Loverador http://www.loverador.com News Your Labrador Would Love To Bark About Mon, 19 Jun 2017 13:32:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8 http://www.loverador.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/love-io.png Loverador http://www.loverador.com 32 32 What To Do If Your Labrador Is Choking http://www.loverador.com/what-to-do-if-your-labrador-is-choking/ Thu, 15 Jun 2017 15:32:39 +0000 http://www.loverador.com/?p=1234 The idea of watching a pet choke to death is a nightmare.  However, it is a possibility. This is especially t rue for the oh-so-curious Lab. So, it’s good to have a little bit of knowledge and background should you need it. This article outlines some basics.

What Does A Choking Dog Look Like?

A choking dog will look frightened, walking back and forth (pacing) and pawing at the mouth. The Labrador’s chest may be heaving but the dog will not be making any noises.

What Did He or She Choke On?

If you think the Lab is choking, first examine mouth. Dogs are curious and get into many things.  The most common choking hazards are:
  1. small balls
  2. rawhide
  3. bones
  4. cellophane
  5. small toys

If possible, pull the dog’s tongue forward and remove whatever it is that he or she has swallowed.  If not, it’s time to try the Heimlich.

Help your choking dog with the Heimlich Maneuver.

Labs are curious and have a habit of putting things in their mouths. It is important to keep small items out of the reach of those types of animals.

Heimlich for a large dog:

  1. Stand behind the canine and wrap your arms around his body, while making a fist with one hand.
  2. Place the thumb of that hand against your dog’s abdomen. Find the spot just where the sternum (backbone) stops.
  3. With the other hand, pull your fist toward the dog’s shoulders, suddenly and forcefully.
  4. Repeat 4-5 times
  5. Check the dog’s mouth again.
  6. Repeat the thrusts if needed.
  7. If the dog is unconscious, start rescue breathing.

 

Heimlich for a small dog:

  1. Hold the dog so that her spine is against your chest, and hold his or head up.
  2. Make a fist with one hand, and place it right where the sternum ends.
  3. Grasp the fist with your other hand
  4. Give four or five quick thrusts inward and upward.
  5. Check the dog’s airway again.
  6. Repeat if necessary.
  7. If the dog is unconscious, start rescue breathing

Unfortunately, you may not be able to save your dog.  These steps are not a guaranteed solution.  No matter the result, you will feel so much better having given your dog your best.  As soon as is possible, get a surviving dog to the vet.

 

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Causes of Labrador Retriever Humping And How To Stop It http://www.loverador.com/causes-of-labrador-retriever-humping-and-how-to-stop-it/ Thu, 15 Jun 2017 15:16:52 +0000 http://www.loverador.com/?p=1232 Humping dogs can be really embarrassing and troubling. Nobody wants their dinner guests harassed by a horny pup.  But, humping is also a natural instinct and is driven by the dog’s genetics.

Possible Reasons:

  • Sexual satisfaction
  • Play – completely non-sexual
  • Stress Relief – humans can relate.
  • A means of control

Training

Teach the animal an incompatible behavior.  This requires you to foresee the signs of humping and to “distract” them. If your dog has been told to sit, he or she cannot hump you. But, if your dog will not listen or obey you may need to put him or her on a leash in the house.

Limit your dog’s social interactions until he or she is under better control.  A child visitor, for example, might find the humping funny and laugh. This will reinforce the behavior. Moreover, the dog might offend someone or even create problems with another dog who is not interested in this type of play.

Dogs who hump must be trained. They are capable of hurting another person or dog or getting hurt themselves.

Labrador puppies are likely to hump – especially before they are neutered or spayed. Proper training is the best way to put an end to it.

Exercise

Labradors require a lot of exercise. If your dog has excess energy it may come out in undesirable ways. But, a dog who is given lots of opportunities for exercise is less likely to neuter.

Neutering and Spaying

If you feel that your dog is humping for sexual gratification then neutering is a great way to calm those hormones.  There are also many other important reasons to spay or neuter your Labrador.

 

Though humping can be an awkward topic to discuss, it may be worth discussing this issue with a trainer.  If you are unable to stop them yourself, you need to take the next steps. Humping really is a highly undesirable behavior that must be stopped.

 

Have you had success teaching your dog not to hump? Comment below and tell us your tips!

 

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Why Your Lab’s Nose is Pink: The Dudley Lab http://www.loverador.com/why-your-labs-nose-is-pink-the-dudley-lab/ Wed, 14 Jun 2017 14:59:31 +0000 http://www.loverador.com/?p=1227 If your Yellow Lab has a pink nose, and has had it his whole life, then he is a Dudley Lab. They are a very rare type of Labrador Retriever with a slightly different genetic makeup that causes a lack of pigment in certain areas of their body. But, they are really not much different from an ordinary Labrador Retriever.

What is a Dudley Lab?

A Dudley Labrador has a nose, eye rims and feet which lack pigment and look pink from the day that he or she is born until that he or she dies. The pink nose, eyes and feet are just a unique genetic expression and nothing to be worried about. Some people call Labs with brown noses as Dudleys, as well. However, generally they are Yellow Labs with bright pink noses.

What if it wasn’t always pink?

Some Labrador Retriever noses begin to turn pink as the canine ages and this process is called depigmentation.  There is nothing about this that should be alarming or concerning. It can be likened to an older person’s hair turning gray.  BUT, if your dog’s pink nose is swollen, seems sore or is crusty then see a vet.

What do I need to know about my Dudley Lab?

 

Their noses can be prone to sunburn on their noses.  It is not normally an issue if you live in a mild climate but if you live in a very hot, sunny climate, you should talk to your vet.

Dudley Labradors are not great show dogs. They will unfortunately lose points for their pink noses, eyes and feet.  But, they are every bit as wonderful as a pet as any Labrador out there and require very little special care or consideration above and beyond the average Lab.

Dudley Labs are beautiful Labrador Retrievers but are not great choices if you are looking for a show dog.

Dudley Labs are quite stunning and make exceptional pets. The only additional health concern may be sunburn on the nose. If you are concerned, talk to your vet.

 

Dudley Labs are really adorable with their sweet pink noses and their precious faces. It is hard to resist a Dudley Lab pup.  And, there is no reason to. If you are looking for a pet that will love you and your family for years to come then these are the sweethearts for you… and the pink nose just adds character.

 

Do you have a Dudley Lab? Tell us all about your friend in the comments below. 

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Choosing Nutritional Supplements for Your Lab http://www.loverador.com/choosing-nutritional-supplements-for-your-lab/ Wed, 14 Jun 2017 14:32:05 +0000 http://www.loverador.com/?p=1225 Keeping your dog happy and healthy for years to come is a priority and finding ways to supplement their diet may seem like an easy and simple way to do that.  It is important, however, to be aware that not all supplements are good for all dogs.  No matter what – consult your vet. However, this article outlines some basics for choosing the right vitamins for your Labrador Retriever.

Labradors can benefit from supplements and vitamins.

We want to keep our best friends happy, nourished and healthy as long as we possibly can.

Choosing Supplements

Most dogs who eat a balanced diet get what they need from their food. However, there are vitamins and supplements that can help with common Labrador illnesses like arthritis, obesity and diabetes. It can be dangerous to give your dog supplements if you are giving them more of what they are already getting in their food. However, a professional can help you to figure out just what your dog needs and how much.

Popular Supplements for Labs

  1. Glucosamine-chondroitin supplements can help dogs with arthritis to experience less pain and increased mobility.
  2. Fish oil supplements can reduce inflammation in joints and muscles as well as give your Lab a shiny, healthy coat that sheds less.
  3. Vitamins C and E also reduce inflammation. They can also help senior dogs with memory problems.

Benefits that Supplements may provide for your Labrador:

  1. Healthy and shiny coat
  2. Boosts metabolism to burn more calories
  3. Regulates blood sugar to help with diabetes and other issues
  4. Reduces the urge to overeat, and Labs are prone to obesity.
  5. Relieves chronic pain and inflammation in Labs with chronic muscle or joint pain.
  6. Increases energy levels in dogs who may have lost some of their spunk. Labs are energetic by nature and it is always nice to see them regain that energy.
  7. Regulates  proper immune system functioning to prevent or help the dog beat heart disease, cancer and more.

It is so vital that you not do anything or administer any medications, vitamins or supplements to your dog without talking to a veterinary professional. However, supplements can be a great way to make sure your dog is getting what they need.

 

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Joining The Labrador Retriever Club, Inc. http://www.loverador.com/joining-the-labrador-retriever-club-inc/ Tue, 13 Jun 2017 14:32:00 +0000 http://www.loverador.com/?p=1223 The Labrador Retriever Club has been committed to upholding the integrity of America’s # 1 breed for close to 100 years. Established in 1931, they hold trials, events, and contests as well as help owners breed and/or find Labradors.  The goal of the club is to help Labrador enthusiasts continue the great tradition of raising these wonderful animals.

Joining

The NLC is a great club for anyone who wants to get into showing their dog or who just wants to learn more about the breed.

Labs are working dogs who love to run, jump and play. This club is devoted to celebrating all of the best things about this breed.

There are local clubs all over the country where you can begin to connect with other like-minded Lab owners. Click here for a list of all of the local chapters.

The Website

At the website, you will find help with matching breeders and prospective owners, books on the topic of breeding and raising Labs, annual yearbooks updating the history of the breed, and Labrador news.  But, the main event is the annual festival that is held…

Labrapalooza 2017:

Brooklyn, CT
October 6 – 14, 2017

Friday
• Master Hunter Test
Saturday
• Master Hunter Test 
• Senior Hunter Test
• Junior Hunter Test
Sunday 
• Senior Hunter Test
• Junior Hunter Test
• Working Certificate
• Conformation Certificate
• Lay Tracks for Tracking Test
Monday Oct. 9, 2017
• Tracking Test
• Agility Trial-1
• Rally Trial-1
• Obedience Trial-1
• Obedience Top 25
• Rescue/Therapy/Service Parades
• Rally Trial-2
• Agility Top 25
• Conformation Certificate
• Field Trial Set-up
Tuesday Oct. 10, 2017
• Parent Club Regional Specialty
o Sweeps, Special Attraction, Non-Reg, Regular Classes, BOB
• Field Trial
• Agility Trial-2
• Rally Trial-3
• Obedience Trial-2
• Workers Party (6:30pm)
• Annual Meeting (7:30)
Wednesday Oct. 11, 2017
• MJLRC – K.I.S.S. Specialty
o 4-6 Month Puppies, Junior Show, Re. & Non-Reg Classes, BOB
• Obedience Trial-1
• Rally Trial-1
• LRC – Field Trial
• LRC -Judges Education
• LRC – Working Certificate
Thursday Oct. 12, 2017
• MJLRC – Specialty Show
o 4-6 Month Puppies, Junior Show, Re. & Non-Reg Classes, BOB
• Obedience Trial-2
• Rally Trial-2
• LRC – Conformation Certificate Field Trial
• LRC – Judges Mentoring
Friday Oct. 13, 2017
• National Specialty Day-1
o Sweepstakes Classes
o Bitch Classes
o Puppy Classes
o Non-Regular Classes
• Top 25 Judging (5:30pm)
• Banquet Cocktails and Dinner (6:30pm)
• Thank You’s; Awards (7:45pm)
• Auction (8:00pm)
• Top 25 Exhibition (8:45pm)
Saturday Oct. 14, 2017
• National Specialty Day-2
o Dog Classes
o Best of Breed

 

If you are interested in learning more about the breed, or entering them in trials then this is the club for you. If you are looking to get your dog certified for a wide variety of skills then this is, once again, the club for you. However, if you are a casual pet owner whose dog is not purebred or who just doesn’t care to show their dog then you may not care to join.

 

Do you have a great Labrador event or club to share? Drop a comment below!

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Help! My Lab Won’t Stop Digging! http://www.loverador.com/help-my-lab-wont-stop-digging/ Tue, 13 Jun 2017 14:17:18 +0000 http://www.loverador.com/?p=1221 Digging, like all undesirable behaviors, is best stopped with positive reinforcement.

More than likely, your dog is not digging just for the sake of it. There is almost always a reason behind it. Once you decide what they are trying to accomplish, you can come up with alternatives.

In general, digging is a problem that puppies have and is not often a huge issue into adulthood. However, some types of dogs – like terriers – are known for digging well into their older years.  This is because their instincts are predatory.  While Labs are not terriers, they were bred to seek and retrieve prey.  Digging in the dirt can help them to act on this instinct.  The earlier that you deal with the digging, the easier it will be to stop.

How Can I Stop It?

This has a great deal to do with why it is that your dog is digging as well as your own specific needs. You can limit the dog’s access to the yard without supervision, you can try to use training techniques to reinforce better behaviors or you can create a spot just for digging… their own little digging hole can be very agreeable to a Lab.

However, consider why they are digging. If they are digging simply for fun, then the above interventions may work well. However, if your dog is digging for other reasons, you may need to create a more imaginative solution.

Reasons Dogs May Dig

  1. To find food
  2. To create a cool area to lay or sit (the dirt underneath the surface is damper and cooler)
  3. To dig their way out of the yard
  4. To make a home for pups. Expectant moms will sometimes start digging even though they never dug before.
  5. To hide things like bones, extra food, etc.
  6. To burn off energy

Tailoring Your Plan

Therefore, the plan for stopping the digging will need to be developed after you have a basic idea as to why your dog is digging.  A high energy Lab may just need more exercise and stimulation while a dog who is digging to create a cool spot might benefit from more shady areas in the yard or more water, etc.  A pregnant mother might stop digging if she is given what she considers to be a safe and appropriate spot for her pups. In addition, a dog who is trying to run off may need a reinforced fence and a whole lot of training.

 

In the end, there will be no one size fits all approach to stopping digging. You will have to come up with a plan that works for you and your dog. But, Labs are exceptionally intelligent and eager to please so if they are given alternatives to digging that suit their needs they will usually quickly adjust to your new rules.

 

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15 of Labs’ Favorite Dog Toys, Part 3 http://www.loverador.com/15-of-labs-favorite-dog-toys-part-3/ Sat, 10 Jun 2017 22:11:52 +0000 http://www.loverador.com/?p=1202 If you are curious about which types of toys to get your Lab, then hopefully you have gotten to check out parts 1 and 2 of this post.  But, if not, there is plenty to learn here.  This section is all about toys by use.  Labradors need toys for every circumstance and you should be sure to be challenging them mentally and not just physically.

Labradors are loving and beautiful dogs who deserve love and attention in return.

Your Labrador brings so much love and joy into your life. Making sure that they have a fulfilling and stimulating life is a great way to show them you appreciate them.

 

  1. Toys for the kennel

    Toys for the kennel should be small and not plush as that can turn into a real mess while you are gone. Also, keep in mind that the toys in the dog’s kennel may get peed on, spilled all over with the water bowl or generally ruined while you are away.

  2. Outdoor toys

    Balls, frisbees, water toys and more are all great outdoor toys. You may also want to consider making squeaky toys exclusively outdoor toys… as they can certainly become irritating to human ears.

  3. Indoor toys

    Indoor toys should be things that are clean and do not make a mess. It is also best to avoid noisy toys, as we talked about above. But, indoor toys can also be more mentally challenging since you are not likely to be throwing the ball around the living room.

  4. Toys for mental sharpness

    Toys for the brain are not hard to come by. Toys designed with specific skills training can be purchased at a pet store.  You can also choose toys that you know will require problem solving on the part of your dog.

  5. Toys for physical agility

    Balls, ropes and the like can be great for this.  One of the best ways to work on their agility is to create a course of obstacles that they must complete. You can have a ball obstacle, followed by a rope obstacle, followed by a ramp, etc. It can be as simple or complex as you want.

Whatever you choose, you should be proud of yourself for caring and taking time out to spend with your dog. Pet ownership is a challenging job.  So, kudos for looking for ways to make your dog’s life better.


If you found this section helpful, be sure to check out parts 1 and 2. 

 

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15 of Labs’ Favorite Dog Toys, Part 2 http://www.loverador.com/15-of-labs-favorite-dog-toys-part-2/ Sat, 10 Jun 2017 22:10:31 +0000 http://www.loverador.com/?p=1200 Though most dogs are just fine with a ball or a frisbee, it can be a lot of fun to branch out and try new things with your pet. It is also helpful in that you can learn new things about your dog, and maybe even get his teeth cleaned while you are at it.

The following list are a few more ideas of some awesome, simple and easy to find toys for your fur baby.

  1. Water toys

    Labs love to swim and if you can get them to the water, you should.  Water toys that can be thrown and “rescued” will be particularly fun for your pet.

  2. Toys for teeth

    There are many toys marketed specifically for dental health. It can be hard to keep your dog’s teeth clean and healthy but specific treats, bones, and toys are designed to do just that.  Check out your pet store.

  3. Ropes

    Tug of war is a great game for humans and dogs love it even more. Labs enjoy competition and challenges and will get a real kick out of tugging on a rope with a human friend or a canine companion.

  4. Rawhides

    Rawhides are sort of gross to us humans.  It is, after all, dried skin. But, dogs love them and they are a tasty and healthy treat that can also help to clean the teeth.

  5. Kongs

    If you have never seen one, a Kong is a toy that you can put something into and the dog must sniff, chew and problem solve the treat out.  Many people spread peanut butter inside as it keeps the dog occupied and entertained for a long time.

Do you ever wonder if your dog gets enough play time? The answer is almost definitely no. Almost no dogs get as much exercise as they need.  But, the ones who do are happier and healthier for years to come. Labradors, specifically, will be better pets and healthier creatures with regular play and exercise.

If you found parts 1 and 2 of this article helpful, check out part 3 for more great ideas. 

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Top 15 Outdoor Activities To Try With Your Labrador Retriever, Part 3 http://www.loverador.com/top-15-outdoor-activities-to-try-with-your-labrador-retriever-part-3/ Fri, 09 Jun 2017 22:15:05 +0000 http://www.loverador.com/?p=1194 In Parts 1 and 2 of this guide to outdoor Labrador fun, we discussed mostly physically challenging activities. But, we also talked about how smart Labs are and how much mental stimulation that they need. In this part, we will go over some more outdoor activities and discuss how they can be great tools for socialization and mental exercise.

Labs love to be outside, but they also need to be challenged mentally and emotionally,

Labrador retriever puppies, in particular, will benefit from exercise, discipline, training and practicing skills. It is also an amazing way to bond with your new family member.

11. Tailgating

Bringing your dog out tailgating with you at a game or activity is a lot of fun and your dog will surely enjoy the socialization. These types of activities are great for pets because they are messy, outdoor parties where people are not at all surprised to see a dog around. Use this opportunity to work on social skills, discipline and obedience. And, if they are good, throw them a hot dog off of the grill…

12. Outdoor Cafes

Outdoor seating at restaurants may or may not allow dogs so be sure to check. But, if you find a dog-friendly restaurant or bar, it can be a great opportunity  to meet people and will be beneficial to your pet.

13. Training

Getting them outside and doing simple training and tricks will keep their mind sharp and give them a sense of purpose. These dogs love to feel needed and live to make their owners happy.

14. Skills Tests

Obstacle courses and skills tests that require problem solving and/or practice will encourage fitness, mental acuity and a sense of well-being in your dog.

15. Simple “Sports”

Labs and other dogs often enjoy playing simple games or sports with their owners. For example, they may not understand the particulars abotut a game of soccer but could be trained to try and get the ball in the goal while you block as goalie. Or the other way around.

 

Your dog will benefit from your commitment to his or her health. Getting them out and about playing and socializing is as good for them as it is for kids of the human species.

 

If this article was useful, and you missed Parts 1 and 2, check them out!

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15 of Labs’ Favorite Dog Toys, Part 1 http://www.loverador.com/15-of-labs-favorite-dog-toys-part-1/ Fri, 09 Jun 2017 22:09:21 +0000 http://www.loverador.com/?p=1198 Dogs need physical and mental exercise daily to stay happy and healthy. This is especially true when it comes to Labrador Retrievers.

Why do Labs NEED Play?

They are prone to obesity, arthritis and other physical health issues that can result from a sedentary lifestyle. They also happen to be extremely intelligent and require a great deal of brain flexing too.

  1. Balls

    Balls are the universal dog toy used around the world.  They also entertain babies, kids, and adults as well as professional athletes and other animals. In short, you can never go wrong with a great, DURABLE ball for your Lab. Labs are strong and do chew on their toys, however, so be sure it is something that will last.

  2. Frisbees

    These are another classic dog toy.  But, they require a bit more of the specific skill set that Labs have. They love to jump and grab things from the air since they were bred to hunt and retrieve birds. So, leaping into the air after a flying disc is a close second for them.

  3. Squeaky toys

    Squeaky toys can be irritating, yes.  But, they also provide stimulation and puppies in particular can start to make simple cause and effect observations with toys like these,

  4. Bones

    Bones are great for any dog, but especially for Labs who were bred to hunt and fish. They will enjoy a bone a great deal. But, be sure never to give your dog chicken bones as they can be damaging to the dog’s esophagus and make sure whatever bone that you give them is a nice, sturdy piece of bone.  Or, buy one at the store just to be safe.

  5. Beds

    Dog beds are a great way to make your dog feel loved and like a part of the family without having them in your bed, or in your face, at night. They can also be a good training tool.  You can also easily teach your dog to put his toys back in his bed so that you have your own little cleaner.

    Dog beds are a great way to let the dog know that he or she is special.

    Labradors enjoy feeling like a part of your home. A bed, and a few toys that are all theirs can go a long way toward making them feel loved.

 

Though all dogs need this type of interaction and exertion, Labs may need it a bit more. They love toys and will become attached and interested in specific ones. Check out which ones they seem to gravitate toward and get them more of those. Happy Toy Shopping!

 

If you find this article useful or informative, check out parts 2 and 3 of this article. 

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