What to Know Before Getting a Labrador Retriever

If you’re considering adding a Labrador retriever to your family, knowing more about this dog breed is important. Labrador retriever puppies are adorable but require a high amount of maintenance to grow into healthy and happy adult dogs. Our animal hospital team at Doggie Dude Ranch in Ames, IA, offers helpful information about Labrador retrievers, so you’ll know what to expect from this charming, loyal breed.

Physical Activity

Labs are active dogs that need a lot of exercise regularly. You’ll need to take your lab for long walks or let them run around your fenced-in yard to burn off energy. Remember that this breed loves water, so swimming is another activity for them.

Brush and Bathe Regularly

Labradors have a short, dense coat that sheds consistently, especially during shedding seasons. Regular brushing can help manage shedding and keep the skin in good condition. Brushing helps keep your Labrador retriever’s coat in good condition.

Right Amount of Food

Ask your veterinarian how much to feed your puppy. This amount will change as your puppy grows, but this breed needs enough food to support its large size. Labradors have healthy appetites, so it's important to provide a balanced diet and monitor their weight to prevent obesity.

Obedience Training

While labs are known for being friendly and laid back, they can also be hard to handle due to size. Proper training helps ensure your puppy learns not to jump. You can also train your dog to sit, stay, drop items on command and remain off the furniture if desired.

Keep Up with Routine Appointments

Labrador retrievers are prone to hip dysplasia, ear infections, and other health issues. Regular vet appointments help ensure that any health problems with your puppy are found early. These routine appointments are also important for keeping your dog up-to-date on vaccinations.

Schedule a Vet Appointment 

If you’re bringing a new Labrador retriever puppy home soon, schedule its first appointment with our trusted veterinarian. Doggie Dude Ranch in Ames, IA, provides reliable, high-quality pet care for Labrador retriever puppies and other pets. Call our office at (515) 382-1444 to schedule an appointment.

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