Labrador Care – Simple Routine

Labrador care is easy when you make it a regular routine. The following are all the basic care tips you need to keep your Lab healthy and happy.

Labrador Care Tips

Squeaky Clean – Lab’s do a good job caring for their own coat. However, giving them a brush every week or two isn’t a bad idea. Brushing will remove dirt and loose hair during shedding season. It will also help move the oils through his coat for a glossy appearance.

Other Labrador care you can provide in relation to grooming is:

Bathing – Your Lab will need a bath three times a year, once in the spring, once in the summer, and once in the fall.
Nails – Your Labrador should have his nails clipped about every 3 months. Have the Vet or a groomer do the job, or learn how to do it yourself.
Ears – Check your Labrador’s ears twice a month to make sure they are healthy. Labs are prone to ear infections because of poor air circulation in the ears.
Teeth –Brush your Lab’s teeth and give him detabones. This will help prevent disease. Your Vet should also check your Labrador’s teeth.

Move those muscles – Labs need plenty of exercise and need to move around to avoid gaining excess fat. Overweight dogs have health problems.

Good Food– Your Lab needs a well balanced daily diet. Provide him with a regular food schedule, and avoid feeding him humane food which can lead to health problems. Consult your Vet about how much dog food you should provide him, and ask what brand the recommend.

Vet Visits – Take your Labrador for regular Vet checkups each year. All vaccines should be up to date, and he should be protected from heart worm.

Good Water – Change the drinking water all the time. Your Labrador needs to stay well hydrated. Drinking water should be clean and without bacteria and dirt.

Safe House – Your Lab can be quite mischievous when he wants to be. Thus, you need to ensure he doesn’t get into any trouble, and keep all potentially dangerous household items out of his reach. This includes:

Chemicals – house hold cleaning supplies
Houseplants – Certain plants in your home could be poisonous to him if ingested.
Garbage – Don’t leave garbage on the floor where your Lab could easily choke on wrappers or eat bad food.
Sharp objects – A lab can cut himself on knives
Electrical wires – electrocution can result from wire chewing

You’ll discover Labrador care is easy once you establish an effective routine.

What To Do When Brining Your New Labrador Puppy Home

You need to have everything ready for your Labrador puppy before you bring him home for the first time. There are plenty of different items you can procure for him, but the following list includes the most important things:

Collar – Buy an adjustable collar that will fit securely around his neck without choking him.

Leash – Purchase a retractable leash so you can control the distance you give your Labrador when walking him. This leash is also good for training.

Food and water bowls – Your Labrador puppy needs two dishes, one for food the other for water. Stainless steel or ceramic dishes are best, as plastic tends to breed bacteria.

Dog bed or pillow and/or blanket – Your Labrador will need a place where he can relax and sleep. Either Purchase him an adult sized bed (24” x 36”) or pillow (45” to 55”). Blankets also add extra comfort.

Crate – Properly crate training your Labrador puppy will provide him with a comfortable space he can call his own. Crate training makes traveling easier, and provides your dog with the supreme relaxation at times when he needs to feel safe. The best sized crate is between 36” – 42”.

Food – Feed your Labrador puppy the same food he was being given by the breeder. This will help him adjust. You can switch his food later if you would like, but to start keep it simple and familiar.

Treats – Have treats handy to please your new Labrador puppy, and to make beginner training easier.

Toys – Labradors are natural born chewers and will eat through any entire wardrobe if given the opportunity. Provide your lab with plenty of chew toys, tennis balls, ropes, bones and durable plush toys to enjoy. Just make sure when you play with him you use these toys so he will know they are his and can enjoy them.

Name – Your Labrador will need a name before you bring him home. Choose a name together with your family, and make sure it is something you all like. Call him only by his new name when he first arrives so he will become used to it.

Now that you are familiar with the physical necessities your Lab will need, the following are other aspects about brining your puppy home that you need to take into careful consideration:

When should I bring my Labrador puppy home?

  • At the beginning of a weekend
  • During a vacation you took for the exclusive purpose of bringing the pup home.

You will want to make sure you will have a few days to spend with the dog before getting back into your regular work routine. Your dog needs to adjust properly so he won’t feel separation anxiety.

Is there any time I should not bring home my Labrador puppy?
Yes. You should not bring a puppy home during busy holidays when you will have plenty of visitors and your house will be out of sorts. It is imperative you make your new puppy feel safe, and that you provide him with a taste of what your regular everyday home life is like so he can adapt.

Make everyone apart of the welcome home party and include other pets
Get everyone involved in welcoming the new Lab home. Make sure they know how to handle the puppy. You should also introduce the other pets to the new puppy. Make sure when the pets interact that you are in the room so you can safe guard the new pup.

Bringing your Labrador puppy home is an experience you can both enjoy. Make the most of it, by making him the star. You should have no other distractions.