This page is a doorway to a wealth of information, where you can find out everything you need to know about caring for your Labrador puppy.
The Labrador Site is packed with knowledge and expert advice. So we’ve compiled these links to help new puppy parents jump quickly to the topic they need right now!
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Your questions answered
A new puppy is a time of great joy. It’s also a time of challenges, and questions! It can be difficult to know where to begin, but you’ll find the answers to many of your puppy questions below.
We look at potty training, feeding, and biting. And we help you with puppy growth issues, crate training problems and upset tummies.
We bring you information on diet, exercise, vaccinations, obedience and socialization too. It’s all here!
Puppy Parenting Courses
Our aim is to help you enjoy your new puppy, and for those of you looking for more support and guidance, we’ve recently added a Puppy Parenting course to our Dogsnet Training Program.
You’ll find more information, on the Dogsnet website
Below you’ll find resources covering every aspect of Labrador puppy care and development.
General Puppy Care
- First days at home
- How to cope with a crying puppy
- When can I take my puppy out?
- Raising a puppy when you work full time
- How to beat the Labrador Puppy Blues
- Crates and Crate Training
- When to call the vet
- 10 things to buy for your new Labrador puppy
- Labrador puppies & baby gates
- Should you dominate your Labrador puppy?
Puppy Feeding, Growth Puppy Exercise, Food & Growth
- 6 week old puppy
- 8 week old puppy
- 9 week old puppy
- 12 week old puppy
- Puppy Development: Ages and Stages
- Stages in Puppy Training
Puppy Vaccinations and Socialisation
Puppy Potty Training
- 15 potty training problems solved
- Help with potty training your puppy
- Housetraining a Labrador Puppy
- Crate training your puppy
- What to do when your puppy won’t pee outside
- How long does it take to train a puppy
- Puppy training methods
- Puppy training information and resources
You’ll find resource pages like this one throughout The Labrador Site. They help you find the information you need right now.
You might also want to check out our sections on Labrador Puppy Training and Labrador Puppy Behavior. Do let us know what you would like to see added to the site. We are always happy to have your comments and suggestions.
When To Collect Your Puppy
The Kennel Club recommends that puppies are not removed from their breeder until they are 8 weeks old.
There are lots of good reasons for this. It helps puppies develop good bite moderation skills before they are adopted into a family, ensures that they are ready to adapt quickly to their new life, and it helps to reduce the sad numbers of puppies bred for a quick profit.
Puppies sold under seven weeks old often have health problems and need special care, and extra veterinary attention, so it’s really important that puppies are left with their breeder until they are eight weeks old.
Check out the following articles for further information:
Your first puppy
Your first puppy is a huge adventure. You have so much fun ahead.
It’s important to arm yourself with as much information as you possibly can and to raise your puppy to focus on you and pay attention to you.
Labradors are generally very friendly dogs, but they can also be very distractible. So do start daily training games, using plenty of food.
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