Labrador Retrievers For Dummies

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John Wiley & Sons, Mar 16, 2011 - Pets - 288 pages
You have a picture in your head. A picture of yourself with your practically perfect dog. You’ve always preferred big dogs, and your ideal dog is sturdy, strong, and energetic. At the same time, you envision a dog who is gentle and completely in tune to your needs, your whims, and your every move. That perfect dog is likely a Labrador Retriever. After all, the Labrador Retriever is the most popular dog in the United States, according to American Kennel Club registrations. Labs are beautiful, friendly, adaptable, easygoing, brave, loyal, dependable, and intelligent. What could be better?

Labrador Retrievers For Dummies is a useful guide to have if you're thinking of getting a Lab or even if you already own one. Perhaps you're just curious about this popular breed. This handy reference is for you if you want to

  • Find out if a Lab suits your lifestyle
  • Know what to look for in Lab pups
  • Determine if a breeder meets high standards
  • Understand health and nutrition needs
  • Handle emergencies with a cool head
  • Train your dog with the lure-and-reward technique
  • Show off your Lab in competitions

You can live a fulfilling life with your Lab by making sure she is socialized, healthy, and well trained. What better task for humans and dogs than to be great companions for each other? However, you may need some help in knowing how to get the most out of your relationship with your Lab. This friendly guide offers that help with the following topics and more:

  • Exercising your pup and older Lab
  • Choosing the right veterinarian
  • Exploring spaying/neutering
  • Keeping your Lab beautiful with good grooming
  • Helping your dog deal with divorce, a new baby, moving
  • Managing barking and whining
  • Housetraining your new puppy
  • Traveling to dog-friendly vacation destinations
  • Choosing a pet sitter or boarding kennel
  • Volunteering your lab as a therapy dog

Labrador Retrievers are big, energetic, and sometimes boisterous (especially as puppies), and they don't take care of themselves. They need you. Don't let them need you unless you're ready to be needed.


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Great book.

User Review  - smileygoat7 -

This book is full of great suggestions. I bought this before I adopted my lab and it offered some great tips to raise him. Read full review

descent but no water dog

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It has lot of good info about breed itself but not as much as i would of liked to seen on actual training. Read full review


Training Your Lab with the MRE System
Just the Facts Maam
Finding and Liying with a Labrador Retrieyer
Taking Care of Your
An Qunce of Preyention
Helping Your Lab Deal with Changes
M Is for Management
R Is for Relationship
E Is for Education
Training Tips Tricks and Techniques
Your Lab A Member of the Family

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About the author (2011)

Joel Walton is a professional dog trainer and Labrador Retriever breeder who has lived with Labs for more than 30 years.
Eve Adamson is a regular contributor to Dog Fancy and other pet magazines.

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