So...I had dogs as a kid and a young adult. Now married with kids of my own so have at last decided that it's the right time to get a dog. Working patterns with my wife and the kids are of a good age (14 and 11) that should make it a great environment. So...deposit paid on a chocolate lab and we'll collect her at eight weeks on Easter weekend. I've been trying to get insurance quotes but all the websites won't insure puppies younger than eight weeks. The breeders will provide four weeks insurance so I guess I'll have those four weeks to sort. My plan was to register her before I got her at the local vets. They have a good reputation. I was going to ask them to recommend an insurer but guess I'm concerned that I will get who pays them commission not who would be best (and cheapest). Also...when I last had dogs there was no such thing as crate training. I instinctively thought that it was cruel but the more I read about it the more I think we'll use it. Thanks in advance.