Labrador Retriever Content
Prepare in advance for your puppy a place where he will sleep. Place it away from batteries and drafts, not in the aisle, so that the baby feels calm. A small puppy can be put on a regular mattress. For an adult dog, it is advisable to make a special trestle bed (60 x 90 cm in size) on legs about 20 cm high (this way you will protect your pet from drafts, and it will be more convenient for you to clean).
It’s not at all difficult to accustom a puppy to cleanliness. As a rule, he chooses a certain place in the apartment as his toilet. Cover the entire floor with newspapers and wait for your baby to do his job. Praise him, you can reward some goodies. Gradually, the puppy will learn to go to the toilet only in this place and you can only lay newspapers there.
10 days after the 2nd vaccination with a puppy, you can start walking. Take him outside immediately after waking up and after feeding. As soon as the retriever understands what you want from him, he himself will begin to try to endure. If you buy a dog before the summer and immediately take it to the country, there will be no problems with getting dirty in the house. Usually in the country, retriever is accustomed to cleanliness in five to seven days.
Stock up on puppy toys. If he has something to chew on, you will not have problems with spoiled shoes, torn wallpaper, curtains and tablecloths destroyed by books. Make sure that there are no metal parts in the toys – dogs can swallow them. Do not let your retriever pull sticks with other dogs, pull rags or a leash. All this can ruin a bite. Do not leave books and other objects on low tables, do not scatter shoes, be sure to try to close or remove telephone and electric wires from the puppy.
Get personal hygiene items for your dog: massage brush, dog shampoo. Retriever is rarely washed: before the show, so that the coat shines better; if the dog suddenly fell out in some rotten meat; bitches are washed after estrus.
Already from two months, start accustoming the retriever to the collar. In the future, it is necessary to purchase different harnesses: firstly, a walking collar and a leash, wide enough and reliable, with a strong carabiner, a collar – always with a welded ring. Just in case, have a muzzle and train an animal to it. If you go with your dog to the exhibition, be sure to have exhibition equipment: an elegant noose or an exhibition silk lace to match the dog.
Some dogs require regular cleansing of the anal glands, as when they are blocked, dogs experience itching, begin to gnaw wool at the tail, etc. If measures are not taken, fistulas may form. The procedure consists in squeezing the contents of the anal glands with the thumb and forefinger of one hand, while the other hand holds the tail upright. The content of the anal glands is a yellowish-gray secretion with an unpleasant odor, so it is better to carry out the procedure in the bathroom or outdoors as necessary.
Correctly take the puppy in your arms: always with both hands. You can not raise the puppy, holding it by the front paws or covering its chest under the elbows with both palms. Never pat your puppy on the head and ears! You can ruin your ears. Putting a collar over your head also spoils your ears.
Remember that the retriever is an active dog. Walk with her a little longer, alternate walking on a tight leash with a free walk. But do not tire the retriever to exhaustion, training and walking should be a joy for the dog. A good workout for the musculoskeletal system is to climb up the stairs, running uphill. For up to ten months, do not let the puppy jump over obstacles – this can lead to injuries to fragile limbs and spine. Never allow children to ride a dog, the dog should not crawl under the bed, the chair – all this leads to a back deflection. It is possible to accustom a retriever to a harness for towing a sled or a skier no earlier than 2 years, and the loads should increase very gradually.
Treat your retriever carefully, provide him with the right conditions for development, and in return you will receive a cheerful and loyal friend who has no equal!