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  1. Hazey

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    We have finally given in to my daughter & have agreed to buy her a puppy. She does not know that me & the missed have had a talk & agreed to get a dog fir her. My daughter has been asking for a dog for over 2 years, she really wants one.
    Now, we have been looking on the website pets4homes but have yet to find one we like
    Tonight we went to Wigan to a house advertising a Labrador puppy 8 weeks old but we could not see the pup with it's mum so we walked away empty handed.

    Any other places to look.
    We've been looking at websites for things to look out for hence we wanna see the pup with it's mum

    Ta, Dave
     
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    Have you thought about a rehoming/rescue centre?
    We got a one a few months ago.They do all the injections etc before you get the dog and you are giving an older dog a 2nd chance in life and bypassing the puppy problems of chewing things up,messing on the carpet.It won't be a puppy for long anyways.:smile:
     
  3. Hazey

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    I totally understand where you are coming from & love the idea of revoking a dog from the pound but it's for my daughter who wants a puppy, she wants as she calls it an 'andrex' puppy.....yeah, yeah, won't be a puppy for very long.
     
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    Lol,know exactly what you mean.My son nagged for a puppy which we got as our 1st dog.The novelty wore off after 6 months and it became me and the missus dog from then on.12 years down the line it's still our dog along with our rescue dog.
     
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    What type you want lab,husky,collie,shepherd ..

    Try the paper dude but if you want one with papers it's not that simple you have to find the breeder meet the breeder ..see the sire and dam.. Pick the ones you want and then have to wait until it's ready ..but at least you'll have all the papers and know it's going to be relatively healthy.. You don't want a poorly one ..
     
  6. Hazey

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    We've had a look at lots of breeds on the net reading up on them. My daughter wants a Husky & I love that breed but it's too much work fir us, they need too much walking/running. I know someone near me has two huskys & he walks them loads & yet pays someone to walk them further to tire them out.

    We have decided on a golden lab. My sister has a chocolate lab who's 4 now so we don't want to copy them & my daughter does not want a black lab.

    Not too bothered ref papers but we want to see the litter with the mum is a must. The house we went to was dirty & we had a bad vibe about the owners.
    What should I look for though when viewing the puppies, what to stay away from?

    This is the first dog we are buying yet our parents always had dogs when we were growing up.
     
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    Y'know if you like huskies.. Theirs a bigger variety.. That needs less exercise they're called Alaskan malamutes... About the size of an average Alsatian.. And more trainable than huskies ... ( nightmare doing recalls with huskies)

    Just google things to look for when buying a puppy and make a little checklist.. And think up questions to ask..

    The breeders shouldn't mind also take their no' and and try and stay in contact just incase anything happens

    Lastly ask for a receipt.. Or something to say you've paid X amount for the dog..because when insuring if anything happens god forbid you can claim that back, and also if they runaway and you never find them insurance company will reimburse you( it did with my cat )
     
  9. Hazey

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    Thanks for this, I will do as you suggest
     
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    Hip and elbow dysplasia and eye problems ask the breeder if they have any problems running in the family try and get one from a gun dog club as they are usually bred to be a lot more resilient rather than look like a cute puppy if you know what I mean my mate got his from a gun dog club and it's still very healthy and happy at 10 years of age and watch it does not fetch hedgehogs like his does
     
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    As above post. Sign up to a few forums around Labs I am sure they will point you in the right direction for good breeder.
     
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    With all the respect in the world, you kmow the pup wont be a pup for long, so you need to be sure that you want a lab for life.

    Also, huskies dont need a hell of a lot more walking than any other dog in my eyes. Our staff gets walked twice a day and is still full of beans.

    I would take a rescue over a puppy any day of the week, and wpuld pick more on personality than anything else.

    Dogs are hard work in general. Make sure youre ready mate, the last thing you want is to add another to a rescue home.


    On a lighter note, good luck with your search, and I hope you find the right pooch for your household
     
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    hi dave .
    we have a golden lab he is our second my family have only every had labs .
    we googled golden labs in the local area there are a few breeders who will come up as long term breeders of very good dogs but at premium prices . we saw ours with mum dad and sister and was on a farm which i liked as he is not frightened of horses as they had show ponies and he was happy with them i wanted a chunky puppy and that is what we got .lots of people say hes fat but he is old farm stock big dog way to strong for a girl .some breeders are breeding now cross with colly type dogs it helps there hips and makes them less likely to get fat .
    i would as you say always insist on the dog being with its mum never take a dog till its 8 weeks old and try to see if its been with its mum till then .
    by the way how old is your daughter ?
    .a lab really should be hip scrored (sorry cant remebber the raitings )
    a lab can live 10-12 yrs .
    maults a lot .
    shouldnt reaaly be going up and down stairs especially not as a puppy ,not a good dog if she want it to sleep on the bed . mine would need a double on his own.

    my insurence for magic is 32 quid a month .
    and cost about 45 quid in food a month .
    destroys a bed a month .
    loves his teddies .
    has a bad stomache if he eats anything he shouldnt but my old dog was a dustbin .
    will get fat if has lots of treats.

    but dave i would never ever be without a dog again after sultan died we had 6 monthes then got a magic . 600 quid best money ever spent other than the 100 quid i spent on fancy wellingtons:smile:
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    the only thing i would say is maybe a puppy for christmas is lovely but people know its quick money intime for christmas so might have breed irosponsibly .the puppy is going to see lots of people and it might upset it but on the other hand mine met everybody in our family the first day and is a well socialised dog .
    has your duaghter asked for a particular breed ?
    lots of questions i know .but its a big step lots of expense .kennels, jabs.new hoover,good wellies ..

    Hope i havent put you off .my husband didnt like dogs 14 years ago now he feels like i do .but as he said the kids grow up but you always have to make sure somebody is going home to be with the dog after work .i walk him for an hour in the morning .karl works shifts so he goes out then and i walk him at night .

    bring her to mine and pretend your looking at the fish tank and see what she thinks of the dog if you like .
    julie.
     
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    Hi try preloved got 3 of my labs from that site.
     
  15. penzo

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    or should i say the wife did she likes dogs but i,ll stick with my fish
     
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    Don't worry, like I said before me & my misses have both been brought with us having dogs as family pets all our lives. We've been married 15 years now & have not had a dog as our lives are too hectic to have one. We've always wanted one but know the responsibility that goes with one. Now my daughter is 12 she can walk the dog herself. I am not worried about taking the dog on long walks, my long walk will be an hour & more at weekends it's just I've heard Huskys need hours of walks ideally & I ain't prepared to do that all the time hence not looking into that breed anymore.
    My sister has told me lots about labs from when they were looking but they got their puppy off a friend's friend who's family dog had had a litter so they trusted their friends recommendation, he's 4 now & as good as gold.
    I ain't into looking for a cheap deal ad I don't want problems later on in it's life.
    I wanna do this right.

    I'll look at some forums to join tonight.

    Thanks all
     
  18. Hazey

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    Thanks Julie....no way the dog is going to be allowed upstairs, I'm going to get some training of how to handle & rear the pup properly. Make sure he knows who's the alpha male.....been trying that on the misses but I'm still losing the battle.

    My sisters choc lab is a big one.

    My daughter is 12, she's been asking since she was 10 but we said she had to wait til she was older & could walk it herself.
    She now walks two of her friends dogs.
    I think the time is right to get one now as in a few tears my daughter will be going to college so the owness on walkies will be on me & the wife.........Erm, refraise that......me mainly.

    Thanks for the offer Julie, she sees my sister's dog a lot & she's made her mind up she wants a golden lab as I've defo said no to a husky which took some doing.
     
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    Will check it out ta
     
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