Labradors

Dog Training Therapy From a Special Canine Friend

Friday, February 11th, 2011

Dogs are wonderful creatures and they make very considerate companions. Throughout the ages, we’ve heard stories of dogs helping their master recover from trauma, ailments and accidents. Based on the many success stories of dogs helping their master recover, a group of scientist studied dog training therapy and how it can be useful in helping sick people find the courage to overcome many medical obstacles. According to experts who have studies the benefits of dog training therapy, the unconditional love that dogs often give to their masters is something that is very empowering on the part of their owners. The presence of the dog and its undying loyalty can inspire its owner and help him or her see things in a more positive light.

Dog Visitation

As dog training therapy becomes more and more accepted as a means of helping patients recover from their ailments faster, there are now many hospitals and clinics that facilitates dog visitation. Children’s hospitals are specifically very open to the idea of dog visitation. Children and dogs belong to each other thus a visit from their dogs could really kids cope better with their illness. According to studies, children are usually very much attached to their pets and it means a lot to them to be able to hold their dogs. Very sick children usually brighten up when they see their dogs.

Since not all children have dogs of their own, some children’s hospitals have their own dog ambassadors. These dog ambassadors are well trained on the proper ways to meet and greet people as well as other dogs. All dogs that are involved in these dog training therapy sessions are certified as therapy dogs, meaning, they have passed the rigid standards of canine good citizen test. These ambassador dogs a well-mannered and well-groomed so they are not really a threat to a sick child. Furthermore, since these dogs work in hospitals and around sick children, these dogs are very familiar with hospital equipments. In most cases, therapy dogs are trained to work around hospital equipments thus is less likely for these dogs to run around and knockdown some equipments.

Labradors are usually used as ambassador dogs because they are very friendly, well-adjusted and wonderful with children. According to experts, the Labrador is very mild tempered and it is neither aggressive nor territorial. Unlike some other big dogs, the Labradors are most likely to befriend strangers than snarl or intimidate them. Furthermore, the Labradors are easy to train thus making them very suitable for dog training therapy.

How About a Custom Dog Collar for Your Labrador?

Friday, February 11th, 2011

Dogs come in all sizes, colors, temperaments and breeds. Each dog has a very special personality that deserves special treatment. The custom dog collar will ensure that a special dog gets special treatment. The usual selection of dog collars come in a limited number of colors, but look around and you will see that dogs come in many different colors. There are yellow Labradors and chocolate Labradors each with their own personality. There are beautiful collies with markings that are distinctive and distinguished. The little Yorkies have beautiful colors that are completely different from the colors in any other dog.

Although dogs come in such a wonderful array of colors, the regular dog collars do not come in such an array. The solution to enhancing and complementing the array of colors in the dogs around the world is to find a custom dog collar that will make the gorgeous colors in each dog’s coat shine more brightly. Fortunately, there are many collars available. There are specialty shops that provide a wide variety of custom dog collars that will complement of the color of each and every dog. Collars are available in many different colors and also in a variety of prints, plaids and stripes to provide for the most treasured dog in town.

Custom Dog Collars Provide Security and Fashion

The custom dog collars available have beautiful designs and colors, but these custom dog collars also have special security features to protect a treasured dog. The custom dog collars on the market can be made with the name of the dog and its owner as well as the phone number of the owner. The information could lead to the protection of the dog in case of an emergency. Many people will look after a dog that is obviously lost, and most do not want to send the dog to the pound for fear the dog will be put to sleep. The appropriate information on the dog’s collar could save the dog should he get separated from the owner.

A custom dog collar can also be purchased with other safety features that will protect the dog should he be separated from a loving owner. A collar can be made in material that will shine in the dark. These materials will alert a driver if the dog wanders into the road accidentally. A custom dog collar with the name of the dog and a phone number embroidered into the cloth takes the place of a collar with a medal tag that jingles constantly as the dog walks about the house or yard.

What About a Memory Foam Bed for Your Labrador?

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

As they grow older, dogs - especially larger ones - may begin to develop health problems that require you to make some changes in the care you give them. You may, for instance, decide to switch their food to a brand containing less fat. Vet check ups become bi-annual instead of once a year. Long romps with a Frisbee turn into slower, less playful walks.

But what about your dog’s bedding? Does that require a change, too? Read on to find out whether your dog might benefit from a memory foam dog bed.

What Are Memory Foam Dog Beds?

Memory foam is a special kind of foam that is sensitive to heat and pressure. First used in a human medical setting, it was valuable in relieving pressure from bedsores and easing tension in the back and legs. Memory foam beds are now commercially available to humans under several different names.

Memory foam beds for dogs work very much like memory foam beds for humans. Basically, as a dog sinks into the foam, the foam adjusts itself to cradle the dog’s body, relieving pressure on key points such as the back, hips, and knees that ordinary cushions might irritate.

What Kind of Dog Needs a Memory Foam Bed?

Dogs that require memory foam beds tend to be larger breeds like Dobermans, Dalmatians, Labradors, Great Danes, etc. They are often older dogs, and may carry diagnoses such as arthritis, hip dysplasia, back pain or recent surgical history. If your dog no longer seems comfortable in his regular bed, ask a vet if a memory foam dog bed might be appropriate.

Where Can I Find a Memory Foam Dog Bed?

Check your local pet store, or go online to PetSmart of Petco. Another place to check is the orthopedic dog beds section of www.bigdogbeds.com. A word of caution though; this site can get very pricey depending on the upgrades you select. For instance, a “huge” foam mattress with a waterproof cover will run you between $600 and $700.

Another delightful site, far less expensive because it lacks the bells and whistles of pet specialty sites, is www.foambymail.com. Click on the “dog beds” section. No matter how large your dog, you won’t spend more than $50 here.

Just like our needs, your dog’s needs will change as he ages. Why not buy him a memory foam dog bed so he can spend his remaining years with you in pampered comfort?

Chocolate Labrador Puppy? or Rescued Labrador?

Sunday, January 16th, 2011

Hey Guys, I was wondering….

I do have a long time to think about this, but I just kind of wanted to get an idea of what I want for the future. In the future, I want 2 Chocolate labradors. But I need to know….

Should I rescue two from a shelter, or just get 2 puppy’s?
If I do rescue two will they get along?
What sex (female&female, male&male, male&female)?

No worries, I I do get two of the opposite sex I am not breeding them!

Will they already be spayed/neutered?

Any other helpful tips would be appreciated as well. Thanks everyone!

Go with a shelter dog, they are usually immunised, spayed/neutered and chipped. You could even get lucky and manage to get two pups that have been rescued from a puppy farm.

How Many Pounds a Week Do Labrador Puppies Gain.?

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

my puppy is 10 lbs at 7 weeks, or 1 and 3 weeks old. (i think)
i just really don’t want to do math.
how many pounds should he gain every month?

Every lab is different, and it depends on what you want with your dog.
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At birth, a Labrador puppy from average parents and an average litter (6 puppies) weighs about 1 pound or less. During the first 8 weeks of its life the puppy gains about 2 pounds a week. An 8 week old Labrador puppy weighs between 11 and 17 pounds. From 8 weeks to 26 weeks (6 months) this growth proceeds in about the same way - an average six month old Labrador weighs between 50 and 60 pounds. Dogs are heavier than bitches. After the age of 26 weeks the growth slows down. When your Labrador is one year old, the weight will be 65 to 80 pounds for dogs and 55 to 70 pounds for bitches. Between the age of one year and three years they gain another 5 to 10 pounds.
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The best way to judge what your Labrador should weigh is to estimate if his weight is appropriate for him. As a Labrador breeder, I like to see some "bone" in my Labradors, and since thrifty feeding during the first six months often is at the expense of the "bone", I like to see some "puppy fat" in my puppies. This puppy fat disappears at adolescence, it serves as a source of energy and it cushions and insulates vital organs.
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Start just by looking at your puppy from the side. If you don’t see any ribs at all, you slightly stroke from front to back over his ribcage and feel for the ribs. If you can feel them with a light touch, your puppy’s weight is perfect. If you need more pressure to feel the ribs, he is overweight and it would be better to cut back a little on his food.
If your puppy is older than six months and you want a healthy working dog, you should be able to see the outline of his last 2 to 3 ribs while he is growing but you shouldn’t see more than 5 or 6 ribs. This would be an acceptable weight for a working dog, also when he’s an adult. If you can see most of his ribs, you need to feed him more. Sadly enough, the ideal weight for a show dog is 9 to 18 pounds more than the ideal weight for a working dog.
Judging your Lab’s weight this way ensures that it is right for him and not just right for the average member of the breed. It is almost always possible to adjust the feeding schedule to ensure proper weight in a puppy fed primarily dog food. It can be harder if he is getting treats, snacks, or has access to outside food sources like the neighbours.

You can use feeding formula and schedules, but it’s still better to use the sight and feel method to make sure that your particular puppy is not too fat or too thin.

Regards,
Mike

Does Anyone Here Sell Labrador Retriever Puppies?

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

Does anyone know someone who can sell my family a labrador puppy?

http://www.petfinder.com

just type in your zip code && labrador then voila! plenty of labradors who need loving homes

How Should You Hold a Yellow Labrador Retriever’s Tail in Confirmation?

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010


Gently, completely strait out from the body like a rudder, the same way they hold it naturally while moving. Are you showing a Lab? I actually handle dogs, including very often Labradors, if you need more help.

http://www.mcchipsretrievers.com/eve02.htm

In the picture with the man handling Eve, he is holding her tail in about the right spot. I’ve handled their other dogs Tori, Tug, and Dolce. Really great breeders

How Easy Is It to Train a Labrador Puppy?

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

I will be getting a Labrador puppy and I want to keep her inside my house. How hard/easy is it to potty train her. Please give me tips on how to train her. do they shed alot.? will she be good for my 5 year old son? My son is real self cuatious and gets depressed easy he is a single child and i am a single mother are labradors good for his type of behavior?

Labs are perfect for homes with young children. They are very energetic and stay puppy-like for a long while (at least two years). They are very social, loving dogs that are not known to be vicious unless protecting their owners. Also, these dogs are very intelligent, which makes training them easier. I have two labs. I house-trained the first simply by taking her outside on a regular schedule. She always went out about 10-15 minutes after eating/drinking, first thing in the morning, and before bed. I used puppy pads for her, also. With my second Lab, I used a crate. She would sleep in the crate, and then go outside to use the bathroom in the morning. They both took about 2 months to truly get it and have NO more accidents in the house. I used a lot of praise and treats. Labs love praise and acceptance. So, your pup should catch on pretty fast.

Can Anyone Advise on the Best Method to Remove Tear Staining From My Yellow Labradors Face?

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010


First and foremost, keep the area clean. I got some stain remover from Petsmart, which you don’t have to rinse and is not an irritant, which I clean her eyes with a couple of times a week. The other days, I clean her face with just plain soap and water.

Secondly, make sure you’re feeding a high quality food. Crap that you buy at Walmart and the grocery store are NOT high quality. You want something with no grains, no corn. If you find that the problem persists, try something with no beef (that means with chicken, lamb or fish as the meat source). Sometimes red meat makes it worse.

Filter your water. Sometimes it’s the minerals in the water that does it.

Make sure the dog doesn’t have allergies. Allergies are going to cause the dogs eyes to water, which is going to cause the staining. Dogs CAN be allergic to grass, ragweed, pollen, etc. Simply wash your dogs face and wipe the rest of them down with a damp washcloth after they come inside - it’ll cut down on the allergens they’re exposed to.

I do not recommend Angel Eyes, or anything else with an antibiotic in it.

What Are the Disadvantages of Owning a Labrador?

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

We’re thinking of buying a labrador but we need to know all the disadvantages too.

1. Hyper-never grow out of it
2. Most are poorly bred
3. Poorly bred Labs have a TON of EXPENSIVE HEALTH ISSUES
4. Poorly bred Labs are Dog Aggressive
5. Pig Headed

I used to like Labradors, until I started assisting with a dog training class 5 years ago.

Of the hundreds upon hundreds of Labradors that have come through class there have only been two nice ones. Those of course came from a reputable breeder.