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Puppy for a 4 year old?

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7y, 11m agoPosted 7 years, 11 months ago
The little one adores our neighbours dog, and loves taking it for a walk now and again when neighbour is at work (she works shifts so we offer to talk dog out)

Now, the little one is 4 in Feb and Im thinking about getting a little pup, a one similar to the Andrex Advert, but dont have a clue where to start looking, and as for cost, dont have a scooby. Obviously Im in North East, and could visit kennels, shelters etc?

Would this be a start or would anyone recommend elsewhere?
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7y, 11m agoPosted 7 years, 11 months ago
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We got our labrador from Battersea Dogs Home. Obviously no where near you but it felt good re-homing a dog that had had a carp start in life. Downside is you don't know a lot about its history and that's where going to a breeder is beneficial.
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the dog trust... always helpful and we had our puppy 2 years ago and she is fab!
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its one thing taking a dog for a walk every now and again, its a competly different having your own dog, especially a puppy, labs are very hard work and need allot of attention and walking, they also tend to chew anything and everything, dont want to put you off but you need to go into this with your eyes wide open, otherwise its not fair on the puppy, if it hasnt then you need to decide what you want, if its a puppy then you probably wont have a chance at the dogs homes as people dont tend to get rid of dogs til the puppy appeal has worn off, so your then left with trailing the papers and the net, we got ours after looking on http://www.epupz.co.uk/ it costs you to register, but you get to look at 100's of dogs
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If you are thinking of buying a pedigree labrador, you're looking at £600ish for a puppy.
Then you have worming, injections, de-flea in the first couple of months (around £100).
Spaying/neutering at 6 months (think it was several hundred quid).
Insurance is over £150 for the year for our lab.
Then annual booster injections (£70) and monthly de-flea and quarterly de-worming.
Food is dependant on if you buy canned or dry food - we feed our labs dry food and it's £10 for a 15 kilo sack.

A labrador is a great first dog, with pleanty of love and some training and good walks you and your child will have a friend for life.
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If you are thinking of buying a pedigree labrador, you're looking at £600ish for a puppy.
Then you have worming, injections, de-flea in the first couple of months (around £100).
Spaying/neutering at 6 months (think it was several hundred quid).
Insurance is over £150 for the year for our lab.
Then annual booster injections (£70) and monthly de-flea and quarterly de-worming.
Food is dependant on if you buy canned or dry food - we feed our labs dry food and it's £10 for a 15 kilo sack.

A labrador is a great first dog, with pleanty of love and some training and good walks you and your child will have a friend for life.


and at almost £1000 for the first year, he can make do with the one a his grandmas! :? Whats the deal wit the dogs trust? my mate got one from there, uhh about 7 years ago, and just gave donation - werent a lab like.

Why would I need a breeder? is it safer this way - rather than going down the dogs trust route?
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and at almost £1000 for the first year, he can make do with the one a his grandmas! :? Whats the deal wit the dogs trust? my mate got one from there, uhh about 7 years ago, and just gave donation - werent a lab like.

Why would I need a breeder? is it safer this way - rather than going down the dogs trust route?


The Dogs Trust dogs tend to come neutered, vaccinated, microchipped, the lot. You have a minimum donation, I think it is £75 for a mutt and £125 for a pedigree but don't quote me on that. You are then completely liable for the dog from then on, so make sure it is insured and de-flea'd every month and wormed quarterly and has its annual booster vaccinations.
Look into dry sacks of food, such as 'Beta' as it works out cheaper then cans, is supposed to be better for them and our labs love it. Also make the dog have less smally farts than meaty canned food.
Thing with Dogs Trust dogs is you aren't always aware of the history of them - which can be especialy important around children - so talk to the memers of staff at the Dogs Trust and they will bear this in mind when letting you choose a dog and do their best.
No point going to the Dogs Trust for the time being though, they do not let people adopt dogs just before or after Christmas so look the first week in January. We are looking out for another dog, but haven't found the one for us yet despite going to the Dogs Trust 4 times in the past 3 months so I'd advise you don't tell or promise your child you'll get one as if you come back without one they'll be heartbroken! Oh, and also look into Labrador Rescue - heard about them recently and going to phone them up in January, fingers crossed!
Hope you get a lovely dog and that you have a lovely Christmas.
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Hi SS

thanks, so kind of you and lovely comments.

Little one is 4 in Feb, so i'm looking at one for then.. or even next xmas/5th birthday to be honest. I guess the website for DT will have prices on?
#8
Labrador rescues are fantastic, try the labrador forum for loads and loads of advice and contacts for your nearest rescue cordinators. They will be able to help you get the right dog for your family and offer a wealth of follow up support and advice. hope it helps x

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