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Hello Everyone,

My name is Dana and I am new to the forum.

I am excited to announce that in 26 days, we will have a new black lab in our home. I haven't had lab puppy in 20 years. The best part is, this puppy is going to be a Christmas present for my 3 kids. I just am going to need a lot of help training her.

She will only be 6 weeks old when we bring her home, so I need to take it slow. The first thing I want to know, what is the best sport dog food on the market?
 

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You should wait until 7 weeks to get the puppy. That is much more important than to get her on Christmas. Some states it's requiired by law to wait to sell pups until there are 7 or 8 weeks old. You should also continue feeding the food the puppy is on for at least a week or even 2 is better. You will get different answers to the question of "best" sport dog food. What is she being fed or will be fed now? Your breeder should include a sample of the food. Is the puppy going to receive its first vaccination and be checked over at the vet before you get the puppy? These are important questions to ask.
 

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If possible wait til she is at least 7 weeks old. 6 weeks is very young.

tons of info here, regarding puppy raising.

Mostly - just remember she is a puppy. :) a baby ....

set parameters for your family and pup and stick to them (ie, no getting on furniture (if you desire that), no feeding from the table, no teasing the pup, etc)
 

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I typically find out what type of puppy food the breeder has them on. I buy a big bag and feed that until it’s nearly gone. Usually takes a good six weeks or better to get through that bag and then I switch them to Purina pro plan sport all life stages. I have found that by feeding the same type of food as the breeder for the first several weeks that their stools are much better. Leaving their litter mates and environment is pretty tough on them, no use to add stress just to change their diet.
 

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Another vote for waiting until the pup is at least 7 weeks old before bringing the pup home and separating from mom and littermates!
 

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I know age is an issue, but the breeder is going to be leaving town.

I also have found out they are just feeding Pedigree. I don't mind starting with that, but I want to find something better for the long run.
 

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I know age is an issue, but the breeder is going to be leaving town.

I also have found out they are just feeding Pedigree. I don't mind starting with that, but I want to find something better for the long run.
Sounds to me like ye should reconsider your breeder. JMHO.

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Wow... the breeder is leaving town with pups only 6 weeks old? That is not what I would call responsible... is there no way the breeder can have someone take care of the pups for another week or two? Puppies do much better as adults (generally) if they are allowed to develop to a bit older age with their siblings...

Pedigree is an ok food, but probably a good idea that you are going to change food...
 

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What about the vet check, deworming, and vaccinations? Sounds to me he is trying to avoid expense.
 

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What about the vet check, deworming, and vaccinations? Sounds to me he is trying to avoid expense.
As far as vet checks and the works. I do know they have said they will be taking care of the first vet check, deworm, dew claws and first set of vaccinations. But I also have a vet that I work with that will be performing a full work up.
 

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Hi Dana, Welcome to the RTF!

One of the RTF sponsors is Dr Tim's dog food---it is very good. There is a link to his website in the Dr Tims ad, top righthand side of the RTF pages. I think it rotates with ads from another sponsor, so if you don't see it try refreshing the page.

A lot of people like Purina Pro Plan Sport 30/20.

I am currently feeding my dogs SportDog Elite grain free beef 30/18.

If I were feeding a baby puppy I would feed one of the tried and true feeds, such as Dr. Tims or the Purina 30/20. Proper nutrition when they are so little and growing rapidly is critical.

It looks as if you are in Utah. I hope we will see you at some of our club events. The calendar isn't set yet but things will likely get going in February.
 

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From the sounds of it, the pup will be better off with you at six weeks anyway. Get the pup. She will be safer, less likely to get some weird injury and you can get her on a quality feed. Another week or two in the current environment isn’t going to be productive anyway.

Besides, she’s already weaned off the mom and many folks won’t even have the mom around the pups at that age...

Good luck with your pup...
 

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7-8 weeks is preferable but probably the best dog temperament wise I've ever had I brought Home at 6 weeks.

Dr. Tim's Kinesis

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Hi Dana, Welcome to the RTF!

One of the RTF sponsors is Dr Tim's dog food---it is very good. There is a link to his website in the Dr Tims ad, top righthand side of the RTF pages. I think it rotates with ads from another sponsor, so if you don't see it try refreshing the page.

A lot of people like Purina Pro Plan Sport 30/20.

I am currently feeding my dogs SportDog Elite grain free beef 30/18.

If I were feeding a baby puppy I would feed one of the tried and true feeds, such as Dr. Tims or the Purina 30/20. Proper nutrition when they are so little and growing rapidly is critical.

It looks as if you are in Utah. I hope we will see you at some of our club events. The calendar isn't set yet but things will likely get going in February.

Hello Renee!

First, thank you for the tips on the dog food. I will look into it. I have also been looking into Propac. Any thoughts on it? I have heard that Propac and Sportdog are made my the same company.

I am in SLC and would really like to find out more about the club events. If possible, can you maybe pass me some info?

To everyone else. I know that everyone thinks that 6 weeks is too young. I normally would like to take a dog closer to 8 weeks, but under the circumstances and as I monitor the health of the puppy, 6 weeks is where we are at right now. I have family that have been long time breeders for other breeds and they have even said as long as we monitor the puppy that she will be fine. She is going to have a very cozy place and will be well taken care of.

Again, thank you Renee for answering my questions. I really appreciate your time.
 

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All puppies are being weaned off the mom this week. She is already starting to spend some time outside with her partner.
 

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Something is not right you work with a vet so you know better about the 7 weeks ?
 

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Welcome Dana! Congratulations on the new addition! Don't worry about these guys and the 7 week thing. They're right but you have whatever circumstance you have to work with and it's not the end of the world.

dogfoodadvisor.com has ratings on literally every brand of food on the market. Dr. Tims normal and grain free both get a 5 star rating but if cost or availability is an issue, there are many comparable brands out there to check out. You may find pup does best on one thing or the other at random.

I might buy 5 lb and transition slowly over a week or so then see how pup was doing before committing to a large quantity of any one brand.

Also - all of my veterinary contacts (there are several) tell me that quality, adult kibble is fine for puppies. No need for "puppy food".

Oh and don't believe the amount on the bag - the people who wrote it are selling dog food after all. Start with 1 cup/day/20lb body weight and see how things go. Some dogs need more some less.
 
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