One thing that is especially important to keep in mind is that this breed has a tendency to retain weight if it is sedentary too often, or if it is given too many treats. One of the most common health problems for the modern Labrador dog is obesity. A healthy Labrador should have a trim, hourglass shape. While it may be tempting to treat your Lab pal often, in return for their unconditional affection, it is far better to treat your friend with quality playtime rather than edible treats. This will ensure that you and your Lab will enjoy a long and healthy companionship. Labradors do very well outside with a doghouse, as they are adaptable for outdoor conditions, but they prefer to live indoors, close to people, most of the time.
Regardless of the brand of food she is on, if she’s gaining weight you should cut back on the portion sizes. Extra weight is definitely not doing her any favors. You can be fairly sure cutting down on her food intake will do no harm because if she’s gaining weight, she must be consuming excess calories and the only way to stop that is to cut down on the food she eats or add in more exercise, likely a little of both. Feeding her less will be harder on you than it is on her. She will be fine eating less, but will likely give you those puppy eyes every time there’s anything remotely edible in view. Just don’t give in!
Labradors are powerful and indefatigable swimmers noted for their ability to tolerate the coldest of water for extended periods of time. Their ability to work quietly alongside hunters while watching for birds to fall from the sky, marking where they land, and then using their outstanding nose to find and retrieve dead or wounded birds has made them the king of waterfowl retrievers. They are also used for pointing and flushing and make excellent upland game hunting partners.
Hi Susan, for arthritis G5 is MAGIC and art phyton (plant-based product) too. My yellow one couldn’t walk anymore at the age of 5. We give it a table spoon of the G5 liquid every day until the rest of her life. She lived happily until the age of 15.5. She was just wonderful and i missed her every day. I have a chocolate now. She is 17 month old. She is clever, playful, a bit stubborn like all labra but so sweet and definitely a great swimmer. Labra best dog ever!
It’s great that you’re maintaining such a good level of activity for him, it will maintain muscular strength, keep joints moving and help keep his mind and attitude stay youthful too! Exercise is very important for older dogs.
He never seems to tire sounds about right! Labs are athletic machines! In my life I’ve had three, also a lurcher-terrier cross, a lab-collie mix and so on, every single one of my dogs could go on and on, far longer than I could and never seemed to tire. Maybe I should work on my fitness? haha.
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The Labrador should be short-coupled, with good spring of ribs tapering to a moderately wide chest. The Labrador should not be narrow chested; giving the appearance of hollowness between the front legs, nor should it have a wide spreading, bulldog-like front. Correct chest conformation will result in tapering between the front legs that allows unrestricted forelimb movement. Chest breadth that is either too wide or too narrow for efficient movement and stamina is incorrect. Slab-sided individuals are not typical of the breed; equally objectionable are rotund or barrel chested specimens. The underline is almost straight, with little or no tuck-up in mature animals. Loins should be short, wide and strong; extending to well developed, powerful hindquarters. When viewed from the side, the Labrador Retriever shows a well-developed, but not exaggerated forechest.
Lil just doesn’t get my concept of wrong at all; she gives me a hurt look when I hold up a torn up item and loudly proclaim, “What bad dog did this?” But then she wags her tail, runs over and looks around like, “hey that was me! I’ll do it again, just watch.”
Labs are smart and highly trainable, but they don’t just magically turn into great dogs. Any dog, no matter how nice, can develop obnoxious levels of barking, digging, countersurfing and other undesirable behaviors if he is bored, untrained or unsupervised. And any dog can be a trial to live with during adolescence. In the case of the Lab, the “teen” years can start at six months and continue until the dog is about three years old.
Anyway, you basically have to stop him from ever ‘getting away with it’ and eventually the behavior will fade stop. BUT, if he gets away with it when you aren’t supervising, then it will likely never end. So you have to supervise and intervene. If you cannot supervise, you have to manage the situation and this will probably mean crating, so that he doesn’t get the chance to scratch at doors if you cannot be there to stop it.
Background: Jasper recently moved to northern California from Michigan. He came for the sunshine, eclectic cuisine, diverse culture, and liberal attitudes… but he stayed for the walks and bones and belly rubs. Regrettably his human caretaker must move into an apartment and only one dog is allowed. Jasper’s roomie Marty won the coin toss for the apartment.
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There is a ‘long hair gene’ in the labrador gene pool but it’s not common. I have to admit I’ve rarely if ever seen them! There is a breed called the ‘flat-coated retriever‘ and sometimes the ‘wavy-coated retriever’ that look VERY similar to the labrador and certainly share some close ancestry.
The ‘5-minutes per month of life’ is a generalization that is a good guide, but all dogs are different so it will not suit all dogs. And in your situation, if your Lab has been receiving 1.5hrs, he will have gotten used to that and now expect it as his body is primed for it. So on the days he doesn’t get that much, he will have excess energy. Using the rule for a 7 month old would be 35 minutes of structured exercise. Stuff like running, jogging, playing fetch and so on.
What the shelter said about Teddy: Teddy was found by a person who was out taking a walk on a country road near Mendocino. He was found with an unneutered Great Dane who was not in the best shape. We feel he must be a loved pet as he is in good shape and knows sit, shake and down! He rides well in the car, loves all people and dogs. He was quiet in his kennel run at the shelter with barking dogs and people cleaning around him.