Gamechaser Labradors

Labradors- What to Know

 

                                                              

                                Pic-Yogi (aged 13) and Buckwheat

Breed Overview: What do I need to know about Labradors?

The Labrador Retriever was originally developed in Newfoundland and was refined in Britain. Labs are fantastic companion and family dogs. They have been working alongside people for decades retrieving game (ducks,etc), being guide dogs, pet therapy dogs, bomb and drug sniffers for the police, the military and customs, as well as rescuing people lost in the bush.

Labs excel in obedience, agility and jumping as they're really easy to train compared to some other breeds. It is their friendly outgoing temperament and intelligence that makes Labs so versatile. There is a saying‘every Labrador should have a child’ as you couldn’t ask for a better dog with the kids.

They are a medium energy breed. This means that they must have a good walk and play session each day for at least an hour. Otherwise your dog will become bored and find trouble like chewing or digging destructively.They shouldn’t be left alone for long periods of time as all dogs are social pack animals and need to be with people or other dogs.

Because they are a retriever, most Labs like carrying objects around in their mouths. They also LOVE WATERIt’s very rare to find a Lab that hates water. They actually have webbing between their toes like a duck and a strong otter like tail that acts like a rudder in water.

Health Problems:

Labs are a fairly robust breed, but as with all pedigree dogs there are a few health issues that can affect them.

As with most large breeds, Labs are at risk of getting hip and elbow dysplasia. Your pup’s parents have good scores, reducing the risk of your puppy getting these debilitating diseases but unfortunately, these diseases can still occasionally present themselves even with strict health testing.

To reduce joint problems, your puppy MUST NOT BE OVERFED OR OVER EXERCISED IN THE FIRST 12 MONTHS.

 

Labs LOVE their food! They are very food motivated which makes them very easily trained.

The drawback is that they can become obese.

Just as starving an animal is cruelty, so is overfeeding. There should be no such thing as a ‘fat lazy Lab’ or even worse, a FLABRADOR!

Problems associated with obesity are:

Arthritis and joint problems (risk of hip/elbow dysplasia and cruciate ligament rupture), Diabetes, Skin problems (because of skin folds), Pancreatitis, Intolerance of hot weather- heat stress, respiratory distress, Increased risks under anaesthesia should your dog need surgery, Lethargy, not wanting to play

You could be looking at spending $$$$ at the vet clinic if you allow your pet to get fat.

Ribs should be felt easily but not seen.

BEWARE!

Labs will eat just about everything including poisons like antifreeze (coolant) and rat/snail bait.

Please don’t ever feed your Lab onions, macadamia nuts, chocolate, sultanas, large amounts of grapes and absolutely NO COOKED BONES!

Some plants are toxic to dogs as well. Some examples are oleander, caster oil plant, lilies, poinsettia, yesterday, today and tomorrow plant, and most flower bulbs. Other plants can cause allergies.

You can safely plant a herb garden (catnip, parsley, mint, sage) and your dog will help himself- a bit like a natural pharmacy.

It’s natural for dogs to eat grass. They will chew it when they need to expel hair or to vomit if feeling ill. If you notice your dog is vomiting a lot or is lethargic, see your vet straight away.

 

Contact Details

Amanda
Mid North Coast/ Newcastle, NSW, Australia
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