Finding the Right Labrador Retriever Breeder

Before you go hunting for a family pet you want to make sure that you know exactly what kind of dog you are looking for. It is important to know what kind of Labrador you want in order to find the right Labrador breeder. There are several things you should keep in mind if you are considering making a Labrador your pet, breeding is one of them.

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Once you have researched and studied about Labradors, and you have decided that you want to make one part of your family life, you will then need to find a good breeder. There are several things you should consider when you are looking for Labrador breeders. Remember that a breeder is only as good as his knowledge. You want one that will be able to answer all your questions concerning your pet to be. So, do your research about the different types of Labrador dogs so that you are sure you are asking the right questions. Be sure that when you are talking to breeders and asking questions that the Labrador breeders are able to answer your questions correctly. They should be able to give your valuable information.

An important point to consider is to be wary of Labrador breeders who don’t ask you questions. Dog breeders should be screening the people who are buying labrador puppies from them. Good dog breeders are as interested in who their puppies will belong to as you are in getting the right puppy for you and your family. So if the breeder doesn’t ask you about where you live, how you plan to raise the puppy, and things that like, it’s probably not a good idea to buy a dog from them. Make sure that the Labrador breeder that you pick is taking an interest in you as a potential owner because that means that the breeder is also interested in where this puppy will go.

By asking questions of Labrador breeders, you will get a good idea about how much they care for their own dogs and how knowledgeable they are about Labrador dogs in general. This will give you an idea as to what kind of puppy you might be taking home.

A good Labrador breeder should never be afraid to answer your questions about his breeding program. Be sure to ask questions such as: are there any papers to go with the dogs? How many puppies has this dog had? Is she a good mother? How does the breeder know the parents aren’t related? What kind of health problems do your dogs have? Have any other people who have bought puppies from you been disappointed?

Remember that you should only get a puppy from a Labrador breeder who you are comfortable with, who has been able to answer all your questions, and who has shown concern about whom will be raising his puppy. Do your research first so you know that you are making a good choice. Visit several breeders to compare. Take the time to get to know the Labrador breeder that you have picked. These are just a few things will help ensure you’ve made the right choice when choosing a Labrador puppy to join your family.

About The Author

Denise Duncan loves all dogs, especially labradors, and enjoys training and raising them. She is a contributing author and editor for

Dog Grooming – How to Get Your Dog to Totally Love Baths, Clippings, & Brushings

Whether your dog has a short coat (Boxer, Basset Hound, Labrador Retriever), long coat (Lhasa Apso, German Long-haired Pointer, Samoyed) or one that falls somewhere in between, he’ll need to be groomed on a regularly.

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All dogs need to get used to being groomed, and starting as early in its life as possible. Good pet grooming habits will prevent future grooming problems from happening later on in their adult lives.

One Size Does Not Fit All When It Comes To Dogs

There are a variety of coats require different grooming steps, but basic grooming care such as bathing, brushing, ear and teeth cleaning, and nail trimming is needed for all pets. If you own a long-haired dog, grooming will have to be practiced more often and may be a little more challenging. So, it is imperative to introduce your dog to grooming early on in her life. Life will be more pleasant for both you and your dog if she learns to enjoy this experience while he’s still young.

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Good Dog Grooming Habits: Groom Your Dog Everyday

To ensure that your dog creates a positive experience with grooming, you must introduce her to the process slowly and often. Get your dog familiar with each piece of equipment by introducing it to her one at a time. Show your dog the brush, let her sniff it for a few seconds and then give her a small treat.

The next step is to gently touch her with the brush and the treat. Once your dog has fully accepted the object, gently brush one stroke and follow with a treat. Do this process about three more times until your dog realizes that being brushed is a great feeling. Break down this method into small steps as this will give your dog the chance to create a positive experience within each step of the way.

Take your dog to the grooming station and let her get to know the area before you begin the grooming process. A few days prior giving your dog a bath, put her in the bathtub while it’s dry and let her play with a toy and throw in a favorite treat. Repeat this technique the next day, adding some water and a sponge. See, it’s not as difficult as you probable thought it would be.

Warning: Don’t allow your dog to simply jump into a tub filled with water out of the blue, allow your dog get used to the water before filling the tub. Dogs are just like children, they have to be handled with care as well. So, before your dog gets in, you may want to dip your elbow into the tub to make sure that it isn’t to cold or hot.

Lastly, repeat this same procedure goes for the nail clipper, toothbrush, and other grooming tools. Take your time when introducing them to your dog and she will enjoy grooming for the rest of your pet’s life.

Why a Lab May Be the Wrong Dog For You

Labrador Retrievers are extraordinarily animals. In other words, they have to be in tune with their owners in order to follow specific guidelines. The way to understanding this is to delve deeper at what Labs were bred to do, and that is to hunt and retrieve.Think of it this way, these dogs must be in good harmony with their hunter/owner in order to follow precise guidance to track and fine birds that have fallen to the ground and out of sight. This need for a dog to have direction carries over to all aspects of a Labrador’s life – even at home.

This breed is perfect for people who enjoy and need constant canine companionship. On the other, it is bad for dog owners who have a Labrador Retriever but expect the animal to entertain itself with very little interaction from the owner.

There are hunting dogs that were actually bred to be independent hunters with hardly any interaction and guidance from people. Good examples of these types of dogs are Terriers and Hounds, which lead the way by use of their senses (by smell and sight) with the hunter determined to keep up with the dog’s pace.

Labs are created to retrieve, and in doing so they must have a connected attention link directly to the hunter. If a retriever does not adhere to the hunter’s commands then they may hit the water and swim far past where a squirrel has fallen, and possibly keep swimming out and away.

Well trained Labs do not make mistakes like this because they have the innate ability to attend to and follow specific directions from the hunter. This skill is absolutely crucial to being a dependable retriever and is one of the reasons that these dogs make great service animals and obedience trainees.

Why Many Labs Do Not Work Well With Some Families

I’m sure that you probably understand by now just how connected and dependent a Labrador Retriever becomes to its owners. It is always looking to people for leadership and must have interaction with people.

Every dog breed is companionable to some extent, some more than others, but Labs need a lot more attention than most dogs. They do not survive very well when left alone for long periods of time, whether within the home our outside. Many families who are away for long periods of time and come home and discovers that their Lab has ram shackled a side door or window trying to escape does not understand why how this could be happening.

These owners are understandably frustrated and then yell at their Labs. A well educated Lab owner will never react in this way because they know the reason why. The reason is that what causes a Lab to try to escape like this is because they want to search out and find its owners. They are under the impression that their “pack” missing and make an attempt to find them on the outside.

One lesson to take away from this information, especially if you have not yet decided on what type of dog to own and are considering a Labrador Retriever, is understand that you have to devote your Lab, regularly. If you neglect spending time with your dog, you should consider getting a more independent dog breed. Or else, your Lab may soon become extremely unhappy and will end up a very violent house pet, or even a runaway.

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