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Friendly. Loyal. Affectionate. The list of wonderful traits possessed by America’s #1 dog goes on and on. Given the Lab’s good looks, trainability, and devotion, is it any wonder that there are millions of happy Lab owners in the United States? In The Love of a Lab, Jim Dratfield’s beautiful photographs, combined with witty, insightful, and poignant quotes, capture the many reasons people feel the way they do about these cherished companions. Like Dratfield’s previous books, Pug Shots, and Day of the Dachshund, this is sure to become a classic gift book for Lab owners and dog lovers everywhere.
“Your Labrador Retriever Puppy Month-by-Month” provides new puppy owners with everything you need to know and do at each stage of development to make sure your playful, energetic puppy grows into a happy, healthy, and well-adjusted companion. Expert authors Terry Albert, vet Deb Eldredge, and breeder Joanne Olivier team up to cover all the questions new owners tend to have and may not think to ask, including: What to ask the breeder before bringing your puppy home. Which vaccinations your puppy needs and when to get them. How to make potty training as smooth (and quick) as possible. What do to when your puppy cries at night. Why and how to crate train your puppy. When socialization should happen and how to make sure it does. When your puppy is ready to learn basic commands-like Sit, Stay, and Come-and the best way to teach them. When and how to go about leash training. How much exercise your puppy needs to stay physically and mentally healthy. What, how much, and when to feed your puppy to give him the nutrition he needs without the extra weight he doesn’t. When your puppy is ready for obedience training and how to make sure it works. How and how often to bath your puppy, brush his coat, clip his nails, and brush his teeth. How to know what requires a trip to the vet and what doesn’t. What causes problem behaviors, when to expect them, and how to correct them.
You have a picture in your head. A picture of yourself with your practically perfect dog. You’ve always preferred big dogs, and your ideal dog is sturdy, strong, and energetic. At the same time, you envision a dog who is gentle and completely in tune to your needs, your whims, and your every move. That perfect dog is likely a Labrador Retriever. After all, the Labrador Retriever is the most popular dog in the United States, according to American Kennel Club registrations. Labs are beautiful, friendly, adaptable, easygoing, brave, loyal, dependable, and intelligent. What could be better?
Labrador Retrievers For Dummies is a useful guide to have if you’re thinking of getting a Lab or even if you already own one. Perhaps you’re just curious about this popular breed. This handy reference is for you if you want to
- Find out if a Lab suits your lifestyle
- Know what to look for in Lab pups
- Determine if a breeder meets high standards
- Understand health and nutrition needs
- Handle emergencies with a cool head
- Train your dog with the lure-and-reward technique
- Show off your Lab in competitions
You can live a fulfilling life with your Lab by making sure she is socialized, healthy, and well trained. What better task for humans and dogs than to be great companions for each other? However, you may need some help in knowing how to get the most out of your relationship with your Lab. This friendly guide offers that help with the following topics and more:
- Exercising your pup and older Lab
- Choosing the right veterinarian
- Exploring spaying/neutering
- Keeping your Lab beautiful with good grooming
- Helping your dog deal with divorce, a new baby, moving
- Managing barking and whining
- Housetraining your new puppy
- Traveling to dog-friendly vacation destinations
- Choosing a pet sitter or boarding kennel
- Volunteering your lab as a therapy dog
Labrador Retrievers are big, energetic, and sometimes boisterous (especially as puppies), and they don’t take care of themselves. They need you. Don’t let them need you unless you’re ready to be needed.