Puppy Training & Care : How to Pick Out the Best Lab Puppy

February 1, 2013 by  
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When picking out a Labrador puppy, make sure that the puppy is energetic and interactive with people. Avoid Labrador puppies that are subdued, withdrawn and fearful with pet care advice from a veterinarian in this free video on dog training and raising puppies. Expert: Dr. James Talbott Bio: Dr. James R. Talbott is a staff veterinarian at Belle Forest Animal Hospital and Kennel in Nashville, Tenn. Filmmaker: Dimitri LaBarge
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25 Responses to “Puppy Training & Care : How to Pick Out the Best Lab Puppy”
  1. TheeSlowMoments says:

    All labrador puppies are nice, you can help their noses/eyes and cure it, I couldn’t care less whether the dog was shy or hyper. Puppies are puppies and all have different personalities. I have a lab, she’s due in 5 weeks to have puppies it’s her first litter.

  2. MsTxibi says:

    Thanks Einstein, I could’ve put on a white coat and told you the same.

  3. Robert Maimone says:

    If your Lab snaps at ba early age , 10 12 wks., try a Bell, slap the bell and this will help the pup calm down!

  4. Robert Maimone says:

    I have a 10 wk. Old Lab Pup, we took at 8 wks. And the pup snaped. So we slowly introduced to other dogs and our pup is doing fine., we love our Lab and he’s doing tricks now , we use treats!!

  5. BenMarkWhyler says:

    I went to a breeder and all the puppies were very sleep and unresponsive. The breeder said they’d just eaten and this was normal for them. Is that true?

  6. Fantageous says:

    well, selection criteria is up to you and why you’re getting the dog. Most people are seeking a pet, not for show nor work. The GSD’s w/ the roached backs/curved legs are such an obvious deformity. Hence, I prefer GSD’s bred for shutzhund or herding. Show GSD’s odd conformation (ski slope back in the American lines) is orthopedic weirdness that I would never choose to replicate in order to avoid or delay degenerative joint issues.

  7. zwinky899 says:

    Thanks I hope this helps cause I might be going to pick a lab puppy out tommrow! XD

  8. bernardsdaughter says:

    Also avoid mass producing labrador kennels.  Pups should be raised in a loving home, not in a kennel environment. Temperament testing should be done by the breeder at 7 weeks.

  9. yvette5f says:

    Marry a beautiful Russian lady gettop5.info

  10. TheUnveilingBee says:

    I wouldn’t say that a dog that jumps up makes it a nasty dog at all…

  11. benroblochview says:

    I eventually got my puppy at 8 weeks and 1 day. She is still constantly biting, not hard but it doesnt look good to strangers or to my nieces & nephews, all they see is her snapping. Do not know how to stop her. I certainly am glad i did not take her home any earlier. She is 12 weeks old today and I notice a massive difference in her just this week. She has changed my life in the best way possible!

  12. kabzy16 says:

    Yes you are right. One month is way too young to bring a puppy home as the first 6 weeks are crucial for it to spend time with its mother. The best time to get a puppy is actually at 8 weeks. Because at that time they will have ad biting experience with their littermates and they will have gotten the message that their littermates respond negatively to biting. These little things that a puppy can learn from its mother and littermates are very helpful for a puppy’s life.

  13. benroblochview says:

    1 month is a bit too young to get a puppy. I am no expert but should thay not be with mum until 7 or 8 weeks?

  14. TreasureOne says:

    Check out the Volhard Puppy Attitude Test. It gives you a great idea of how to choose a puppy. And helps you choose the kind of temperament you want.

  15. Fantageous says:

    You’re not picking a material item here. Pick the dog that chooses you. Use your instinct (and think of your lifestyle/commitment).

    I doubt that most are selecting show dogs. And if you are? Remember that most show dogs don’t ever prove anything outside the ring as far as performance is concerned. Just take a look at German Shepherds.  They’ve got the weirdest back legs thanks to people finding that peculiarity attractive.

    Just love your dog, quirks and all. 🙂

  16. achocolaterainbowful says:

    I read somewhere that Cesar Millan suggested not picking the puppy that climbs all over you and begs to be chosen; and I’m wondering if that should be the case, in labs in particular because they’re already going to be hyper abs the hyper puppy might be one of those nasty ones that go all over you abd knock you to the floor to say hello?

  17. Grimeyhoob says:

    my puppy is 1 month old, we just got him today, he seems to sleep a lot and hes not interacting much yet, is this a worrying sign? Or is this typical for a 1 month old puppy?

  18. FirePrincess917 says:

    This is good for me because I might be getting a Lab puppy so I need to know which one to pick. Now I know.

  19. kitpentsang says:

    I have one lab in my family, he was 8 years old and he made my family was happy alway! I love him… MARCO~

  20. laythesmack23 says:

    Lab’s are the best, i’ve had an Akita, German Shepard, Rott, pitt, and a boxer, hands down the Lab’s are the best. These dog’s have character. Funny dog’s, with great temperament with family & kids.

  21. knott303madalyn says:

    I never had a lab puppy in my life.
    I got to pick out a pit bull puppy before and he was the biggest and had the most interesting coat pattern on a dog you’ll ever seen!
    We never let him be around other people but when we did he was the most friendly dog you will ever meet! I dont know why pit bull are friendly when people say there evil.
    But a lab does seem cute!

  22. airedbaloni says:

    When we went to get our lab, there were 6 trying to get to me and my sister, and one behind not really intrested, but there were two that were really getting themselves above the others, one looking at me, the other at my sister, we ended up getting two of them, because we have one each now.

  23. labking01 says:

    agreed! theres shy, normal, and bold. i chose bold b4 i learned the right way to choose. i just randomly chose. he had worms and he was just a mess, not hes healthy and my best friend 😀

  24. 357beartrackerOR says:

    You want to pick the litter not the individual puppy if you are trying to attain certain qualities for hunting, hunt test, and field trial work.

  25. AirsoftGuy208 says:

    Not unless you go to the SPCA .

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