You've probably seen the cute labrador puppies on the Andrex advertisements and surely this will make many people decide that this is the dog for them. But before you choose a labrador puppy, there are many things to consider.
Your adorable lab puppy will soon grow into a boisterous, attention demanding, adult dog, with all the resposibilities that this brings. Labrador puppies need plenty of attention.
They thrive on being in the company of the family whether it's out walking and playing or sitting at home by the fireside.
If they are left alone for long periods they soon become bored and get up to all sorts of mischief, like chewing furniture legs, your kitchen cabinets or anything else they can get their teeth into.
Training lab puppies at an early age is essential. It will teach them to react positively to your commands and establish their order and rank in the family pack. Labradors are quite easy to train and take a delight in pleasing their owner, so this shouldn't be such a daunting task.
Labs need plenty of exercise, 10 minutes around the block won't do. They need open spaces where they can run off some of that limiless energy at least twice a day.
They are usually very good with children, but adult dogs are strong and boisterous. They can easily knock over a small child with a flick of their tail so they need to be trained properly to know what is acceptable behavior.
Try to involve your children when training your dog so they know what's expected of them as well as their pet.
If you are choosing from a litter of labrador puppies, here are some good tips:
Normal labrador puppies are friendly, curious and trusting. They will run around your feet, chew at your shoelaces, crawl into your lap, nibble on your fingers, or sit looking at you with a trusting expression on their face.
Look for good-natured, middle-of-the-road labrador retriever puppies who don't bite fiercely, aren't too strong or bossy but are alert and confident. If your's is a busy household, you don't want a puppy who is too shy and nervous.
Watch his body language and how he reacts with the rest of the litter. Does he hold his tale up or is it tucked firmly underneath him in a submissive mode?
Does he join in and play with the other pups or does he stay away from the litter and nervously sit on his own?
How does he react to sudden noises?
The answers to these questions will begin to give you an insight as to what sort of adult dog your puppy will grow into.