- Most lab pups are separated from their mothers seven to eight weeks after birth, according to Gotta Love a Lab. At this point a pup should weigh 13 to 14 pounds. Lab puppies grow to their adult size in six to seven months. Adult labs weigh 60 to 80 pounds and stand 21 to 25 inches high. However, labs take two to three years to become fully trained and settled as adult dogs.
- Before you bring a lab puppy home, purchase a bed, chewable dog toys, a water dish and food bowl, puppy food, a collar and leash, and dog treats. In addition, choose a name for the pup and make sure you have several days to spend with it, since lab puppies are very energetic and require lots of attention.
- Handle your lab puppy as much as possible, including touching its ears, feet and tail. Introduce any other pets to the puppy while you are in the room. In addition, introduce your puppy to as many new people as possible, including children, while it is young. Train your puppy to sit on command. Take your puppy on walks every day and play fetch or other games; if lab pups don't get enough exercise, they will chew and dig to release energy. Finally, avoid overfeeding lab pups, since they are prone to obesity.