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A Labrador Puppy For Christmas – Is A Christmas Puppy Right For You?

‘A Labrador Puppy For Christmas’ was written by our founder, best-selling author Pippa Mattinson. Pippa’s online dog training courses are available here. A Labrador puppy for Christmas? Your very own Christmas puppy? It’s that time of year again! What an amazing Christmas present a puppy would make. Wouldn’t it? Don’t worry, I’m not going to …

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Dog Quotes – Find The Very Best Words For Every Occasion

Dog quotes are almost as popular as dogs! Dogs and humans have lived together for thousands of years. So, it’s no surprise that there is a dog quote for every occasion in your pup’s life. But, with so many quotes available, finding the one that says just what you want it to can be hard. …

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Why Are Dogs Noses Wet And What Do Dry Noses Mean?

A healthy dog usually has a cold, wet, nose. But, why do dogs have wet noses? And what does it mean when a dog’s nose is dry and cracked? Or wet but warm? If you want to know how to tell whether your dog’s nose is healthy, and how to take extra care of a …

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Dog Discipline – Four Reasons To Avoid Punishing Your Lab

We all want a well behaved Labrador. So, sensible dog discipline seems like a logical step in achieving that aim. For many of us discipline is or was, synonymous with punishment or correction. And you can’t have failed to notice that punishing dogs is falling out of favour. Punishment of dogs is a subject that …

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Homemade Dog Treats: Easy Recipes You Can Make At Home

Homemade dog treats are fun to make, fun for your dog to eat, and often surprisingly simple to assemble. Some don’t need cooking at all, some just need a quick bake. Most are made using ingredients that are readily available from your local shops, or even that are sitting waiting in your kitchen cupboards. And …

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Puppy vs Dog – Which One Should I Bring Home?

The puppy vs dog debate can complicate things when you’re planning on getting a new addition to your family. Puppies tend to cost a little more, and their adult size, appearance, and temperament can be unpredictable whilst they are young. But, owners can control their training and socialization from a young age, knowing they have …

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Genetic Testing and Health Clearances in Labradors: What do all of these results mean?

vc_rowvc_columnvc_column_textBy this point you’ve probably read through various breeder websites, trying to educate yourself on the breed, finding a puppy, and what makes a good breeder. You’ve read over countless acronyms like OFA, EIC, PRA, CNM, TVD, and the list goes on… what do all of these things mean? What is important to test for? And most importantly, what does it all mean for your puppy? So let’s start with the basics. “Back in the day”, we all knew to at a minimum x-ray hips and check eyes before breeding our Labradors. The OFA (Orthopedic Foundation for Animals- https://www.ofa.org/) works …

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Labrador Love: Discover 15 Things We Love About Labradors

Labrador love has spread far and wide across the entire world! In fact, they’re so lovable that they’ve been America’s favorite breed for over 20 years! It’s pretty clear that something about this breed has captured our hearts. But what is it about Labs that makes us adore them so much? The options are endless, …

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How To Train A 3 Year Old Labrador

Getting to grips with how to train a 3 year old Labrador is surprisingly straight forward. Even if everything has gone wrong in the past, or they’ve never had any training attempted. All they need is the right motivation, and a structured program to follow. Which is easier than it sounds! How to train a …

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Best Gifts For Dog Lovers – 30 Perfect Gifts For People Who Love Dogs

Buying gifts for dog lovers is great fun. There are so many cute, funny or lovable dog-related gifts. But choosing between them can be difficult. So we’ve done the hard work for you. We’ve searched through hundreds of dog lover gifts and brought our favorites together in one place, for you to choose from. We’ve got the best gifts for dog …

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Greyhound Lab Mix – Your Complete Guide To The Greyador

The Greyhound Lab mix, often called the “Greyador”, is a great mixed breed dog for admirers of the Lab’s good-natured personality and the Greyhounds elegant looks. It’s important to remember that, like all mixed breed dogs, the Greyador can have any aspect of either parent breed. Lab and Greyhound traits can combine in virtually any …

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When Do Labradors Mature? A Guide To Your Growing Lab

When do Labradors mature? Most Labrador Retrievers are considered fully grown somewhere from 11 to 18 months. There is quite a lot of room for variation in this timeframe, so don’t expect all Labs to mature at the same time. Labs reach sexual maturity somewhere between 6 and 9 months old. But mental maturity can …

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Why does a breeder have a CONTRACT or “Health Guarantee??”

We get a lot of questions about our “contract” or “health guarantee” that we offer at Endless Mt. Labradors. To be honest, 34 years ago when I began to breed, I literally asked my mentor, Sally Kelly (Kelly Green Labradors) if I could use hers (I always felt doing things professionally was the best way to go). My other mentor in the breed recommended it also, as she had been scammed so many times she had to start to protect herself. So she helped me further improve the contact and health guarantee to better protect the breeder and the consumer …

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Are Labradors Protective – Will Your Lab Leap To Your Defence?

Lots of people trying to choose the right dog for them want to know: are Labradors protective? Labrador Retrievers are not typically considered protective in the same way that traditional guarding breeds are. They may try to protect their household from things they view as a threat. But to the open-hearted Lab, not many encounters …

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Therapeutic Beds for your Aging or Senior Labrador

This blog is rather personal for me, and I’m sure I’ll have completed it having shed many tears in the writing of it. It just so happens that my dear Amy (a Romeo daughter) is almost 13, but is creeping into those senior years. Now, she still walks 2 miles a day with me and is doing quite well for an old gal. But I did many things right with Amy, and many things wrong. But one of the things that is on my mind now is that I want to do right by her is in getting her a GOOD, …

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DO NOT BUY A PUPPY OR DOG UNTIL YOU READ THIS!!!

So you want a puppy? Should you adopt From a breeder? What do you need to know before you start your quest?  What are the pitfalls to avoid? Also:  You’ve found the perfect “furbaby,” now what? Discover the best way to navigate the waters of welcoming a new canine family member. The information in Insider Secrets to Adopting the Right Dog allows you to experience a smooth, peaceful transition for you and your new addition. Insider Secrets includes sections on puppy training, how to choose a breeder, how to choose an individual dog, how to house-train, and socialize your new …

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Anal Glands: We “express” an understanding of the “root cause” of problems that arise

Most dogs at some time in their lives can be caught doing the ‘boot-scootin’ boogie’ on your carpet while you cry, “nooooo….”(in embarrassment, if there are guests! Lol) There are many possible reasons for this behavior, but most times its to relieve itchy, irritated, inflamed, or even impacted anal glands. The most common causes of anal gland issues are diet (stool issues), trauma to the glands, tilted glands (most are at ‘8 and 4’ o’clock positions, but can be at 7 and 2, causing some discomfort) So the location of the glands can be an issue too. It’s best to …

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How To Leash Train A Labrador

Working out how to leash train a Labrador that has an established pulling habit can be intimidating. But don’t let their enthusiasm for dragging you around put you off. There are several ways to leash train a dog, and today we are going to focus on one that works well for keen pulling Labs. Labradors …

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What Vegetables Are Good For Labradors To Eat And Snack On?

What vegetables are good for Labradors? Whether you’re trying to make the best homemade diet for your Lab, or simply wanting to know what’s safe to share with your pup, we have the complete list for you. Dogs are omnivorous, so they are able to eat a wide variety of foods, including many vegetables. But, …

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What food should I feed my pet?

How do I know what to feed my dog?? (Especially with so much info and brands marketing their food! It can be confusing!) In a recent survey of pet owners, about 25% revealed that they change the diet they feed their dog or cat every 12 months!!! (I was actually very shocked by that!) Interestingly, dog owners are most likely to switch to a higher quality food more than cat owners. Cat owners are more motivated by which food their cat likes eating. Because a lot of veterinarians are not trained in pet nutrition, many are turning online and to …

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How To Stop Your Labrador Barking – Click For Quiet

Dealing with your Labrador barking can be very stressful. But there is a way to help reduce the noise that really works. We call the technique Click For Quiet, and I use it to reduce noise by reinforcing silence. Why is my Labrador barking? When a new puppy arrives in his new home, he has …

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How do I stop my dog from CHEWING??? (Satisfy your dog’s need to chew without making it a bad habit)

Since dogs are natural chewers and explore the world with their mouths a lot. Chewing sometimes alleviates boredom or stress but has many benefits as well:  cleans teeth, exercises their jaw muscles. But what about the problem chewer? How about the puppy that “needs” to chew when he is teething? Let’s explore, quickly, what is SAFE and what is appropriate for your pet…and let’s do it WITHOUT teaching them to chew as a “bad habit”!! (this is CRITICAL!) BORDOM: Dogs that get a lot of social and mental stimulation tend to chew less than their under-exercised/under stimulated counterparts. So its …

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Can Dogs Eat Bread Or Is This Staple Food Dangerous?

Can dogs eat bread? Wheat bread and plain white bread is safe for dogs to eat in moderation. However, some dogs are allergic to the ingredients in bread, so be cautious when first giving your dog this human food. Too much bread as a treat can contribute to health problems like obesity in dogs. And …