Miss Bailey, the Golden Retriever, came to visit today!! Puppy play time and socialization is just as important as human socialization. Good dog play can teach young dogs valuable lessons!! Play enhances bite inhibition, develops communication skills and maintains friendly responses with other dogs.
I read this in an article and I think it truly describes these beautiful creatures….
“Labradors are trained as puppies and learn to act as an assisting leader for their owners early on in life. Therefore, their loyalty is extremely strong and they are not timid when it comes to protecting their owners from anything that may seem dangerous because it is just a part of their canine nature. Yet, it is important to know that this dog breed will not act aggressively towards their family”
Bailey loves me ❤️
These two are worn out ❤️. Kimber makes such pretty babies!! Too bad she’s no longer a baby!
Anytime the weather is over 70 degrees, your dog is at risk for heatstroke.
Our canine friends have fur and cannot sweat like us. Dogs can only expel heat through their feet, and by panting.
If you exercise your dog above 70 degrees he/she should have constant access to water, not only that he can drink but also the kind he can submerge himself in to cool his body temperature.
Monitor your dog closely.
Heatstroke begins with heavy panting and difficulty breathing. The tongue and mucus membranes appear bright red. Saliva becomes thick and dogs can have bloody diarrhea. The temperature can climb to 104 degrees very quickly and will become life-threatening.
Carry a rectal thermometer.
Take your dog’s temperature with a rectal thermometer every 10 minutes until it is normal. Normal body temperature for your dog is between 101 and 102.5 degrees. Anything over 103 is abnormal and needs to be cooled.
We can all enjoy our canine pals in the summer with a few precautions and attention!!
PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR DOGS!!!
PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR DOG!!
Labrador Retrievers have many exceptional qualities that have made it one of today’s most popular breeds. They are very outgoing and friendly, always looking to please their masters. Excellent in the home with the family and in the field whether as a hunting companion or obedience trial show-dog, they are full of enthusiasm and are intelligent and easy-to-train. But owning a Lab is not all “fun and games” and serious consideration should be taken before adding a Lab to your family. Below are ten things to consider before purchasing or adopting a Lab puppy.
- Time– Labs are very sociable and outgoing and crave companionship and attention. They are also energetic and need plenty of exercise. Daily walks and ample training time are necessary to have a happy and obedient Lab.
- Space– As mentioned Labs require plenty of exercise. Before bringing that Lab puppy home, consider whether you will have access to the open space a Lab will need to stretch its legs and run.
- Affordability– After paying the initial purchase price, consider the other expenses that owning a Lab can incur. Labs are a large breed and take more food than a smaller breed. Labs are typically robust and healthy but should have regular check-ups with the vet to maintain their health and vigor. Lab puppies are also notorious for destroying things so consider the cost of losing a pair of shoes, landscape items, etc…. Other costs to consider are the items needed to care for your Lab, such as, dog house or crate, possibly a kennel, dog dishes, dog training devices, and dog toys.
- Family– Labs grow quickly and your new cute little puppy will soon be a large clumsy puppy. Consider whether a Lab will be able to adapt with your family especially if you have small children. Young Labs are exuberant in showing their affection and could unintentionally hurt small children with their play.
- Lifestyle– Owning a Lab will most likely change your lifestyle considerably. If you travel often or work away from home for extended periods of time, a Lab is probably not the right choice for you. Consider as well the lifestyle changes needed to care for your Lab; taking time for training and walks, pottying your dog, and including it in your family outings and recreation.
- Commitment– Labs have been known to live up to 15 years! A Lab will depend on you for its care, companionship, and leadership, so consider carefully the commitment needed to provide for your Lab over the duration of its life.
- Environment- Labs take nearly three years to mature from puppyhood. As mentioned before, Lab puppies are notorious for chewing and destroying items. Hopefully, you will be able to train your puppy to avoid most of its potential destructive behavior in a short amount of time. Consider this fact though if you own an expensive property that you do not want marred and if you have valuable items within reach of a Lab. A Lab allowed to run freely in the same room as your ancient Chinese artifacts is a recipe for a disaster. Labs also shed considerably
- Health– When choosing a Lab puppy, ask the breeder lots of question regarding the health of the puppy’s parents and of the puppy itself. Observe the puppy, it should be well filled out and appear happy. A listless puppy or one that appears skinny may have some physical ailment or may have a bad case of the worms. Lab puppies are typically playful and enthusiastic; acting otherwise may be as sign of poor health or possibly poor temperament. Labs are not susceptible to many diseases but it is wise to get an initial health screening as well as regular check-ups thereafter. Labs, as with many other dogs, can have a number of inherited diseases. Hip Dysplasia and a serious eye condition are probably the most common genetic diseases found in Labs.
- Training– Labs are smart and are easy to train provided that you take the time to consistently work with them. As with any successful training, lots of patience is necessary. If you are new to dog training, participating in a local obedience training program will be well worth the time, effort, and money.
- Male of Female– Another consideration in choosing your puppy is whether you want a male or female. If how the dog looks is important to you, a male puppy may be the best choice considering they are usually larger and more muscular. Males also can be neutered easier and cheaper than spaying a female. Female dogs will have two heat cycles every year when they tend to act differently and will shed more over that period.
When looking for the next addition to your family, recognize this is a HUGE COMMITMENT!!!
I’m a breeder and I breed because I want to better the breed, and I want to share this incredible breed with those that are committed to the time and energy this breed will demand. I am not getting rich, will never get rich, will more than likely lose money. It is not about the money, it is about sharing these beautiful dogs with deserving and loving family and homes. Every pup that leaves my home takes a piece of my heart with it. I help birth, and care and love this pup with everything I have. They are so much more that “dogs”.
If you are “thinking” about adding an addition, seriously do your homework. Determine exactly what you have to offer that pup/dog. Do your research!! I see so many decide on a whim to get a pup, with no thought to how much time, energy and money this pup is going to need. In my eyes, dogs are just like children, you don’t give up children, you don’t give up pups/dogs/pets!
She’s getting so big and looks like a little clone of momma Kimber! Quincy is from our Fall 2019 Vega/Kimber litter. She made her momma proud this weekend by “behaving” with company.
When a family works with their pup, gives their pup boundaries, and is consistent, it makes for a much more enjoyable pet!!
Dogs need to know acceptable and unacceptable behavior and they must look to their owners to guide them. The best way is thru consistency , repetition and praise.
Our pets are a part of our family, when they are an appropriately behaving part, the relationship deepens and both pet and pet parent grow to respect one another forming a lasting bond!!
I’m not sure how the time has flown by so fast but Kimber had her first litter two years ago!! I cannot believe all these littles are TWO!! Happy Birthday to all the Kimber/Thunder pups!!!