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Dog Psychology – How Your Dog Sees The World

Animal behavior has been formally studied since the early 1800s. It’s amazing how many different (and often conflicting) ideas we have about dog psychology. Psychology refers to the science of how the brain works and behavior. So dog psychology includes how dogs think, social interactions between dogs, and how dogs bond with each other and …

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Dog Shock Collar Training: Is It Worth It?

Training a well-behaved dog can be hard. Training a dog to mind his manners even when he’s off his leash is even harder. So, you might think that training a highly motivated, high energy, high prey drive dog to leave other animals alone while off his leash is downright impossible. It’s so tempting to go …

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Dogs and Babies – When Two Worlds Collide

Dogs and babies sure make for the cutest pictures when they are together, but things aren’t as straightforward when you step inside the photograph. I’ve been training dogs for a long time, and I’ve also raised a child alongside two bouncy German Shepherds. So I’m confident I can help you to safely and happily navigate …

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Clicker Training Fetch – Teaching The Clicker Retrieve

I’m Elsa Blomster, a postitive reinforcement dog training expert. And today I’m really excited to tell you about how I clicker train fetch. Because retrieving using the clicker philosophy means that we put the spotlight on the correct behavior, rather than upsetting and confusing our dogs by punishing behaviors we didn’t want to see. My …

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Top 10 Things To Buy For Your New Puppy

It is a lot of fun shopping for your new Labrador puppy, but puppy gear can be expensive! I’ve made a quick checklist of the supplies you really do need. These are all items I make sure I have in my home for every puppy I raise.  Please note that the Labrador Site is an …

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Puppy Blues: Coping With Post Puppy Depression

When I first wrote about post puppy depression some years ago, I think people were much less aware of the importance of good mental health. I coined the term ‘puppy blues’ because so many people told me that they felt inexplicably sad or overwhelmed after bringing home a new puppy Puppies don’t need to be …

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My Labrador won’t swim!

This is far more common than people might think. Not all Labs like water, at least not to begin with. But all Labradors enjoy swimming if helped to overcome their initial fear or reluctance to enter the water. If you have an older labrador that has never swum, getting them swimming might take quite a long …

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Trick Training: A Fun Activity To Share With Your Lab

Some people look down their noses at those that teach their dogs tricks. I know because I used to be one of them. Not any longer I used to think it undignified and pointless teaching dogs to ‘ape’ humans with a handshake,  or roll on their backs on command. I now understand that there is …

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Why Do Labs Eat Everything?

The Labrador as a breed is famous for their appetite. And there is a genetic reason why many Labs are greedy. Unfortunately the Lab’s affection for eating can sometimes extend to inedible and very inappropriate items.   Almost all puppies and many young dogs, will chew up soft toys, blankets and other bedding, and anything you …

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Should you send your Labrador away to be trained?

I understand how tempting it can be,  especially if you are struggling with your Labrador, to send them away to ‘boarding school’ and let someone else solve your problem for you. For most people sending the dog away to be trained is not a decision they take lightly. And people who ask my advice on making that decision have …

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Should I Have My Labrador Castrated?

Having your  male Labrador castrated is a common choice. Many veterinarians recommend you have this procedure carried out on your pet at a young age. As a general rule, I prefer not to castrate my own male dogs. I’ll explain a bit about that below. There are benefits and downsides to neutering both male and …

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Can Dogs Eat Tomatoes?

Your garden variety tomatoes contain a range of nutrients that are good for dogs. But tomatoes also contain a chemical called tomatine, which is toxic to your dog in high concentrations. Tomatine levels are lower in ripe tomatoes, and smaller varieties. Your dog can eat morsels of ripe cherry tomatoes, but tomatine levels are dangerously …

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Is Your Dog Drinking A Lot Of Water?

In Is Your Dog Drinking A Lot Of Water, Pippa looks at the causes of excessive thirst in dogs. And how to recognize if your Lab is drinking too much Dogs get thirsty and drink more for the same reasons that people do. Feeling thirsty is a very basic animal reaction to becoming dehydrated. Maintaining …