Labrador Retriever Expert Advice

Labs thrive on guidance and training from an early age. A pup should start learning good manners from the first day he enters your household. Lab pups are like furry little information sponges, soaking up everything they see, hear, feel, smell and taste. They're learning something every waking moment, whether we're guiding and training them or not. - September B. Morn, professional dog trainer and author of several dog-related books, including Training Your Labrador Retriever (from Popular Dogs: Labrador Retrievers )

"In addition to a hearty appetite, many Labrador Retrievers have a genetic tendency to put on pounds. So, it's really important for the general health of all dogs that they not be overweight, but Labs especially because of their predisposition to hip dysplasia and other problems." - Dottie LaFlamme, DVM, a veterinary nutritionist and Ralston Purina research fellow in St. Louis (from Popular Dogs: Labrador Retrievers )

"I want to produce a dog that fits the standard; one that you wouldn't be ashamed to go into the show ring with, but is not necessarily fashionable. [The dog] should still be capable of doing what Labs were originally bred to do. Many of the dogs I breed are used for hunting and agility. And that's what I want - a dog that can do that. I want dogs that can do search-and-rescue work, function in guide dog programs and as Canine Companions for Independence programs. I want a dog that looks good but also has athleticism and trainability." - Marianne Foote, breeder and owner of Winroc Labrador Retrievers in Livermore , Calif. (from Popular Dogs: Labrador Retrievers )

Because of their short hair, Labs are considered wash-and-wear dogs and require a minimum of grooming. But Labs do shed, particularly in the spring and fall. A good brushing once a week assists this process and spreads oils throughout the coat. Brushing also helps keeps Labs clean and brings a sheen to the coat. Even caked-on mud usually brushed right out once it has dried. - Kathy Salzberg, a National Certified Master Groomer and the former proprietor of the Village Groomer in Walpole , Mass. (from Popular Dogs: Labrador Retrievers )


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prerana   ahmedabad, Indiana

3/23/2015 8:23:32 PM

i have a lab puppie of 3 months old he is suffering from parvo virus since last 3 days he is on saline but still the motion and vomitings have not stopped he is been treated with vaccintaion and all........please advice us

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Darryl   seekonk, Massachusetts

3/13/2014 5:09:50 PM

I have a lab that is less than a year old, he has a growth on the end of his nose.Blood work was done, chem 25,CBC, T4, all were NEGATIVE. The next step is to biopsy the nose. Before I proceed with this I am looking for some insight in what this could be. Putting him asleep to do the biopsy is an evasive procedure

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Robin   Fort worth, TX

1/8/2012 2:59:21 PM

I am looking at a very nice Labrador to pull from a shelter for our rescue group but this yellow male has 1/2 of one eye has a lack of pigment! Does this mean he isn't a purebred? He has all of the lab characteristics yellow, ears,
And ottos tail, webbed feet about 22 inches tall. Very nice temperament. Any help is appreciated

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Bev   Philadelphia, PA

9/4/2011 3:18:00 PM

my 8yr old choco lab storms to his plate, I have tried holding the plate while he eats because he sometimes growls.. but he is always in a hurry to eat. what can I do to stop his rushing to his plate?

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