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Hi all,

I'm 19, Living at home - Studying Bioveterinary science at University and want to get a labby pup for my own.

We currently have 2 terriers at home, but they due to their differences in ages they are currently fighting for dominance. One is approx. 18 months the other 10 years old.

My parents have allowed the purchase of a pup - It will live in the conservatory with the other two dogs and am hoping it will fit in well. I did have a Lab X Collie (when I was 7 years old) but she died about 2 years ago.

I'd love to get back on the lab scene and have lovely areas around where we live for walks etc. I will be able to pay for food etc. out of my own pocket and if any unexpected vets costs arise my parents would pay and I would pay the money back on an interest free loan :)

What does everyone think? Since losing my old dog it's like I've lost an arm and would really like something of my own to try and ... not replace but .... get my arm back again!


Any help and input greatly appreciated,

Thanks for reading my first post!

ATB,
Joe.
 

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Hi Joe, it sounds like a pretty good set up, would your parents be looking after the pup while your at Uni?, as a pup s/he won`t be able to be left for long because of house training plus labs are people dogs and don`t like being left for too long.

I don`t know if you`ve read up on all the health tests you should look out for when looking out for a pup, have a look at www.lab-health.co.uk the site will tell you all you need to know and has examples of the certificates you should be able to see when visiting a breeder :)
 

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Hey,
Yeah they would be - I live at home during term time too, so wouldnt be far away from home at any point (come back for dinner some days) and may also be able to take the pup in with me on some occasions (possibly when its a bit older)


I was just asking as I dont want there to be any problems with the older dogs, assuming the lab would take dominance when it grows up I dont want the others to feel intimidated with the size of the lab.

Cheers for help,
Joe.
 

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Size doesn't really come in to dominance as such. Not like in the human world. Its more to do with personality. I've seen many a small teeny dog that has been the leader of the pack!!! :)

Generally they will sort it out for themselves anyway :) Two boys in my house and never a fight for top dog - mainly beacause I'm the big cheese in their "pack"
 

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Hi Joe, when you say the two terriers are fighting for dominance, do you literally mean fighting? If you do, I'd be wary of introducing a new dog until that issue is resolved.

I know not everyone is the same at 19 - and it sounds as though you are living at home with your parents while you're at uni, rather than living away? But your post got me thinking back to when I was 19 (which is rather further away than I care to remember!).

I have always loved dogs and I did miss my family dog a great deal when I was away at uni, but I don't think I'd have made a good home for a dog at that stage - aside from the lectures there was a fair amount of socialising <cough :wink:> involved and I just wouldn't have been able to provide the right environment or time for a dog, ditto for my friends. I didn't feel I was in the position to provide a good home for a dog until about 5-6 years after I graduated. I'm not saying everyone's the same, just thought I would share my thoughts.

Just read your last post - I wouldn't assume the Lab would necessarily default to "top dog". Not when terriers are involved :lol:

Sorry that all sounds pretty negative doesn't it. Are your parents around at all during the day to help with the pup when you can't be or would you be planning/expected to do everything for the dog yourself?
 
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