Steven Spielberg’s ‘Extra Terrestrial’ was a run-away hit millions watched the strange look and expressions of the ‘Extra Terrestrial’ with awe and they loved the little boy as well as the dog which followed the boy as a shadow, perhaps most of the readers would not be aware that this dog was a Labrador. Former
Head is broad with distinct stop and slightly pronounced brow. Eyes are usually brown in color exudes a sympathetic look. The lining around the eyes should be black as per breed specifications. The ears hang close to the head and are set slightly above the eyes. Jaws are strong and powerful. Except in black Labs the nose is yellowish. Body should be strong and muscular with a level top line.
Labrador is a ‘gentleman’ among dogs and it has almost all good manners like Good temperament, agility, a sharp nose, soft mouth, and above all a love of water which makes it a friend of fishermen. It is a devoted companion and very intelligent.
They are not excessively prone territorialism, pining, insecurity, aggression, destructiveness or hyper sensitivity. The Labs are excellent retrievers and like to play with children.
HOW TO CARE YOUR
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Feeding the Puppy.
Puppies are very delicate beings and special care may be given to them by feeding with apt food in regular intervals. Enquire to the breeder about the type of food he is giving to the puppy and always give the same food after it is taken home. It is probable that the pup will be somewhere around ten to twelve weeks old and already weaned from its mother’s milk on to solid and semi solid foods. Care should be taken since at this stage its stomach is very delicate and never overfeed it. As it is in the case of human beings overfeeding can cause excess fat which will be ugly and unglamorous! Foods based on grains and fatty ones should be restricted.
What you can give.
Feed the puppies at about four-hour intervals. Breakfasts can of cereal based foods, biscuits, warm milk, or beaten egg.
At lunchtime you can give lightly cooked minced liver, fish or tripe, moistened with gravy.
In the afternoon a drink of warm milk with some biscuits or bread would be enough.
In the early evening you can repeat the lunch and at the bed time you can repeat the break fast. At about fifteen weeks of age milk can be withdrawn and after six months of age changeover to adult diet can be effected.
Feeding adult dogs.
Adult dogs require only one good meal a day, plus a bed time snack. Usually
Few things are worse in the home than the presence of a bad smelling dog in your home. The good news about a foul smelling dog is that by regular brushings and grooming can turn him in to an eye-candy for which onlookers may flock with a ‘wow’!
At younger stage itself; let the puppy get used to the daily inspection and grooming. Let him think ‘it is also part of the play’ at first so that he takes an interest in it. Gradually train him to stand still while grooming.
Brushing not only makes the dog look pleasant but removes dust dirt and scurf from the coat and stimulates the skin and muscles. Regular brushing keep the skin supple and encourage healthy hair-growth. A short bristled brush, a hound-glove and a soft cloth are enough for grooming
Well groomed dogs seldom needs bathing.
Exercising your dog
Regular exercise is required to keep your dog healthy and this should be started at the younger stage itself.
Biting and barking.
You can be a proud and contended dog-owner if your pet is a
1. Elbow dysplasia is a common disorder in
2. Knee problems are common in some dogs.
3. Eye problems such as progressive retinal atrophy, cataract, retinal dysplasia are rarely seen.
4. Since Labs have drooping ears ear problems such as otitis (inflammation of the ear) is not uncommon.
Labradorsare beautiful dogs that any dog lover would like to rear, but keep him clean and teach him to behave from early stage.
- Golden retrievers are also belong to the category of
Labradorsand are most amiable dogs and good family pets. Let children play with them without any hindrance, as a joint game will be helpful to children also.
- Dogs are very sociable animals and always care them; a dog un-attended by the owners will be subjected to stress and are liable to behave abnormally.
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