Caring for your pet Labrador retriever will take effort, but it is not complicated. A Lab needs to be fed well, have plenty of exercise & get good training to keep it happy & healthy. You won’t need to go out and spend a bunch of money on your new pet, but there are a few basic items you will need to have right away to make sure your pet Lab is being cared for properly.
This article will also cover things you should do to and for your pet as well as when these things should be done. If you can get on some sort of a schedule it will be easier for both you and your pet Labrador. It will insure you take of your pets needs and will have a calming affect on the pet as they will get into a routine
Some of your pet needs can be filled from items around the house rather than buying ones right away. It’s nice to have special food and water dishes but not necessary in the beginning. Food is one thing you will need right away, though. You should find out from your new pet’s previous owner/pet store what brand it’s been eating. If you wish to change brands, do so gradually, and not immediately. A new environment is stressful enough without adding a diet change on top of it.
I would suggest you check on making food at home for your pet Lab. This way you will know they are getting the best meat and vegetables available without harmful fillers or ingredients. It probably won’t cost anymore to make food for your pet. If you can’t make the food buy the best you can afford and make sure it has natural ingredients and won’t be harmful. Make sure your pet has plenty of fresh clean water at all times.
It’s useful to stock up on some dog treats in a variety of sizes as well, especially if you plan to train your pet Labrador retriever yourself. A collar and leash for walking and training your dog is also going to be necessary. Choose a collar that fits around your dog’s neck with enough room for you to fit two fingers between the collar and his neck. It should slide a bit, but not fit over his head.
You should also have a few toys for your new friend. A good start might include a squeaky toy or two, a plush (“cuddly”) toy, and a few tennis balls, Labradors are retrievers, after all and they do love to chase and bring back balls.
Feed your lab twice a day once they are adults. Puppies need to be fed three times.Your breakfast and dinner times, if they are predictable, work well. You should allow your dog to go out and “do his business” shortly after eating. If you are walking them outside your home you should be sure to pick up after them. Always have a bag handy when out with them.
If you don’t have a yard for you pet Lab to run in you need to walk it daily. A well-exercised dog is more likely to be a contented and well-behaved dog. If you have a fenced yard, a few games of fetch will also help you bond with your pet. This is also a good time to get in some training. Get dog training books or videos to help you unless you plan on professional training.
When you are not home, your dog will miss you. You should leave him some toys to play with while you are gone. Rawhide chews will entertain him, as will any of the large rubber toys that are designed to be filled with food, treats, or peanut butter. These also challenge its intellect, which can go a long way toward keeping your pet out of trouble. If you will be gone all day, consider “hiding” several of these toys in different places if you allow him to roam the house while you’re gone. He should also have it’s own bed or blanket to lie on. If you routinely keep it’s toys on this bed, your pet will learn that it is their place to rest and to feel safe. If you choose to crate your pet Labrador or confine it to a certain room while you are gone, be sure it is a large enough space for it to move around in, and be sure your pet has ample food and water available.
Your pet Lab will need occasional visits to the veterinarian. Routine vaccinations will help it live a long, healthy life. You should visit the vet as soon as you can after getting your pet. Be sure to take along any records that were passed on to you when you got it. I would suggest you try to find a holistic veterinarian who advocates the use of natural products and cures for your pet
With proper care your pet Labrador retriever will quickly become a loyal companion as well as a working or protection dog. This breed of dog will be most happy with an active family who makes sure it will get a lot of exercise. Find some water for your pet to play in and it will really be happy. Be sure your pet has ample food, water, exercise, and interaction with you and you’ll be rewarded with much tail-wagging for years to come.