If you want a puppy that is a calm companion and not hyper active…. Let’s start here:
Do not buy a puppy with Field Hunting bloodlines. They are hyper-active to work long days and will wear you out, if not, chew up your house. All puppies chew, but hyper dogs have much more energy which will have to be exhausted somehow and will likely continue to chew in early dog years.
Make sure your puppy gets trained at 8 weeks old if not before and continue training for a well-adjusted dog.
Have your pet be with you indoors to be able to bond with you and want to be with you, not running off. Most dogs run off because they are bored, not bonded and certainly know no boundaries.
Boundary training is very important, along with coming when called. Two vital training techniques that will keep your dog in your yard, not running away. Start at 6-8 weeks old.
Check out your breeder’s parents of your puppy, if the parents are laid back, so will that temperament be achieved in the puppies, visa versa.
Indoor pets/Outdoor pets:
Large dog does not mean outdoor dog. Large dogs do not take a lot of room in the house. They are not bigger than you.
If you want an outdoor dog, buy an outdoor dog. Labradors are NOT outdoor dogs. They are bonding companion dogs and need close connections with the human partner. And yes, if you have them outdoors, they will adapt because they are very adaptable animals to environments, but it doesn’t mean they are happy out there. Chances of them getting loose, they will run, and I would not blame them.
Having time for your pet:
Think of your pace and what you are going to do with your dog. This will give you a great idea to select a dog by your lifestyle in what you are looking for.
All dogs need exercise and time. So make sure you have the time to spend with them. We all work so it is understood they will have alone time. Your activity level will make a big difference.