Labrador Retriever Puppies – Diet, Teething and Exercise
Posted: May 12, 2017
Keeping your Labrador Retriever puppy happy and healthy is one of the best things you can you for the new member of your family. There are many types of dog breeds that require a lot of attention and care, the great thing about Labrador Retriever’s is they are great dogs and companions and aren’t as high maintenance as some other breeds.
That being said, they do require care and attention to keep them happy and healthy such as a nourishing diet, regular exercise, love and attention.
DietThere are several options for feeding Lab puppies such as raw food, dry food, wet food and some dog owners prefer home cooked meals. There are definitely do’s and don’ts for all of these options and has been a strong topic amongst Veterinarians and industry experts for quite some time.
Research has shown there is no real strong evidence that shows that any diet is better than the other. Whatever you choose, make sure the food you give your puppy is high quality and veterinarian recommended.
TeethingLabrador Puppies, just like babies, go through teething. Teething doesn’t bother puppies as much is it can bother human babies however there is still a level of un-comfort and soreness.
As adorable as your Labrador puppy is, you may notice your puppy has fixated on chewing household items. This is not only dangerous as they could swallow something that may harm them but also your personal items can be destroyed.
To alleviate any discomfort and boredom is make sure your buy appropriate chew toys and provide frozen food for your puppy to chew on.
Biting When it comes to biting, puppies tend to bite. This is known in the dog world as bite inhibition (more on that later). This behavior is quite normal but definitely needs attention.
Many breeders do provide training classes for your Labrador Retriever and can assist in coaching on biting. Check with your breeder to see if they provide Labrador puppy training.
One thing to do at home is you can ensure you correct biting each time it happens and ensure each member of the household needs to be consistent. If your puppy bites you, it can be beneficial to remove your puppy from your attention. Puppies love attention and this can be great tool for training your puppy on to bite.
You can also offer chew toys as another alternative to biting and nipping on your hand or body. This is a great distraction and shows them what is acceptable to chew on and what is not acceptable.
Exercise It is important to know, not to over exercise your puppy for many reasons, as well as taking them out in pubic for walks when all of their vaccinations are not complete.
Depending on the age of your puppy, they’ll be different requirements for the amount of exercise your puppy requires. Young puppies under the age of 12 weeks do not require ‘walks’ and long types of exercise but please check with your breeder and veterinarian.
There are many additional aspects to be aware of and these are just a few subjects to be aware of with Labrador Retriever Puppies. We plan on covering more subjects so stayed tuned for more insights.
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