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Hello everybody. I'm getting a labrador three months old this weekend. I have two questions and I have two young children (11 and 8) : :D
1. Is three months a good age for a puppy to be part of the family?
2. Is adding cooked vegetables and rice to his diet a good idea :roll: ?
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1. Normally pups arrive at 8 weeks of age. So three months the pup has been with the breeder? Might need more details to answer better.

2. No need. If you feed a decent kibble, then all is there. If you feed raw, no need either. Though some add some veg but it needs to be basically pulverised as dogs do not digest cellouse very well (feed some raw veg and note explosion out the other end ;-) )
 

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Exeption on the veg - Frozen carrots are excellent especially when they start to teeth. Though they are sugary (mad sugar rush) and I would not feed more than one, maybe two, per day.
 

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I can't answer about whether a puppy is right for your family. I look after my friends kids quite often (almost 3 and 11) and although they totally adore my pups, they have been known to go home with a couple of scratches or even a nipped finger once or twice if they've got the dogs too excited or not stuck to my house rules (which are sometimes hard to enforce on an almost 3 yr old at the best of times anyway!) So just be pre warned that lab puppies can be mouthy, so might be worth setting some ground rules with your kids so you all have a consistent approach with the puppy.

Veg...I'm trying to think why you'd need to add veg to meals? There are some veggies that shouldn't be given to dogs (onions), but I have been known to give my two a raw carrot to chew on from time to time. Keeps them quiet for a bit and causes a right mess, but they don't really digest it!!
 

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I got my pup at three months too and it worked out very well . I also have two children and right from the start Bruce had a very soft mouth so none of us has ever had marks on us left off mouthing and he has always been placid and very respectful and submissive to other dogs . I always put that down to him being with the other dogs for longer it seemed like he had learned more doggy manners . Another plus point was at that age he was going all through the night without needing to be out for the toilet and was toilet trained where at 8 weeks this probably wouldn't have been the case . His breeder had very socialised him very well though I have heard that there can be problems if they are not socialised and taken out into the wider world during this time so I would check this with your breeder . Also another slight negative for me anyway was that I missed out on a month of his puppyhood which is so short anyway .

Claire x
 

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We have always had our pups around 7 - 8 weeks old but Labs tends to settle into family life just perfectly. Our last girl arrived when the boys were 4 and 6 and it was wonderful. She grew up with them and I don't think ever fully accepted she was a dog.

As to veg in with the meals - I have always given both my Labs added veg in with their meals in order to bulk up the meal but not the calories. It was always something the vet suggested with Gemma and we have simply carried it on with Cassie. She loves them both raw or cooked, even has salad for a change. I don't think it is really necessary but as both our Labs have been spayed then it just helps keep the weight down as Labs love to see nice sized portions.
 
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