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As the proud owner –or future owner – of a Labrador puppy, you undoubtedly want to know how to raise him or her into a healthy, happy, trained, well behaved Labrador dog. It all begins with learning what to expect from Labrador puppies.
Female Labrador dogs have their Lab puppies typically after a two month pregnancy, provided there are no complications. At 7-9 weeks old, the warm, soft, wriggly pups have been weaned and ready to go home with their new owners.
After you pick up your new Labrador puppy, you will initially notice the puppy’s coat and personality.
Labrador puppies have short, smooth, dense coats and have curious, active, and enthusiastic personalities by nature. Your Labrador puppy will have a lot of energy and will be extremely active during his or her waking hours.
As your Labrador puppy grows into a Labrador dog (Labrador dogs reach adulthood at around 3 years old) this same exuberance will remain. For this reason it is important to train Lab puppies early on.
Happy Labrador puppies are trained Labrador puppies! Keeping this motto in mind may help you with the challenging – but rewarding – training tasks ahead. In short, you will want to leash train, verbal command train, behavior train, and food train your Labrador puppy.
For a detailed Lab puppy training guide, read this article. But first things first: what to do if you just received or are soon to receive your Labrador puppy.
If you are a proud new owner or soon-to-be proud new owner of a Labrador puppy, it will be helpful to know how to handle their arrival.
Since he or she will be very active and exploring every corner and crevice of their new home, you have to plan on puppy preparing and puppy proofing your house until their afore-mentioned Labrador puppy training is complete.
Start with purchasing the following items: a puppy crate, washable and durable bedding, tip and chew-resistant food and water bowls, puppy-friendly chew toys, baby gates for any room you want to secure, and an anti-chewing pet spray to use on objects you want to remain relatively “chew free” (i.e. electrical cords, furniture, shoes, etc.).
Having this list of supplies will ease you through the “Welcome home!” phase and offer a smoother transition into the training phase mentioned above.
Once you are settled with your Labrador puppy, it is time to look after his or her upcoming needs; Labrador puppies need regular vet checkups and vaccinations, just like any other puppy breed.
If you have not yet selected a local veterinarian, now is the time to do so; an initial appointment to familiarize everyone with each other and make sure your Lab puppy is in optimal health is a good idea, too.
Your Labrador puppy also needs weekly grooming. Grooming is particularly important in regards to the upkeep of your pup’s health and it is necessary more often than a vet visit.
To learn more about how to groom your Lab puppy and how grooming contributes to the puppy’s health, or if you need additional grooming information, please read this article.
The final step of ensuring your puppy’s health, happiness, and good behavior is to fill in all the gaps with bonding time and love (and sometimes a lot of patience!).
By providing nutrition and toys, training and treats, exercise, affection, and grooming, your happy Labrador puppy will become a healthy, happy, well-behaved Labrador dog.
To read and understand more information about Labrador puppies, check out the highly recommended Labrador eBook and audio package today!