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Looking for an Alternative Method of Flea and Tick Control?

What with all the recalls, warnings, and seizures regarding Rx flea/tick meds, we get so many requests about what people can do naturally, effectively, and won’t break their banks! Plus, don’t you freak out when your kid buries his face RIGHT in the spot you put the flea/tick treatment? Ugh. I know… Fleas, ticks, and internal parasites are some of the many enemies you sign up for when being a pet owner. There are multiple flea and tick preventatives out there, but as always here, we like to try a holistic approach if available… Diatomaceous Earth is a product that …

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8 Ways Kids Benefit from Having a Dog. Want a smarter, more empathetic, possibly healthier child at ALL ages?

Want a smarter, more empathetic, possibly healthier child at ALL ages? It may come as no surprise that having a family dog can benefit your child’s emotional intelligence, confidence, and empathy. And so much more. Here are seven ways kids who have a pet in the home have a leg up on those who don’t: They have higher self-esteem When given tasks to complete, such as helping with the care of a pet, kids show an improvement in self-esteem. The tasks should be age-appropriate, though, the authors say, such as allowing a 3-year-old who is too young to walk a dog put the water …

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What’s Your Favorite Color Lab?

vc_rowvc_column/vc_column/vc_rowvc_rowvc_columnvc_column_text What’s Your Favorite Color Lab? /vc_column_textvc_empty_spacevc_column_textThe Labrador Retriever breed comes in three recognized colors: black, chocolate, and yellow. The yellow can range from a light creamy color to a toasty typical yellow coat, to a reddish tone many call “fox red”. But still, these different shades still fall under a yellow coat. Yellows should have a black pigment around their eyes and nose. Chocolate may range from light to dark (though a nice dark chocolate coat is the proper chocolate coat) with liver pigment around the nose and eyes. And then of course, the original… the black Labrador./vc_column_text/vc_column/vc_rowvc_rowvc_columnvc_single_image image=”12897″/vc_column/vc_rowvc_rowvc_columnvc_column_textWe …

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The 3 Best Dog GPS Trackers of 2024, Tested and Reviewed!

We independently researched  and evaluated all recommended products and services.  As you read you will find the right product for YOUR dog and YOUR use! There’s no worse feeling than when your dog goes missing — something celebrities like Paris Hilton have even experienced. If you worry about your furry friend wandering off, you can give yourself peace of mind by outfitting them with a GPS tracker. The best dog GPS trackers provide real-time location updates directly to your phone, allowing you to quickly find your pet and bring them home safely if they wander out of your yard or …

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Mastiff Lab Mix: Meet The Mastadors

The Mastiff Lab mix is a large designer cross breed, combining the English, Spanish or Bullmastiff with the Labrador Retriever. This breed combination surprises some as they have historically very different purebred ancestors. One designed to protect property and the other to fetch game in the field. To drill down to the realities of life …

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Why your Lab should stop biting and jumping on–GET THIS!!–DAY #1!!!

You say, “That’s not possible.” And after almost 4 decades of having Labrador pups around almost all the time, I can 100% tell you, IF you correct your puppy on the way home (1-12 hours for most–day # 1) the way we tell you, for the first day, (Use this link for technique) there should be no jumping or biting after that. Still sound impossible? Well, I’m a small person. I have thin skin (literally!) and I can’t be bleeding or be knocked over (I have back problems already) so my decision when I train a Lab pup is:  biting …

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Silver Lab – The Facts About Silver Labrador Retrievers

Nothing starts a lively conversation among Labrador fans quite so quickly as the topic of silver Labs! Silver Labradors are basically chocolate Labs with a twist. They have a gene that dilutes that rich chocolate fur and turns it into a pale, silvery grey color.   Where that gene came from, how it got into Labs …

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DO NOT BUY A PUPPY OR DOG UNTIL YOU READ THIS!!! (Donna’s full-length memoir/Labrador History)

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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How to feed RAW DIET and save money!!! (Save money with Freeze-Dried!!)

Alternative to more expensive forms of raw diet for dogs–we’ve had a lot of calls asking for an alternative to BARF raw patties so I’ve compiled info for you below! –and this whole month (February) its 50% off!!!!!! We have been proponents and educators of raw feeding for almost 2 decades, and you can read our blogs to find out all about it and how it can benefit your dog.  We all enjoy the benefits of: real food, no gmo’s, no fillers, no artificial colors/preservatives, no smelly kibble poops, and the amazing ‘no shedding’ that raw is best known for. …

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How do I control my dog’s shedding????

Labradors, like most breeds, inevitably shed their coats once or twice a year, during the major season changes. If they are shedding excessively and continuously, however, it is likely due to one of two reasons: poor nutrition or stress. BUT I have many, many insider secrets I’ve learned over the past 30 years from other breeders and show handlers that I’d love to share with you. You WON’T hear these tips anywhere else…so please read…and share…and put down that vacuum cleaner!!! Preventing Excessive Shedding The first thing you need is the right tools. Now, many of you have a dog shedding …

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Why does my dog bark at men in hats?

Sometimes we are surprised when somebody approaches us or walks in our house with a hat, and our dogs bark at them. This happens quite frequently in our home because my husband doesn’t wear a hat. Ever.  So when my Labradors see a man and a hat they bark, I think, because they’re not used to it, and they may even think the person’s head is deformed or something (LOL?). Sometimes we wish we could peer inside their brains and just know what they feel and think, but we can only guess and make wise theories from observations and science. …

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Why does my Labrador “point” with his paw before chasing something?

No matter whether you have a purebred or a mixed breed dog, many of you have ones that like to chase things small and furry, even if they’re not fast enough to catch them. What we may notice most is that whenever they see something in the distance they may like to chase, they pause, or in doing so, may “freeze” in position and lift one paw, just like a trained hunting dog. Is this instinctual behavior for a Labrador or is it some kind of indicator of his breeding? Some dogs even lower their front body into what we …

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When To Take The Cone Off Your Dog After Neutering

Most dogs, my own included, really dislike wearing a cone. And the chances are, you’ll be hoping to get rid of the cone as soon as possible after your dog’s neuter operation!  It’s important that your pooch doesn’t get a chance to chew on their wounds and potentially make the healing time take much longer. …

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How To Discipline A Dog And Stay Friends

Many people feel very strongly that dogs, especially big bouncy Labradors, do need to be disciplined if they are to be good canine citizens and fit in with life in our human world. Pet parents want to know how to discipline their dogs for fighting, stealing, and other canine misdemeanors! I’ll give you some links …

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When Do Dogs Stop Growing? Labrador Puppy Growth Chart

A Labrador puppy growth chart can help you to check your puppy’s development is on track. Watching your baby Labrador Retriever puppy grow into an adult dog is worrying sometimes, but you can tell whether your puppy’s growth is on the right track with our Labrador puppy growth chart. I will share the average Labrador …

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My Dog Ate Something They Shouldn’t – What Now?

Dogs, especially young dogs, sometimes swallow stupid things. In some cases, taking the right action immediately can save your dog’s life.  Sometimes it’s difficult to know what is an emergency and what is a ‘watch and wait’ situation. It’s better to phone your veterinary professional for advice and risk looking a bit silly, than to …

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10 Dark Secrets About Animal Shelters (and how YOU can help!)

 While breeding purebred dogs has been the focus of our lives, we also love ALL dogs and animals, and in fact, we (Jonathan and Donna) are very involved with dog legislation in their state, even being involved at the Capitol, talking with lawmakers and advising committee members and lawmakers. We’ve owned rescue dogs ourselves. Along the way, sadly, we have found some disturbing facts that made us get more involved. THIS made us lose sleep at night. If you truly believe “ALL DOGS MATTER” please keep reading:  THESE RESCUES ARE NOT REGULATED. What that means for people adopting from a …

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English Lab – Your Guide To The English Labrador Retriever

The English Lab has ancestors bred for pet and show life. This chunky dog has a long broad muzzle, wide head, floppy ears and a barrel chest. Their otter tail sticks out straight and bold, and their thick double coats come in three main shades of black, chocolate and yellow. Most English Labradors still have …

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Australian Labradoodle

The Australian Labradoodle is a mixed dog breed, with Labrador, Poodle, English and American Cocker Spaniel, Curly Coated Retriever, and Irish Water Spaniel ancestors. The aim of the Australian Labradoodle was to produce a new purebred with its own breed standard and with predictable traits than a first-generation Labrador Poodle cross. Your adult Australian Labradoodle …

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Happy National Labrador Retriever Day!

vc_rowvc_columnvc_column_textThis post is a day late, but really every day around here is Labrador Retriever Day, right? We really cherish our EML families and loved seeing extra pup posts in our Facebook group yesterday! They were so smile inducing that we thought we’d share some of that joy here! :)/vc_column_textvc_empty_space/vc_column/vc_rowvc_rowvc_columnvc_gallery images=”15077,15076,15075,15074,15073,15072,15071,15070,15069,15068,15067,15065,15064,15063,15062,15058,15061,15060,15059,15057,15078,15066″/vc_column/vc_row

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Benefits Of Crating A Dog

The benefits of a dog crate include protecting your possessions from those sharp puppy teeth, simplifying your potty training progress, and keeping your puppy safe when unsupervised. There are downsides to dog crates though. I remember when crates first appeared on the scene thinking putting a dog in a cage was a horrible idea.  Here’s …

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Downsides that can come with Labradoodles (And their history!)

I’ve been hesitant to write this article as so many people have and love their doodles, but I get asked a lot what the difference is. In order to discover this, I had to ask the EXPERTS (not the backyard breeder or puppy mill just making a buck and not at all concerned with genetics) This statement caught my eye and made me look further. Apparently, the man who “invented” the labradoodle now feels he’s made a terrible mistake, and regrets ever creating the breed. The reason given is basically due to the overwhelming popularity of having a dog with …

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What Is The Best Age Gap Between Dogs?

The best age gap between dogs is between two and six years. Buy a pair of puppies is tempting, but early bonding, training and socialization require a lot of individual focus. If you can’t give your new puppy your full attention, they can become more attached to their canine friend than their human family. Likewise, …

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How to Teach a Dog to Stay

Stay command training is an extension of the sit or down command. To teach a dog to stay you need to first establish a sit position, then pair that sit with a cue or command like the word ‘sit’ or a hand gesture. The stay command should initially be taught in small durations, using positive …

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Labrador Feeding Demystified: A Comprehensive Expert Guide

The best Labrador food is high in fat and protein, but low in carbohydrates. Great diets avoid fillers, and are packed with healthy vitamins and minerals. Working out how to feed a Labrador isn’t just about picking the perfect menu though. You know Labs are enthusiastic eaters and prone to weight gain, so getting the …

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When Can Puppies Go Outside: Guidelines For New Puppy Parents

Puppies can go outside from 8 weeks old in your backyard for potty training, exercise and play. But visits to public places is trickier, as new puppies need to be protected from infection too. Vaccinations take time to build a puppy’s immunity. Meanwhile puppies need to meet people in their community! Especially if they are …

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Purebred Thefts on the Rise! (and in the news)

If you’ve ever had a dog run away or even worse, stolen, then you know the heartache that comes with that feels beyond repair… I’m sure any pet owner would agree that it is certainly as hard as losing your own child. There are more and more reports of stolen dogs, especially purebreds, and also commonly in urban areas. Unfortunately, due to the economic downturn and many people strapped for money, dog thefts, and more so, purebred dog thefts, are on the rise, especially the ones that are most popular at the top of the AKC highest registration list, such …

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Does your Pet Shampoo contain these harmful chemicals?

DOES YOUR PET SHAMPOO CONTAIN THESE CHEMICALS • D-trans Allethrin – from a class of synthetic chemicals called pyrethroids, derived from natural chemicals found in chrysanthemums. Synthetic varieties are significantly more potent and persistent than naturally-occurring products and can cause allergic responses. Also a suspected endocrine system disruptor. Veterinarians caution against using pyrethroid-containing products if there are cats in the home. • Resmethrin – also from the chemical class called pyrethroids. Very toxic to cats; should not be used in a household with cats. • Pyriproxyfen and S-Methoprene – Considered relatively safe with low toxicity. However, data is lacking about …