Labrador Puppies

Labrador puppies are wonderful, but they can be a handful. Especially in those early days. If you need help with your Lab puppy then you have come to the right place. From sleep to potty training, biting to crying, and a lot more besides.

Labrador puppies grow up fast, but when you are having trouble time can really slow down. They bring a lot of joy, but quite a few challenges too! This page is your doorway to the wealth of information on Labrador Puppies that you will find throughout this site.

Many of these articles are written by our founder Pippa Mattinson, best selling author of numerous dog books, and you can get Pippa’s brilliant email tips using the box below.

We’ll be looking at a huge range of topics including:

Advice on Your Lab Puppy

This complete guide to buying, raising and training a Labrador Retriever puppy will help you to choose and raise the perfect family pet. Here you can find out the best way to buy a puppy, how to feed and potty train your puppy and how to keep him healthy.

We answer your questions on growth, weight, biting, socialization and much more. And we also have a fantastic community and support network of Labrador puppy parents in our forum and on our Facebook page.

Here are some links that you are likely to need in the first few weeks with your new Labrador puppy.

Our puppy section is updated constantly. We are always at the forefront of any Labrador news and information. There is no more extensive Labrador resource anywhere on the internet. It’s all here, and if you scroll down, we’ll help you find what you need.

How to Buy a Labrador Retriever Puppy

Finding Labrador puppies might seem easy. But not every Labrador puppy for sale is a great potential pet. They also have a huge price range, from $500 to $1,500 dollars depending upon where you look. And cheaper puppies aren’t necessarily the bargain they seem.

If you haven’t found your Labrador Retriever puppies yet, we have some great resources to help you pick a the right dog. Don’t miss these important guides:

Not all Labrador puppies for sale are healthy, so its important that you know what you are looking for. There are lots more resources and information to help prospective puppy buyers in this section.

Getting Ready for your Puppy

Good preparation creates a smoother transition into dog ownership. Make sure you have a plan in mind for who is going to care for your pup during the day if you work full time. They won’t be able to be left for more than an hour or so at most for a few weeks, so planning ahead is a big deal.

Doing things like puppy proofing your house before your dog arrives, will make it easier during those first days together. Adding baby gates to the doorways, buying a puppy playpen and removing any access to small objects or cables will all help.

Feeding and Caring for your Labrador Puppies

Feeding your puppy a healthy diet is very important for his growth and health. We have lots of information on feeding and puppy growth in these two articles

Don’t miss our other many puppy care articles – you’ll find them here

How to Stop your Puppy Biting

Biting is one of the most challenging problems for many new puppy parents. But it needn’t spoil your enjoyment of Lab puppies. We have all the information you need to stop your puppy biting in no time at all. Don’t miss these in-depth guides:

Potty Training your Labrador Puppy

You’ll want to get potty training off to a great start. Here are some articles to help you make sure your puppy is clean and dry as quickly as possible.

That’s just to get you started! You’ll find much more information here

Labrador Puppies and Vaccination

You will probably want to make sure your puppy is protected against infectious diseases by having him vaccinated. In this section we answer all your puppy vaccination questions. Don’t miss:-

Socialisation and Raising Friendly Labrador Puppies

One of the great things about Labradors is their good nature. But did you know that even Labs need a little help in this direction? Puppies need to be socialised in order to grow up friendly and confident. Here is the information you need to get this important job done:

Life with New Labrador Puppies

Life with a small puppy isn’t always plain sailing! It can all be a bit overwhelming at times. Here are some articles to help you through the difficult days.

Information on Training your Labrador Puppies

You probably can’t wait to get started with training your puppy, and modern puppy training is great fun! Here are some key resources.

When you’ve read those two, head over to our Labrador Puppy Training Center for links to videos, articles, training guides, books and all the rest of the information you need.

Much More Puppy Information

For a complete guide to raising a healthy and happy puppy don’t miss The Happy Puppy Handbook.

This in-depth guide to the first few months of puppy parenthood covers every aspect of life with a small puppy. The book will help you prepare your home for the new arrival, and get your puppy off to a great start with potty training, socialisation and early obedience.

For more detailed support and access to our private student’s forum, you can also join Pippa’s Puppy Parenting course over at the Dogsnet Online Training School. Also – don’t forget to bookmark this page and come back to read through these fascinating sections.

And if you are in puppy shopping mode, don’t miss 10 things to buy for your new puppy! Alternatively, you can browse through our entire library of puppy articles.

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Our objective is to help you to enjoy your puppy.  And your comments and suggestions are always welcome!

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578 COMMENTS

  1. Hi Pippa, My 5 month old puppy is on Hills Science and has had cake mix style poo for just over a week. We feed him 450 gms (3 cups) of food 3 times a day. He is correct weight and is happy in himself. Shall we start and feed him same amount twice a day? Do you think that will help firm up his stools?
    Please help.
    Ps I have your book and love it.

  2. Hi pipa
    I live in uttar pradesh, india. I have a 45 days old black lab bitch. It is very laid back and not at all chirpy. It takes food normally and lies down.
    What shall i do?. Plz. Help me

  3. We have a yellow lab, almost 11 weeks old. We’re just getting to know him. We’ve noticed when outside he will begin chewing on leaves, twigs, etc, possibly swallowing some. Is this normal?

  4. hi i hav a white lab 3 months old.bt it often tends to bite me.i sometimes try to beat him bt then he ecomes more violent and attackes me..how to get rid of this..
    pls help me..

  5. Hi Pippa,
    My 9 week old chocolate labrador is sleeping through the night without whining or needing to go out for a wee. The first couple of nights he needed it but last night was quiet between 10.00pm and 06.30. I have followed your recommendations thus far on everything – crates, water, feeding, attention – and was just wondering if I should stop moaning and enjoy it! He’s full of life otherwise and eating and drinking well, so I was only wondering if there might be something I was missing in him sleeping through the night? Many thanks for all your help thus far and congratulations on a wonderful website.

    Jack

  6. Hi,
    when i adopted my lab he was 1.5 months(45days) old puppy and weight was around 3kg after more one month when he was2.5 month old weight was 6 KG, now he is 3.5 month old before 2 week his weight was around 9 KG, is it normal or should i feed him more , i feed him thrice a day,he looks little thin, and these days he starts bite me while playing, and he dont bark at stranger, how can i train him to bark?

    • Hi Pippa,

      Thnaks a lot for your reply, i really learned many useful things with this article and it really help us to understand the dogs and their needs too, thank you, All the best.

  7. hi pippa
    my male lab pup is 52days old.his weight is just 2.9 kg 🙁 ..
    i feed him pedigree dissolving with warm water four times a day.i also add calcium and boosting syrup with food twice a day.he dont have worm as well.but comparing him with other lab of his age..my pup is too skinny.what should i do for his health? really worried

  8. sir,i have a lab of age 3 months,she is too much playful and really very skiny,her bones are easily visible,but d beacon is she is growing in size now as i m giving her good quality foods,but hardly getting any fat on her body,can you please help me with the information that how can I make my puppy a bit fleshy and fat.
    thank you for reading,will be waiting for your response to come 🙂

  9. I am planning to buy a puppy. But after reading somewhat on this site, I am into a dilemma.
    1)Should I buy a puppy or a grown dog because I have college daily and I go remain outside of house for 5 to 7 hours?
    2)Should I consider buying a dog or not because I live in a 2BHK flat?

  10. hii
    I had purchased lab 30 days puupy
    after using de worming medicine for the puppy got very weak .
    its active ness was not found .

  11. Hi Pippa
    Recently one of may neighbour’s lab passed away. She had 2 kids aged 2 weeks. Can they survive without their mother? I plan to adopt one of hem . Whats your advice?

    • Hi, the pups will survive with good care and hand-feeding. Their temperament will be influenced by the lack of maternal interaction. An experienced breeder will know how to compensate as best she can.

      For your own dog, I would advise you to spend a lot of time looking for the very best puppy you can find, as it is going to be with you for a long time, and not to be influenced by the proximity, convenience or how much you want to help out your neighbour. Good luck. Pippa

  12. Just joined your site Pippa….we are just waiting for our little bundle of joy a yellow lab.we get him on Nov.24…..we are in Canada……just loving this sit!!Thks.J

  13. hi, I have yellow lab with 1 year and 2 month we gave him training classes but still he is crazy and everytime we are near he bites us everywhere and we have problems with our neighbors too, cause he jumps them and they are afraid of him. How can we make him calm? thank you

  14. hey pippa…
    my lab puppy who is 4 months old,he is bitting alot. offcourse he is active but sometimes he is more active and bits hard…….can u plz suggest me asolution for that ……….!

  15. Hi pippa….
    I have a 45 days old male lab. Vet suggest me feed him carelac, so I follow her instruction. Last 2 days I saw my puppy become thin and rough skin. What to do for Intel’s health? My name is Gopal from india.
    Thank you.

  16. Hi Pippa,

    Need your best advise. I have adopted an 8weeks old black lab (her name is Sheba) from a litter of seven from an irresponsible dog owner in Manila, Philippines. All pups were under nourish, underweight and under height. Sheba weigh about 1.5 kl on her 8 weeks which is way beyond the average scale at her age.. i already went to the Vet and i was advise that i should feed her every 4 hours and give her more than what she could eat in each feeding. I’m worried about her well being and if i will be able to help her gain its loss weight and height. I bought her eukanuba dog food which is one of the best quality dog food here in Phils. Do you have any suggestions on how to take care of her to regain the nourishment that was taken out from her since birth.. Really need your help… God Bless and all the best to you!

    Kind Regards,
    Sherwin

    • Hi Sherwin, my suggestion would be to follow your vet’s advice. He knows what is available locally, and has examined your puppy. Good luck with her, I hope she thrives with your good care and attention. Best wishes, Pippa

  17. Hi Pippa,
    My Lab..HUGO is one and a half yr old. From the past 4 months he is scratching severly and when taken to vet ..she said he has infection and prescribed Tab clavet 500mg, TabRantac D, Tab pet peo. For local application she gave me sebolylic and pet derm twice a week, pet derm spray turbenatile twice a day.
    There were no changes in his scratching and he got boils all over his body….specially on the stomach, we could see big round patches.
    When we took him again to vet she changed the medicine to Tab Moxpet 1000 mg, tab rantac D, tab Atarax 10 mg she also gave us some medicated shampoo to bathe him.
    The problem has still not got solved. I have shown him to three different vet but everyone gives different answers.
    Kindly suggest me a proper medication and the remedy for the same. He has boils randumly errupting in his body, he keeps scratching and biting his body. When the boil drys the hair on that part falls off like a chunk making him bald on that part. He eats well, is very playful, all his activities are very normal.
    I am very worried with this infection …Please help me…
    I thank u so much for this forum where i could share my problem
    Lata

    • Hi Lata
      I am so sorry to hear of your troubles. Unfortunately I am not a vet and we do not offer veterinary advice on this website. Your best bet is probably to chose the vet you feel most confident in, and let them decide the appropriate treatment. Best wishes. Pippa

  18. Hi Pippa

    We have a 9week old black lab Stanley we have had him just under a week. He hasnt been out in the garden since we got him and is very nervous outside the comfort of our home, he just cries in the car.

    Today my mums dog (a chug) came round (she has had all her vaccinations) they had a very playful afternoon, as stan loves to play he was just normal playful self.

    however stan has now got a bout of diarrhoea, he has had his dinner this evening and went to the toilet 1 1/2hrs after, it was very loose almost watery. He has been drinking lots of water since without prompt, so I feel comfortable he is keeping himself hydrated, could it be the fact he is over excited by today? Or would you advise to go to the vet immediately? As he has mixed with another dog before his 10week vaccination

    Many thanks
    Jodie

  19. Hi Pippa,
    My Lab..HUGO is one and a half yr old. From the past 4 months he is scratching severly and when taken to vet ..she said he has infection and prescribed Tab clavet 500mg, TabRantac D, Tab pet peo. For local application she gave me sebolylic and pet derm twice a week, pet derm spray turbenatile twice a day.
    There were no changes in his scratching and he got boils all over his body….specially on the stomach, we could see big round patches.
    When we took him again to vet she changed the medicine to Tab Moxpet 1000 mg, tab rantac D, tab Atarax 10 mg she also gave us some medicated shampoo to bathe him.
    The problem has still not got solved. I have shown him to three different vet but everyone gives different answers.
    Kindly suggest me a proper medication and the remedy for the same. He has boils randumly errupting in his body, he keeps scratching and biting his body. When the boil drys the hair on that part falls off like a chunk making him bald on that part. He eats well, is very playful, all his activities are very normal.
    I am very worried with this infection …Please help me…
    I thank u so much for this forum where i could share my problem
    Lata

  20. hello pippa i have a 4 mnths old female labrador ,all is going well but my vet has warned me that my floor surface which is of victrified tiles will result up in crippled legs of my dog he has prescribed calcium and told me to keep her on anti skit surface although i am taking precautions but i still found that when i take her for a walk her left back leg seems to be slipping even on the mortar road ,
    from your such a long expereience would you please help me out to ensure that my dogs leg could be prevented from getting crippled?

    • Hi there, I think your best chance of a healthy dog will lie in following your vet’s advice. Keep him up to date with progress and let him know if you have any concerns. Good luck with your puppy . Pippa

  21. Hi,

    I have male Lab of 19month he is vegitrian & very much active but the problem is his weight is 43kg and most of the VET say it is over weight. We just feeb chapati milk and he like to eat raw vegetables like potato, peas and other stuffs like that. So my question is.
    1. Is he Over Weight?
    2. If yes how do i make hime lose weight.

    He is sweetheart of the family if he is hungry and asking for food no one can be strick to him so he gets what he want.
    If we take him for exercise he gets exhausted very quickly but he never gives up so he keeps on runnning but once we are back he sleep whole night without even going for pee.
    So please suggest some thing.

  22. Hi Pippa, our 9 week old puppy Jotta (referred to above) is quite astute he knows when I am not pleased with his behaviour as I stop and fold my arms and look away, he does not like this action and comes back at me with a loud bark and appears to have his teeth bared (not a friendly look) he then lays down. Would I interpret this as an aggressive action from him? If so how should I modify his behaviour. (no one is cruel or aggressive to him), Regards Ros.

    • Hi Ros, your nine week old puppy is not being aggressive, he is just trying to get your attention. Ignore any barking and make sure you don’t reward him for doing it. Pippa

  23. hello i have bklack lab puppy approx 55 days, what shold i give him in food and how many times milk a day. now he goes pooty(toilet) 4-5 times. i feed him 5 times a day 3 times only milk 1 time milk with pedagree stage 1 and 1 tme chappati( wheat flor roti) with milk. is it sefficent for him in a day

  24. my lab is two year old we adopted him from a family a year back who was moving abroad. he is been a trained dog knows basic commands like sit lie down no etc, has not been not neutralised.
    recently changes in his behavior
    -he barks on other dogs and becomes aggressive
    -he does not want to stay alone in the nght when we put his bed next to the stairs .cries howls scrtches the door till we let him in the bedroom.neighbours complain.
    – he has started urinating at midight . we take him for walsk in morning evening and twice in the night still he wakes me up again at 4 am .
    very tired of cleaning up and unable to sleep.my son does not allows me to give him for adoption.husband is not very fond and is traveling so all responsibilty fall on me

  25. Hello Sir,

    My 37 days Lab bitch(chilli) is suffering from bloody diarrhea i have given her medicine but do not thing it works….. my another pom bitch(ginger) is also vomit white fluid .. I m worried. dnt klnow what is wrong with them

  26. Hello.. I have a 9 year old black lab, we feed him twice a day ( early morning and evening).Recently he has started following us all around the house in the afternoon wanting something to eat. Should we change his feeding to thrice a day ?

  27. Hi Pippa,
    I love the website and have read and learned a lot about Labrador puppies from it.
    We have recently purchased a dear black lab 8 week old named Jotta. He has been with us two weeks and is doing brilliantly. He seems to be a big puppy, large paws and generally big but not fat. He is sleeping through the night, quasi house trained (two – four accidents a day max), is learning not to bite hard (according to your instructions). I have never had a puppy but have always had older rejected dogs which are not trained. SO I am determined to train Jotta.

    We live in a unique situation being a children’s centre in Mozambique. There are 250 children living in close proximity around us. Jotta will be firstly be living with my husband and I, we have no children in our immediate house, but he will be playing with 7 teenage children and one 2 year old untrained neutered yappy maltese/poodle-all who live connected to our house and frequently enter the house. The maltese dog is not happy with the appearance of Jotta but we are taking that slowly, Jotta assumes a submissive/frightened position but is getting sick of the yapping, and has now goen at the maltese twice, we limit the visit to an absolute maximum of 5 minutes, usually 3 – 4 minutes.

    Unfortunately he had a traumatic experience on his first separation as he was left in a bathroom on his own for 1 & ½ hours and was beside himself when my husband got back to him. Now he will not stay in his enclosure without getting distressed I am regularly using the method you suggest for crate training but he is very slow to shw any improvement. Managing between 10 seconds and 2 minutes without getting distressed. Sometimes its ahrd to find enough seconds to reappear to praise him before he is off again.

    He is doing brilliantly with recall even with 30 toddlers calling him he came to me (for kibble of course).
    In two weeks we will be away for 3 weeks, Jotta can spend most of his time in with the teenagers but they tend to excite him and inadvertantly will feed him scraps. He can be in our home some of the day.

    When Jotta is 5 months old he will transition to my daughters house who will be living next door and is closely connected to our house. She, her husband and their children aged 3 & 6 will be the main careers for Jotta but he will be free to come between the two houses. You can see he needs to be flexible. Right now he is totally easy with all his new situations, new people and lots of children however he has a few challenges in his life I feel unequipped to deal with these are;
    • The older maltese dog.
    • The transition to my daughter house.
    • How to manage our three weeks away
    • What to do when he messes (mostly under my bed at night), he is not up to being in the enclosure at night.

    Lots of questions hopefully you can help with some answers.
    Regards Ros.

    • Dear Ros,
      I am so glad you are enjoying the website, I am sure your puppy will thrive with your commitment to his welfare. There is quite a lot going on in your post 🙂 and it really deserves a little more time and attention than I have right now.
      I will try to get back to you later in the week, but could I suggest in the meantime that you join the forum and copy this post up there? It is a very friendly place where you will get lots of support and good advice from all the other puppy owners.
      Pippa

  28. Hi pippa i have a 3 and a half months old female labra and i have noticed that her tail is bigger than the pups of her age and breed? is that a sign of impurity in breed?

    • A genuine pedigree Labrador that has been bred from generations of dogs with poor conformation may look very little like a Labrador, and a very nice looking Labrador that looks genuine, may actually be a cross-breed.

      I’m afraid that no-one can say with any certainty, whether or not your puppy is a genuine Labrador on the basis of your description of some part of his anatomy.

      Pippa

  29. Hi pippa i have a 3 and a half months old female labra and i have noticed that her tail is bigger than the pups of her age and breed?

  30. hi my lab pup which is 3 months old is on a professional food available in india, do i need to give him some extra calcium and multi vitiams and in what quantity.

  31. Hello! We are in the process of adopting a 9 month old lab from friends. However, the lab is very scared of new people but completely awesome and tame with them. They never took her out of the house other than for her vet trips and such. When I met her she barked and growled but once she warmed up to me she licked me and sat on me and let me do whatever I wanted play wise with her. I’m afraid to take her around new people and to the dog park because of how shy she is. Is this behaviour normal and how can we get it to go away? Thanks!

  32. hi i am nitesh i have a lab puppy of 4 month the problem is it eats its own loo in our absence please suggest me how to stop this act

  33. Hi , I bought a labrador pup of 35 days 3 days ago. He was very active ,healthy and playful on the first day when i brought him to my house.
    Unfortunately I fed him 6 times a day on 2nd day with ” Royal Canine Starter ” with 2 1/2 spoon with luke warm water.He ate all.

    on next day the pup tried to vomit but it didn’t. And he didn’t eat anything. Later on the day he became very lethargic, so i took him to a vet. The vet gave him an injection and a mouth spray and an alkalizer. After returning home the pup vomited and gave out yellow liquid only, because of injection.

    In evening again I took him to the vet, the vet again gave him the injection and this time he also gave my pup glucose through his right paw. After returning home the pup played alot and as very active. But again around 9 pm he vomited and gave out same yellow liquid and became very lethargic again.

    In night he pooped once with semi solid stool, like solid stool in liquid stool, both were mixed. The next morning he did the same thing. I gave him wheat cerelac with a little bit of sugar, he ate two spoons of cerelac and I also gave him two glucose biscuits mixed in water, he also ate it.

    Now he has not gave out yellow liquid from his mouth from past 12 hours. In morning he played a little and now he is sleeping.I want to ask you is this situation lethal to my labrador pup. And what should I give him to eat so that he should be back in his healthy state.

  34. Hi there
    We recently picked up our new lab puppy when she was old enough to leave her mum. Since she came home she has been eating great, and toileting super (she’s getting to know to go outside now). She plays alot with me as I stay with her during the day but in her routine she sleeps alot. When we went to see her at different stages as a puppy, she was always the smallest one and wasn’t really involved by the other pups. Would this affect her ability to play and sleep as she may have been ‘bullied out’ by the other pups who may have pushed her out and she hasn’t pushed her way back in. She seems quite shy for a puppy.
    Thanks

  35. hi pippa i am having a 3 month old labra female an i want to know that what amount of calcium should i give him and what other vitamins should i give her

  36. Hi
    Our black lab puppy Shadow is now 13 weeks old. He is really enjoying his walks and is already walking off the lead in the park when there are no distractions and comes easily when called . However he is refusing to walk home , when we get near the house he sits or lies down and refuses to move! If there are two of us we can play the recall game and reward him with treats but this cant be done when you are walking alone. I dont want to carry him back as he is going to get big. What can I do. Will feeding him when he gets home help?

    • Hi Linda, yes, you can overcome this with lots of tasty rewards, make arriving home a very happy experience. Don’t forget a small pup doesn’t need much exercise.
      Pippa

  37. i have 3 7 month old Labs, i have a serious problem with training them. this is my second experience with dogs. they weren’t raised with leashes, so putting them on a leash causes them to react aggressively or like a wild beast, secondly, i dislike it when they jump all over me, when i coming home from work or church, messing up my clothes with mud. how do solve those two issues among others.

  38. Hi I’m getting a male Labrador tomorrow. He is 8 weeks old. Can you suggest an ideal weight and diet? Currently the breeder is feeding him Pedigree. Also, shall I buy one puppy or two? Thanks

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