Your little Labrador Retriever puppy won't be little for long! Before you know it, he'll reach full size, and between now and then, he'll go through many physical and psychological changes. How you respond to those changes has a big impact on the dog he becomes. This book guides you through each of those changes, month by month.
Expert pet author Terry Albert, veterinarian Deb Eldredge, and breeders Don and Barb Ironside team, up to cover each stage your Labrador Retriever puppy will go through, detailing everything you need to be aware of and do during each phase. Along the way, they answer all the questions you have-and many you didn't think to ask-including:
What to ask the breeder before bringing your puppy home
Which vaccinations your puppy needs and when he needs them
How to make potty training as quick and easy as possible
What to do when your puppy cries at night
Why and how to crate train your puppy
When and how to socialize your puppy
When your puppy is ready to learn basic commands-like "Sit," "Stay," and "Come"-and how to teach them
When and how to go about leash training
How much exercise your puppy needs to stay physically and mentally healthy
What, how much, and when to feed your puppy to give him the nutrition he needs without the extra weight he doesn't
When your puppy is ready for obedience training and how to be sure it works
How and how often to bathe your puppy brush his coat, clip his nails, and clean his teeth
How to know what injuries or ailments require a trip to the vet
What causes problem behaviors, when to expect them, and how to correct them
Terry Albert has been working with dogs for over 25 years as a dog trainer, foster home, and pet sitter. A long-time Lab owner, she has previously written books about Basset Hounds, Labrador Retrievers and Boxers. Her writing credits include Petco, PetDoc.com, Delta Society, and numerous websites and newsletters.
Deb Eldredge, DVM, is a graduate of Cornell and the winner of the Gentle Doctor Award for best client care. She is also an award-winning writer, the author of 10 books on pets, and the past President of the Dog Writers Association of America.
Don and Barbara Ironside have owned Labs for 38 years and shown them in conformation, obedience and hunting tests. Under the name Fawnhaven Labradors, they have owned and bred multiple breed champions and hunting dogs. Their achievements include Best Of Breed at the Labrador Retriever National Specialty along with numerous obedience titles and Master Hunters.