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Learn how to tell if your precious puppy isn't feeling well
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Does My Labrador Need to See a Veterinarian?

Dogs, unlike human beings, can’t speak up and let you know if they don’t feel well. That’s why, if you’re a conscientious Labrador Retriever owner, you need to know how to read your lab, and sense behavior that is “out of the ordinary” for your specific pet.

Who could resist these loveable puppies
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Making the Labrador a Part of Your Life

The ownership of a Labrador Retriever can be a wonderful addition to your family. Yet like any other ‘new addition,’ either human or animal, a Lab brings with it a whole host of duties and responsibilities.

Labs from a local Labrador Rescue
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Adopting a Labrador in Need of a Loving Home

If you are looking for a new dog to add to your family, consider adopting a Labrador that has been rescued and is looking for a new home.We all know that puppies are soft and cuddly but they do turn into a adult dogs. Here are some good points to consider when it comes to choosing a puppy verses an older dog.

Labrador Retriever Mix vs. a Purebred?
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Labrador Retriever Mix vs. a Purebred?

While many dog owners prefer a purebred dog, there are many benefits to owning a mixed breed dog. A great combination is a Labrador and Golden Retriever mix. This new hybrid is called a Golden Labrador, although it is not officially recognized by the AKC.

Lab puppies are precious
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Finding The Perfect Labrador Breeder

Dog breeders are easy to find, but qualified dog breeders are an altogether rare group indeed. Once you have decided that you want that perfect little Labrador puppy you’ll need to find a responsible and reputable breeder that raises and specializes in that breed of dog.

Are Dog Parks a Good Idea?
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Are Dog Parks a Good Idea?

In the opinion of this writer…..yes. As the owner of two Labradors under the age of three, I have come to realize that exercise is essential to a happy dog as well as a happy owner. I am part of the 70% of dog owners who believe that my beloved pooches are part of my family. Now that all my children have left the “nest”, trips to the dog park have replaced earlier trips to the playground and more recently, endless trips to sporting events. I no longer discuss SAT scores, the best colleges and curriculums, but have migrated to simpler subjects such as the perfect dog food, the best fetching toys, and the love that I have for the two devoted dogs who love me unconditionally and are always happy to see me….always.

Labradors love to please their owners
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How to Teach a Labrador Retriever New Tricks


Your Labrador retriever is smart and wants to learn tricks, if for no other reason than to please you. Happy, well-adjusted dogs are the ones who are allowed playtime, romping, running, games and learning to keep their minds and bodies agile. A bored dog will exhibit signs by digging, chewing, wandering off or barking incessantly. It will help everyone in your family, especially your Lab, if you take the time to train them, discipline them and love them in equal measures.

How to Determine the Personality of a Labrador Puppy
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How to Determine the Personality of a Labrador Puppy

So you want an adorable, cuddly, bouncy, drooling Labrador puppy. Are you sure it has the right temperament for you and your family, and do you know how to tell one delightful little puppy’s personality from another? As a rule, Labradors are less whiney and insecure than other breeds, and not prone to territoriality or possessiveness. They do grow to be quite large however, and will chew (on just about anything) as puppies. They are evenly tempered and great with kids, and will run like crazy when you give them room. If you need a slobbery tennis ball retrieved, this is the breed for you.

Labradors can be very active dogs
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How To Groom A Labrador Retriever

Labradors may be the most popular large dog breeds. Easy to care for, friendly and intelligent, Labradors offer years of companionship to their owners. One thing sometimes holds people back from selecting a Labrador as a family pet: Grooming. Luckily, grooming a Labrador can be easy, if you just know how.

Labs are retrievers and love to play fetch
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What Labrador Retrievers Need

There is some debate about one of the most popular dog breeds, the Labrador Retriever needs in regard to achieving “proper” behavior. Even though the Labrador is general is a loving and easy going animal, they still need to learn what is appropriate behavior, and what is not.