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Labrador Retrievers: 3months old Lab, gwen bohnenkamp, family dog training
gwen bohnenkamp, family dog training, beginning family dog training: Start by cutting back on the milk and rice. The Pedigree is carefully formulated to give your dog everything is needs. As for the behavior, try to find one of these books, HELP, Mt dog Has an Attitude, by Gwen Bohnenkamp, 1994 Owners Guide Better...

Labrador Retrievers: aggressive chocolate lab, obedience class, natural instincts
obedience class, natural instincts, chocolate lab: Having him castrated is a good first step. It may not be enough. He may need additional training. The key to most behavior problems is approaching things using the dog s natural instincts. Dogs see all the people and dogs in the household as a pack with...

Labrador Retrievers: Black Lab age/weight concern, leg bones, growth plates
leg bones, growth plates, adult size: At 6 months, most Labs have 80-90% of their adult size. He may be a little on the large size for a Lab, but many labs are that big at 6 months. His growth may be leveling now. CCheck the ends of the leg bones. If they are still much knobbier than an adult...

Labrador Retrievers: Black Lab age/weight concern, dna tests, t pay
dna tests, t pay, hock: There is no telling what he s mixed with. I have seen folks do those breed DNA tests that you can buy on-line or even at Petco, their dogs have clearly looked like 2 different breeds, and the results come up totally different. They are only about $60 and...

Labrador Retrievers: can choc and white (yellow), eye rims, brown pigment
eye rims, brown pigment, brown fur: No, you don t know what color they carry genetically unless you do a DNA test. So unless you do that, I WOULD NOT breed the colors together. And NO, this will not make the yellow lighter or definately reproduce the father s color. And if the father truly...

Labrador Retrievers: dog behavior problems, dog behavior problems, labrador retriever
dog behavior problems, labrador retriever, plastic strips: Yes, if you continue to be afraid of the dog, his behavior will just get worse. It s just a simple case of the dog not respecting you. If there is no leader in the house, the dog (even at 4 months of age) will assume the role and he s growling at YOU telling...

Labrador Retrievers: Feeding?, pet food nutrition, feeding a puppy
pet food nutrition, feeding a puppy, puppy chow: Dog food is very confusing. Before the current form of the net existed, we were raising puppies for a large dog guide school that feeds Pro Plan, no better rated than Science, Iams, etc. Once I started reading how awful it was, I started digging. What I...

Labrador Retrievers: Lab Puppy Eye Color, dudley lab, sweetest thing
Labrador Retrievers: Lab Puppy Eye Color, dudley lab, sweetest thing, 15 months

Labrador Retrievers: Ideal Weight of 3.5 month old lab puppy, feeding a puppy, labrador puppy
feeding a puppy, labrador puppy, puppy chow: That sounds a little small. The solution is not to fatten it up, but to adjust the food to keep it at ideal body condition. You should be feeding a puppy chow now. Switching to an adult chow for the larger breeds at 4 months, slows growth and helps develop...

Labrador Retrievers: Ideal Weight of 3.5 month old lab puppy, labrador puppy, lab puppy
labrador puppy, lab puppy, growth spurt: There is no ideal weight as it depends on the pedigree of the dog and it s parents. He does sound rather light as if I converted right, he s about 13 pounds. Typically, the labs that I breed are around 20-30# by that age. But if he looks healthy and no...

Labrador Retrievers: ideal weight, target, pedigree
target, pedigree, ideal weight: There is no normal as long as the dog looks healthy. 24 pounds is a bit on the lighter side, but if his pedigree is from smaller dogs, it s on target. I would use the instructions on the bag of food as a guideline, and if you think the dog is too skinny,...

Labrador Retrievers: Lab Allergies, allergy test, tree pollen
allergy test, tree pollen, clemastine: Typically, doing the allergy test is a good idea because it will tell you exactly what the dog is allergic too. Some tests can be as specific to name the grass and tree pollen. Have you considered what the dog is eating? If the dog is not on a good...

Labrador Retrievers: Lab eating my house! (and everything else), soccer balls, lawn chairs
soccer balls, lawn chairs, feeding time: The only answer is to crate her when you aren t around. Other dogs may not be as bad as the young Labs I am plagued with. Still your house and dog will be much safer with the dog in a crate when you are away. The dog may be happier in its den than loose in...

Labrador Retrievers: Lab Puppy Eye Color, yellow lab puppy, yellow fur
yellow lab puppy, yellow fur, eye rims: You aren t going to take him home at 5 1/2 weeks, right? You are just buying him and then he ll stay with the breeder until 8 week? From the photo, the dog is what is called a Dudley . It s the coloration that is a disqualification in the Labrador...

Labrador Retrievers: Lab underweeight, proper nutrition, growth period
proper nutrition, growth period, vegetarian diet: Biting is common for puppies, so that s just a training issue, and enduring while he grows up. I am noticing from answering questions on AllExperts, that you folks in India tend to get your pups very early, much earlier than in the USA and unfortunately that...

Labrador Retrievers: My labrador, Molly, typical lifespan, deep in your heart
typical lifespan, deep in your heart, old timers: Unfortunately, without knowing Molly personally, I cannot give you an answer. As you may know, the typical lifespan for a lab is 12-14 years. Having them live longer is common. You are very lucky to have her to this age so far. If her quality of life is...

Labrador Retrievers: labrador won't gain weight, pet food nutrition, nutrition myths
pet food nutrition, nutrition myths, canine nutrition: Do his ribs show? If not, he may be closer to a healthy weight than the dogs you are comparing him too. Your dog definitely should be narrower at the waist than the hips and chest. You should be able to easily feel the ribs, but not see them. Each dog is...

Labrador Retrievers: Male Labrador Behaviour (season), being a man, behavior changes
being a man, behavior changes, neutering: I am not sure. Down wind? Maybe miles. At least the owner of a female gets a warning of behavior changes. The owner of a male may have no idea until the dog sails over a fence that held him for years. Unless he is an exceptional dog and a serious candidate...

Labrador Retrievers: puppy shots, health brochures, puppy shots
health brochures, puppy shots, lab puppies: Most vets would give a combination now, and again in a few weeks. Rabies comes at 4-6 months often with a booster. Don t count on shots protecting them now. See http://www.avma.org/animal_health/brochures/canine_parvo/parvo_brochure.asp The period between...

Labrador Retrievers: rescue dog question, family dog training, beginning family dog training
family dog training, beginning family dog training, mcconnell ph: That is difficult to say. Early socialization is very important, but it is tough to ruin a good dog. There are those with more experience with rescued dogs that could give a better answer than I can, but it would be still be a guess. If you posted such...

Labrador Retrievers: Can't control lab when walking, halti collar, field stock
halti collar, field stock, intact males: No, color has nothing to do with it. Field stock could have something to do with it, but typically field lines have more drive which translates to hyperness if the dog is not trained and doesn t have a job . A job could be that you take him out for...

Labrador Retrievers: vitamins for my yellow lab, feeding a puppy, puppy chow
feeding a puppy, puppy chow, commercial dog food: Smaller ones growth slows around 6 months with larger ones continuing to grow perhaps into the second year. After the growth slows, it continues for months, but slower and slower. Check the ends of the leg bones. If they are still much knobbier than an...

Labrador Retrievers: Weakness afterr spaying, vet check, epileptic seizure
vet check, epileptic seizure, signs of epilepsy: If the incision dried up and the stitches went away, then there was no infection. You would have seen this immediately in the first 10 days, not 2 months later. I said that thinking she was spayed in May. When dogs are spayed, they also slow down a bit...

Labrador Retrievers: weight, labrador puppy, black labrador
labrador puppy, black labrador, pup: They vary so much I won t say. The important thing is to have him in good body condition. Your dog definitely should be narrower at the waist than the hips and chest. You should be able to easily feel the ribs, but not see them. Each dog is different. Standard...

Labrador Retrievers: young dog, border collies, white hairs
border collies, white hairs, pedgree: 1 The leg is definitely an age thing, often not until a year. Some say it is a learned behavior, needing to see other dogs do it. 2 How much puppies sleep varies widely. My 8 month old sleeps at least half the time. 3 That happens. Other than...

Labrador Retrievers: 11 week old chocolate lab, thyroid test, chocolate lab
thyroid test, chocolate lab, thryoid: 6 pounds for an 11 week old puppy is very small. My puppies around that age are between 30-40#. The photo you posted looks like his coat is very sparse on his chest. I would take the dog in to the vet and have them do a stool sample to check for parasites...

Labrador Retrievers: 3 year old yellow Lab behavior, family dog training, beginning family dog training
family dog training, beginning family dog training, patricia b mcconnell: As for the running about, some younger Labs are like that. Let her burn off her energy, Continue to work with her on obedience. Did the professional work with you on providing the dog good leadership? No matter how well somebody else has trained the...

Labrador Retrievers: 5 month old yellow lab, breed puppy, plain chicken
breed puppy, plain chicken, rice formula: When I had my young boys on other dog foods, they seemed very thin and when I gave them more food it would give them the runs. My suggestion since you are already on Pro Plan (which is what we feed!), move him over to Pro Plan Performance. It s got a...

Labrador Retrievers: Behavior, obedience class, natural instincts
obedience class, natural instincts, obedience training: 1 Yes, I think it is the older one letting the younger one know who is who. The term dominance is out of favor with many, but I still find it descriptive of much of the behavior I see. I you give him a sharp Ah, ah, ah! and divert him with a toy...

Labrador Retrievers: black lab attitude problems, obedience class, little puppy
obedience class, little puppy, attitude problems: Usually changes in behavior stem from health issues or changes in the home. You might want to do a health check just to make sure nothing is wrong. But you and your husband might be behaving different now that the puppy is in the house, and Captain has decided...

Labrador Retrievers: black lab puppy unable to leave owners side, lab puppy, severe anxiety
lab puppy, severe anxiety, separation problems: Glad to hear things are going well. It could also be partly adjusting to his new home. Sometimes time is very important. For therapy, try http://www.tdi-dog.org/ or www.loveonaleash.org I need to follow up on my application to the second one. I have...

Labrador Retrievers: developing sniffing/finding, still pond, incision
still pond, incision, vet: I think the vet will advise you to keep him out of the water until the incision heals. I have had Labs that I didn t introduce them to water early, and they really didn t like it. I would suggest you start with a still pond with a sloping bottom. He may...

Labrador Retrievers: eating carpet, obedience training, dog crate
obedience training, dog crate, step 1: How long is he left alone when he is getting in trouble and eating the carpet? Giving a dog toys doesn t preclude it from being bored. I have 5 and still, toys aren t fun when there isn t someone to play with. You may also want to look into obedience training....

Labrador Retrievers: The pool and kids, fear, pool
Labrador Retrievers: The pool and kids, fear, pool

Labrador Retrievers: Jumping Up on People, excitement level, lab puppy
excitement level, lab puppy, true method: Consistently is very important in correcting jumping and other problems. Quickly correcting him each and every time he jumps on somebody is very important. He must never get the affection he wants. A number of things have been used including some negative...

Labrador Retrievers: Lab mix puppy weight, good personality, humane society
good personality, humane society, puppy: The thing is that many shelters will throw Lab-Mix on just about anything that looks like a generic dog . And when you get a mixed puppy, you have no idea what s in there and what it will develop into as an adult. A 5 month old at 10 pounds will probably...

Labrador Retrievers: lab, spanish riviera, black tulip
spanish riviera, black tulip, dog names: An interesting question. We have often used names based on their color, Taffy, Nugget, Dawn, Pepper, and some others. Daisy was a light yellow Lab with a darker face than most of her body. Tulip was black and named for the book, The Black Tulip. Some seem...

Labrador Retrievers: lab ears not laying flat, labrador retriever puppy, labrador retriever
labrador retriever puppy, labrador retriever, lab retriever: The puppies are not necessarily all the same. Some pure Labs have much softer coats than others. She may not even know about a second breeding. Many people breeding dogs don t know as much as they need to. Many of them don t know near as much as they think...

Labrador Retrievers: labrador diet, commercial dog food, diet chart
commercial dog food, diet chart, good food: Any common brand of all life stages commercial dog food should be good. I know Pedigree is widely available in India. Switching to an adult chow for the larger breeds at 4 months, slows growth and helps develop sturdier joints. Make sure the actual calcium...

Labrador Retrievers: labrodor, obedience class, dash hound
obedience class, dash hound, natural instincts: Are the really fighting or just playing? Do they have the hair on their backs up, low growls, quick snaps, and blood? If they are just playing, let them go. Some growling is OK. Note, 2 females are the most likely to really fight. A male and female will...

Labrador Retrievers: lebrador, shallow water dish, qestion
shallow water dish, qestion, royal canin: In the USA it is not common to take puppies away from their mothers before 49 days at least. Your puppy is VERY young, almost too young to be on it s own. It s most likely not eating because it s not completely weaned. I would make a gruel of the cerelac,...

Labrador Retrievers: The pool and kids, niece and nephew, chocolate lab
niece and nephew, chocolate lab, panic mode: I don t have a good answer to that, and there may not be one. You could try to elevate their status by having them do obedience drills with her. If she has to sit when they say sit, she may decide they can take care of themselves in the pool. Maybe not,...

Labrador Retrievers: Seperation Anxiety - Please Help, What more can I do?, puppy school, basic manners
puppy school, basic manners, nips: Try leaving him in his crate. Leaving him in the laundry or backyard means he is in charge of it. Perhaps too much responsibility. Also try making a big fuss over him when you return. I know the ignore is common advice, but I wonder how much science...

Labrador Retrievers: sniffing female owner, obedience class, natural instincts
obedience class, natural instincts, vet visit: I like to know if a dog is neutered because it can greatly affect such behaviors. It isn t a cure all, but a big help. Intact male labs are quite obvious, they have their testicles hanging down between their back legs easily visible. If he is still intact,...

Labrador Retrievers: Vet Visit, hip displaysia, hip dysplasia
hip displaysia, hip dysplasia, special test: If you live in an area where you can see an orthopedic vet, I would see them before going back to your regular vet. And you WANT xrays to be taken of the knee and hip. A couple things could be wrong. It could be a muscle pull for real. But sometimes...

Labrador Retrievers: My black lab six months old, vulva, seven months
vulva, seven months, abigail: There is no way to know exactly. It could happen any time now up until she is 24 months of age. It all depends on her lines. The tell tale sign is that you will notice her vulva swelling a bit before she starts showing blood. Any reason you are...

Labrador Retrievers: my dog is out of control, female german shepherd, blood on the ground
female german shepherd, blood on the ground, two dogs: I really don t think you are to be blamed for all the problems. Some dogs are just very difficult. I think you neeed keep him in a crate in the house with you. If your husband would tolerate it, even in your bedroom. You need to find a crate that will...

Labrador Retrievers: How much should I feed my 7 year old lab, dogs
dogs: How much do you feed him now and how much does he weigh? If he is a good weight now, that s the amount you should feed. All dogs are different. Some labs lose weight on 4 cups a day, some gain on 2 cups a day. It would also help to know what you are currently...

Labrador Retrievers: Gold Lab Retriever Pup: Mouthing , Barking, Sleeping, little pup, gold lab
little pup, gold lab, lab retriever: Thanks for the questions. 1) The barking/biting is her way of playing. It s also a way to get attention. Putting her in time out usually doesn t work unless you can guess that her extra energy is maybe due to being too tired. Unfortunately the best...

Labrador Retrievers: heat cycle/duration, chesapeak bay retriever, chocolate lab
chesapeak bay retriever, chocolate lab, fatal infections: Most dogs come in heat about every 6 months and discharge for 2-3 weeks and take several more weeks for all the swelling and everything to return to normal. Sometimes they will start to discharge, and then stop, and start again before long. That is what...

Labrador Retrievers: Labrador, obedience class, bite inhibition
obedience class, bite inhibition, extra energy: Spend some time looking up teaching puppies bite inhibition and you should find quite a bit of training information. This is also a good time to start taking the dog to obedience class. Also giving the dog structured exercise and lots of toys to play with...

Labrador Retrievers: Labrador behaviour, adult teeth, natural instincts
adult teeth, natural instincts, safe toys: Young Labs, which I know best, and other puppies tend to very bad about biting. You see a litter of them, and all the ones that are awake are biting another one or themselves. I am not even sure they realize that when they are alone, if they quit biting, they...

Labrador Retrievers: Listening Question, obedience class, long periods of time
obedience class, long periods of time, natural instincts: I encourage adoption, but sometimes the dogs come with baggage. The place to start is obedience training. The key to most behavior problems is approaching things using the dog s natural instincts. Dogs see all the people and dogs in the household as a pack...

Labrador Retrievers: Is my lab puppy growing to fast?, large breed puppy food, feeding a puppy
large breed puppy food, feeding a puppy, puppy chow: An early switch to adult Iams is well proven in many service dog programs. Nobody knows more about or has more incentive to produce sturdy dogs with a long active life. Each school does things slightly differently. Some feed other common brands. If your...

Labrador Retrievers: labrador retriever, labrador puppies, labrador retriever
labrador puppies, labrador retriever, couple hours: As the pups get their legs, and eyes/ears open, they start to become a tad more self-sufficient. Mom can be allowed to spent time away from the babies as long as she gets in there enough times to feed them. It is normal. As to how long can she stay away,...

Labrador Retrievers: my pet (labrador) behaviour, labrador retriever, breeds of dogs
labrador retriever, breeds of dogs, guard dog: You bought the wrong breed of dog. It is very important to do research on breeds of dogs before yo purchase one. If your needs were for a guard dog, a Labrador Retriever is NOT the right breed. One of the hallmarks of the breed is Temperament, and unfortunately...

Labrador Retrievers: Yellow Labrador Retrievers, yellow puppies, yellow labrador
yellow puppies, yellow labrador, hair shaft: It is true that yellows to yellows will always produce yellows. But yellow is not a recessive gene to black, it s a recessive epistatic gene that masks the color on the hair shaft, which is why you can have yellows with black pigment and yellows with chocolate...

Labrador Retrievers: 2 black labs 3-1/2 behavior, good dogs, advice board
good dogs, advice board, black labs: Unfortunately, if you want to stop this behavior, you will need to see a trainer that will work with you one on one WITH the dogs. This is not really best addressed through a web based advice board. Dogs get territorial when they are secured (leash aggression,...

Labrador Retrievers: 3Year old Lacy, labrador retrievers today, ultimate labrador retriever
labrador retrievers today, ultimate labrador retriever, book of the labrador retriever: There aren t too many that highlight every thing you need to know about labs. Especially ones that detail the hereditary diseases breeders screen for and evaluating pedigrees and proving the dog has merit to be bred in the first place. All of these encompass...

Labrador Retrievers: 7 month Lab Retriever - chewing his bed cushions, lab retriever, real solution
lab retriever, real solution, cushions: The only way of stopping it is to take the bedding away. I tried a pad in a Lab s crate once and quickly gave up. Even young puppies do fine in a bare crate. I have heard of of something called vet bed that many people claim success with, but otherwise,...

Labrador Retrievers: Behaviour issues, obedience class, natural instincts
obedience class, natural instincts, lab puppy: The key to most behavior problems is approaching things using the dog s natural instincts. Dogs see all the people and dogs in the household as a pack with each having their own rank in the pack and a top dog. Life is much easier if the 2 legged pack members...

Labrador Retrievers: Bonding with a Labrador, labrador retriever, typical lab
labrador retriever, typical lab, no brainer: Good luck with your new lab. Getting an older dog from a breeder is such a great way to get one, and you are lucky because yours will still be young. In regards to the bonding, temperament is a hallmark of the breed, so it s good to find she was accepting...

Labrador Retrievers: breeding, female labrador, breeding dogs
female labrador, breeding dogs, health clearances: The only way to responsibly breed any type of dog is to be fully aware of the health issues that are present in the dog you wish to breed and then take the necessary precautions. In the USA and I know in the UK as well as Europe, we all follow the same...

Labrador Retrievers: Collapsed Trachea, collapsed trachea, purple tongue
collapsed trachea, purple tongue, pinch collar: Unfortunately, I am not a vet and do not know anything about tracheal collapse. This is best directed to your vet. Chances are his tongue just changed color due to pulling so hard and choking himself. Harnesses were designed for pulling, so if you use...

Labrador Retrievers: Emergency with my puppy, tug of war, shoulder area
tug of war, shoulder area, dangerous time: This will take some time, and he may never be good with strangers. It sounds like the breeders failed to expose him to other people. It is all too common for breeders to neglect socialization. The period between 6-12 weeks is a dangerous time. One sniff...

Labrador Retrievers: eating habits, grand puppies, big mouthful
grand puppies, big mouthful, food dish: Perhaps I should have commented on that. That too is quite typical of young Labs and you are correct to be concerned about choking and digestive blockages. The only thing you can do is supervise her better and control her access to clothing. Yes dirty socks...

Labrador Retrievers: Collapsed Trachea, labrador retrievers, collapse
Labrador Retrievers: Collapsed Trachea, labrador retrievers, collapse

Labrador Retrievers: lab healthy weight, ribs, hips
Labrador Retrievers: lab healthy weight, ribs, hips, aspx

Labrador Retrievers: feeding puppy, canine puppy, lab puppy
canine puppy, lab puppy, vet check: It is very unusual for any dog, let alone a Lab puppy not to eat all it needs. What you need to do is pick a dry kibble and stick to it. A vet check still won t hurt. Many dogs will wolf down more than is good for them and look for more. Others refuse to...

Labrador Retrievers: house breaking tips, closet shelving, wire grid
closet shelving, wire grid, computer desk: If it isn t a part of the house you are in much of the time, close the door or use a gate to keep the puppy with you. When you are around you need to keep a close eye on the dog. Pay close attention when it goes to the spot it is using. Use closed doors...

Labrador Retrievers: Lab Growling when given meat, obedience class, natural instincts
obedience class, natural instincts, food dish: One solution would be to avoid giving him meat or a bone. Modern dog foods are nutritionally complete and adding meat may do more harm than good. It is an instinctive thing, but you should be able to train him out of it. The key to most behavior problems...

Labrador Retrievers: Lilly the lab, lisa mcdonald, working shifts
lisa mcdonald, working shifts, heat cycle: Dogs do not need to be mothers. And labs are not mentally mature to handle litters until they are over 2 years old...plus they need to be fully health certified on their hips/elbows/eyes/heart. There is no telling if your dog would have made a great mother....

Labrador Retrievers: lab healthy weight, health clearances, conformation
health clearances, conformation, labrador: Please look up the Labrador Standard that is used in Australia and it will tell you what a labrador should weigh. My girls are about 70#. Breeding is not to be taken lightly, and if the dog does not have it s health clearances or any titles (performance...

Labrador Retrievers: lab retreiver, pet food nutrition, food facts and fallacies
pet food nutrition, food facts and fallacies, purina dog chow: I don t know that there is any good reason to favor one color over another. The yellow are though to resist the hot sun better, but I am not sure it makes much difference. When I have my dogs out in the sun, I often wet them down to keep them cool. Most...

Labrador Retrievers: newly adopted 6-10year old yellow tried to bite friend, dogin, short novel
dogin, short novel, friends hand: The dog is in a new environment and 3 weeks may not be enough for Sailor. Why not enroll in a refresher obedience class? The dog will get re-socialized to men/women/kids/dogs in a busy environment and then in the event that something does trigger him to...

Labrador Retrievers: Petting and excitement, chocolate lab, self discipline
chocolate lab, self discipline, dog trainers: This is a difficult one. One big difference between better dog trainers and others is self discipline. I fail at this myself. When I came down stairs this morning, I had 3 Labs dancing on the other side of the gate we use to keep dogs in the other room....

Labrador Retrievers: stinky black lab, anal glands, deoderizer
anal glands, deoderizer, listerine: Sometimes when they start smelling for no reason, it can be a health issue, so if you haven t had the dog in for a check up in awhile, you may want to consider that. Have you changed foods? Is the dog swimming more than normal? Are you bathing the dog...

Labrador Retrievers: toilet n potty training, start from scratch, labra
start from scratch, labra, potty training: When you are home, you need to take the dog out to go potty every 2 hours, PLUS keep an eye on the dog for any signs it needs to go. It also needs to go out half hour after eating and right after napping and playing. Three months is still young and unless...

Labrador Retrievers: weight, ribs, hips
ribs, hips, aspx: Nobody on line can say. How big it is, what sort of build it has, etc, has a large part in it. I can help you learn how to judge its body condition. Your dog definitely should be narrower at the waist than the hips and chest. You should be able to easily...

Labrador Retrievers: 3 yr. old lab/retriever chronic ear wound, vet visits, lab retriever
vet visits, lab retriever, immune issues: Unfortunately, I don t have any experience with chronic ear wounds. If the wound doesn t heal well, she may also have some underlying immune issues that keep her from healing fast. One of mine had an ear injury and it was healed in 2 weeks completely. ...

Labrador Retrievers: 5 month old female unspayed puppy, crate training, real solution
crate training, real solution, bed time: Crate training often goes better if started younger. Activity controls elimination. The answer could be as simple as walking her around at bed time to stimulate elimination. If that doesn t solve the problem, crating her may. It is possible as she matures,...

Labrador Retrievers: 8 Year Old Yellow Lab - suddenly aggressive
Since the dog is a senior, the first thing I usually suggest is that you bring him to a vet for a full work up. Usually a change in personality at that age can be a sign that something is different/wrong. You may want to reintroduce the children to the...

Labrador Retrievers: Aggression in female lab toward male brother (neutered), litter mate, answer asap
litter mate, answer asap, stubborn streak: It s hard to gauge her behavior without being there with her. I would address this situation with the breeder and have them spend some time with her to see what s up. Perhaps SHE needs to go to the breeders house for a few weeks and see if the behavior continues...

Labrador Retrievers: Barking Lab, personality quirk, chocolate lab
personality quirk, chocolate lab, stop dog barking: If you want to stop it, you can train it out of the dog. It s not necessarily about the dog being a lab, it s just a personality quirk the dog acquired. There are many online sites that do step by step training to stop barking. Here is one as an example:...

Labrador Retrievers: Black lab - scratching/biting, nerve problem, vet visit
nerve problem, vet visit, body functions: I am not sure that rubs that produce twitches would be anything to worry about. My dogs all have spots that cause they to kick or twitch...they are like ticklish spots. But that said, if a 12 year old dog is acting differently than it has, a visit to...

Labrador Retrievers: breeds, chocolate lab, yellow labs
chocolate lab, yellow labs, genetic testing: Before you consider breeding you will need to do all the clearances on both dogs and prove that they are breedable animals by putting them in shows or performance competitions. There are plenty of badly bred labs with health problems right now that are...

Labrador Retrievers: Chewing Lab
Yes, eventually, maybe when it is 2-3 years old. Part of the problem may be having to entertain himself all day now. I am afraid the only solution for now is to crate him. It is only natural that a puppy resists its crate at first. What the puppy wants...

Labrador Retrievers: crazy lab, obedience class, natural instincts
obedience class, natural instincts, pack members: Neutering is no cure all, but often helps many behavior problems. Have you obedience trained him? The key to most behavior problems is approaching things using the dog s natural instincts. Dogs see all the people and dogs in the household as a pack with...

Labrador Retrievers: Daily intake for senior labrador, female labrador, dry food
female labrador, dry food, measuring cup: Neither I nor anybody else can tell you exactly how much she should be getting. I can help you learn an easy way to determine it yourself. I would guess 1200-1500 grams. A better figure would be slightly less in the cup than you are feeding now. One great...

Labrador Retrievers: Is my dog a pure-bred lab?, standard labrador, webbed paws
standard labrador, webbed paws, otter tail: In the photo, the dog does look like a lab. But just because it is a purebred registered lab does not mean it s a TO THE STANDARD labrador. Purebred does not always equal WELL bred. Field, or what we call American, Labs look very much like the dog in your...

Labrador Retrievers: Eating very fast, 10 puppies, lab puppy
10 puppies, lab puppy, kibble: There are a few ways to slow them down. You can spread the cup out on a baking sheet so that they have to work at picking up each individual piece. Or you can stand a can in their bowl, making it harder to eat the kibble quickly. Yes, the regurgitation...

Labrador Retrievers: "English" Lab puppy, lab puppy, raising a puppy
lab puppy, raising a puppy, advice boards: Remember if you are getting a dog from a reputable breeder they are supposed to be there for you for ALL your questions. Even about crating. While internet advice boards are helpful, nothing beats the hands on attention and help your breeder should be able...

Labrador Retrievers: Aggression in female lab toward male brother (neutered), naughty child, two dogs
Labrador Retrievers: Aggression in female lab toward male brother (neutered), naughty child, two dogs, rash

Labrador Retrievers: Labrador's Heat Tolerance
Heat wise it s probably OK. But I would worry about leaving a dog on a balcony all day. In the event it saw something and jumped...or perhaps a mean person with a gun shot it or threw rocks at it.... Best place for an unsupervised dog is in the house or...

Labrador Retrievers: Labrador playing with 2 shih tzus, dogs labrador, pitbull terrier
dogs labrador, pitbull terrier, intact male: It is hard to give a definite answer since dogs vary so much. 8 hours is a long time to leave dogs by themselves. You may want to crate them. It is only natural that a puppy resists its crate at first. What the puppy wants more than anything else is to...

Labrador Retrievers: getting a lab home, human companionship, getting a puppy
human companionship, getting a puppy, long walks: It does not matter the breed of dog. If you want a puppy and want it to learn correct potty behavior, you will need someone to come in half way during your work day to allow it some time to relieve itself and some human companionship. If you cannot find...

Labrador Retrievers: lab getting hyper, person approaches, google
person approaches, google, hyper: More training. Do you have an opportunity to take the dog to training classes so that it can learn in a training environment not to jump? If you can train the dog to sit 100% reliably, have the dog sit when a person approaches. Offer them treats if that...

Labrador Retrievers: my lab is just to strong, start from scratch, perfect in every way
start from scratch, perfect in every way, small steps: The problem is that the dog has not been trained to know that he has to behave in the town as well. For instance, if you train a dog to sit in your kitchen for a treat, it won t necessarily know that sit means sit no matter where you say it, it just knows...

Labrador Retrievers: Normal Labrador Puppy Size, feeding a puppy, labrador puppy
feeding a puppy, labrador puppy, puppy chow: This is a little hard to say since Labs vary greatly in size. Our one year old barely reaches the breed standard of 55 cm at the shoulder. She is smaller than many other Labs I see. Do you know how large his parents were? If they are the common 60-65 cm...

Labrador Retrievers: Pregnant in early age., yellow labrador, puppy care
yellow labrador, puppy care, responsible breeders: While that is earlier than most responsible breeders breed a dog, I have seen many fine dogs from mothers that young. There is a lot you can do at the time of whelping to insure success. I think you should work at learnign as much as you can about whelping...

Labrador Retrievers: pregnant black lab, unwanted pets, vet
unwanted pets, vet, puppies: This is definitely something you need to discuss with your vet and what options there are. The vet needs to determine if the dog is indeed pregnant, then how far along, and I am not sure what their rules/procedures are for ending the pregnancy. I honestly...

Labrador Retrievers: How to slow down, closet shelving, lab puppy
closet shelving, lab puppy, big mouthful: Typical Lab. There are not one, but 2 easy, tested, effective ways to control rapid eating. You can spread the food out on a cookie sheet or something. Some of my friends just throw it on the floor of the crate. You can put large rocks in the food dish, much...

Labrador Retrievers: Twiching legs of a 2y Labrador, hip dysplasia, rear legs
hip dysplasia, rear legs, leg muscles: The CARTROPHEN VET seems to be a prescription joint lubricant, similar to one used in the US called Adequan (though a different chemical). If you are not SEEING the dog stiff (getting up after resting/sleeping, limping after playing) I would not suspect...

Labrador Retrievers: 2 yr old lab won't leave anything alone, intestinal blockages, cooperative extension offices
intestinal blockages, cooperative extension offices, obedience class: Young Labs, which I know best, and other puppies tend to very bad about biting. I maintain a Lab s favorite chew toy is another Lab. Otherwise they settle for any person they can. They keep hoping to find one that won t yelp, jerk their hand away, and leave....

Labrador Retrievers: barking, vet visit, eyesight
vet visit, eyesight, eye contact: At 14, her hearing and eyesight may be failing and she doesn t recognize them. She could even be less mentally sharp. There may not be much that can be done, but a vet visit would at least confirm any problems. Help her recognize people as family. ...

Labrador Retrievers: black lab biting her nipples, belly area, heat cycle
belly area, heat cycle, de icing: Was the dog recently in heat? Nipples will develop during the heat cycle and be more apparent afterwards. Some dogs are just naturally baggy in their mammary area. Why she is biting them, I don t know. We don t use Frontline as we are not in a Flea...

Labrador Retrievers: constipation, glycerin suppositories, dry dog food
glycerin suppositories, dry dog food, vet check: Dogs digestive systems are quite different from ours. Often constipation in a dog is a symptom of something serious and laxatives can do more harm than good. I would think that the suppository would be safer than other home remedies. I guess you could...

Labrador Retrievers: Eating issue, vet visit, vet check
vet visit, vet check, boiler plate: Ordinarily I suggest a vet visit for sudden loss of appetite. If you want, you could just cut back a little. Don t let things go too long. Check the links in my boiler plate below. The heavier she is, the less likely she needs to see a vet. If the...

Labrador Retrievers: eating habits of labra retriever, purina dog food, commercial dog food
purina dog food, commercial dog food, human consumption: While it is possible to give a dog the diet it needs without feeding meat, it is very difficult. The easiest way to meet a dog s complex nutritional needs to feed a commercial dog food. There are ones available made without meat, but I am not sure which ones...

Labrador Retrievers: eating: The Walking Stomach, chow down, feast or famine
chow down, feast or famine, food containers: I personally keep our food containers for our 5 labs in our utility room. At meal times, I take the bowls into the room, fill them, and then go back to the kitchen where I feed them. The door to the utility room is closed so that they can t go in there....

Labrador Retrievers: the furious nature of my lab, gwen bohnenkamp, family dog training
gwen bohnenkamp, family dog training, carol lea benjamin: There isn t an easy answer to your question. You must give him good leadership. Ordinarily I suggest an obedience class or a book. Such classes may not be available and even if the books woere, you might struggle with the English. Still, I will present...

Labrador Retrievers: Health, golf course superintendent, vet appointment
golf course superintendent, vet appointment, norman rockwell: As you found out, walks really aren t much exercise for labs. It s like an appetizer for them. Dogs not only need the walks, but the active exercise, plus also sniffing time. But your Jackson is of that age too...1 year 4 months is a time where there is...

Labrador Retrievers: Lab, lab question, health question
lab question, health question, preg: This is not a Lab question but a dog health question. No, dogs cannot be in heat AND be pregnant. But they can be pregnant and have serious health problems which result in bleeding. PLEASE get the dog to the vet immediately or else risk losing her...

Labrador Retrievers: lab puppy chewing, lab puppy, electric wires
lab puppy, electric wires, xmas lights: Some young Labs are much worse than others about chewing. The only solution is to limit access to things they shouldn t chew. I had to armor the service to our air conditioner s outside condenser. If you are allowing her to run loose on the farm land, she...

Labrador Retrievers: How long out side is to much., husky mix, dog house
husky mix, dog house, guilt: Does he come in at night? We once had a dog that loved to lay outside at the top of a hill where he could see everything on the street. In the winter, as soon as the sun set, he was ready to come in. Your dog might find a good tight dog house filled with...

Labrador Retrievers: missing tooth, teeth decay, healthy dogs
teeth decay, healthy dogs, bottom teeth: Sure, it s very possible the dog ripped a tooth out while tugging on the others collar. I ve had a dog break a healthy tooth on a rubber bumper. They are SOFT! Go figure. The other teeth should be fine. You MAY want to consider keeping collars...

Labrador Retrievers: new puppy, closet shelving, wire grid
closet shelving, wire grid, housebreaking: Feed 3 meals a day to at least 3 months. If it is more the size of a lab, you can cut back to one meal after 6 months. You need to thin her out, http://www.longliveyourdog.com/twoplus/RateYourDog.aspx Much of housebreaking is not training the puppy, but...

Labrador Retrievers: Short Lab, leg bones, calcium levels
leg bones, calcium levels, slow grower: Labs usually do have most of their growth by 10 months. Check the ends of the leg bones. If they are still much knobbier than an adult s, the growth plates are still open and it is still growing. If not, do not expect much more growth. You may find this...

Labrador Retrievers: training to lead on a leash, dogs head, head collar
dogs head, head collar, gentle leader: Have you tried a head collar? The leading brands are Promise, Haltie, and Gentle Leader. They have a strap going around the dogs nose looking something like a muzzle. They work by pulling the dogs head around. No other way gives you such great control with...

Labrador Retrievers: Yellow Lab's aggression, monks of new skete, gwen bohnenkamp
monks of new skete, gwen bohnenkamp, family dog training: This is a difficult and complex problem. Usually if there is going to be be trouble, it will start before 4 years old. Many people are denying the concept of dominance, but they don t seem to have a good explanation for such behavior or a solution. As the...

Labrador Retrievers: how much food is essential for a 4 month old Labrador puppy, labrador puppy, golden labrador
labrador puppy, golden labrador, dog food: Labs will always act hungry. You should use the guideline on the bag of dog food for your Yellow Lab to figure out the appropriate amount for her. It will depend on her current size. When my puppy was 4 months he was eating 3 cups a day, divided into 3...

Labrador Retrievers: My Labrador doenot eat anything for 2 months now ,he is very thin and weak help plzzz, cause diarrhea, black labrador
cause diarrhea, black labrador, cold milk: I am not a vet, and he definitely needs to see a vet. But I did want to mention that dogs are typically intolerant of milk and milk products. Any milk can upset his stomach and cause diarrhea, so I am not surprised the dog does not want that. The vet...

Labrador Retrievers: Dog barking, obedience training, fundamental techniques
obedience training, fundamental techniques, pack leader: Does she feed him? The keeper of the kibble is a powerful figure. Most Labs are very food motivated. she scoops the food into the pan, but doesn t put it down until he sits. If his butt comes off thefloor on the way down, it goes back up. If it takes...

Labrador Retrievers: Labrador puppy in a small apartment with a 1 year old baby, labrador puppy, small apartment
labrador puppy, small apartment, domestic help: The one problem I would see is getting the puppy outside fast enough while you are housebreaking it. Normally I discourage the use of pads or newspaper, but it may be your best choice. Also, you may be able to train it to use a balcony. A child and...

Labrador Retrievers: ...random question, not entirely important, mosaic pattern, reputable breeders
mosaic pattern, reputable breeders, random question: Sure, it s possible genetically, but reputable breeders try not reproduce those traits. So if a bitch produces a long haired lab or a brindle or a mosaic, the bitch is typically removed from the breeding program. If it is unclear if the genes came from dam...

Labrador Retrievers: My 7-yr-old Black Lab is breaking my heart, pain medication, strained ligament
pain medication, strained ligament, vomiting blood: Still would need an ortho vet to diagnose the front leg, but most likely it is a form of elbow dysplasia. since the dog is a senior, its probably more a form of osteoarthritis vs. One of the forms that hit the younger dogs. What medication did the vet give?...

Labrador Retrievers: Chocolate lab 14years, hind legs, lab retriever
hind legs, lab retriever, chocolate lab: Only you can tell if your dog is ready...if she has lost her normal quality of life and doesn t have that spark anymore, it might be time. You may want to check with the vet to see if there is any medication that can help. You may want to visit www.lab-retriever...

Labrador Retrievers: Seasonal seizures in a black lab, seizures
Labrador Retrievers: Seasonal seizures in a black lab, seizures

Labrador Retrievers: lab mix puppy, hip joints, acre yard
hip joints, acre yard, foot size: Typically pups do not go home until 8 weeks, so even though you have had this pup for 2 weeks, you have a lot of training ahead, and not knowing it s name and other puppy stuff at this age is NORMAL. Unfortunately there is no way to really know the size of...

Labrador Retrievers: Seasonal seizures in a black lab, wood pellet stove, cbc blood test
wood pellet stove, cbc blood test, physical reason: Seizures are difficult to diagnose, often not having a known cause. Even with gas forced air, our indoor air is different in the heating season. There could be something from the pellet stove in your air that is affecting her. Is there any way you could...

Labrador Retrievers: weightgain for labra dog, pedigree dog food, vegetarian dog food
pedigree dog food, vegetarian dog food, vegetarian cats: I can t advise trying to prepare your dog s diet your self. If you are willing to compromise a little on the meat, You could feed Pedigree dog food. It is mostly grain with only a little poultry meal to give the complete and balanced diet your dog needs...

Labrador Retrievers: 7 month old puppy with behavior issues, happy hunting grounds, bark control collar
happy hunting grounds, bark control collar, pound puppy: Coming back and spending some time in a well structured home such as yours may be the very best thing for Charlie. Certainly the space and other dogs will use up his energy. Spend plenty of time drilling him in his commands. Taking back puppies is one of...

Labrador Retrievers: Black Lab Heat Cycle Signs & Length, lab puppy, spelling 3
lab puppy, spelling 3, heat cycle: Her heat cycle could start any time. The bleeding may only last 2-3 weeks, but the swelling and behavior changes could last a month or 2. The second and third weeks after the discharge starts are when the most risk of accidental breeding is. Don t take this...

Labrador Retrievers: dog nipping, vet appointment, prey drive
vet appointment, prey drive, vet visit: Often when an older dog develops a problem behavior there is a physical cause behind it. I would suggest a vet visit explaining the problem. The vets have some very good pain remedies. It is possible somehow she is associating her pain with tires and men....

Labrador Retrievers: Feeding, golden labrador, blood panel
golden labrador, blood panel, dry food: I need to ask a couple of questions. What brand of dog food is the dog eating, and how much daily right now? Then I can tell you if the amount is appropriate. At 9, you should take the dog into the vet for a full work up. Once they are Seniors, it s...

Labrador Retrievers: Frothing, old bitch, putting on weight
old bitch, putting on weight, vet: It really doesn t sound like much. Has she slowly been putting on weight? If so, you need to cut back on her food a little, see http://www.longliveyourdog.com/twoplus/RateYourDog.aspx It wouldn t hurt to discuss the problem the next time you are at the...

Labrador Retrievers: Feeding, dog owner, ribs
Labrador Retrievers: Feeding, dog owner, ribs, hips

Labrador Retrievers: heavy mouthing, intestinal blockages, adult teeth
intestinal blockages, adult teeth, sturdy stuff: Muzzling her isn t the answer. She must learn nobody will accept that behavior. Doing so loses them. Young Labs, which I know best, and other puppies tend to very bad about biting. You see a litter of them, and all the ones that are awake are biting another...

Labrador Retrievers: Lab ear problem, protein diet, food allergy
protein diet, food allergy, constant thing: Some dogs become allergic to many different types of proteins. Proteins are made up of amino acids. You can break the proteins down to where they are no longer the proteins the dog s body fights. Science Z/D is one brand of dog food made that way. It is...

Labrador Retrievers: Testicular cancer in Labradors, black labrador retriever, intact dogs
black labrador retriever, intact dogs, labrador retriever: I don t think one breed is at a higher risk at getting cancer than another. It can run in lines so if you know the breeder of your dog and any of the parents have cancer in their lines, it could be a problem. Unless you plan on showing/breeding there is...

Labrador Retrievers: How many is too much., stud fees, reputable breeders
stud fees, reputable breeders, litters: Most reputable breeders do not do more than 2-3 litters with the same bitch. They also do not breed their girls back to back nor before they are 2 years old, so something isn t jiving with me in regards to the age of your bitch and the # of litters. Having...

Labrador Retrievers: 3rd floor apartment-cruciate ligament surgery, ligament surgery, elbow surgery
ligament surgery, elbow surgery, floor apartment: You should have a sling to help support her when she walks. Look at this link: http://www.doolittlespetproducts.com/supportrxsling.html Our ortho surgeon gave us one when our lab had elbow surgery...it s a towel with a handle on each end and you put...

Labrador Retrievers: Barking in crate, lab puppy, lively game
lab puppy, lively game, bed time: I never crate puppies when I am around to watch them. At bed time, with a new puppy, I have found lying down in front of the crate like you were going to sleep and speaking softly to it, or singing, until it settles down and goes to sleep works very well....

Labrador Retrievers: What brand of dog food is right?, purina dog chow, aafco
purina dog chow, aafco, food marketing: If otherwise he is doing well, I would stick to the Purina. It and all the rest of the modern foods are all formulated to have the nutrients the AAFCO specifies for dogs. Most other foods have less corn providing a more concentrated food. That would mean...

Labrador Retrievers: Drooling, Panting, Ears Laid Back, physical signs, intruders
physical signs, intruders, saliva: It is hard to say what she may have encountered, wildlife, plants, intruders, trash? I think you have done the right thing. I would stay in touch with your vet and run her in if she is still the same in the morning. For most Labs, not eating is serious....

Labrador Retrievers: Feeding an aduly Lab, 10 months, spade
10 months, spade: Ultimately, how much depends on what you feed and the activity level of the dog. At that age, I would probably do about 1 1/2 cups per meal, and feed 2 meals a day. Then based on how she looks over a few weeks decide if she needs more of less. You want...

Labrador Retrievers: Drooling, Panting, Ears Laid Back, bee sting, seizure
Labrador Retrievers: Drooling, Panting, Ears Laid Back, bee sting, seizure, aussie

Labrador Retrievers: feed a puppy, milkbone dog biscuits, puppy milk replacer
milkbone dog biscuits, puppy milk replacer, little pup: Dogs do not digest COW milk very well. If you have access to goat milk or puppy milk replacer I would opt for that, otherwise water is sufficient. As far as dog biscuits, do you mean treats like Milkbone dog biscuits or are you talking about a commercial...

Labrador Retrievers: Getting in Garbage, empty pop cans, foster puppy
empty pop cans, foster puppy, tasty morsel: The best thing is to keep the garbage and food away from where he can get to it. You can also try this: Does your Foster Puppy counter surf; constantly checking the tables and counters for a tasty morsel that he is sure was left there just for him? If...

Labrador Retrievers: growling labrador, gwen bohnenkamp, family dog training
gwen bohnenkamp, family dog training, beginning family dog training: That is too complex of a problem for me to help you solve over the internet. Here I would suggest an obedience class. I don t know if you have one available. You may need to work from a book. Try HELP, Mt dog Has an Attitude, by Gwen Bohnenkamp, Owners...

Labrador Retrievers: Housebreaking a Lab, putty knives, house plants
putty knives, house plants, dry towel: By the time most dogs are about 3 months old, they have figured out that if they go to the door and stand, you will let them out. Some dogs don t seem to. Almost all instructions on housebreaking include praising the dog for relieving itself outside. The...

Labrador Retrievers: Housetraining and doesn't like to go out, housebreaking a puppy, weather sets
housebreaking a puppy, weather sets, wire grid: I have some material that will help. You must go out with him. We often are housebreaking a puppy as bad weather sets in. Timing is critical. We keep a coat where we can grab it on the way out. If you identify the right time, he will quickly eliminate...

Labrador Retrievers: labrador doesnt want to play
I think it really varies from dog to dog and I think females start to lose interest in playing sooner than the males. You might continue to give her short periods to play with other dogs, but let her quit when she loses interest. It never hurts to have...

Labrador Retrievers: weight, 5 months, ribs
5 months, ribs, vet: There is no way to tell the dog s ideal weight. Your vet should be able to tell you if the dog looks healthy and can show you how to feel the dog s ribs to make sure it s at the proper weight. With a mix, you have absolutely no idea what the adult dog will...

Labrador Retrievers: 6 month yellow lab, yellow lab puppy, puppy food
yellow lab puppy, puppy food, adult food: There are several things going on here. Start out evaluating her using http://www.longliveyourdog.com/twoplus/RateYourDog.aspx If she is overweight, cut back a little and she should regain her appetite once she loses a little. 6 months is on the early...

Labrador Retrievers: 7mos Lab not eating all her food, lab puppy, minor variations
lab puppy, minor variations, shoulder area: Sometimes after being rehomed, a dog won t eat. Normally a healthy dog will eat what it needs. Eating problems often mean being over fed, see http://www.longliveyourdog.com/twoplus/RateYourDog.aspx You are continuing the same food? Here are some things...

Labrador Retrievers: Adult Labs, obedience class, natural instincts
obedience class, natural instincts, gentle technique: The key to most behavior problems is approaching things using the dog s natural instincts. Dogs see all the people and dogs in the household as a pack with each having their own rank in the pack and a top dog. Life is much easier if the 2 legged pack members...

Labrador Retrievers: Chocolate lab throwing up, chocolate lab, empty stomach
chocolate lab, empty stomach, bile: Dogs have never explained why they eat grass and throw up. There is a lot of guess work passed off as fact. It may be they know it will make them throw up when their stomach is bothering them. It may be that they like grass and never learn, or don t mind...

Labrador Retrievers: Crate for my Year old Lab, varikennel, wire crates
varikennel, wire crates, plastic pan: I have never had this problem with my wire crates and the pans. You MAY want to consider getting a piece of plywood cut to the same size as a pan and put that in instead. Otherwise, you might want to consider buying a varikennel. They are basically...

Labrador Retrievers: A chewing question, neutered dogs, wooden fence
neutered dogs, wooden fence, slats: No obvious answer. For most behavior problems with an older dog the first step is a vet check. Even neutered dogs may be distracted by a female in season, but if that was it, I wouldn t think he would stay at the neighbors . Has anything else changed?...

Labrador Retrievers: daily schedule, lab pup, black labs
lab pup, black labs, long periods: My guess he is getting more attention than many dogs. The school work, the boys, and the dog might all benefit form a short break every hour or 2. A well bred Lab will adjust to long periods of down time. After all, they were bred to wait quietly until...

Labrador Retrievers: Ear problems, dudley lab, allergy tests
dudley lab, allergy tests, natural chicken: Ear infections typically are due to yeast, and yeast is typically due to intolerance of grain. Look for a simple food with not alot of grains...eliminate wheat, corn, soy, barley. California Natural Chicken and Rice or Lamb and Rice might be a good place...

Labrador Retrievers: Ear problems, winter michigan, ear problems
Labrador Retrievers: Ear problems, winter michigan, ear problems, dog food

Labrador Retrievers: about my female dogs height, female labrador retriever, female dogs
female labrador retriever, female dogs, labrador retriever: I cannot tell from a photograph if a dog is healthy or not. Typically a puppy that young should not be away from it s mother/littermates yet. Here in the USA it s actually illegal to sell puppies before 56 days. Young pups need alot of socialization and...

Labrador Retrievers: Golden Lab - Are short freak out periods normal?, well house, freak out
well house, freak out, witching hour: Unfortunately, behaviors like this are hard to guess at when you haven t seen them in person. It s very possible she has heard something or caught something out of the corner of her eye that has scared her. They do go through a 2nd fear stage, and this is...

Labrador Retrievers: 1 year old labs bleeding nipples, big nipples, vulvas
big nipples, vulvas, medical attention: When a dog is in season, they bleed from their vulvas not their nipples. You need to be sure what you are seeing is really blood vs. dirt. My girls who have had seasons (thus big nipples) often get dirt and mud caked on their nipples depending on the...

Labrador Retrievers: 3 year old female lab who poops in her box, obedience class, natural instincts
obedience class, natural instincts, pack members: These things are very difficult to sort out. It may be stress more than anything else. Better leadership may help. The key to most behavior problems is approaching things using the dog s natural instincts. Dogs see all the people and dogs in the household...

Labrador Retrievers: 7yr old lab spraying in home, obedience class, natural instincts
obedience class, natural instincts, pack members: Neuter him if not already. It may be too late to be fully effective. It really needs to be done by 6 months to prevent such behavior from developing. The key to most behavior problems is approaching things using the dog s natural instincts. Dogs see all...

Labrador Retrievers: 8 year old chocolate lab heavy snoring, vet visit, chocolate lab
vet visit, chocolate lab, blood panel: It s a good rule of thumb that any time a dog starts doing some new like that, a vet visit would be a good idea. Also, since you have an 8 year old Senior, have you ever done bloodwork on the dog? If not, ask the vet to do a full blood panel, which will...

Labrador Retrievers: Blue eyed 5 week old yellow Lab, yellow lab puppies, eye rims
yellow lab puppies, eye rims, blond color: That doesn t sound right. I think all puppies are born with blue eyes, but most develop the brown color later. I am more concerned about the lack of color around the eyes. Yellow Lab puppies definitely have black around their eyes and mouth. Most of them...

Labrador Retrievers: Chewing, empty pop cans, foster puppy
empty pop cans, foster puppy, tasty morsel: I have used them for years with no problems even with relatively young puppies. There is another technique I have never used that you might be more comfortable with. Counter Surfing Does your Foster Puppy counter surf; constantly checking the tables...

Labrador Retrievers: how to care my 1.5 month lab, lab puppy, fatness
lab puppy, fatness, medical condition: I know it s common in India to buy puppies so young. Here in the USA it is actually illegal to sell them before 8 weeks. In any case, pups will get lanky and then get heavier before they grow taller again. But it could also be a medical condition, so you...

Labrador Retrievers: Dog breed, yellow labrador retriever, labrador retriever
yellow labrador retriever, labrador retriever, reputable breeder: From the photo, to me, your dog looks purebred. It s very common for people who don t know dogs or don t know Labradors to ask. I get asked every time I take my champion boys out in public. I know they are purebred because I bred them myself. But the...

Labrador Retrievers: Blue eyed 5 week old yellow Lab, dudley lab, pink lips
Labrador Retrievers: Blue eyed 5 week old yellow Lab, dudley lab, pink lips, yellow labs

Labrador Retrievers: Raising 2 Lab Pups 7 mos apart, australian shephard
Labrador Retrievers: Raising 2 Lab Pups 7 mos apart, australian shephard

Labrador Retrievers: how much to feed a lab, commercial kibble, typical lab
commercial kibble, typical lab, blood panel: A 6 1/2 year old dog is ALMOST a senior. I would take her to the vet and make sure she is 100% healthy. You will want to have the vet do a full blood panel to make sure nothing is wrong. A dog, even a senior, should not be losing its appetite. But...

Labrador Retrievers: Lab puppy waking up EARLY, room darkening shades, lab puppy
room darkening shades, lab puppy, diffenbachia: I would try to track down anything that could be disturbing the puppy. We once discovered our timed plant light was coming on at 5 AM. Believe me, the diffenbachia did without its light until 7 AM. Look for anything on a timer. Early arising neighbors...

Labrador Retrievers: lab retreiver, lab retreiver, grandkids
lab retreiver, grandkids, little girls: 1) Make sure this dog is 100% supervised with the child. You need to be absolutely CERTAIN the child is not provoking the dog in any way. It seems weird that the dog would nip only 1 child. 2) As this dog is new to you, you need to go through training...

Labrador Retrievers: Raising 2 Lab Pups 7 mos apart, raising puppies, litter mates
raising puppies, litter mates, lab pups: A couple of things. No, the puppies will have no clue that they are siblings. Make sure your current puppy is as well trained as possible for his age right now, because dogs learn from one another and if he has any bad habits, those will pass to the puppy...

Labrador Retrievers: terrified 5 month old lab, poly rope, obedience class
poly rope, obedience class, tie knots: Likely it is the result of poor early socialization. IF so it can t be corrected quickly and easily, and he may never be as good around other dogs as some. Start by building up his confidence. The key to most behavior problems is approaching things using...

Labrador Retrievers: 1 year old Chocolate Lab excessive sleeping, growth spurt, chocolate lab
growth spurt, chocolate lab, extra skin: I hate to send you to the vet if it is just the heat. If you are comfortable taking her temperature, and it is above 102 F, I would take her to the vet. I have noticed my dogs are less active in very hot weather even when spending most of their time...

Labrador Retrievers: 5 month lab puppy with diarrhea, lab puppy, dogs food
lab puppy, dogs food, endless discussions: You may have me confused with somebody else. Our puppies have seldom had diarrhea or soft stools. When as a new puppy they have, usually a fecal check and medicine from the vet cleared the problem up quickly. Later there are occasional problems mostly in...

Labrador Retrievers: shedding, size, uncontrolled around other dogs, top of the stairs, images of dogs
Labrador Retrievers: shedding, size, uncontrolled around other dogs, top of the stairs, images of dogs, furminator

Labrador Retrievers: Lab breeding age, family companions, hunting dogs
family companions, hunting dogs, cute pets: While all labs are cute and lovable family companions, in the USA they are the #1 registered dog with the AKC, and unfortunately many times that s just people breeding their pets together with no regards to the standards. That s why there are so many variations...

Labrador Retrievers: pourity, pedigree papers, milk bones
pedigree papers, milk bones, hght: Height is taken at the shoulders. If he is nearly 2 feet at the shoulders the dog is very big already. Here in the USA we do not give our dogs milk because they do not digest it well, and that could be contributing to your dog being too slim. Also, unless...

Labrador Retrievers: running old lab, tennis ball, chases
tennis ball, chases, good question: That s a good question. We have an 8 1/2 year old that never has enough. I usually give her 15 minutes to about 1/2 an hour or until she doesn t bring the ball back/lays down. Unfortunately there isn t a set time to give. I always figure if ours gets in...

Labrador Retrievers: running old lab, tennis ball, chases
tennis ball, chases, labrador: Look at how he reacts afterwards. If he goes and flops down some place and doesn t move for hours, you may have over worked him. I am trying to do more walking with my 9 year old, because when we spend all day roaming a festival, he is very tired. He has...

Labrador Retrievers: shedding, size, uncontrolled around other dogs, true gentleman, extra skin
true gentleman, extra skin, growth period: Hi Brenda, Some labs are just BIG, and looks like you got one of them. He is beautiful and what a nice coat! He should be done growing TALL but could possibly still fill out more. You may even be able to slowly cut him down to 2 cups a day. We have 5...

Labrador Retrievers: waking in the night, lab puppy, nylabone
lab puppy, nylabone, going to the bathroom: Kenneling at night really isn t punishing. She should be sleeping. Leave her a Nylabone so she can chew it for a while if she wakes up before going back to sleep. Kenneling will also prevent unwanted chewing. Just give her plenty of free time in the evening....

Labrador Retrievers: weight, raw almonds, high metabolism
raw almonds, high metabolism, pyometria: There is nothing wrong with healthy people food for dogs. Variety is actually GOOD for them. Couple of questions. What kind of kibble are you feeding? And how much per day? Some dogs have a HIGH metabolism, just like some people. You may need...

Labrador Retrievers: Weight and Height issue, feeding a puppy, puppy chow
feeding a puppy, puppy chow, issue question: Give him a little more time. If he is eating some, he will be OK until his appetite recovers completely. If not before long, take him to a veterinarian. Don t try to tempt him with rich food. You can create a picky eater that way and ruin the balance of...

Labrador Retrievers: why ?, vet visit, ear infection
vet visit, ear infection, parasite: Start with a vet visit. He could have some kind of a skin parasite. Even an ear infection can make the whole dogs stink. In most cases, you can control odor by brushing everydoay with a soft bristled brush. It goes a long way to control hair too. ...

Labrador Retrievers: My 15 month lab bites, gwen bohnenkamp, family dog training
gwen bohnenkamp, family dog training, carol lea benjamin: It is quite possible as the existing hormones wear off, you will see more effect. Neutering was a good step, but by itself often fails to solve the problem. You need to add training. If you have obedience training classes available, I would suggest taking...

Labrador Retrievers: blocky head lab with field body lines?, blocky head, hunting dog
blocky head, hunting dog, pedigree: I have no idea what you are talking about unfortunately. Who is Ms K? There is no mix of English and Field other than what breeders call Pet Bred labs...when you mix the pedigree of a show dog and a hunting dog, and you have no guarantee what the puppies...

Labrador Retrievers: breed of dog, german shorthair pointers, pitbull
german shorthair pointers, pitbull, connotation: I did not see a photo attached. Unfortunately, there is really no way to tell what breed your dog is mixed with. Many times labs, pointers, German Shorthair pointers, weimeraners all that have LAB look when mixed with another dog. And Pitbull and Stafforshire...

Labrador Retrievers: why cant my 5 yr old choc lab manage an hours walk?, nebraska sand hills, water water water
nebraska sand hills, water water water, irrigation canal: I think I just answered this on another site. Water, water, water. I take my Labs out a lot in hot weather. I do set a slow pace and take breaks in the shade. They get plenty of water to drink and ice cubes. I also keep them wet. Does your route include...

Labrador Retrievers: lab size :), lab puppies, second mate
lab puppies, second mate, shape changes: Many breeders don t realize that given a chance, females will breed with another male. Some or all of a litter may be sired by the second mate. So it could be the father is unknown. It is also possible she takes after a dog further back in the line. ...

Labrador Retrievers: Pup in swimming pool, chocolate lab, ground pool
chocolate lab, ground pool, swimming pool: Daily swimming is fine. It s great exercise. Chlorine and sun could bleach his coat, but it s not harmful...just might affect the COLOR. There s no time limit for how long to let them swim. If the dog has an easy access in/out of the pool where he can go...

Labrador Retrievers: red lump behind front leg dew claw, epsom salts, vet appointment
epsom salts, vet appointment, dew claw: Without a photo, I can t even guess. Could be anything from a histiocytoma, which is normally benign and will eventually go away, to a cyst (maybe an impacted grass seed), to a tumor. If it s hard, it s most likely a tumor of some sort. If it s soft...

Labrador Retrievers: white markings, thumb print, show dogs
thumb print, show dogs, chocolate lab: It depends on the size of the spot. I had a newborn pup with a star on his chest about the size of a thumb print. By the time he was ready to go home, it was hardly noticeable. If the spot is large enough and solid white enough, chances it will always remain....

Labrador Retrievers: 1.5 lab mix chews everything, chocolate lab mix, puppy proof
chocolate lab mix, puppy proof, obedience classes: Damaged possessions are the fault of whoever was watching the puppy. When you are watching it, immediately correct it as soon as it goes for anything except its own toys. In a quiet, but firm voice give it an Ah, ah, ah! . Gently remove what ever and replace...

Labrador Retrievers: My dog would clearly rather eat something other than his dog food., nutro, kibble
nutro, kibble, canned food: Well I am no fan of Nutro, but it may be OK. I don t think it would hurt to change to something else. I see no problem with wheat unless your dog is one of the few that are allergic to it. if you are afraid of it developing allergies to it, it is about...

Labrador Retrievers: I'm not convinced that my lab puppy is fully a labrador, labrador puppy, google research
labrador puppy, google research, intestinal blockages: Don t worry about the biting, just train it out of it. Yes, they are friendly, they will bite anybody. Young Labs, which I know best, and other puppies tend to very bad about biting. You see a litter of them, and all the ones that are awake are biting another...

Labrador Retrievers: Chronic Soft Stools, cephalexin 500, skin allergy
cephalexin 500, skin allergy, guy kelly: I will leave most of the medical issues to your vet. They are clearly outside my knowledge. Keep working with him. Yes I would go back and give the vet more time to work. Would he eat more if you offered it? The vet may have given you a guideline. but...

Labrador Retrievers: True Dudley Lab Puppy Weight Issue, yellow labs, black nose
Labrador Retrievers: True Dudley Lab Puppy Weight Issue, yellow labs, black nose, adult weight

Labrador Retrievers: True Dudley Lab Puppy Weight Issue, dudley lab, puppy chow
dudley lab, puppy chow, lab puppy: You shouldn t be able to see his ribs, see http://www.longliveyourdog.com/twoplus/RateYourDog.aspx Usually it is no problem getting Labs to eat it if they need a little more food. Guidelines are only a place to start. So feed him a little more. Keep checking...

Labrador Retrievers: lab retreiver puppy, lab retreiver, leash correction
lab retreiver, leash correction, easy solution: Twice is OK at that age. Some only feed once a day at that age. You should be feeding an all life stages food now. Switching to an adult chow for the larger breeds at 4 months, slows growth and helps develop sturdier joints. Your dog definitely should...

Labrador Retrievers: Counter surfing lab, empty pop cans, chocolate labrador retriever
empty pop cans, chocolate labrador retriever, foster puppy: When it comes to jumping and biting, it is easier to teach the dog not to do it to you than others. One of the most effective techniques is to step backwards when the dog jumps up and let it fall to the floor. It absolutely must not get any petting at all...

Labrador Retrievers: dog's behavior, lab pup, wire grid
lab pup, wire grid, bitting: The behavior could be from what she was allowed to do at the kennel with the other dogs. Take her out when you think she needs to urinate. Walk her around. Keep going until she does urinate. Then give her praise. Much of housebreaking is not training...

Labrador Retrievers: my lab puppy won't stop biting!, intestinal blockages, lab puppy
intestinal blockages, lab puppy, adult teeth: Having let it go so long, it will be even harder to correct. Don t give up. Young Labs, which I know best, and other puppies tend to very bad about biting. You see a litter of them, and all the ones that are awake are biting another one or themselves. I...

Labrador Retrievers: about height of 8 months labrador, leg bones, growth plates
leg bones, growth plates, labrador: That is hard to say. Check the ends of the leg bones. If they are still much knobbier than an adult s, the growth plates are still open and it is still growing. If not, do not expect much more growth. You may find this link interesting, http://jn.nutrition.org/cgi/content/full/134/8/2027S...

Labrador Retrievers: Tank our Black Lab, hip dysplasia, xrays
hip dysplasia, xrays, gray hair: Sure, it s possible the dog is older. Unless the shelter was specifically told by the old owners, there is no way to know the age. Gray hair? I ve seen it on dogs as young as 2 years old. Just like some 20 year old people start going gray early? Trouble...

Labrador Retrievers: Yellow lab - harmful foods, avocado seeds, avocado seed
avocado seeds, avocado seed, quality diet: Avocado seeds appear on the lists of harmful things, but I doubt if a single one will cause a problem. Other than that, I am not sure what to say. Labs can be difficult, requiring a close eye all the time. We had several raids on our trash over the weekend....

Labrador Retrievers: American female chocolate lab, leg bones, puppy food
leg bones, puppy food, chocolate lab: Her growth may be leveling off as she approaches her adult size. You should be feeding an all life stages food now. Switching to an adult chow for the larger breeds at 4 months, slows growth and helps develop sturdier joints. Your dog definitely should...

Labrador Retrievers: dog suddenly started to pee, computer desk, real solution
computer desk, real solution, ps 1: It sounds to me like the intact female may be starting to come into season and he is letting everyone know he is top dog. Even fixed males can react in that way. Fixing the problem without fixing all the dogs may be difficult. When you are around you need...

Labrador Retrievers: purity of labrador, labrador puppy, purity
labrador puppy, purity: There is very little you can do. I see many Labs not bred for show and Lab crosses. Depending what it is crossed with, many crosses look more like pure Labs than many pure Labs. Some show people are quick to label anydog that doesn t meet their standards...

Labrador Retrievers: Re: Breeding, heat cycle, performance events
heat cycle, performance events, bitches: They should but they don t have to. Unfortunately it is not recommended for older bitches. If she were 2 or 3, a back to back litter might be OK, but the older the bitch the more can go wrong. I wouldn t risk it. But then again, having to ask the question...

Labrador Retrievers: Lab weight, feeding a puppy, puppy chow
feeding a puppy, puppy chow, breed puppies: Sounds good for now. It is very important to give large breed puppies a good diet and keep them lean. Control his body condition, not his weight. You should be feeding a puppy chow now. Switching to an adult chow for the larger breeds at 4 months, slows...

Labrador Retrievers: One large crate for two labs?, brother and sister, adulthood
brother and sister, adulthood, doubts: Sharing crates defeats part of utility of the crate, reducing activity allowing the body to slow and extend the time the dog can go without relief. Put 2 young Labs in the same crate, and you will have plenty of activity. Puppies do enjoy cuddling with another...

Labrador Retrievers: 5 month lab puppy, lab puppy, breed puppy
lab puppy, breed puppy, proud owners: Go buy his body condition. My guess is more like 300-400 grams. You should be feeding all life stages food now. Switching to an adult chow for the larger breeds at 4 months, slows growth and helps develop sturdier joints. Your dog definitely should be...

Labrador Retrievers: Is it too early to run my 1yr old lab?, soft tissue damage, hip dysplasia
soft tissue damage, hip dysplasia, kennel cough: You would do better to delay very much running another 6 months to a year. The danger now is more soft tissue damage than dysplasia. Do you have a pond or creek available she could swim in? I used to take my one Lab to swim in a detention pond. The trick...

Labrador Retrievers: Femail 1 year dog with boils, female labrador, dry scales
female labrador, dry scales, home remedies: What are you feeding it? A dog food such as the Pedigree widely available in India is the surest way to make sure it is getting the nutrition it needs to avoid such problems. Otherwise, all I can suggest is continuing the medication or check with another...

Labrador Retrievers: lab rescue, vet visits, obedience class
vet visits, obedience class, private trainer: It sounds like a case of a lack of socialization when young. How much did he see before 12 weeks? Such problems are hard to fix later. Try www.petfinders.com. You may find a Lab rescue near you starting at http://www.akc.org/breeds/rescue.cfm Before...

Labrador Retrievers: Limping lab puppy 16 weeks old, feeding a puppy, puppy chow
feeding a puppy, puppy chow, lab puppy: The best thing is for him to be seen by a vet. Both overweight and excessively rapid growth can lead to limping or even bone damage. You should be feeding a puppy chow now. Switching to an adult chow for the larger breeds at 4 months, slows growth and...

Labrador Retrievers: Pooping in the house, lavish praise, bowel movement
lavish praise, bowel movement, neutered: I don t have a quick, easy answer, or even a sure one. Try too learn their schedule. When you thing it is near the time for one to have a bowel movement, take it on leash. Walk around. They can only walk and hold it so long. When it finally has to go,...

Labrador Retrievers: 16 week Lab biting, intestinal blockages, adult teeth
intestinal blockages, adult teeth, sturdy stuff: Yes. You should be able to teach a 5 year old to yelp and leave. Young Labs, which I know best, and other puppies tend to very bad about biting. You see a litter of them, and all the ones that are awake are biting another one or themselves. I am not even...

Labrador Retrievers: 29 Days Old Lab not able to hear, diretions, hand signals
diretions, hand signals, breeding dogs: I am not sure which questions bother me more, the clueless looking for help breeding dogs, or those like you struggling with their results. Puppies are born with their ears as well as eyes closed, but they open within about a week. By 4 weeks, they should...

Labrador Retrievers: my 3 month old lab puppy will not use the bathroom outside., closet shelving, lab puppy
closet shelving, lab puppy, wire grid: It is possible the way you have punished him when you caught him inside has made him fear eliminating in front of you. You need to back off. Much of housebreaking is not training the puppy, but making it easier for your puppy, you, and your carpet while...

Labrador Retrievers: 3 year Lab sudden lose of appetite, turkey gravey, vet visit
turkey gravey, vet visit, picky eater: This is more typical for a Shepherd than a Lab. Dogs are individuals, and many years ago I had a Lab that was a picky eater. I am guessing you are feeding him more than he needs. The charts on dog chow packages are only starting points. Each dog needs...

Labrador Retrievers: 3 yr old lab feedings and barking, obedience class, natural instincts
obedience class, natural instincts, pack members: The key to most behavior problems is approaching things using the dog s natural instincts. Dogs see all the people and dogs in the household as a pack with each having their own rank in the pack and a top dog. Life is much easier if the 2 legged pack members...

Labrador Retrievers: 3 yr old lab behavior change, obedience class, shadows and reflections
obedience class, shadows and reflections, natural instincts: Most behavior changes call for a vet check. Could be a vision or even a hearing problem. Could be the final maturing of his personality that occurs at about 3 years old. Don t coddle him. No Oh, poor little doggie! . Remain happy and confident and...

Labrador Retrievers: 4 month old lab, regualr basis, room mate
regualr basis, room mate, kibble: That is a common problem with Labs. I have know of ones being named Hoover, Kirby, and Eureka. There are a couple of fixes, a variation of the vet s ball is to put a few large rocks in the bowl. The other thing is to spread it out, on a cookie sheet or...

Labrador Retrievers: 4 month old lab teething, puppy teeth, running around in circles
puppy teeth, running around in circles, piece of cloth: Usually teething doesn t bring much in the way of behavior changes except more biting and chewing. Each dog is different, so I wouldn t worry about it. One thing you can do at that stage is to knot and wet a piece of cloth. Then freeze it. The cooling...

Labrador Retrievers: My 4 month old labrador soils on my childrens beds, puppy classes, childrens beds
puppy classes, childrens beds, human babies: Yes, this is completely normal for a dog this age. Do not try hiring a professional! It would be just a waste of time and money. The puppies mind, just like a human babies, is not fully developed. You should start by putting out a flat hand, and then curl...

Labrador Retrievers: 4 yr Male Yellow Lab, pumpkin pumpkin, obedience lessons
pumpkin pumpkin, obedience lessons, free dog food: Chances are at 108 pounds, he is grossly over weight which will lead to early joint problems and a shorter live. Choose a dog chow you are comfortable with, perhaps even what eh shelter is feeding him. Perhaps even the diet version. Switching around different...

Labrador Retrievers: 5 Month old Choc Lab has off/on diarrhea, purina puppy chow, vet office
purina puppy chow, vet office, soft stool: I am very negative on holistic and other alternative diets. Most of their claims are junk science based marketing hype. They are full of outrageous lies. There is nothing wrong with the Purina. The dogs I have fed it to along with hundreds of others I...

Labrador Retrievers: 5 month Lab teeth turned green., purina dog food, dog biscuit
purina dog food, dog biscuit, food dish: I am surprised she hasn t lost any teeth yet. My 3 1/2 month lab Holly hasn t lost any yet, but has adult teeth coming in the spaces open up by her jaw growth. Usually the front ones are the first to go, with the nasty little canines being about the last....

Labrador Retrievers: When will my 5 month old black lab have her first heat/season?, season heat, heat cycle
season heat, heat cycle, immy: Hello Immy and thank you for your questions, Yes it is highly advisable to have her spayed before her first heat cycle or shortly afterwards... when shes under a year old if she isnt going to be bred is great becaause dogs that aren t spayed or bred have...

Labrador Retrievers: 5 month old Lab feeding, purina proplan, puppy food
purina proplan, puppy food, adult food: I once took a Lab to the zoo. At the seal display, it dawned on me why Labs eat the way they do. When my dog started barking back, I quickly moved on. You can cut back to 2 meals a day now, and one after 6 months if you want to. I would make my next bag...

Labrador Retrievers: 5 month old lab grinding his teeth, intestinal blockages, poly rope
intestinal blockages, poly rope, tie knots: No, it is not normal, but I am not sure what to say to do other than providing plenty of safe chew toys. The pet stores are full of toys that many dogs will quickly chew up into pieces they could choke on or cause intestinal blockages. If you are not...

Labrador Retrievers: My 5 month old yellow lab, experiance, congrats
experiance, congrats, puppy: Hello congrats on the new puppy. He may have had bad past experiance with males which can be why ius is growling at your husbband the best thing to do is get your husband to spend more time with him...feeding him/giving him treats/walking him and playing with...

Labrador Retrievers: 5-Year old Yellow Lab limping, muscle strains, overweight dogs
muscle strains, overweight dogs, hind legs: Check his ribs as the link explains. Also he should show some belly tuck up as shown in the one side view. I got caught on that one a month ago. My Holly came to me at 7 weeks over weight. At her 11 week evaluation by the professional field trainer, she...

Labrador Retrievers: 5 year old Black Lab, single file line, pack leader
single file line, pack leader, single day: Wolves fall in line in nature...the pack leader leads the group and the rest follow in a single file line most often then not. This is VERY normal...and in fact if I just walk around our backyard with my dogs a few trips around then look behind my dogs will...

Labrador Retrievers: 5 year old lab not adapting to 8 week old, obedience class, getting a new puppy
obedience class, getting a new puppy, 2 females: Most dogs are not pleased at having a new dog come to live in the house. I am surprised the way mine seem to be able to tell the difference between a visit and moving in. The 5 year old likely is too old to enjoy the puppy biting games most dogs enjoy until...

Labrador Retrievers: 5 yr old lab peeing inside suddenly, vet check, female dogs
vet check, female dogs, chocolate lab: I doubt it is a medical problem, but there is no way you train a dog out of one if it is. So yes, start with the vet check. And thanks for being responsible people and having spay/neutered all of them. As you can see, it is no cure all, but usually is a...

Labrador Retrievers: 5mth Black Lab, vet check, good appetite
vet check, good appetite, puppychow: Most likely you are over feeding him. Usually Labs go ahead and snarf it down and look for more, but none of them read my answers and often do the opposite of what I suggest. You need to know your dog. If a dog that normally has a good appetite suddenly...

Labrador Retrievers: 5y/o female lab (not spayed), hurricane katrina, having puppies
hurricane katrina, having puppies, male puppy: Hello, This seems a bit odd for her to only start doing this now since dogs are fertile once they are 6-10 months old. It is rather late in life for her to be having puppies but if you get her hips x rayed and checked out and they seem ok.. one litter and...

Labrador Retrievers: 6 Month Old Lab Behaviour, great dog, dry food
great dog, dry food, canned food: Hi Ilya no problem at all, Feeding table scraps isnt bad exactly it wouldnt kill the dog as long as you didn t give much or offen. Also bones chicken bones and pork chop bones will splinter when chewed and can cause cuts in the sthmic and intestins resulting...

Labrador Retrievers: 6 Month Old Lab Female, obedience class, natural instincts
obedience class, natural instincts, pack members: I don t have the whole answer to all your questions. Giving her stronger leadership and spaying her if not already would help. Using a hyper dog for breeding will only produce more hyper dogs. The key to most behavior problems is approaching things...

Labrador Retrievers: 6 Month Old Lab, puppy obedience, obedience class
puppy obedience, obedience class, natural instincts: Does he ever get a chance to play with another young dog? If so, doesn t he treat it much the same way as he does you? Taking your place as top dog will go a long way towards making your corrections more effective. When he bites you, you could yell Ouch!...

Labrador Retrievers: 6 mo Black Lab puppy whining in morning, lab puppy, naps
lab puppy, naps, 15 minutes: This is a tough one. You might try disturbing his evening naps. Make him play fetch or something. Also when he makes his last trip outside for the night, make he move around to stimulate his body to eliminate. I don t feel near as confident about this...

Labrador Retrievers: 6 mo lab puppy crate and soft stool, doggy daycare, puppy chow
doggy daycare, puppy chow, weaning puppies: Go ahead with the vet s adult chow. The only debate among the more knowledgeable is how soon to make the early switch to adult chow for Labs and other large breeds. 7 months is the oldest I know of any well informed people feeding puppy chow, and some are...

Labrador Retrievers: 6 mo old black lab going to be getting fixed, jack russell terrier, female labrador
jack russell terrier, female labrador, pain meds: Hello Mike thanks for your question. For my male dog (a Jack russell terrier 8 months old at time of neuter) was very groggy the first day home but it was expected he cuddle on his new blanket/throw i d bought him for the surgery and walked like a cowboy...

Labrador Retrievers: 6 mo. old feeding and excercise, purina puppy chow, conventional wisdom
purina puppy chow, conventional wisdom, food bags: The conventional wisdom and the dog chow companies have long said feed puppy chow at least until a year and even 2 years. More and more people are realizing the highly rich puppy chows lead to fast growth at the expense of sturdy joints. American animal...

Labrador Retrievers: 6 month old labrador retriever, lumps and bumps, sun worshipers
lumps and bumps, sun worshipers, thin coats: Hi Lisa! Yes. it is a good idea to keep the collar off while the bumps are there. - Flaking or scabs. They can be a sign of parasites, allergies or a skin disorder. -Lumps and bumps. These are usually a normal part of aging in pets., but sometimes...

Labrador Retrievers: 6 months old female grouth, grouth, kibbles
grouth, kibbles, chicken and rice: The first step is to evaluate her as in this link, http://www.longliveyourdog.com/twoplus/RateYourDog.aspx If she is too thin by that method, just feed her a little more than you have been. Most Labs need about 3-4 cups of food and will do fine on all but...

Labrador Retrievers: 6 months old Lab throwing up, nutro max, labrador retreivers
nutro max, labrador retreivers, labrador retreiver: Hello, Sounds like he is being overfed, nutro max large breed puppy is a high quaility food and for such a small lab 57 pounds 6 bcups per day seems to be way over doing it...some labrador retreivers are known to eat and eat and eat whatever is offered even...

Labrador Retrievers: 6 week old lab with diarrhia, closet shelving, puppy food
closet shelving, puppy food, diarrhia: After a week and half, it should be settled down. Even coming from a good breeder, puppies sometimes have problems they need a vet to clear up. Puppies should never be removed from their mother and litter before 6 weeks, 7-8 is better. You may need quite...

Labrador Retrievers: 7 Month old potty training problem, closing doors, computer desk
closing doors, computer desk, housebreaking: Labs aren t much for barking. I have a year old one that won t bark to come in. It is a wonder she didn t freeze to death last winter sometimes I forgot she was out. The bell on the door as I mention below may work for you. You may need to not only take...

Labrador Retrievers: 7 month beige puppy, labrador puppy, female labrador
labrador puppy, female labrador, poly rope: Most Labs aren t worth a darn at running rabbits. It is a wonder the one I had last winter didn t freeze to death because she wouldn t even bark to be let in, and I would put her out and forget about her. It sounds like yours may be much like her. Most...

Labrador Retrievers: 7 month Lab and children, toy dogs, inground pool
toy dogs, inground pool, neices: Hello, I m not too sure myself how to stop this...my lab Haylie is going on four years old this december and everytime one of my neices is over(ages 2 1/2 and almost 3 years) Haylie will knock them over and then wont leave them alone until you go get her...

Labrador Retrievers: 7 month lab can't hold her water @ night, small bladder, water night
small bladder, water night, sleeping through the night: Try to keep the lid down on the toilet to keep her out of it. I am not sure what else to say. I guess she could just have an abnormally small bladder. You might try making sure she walks around on her last trip outside. Exercise stimulates elimination...

Labrador Retrievers: 7 month old lab and children, obedience class, natural instincts
obedience class, natural instincts, dogs and children: The key to most behavior problems is approaching things using the dog s natural instincts. Dogs see all the people and dogs in the household as a pack with each having their own rank in the pack and a top dog. Life is much easier if the 2 legged pack members...

Labrador Retrievers: 7 week lab with soft stool can't hold it in the crate, vet appointment, loose bowels
vet appointment, loose bowels, vet visit: I am very glad you have a vet appointment scheduled. I am running behind a little on answering my questions, and would hate to tell you that you need to take him to the vet when it was too late before the weekend. There are several causes of runny stools...

Labrador Retrievers: 7 week old chocolate lab, jack russell terrier, chocolate lab
jack russell terrier, chocolate lab, new best friend: Hello Cris and congradulations on your new best friend Buddy . I use this method for puppies...its worked for three puppies now a labrador retereiver, a jack russell terrier and a boston terrier. When the puppy starts nipping your fingers say No push...

Labrador Retrievers: 7 week puppy throwing up, puppy kibble, closet shelving
puppy kibble, closet shelving, sick puppy: The stress of being in a strange place combined with a change of diet could be all that is wrong. I would put him on a bland recovery diet for a day or 2, and then slowly introduce a dry, puppy kibble. Don t let the weekend catch you with a sick puppy. ...

Labrador Retrievers: 7 wk old black lab puppy, lab puppy, mid day
lab puppy, mid day, puppies: Give her a half cup or a little more each of 3 times a day. To know exactly how much, see http://www.longliveyourdog.com/twoplus/RateYourDog.aspx Many puppies come from the breeder too fat. I usually let them have all the water they want, but if they are...

Labrador Retrievers: 8 1/2 week old chocolate lab, minor variations, belly rub
minor variations, belly rub, chocolate lab: They sleep a lot, perhaps alternating a half hour to an hour of active play and sleeping the same. Perhaps the breeder didn t give him enough human contact. Continue to make yourself available. Try this too: Elevation for small puppies: Sit on the floor...

Labrador Retrievers: 8 mo black lab, scared of everything, obedience class, broom stick
obedience class, broom stick, lab puppy: Early socialization is extremely important. I am talking 6-12 or maybe 16 weeks. He may never be normal. Try to avoid rewarding him for showing fear, none of the Oh, poor little doggy. stuff. Instead, be happy and excited when people come, pushing...

Labrador Retrievers: 8 month Lab/Pitbull urinates frequently, foul smelling urine, pitbull
foul smelling urine, pitbull, medical problem: Not sure this question does well in text over the net. If he doesn t seem to be straining or having accidents, it might be the sort of thing you talk to the vet next visit. At 8 months, that may not be until he is a year old. If you think you see problems,...

Labrador Retrievers: 8 month old Labrador Retriever what to feed him and how much, yellow labrador retriever, puppy chow
yellow labrador retriever, puppy chow, closet shelving: Almost any dry adult chow should be fine. There is an enormous amount of disinformation out there on dog chows mostly put out by kooks and those selling more expensive chows. I see thousands of dog guides and other service dogs thriving on Pro Plan, Iams,...

Labrador Retrievers: 8 month old lab getting even?, lab puppy, bitter apple
lab puppy, bitter apple, work gloves: I think dogs, perhaps even more so Labs, enjoy destroying things just to have them come apart. Put 2 dogs in a room with a bunch of toys, and they will pick one and fight over it. (Kids too?) So yes, she may be deliberately picking things out you use. ...

Labrador Retrievers: 8 month old labador, puppy kibble, puppy chow
puppy kibble, puppy chow, dry dog food: The early switch to adult chow puts you in good company. If your puppy was doing well on 4 cups of puppy chow, I don t think 2 1/2 of adult will be enough. Package recommendations are only a starting point. It is very important to keep your dog lean, see...

Labrador Retrievers: 8 month old red nose pit, red nose pit, opion
red nose pit, opion, active ingredient: I am surprised to hear a vet prescribed Tylenol. Everything I have ever heard says no. Perhaps you need to check back. It is also possible in special cases a small dose may be advised. One advantage of the children s formula is less of the active ingredient....

Labrador Retrievers: 8 week old Lab Pup, lab pup, closet shelving
lab pup, closet shelving, water bowl: I don t like the sound of it at all. Better get her and any medical records you have on her to the vet. Here are some more things that should help: What does a puppy need? A crate. It is only natural that a puppy resists its crate at first. What...

Labrador Retrievers: 8 week old lab & sleep, closet shelving, lab puppies
closet shelving, lab puppies, sleepy times: From my one puppy manual: It will play hard for about 30-40 minutes and then will crash hard and sleep for a half hour to an hour. It will quickly make up for it. They do vary. What does a puppy need? A crate. It is only natural that a puppy...

Labrador Retrievers: 8 week old labrador sleeping, labrador puppy, potty breaks
labrador puppy, potty breaks, sleep at night: I am not sure it is natural for dogs to sleep all night. I think they adapt to our ways. So in a few more weeks, your puppy may be sleeping as long as you do. Or you may be sleeping as long as the puppy does. We never leave wake up calls when we travel...

Labrador Retrievers: 8 week pup, jack russell terrier, multiple dog households
jack russell terrier, multiple dog households, two females: Hello, Well I have two females dogs without any problems a lab and boston terrier and I have a male dog as well...a jack russell terrier all spayed adn neutered adn get along great all were brought home to each other as puppies. It takes some time for the...

Labrador Retrievers: 8 wk old Labrador, running dogs, tight rope
running dogs, tight rope, parvo: You are walking a tight rope. One sniff where a sick dog eliminated in the last 6 months is all it takes to catch a life threatening case of parvo or other disease. Shots or no shots, see http://www.avma.org/communications/brochures/canine_parvo/parvo_brochure.asp...

Labrador Retrievers: 8 year old Lab gone Nutty!, perfect angel, fear of thunderstorms
perfect angel, fear of thunderstorms, little nose: Such a big change in personality at 8 years old us unusual. It is possible some sort of a very close strike traumatized her. I would check with the vet. She may have a vision hearing loss adding to the problem. This may also be a case for medication, although...

Labrador Retrievers: 8 year old lab stopped eating breakfast, vet check, good appetite
vet check, good appetite, dogs food: You need to know your dog. If a dog that normally has a good appetite suddenly quits eating, it needs to see a vet. Something is wrong, and the vet can tell what it is and prescribe an effective remedy. Even an older dog may have something that will respond...

Labrador Retrievers: 8 yr old blonde lab is deaf and peeing in the house, puppy mill, great personality
puppy mill, great personality, bathroom floor: I discourage the pads for housebreaking thinking it only confuses puppies. Still, it might work in this case. While, yes the other dog might start using them too, I think the cats would stick to their litter box. You might ask somebody with more cat knowledge...

Labrador Retrievers: 8wk pup, how much to feed?, raising puppies, hip dysplasia
raising puppies, hip dysplasia, puppy food: The ingredients that go into dog chow are too complex for most people to acquire adequate enough data to make good judgments. A higher protein level may indicate using more of a lower quality protein. There is nothing wrong with that. Once you add the minimum...

Labrador Retrievers: 8yr old lab won't eat, vet check, food dish
vet check, food dish, vertibrae: It is very unusal for any healthy dog, let alone a Lab, not to eat all it needs. You should have a vet check him. Speciffically ask the vet about his weight. Have the vet confirm your judgement from the illustrated guide at http://www.puppychow.com/products/popup_body_condition.aspx...

Labrador Retrievers: 9-10 wk lab biting, adult teeth, lab puppy
adult teeth, lab puppy, safe toys: Thank you for taking her in. There are so many nice dogs needing homes, and so many have to be destroyed for lack of homes. I do my best to help everybody, but put even more effort into people that have adopted puppies. Young Labs, which I know best,...

Labrador Retrievers: 9 month old Lab Retrievers, loose stools, lab retrievers
loose stools, lab retrievers, blood spots: That sounds normal. I hope you are taking stringent steps to keep them away from males at this time. Do not discount anything as too unlikely for them or a male wondering by to do to get together. Such accidental breeding can be a big problem. Your...

Labrador Retrievers: 9 week old Choc lab biting, human babies, obedience training
human babies, obedience training, spray bottle: Yes, this is completely normal for a dog this age. Do not try hiring a professional! It would be just a waste of time and money. The puppies mind, just like a human babies, is not fully developed. You should start by putting out a flat hand, and then curl...

Labrador Retrievers: 9 week old Lab with seperation anxiety when sleeping, yellow lab puppy, seperate room
yellow lab puppy, seperate room, 10min: Hello by comforting the puppy when he whines you are asking him to whine to get attention if he is left alone and isnt cuddled or calmed he will quite after some time but if you go to the dog and comfort and praise him for howling this will never work. i have...

Labrador Retrievers: 12 week old male lab dripping and leaking, stomach area, tile floor
stomach area, tile floor, hind legs: Your vet is a much better source of info on this problem than me. I have never seen such a problem, but then my puppies come from a very careful breeding program. Almost ever day I get a question here about breeding that the person asking must have never...

Labrador Retrievers: 95% Black Lab, with a bit of chocolate thrown in!, dark brown patches, adult teeth
dark brown patches, adult teeth, labrador retreiver: Hello and thank you for your question, Congrats on your new puppy as well. Yes this is very normal my black female 3 year old labrador retreiver was from a yellow mother and chocolate father 12 Black puppies were in teh litter she came from, she has chocolate...

Labrador Retrievers: Abby, storage room, old dog
storage room, old dog, good girl: Hello Amanda and thank you for your question, Congrats on your new dog firstly. Crate her during the night, after you ve let her out to go one last time crate her, crating isnt crule I crate my dogs when I m working so I still have a house to come home...

Labrador Retrievers: ACL SURGERY, partial tears, working dogs
partial tears, working dogs, strenuous life: One of the things that pushes me toward saying no is the percentages of success in repairing a torn ACL. Let me share part of an email from a friend that has a dog guide, about a 5 year old Lab. He was recently diagnosed as having a partly torn ACL. The...

Labrador Retrievers: Adding chihuahua to home w/ 2 year old lab, boston terrier puppy, jack russell terrier
boston terrier puppy, jack russell terrier, american eskimo: Hello DJ and thank you for your questions, Congrats on your new baby... odd mix but must be darling, Whenever I add a new dog I make sure the new puppy has its own toys, its own crate, its own bed and its own food and water bowls and everything always...

Labrador Retrievers: Adopted 5-6 year old yellow lab and need help., dogs head, kennel cough
dogs head, kennel cough, table scraps: Do not give him Advil, Tylenol, or any of the other modern pain killers. You an give him a buffered aspirin, a regular 325 mg tablet every 8 hours. Your husband is right, don t run him on pavement. 4 cups of chow sound like too much for an over weight...

Labrador Retrievers: Adopted Puppy., adult teeth, lab puppy
adult teeth, lab puppy, vet check: The 20 pounds suggests more than 8-10 weeks. Between 8-10 weeks, the teeth stay about the same but the jaw lengthens opening up gaps between the teeth which the adult teeth soon start filling in. The best thing would be a vet check. Unless you know...

Labrador Retrievers: Adopting a Second Rescue Puppy, second pup, adoption counselor
second pup, adoption counselor, rescue puppy: I can see where the counselor is coming from. Back when the dog guide school I raise puppies for, had fewer volunteers, they would occasionally place a second puppy in the same home, but wanted them to be at least 6 months apart. On the other hand, I know...

Labrador Retrievers: Adult Lab and Lab Puppy - Showing Teeth, jack russell terriers, lab puppy
jack russell terriers, lab puppy, kinds of dogs: Hello this is best answered with links: http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/topdog.htm this one tells about domance and pack rank among dogs, this one tells about if you should get two dogs: http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/articles/seconddog.htm and this...

Labrador Retrievers: Adult Lab Training, closing doors, wire grid
closing doors, wire grid, computer desk: My system can be applied to older dogs too. Biggest difference is the longer time after eating or drinking before they are ready to relieve themselves. If a dog has been living where it could keep its living space clean, it should quickly catch on. The important...

Labrador Retrievers: Afraid of Stairs, basement stairs, favorite toys
basement stairs, favorite toys, bottem: Dear Randy, What I did was, since the stairs led outside, I left the door open, and right infront of the door was a treat or one of her favorite toys. She would put her paw on the first step and then move back a few steps. When she finally moved down...

Labrador Retrievers: AGGRESSION, obedience class, two females
obedience class, two females, relative rank: You didn t give the ages or the gender of the Lab. Dogs see all the people and dogs in the household as a pack with each having their own rank in the pack and a top dog. Life is much easier if the 2 legged pack members outrank the 4 legged ones. You can...

Labrador Retrievers: Aggresive Dog, obedience class, pack structure
obedience class, pack structure, pack members: Having a good pack structure reduces such problems. The dogs see all the people and dogs in the household as a pack with each having their own rank in the pack and a top dog. Life is much easier if the 2 legged pack members outrank the 4 legged ones....

Labrador Retrievers: Aggression, aggressive puppy, labrador retreivers
aggressive puppy, labrador retreivers, lab puppies: I have no idea why this puppy is so mean but inbreeding dog or breeding illtemperered dogs together is a likely cause, even breeding two labs together whos siblings showed bad tempers can cause this, this is why breeding is to be left to expoerts who have...

Labrador Retrievers: Aggressive black lab puppies, black lab puppies, labrador pups
black lab puppies, labrador pups, black labrador: It sounds like standard puppy play to me. I maintain a Lab s favorite chew toy is another Lab. Even if they become fairly vocal, I would let them go. If they start getting the hair on the back standing up , noses wrinkled, and the growls become low, it...

Labrador Retrievers: Aggressive choc lab puppy, leadership vacuum, obedience class
leadership vacuum, obedience class, lab puppy: The diarrhea and blood call for immediate attention from a vet. It is possible clearing up a physical problem will help the behavior, but likely it is a seperate issue. Being keeper of the kibble is a powerful position. She sits until you say free dog...

Labrador Retrievers: Aggressive Lab, food bowls, jack russel
food bowls, jack russel, peice: Hello...puppies are to be taught when they are puppies that handling there food bowls/treats/toys is ok I assume you never did this. I think the best thing to do now is when offering his food hold the dish in your hand for a minute before giving it to him...steal...

Labrador Retrievers: Aggressive Lab, old boston, boston terrier
old boston, boston terrier, fear of animals: I hate to be so defeatist, but keeping your daughter away from him may be the best idea. At 5 years old, his personality is mature and difficult to change. Making any changes in his behavior would require your in-laws to change how they interact with him....

Labrador Retrievers: Aggressive Yellow Lab, professional dog trainer, baby on the way
professional dog trainer, baby on the way, humane societies: This is a serious problem. and I don t have the skill and experience to help with it. I am much better at preventing such problems than fixing them. There is too much at stake here for me to suggest things that likely wouldn t fix the problem. Have you...

Labrador Retrievers: Aggressivnes of labs, labrador retreviers, top dog
labrador retreviers, top dog, females: Hello Todd and thank you for your question, Males might be challange authority more them females(ie. want to be top dog) but they are no more agressive them the females... labrador retreviers are one of the worlds favorite dogs because of there gentle loving...

Labrador Retrievers: Agressive behavior, rabies vaccine, labrador retrievers
rabies vaccine, labrador retrievers, chocolate lab: Sounds like he is protecing his house, Be sure to have him neutered if you havent already it would help a bit to calm the agressive tendensies. Also be sure he has an undated rabies vaccine if someone gets bitten and you do not have a rabies vaccine current...

Labrador Retrievers: Angry Eater, purina pro plan, food bowl
purina pro plan, food bowl, food brand: Hello Rob and thank you for your question, This is very comman among dogs of all kinds and ages. Swiiching foods is complicated sometimes. Did you mix his old food with his new for a few days? It is higly reccomended to avoid tummy upsets and to get him...

Labrador Retrievers: Attacking female puppy, obedience class, female puppy
obedience class, female puppy, natural instincts: The key to most behavior problems is approaching things using the dog s natural instincts. Dogs see all the people and dogs in the household as a pack with each having their own rank in the pack and a top dog. Life is much easier if the 2 legged pack members...

Labrador Retrievers: Average age of housebreaking, bladder infection, bladder control
bladder infection, bladder control, water dish: At 5 months, she should be well beyond accidents in the crate at night. Mine have seldom had any after 2 months. What you may to do is take her out on lead just before bed time, and make her walk until she does empty her bladder. Sometimes a dog will go...

Labrador Retrievers: about to adopt a yellow lab from humane society, house trailer, clove
house trailer, clove, humane society: Apply the criteria I have been taught for possible dogs to be donated as dog guides. Look for dogs that want your attention, but are not going wild. Leave the ones that retreat to the back of their cage. Look at their teeth. Look for ones that still...

Labrador Retrievers: Our adopted puppy is scared of every human she comes into contact with, obedience class, natural instincts
obedience class, natural instincts, obedience training: Much of my experience and training is oriented towards preventing such problems. Fixing them later is difficult. First she takes her clue from you. When somebody comes to the door, greet them warmly, let her see you are happy to have them. Don t pet her...

Labrador Retrievers: adopting a lab, closing doors, computer desk
closing doors, computer desk, housebreaking: You are making a wise choice. Puppies and small children are a big handfull. If a dog has been living where it could keep its living space clean, it should quickly catch on. The important part will be teaching it that if it goes to the door, you will let...

Labrador Retrievers: age of lab & growlling, obedience class, natural instincts
obedience class, natural instincts, abusive situation: Like people, some Labs go gray earlier than others. She must be at least 5 years old, and perhaps closer to 10. If you are going to keep her, you need to get her in to a vet soon. Part of the routine will be the vet establishing a working estimate of age....

Labrador Retrievers: age of strays, lab puppies, little puppy
lab puppies, little puppy, molars: I am afraid not. Labs vary too much in size. Better go by the teeth. If they have small, uniform sized teeth, chances are they are less than 3 months. If they have have large uniform teeth, they maybe 6 months or older. If they seem to have a mixture...

Labrador Retrievers: aggresive behavior, igloo dog house, milk bones
igloo dog house, milk bones, labrador ret: Hello tim and thank you for your question, I have to point out that if he wasnt aggressive with the nuetered male up until now its rather dod, A male or female dog for that matter is breedable at 10 months of age in larger breeds such as Labrador ret s....

Labrador Retrievers: aggression in lab pup, lab pup, obedience class
lab pup, obedience class, natural instincts: The key to most behavior problems is approaching things using the dog s natural instincts. Dogs see all the people and dogs in the household as a pack with each having their own rank in the pack and a top dog. Life is much easier if the 2 legged pack members...

Labrador Retrievers: aggression problems with Lab, foot fences, aggression problems
foot fences, aggression problems, labrador retreiver: Hello, THe best thing to do is FEnce in your yard with 5 foot fences or 6 foot fences. Its not your fualt or your dogs fualt if there little mutts get out and bother your dog and he attacks them but the law doesnt see it this way and your dog would be forced...

Labrador Retrievers: aggression, proper socialization, obedience class
proper socialization, obedience class, unwanted puppies: Usually spaying reduces such problems, but not always. Some dogs seem to be born with a strong drive for dominance, particularly Labs. They are easy going dogs as long as they are allowed to do as they please. The most important thing is for you to provide...

Labrador Retrievers: aggressive 7 wk old female choc. lab, jack russell terrier puppy, jack russell terrier
jack russell terrier puppy, jack russell terrier, lab puppies: Hello, THis is really quite funny you have just discrubed what it was like with my dogs when I brought a jack russell terrier puppy home to my year old labrador retereiver...he would bite her ears/baggy skin under her neck sometiems swinging from her skin...

Labrador Retrievers: aggressive lab puppy, rawhide bones, lab puppy
rawhide bones, lab puppy, things take time: The aggression and biting calls for stronger corrections than the otherwise effective Bad dog! . When it misbehaves, throw it on its back, and growl Bad dog! right in its face. Hold it down until it lifts one back leg to show submission. You can...

Labrador Retrievers: aggressive lab, kibble, cheerios
kibble, cheerios, choc: You may have avoided the problem by exposing him to more other people when he was very young. It will be harder now. It may work better to recruit people you know, but he doesn t. Supply them with treats. If you haven t been over using them, it doesn t...

Labrador Retrievers: aggressive yellow bitch, yellow bitch, obedience class
yellow bitch, obedience class, natural instincts: The key to most behavior problems is approaching things using the dog s natural instincts. Dogs see all the people and dogs in the household as a pack with each having their own rank in the pack and a top dog. Life is much easier if the 2 legged pack members...

Labrador Retrievers: agressive 9 week old female!, cooperative extension offices, odd combo
cooperative extension offices, odd combo, canine club: With somebody the right age in the family, 4-H dog training is a great idea. In my area, clubs form soon after the first of the year. Even many urban areas have 4-H. For info look in your phone book under government listings for extension or cooperative...

Labrador Retrievers: aloof alpha female lab mix puppy, female puppy, s shaw
female puppy, s shaw, minor variations: Sounds like a dog that lived in a kennel until it was past 12 weeks old. Try some of these exercises: Elevation for small puppies: Sit on the floor and gently put your hands around your pup s middle, below his front legs, and lift him up. He is facing...

Labrador Retrievers: amount of feed?, labrador pup, puppy food
labrador pup, puppy food, black labrador: Hello, Your again very welcome, Read the bag and feed accordingly feed according to weight of the Large breed royal canin puppy food swich as soon as possible mixing for the first few feedings would be a good idea. Feed three to four times daily make his last...

Labrador Retrievers: amount to feed, siberian husky dogs, jack russell terrier
siberian husky dogs, jack russell terrier, garbage cans: Hello Sue and thank you for your question. Welcome to owning a Lab! Labrador retrievers are VERY food motivated and will eat off counters, out of garbage cans/eat another dogs treats or rawhides and steal cat food as well lol. They will eat anything so...

Labrador Retrievers: amount of food to be given, large breed puppy food, royal cannin
large breed puppy food, royal cannin, labrador puppy: Hello again and your very welcome, I reccomend this diet from now until 14/15 months of age http://www.royalcanin.ca/products/hn/maxi/puppy_en.php a large breed puppy food is the best for alabrador retreiver puppy, and I cant quite find the food your...

Labrador Retrievers: anal gland release, yellow lab puppy, hip dysplasia
yellow lab puppy, hip dysplasia, answering questions: By program, I meant the dog guide program I raise puppies for and other things. They breed 300-400 puppies a year from carefully selected breeding stock. Certainly any dog that did that very often would have to be be dropped from the program. Although they...

Labrador Retrievers: arthritis, blood panel, heat pack
blood panel, heat pack, rimadyl: Hi Dave, Sorry about your girl. Other than glucosamine/chondroitin (which you can give up to 1500mg/day), you can try some massage therapy, acupuncture, and, for excercise, swimming. Heat therapy can help, also. You can use a heat pack, wrapped in...

Labrador Retrievers: attack on other household dogs, household dogs, mini poodle
household dogs, mini poodle, obedience training: Glad to hear what I suggested seems to be working. This format works well where you choose the right expert, if there is a right expert for your question. I find it tedious to rummage around in the archives here, and am not sure of other s strengths. ...

Labrador Retrievers: average weight, intestinal blockages, closet shelving
intestinal blockages, closet shelving, lab puppy: The breed standards call for 55-75 pounds. What is more important is the body condition of your puppy, see http://www.longliveyourdog.com/twoplus/RateYourDog.aspx What does a puppy need? A crate. It is only natural that a puppy resists its crate at...

Labrador Retrievers: B iting, laundry basket, obedience training
laundry basket, obedience training, laundry room: Your wife s pregnancy could be a big part of it. There is anecdotal evidence they are well aware of both other dogs and women being pregnant. As they mature, they want to take on more and more responsibility for the protection of their pack. Many dog guides...

Labrador Retrievers: Baby labrador, large breed puppy food, jack russell terrier
large breed puppy food, jack russell terrier, breed puppy: Hello, Try soaking the hard food in water and waiting until it is very water lodged and fully soaked and mash with a patatoe masher this will be suitable for them to eat, Also you can try some canned food it wont take long before they can eat hard kibble on...

Labrador Retrievers: Barking Puppy!, obedience class, natural instincts
obedience class, natural instincts, pack members: The key to most behavior problems is approaching things using the dog s natural instincts. Dogs see all the people and dogs in the household as a pack with each having their own rank in the pack and a top dog. Life is much easier if the 2 legged pack members...

Labrador Retrievers: Barking Puppy, obedience class, natural instincts
obedience class, natural instincts, pack members: The key to most behavior problems is approaching things using the dog s natural instincts. Dogs see all the people and dogs in the household as a pack with each having their own rank in the pack and a top dog. Life is much easier if the 2 legged pack members...

Labrador Retrievers: Barking puppy, lab puppy, chicken wire
lab puppy, chicken wire, escape artist: The ideal solution is to move both dogs into the house in separate crates, and find somebody to give them a mid day break, a neighbor or a professional dog walker. 9-5 is too long to leave a 12 week old puppy. They need a mid day meal and a chance to relieve...

Labrador Retrievers: Barking, professional training, spoils
professional training, spoils: I really don t know why he won t stop barking but there is one thing you shouldn t do, whenever he barks do not respond to him because by doing so he gets the picture that barking is like a call for him to play with his owner or to be around him. If he barks...

Labrador Retrievers: Basic Lab training, gwen bohnenkamp, carol lea benjamin
gwen bohnenkamp, carol lea benjamin, jean donaldson: Too many treats can interfere with good obedience training. Obedience training is beyond the scope of an All Experts answer. You need to find a good book or class that emphasizes being the leader rather than treats. Start at http://www.dogsbestfriend.com/...

Labrador Retrievers: Bath time frequency?, stinky stuff, heart worm
stinky stuff, heart worm, excessive wax: Too frequent baths even with good rinsing and using conditioner leave a dog s skin dry and itchy. It can also lead to ear infections, a big step backwards in controlling odor. Start by checking the ears, look for excessive wax and smell them. Either is a...

Labrador Retrievers: Bathing and swimming, beaver fever, flaky skin
beaver fever, flaky skin: you can bath her now but only bath a dog every 1-3 months as the bathing strips all oil from the coat and can cause itchy flaky skin. I am unsure about when to begin teaching her to swim but since she is almost completed her vacciens you can begin now but...

Labrador Retrievers: BEHAVIOR CHANGE IN LAB, bladder infection, shock collar
bladder infection, shock collar, thanksgiving holiday: Having had one accident in her crate she may have feared another one and not wanted shut in the crate. Perhaps the whole thing will go away with some antibiotics from the vet. She should have been spayed or had her first season by now. If neither, it...

Labrador Retrievers: Behavior, obedience class, natural instincts
obedience class, natural instincts, obedience training: The key to most behavior problems is approaching things using the dog s natural instincts. Dogs see all the people and dogs in the household as a pack with each having their own rank in the pack and a top dog. Life is much easier if the 2 legged pack members...

Labrador Retrievers: Behavior, puppy kindergarten, crate train
puppy kindergarten, crate train, cesar millan: Follow this plan in order: exercise, discipline, affection (with no verbal sound, preferably). You do not need to scream at your dog when disciplining. It makes her think you are unbalanced and she will try to take over. Think about it. In the wild, and in...

Labrador Retrievers: Behavior Change, behavior change, four months
behavior change, four months, judgement: He could just be settling down as his personality matures at 3 years old. It wouldn t hurt to have the vet look at him either. Check his body condition and have the vet confirm your judgement, http://www.puppychow.com/products/popup_body_condition.aspx ...

Labrador Retrievers: Behavior Issues, gwen bohnenkamp, carol lea benjamin
gwen bohnenkamp, carol lea benjamin, mcconnell ph: I don t do a lot of off lead work. I can see that being a real problem at the dog park. Watching dogs play, I really think their favorite game is chase. One dog gets something and runs off with it and the others try to catch it. I am not going to be able...

Labrador Retrievers: Behavior Problems of our Lab, collie mix, indoor dogs
collie mix, indoor dogs, chocolate lab: Some Labs can very dominating. From some of the stuff I read, I suspect some experts have never encountered the likes of him. Neutering him would help, but will not solve the problem. You may have taught him to sit when you say so, but you have not...

Labrador Retrievers: Behavior, absolute sweetheart, pet supply stores
absolute sweetheart, pet supply stores, frequent outings: Hi Linda, Well, the first thing I ll tell you is that your dog should be traveling in a crate. Think of it as a safety harness for your dog. This way, your dog cannot bolt out of the vehicle, and, should you be in a fender bender, your dog is MUCH safer...

Labrador Retrievers: Behaviour change in Choc Lab Female, strange dogs, staffie
strange dogs, staffie, selective hearing: Hello, Is it possible Her dog goes after strange dogs sometimes and your dog is just catching on now? Also it is indeed possible she behaives when mommy or daddy is around and disobeys when your not there. Yes I highly reccomend she is walked on lead from...

Labrador Retrievers: Biting/Chewing, intestinal blockages, adult teeth
intestinal blockages, adult teeth, sturdy stuff: Labs should come with warning labels. Young Labs, which I know best, and other puppies tend to very bad about biting. You see a litter of them, and all the ones that are awake are biting another one or themselves. I am not even sure they realize that...

Labrador Retrievers: Biting/growlingq, female labrador retriever, clap my hands
female labrador retriever, clap my hands, puppy owner: Some labs can be difficult and need a firm hand. Different ones respond to different discipline. Give a warning stern Bad Dog! . In stubborn cases, I repeat the Bad dog! right in its face with the dog on its back. Hold it down until it lifts one back...

Labrador Retrievers: Biting, obedience class, obedience training
obedience class, obedience training, work sessions: This is a tough problem and at 4 years old, is well established. I am not sure my usually prescription of obedience training will be enough. Dogs see all the people and dogs in the household as a pack with each having their own rank in the pack and a top...

Labrador Retrievers: Bitting, Food, grocery store brands, jack russell terrier
grocery store brands, jack russell terrier, petsmart stores: Helo Lazar and thank you for your questions, Puppies bite its normal my labrador retreiver never bit me once as a puppy thou which was sort of weird since my other puppies had nibbled my fingers/wrists sometimes. You can simply tell him No in a loud and...

Labrador Retrievers: Bitting and growling, litter mates, typical behavior
litter mates, typical behavior, fraid: I find it hard to relate your description to typical behavior. Not sure just what is happening. It does not sound like the common play where litter mates have a grand time carrying on like they were trying to kill each other and expect people to play the...

Labrador Retrievers: Black Lab Benson, chow mix, kennel cough
chow mix, kennel cough, coccidia: At 4 months, a Lab should have gaps in its growing jaw between the teeth, and maybe the front incisors gone or replaced with distinctively larger adult ones. The molars go next, and the needle canines may be around until almost 6 months. You may be able...

Labrador Retrievers: Black Lab Dog House and Feeding, grocery store brands, petsmart stores
grocery store brands, petsmart stores, puppy chow: Hello and thank you for your questions Stacey, The dog house should be around 3 1/2 feet wide, 3 feet deep and 3 to 3 1/2 feet tall, of course a large house would be nicer but this size to me seems large enough for my three dogs combined lol(I don t yet...

Labrador Retrievers: Black Lab Help, rawhide chips, obedience training
rawhide chips, obedience training, current supply: Your current supply of rawhide chips could last him the rest of his life. They are one of the most dangerous treats there is for a Lab. In addition to problems with them swelling and choking the dog or blocking the intestines, the sharp corners can tear...

Labrador Retrievers: Black Lab went insane?, bitter apple, sad today
bitter apple, sad today, massive head: Hello Z.B I am so sorry this happened and I feel the regret in your letter and sympothize with you. If he was neutered when he was younger it might have stopped him being agressive at all but not allways the case with dogs of any breed. Maybe he wasnt a purebred...

Labrador Retrievers: Black Lab Mange, blue heeler puppy, losing hair
blue heeler puppy, losing hair, lymdip: Medical problems is not my strongest area. Usually I refer people to their vet. In this case, you might wait until you see if he is responding to the treatment as quickly as the Blue Heeler did. You might treat her too just to make sure they don t keep...

Labrador Retrievers: Black Lab named Baily, biological clock, fatal infections
biological clock, fatal infections, baily: I don t even try to guess why females do anything when they are in heat. Maybe she realizes her biological clock is ticking and is frustrated. In addition to the howling, she may become more creative about getting loose this time. Once loose, there are...

Labrador Retrievers: Black Lab odor, jack russell terrier, labrador retreivers
jack russell terrier, labrador retreivers, oil stains: Hello Linda and thank you for your questions, No its not true at all. Labrador retreivers of all colors have oily coats but unless you don t wash them at at lest three tiems a year(no dog owner doesnt wash them at lest that a year) it wont be extremly oily...

Labrador Retrievers: Black Lab Pregnancy, responsible breeder, spayed
responsible breeder, spayed, slaughter: Get her to the vet for a check up. She may have been injured in the mating and could be having other problems. She is way too young to be pregnant. The vet will explain the puppies will be due 63 days after the mating if you know when it was. It was...

Labrador Retrievers: Black Lab Pregnancy, quality puppies, backyard breeder
quality puppies, backyard breeder, litter size: I take pride in doing what I can to educate people. I feel if I am going to set myself up as a dog expert, I am responsible to try to educate the public. I push spay/neuter and discourage breeding as much as I can. I try to walk a fine line between letting...

Labrador Retrievers: Black Lab Puppy Eating Rocks!!, puppy molly, lab puppy
puppy molly, lab puppy, vet visit: You are right to be concerned. When I tour the dog guide school s clinic, there are always rocks in their collection of things they have had to surgically remove from their dogs. Now they have a fancy piece of equipment to fish stuff out without operating...

Labrador Retrievers: Black Lab puppy, lab puppy, obedience classes
lab puppy, obedience classes, family index: Of course crate training was not successful, my dear. :) Try putting him in a backyard. If that s not an option, try buying a small fence and keep him in one part of the room. Even buy a litter box if you must! Here is a good website to visit if you are...

Labrador Retrievers: Black Lab with soft stool, bland diet, soft stool
bland diet, soft stool, healthy dogs: Keep working with the vet. Perhaps try the bland diet again. Don t be too quick to switch dog chows. Most dogs will thrive on most chows, and allergies and intolerance to a chow is not nearly as common as those selling expensive chows say. Much of...

Labrador Retrievers: Black Lab, labrador retreiver, vet check
labrador retreiver, vet check, best guess: Hello Rob and thank you for your questions and congradulations on your new dog labs a wonderful dogs. It s always hard to hear of a dog being abused espesialy such a friendly and smart dog as a labrador retreiver. To answer your questions Yes he could have...

Labrador Retrievers: Black Laborador - just turned 6 years old, black laborador, testicular cancer
black laborador, testicular cancer, runny eyes: Try e-mailing this guy. truebred@tpg.com.au Hopefully he can help. It could be testicular cancer,prostate disease or hernias, hyperspaysiait, or a swollen epidimus. after HE RECOVERS I WOULD RECOMMEND GETTING HIM NUETERED. remove it and have it tested at a...

Labrador Retrievers: Black Labradors, border collie mix, black labradors
border collie mix, black labradors, cocker spaniels: Dear Lynn, THere are no toy breeds of labs, but what you can always do is go to a local pound and adopt a mutt thats part lab and another small breed, I had a lab border collie mix, she was around 45-57 pounds I cant remeber exactly. So try that out, and...

Labrador Retrievers: Black Labs eating habbit, black labs, purina
black labs, purina, losing weight: Nobody can tell you that without examining the dog and knowing what you are feeding. I can give you a link to learn how to examine the dog yourself. It is a Purina site, but the method is the same as the dog guide school uses on their highly valuable dogs,...

Labrador Retrievers: Black Labs, dominant bitch, unwelcome behavior
dominant bitch, unwelcome behavior, black labs: I hope you have obedience trained her and are giving her the full I am top dog. treatment. Not sure about treats. How would she react to you giving him a second one while she is chewing her first? Nothing says you have to reward unwelcome behavior with...

Labrador Retrievers: Black lab puppy, closet shelving, lab puppy
closet shelving, lab puppy, dogs food: Worry more about body condition than size. Evaluate the dog as illustrated in this link, http://www.longliveyourdog.com/twoplus/RateYourDog.aspx You may want the vet to confirm your judgment. Adjust the dogs food and exercise as needed to reach its ideal...

Labrador Retrievers: Black lab/rott, amount of calories, adult
amount of calories, adult: It depends what brand of kibble is he/she eatting and are you adding antying? A High quaility kibble that costs about 40/50 bucks for 35/40 pounds would be 4 cups per day...as my lab is that weight is eatting such a kibble and the requirments are 4 cups per...

Labrador Retrievers: Black Male Lab 6yrs suddenly ill, doglove, old dogs
doglove, old dogs, wagging tails: Hi Andrea! Stroke Old dogs can suddenly lose their balance as though they have had a stroke. This is not caused by a blood clot to the brain like in humans, but in fact is due to inflammation of the vestibular or balance canals. The cause is still...

Labrador Retrievers: Bladder Control, bladder control, puppy
bladder control, puppy, long time: Well, 8-10 hours is an awfully long time for any animal to wait. Try buying/making a pen for it and put newspaper down inside and keep the puppy in there until you get home. Make sure to keep it in the house though, it way too hot for a pet to be left outside...

Labrador Retrievers: Blk Lab pup chewing, wont go in doghouse, lab pup, obedience class
lab pup, obedience class, natural instincts: Spay her if not already. I hope you aren t even thinking of breeding her. The key to most behavior problems is approaching things using the dog s natural instincts. Dogs see all the people and dogs in the household as a pack with each having their own...

Labrador Retrievers: Block head lab puppy, physical maturity, lab puppy
physical maturity, lab puppy, blocky head: Why does the size of the head matter unless you are going to breed or show him? As long as he s healthy, enjoy the time you have with him. Dogs don t live forever, unfortunately. Male Labs reach physical maturity from 18 to 24 months of age. Your dog is not...

Labrador Retrievers: Bo: my black lab, own toys, mousetraps
own toys, mousetraps, mousetrap: It will be at least another year or 2 if then before you can trust him alone in the house. A mousetrap is very effective in making a dog leave something alone. Most dogs will stay away from anywhere they were surprised by a snap. The best part is...

Labrador Retrievers: Boston Terrier Puppy, boston terrier puppy, soft palate
boston terrier puppy, soft palate, poor little girl: Hello Beth and congrats on your new baby your sure to have fun with a boston terrier my little girl is just creeping up on 5 months and is very cuddley and the sweetest temperment I have ever seen on a dog...ever! lol. Maybe he hs enlongated soft palate? This...

Labrador Retrievers: Breed, lab puppies, lab pups
lab puppies, lab pups, advertiser: very true, I reciently saw an online ad for purebred lab pups unpapered at full price after a few weeks of not getting rid of them the same advertiser lowered the price and called them lab/shepard crosses....they were trying to scam people into thinking the...

Labrador Retrievers: Breeding, akc puppies, breeding dogs
akc puppies, breeding dogs, lab groups: In your question, you didn t assure me you have started the research you need to do before breeding. There is far more to it than finding a suitable stud. Yes she is a pretty little dog and people want puppies. What about her hips, eyes, etc.? Many of the...

Labrador Retrievers: Breeding, breeding dogs, old dogs
breeding dogs, old dogs, chocolate lab: Yes she is too old to breed at 7 shes got 3/5 years left to her life, breeding dogs are retired at 4 and 5 years of age for a reason. Breeding her now would likely kill her....problems having the puppies/not having milk for the puppies forcing you to handfeed...

Labrador Retrievers: Breeding, responsible answers, breeding dogs
responsible answers, breeding dogs, puppy mill: Have you read this: I love dogs and am willing to give hours and hours answering questions from owners that will help the dogs. I am very concerned about the slaughter of dogs for lack of homes. I am afraid many of the questions here are from poorly...

Labrador Retrievers: Breeding, white labs, best time
white labs, best time, puppies: Hello, 1 1/2 to 2 years old this would be her Third cycle breeding before that is illadvised as large dogs like labradors rarely stop growing inside and out until they are 2 years of age. If one of her parents was White breeding to a white or yellow male...

Labrador Retrievers: Breeding, puppies, hips
puppies, hips, bitch: Hello, no I ve never heard of any issues breeding an old male dog, We had a 9 or 10 year old mini american escamo and he mated our bichon/shituzX without anything going wrong with him. I would say breed him now if your wanting one of his puppies thou as if...

Labrador Retrievers: Breeding age, labradoodle, time thanks
labradoodle, time thanks, studs: Don t worry about a thing! We have a white Lab we are going to breed when she s two, and your dog is twice that age. She will be fine. Just take her to the vet every week or so, to make sure she doesn t have a problems during her pregnancy. Are you looking...

Labrador Retrievers: Breeding for color, yellow puppies, black labs
yellow puppies, black labs, recessive gene: Probably not good. The yellow is recessive, and when a black Lab with a gene for yellow is bred to a yellow Lab, about half the puppies are yellow. Two black Labs should be able to produce yellow Labs if both have the recessive gene. The odds would be considerably...

Labrador Retrievers: Breeding our dog, labrador index, labrador retriever
labrador index, labrador retriever, heat cycle: Yes, and it s not a good idea to breed your dog unless you do a ton of research. Some friends of ours had a litter in which all the puppies died. Unfortunately, this is not uncommon. Visit this site for all the info you need: http://www.lakecountryfarms.com/labrador/index-stud.html...

Labrador Retrievers: Breeding Labradors, heat cycle, good shape
heat cycle, good shape, one evening: Hello Charlie, Ye4s she should be ok to carry and care for the puppies but do take care not to over exercsie her once her pregnancy is confirmed via an ultra sound in about 3 weeks from now. No there could still be 12 puppies even thou they only mated once,...

Labrador Retrievers: Breeding our yellow lab, personality and behavior, temperament
personality and behavior, temperament, bitch: Hello, I am really unsure if it would alter his not peeing inside I m shocked he doesn t lift his leg inside now! Breeding him to a bitch say once or even twice a year isn t likely to start making him pee in your house and shouldn t alter his temperament at...

Labrador Retrievers: Breeding, white labrador, unwanted dogs
white labrador, unwanted dogs, health clearances: Hi Travis, First, let me explain about my beliefs about breeding. If you can improve upon the dog or the bitch, then I don t think breeding is such a bad thing. If you are just breeding to make money, then please reconsider. (See my bio!) IF your dog...

Labrador Retrievers: Buddy, gentle leader head collar, petsmart stores
gentle leader head collar, petsmart stores, undescended testicle: Hello and thank you for your questions, Firsly i strongly reccomend the Gentle leaded head collar no other brand worsk as well and I can persoanly say I wouldnt dream of waling my 3 year old spayed 75 pound lab(Haylie) without this! She is very unruley...

Labrador Retrievers: bad lab?, wire mesh, consern
wire mesh, consern, c lines: Normally eating sticks and bark doesn t hurt anything. If she is damaging young trees, you may want to try some of the paper or plastic guards meant to protect trees from rabbits. If she chews them up too, try wire mesh. Here is a link to what I had to...

Labrador Retrievers: very bad yellow lab puppy, yellow lab puppy, bi polar disorder
yellow lab puppy, bi polar disorder, north shore animal league: Many obedience programs fail to teach the owner to give the dog the leadership it needs, leaving a dog like yours that thinks it is in charge. Here is a link to taking over as top dog, http://www.dogbreedinfo.com./topdogrules.htm Until you do that, nothing...

Labrador Retrievers: bald spot, thyroid problem, dear james
thyroid problem, dear james, bald spot: Dear James, Really, i think its up to your vet to suggest things. There are many possible answers to this, but I d have to see the dog to give you the correct one. THe vet should be able to give medication or rub on to help stop and regrow the hair. Good...

Labrador Retrievers: barking..., stray cats, leash training
stray cats, leash training, experiance: Hello, My holidays were ok I m jsut happy there over lol, how were yours? Puppies don t bark much with any breed I ve ever had once they get older 6/7 months they will normaly start barking at this age....at passers going by the yard/stray cats/ dogs/birds/rodents...

Labrador Retrievers: barking??, quiet dogs, unnatural position
quiet dogs, unnatural position, barkers: Although the 3 month old I have now is an exception, Labs seldom are problem barkers. But then the ones I know spend most of their time in the house. A dog left in the unnatural position of being by itself, may become a problem barker. I would say, if you...

Labrador Retrievers: barking lab, smart dogs, lab question
smart dogs, lab question, collar work: In some cases yes, but in other cases it makes a mess of a dog. I wouldn t risk it on one that already has fear issues. If she goes out and starts to bark immediately, she may have heard something and wanted out to bark at it. Just bring her right in...

Labrador Retrievers: barking, new neighbor, noise ordinances
new neighbor, noise ordinances, long periods: Hi Don, Sorry you are having neighbor problems. Generally, most dogs who are kept confined for long periods will do something, and usually this something is destructive or annoying, to alleve the boredom of being confined. My guess is that your neighbor...

Labrador Retrievers: To bathe or not to bathe, slicker brush, man and beast
slicker brush, man and beast, muddy water: Your wife won t like this answer. Aster came to live with us at 10 years old over 3 years ago. she hasn t had a bath since. She gets lots of brushing and an occasional swim in the river. this time of the year, I am using the wire slicker brush as pictured...

Labrador Retrievers: behavier, cars bikes, border collie
cars bikes, border collie, motor bikes: Hello Narika and thank you for your questions, Boder collies(even mixes withthe breed) are extremly active and have been know to chase cars/bikes/skate boarders and motor bikes so be careful with this he could get him self badly ijured or killed cahsing...

Labrador Retrievers: The behavior of our 1 year old Labrador retriever, cooperative extension offices, obedience class
cooperative extension offices, obedience class, natural instincts: A wagging tail only shows excitement. She is a big girl and now taking charge. If not spayed, do so now. The key to most behavior problems is approaching things using the dog s natural instincts. Dogs see all the people and dogs in the household as a pack...

Labrador Retrievers: behavior, distraction techniques, buster cube
distraction techniques, buster cube, rescue organization: Thank you for adopting her. There are so many older dogs that need a good home. It is too bad you have this issue. I would like to help, but I am not sure I can. You could try some of the usual distraction techniques. You could try a Buster cube or a...

Labrador Retrievers: behavior, head dogs, great dog
head dogs, great dog, heart attack: Try insisting she sits before she gets petted. Have people avoid petting the top of her head. Dogs really don t like that, and she should get less excited when they pet her back, side or chest. You must be very firm about her continuing to sit. It may...

Labrador Retrievers: behavior, pet supply stores, lab retreiver
pet supply stores, lab retreiver, shank bone: Hi James, A couple things... Is your girl spayed? If not, her hormones could be kicking in prior to ovulation and her season, which could make her extra clingy . If she is not spayed, I would suggest doing so soon. The longer she is left intact, the...

Labrador Retrievers: behaviour/barking, night mare, leading brands
night mare, leading brands, raja: It sounds like he thinks he is in charge and is using the barking to control you. You must take over as top dog. Even if he obeys your commands, he may see it as making you give him treats, praise, or petting. Read the rules on being top dog at http://www.dogbreedinfo.com./topdogrules.htm...

Labrador Retrievers: what is the best food, dogs and cats, iamscruelty
dogs and cats, iamscruelty, natural choice: Hello Jennie For food with no by-products in it and over all a good food I think nutro natural choice is a great brand, tecnical is good also they are however much more expensive then pedigree, the cheaper foods have mostly fillers in it by this I mean...

Labrador Retrievers: best puppy food for my lab, purina puppy chow, purina healthy morsels
purina puppy chow, purina healthy morsels, petsmart stores: Hello Lala and thank you for your questions, I would go for a large breed formula if you think he will be over 50 pounds when fully grown. Pup s get picky when teething or when they jsut decide they don t want the same food day in day out anymmore...it...

Labrador Retrievers: bitting, touch me nots, safe toys
touch me nots, safe toys, internet experts: Has she been spayed or had her first season? If not, almost any behavior can be expected. As she reaches her fertile point it includes creative, strenuous attempts to get loose beyond belief. Otherwise, they often turn into touch me nots at that age....

Labrador Retrievers: My black Labs, black labs, paws
black labs, paws, pedigree: Hey Roy! The truth is I can t answer you just like that...You need a pedigree to make sure its pure bred yet the color doesn t really matter. Labs can be of mixed colors and still be pure blood; so if thats what you want to know, the coat doesn t really matter...

Labrador Retrievers: black lab, doggy odor, shampoos
doggy odor, shampoos, antibiotics: Check his ears. Infected ears can give off a strong doggy odor. Usually antibiotics from the vet clear it right up. If it is not the ears, it could be some other type of infection. Again, the vet can find and fix it. I seldom bathe my Labs. I feed...

Labrador Retrievers: black lab behavior, aggressive tendencies, agressiveness
aggressive tendencies, agressiveness, growler: I wholeheartedly back your vet. She is reaching maturity, and the temperament formed genetically and by early socialization is nearly fully developed. Such changes are common in a dog s third year. There is no way a dog with aggressive tendencies should...

Labrador Retrievers: black lab drooling, safe room, electrical cords
safe room, electrical cords, feeding time: Have the vet check his mouth for a problem. In many cases, you can t train a dog not to do something when you aren t around. I would say crate him. Closing the door could work, or could cause him to lie on the sofa. It is only natural that a puppy...

Labrador Retrievers: black lab eats bunny, adult rabbits, project labs
adult rabbits, project labs, baby bunny: Years ago we had a mixed pet that caught and ate ADULT rabbits in our fenced yard. We welcomed him protecting out garden. You might try moth balls or something under the shed to encourage the rabbits to nest elsewhere. You could also live trap them and...

Labrador Retrievers: black lab feeding question, closet shelving, lab puppy
closet shelving, lab puppy, first encounter: A half cup each of 3 times a day should be a good place to start. Don t let its appetite lead you into over feeding it. See http://www.puppychow.com/products/popup_body_condition.aspx You can cut back to 2 meals a day after 3 months old. The older...

Labrador Retrievers: black lab mix- 4 mos. old, 7 months, 4 months
7 months, 4 months, puppies: Hello, She will be full grown at 12 months of age. Have her spayed next month before her first cycle or you will have blood and goo everywhere and if she gets out of your yard mutt puppies to find forever homes for which is extremly hard when tehre large mixed...

Labrador Retrievers: black lab play biting, intestinal blockages, lab pup
intestinal blockages, lab pup, adult teeth: Young Labs, which I know best, and other puppies tend to very bad about biting. You see a litter of them, and all the ones that are awake are biting another one or themselves. I am not even sure they realize that when they are alone, if they quit biting,...

Labrador Retrievers: black lab puppy aggresiveness, cooperative extension offices, obedience class
cooperative extension offices, obedience class, lab puppy: With somebody the right age in the family, 4-H dog training is a great idea. In my area, clubs form soon after the first of the year. Even many urban areas have 4-H. For info look in your phone book under government listings for extension or cooperative...

Labrador Retrievers: black lab puppy, closet shelving, lab puppy
closet shelving, lab puppy, rough idea: Likely 20-30 pounds. Nobody can give a good answer without seeing him. I can give you a good link to judge his condition yourself, http://www.puppychow.com/products/popup_body_condition.aspx Chubby puppies are not healthy. I wouldn t cut him back to less...

Labrador Retrievers: black lab question, lab question, question question
lab question, question question, seizures: The feed was only one of a number of things, but one you could try. Now you have me wondering if he is over weight. Check him using http://www.longliveyourdog.com/twoplus/RateYourDog.aspx Cut back on his food if you need to. Obesity complicates other problems...

Labrador Retrievers: black lab, obedience class, squirt bottle
obedience class, squirt bottle, obedience training: Neuter him at once. Aggression can not be tolerated, and no aggressive dog should ever be allowed to reproduce. However that is not a cure all. Having a good pack structure reduces such problems. The dogs see all the people and dogs in the household...

Labrador Retrievers: our black labs odor, doggy odor, offensive odor
doggy odor, offensive odor, black labs: Check his ears. Some ear infections create a horrible doggy odor that you may not realize comes from the ears. It is easy to pick up the infections from swims in the ponds. Some antibiotics from the vet should clear it up. I think odor problems are worse...

Labrador Retrievers: black labs, lab pup, black labs
lab pup, black labs, small toys: Hi Sami, Well, in a way, yes, it is unusual for an eight week old puppy to understand sit and fetch. By that I mean that yes, a pup CAN sit and CAN fetch, but it will still be easily distracted. A puppy s attention span is not very long, especially at that...

Labrador Retrievers: black loose stool, loose stool, bowel movement
loose stool, bowel movement, bowls: Doesn t sound good. Most Labs, not eating is a serious symptom. The black may be blood, it turns black if it is in the bowel very long. Two bad symptoms. I would see the vet tomorrow. I hate to think what you might have to pay over the weekend even if...

Labrador Retrievers: block head black lab, english labs, forhead
english labs, forhead, cross breeding: hello no it has nothing to do with cross breeding to pitbulls from what I know....blockheads are also called English labs the low labs are claled american labs and its the later of which I perfer. also a block labs heead has a higher forhead then any pitbull...

Labrador Retrievers: My blockhead puppy, lab heritage, lab puppies
lab heritage, lab puppies, blocky head: While all Lab puppies start out with very blocky heads, many become more pointy as they mature. It is more common with females, but some males too. Don t let anybody question his pedigree because of his head. He may have some field Lab heritage. They are...

Labrador Retrievers: blockhead, high forehead, lab puppy
high forehead, lab puppy, normaly: Hello Congrats on the new puppy. A block headed puppy will genrally have a high forehead like an adult blockheaded labrador....my lab has a low forehead and she had a low forehead as a puppy...its normaly very easy to tell blocks from lows when they are just...

Labrador Retrievers: boy vs. girl, summer litter, female dogs
summer litter, female dogs, layed back: Dear Robin, Honestly I never found the sex to do anything with the perfect dog it s with the personallity. Look for the puppy that does not hide from humans, its tail is not under its legs (meaning if you come near it it runs away). Female labs, though,...

Labrador Retrievers: breeding, quality puppies, fifth birthday
quality puppies, fifth birthday, spayed: Hello, it would be a little risky but if she is in heat right now or will be before her fifth birthday and she has so far had No hip problems one litter then having her spayed would be O.K...any older then 4 I reccomend all bitches be altered and not bred...

Labrador Retrievers: breeding, bitches, puppies
bitches, puppies, females: Hello.... strange have you had them together in the same house for over a year? it seems either the bitches are spayed or well.... the male or females are infertile from other means. Genrally if one has a fertile male and female dog in the same house they...

Labrador Retrievers: breeding, labrador index, artificial insemination
labrador index, artificial insemination, reson: Okay, first of all, a year is too young. Wait until she s two so she has more time to mature. That may have been the reson she didn t get pregnant. Never breed her more than four times or once a year. Don t breed her with a chocolate if she s yellow, or they...

Labrador Retrievers: breeding age, responsible pet owners, death decisions
responsible pet owners, death decisions, profitable venture: Sorry, but that is much too old. The most you EVER want to breed your dog would be 4 times, up until the age of 5. If you choose to ignore my advice, then your dog could, and probably will die. The novelty of having a cute litter of puppies can wear off very...

Labrador Retrievers: breeding two different colored labs, litter mates, puppies for sale
litter mates, puppies for sale, chocolate lab: Hello I d get away from tat breeder that is compelty not true, My own lab is a cross between a yellow and chocolate lab shes black...as were her 11 litter mates! I offen see lab puppies for sale black father yellow mother or vice versa, Get whatever colored...

Labrador Retrievers: breeding genetics., border collie mix, yellow splotches
border collie mix, yellow splotches, border collie: Labs and even most Lab mixes are usually almost solid color. Some pure Labs do have some marking, a white chest blaze, white or chocolate toes, and my one had a white tip on his tale like a beagle. I have never even seen a Lab mix that was colored like a...

Labrador Retrievers: breeding rights, canadian kennel club, genetic problems
canadian kennel club, genetic problems, good answer: That is a technical question outside my experience. Likely the CKC would be the best place to get a good answer. I would ask if either dog has proven themselves a superior member of the breed that should be considered for breeding stock? Are they OFA...

Labrador Retrievers: breeding a skidish dog, petfinders, behavior problems
petfinders, behavior problems, dogs: Yes, it is quite common for a dog to pass on both physical and behavior problems. we have so many healthy, well behaved dogs, it is inexcusable to use ones with problems for breeding. You would do better to spay her. See how many Labs in your area need...

Labrador Retrievers: breeding, spay and neuter, chocolate labrador
spay and neuter, chocolate labrador, yellow labrador: A pregnancy often delays the next heat cycle. You might expect it in 7 months rather than 6. It does vary. Unless they are exceptionally find labs, maybe you would do well to spay and neuter them. It would save all the hassle of trying to keep them...

Labrador Retrievers: -------------------------..., chocolate labrador, parents and grandparents
chocolate labrador, parents and grandparents, cirtificate: Judith, You can call AKC and ask them if they can help you, but they really are not much help in these matters. The main problem is that you need to know if the litter was registered. If the litter was registered, you can ask AKC for a registration form...

Labrador Retrievers: Should we buy a black lab?, jack russell terrier, female labrador
jack russell terrier, female labrador, shiny fur: That depends....why did you get such a small dog to begin with? do you not enjoy walking the dog? ar you unable to give long walks and fetch games to a labrador reteriever? were you concerned about loud barking or were your fences shorter then 5 feet high?...

Labrador Retrievers: Car rides, graval, car rides
graval, car rides, oneday: Ken she is carsick... my sisters husky/shepard X puppy was frothing maddly oneday in the jeep and then she threw up..... she was unstable on her feet while frothing and genrally not looking well. Try some graval for people about a half of one a half hour...

Labrador Retrievers: Car Traveling LAB restraints, car restraints, loose dogs
car restraints, loose dogs, footwell: Air bags can kill dogs. Loose dogs flying forward can kill people. I have never used any of the restraints. I teach my dogs to ride in the footwell. It is a fairly safe place. I know some of my friends have the restraints, but not sure what they have....

Labrador Retrievers: Castration, testicular cancer, health reasons
testicular cancer, health reasons, aggression: Hello, He is fertile now and if he isnt being a pest you don t need to have him neutered. Of course what teh vet ment is that since he has testicles he can get testicular cancer which the chance would be eliminated if he was neutered...but think carefully...

Labrador Retrievers: Cause of a UTI, science c, urine sample
science c, urine sample, uti: UTI s are fairly common. I don t know there is much you can do to avoid them. If they occur very often, the vet will prescribe Science C-D or other diet to make the urine more acid and less friendly to the bugs. The vet will at least palpate the bladder,...

Labrador Retrievers: CHOC LAB (CHLOE), doggy day care, thyroid test
doggy day care, thyroid test, particle board: I can t say if it hurts to delay treatment for Cushings disease. I would hope that if it did, the vet wouldn t have put the test off. I think the particle board and other building products tend to outgas formaldehyde and other things. Some people can...

Labrador Retrievers: CHOC LAB'S LIMP, chocolate lab, dysphasia
chocolate lab, dysphasia, paw: You really need to see your vet. Severe cases of hip dysphasia can show up very early, but a number of other things, even ones that will be outgrown, can cause limps. I have a Lab that limped most of her first year, but was rated OFA good or better at a...

Labrador Retrievers: Check ups, etc., vaccination schedules, heart worm
vaccination schedules, heart worm, vet check: Something funny happened when I just sent my answer. This may be a duplicate. Vaccination schedules are very controversial. Some vets say there is always bad reactions, and we are killing more dogs that we are saving with too many vaccinations. The fanatic...

Labrador Retrievers: Chewing, intestinal blockage, safe room
intestinal blockage, safe room, bordem: Training a dog not to chew things is difficult at any age. It is far easier to train them to be comfortable in a crate when they are young. I do not know if a 6 year old would adapt to a crate. The only real solution is to crate the dog when you aren...

Labrador Retrievers: Chewing, toss pillows, feeding time
toss pillows, feeding time, real solution: I have read about being able to train dogs not to chew. Those that claim to be able to do it are long on bragging and short on details about how to do it. I once taught a lab not to dig holes in the yard by scolding her a few times. I usually don t...

Labrador Retrievers: Chewing, cattle dog, commerical products
cattle dog, commerical products, bitter apple: Many dogs chew much less after they are about 3 years old. In the meantime, there is not much you can do except keep an eye on him or crate him. There are creams and sprays, Bitter Apple, that protect things you put them, but hard surfaces work better. ...

Labrador Retrievers: Chewing, border collie mix, border collie
border collie mix, border collie, cable wires: The only real solution is to crate the dog when you aren t around. The dog may be happier in its den than loose in the house. It relaxes, it feels safe in its den. It rests, the body slows down reducing the need for water and relieving its self. Dogs that...

Labrador Retrievers: Chewing and eating things, coffe table, obedience class
coffe table, obedience class, vague recommendations: I think there are some puppies you can t turn your back on. And some require constant corrections when you are there. Unlike some experts, I don t have an easy answer to this. I sometimes wonder if those that do have ever encountered a difficult dog, because...

Labrador Retrievers: Chewing/Grooming, bristle brush, slicker brush
bristle brush, slicker brush, obedience class: With most of what you are doing, I would say he is a very fortunate dog. You might evaluate him as illustrated in this link, http://www.longliveyourdog.com/twoplus/RateYourDog.aspx Make any adjustments to how much your are feeding him. You could cut back...

Labrador Retrievers: Chewing Lab, kitchen cabinets, mousetraps
kitchen cabinets, mousetraps, habbits: A mousetrap is very effective in making a dog leave something alone. Most dogs will stay away from anywhere they were surprised by a snap. The best part is that it is not you that is correcting the dog. It works whether you are around or not. The mousetrap...

Labrador Retrievers: Chewing paws, salt baths, mineral salt
salt baths, mineral salt, deep sleep: Buy a washable dog bed cover, and wash it every week, maybe using a second rinse with the load. Cut out the baths, and brush him a couple of times a week or more. If the vet hasn t prescribed anything, give him a Benadryl capsule or 2 every night. Did...

Labrador Retrievers: Chewing, blood lab, full blood
blood lab, full blood, spray bottle: Hello Amber Put some white vinger in a spray bottle and spray it on everything she chews this should help a bit, tell her no when she trys to chew something shes not supposed to and pass her a chew toy to correct the behaver. When your not home put her...

Labrador Retrievers: Chews for my lab, jack russell terrier, female labrador
jack russell terrier, female labrador, labrador retriver: hello, i give all three of my dogs rawhides and bison knuckles all teh time to help keep there teeth clean and in good condtion, my dogs are a 3 year old female labrador retriver, 2 year old male jack russell terrier and female 7 month old boston terrier...all...

Labrador Retrievers: Getting a Jack russle pup with a Lab~follow up questions~, jack russle, puppy pen
jack russle, puppy pen, plastic crates: Hmmm, thought I had answered this one, but I ll try again. Been having computer issues, so maybe it didn t post. Yes, your small kennel should work well as a crate. Sounds like it is a crate! And, FWIW, the plastic crates are a bit less messy for housebreaking...

Labrador Retrievers: Choc. itching constantly, good shape, dog foods
good shape, dog foods, dry food: One big cause of itching is too frequent baths and failing to rinse out the last bit of shampoo. Frequent brushing with a soft bristled brush will limit baths to only after rolling is the stuff they will every chance they get. Contrary to much of what...

Labrador Retrievers: Choc Lab / Rottie?/ Shepard? mix, labrador retreiver, table scraps
labrador retreiver, table scraps, trash cans: Hello, If she is this heavy and only under 6 months old she is deffintly ccrossed with a large dog such as a rotty as these can get 90-110 pounds at maturity my labrador retreiver wasnt this heavy at that age she is full grown at 75 pounds now. And it isnt...

Labrador Retrievers: Choc. Labs, chocolate labs, personality traits
chocolate labs, personality traits, higher energy: I was told the dog guide school I volunteer for avoids breeding chocolate Labs because they are more hyper and had more hip problems. That could be limited to certain lines of Labs. They take chocolate Labs as donated dogs and many of them graduate. There...

Labrador Retrievers: Chocolate Lab 1 year about to have a litter, chocolate lab, health issues
chocolate lab, health issues, to have puppies: Many people breed their dogs at a year, but my opinion is that it s way too young. She s not yet done maturing, so their could be health issues. The only way to know for sure whether she s pregnant would be to take her to the vet and have an ultra sound done....

Labrador Retrievers: Chocolate Lab Barking, westminster show, obedience competition
westminster show, obedience competition, doggy day care: You have to remember conformation competitions are about how the dog looks having little to do with behavior. It sounds like solicitation attention. No matter how much attention some dogs get, it is not enough. If at all possible give him some more attention....

Labrador Retrievers: Chocolate Lab's belly, closet shelving, breed puppy
closet shelving, breed puppy, ball answer: Bloat is rare in a Lab puppy, but can be very serious. Perhaps his food doesn t agree with him. Maybe try something different, it doesn t have to be more expensive. If you are feeding him lamb and rice, try something like beef a barley. Might talk to the...

Labrador Retrievers: Chocolate Lab color as a puppy, chocolate labs, chocolate lab
chocolate labs, chocolate lab, yellows: Labs mostly stay the color they are born. They come in a wide range of colors. Some of the chocolates are so dark you have to look closely to see they aren t black. Other are lighter. I am not sure where you divide light chocolates and dark yellows. ...

Labrador Retrievers: Chocolate Lab eating schedule, lab puppy, chocolate lab
lab puppy, chocolate lab, safe toys: Hello Lisa and thank you for your questions, You can not leave kibble or water in his crate or he will pee/poop in it. Feed him in the morning before work so you have time to let him out afterwards, then crate him with a few safe toys and be off....he can...

Labrador Retrievers: My Chocolate Lab's hair, labrador breed, labador retriever
labrador breed, labador retriever, chocolate lab: Hello, thanks for emailing, If you check a labador retriever book or online labrador breed standard you ll note a slight wave down the back is premisable. My own lab didn t have any waviness on her back as a pup but now the wave goes all the way down her back..it...

Labrador Retrievers: Chocolate Lab puppy size, female labrador, lab puppy
female labrador, lab puppy, chocolate lab: She shouldn t be done growing, but will slowly gain some size. I won t say she will reach the 21 minimum for the bred standard. I hadn t realized how much my puppies did grow after about 5 months until I had an older dog in the house to compare them to....

Labrador Retrievers: Chocolate Lab Retriever, chocolate lab retriever, lunch time
chocolate lab retriever, lunch time, dog crate: 1 I don t see any problem with leaving a young puppy 4-5 hours. You sound like you have a good setup. I think where people have problems is leaving the puppy 8-10 hours. 2 I would leave the newspaper out. I use a grid at first, more about that later....

Labrador Retrievers: Chocolate lab and shrimp, blood sugar level, chocolate lab
blood sugar level, chocolate lab, health hazard: I have never heard of it. Most of what we eat is OK for the dogs too. I addition to chocolate, I recently learned many dogs are very sensitive to grapes and raisins, only taking a few to kill them. Zylitol, a new sweetener used in sugar free gums, can drastically...

Labrador Retrievers: Chocolate lab, chocolate lab, bed time
chocolate lab, bed time, vomit: Hello, Make sure he goes out before bed and if he is left free of his crate at night close him in yuor bedroom with you...he will whine or pace...jump in and out of the bed when he needs to go and wont go where his master might wake up and see...other then...

Labrador Retrievers: Chocolate labrador barking/yelping for food at dawn, chocolate labrador, light at dawn
chocolate labrador, light at dawn, coffee pot: You could try moving his crate or wherever he sleeps away from where the morning sun comes in. Also watch anything such as a coffee pot on a timer. We have the same problem with our 13 year old retired dog guide. One of us drags ourselves down stairs,...

Labrador Retrievers: Chocolate labrador barking/yelping for food at dawn, chocolate labrador, light at dawn
chocolate labrador, light at dawn, food dish: Hello Janine and thank you for your questions, An automated food dish would work or you could leave some food down in the night so he will have it when he wants it in the mornings, I can only imange how obediant he must be and he must be a lovly dog to...

Labrador Retrievers: Chocolate labrador behavior, obedience program, chocolate labrador
obedience program, chocolate labrador, obedience class: You need to talk to a vet about the breathing and find out if it has a physical cause. Start her in an obedience program, either working out of a book or a class. The dogs see all the people and dogs in the household as a pack with each having their own...

Labrador Retrievers: Cold/Sneeze/Cough - Chocolate Labrador, chocolate labrador, puppy stage
chocolate labrador, puppy stage, time dogs: I am quick to run a sick dog to the vet, but maybe not this time. Dogs get viruses the same as we do, and antibiotics don t help them either. Unless they are suffering from the symptoms and need relief, I would hope they get better. Weekends are bad to find...

Labrador Retrievers: College Student Interested In Getting a Lab, puppy training classes, responsible pet owner
puppy training classes, responsible pet owner, puppy classes: The costs of Labs vary from breeder to breeder. Consider getting a Lab/Lab mix at your local shelter. We got one of our dogs at the shelter for $25! I would highly suggest adopting an older dog. Will you have enough time to take him/her on a thirty minute...

Labrador Retrievers: Commercial Dog Food, purina dog chow, purina one
purina dog chow, purina one, commercial dog food: Hello Will and thank you for your question, I reccomend a better brand name with perferibly no by-products in it like beaniful has. If your on a budget I understand feeding less expensive foods but if you can spare a few extra bucks heres what I reccomend:...

Labrador Retrievers: Coping with a new baby, obedience program, obedience class
obedience program, obedience class, month old baby: I think it calls for action. Having a good pack structure reduces such problems. The dogs see all the people and dogs in the household as a pack with each having their own rank in the pack and a top dog. Life is much easier if the 2 legged pack members...

Labrador Retrievers: Crate training a puppy that is 8 weeks old, crate training a puppy, closet shelving
crate training a puppy, closet shelving, wire grid: It is not normal, but it happens in some cases, I think largely with puppies that didn t receive good care before. It can be hard to break. I will start with my general housebreaking advice. Much of housebreaking is not training the puppy, but making...

Labrador Retrievers: Crate training, closet shelving, whinning
closet shelving, whinning, crate training: Even just in the United States there is a lot of confusion. Crate usually refers to a small plastic or wire enclosure for keeping a dog inside. That is the way I always use it. Kennel can mean the same thing, or a larger enclosure outside, or even...

Labrador Retrievers: Crating, lab pup, chocolate lab
lab pup, chocolate lab, real solution: At that age, I mostly rely on picking up the puppy and placing it in the crate. If you are doing a good job being top dog, and not leaving it in the crate all day, by the time they are 3-4 months old, they should be going in the crate at the command of ...

Labrador Retrievers: Crating a Lab, going potty, wire grid
going potty, wire grid, terrier mix: Ordinarily I discourage that. How well it works will depend on the dog. It may or may not be OK. I was there the night my daughter came home to a thoroughly trashed bathroom by her little terrier mix. I would be checking the garage sales and flea markets...

Labrador Retrievers: Crating a pup while I go to work.., bed toys, rescue dogs
bed toys, rescue dogs, medical expenses: An 8 week old is never going to make it that long in a crate. If you can t make it back, can you find a neighbor or a professional dog walker to give it a break? If not, perhaps you should consider adopting an older dog. There are tons of them around, ...

Labrador Retrievers: Crating, yellow lab puppies, closet shelving
yellow lab puppies, closet shelving, lessor extent: Rather than relaxing and catching a nap in their den, some puppies protest by fouling the crate, or perhaps it is stress. I haven t had this problem. I saw my daughter fight the problem. A wire grid in the bottom of the crate will help keep the puppy...

Labrador Retrievers: Crossbreeding dogs, mutt dogs, couch sofa
mutt dogs, couch sofa, japanese spitz: The only thing I can dout on the subject is why make mutt dogs? have you seem the spcas/pounds/shelters adn strays? all because people breed irrsponsably and now the dogs are left battered/abuses/abondened or put to sleep...can you rest at night knowing your...

Labrador Retrievers: Crying and Barking early mornings at weekends, noise issue, human relationships
noise issue, human relationships, habbit: I could do much better explaining to them that with a crate, the dog could sleep in the house, than explaining to you how to approach them. It is a shame people don t accept keeping the dog inside in a crate. Maybe another expert here in human relationships...

Labrador Retrievers: car rides, vestibular disorder, pitched hum
vestibular disorder, pitched hum, cotton balls: Hi Larry, Is whining her only new behavior in the vehicle? No panting, restlessness, drooling, etc.? If she s only whining, and only doing while the vehicle is in motion, I m not exactly sure WHY she is doing this. There are a few things that could cause...

Labrador Retrievers: When should castration be done?, spayneuter, chocolate lab
spayneuter, chocolate lab, google: For years everybody said 6 months with it slipping toward 4 months. I am still trying to verify what I found recently at http://www.caninesports.com/SpayNeuter.html The link is not Google garbage, but from a site I find reliable. If later spay/neuter becomes...

Labrador Retrievers: change in color of dogs nose, pink noses, yellow labs
pink noses, yellow labs, retirement party: It is a lack of sunlight. My Aster was born in October. Her nose stayed black most of her first year, but was fading the next fall when we left her at dog guide school. It was unusual, but after her training she was given to a lady in a nearby town. The...

Labrador Retrievers: chewers and diggers, chain link fence, play and rest
chain link fence, play and rest, spot trouble: You would have loved my Peggy. She was field Lab stock too. She was tall, fine boned and slender, dark and a red cast to her. she had droopy eyes, and long ears. I wondered if somebody snuck some bloodhound blood in their field Labs. Peggy would carefully...

Labrador Retrievers: chewing, lab puppy, feeding time
lab puppy, feeding time, peanut butter: Many Labs are terrible about chewing things. Not only do they destroy stuff, but sometimes the indigestible things they swallow kill them. Your house and dog will be much safer with the dog in a crate when you are away. The dog may be happier in its den...

Labrador Retrievers: chewing, own toys, dog chews
own toys, dog chews, mousetraps: A mousetrap is very effective in making a dog leave something alone. Most dogs will stay away from anywhere they were surprised by a snap. The best part is that it is not you that is correcting the dog. It works whether you are around or not. The mousetrap...

Labrador Retrievers: chewing, bitter apple spray, own toys
bitter apple spray, own toys, mousetraps: A mousetrap is very effective in making a dog leave something alone. Most dogs will stay away from anywhere they were surprised by a snap. The best part is that it is not you that is correcting the dog. It works whether you are around or not. The mousetrap...

Labrador Retrievers: chewing, labrador retrievers, kongs
labrador retrievers, kongs, xlarge: Hello Alice, the only thing I can reccomend is lots and lots of quaility chew toys, like *Black kongs and *Durible nylabones, tug ropes and kong dental ropes are great to have around also, another thing don t leave him or her alone out in the open when your...

Labrador Retrievers: chewing while in garage, urinate in crate, closet shelving, birthday toys
closet shelving, birthday toys, short periods: The only answer to chewing for many dogs is to crate them whenever you can t watch them. I think some dogs eliminate in the crate as a protest. You can reduce the effectiveness of protest by putting a rack in the crate. Pet stores sell ready made ones....

Labrador Retrievers: chewing and licking peoples plates when they are eating, obedience class, natural instincts
obedience class, natural instincts, pack members: The key to most behavior problems is approaching things using the dog s natural instincts. Dogs see all the people and dogs in the household as a pack with each having their own rank in the pack and a top dog. Life is much easier if the 2 legged pack members...

Labrador Retrievers: chewing on own self, obedience competition, vet visit
obedience competition, vet visit, alergic reaction: Almost anything can be normal when a female is coming in heat. Nobody in their right mind keeps an intact female unless they are planning on breeding. Breeding is very difficult to do responsibly. Go to www.akc.org and read about responsible breeding....

Labrador Retrievers: chewing, own toys, mousetraps
own toys, mousetraps, posessions: A mousetrap is very effective in making a dog leave something alone. Most dogs will stay away from anywhere they were surprised by a snap. The best part is that it is not you that is correcting the dog. It works whether you are around or not. The mousetrap...

Labrador Retrievers: children and heirarchy, dog officer, bitter apple
dog officer, bitter apple, area clubs: Do you really have time to address this problem this year? With somebody the right age in the family, 4-H dog training is a great idea. In my area, clubs form soon after the first of the year. Even many urban areas have 4-H. For info look in your phone...