Our new puppy is a much considered addition to our family. We've been researching dogs and breeds etc for 18 months. We came close to choosing a spoodle (they are so cute) but in the end we went with what we always knew we would get - a labrador retriever. I always said "If we ever get a dog it will be a 'real' dog". (No disrespect to other breeds!)
The puppy is coming from Garrison Labradors in Carterton in the Wairarapa. Raewyn has been breeding dogs for years. They are probably best known for breeding Mark Leishman's famous celebrity dog, Dexter.
The puppy has been named by Mr 8 who has chosen "Indie" as her name (a nod to Indiana Jones but better than Rex or Yoda which were his other suggestions). Miss 13 was allowed to help the breeder with the NZKC registered name which is likely to be Garrison Schokolade. Schokolade is the German word for chocolate and all this litter are getting chocolate names.
Anyway, I digress. This is our first dog. The reason for this post is to ask all you dog owners for tips. We are planning to crate train and I'd love to hear your views (pluses and minuses). Any other training tips and 'how to' gratefully received.She'll be 7 weeks when we get her.