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Hello, Labrador help needed!

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  1. Ktrose88

    Ktrose88 PetForums Newbie

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    Hi all, I’m new to this forum and I’m after some advice!
    I am moving to a large 4 bed townhouse and we are hoping to get a dog! (Hopefully a lab)
    The house, although has a very small garden does not have rear access, the design is that you walk around from the front and down the side to the back garden!!
    Both my partner and I work, I leave at 7am and I am home by 4pm 5 days a week and my partner works all different shifts, sometimes he starts at 4am - midday, or 2pm - 11pm, sometimes a normal 9-5! Would a Labrador be able to stay home in the day? On the days my partner is on lates he will have a walk in the morning and when I get home, but on the days he isn’t he will only have the long walk when I am home? We have both been brought up with dogs, however they have been small and have had access to a garden throughout the day! I’m not worried about the space and the house is a 3 storey and the dog would be allowed the run of it, but I’m worried about toilet needs and loneliness! Any advice would be appreciated, it was always our plan to get a dog , and with 3 young children we thought a Labrador would be the best but I don’t want to set the poor dog up to fail!

    Thank you for reading!

    Katie
     
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    Cookielabrador PetForums Senior

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    Hello and welcome :)
    @LinznMilly, Maybe move this to the dog chat, so more people could see it? :)
    As a Lab owner myself, I can definitely see why you would want one ;) but are you open to considering any other breeds? It would be harder to fit in time for walking and training, as you won’t be around most of the time. Labs need at least an hours exercise each day, and a puppy would need socialising and training.
    Personally, I would think that it’s probably best if you don’t get a puppy, but a older rescue lab could fit the bill very nicely! You wouldn’t have to go through the dreaded “teenage stage” :D and they would be a lot less work.
    Good luck!
     
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    Done. :)
     
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    rona Still missing my boys

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    Difficult with 3 small children. We have loads of threads on here about rescues not homing to those that work or have children.

    I would be concerned about the days you both work full days but you have time to try and find a dog walker or even a sitter that could cover those days. The other longest period seems to be 5 hours, not ideal but an adult Lab should be fine with. You would off course have to think about the puppy stage and toilet training
     
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    McKenzie PetForums VIP

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    You’ve had useful information from the others but I just wanted to pick up on this

    This really isn’t a good idea. Stairs are very hard on a dog’s joints, and labs are often predisposed to joint issues. Plus with a puppy or young dog (or a cheeky older dog!) it’s inviting disaster as labs can be thieves! Much better to keep the dog baby gated in a particular ‘safe’ part of the house.
     
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    I think waiting until you get home for a walk may end up with the dog creating its own fun. Working full time and having a dog is possible I do it but it takes a lot of organisation and early mornings. Puppy's need a lot of attention you would need someone coming in.
     
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    Ktrose88 PetForums Newbie

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    Thank you for the information, yes I am open to other breeds and was worried that a lab may not be the right dog to be left at home.
     
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    Ktrose88 PetForums Newbie

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    Thank you for the information, my dad would be able to pop over at lunch times but I’m worried if for any reason he couldn’t then the dog would be left alone. Thank you
     
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    Ktrose88 PetForums Newbie

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    Thank you, that was what I was worried about!
     
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    Ktrose88 PetForums Newbie

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    Ahh thank you for this, I didn’t know that, so that is very informative.
     
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    At my old place, I had to take dogs out of the front door, into the farm yard then through a gate into my garden. It wasn't convenient at all but I house-trained a puppy there easily enough. If you're buying this town house, could you perhaps have a patio door installed so you could let the dog out into the garden?
     
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    We are hoping to eventually but as the house is on a waterfront development we have just found out that the British ports have refused rear access (something about protecting their wall) I don’t really understand it, the house was bought off plan and hasn’t been built yet, we are hoping there is a way around it once we are in.
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