How to Care for a Labrador Retriever. Labrador retrievers are good-natured, people-oriented dogs. They love to be included in family life and are great with kids. Follow these simple steps to care for your lab.
Things You'll Need
- Dog Beds
- Dog Bones
- Dog Brushes
- Dog Dishes
- Dog Food
- Dog Leashes
- Dog Shampoo
- Durable Dog Toys
- Nail Clippers For Dogs
- Reduced-calorie Dog Food
Understand Labs don't really reach adulthood until they are three years old, unlike most breeds, which reach it around the age of two.
Keep your lab's weight down. Overweight dogs will have more health problems, including heart trouble and arthritis.
Learn about the health problems associated with this breed: hip and elbow dysplasia and some eye disorders.
Brush your lab once a week with a slicker brush to keep shedding under control.
Bathe the dog only if it stinks. It doesn't require special grooming and can be washed at home.
Make sure to trim this dog's nails regularly ' every month ' to prevent foot problems.
Remember that labs tend to be somewhat stubborn, which means that you must be consistent and patient while training them.
Keep your lab indoors or out. They are moderately active and will be happy in a yard or house.
Be prepared to enjoy a good 10 to 12 years with your lab, as this is the average life expectancy of labrador retrievers.