Hello LABfans! I’m bringing my Lab home next Thursday. We have read various books, and both had dogs growing up, but I also want to hear from current Lab owners…soooooooo…Does anybody have any good advice on first days with your new Lab friend? Any info/advice appreciated 🙂
Danielle R. Pellicci, an It’s a Lab Thing contributing author, gave one of the shortest but to the point answers to build a proper foundation to bringing home a puppy but could easily be applied to any age Labrador. Check out her response:
- Spend time bonding and ENJOYING the “Lab Puppiness!”
- Your crate is your friend and your PUPS friend … NOT a punishment…pups cry in their crates at first. Use it wisely and frequently.. It is for his/her safety!
- Vet visit ASAP to make sure your baby has a clean bill of health and you set up a schedule for inoculations.
- visit with some local obedience trainers and “interview” them to choose who you and your puppy will be attending Puppy school with! I like starting pups at 8 weeks training at home and 12 weeks in a socialized/structured class
- Post Pictures!!
What do you think? Can we add to this already awesome checklist?
[boxparagraph]Contributing Author: Danielle Pellicci, has over 18 years of experience with dogs, and has been a full time professional dog trainer/competitor since 2001. She and her dogs have participated in events including retriever hunt tests, field trials, agility, earthdog, rally obedience, & obedience trials. Blackfoot Kennels[/boxparagraph]