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labrador puppy questions!!!!

Discussion in 'Dog Training and Behaviour' started by lash2709, Aug 19, 2009.


  1. lash2709

    lash2709 PetForums Newbie

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    Hello!!
    Me and my partner have decided that this is now the right time to look for a lab puppy (after waiting 3 years since moving out!!!), I am at home more now so have more time with the dog, The problem is though, we have a very small house, but masses of space outside as we live on a small farm (huge garden, 3 acres, outbuildings etc!!) so we have decided that the lab will be an outside dog - in a very large kennel and run which is joined on to a small barn!! - she will be out at night but we will not stop her coming in the house when we are here during the day, just out at night and also if we go out or when we are both at work for any reason she'll go in the kennel. - So when we bring the puppy home for the first time, is it better to start from day one in the kennel at night, or bring her in the house to start with and then put her in the kennel when she's a bit bigger?? I'm worried about putting such a young dog outside but am I just being soft?? and then I think it'll be mean putting her out after she's been in for a while!!! My partner will be eventually using her as a working dog, but she will also be our pet!! I've always had labs when I was living at home with my parents but with their big house, the dog being a house dog hasn't ever been a problem!! Many thanks!!! :idea:
     
  2. rona

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    Hi, if you buy from a gundog breeder then the pup may well have been housed in a kennel before you buy, and you could ask advice from them.
    Dundee has working labs and keeps hers outside I think
     
  3. bucksmum

    bucksmum PetForums Senior

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    Hi, we keep and breed working labs and to us it really depends on the time of year. In summer the pups generally go straight out but spend a fair bit of time indoors to socialise.
    In winter they are kept indoors in a crate at night and put out in kennel during milder days to get them used to it.This way is also useful as the short days mean you cannot spend so much time in the garden with pup so to be indoors allows you a bit more bonding time.
    I might get shouted down for saying this but we've found that if kennelled the dogs are far more responsive when they do come out for training (i'm talking about when they are older,not pups ) so if hubby wants to make a gundog out of her i would definitly recommend the kennel life.
    Good luck with your puppy x :)
     
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    totally agree best place for a dog and they are more responsive are lab is out from first thing in the morning untill last thing at night free roam but i,m well fenced in she can,t get out the garden the back door is open she can come in if she wants but most the time she don,t bother she just takes her self of to her kennel when she likes i built her a kennel inside a shed better in winter labs have a double coat any way so are hardy dogs you sound like you have the ideal set up for a lab good luck when you get one
     
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    :D I'm afraid not - mine are inside and love nothing better than crashing out on the sofa :D well, apart from working of course :D

    I would say it depends on the time of year and weather, and in the summer I can see no problem with kennelling straight away. The only thing to remember while they are young is bonding time. I'm not entirely convinced by the argumement that kennelled dogs respond more. There is certainly an element of truth in it, particularly if you have a lot of dogs, but if it's just one or two, and they are from good working lines (ie trial bred), and the training is there, they will work well regardless.
     
  6. lash2709

    lash2709 PetForums Newbie

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    Thank you for all your advice!! I like the idea of putting a small kennel inside the barn, nice a cosey!! Yes I have been told by quite a few people that working dogs are better outside. Bucksmum don't suppose you know of any good lab breeders in the Somerset area you could reccommend?? I'm not really sure where to start!! My parents lab is 11 now, so it's been a while since we have bought one!
     
  7. bucksmum

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    Hi,
    There are several different aproaches you could take to looking for a pup.
    You could ring certain stud dog owners and ask for contact details of bitches they have sired puppies to.The two stud kennels we use are Riversway Gundogs and DrakesHead Kennels.I know they would be very helpful,in fact DrakesHead have a list on thier website of available pups.Both kennels have hip and elbow tested stock,optigen clear and cnm clear.Riversway also do the bva annual eye test.
    Alternatively you could look on uk gundogs website or in the shooting times.
    I'm afraid i don't know of any upcoming litters as the shooting season is nearly here and everyone is getting into working not breeding mode!

    Wherever you get your pup from ensure it is from hip and elbow tested stock,has at least one parent optigen clear and both parents have an up to date eye certificate. Good luck.:)
     
  8. bucksmum

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    Sorry ,meant to add the kennel club do a list of litters for sale although bear in mind that the parents do not need to be health tested to register thier pups :mad: so again quiz any breeder you talk to and don't settle for anything other than from tested parents.
     
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