Dog Beds for Large Breed Dogs

If you are thinking of getting a dog bed for your large breed dog there are a few things you should consider. Just considering the size of your dog alone is going to make choosing a proper dog bed tough enough.

You will have to see how your dog likes to sleep and that will determine if you are going to buy a round style dog bed or a bed that is more rectangle in shape. We have one dog that likes to curl in a ball and one that likes to sleep fully extended out on his side. We looked for  rectangle type sized bed that would fit both.

Take a measure of your dog when they are sleeping or laying down so you can get the proper dimensions. If you buy a bed too small your large breed dog may be hanging off the side or end and that is just not comfortable for them.

Take a look at the material. Is it easy to clean and it is it durable? We purchased a dog bed that has a cover that unzips do it’s easy to clean and maintain. Also if you have a dog that is still destructive you will want to choose something that is durable and going to last.

Make sure that it’s comfortable and has some nice cushion to it. You don’t like sleeping on a cheap mattress or pillow and either does your dog. You get what pay for so try not to go too cheap.

This is my Georgia enjoying her dog bed.

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Tips for Choosing a Veterinarian for your Dog

Choosing a veterinarian for your dog or pet is an important choice for you to make. You want to choose somebody that is right for you and your dog. You want to choose a veterinarian that you feel comfortable with and that you feel is making the right decisions when it comes to your dog or pet. Here are a few tips to help you make the right choice when choosing a veterinarian for your dog.

The Facilities – You will want to take a tour of the facilities and ensure that they are clean and sanitary. You will want to make sure that they are modern and that their equipment is up to date and modern so they can handle any emergency or problem you may have. If the vet hospital looks dirty, dated and mismanaged then you might wan to look elsewhere.

Experienced Staff – When we settled on our vet we did so because she was familiar with labrador retrievers and knowledgeable about the breed specifically. She was aware of their health risks and nutritional needs. These are things you want to look for.

Compassion and Caring – This is something you can pick up on right away. Bedside manner is important and you need somebody that understands just how important your dog or pet is to you and your family. If a vet seems uninterested in your dog in general you might want to rethink things.

Word of Mouth – Ask around. Get recommendations from other dog owners. I would always be careful of reading review sights but instead of actual people I know that had experience with your prospective vet choice.

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How Often to Bathe a Labrador Retriever

There appears to be a lot of widening opinions and misinformation on-line in regards to how often you should bathe your labrador retriever. In order to understand this you have to learn a little more about the coat itself.

The labrador retriever has a short, thick coat which isn’t particularly hard to maintain. What is important about the labrador retriever’s coat is that it contains an oil which helps protect them against dirt and keeps their skin dry when they are swimming of when they get wet. This oil is very important to keeping your labs skin clean and healthy.

If you wash your labrador retriever too often you will wash this oil out of their coat and this will likely lead to a number health problems. We really only bathe our dogs twice a year at most or if they get into something too stinky for us to stand. You don’t really need to bathe a labrador retriever beyond this.

When you do decide to bathe your labrador retriever please do not use a regular shampoo made for humans. Again, you may do more damage to the oil in the coat. Instead talk to your vet or pet store and find a mild and gentle shampoo designed for  labrador retrievers.

Remember your Labrador retrievers coat is a sign over their overall health. If you notice that the coat is too dry or dull then there could be something else happening. This could be from over bathing or food allergies. Do not let it go unchecked.

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Tips to Stop Your Dog from Pulling on the Leash

One of the biggest complaints that new dog owners have is their dog pulling on the leash when taking them for a walk. Pulling on the leash can be a great annoyance for any dog owner. It can lead to health risks for the dog owner in terms of pulling on the arms or even risking a fall. The dog may break the collar and run away or even pose a threat to other dogs or people.

Dogs will pull on the leash when walking for a number of reasons. They could just be excited to be on a walk. I know my dogs will pull a little more if they are cooped up in the house for a longer period of time then they are used to. They may be pulling to exert a pack dominance as a leader. Whatever the reason for pulling on the leash it has to be corrected.

We are big proponents of obedience classes. Especially with a dog trainer that knows your breed of dog. There are two distinct benefits from taking your dog to a proper dog trainer. One, the dog gets training that it needs and two you get training on how to handle your dog. The second part is probably the most important. Learning how to properly handle your dog from an expert is probably one of the most important things you can do as a dog owner.

Having a proper dog collar is important as well. We use a chock collar when taking both our dogs for walks. The type we use is a Choke Chain Collar. This tightens up as your dog begins to pull and will correct the bad behavior on its own. Just make sure the collar isn’t too tight as you don’t want to do any harm to your dog.

We like to practice what I call the sit method. When we are out for a walk and my dog is pulling on the leash I will make her sit at my side before we proceed again. If she pulls again I will make her sit again until she settles down. I also choke up on the leash in my hand so she has no slack to pull. When she begins behaving as she should I reward with a treat from my pocket. Using this method has really helped break my dog of pulling on the leash.

If you follow these three tips when walking your dog you should have a success in breaking your dog from its habit of pulling on the leash. Your walks will become a lot more enjoyable, trust us.

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Pure-bred Free to Good Home on Craig’s List

Nine times out of ten a Craig’s List ad advertising a pure-bred dog free to a good home will send a shiver down your back after reading the ad. This one however did nothing but tickle the funny bone. Click on the image below and read through this ad. I promise it will make your day.

Pure-bred Free to Good Home


Imagine being given the ultimatum of having to part with your best friend you raised since birth or some dude that are a dime a dozen. Good for this lady to make the right call and entertain is us with her rescue and adoption ad. I can only guess there were no takers.

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Sleeping Beauty Labrador Retriever Photo

This awesome labrador retriever photo was recently posted at the Lab Chat Board with the tag line, “Can’t you hear the snores?”.  Any of use that own a labrador retriever or a dog for that matter can relate to this. The link to post is just below the photo. Join us and see more great photos and share your own.

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Training Your Labrador Retriever

Training Your Labrador Retriever

Training Your Labrador Retriever (Training Your Dog Series)

Books in Barron’s Training Your Dog series offer breed-specific advice on virtually every aspect of canine training, including housebreaking, obedience to basic verbal commands and hand signals, retrieving, and walking on a leash. Also covered are humane methods of breaking a dog’s bad habits. The typical Labrador Retriever is good-natured by temperament and willing to please his master–qualities that make him relatively easy to train. In this book, the author takes Lab owners step-by-step through her time-proven training method, which emphasizes positive reinforcement. Instructive color photos on most pages.

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Threats for Coeur d’Alene Officer who fatally shot lab

Threats pour into Coeur d’Alene for officer who fatally shot lab
COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho— An officer fatally shooting a black lab has resulted in the Coeur d’Alene Police Department receiving threatening calls and emails. On Thursday, authorities said they would not release the name of the officer who claimed he shot …
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Labrador Retriever and Cheetah are Best Friends

Here’s an unlikely combination. Amani, a black Labrador retriever and Winspear, a cheetah are best friends. They celebrated their first birthday party together recently at the Dallas Zoo. The zoo threw them a bash complete with a big pop-cycle made of milk and broth and a couple of water troughs for good measure.

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Canine Acne

Some of you may not be aware but dog breeds like labrador retriever puppies  and dogs can develop what is called canine acne. Canine acne usually breaks out on their chin, lips, and muzzle. It can also be associated with scabs and blackheads on their lips, chin and muzzle. While not usually harmful canine acne can become infected which like any other infection can lead to a whole host of other problems.

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Canine acne can sometimes be confused with or mistake for food allergies. Some people report having good results with switching to a grain free dog food for example.

A few people on the chat forums have remarked that they changed their labrador retrievers bowls from plastic to steel or ceramic. Their dogs were allergic to the plastic. If you search the net you will also find dog owners who’s dogs have had problems with plastic toys that contain a chemical called BPA. Try finding dog toys without this chemical. Many dog toy makers have made the move to omit this from their toys.

Like everything else when your dogs health is concerned I will give the same advice. Go to a Veterinarian to be sure of what is wrong with your dog and to make sure you have a proper diagnosis.

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