Im interested in getting a black labrador. My concerns: 1. My neigbhorhood will only allow a invisible fence, will that be sufficient? I plan to keep the dog inside except for attended exercise. 2. My wife and I both work, so dog will be alone for 9 hrs a day, should i get an older lab for that reason?
I can't answer too many questions about the Lab,but I can answer about the fence.From what I heard from people that own Labs if they don't get suffient excerise they can be destuctive. The fence ,I have one ,and when I first got it I really had my doubts that this would work. It does. There are different kinds . Mine was installed ,it was not some cheap garbage one from Petco. It really does make a difference where you get the fence from.Mine is from Dog Watch Systems. The recievers are gaurenteed for life.The recievers have 5 different settings to train the dog to the fence.A trainer came out and trained my dogs ,then it was up to me to make sure I followed through with the training. In about 2 weeks they understood where the boundries where ,how far they could go. Tigger had a bit of a problem with the fence at first. She didn't want to go into the back yard or come off the porch in the front yard. I called the trainer he told me give her time and she'll be fine.It took her about a month to fully come into the yard. Now it's been 3 years she uses all of the yard with no escapes. In my opinion it's not the type of fence where you go to work and leave the dog alone. With this fence the dog needs to be supervised.If the dog gets out ,the dog will not want to come in on it's own.Always make sure the batteries are fully charged. What's nice about Dog Watch is they always send battery reminders to get new batteries .If the batteries are low that would be one of the reasons for your dog to get out. To ensure success with the fence you have to follow through with the initail training,make sure the batteries are not low.Then the dog will learn the boundries.
I have a friend who raises Labs, I don't know about the fence but I can tell you a little about their behavior. As puppies they can be very destructive. They need lots of exercise, and fun time. Training is also essential. The puppy stage with labs is not over till they are 2 - 3 years old. They are slow to mature. I really have my doubts about leaving a lab alone for 9 hours. My friend can't.
oh no never leave a puppy alone for 9 hrs.........unless you have someone coming in and attending to your pup....9 hrs is way to long for a pup to be alone......my suggestion get a gold fish.........and i hope you both aren't planning for any child real soon......your status is unfit for any pets or child............what kind of relationship do you expect to have with them if your not home, especially with those hrs......................again get a goldfish thats more up your alley
it doesn't matter what the breed is.............remember there's no such thing has a bad dog, there's just bad people................i have a black lab name Bogie (Bogart), he is a joy, and what a smart pup he is..............if not trained properly, they can be a handful, just like any child........
Bogie, what a nice response. Millions of children do fine in daycare while their parents work. So do dogs for that matter. Is there anyway you can have a petsitter come over and let your dog out during the day? Or for you to come home on lunch breaks? 9 hours is an extremely long time for any dog to be alone, if you get one, I strongly advise against a puppy. Do the math, if you are gone 9 hours of the day, and you sleep 7 at night, that's 16 out of 24 hours every day when your dog isn't going to have any interaction with anyone in the family. That's a long freakin time. However, I don't think a Lab is a good dog for you. This is an extremely high energy breed, the reason so many are at the humane society (besides the fact that they're the most popular dog breed in the US) is that people get them and aren't prepared to handle the energy requirements. Yes they are wonderful dogs, smart, easy to train, eager to please.. but when they get bored, they turn into Destructicons. And this phase in their life lasts for oh, 3 or 4 years. If you are determined to get a dog, I'd point you in the direction of an adult dog (2 years+) from the humane society. One that may already be housebroken and such, since it doesn't sound like you have time for a puppy.
if you do get a lab, i would definitely also suggest an adult, a 4 year old at least, for all the above reasons. and a calm 4 year old. mine did not completely calm down till age 3. now she is a very mellow couch potato who doesn't chew, but all i did in my life the first 3 years was centered around her. an adult dog can bond with you very well and be a wonderful companion.
one thing to consider with the electric fence. it will keep your dog in but it will not keep people or other animals out. if an aggressive dog is out and about and sees your dog in the yard it can come on in and start a fight. also if your dog is aggressive and someone comes on your property that person could get injured. i think a lab can easily be trained with an electric fence. i too would suggest an older lab from the shelter. on petfinder. com there are like 10 thousand labs that need a home.
Thanks for all the input, it is very helpful. I think that an older lab would be the way to go, maybe 4+ and I'll use the electric fence just as a back up safety measure as I plan to be attentive when the lab is outside.