Labrador Retriever Articles

Poem from an Untrained Puppy

My family brought me home with them
snugly cradled in their arms.
They cuddled me and smiled at me,
and said I was full of charm.

We would laugh and play all day,
they showered me with toys.
I soon learned to love my family;
especially the girls and boys.

The children loved to feed me,
they'd give me special treats.
They even let me sleep with them,
all snuggled in the sheets.

They used to laugh and praise me
when I played with my old shoe,
but I was never told the difference
between the old ones and the new.

The kids and I would grab a rag,
and for hours we would tug.
So I thought I did the right thing
when I chewed up the bathroom rug.

They said I was out of control,
and would have to live outside.
This I did not understand,
although I tried and tried.

The walks stopped one by one,
they said they didn't have time.
I wish I could change things,
I wish I would know my crime.

My life became so lonely,
in the backyard on a chain.
I barked and barked all day long,
to keep from going insane.

So they brought me to a shelter,
but were embarrassed to say why.
They said I caused an allergy,
and then kissed me good-bye.

If I only had some training,
when I was just a pup,
I wouldn't have been soo confused
when I was all grown up.

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Train your puppy from the very beginning and teach it what is expected and you both will be happier!

Household Dangers and Poisons

 

Common Household Dangers for Dogs

These are everyday items that are in every house. Please make sure they securely stored away of your dog's reach.

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Hip Dysplasia

 

What is it and how can I tell if my dog has Hip Dysplasia?

Some cases of canine hip dysplasia are so mild there are no symptoms, but if your dog seems stiff or sore in the hips when getting up, if he seems hesitant to exercise, stand on his hind legs or climb stairs, or if he’s limping or bunny-hopping, a visit to the vet is in order.

 

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Puppy's 1st Day @ Home

 

Bringing Puppy Home

The first week you and your dog spend together can be exhilarating, fun, enriching and just soo much fun. Make the transition easier on both of you by doing a little advance planning before your new dog arrives.

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Puppy Housetraining

 

Your canine newcomer is just itching to learn household manners. He wants to please, but has to learn how. Before the young pup can be trusted to have full run of the house, somebody must teach the house rules. There's no point keeping house rules a secret. Somebody has to tell the pup. And that somebody is you. Otherwise, your puppy will let her imagination run wild in her quest for occupational therapy to pass the time of day. Without a firm grounding in canine domestic etiquette, your puppy will be left to improvise in her choice of toys and toilets.

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Labrador Body Language

 

Do you understand your Labrador? 

Dogs can’t speak but they try to communicate with humans all the time. They have a complex language of nonverbal communication that can tell us when they’re happy or sad, fearful or angry, confident or nervous.

Canine body language is the sum of a dogs facial expressions and body postures that communicate their emotions and intentions to those around them. It’s up to us to learn how to interpret this language.

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Exercise Induced Collapse (EIC) in Labrador Retrievers

 

Who gets EIC?   

EIC is a hereditary condition, with littermates and other related dogs commonly affected. Clinically unaffected dams and sires commonly produce litters with more than one affected dog and pedigree analysis strongly supports an autosomal recessive mode of inheritance.

The syndrome of exercise intolerance and collapse (EIC) is being observed with increasing frequency in young adult Labrador Retrievers. Most, but not all, affected dogs have been from field-trial breedings.

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Progressive Rod Cone Degeneration

 

The genetic disorder, cells gradually lose their normal function in full light situations. Most affected dogs will eventually be blind. Typically, the clinical disease is recognized first in early adolescence or early adulthood. Since age at onset of disease varies among breeds, you should read specific information for your dog. Diagnosis of retinal disease can be difficult. Conditions that seem to be prcd-PRA might instead be another disease and might not be inherited. A genetic test is needed to diagnose prcd-PRA.

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Free Books to get Puppy-Wise

 

A great way to get puppy-wise and ready for the big day is to read Ian Dunbar's free e-books. These are free PDF documents that you have permission to download, copy and share. Available on DOGSTARDAILY or below. 

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Long Term Health Effects of Dental Problems in Dogs

 

It's often taken for granted by people that dogs will have bad breath and that their teeth will yellow and even break as the years go by. But the truth is that dogs' teeth are very important to them. Carnivores like dogs have strong, healthy teeth, which means if your dog does not have healthy teeth, it can both be a sign that something else is wrong or can cause more serious problems. Your dog's oral health is one of your best clues about her overall health. Here are some of the ways poor oral health can affect dog overall health.

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Grooming your Labrador

 

Keep your Labrador Retriever healthy and happy with following basic care tips.

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Interesting Labrador Facts

 

Labrador retrievers are one of the most amazing dogs! Millions of people around the world know that they are loyal, smart, playful, dedicated and big dogs. However, only few of them know that they actually came from Canada and were best helpers of native fishermen as they helped in hauling fishing nets off the freezing waters. They are great in water as they have webbed feet and water proof hair. All this is standard information available about Labrador, but there are some interesting facts that are pretty amazing. Let’s have a close look at few of them.

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Can you Read your Lab's Tail Wag?

 

Right, left makes a difference in tail wag. Italian researchers say that dogs' tail wagging sends a different message depending on the direction of the wag.

Examining dogs' interactions with people and other animals, the scientists found that a dog wags its tail to the right when it spots someone or something familiar and to the left when it feels threatened, The Daily Telegraph reported.

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Quotes

"Whoever said you can't buy happiness forgot about puppies."

Gene Hill

"Until one has loved an animal, part of one's soul remains unawakened."

Anatole France

"Folks will know how large your soul is by the way you treat a dog."

Charles Duran

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