonely & scared and for attention. He's a baby so thats what they do - complain!
 

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So what's the solution? He really moans when hes in his crate but when hes out hes happy again :-\
 

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So what's the solution? He really moans when hes in his crate but when hes out hes happy again
As I said in my second post, you ignore him. He will get used to it. Don't forget that every time you take him out of his crate when he starts to whine he is getting what he wants...attention. You need to be careful because these dogs are highly intelligent. Give them an inch and they will take a mile. YOU are in charge here. ;)
 

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Honestly, we really got the dog as a family dog. The actual masters are supposed to be me and my brother. Would that make things harder?
 

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Umm, no. You can all be in charge. Just make sure everyone has a turn in feeding/playing/walking/training and the pup should respect everyone as his "master".
 
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