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The Best Food For A Labrador Retriever Puppy
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What Is The Best Food For A Labrador Retriever Puppy?
There are many different types of dog foods available today. Some are high protein, some contain lots of vitamins and minerals, others have less calories than other brands. There is no right or wrong type of food for your pup. What matters most is what works best for your family’s needs. Here are some tips:
High Protein Foods For Labs
Puppies need a diet rich in protein. They require more energy than adult dogs so they must eat frequently to keep them going. High protein foods will provide enough nutrition to meet their nutritional requirements while being low in fat and calories. You can feed these foods at every meal, but it may take several meals before they become fully satisfied and relaxed again.
High Energy Density Food
Lab puppies are always on the go. They love chasing after things and playing. They also require more energy than adult dogs to support their endless activity levels. High energy density foods contain more calories (energy) per cup than other types of dog food.
These types of dog food are great for your hyperactive lab puppy because they have higher levels of nutrients per volume which means you can feed them less while still providing them enough fuel to play all day.
High Carbohydrate Food
Carbohydrates aren’t just in candy and cookies. Some types of dog food contain high levels of carbohydrates for energy. Just like humans, not all carbohydrates are equal. There are complex carbohydrates which take a long time to break down in the body and simple carbohydrates (like sugar) which break down quickly.
Complex carbohydrates are preferred because they provide a longer lasting energy source that doesn’t cause rapid spikes in blood sugar (which can cause hyperactivity and other health problems).
Any Good Food Is Better Than Bad Food
Even if you feed your lab a low quality food, they’re still better off than they would be if eating nothing at all. But if you want to give your furry friend the best, look for Royal Canin, Eukanuba, Iams, or Science Diet.
Things To Buy For A New Labrador Retriever
Most puppies are brought home when they’re between 6 and 9 weeks of age. During the first week or so you probably won’t notice too many personality differences as they’re mostly sleepy, hungry, and have to go to the bathroom a lot (especially after eating). But as they grow, you’ll start to see more distinct differences in their behavior. Below are some tips to help you in selecting the right toys and items for your new pal.
The first thing you should do is take your puppy (and any of his siblings) to a veterinarian for a check-up to make sure everything is healthy and he’s growing at a normal pace. The vet may also be able to tell you what gender your puppy is if you haven’t been able to figure it out by now.
Just as people need clothes for different occasions and weather, so do puppies. If you live in an especially cold or warm climate you’ll need to buy a winter coat and sweaters to keep them warm. On the opposite spectrum, if you live in a place that gets a lot of rain or snow you’ll need to buy rain boots and snow suits. This is especially necessary if you plan on training your dog to be a hunting dog.
But even if you just want him to look cute when he goes for his morning walk, outdoor apparel is important.
You’ll need to pick up some toys, but unlike the clothes you won’t need to do it every two months. Get a couple of toys that are designed to last instead of a bunch of cheap ones that will fall apart in a week. Once again, if you have hunting in mind, make sure you get the appropriate toys for the job. If you’re not a hunter, there are a wide variety of toys that will do nicely to keep them from tearing up your home.
Kongs are very popular with most dog owners and can be bought at any pet store. They’re designed to be filled with treats to keep your furry friend busy for hours trying to get them out.
Don’t forget the collars and leashes. Get one that’s sturdy enough so that it won’t break if your dog is pull a 100 lb deer out of the woods, but also soft enough that it won’t chafe their neck while walking on the sidewalk. And get several so that you can easily tell them apart from their other collars.
Training pads are great for housebreaking and will save you a lot of clean up in the beginning. They’re especially useful if you don’t always know exactly when your puppy will need to go outside.
Spraying for odors is very important. An untrained dog will often refuse to go on the carpet, but that won’t help them from urinating on your bed or your child’s toy box. A product like Natures Miracle can be used to eliminate pet odors from carpets, furniture, and even brickwork!
A pet playpen is great for keeping your dog out of trouble when you have to step out for a moment. Just make sure to keep them confined in a safe area; after all, they haven’t quite mastered their motor skills yet!
Of course, training pads and a playpen will only get you so far. After a while, they’re going to need to go without the house entirely. This is where the leash and collar come in handy. For most pups, it’s best not to just spring the leash on them after they’ve gotten accustomed to being without one.
Start by letting them drag it around and get used to the feel of it. When you think they’re ready, put it around their neck and give them a treat. You want them to see the leash as a good thing. Repeat this process until they’re completely comfortable with it.
Now that you have everything you need, it’s time to introduce your puppy to their new home…
“Wake up, Mason! Come on, boy. Time to wake up!”
You hear a muffled yipping coming from outside. You roll over and groan as you make your way to the window. With great effort, you manage to pull the curtain back just enough so that you can see outside.
A tiny, ball of fur is sitting in the middle of your yard, frantically jumping up and down and barking as loud as its little lungs will allow. From what you can tell through the darkness and the snowfall, it looks to be mostly white with gray patches here and there.
You open your window just enough so that your voice won’t be lost in the wind.
What are you?”
The puppy stops jumping and looks over at you. After a moment, it begins to bounce again. You open the window a little more and it trots over, pressing its nose against the opening.
“Wheeeeoooowwww…” it says, sticking its tongue out to lick your hand.
You pull your hand back and wipe it on your pajamas as the puppy tries to stick its snout through the gap.
Sources & references used in this article:
- Labrador Retrievers for Dummies (J Walton, E Adamson – 2011 – books.google.com)
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- The Everything Labrador Retriever Book: A Complete Guide to Raising, Training, and Caring for Your Lab (KC Thornton – 2004 – books.google.com)
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