February or March is the ideal time to bring a pup home . . . old enough & far enough along to hunt a bit in the Fall. Tho I no longer have Labs, I'd strongly recommend a Lab pup for a 1st time owner/trainer. Wolters book/formula works very well for Labs, but do follow it & spend the time required (I also growl at my dog rather than use "No." It works once you're established as the Alpha leader. That & clapping your hands is all the discipline you'll ever need if you start that from the get-go. I've seen lots of dogs that "understood" verbal commands, but have never met one who could speak English or any other language except canine.) Good luck with your pup.