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Labrador 101 Raising Labrador Pups

Sep 16, 2008
A Labrador puppy is very much like a small child. They need a lot of time, attention and patience. There will be times when you haven't a clue as to what you are doing. This is normal. But not finding out about Labrador puppy care after you have this feeling is not normal. A sweet little chubby Labrador pup quickly turns into a heavy, over exuberant dog that can weigh an average of sixty-five pounds.

Labrador puppies cannot be successfully trained unless they have regular exercise. They need at least two walks of a half hour a day until they are adults and can be taken down to one walk a day (depending on the individual). They also need social interaction with their people, proper chew toys and structure in their day and night.

It's never too early to begin training. Keep training sessions short (only a few minutes long), do several every day and end a session with a lot of praise. Keep your Lab pup's attention on you by randomly treating or praising whenever the puppy looks at your face. Never hit your puppy (and you will be tempted). Growling or speaking harshly makes the puppy know he or she has made you upset. By observing your Labrador puppy closely, you will begin to know when they are thinking of doing something you don't want to do.

Burn up some of your puppy's energy with daily walks and play sessions. Neutering or spaying will also keep your Labrador well behaved and looking to you for all good things. Labrador puppy care includes regular check ups with your vet. You don't want to over work your puppy (say, going for ten mile jogs a day) when the bones are still growing. Your vet can help you work out a proper exercise regime and diet.

The first thing you should show your Lab pup is where to pee. Be patient and let your pup take his time. Praise vigorously when he finally goes in the right place. This routine sets habits the dog will quickly learn.

Everyone in your home needs to use the same commands in order to help raise a good-natured Labrador pup, it's no good having mom and dad insist the dog stay off of the beds if the kids encourage the dog into their beds.

This can get confusing. Labs, for all their intelligence, can easily get confused. But since Labrador puppies adore food, they will learn what they can in order to get special treats. Reserve a really special treat just for training.

You need to remember that dogs only vaguely understand people. They try - but can get signals crossed. Take a deep breath and try to remember all the good times with your pup.
About the Author
About the author: Brooke Sunderland is a passionate lover of the Labrador and has a popular website where you'll discover how to have a happy, healthy and well behaved Labrador. Among other topics at this website, you can also learn all about Labrador Pups plus a whole lot more.
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