(Closed) FH and I want to get a dog

posted 8 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Are you wanting your dog to be indoors or outdoors primarily?  We got our crate from Petsmart for a 40lbs dog for about $40, but that was a couple years ago.  I strongly suggest using a natural dog food, like Nutro.  Our dog has done much better on a natural diet, and my best friends work in the business and say you should only go with natural food.  Petsmart and Petco both carry crates, dog houses and natural food options.  We get a lot of toys, Nylabone (great option for chewers), and things like pick up bags at Walmart.  

Most any vet can do microchipping, and most adoption shelters will automatically microchip with your adoption fee now.  I would ask breeders, since you seem to be going that route, if they offer the same service.  We adopted our dog from a shelter, so I don’t know where to tell you to look for reputable breeder names. 

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

Ok, I have no clue where you live but we have a chocolate lab thats 3 (we got him at 6 wks old) and we actually just got a 6 week old yellow lab last week! First thing, please please please have alot of patience. Puppies in general are alot of work and it takes awhile to pick up on crate training, house breaking etc and some people have the patience and some unfortunately dont. We have not slept much the last few days bc we are crate training and you have to be consistent even when the crying is too much to bear.

If you want a pure bred chocolate lab with the papers you will need to go through a breader. Check your classifieds, check online but you won’t find one at a pet store. The average range is $350-450 so it does get costly especially from a reputable breader. Our munchkin was $450. You can get any of the supplies such as crate and such at any pet store. Your vet can microchip. And an FYI, I love chocolate labs, I love all labs, but chocolates are more of the wild labs and tend to be more energetic than yellow or black labs. If you are the type of couple that worries about nice things and can’t stand messes or an occasional accident or chew incident than labs are not for you. Labs crave attention and don’t do well alone for long periods of time. There are really good websites out there on labs, tips for dealing with lab puppies and puppy training in general. Do you research first to make sure it is a good fit for you before jumping into anything.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

@trugem: Labs are curious dogs and no matter what will always find something they want to eat at all ages. You will need to intermix being outdoors and indoors. It is a difficult transition to train and raise a dog indoors then all of a sudden throw them outside only. Labs are good family dogs and do well inside.

Post # 8
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

The vets do the microchip. We got our pups from seeing an advert on puppy websites. Check the pedigree papers as in-breeding does go on. The first breeders we saw a couple of years ago when looking for our ridgebacks they rang too many alarm bells for my Fiance and I. For one, there was interbreeding with them when looking at the pedigree one dog inparticular appeared on both sides. You’ll know by the feel of the people and place when you make your decision. I’ve included a pic of our ridgebacks and our black lab p.s I know the brown ones are full of energy.

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Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Make sure you can afford to keep them healthy. Vet bills can be expensive for yearly check ups, shots, spay/neuter, etc.

The vet will have information on how to get the pet microchipped.

You can buy from a breeder if you are dead set on a pure-bred, but there are millions of pets in shelters that need to be adopted into good homes. I would highly recommend you check out your local shelters to see if there is a dog that you like there.

Otherwise, ask some locals who have dogs – try the dog park if your city has one, a local shelter, or a pet store for information on quality breeders as opposed to puppy mills.

We got both of our crates from Craig’s List in like-new condition, for half the price. When the puppy outgrew his first one, we bought a second one on Craig’s List as well.

Good luck! Getting a puppy was the best thing Fiance and I ever did.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

@trugem: I would be hesitant to leave a puppy outside 24/7, but if they grow used to being an inside dog, it will be a lot of work on your part to transition them to being an outside dog.  I’m not sure on the answer here.  But I do know that puppies eat a ton of stuff they shouldn’t.  Our dog ate random things in the next room over until she was nearly 2.  Maybe it would be better to just make sure there aren’t things in the yard or area that the puppy could eat.  So keep flowers/plants gated off, don’t leave objects like gardening tools or kids toys in the yard, etc.

Post # 11
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

Another idea is to find a breed-specific rescue/club in your area.  Lab rescues/clubs are pretty common and many of those dogs will actually have papers.  So you get the purebred with papers that you’re looking for and you also get to adopt a dog from a shelter that needs a home.

In terms of stuff you need – Petsmart, Petco, etc will have all the crates, beds, toys, food, etc that you’ll need.  Darling Husband and I didn’t buy anything ahead of time.  We just took our new dog over the Petsmart the evening we got her and bought her all of that stuff then.  I second the natural food that a PP recommended.  We use Blue Buffalo and our lab mix loves it!

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Why does the pup need to be purebred with papers? Unless you plan to breed, I don’t see the importance of papers, papers don’t gaurantee anything. I would check out your local shelters first, and Petfinder also – you can narrow your search by breed, if you are set on a lab over other breeds.

You need to watch/monitor any breed of puppy when they are young – like a toddler, puppies don’t necessarily know what is “food” and what isn’t, and will eat lots of things that are not kibble. I would definitely do some research on good brands of food, they are a bit more expensive but worth it.

You can buy crates at most big box stores, but I see them online all the time on craigslist, freecycle, and sometimes see them at thrift shops for lots cheaper. The cost of a doghouse depends on what you want – they have wooden doghouses, plastic doghouses, even heated doghouses – all different prices.

Puppies also need consistency, and attention. Dogs are social animals, they don’t like to live outside by themselves all the time. They want to be with you, because you are their pack.

Post # 14
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

… what is the point of getting a dog if it is going to be an outside dog? I’m sorry, but dogs are pack animals and its just not nice to them to leave them alone so much. If you aren’t willing to let the dog live inside with you, please PLEASE do not get one. 

Please read this: http://www.paw-rescue.org/PAW/PETTIPS/DogTip_BackyardDogs.php

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

@trugem: I would also be very hesitant to keep your dog outside all the time.  They will never really be an inside dog then.  Do you just want the dog for protection or do you want it to be a loving member of your family?  If you keep the dog inside you can restrict places/things it can be/sit on etc. Please give that some thought.  Also as someone else said there are hundreds of dogs in shelters/rescue foundations/foster homes that need a home, you should consider that as well.  Some of those dogs can be the most loving and wonderful pets (my dog included who is an angel).  To answer your microchip question you get that done at the vet, when you spay/nueter your dog they can do it then since your dog will already be under the anethesia for the operation. If you consider adoption this is a great way to go http://www.petfinder.com/index.html 

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