How to Care for a Labrador Retriever

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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.

Tips & Warnings

  • These dogs love to swim. Keep a towel handy!
  • Make sure you or someone in your home is willing to spend 30 to 60 minutes a day playing with and exercising the dog.
  • Avoid the "rare silver Labrador" or any other rare coloring. Silver labs are usually light-colored chocolate labs or a lab/weimaraner cross. Don't buy from a person who sells these supposedly rare colors, since a responsible breeder wouldn't get involved in such a scam.
  • Note that labs are enthusiastic puppies and are sometimes mistakenly thought to be hyperactive. The main reason people give up their labs is because they are too active. The second reason is that they got bigger than expected.

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