|So You Want to Get a Labrador Retriever
There are many things to think about before making the decision to bring a Lab into your family.
DO YOU HAVE TIME FOR:
Once you decide yes to the above questions there are other factors to consider.
Do you have space for a Lab?|
Do you have a fenced yard? Not a must but, makes Lab ownership easier.
Do you have patience?
Is everyone in the household on board and willing to assist with your new Lab?
If you live alone, do you have a back up plan for those last minute late nights
at the office or for when you need to go away for a weekend, vacation, etc?
Will the other pets in the household be accepting of your new Lab?
Can you afford a Lab? Costs over and above just food and shelter like vet visits.
Have you researched the breed and are prepared for the innate personality of a Lab?
Are you prepared to care for a Lab?
Although minimal upkeep is required there is still some involved.
Activity level required for a happy Lab?
Attention level required for a Lab?
What type of training will you complete? i.e. classes or research and teach yourself?
Do you have proper expectations? i.e. there will be a transition period, are you prepared?
Do you have the proper supplies for your new Lab?
Bed, bowls, collar, leashes, food, toys, grooming, cleaning supplies.
Is your dog safe for an active Lab? Power cords not hanging, dangerous materials away.
Is your backyard safe for your Lab? No holes, fences up, gates that close.
Do you know what veterinarian you will use?
Will you purchase a vet plan?
Where will your Lab sleep? To crate or not?
How will your dog spend the day if you aren’t at home?
How specifically are bonding, training, attention, grooming,
exercising & play time going to fit into your schedule/family?
What age Lab is right for you? If you just lost your beloved 14yr old dog,
are you really ready for a rambunctious puppy or would an
older Lab suit your lifestyle better?
Article by Sandra J.