My partner and I are thinking about getting a puppy however there is some concerns over if we will cause her distress or hurt her. We live in a 3rd floor flat with no lift, I would be able to carry her up and down until she is about 6 month old but after this she will be too big. If trained properly to take time on the stairs and not letting her run up and down would this still cause discomfort in her hips in the long run? We are aware of hip dysplasia being an issue with Labs and don't want to do anything that could increase this. Also with regards to routine and toilet training, would she be okay to have a pen with puppy pads at one end and bed at the other for while at work. I would aim to train her to use the puppy pads if she needs before I get home to take her out. I will be home at lunch time every day and will be able to take her out just before leaving and as soon as I return each time. I have no doubts that she will be loved and well looked after with plenty of one on one training and play. We just don't want to cause her distress but think that she would get into our routine and adapt to it.