Dog Nail Clippers vs. Peticure Pet Nail Trimmers: Which is better?

Canine Nail Trimmers or Dremel-Style Nail Clippers?

Cutting a dog’s nails can be a difficult task, especially if a dog is scared of nail clippings and other dog grooming procedures. Like most aspects of dog grooming and care, success depends on using the right dog grooming tools and the right technique.

Pet nail trimming is among the most basic dog grooming techniques; it’s also one of the most important elements of dog grooming. There are two basic types of nail trimming tools for pets: the traditional nail clipper and the dremel-style nail trimmer, sold under names like the Peticure pet nail trimmer.

Trimming a Dog’s Nails With Traditional Nail Clippers

The first step to cutting a dog’s nails involves selecting the preferred type of tool. Nail clippers for dogs are inexpensive and easy to find at virtually any pet store. Dog owners can pick between two basic styles of nail clippers: scissor-style nail clippers and guillotine-style nail clippers. Nail clippers similar to a pair of scissors tend to be easier to use, especially on dogs with larger, thicker nails, but the guillotine-style nail clippers tend to stay sharper for longer.

Unfortunately, pet nail clippers do have a couple of disadvantages. Dog nail clippers dull fairly quickly, which causes the clippers to crush the dog’s nail instead of cutting cleanly. This can cause foot and nail pain, infection and bleeding from the live part of the dog’s nail, called the “quick.”

Nail clippers can be difficult to use on a dog who is scared and struggling during a nail clipping attempt. One slight movement and the pet owner may accidentally cut into the quick of the nail, causing bleeding.

Nail clippers also tend to leave the dog with sharp nails, which can scratch the dog’s skin when he itches, along with scratching pet owners, furniture and flooring. So for pet owners who do opt to cut a dog’s nails with a traditional nail clipper device, it’s important to purchase a coarse grain nail file, like those used for acrylic nails. Use the nail file to smooth sharp edges after trimming the dog’s nails with the clippers.

Clipping a Dog’s Nails With a Peticure or Another Dremel-Type Nail Trimming Device

Many dog owners are now opting to use a Peticure nail trimmer for dog pedicures – a new and popular dog grooming tool for dogs and other pets. There are other similar dremel-style nail clippers for dogs available in pet stores, but most pet owners are familiar with the Peticure, which is probably the most popular nail trimming tool of its type.

This dremel-style pet nail trimmer features a rotating file that shaves away the tip of the dog’s nail. This gives pet owners greater control when trimming a dog’s nails and the Peticure eliminates the risk of cutting the nail quick, causing pain and bleeding. The Peticure and other similar dog nail trimming devices eliminate the need to file a dog’s nails to remove sharp edges that result from the dog’s nail clipping.

The Peticure does have the disadvantage of being a bit more expensive than traditional nail clippers and some dogs don’t react well to the sensation of vibration from the Peticure pet nail trimmer.

Peticure nail trimmers and other similar mechanical nail filing tools are great for dogs with black or dark colored nails. The live part of the dog’s nail – the quick – is not visible if the dog has black nails. Therefore, nail trimming with traditional clippers becomes a guessing game that leads to a dog with a nail injury.

More Hints and Tips for Cutting a Dog’s Nails

Pet owners must also keep styptic powder or corn starch on-hand in the event that the nail trimmer cuts the dog’s nail too short, resulting in bleeding. If the dog’s nail quick is cut, dog owners must wash and disinfect the dog’s injured nail twice a day for about one week, in addition to bandaging the injured paw for a few days after the mishap.

Whether it’s giving a dog a bath, cleaning a dog’s ears, or pet nail trimmings, there are many tips and tricks that make for easier dog grooming at home.

Heartworms Can Be Deadly for Dogs: Avoid Cost and Suffering with Preventatives

 

Heartworm disease is exactly what it sounds like – worms in the heart. When a single mosquito infected with heartworm larvae bites a dog, the larvae are transmitted into the dog’s bloodstream. Over a period of several months, these larvae mature into adult heartworms which can reach more than a foot in length and take up residence in the heart, lungs, and surrounding blood vessels. As these vessels become inflamed and scarred, as well as clogged with worms, blood flow becomes obstructed, resulting in damage to lungs, liver and kidneys. Restricted blood flow also causes pulmonary hypertension, overloading the heart which, untreated, eventually leads to heart failure.

It may take years for signs to show but as the disease advances, the dog may cough, exhibit weakness or lethargy, fainting, and even sudden death is possible. By the time these symptoms manifest, the disease has already caused much damage. Although heartworm treatment is available, it is expensive and not without risk and much pain for the dog. As the worms die and decompose, they can clog smaller blood vessels, posing danger for the dog. To minimize this, the dog must adhere to strict crate rest for one month. And, in cases, where severe organ damage has been sustained, killing the heartworms still may not save the dog’s life. Surviving dogs may need lifetime treatment for organ damage. The sooner the disease is diagnosed and treated, the better chance for a good outcome.

Despite the fact that heartworm disease is easily preventable, it is, sadly, not uncommon. Once believed to be a problem of only coastline states, heartworm disease is now found in dogs from all 50 states of the US, indeed all over the world. All it takes is one infected mosquito to bite your dog in the house or while he goes out to potty. Heavy coated dogs are not immune. Mosquitoes can bite through the coat as well as vulnerable areas such as the face, belly, and legs.

Don’t let your dog contract heartworm disease when it is so easily preventable. Several preventatives, including oral and topical, are available and some kill other parasites as well. To avoid the expense and suffering that heartworm disease causes, talk to your veterinarian about the appropriate preventative for your dog. If you love your dog, heartworm preventative is one thing you simply cannot afford to cut out of your budget. Heartworm prevention is imperative. Heartworm prevention for your dog must be a priority.

Costa Animal Society – Helping Animals in Spain: Caring for Abandoned & Maltreated Dogs & Cats on the Costa Del Sol

 

Along the coast of the Costa del Sol and inland are a large number of charities run by Spanish people and by foreigners all dedicated to animal rescue and protecting the welfare of animals. One such charity is the Costa Animal Society (CAS) which focuses specifically on rescuing and re-homing abandoned and maltreated dogs and cats.

What CAS Does

CAS is based in Nerja on the eastern Costa del Sol and rescues and re-homes dogs and cats from the areas around Nerja, Frigiliana, Torrox and Cómpeta. This animal charity ensures that all rescued animals are returned to good health, are neutered, micro chipped and fully vaccinated before being re-homed. During last year, CAS found new homes for 501 dogs,194 kittens and 34 adult cats. 37 cats were spayed or neutered.

CAS also runs a free cat neutering service as well as a feeding programme for the feral cats in the Nerja area.

In addition CAS, through its website, offers advice on obtaining a pet passport and general animal welfare. Many people are surprised to learn that a large number of the dogs and cats rescued by CAS have been abandoned by Northern Europeans who have returned to their home countries leaving their beloved pets behind. One such case was Daisy the dog who was left behind, not once but twice, by British people returning to England. Fortunately Daisy’s new owners have obtained her pet passport so that she will be able to travel with them wherever they go.

How CAS Raises Money to Support Its Work

The weekly market stalls in Nerja, Trapiche and Cómpeta are the main source of regular income. Social occasions such as quiz evenings and dinner dances are good sources of income as well as being great fun. The annual dog shows, known as Scruffs, are firm fixtures on the Nerja and Cómpeta calendars. The CAS Committee also organises coach trips and in 2014 and 2015 these went to Morocco. Donations and bequests are essential, as is sponsorship by local businesses. CAS discount card was introduced involving local businesses.

 

Local Animal Homes and Fosterers

Three local kennels provide temporary accommodation and care for rescued animals at a reduced fee. However, CAS is always looking for volunteers who could offer a temporary foster home to a dog or cat.

Links With Animal Charities in The Netherlands and Germany

In recent years CAS, working with animal charities in The Netherlands and Germany, has homed hundreds of dogs and cats in those two countries. February 11th 2007 saw the first flight from Málaga to The Netherlands with three CAS dogs on board heading towards their new owners and loving homes. This was the outcome of a special project jointly funded by CAS in Spain and Hond zoek Huis (HzH), an animal welfare charity in Holland. People in The Netherlands looking for a pet use the HzH website to search for their ideal animal. Prospective adopters are interviewed, home visits are carried out, and the dog or cat is prepared for the journey to its new home. Adoptive owners greet their new pet at the airport, often with banners and balloons, and later on CAS receives updates and photographs of the happy animals in their new homes. These messages are, in turn, passed on to the people in Spain who rescued and fostered the animal.

How Volunteers Can Help

Volunteers are always needed to foster abandoned and rescued dogs and cats until they can be found a new home. This is an extremely rewarding experience. Volunteers also help with the organisation of fund-raising activities as well as running the weekly market stalls.

People are needed to drive dogs and cats to Málaga airport ready for their journey to their new home in The Netherlands or Germany. It is also hoped that passengers, travelling from Málaga airport to The Netherlands or to Germany with a scheduled airline, could volunteer to accompany a dog or cat onto the flight in Spain and off the flight at the other end. These kind travellers will get the chance to see the animals and their new owners meet for the first time! CAS provides information in Dutch and in German for those interested in helping with this scheme. The loan or donation of pet carrier boxes and donation of collars and leashes for use during transportation is always welcomed.

Volunteers are also needed to help with the Sunday Market, in helping to organise fundraising events and in the CAS shop in Nerja.

The Costa Animal Society (CAS) is one of many animal charities operating on the eastern Costa del Sol in Southern Spain. Its sole aim is to rescue and re-home abandoned and maltreated cats and dogs from the area around Nerja, whilst also providing useful advice on animal welfare. CAS raises funds through a range of activities and has valuable links with animal charities in Holland and in Germany. These links have resulted in many cats and dogs being found new homes in those two countries.

Tips to Deal with a Dog that Jumps Up On People

Jumping up on people is quite common with dogs and can cause severe problems particularity when dealing with large animals. Clothing can be dirtied and ripped and people can be seriously injured or traumatized. Smaller dogs can be equally concerning when young children are around, and can cause just as much harm.

People tend to encourage jumping behaviour by unconsciously rewarding dogs that jump, especially common with puppies and young dogs that come barrelling to greet someone and jump all over them. The person typically bends down and gives the pup attention, which reinforces the action of jumping up.

Most dogs jump simply because they are very excited and have never learned that this behaviour is inappropriate. Other dogs may jump for more concerning reasons such as trying to determine dominance over the people involved. When dealing with a dog that jumps it will be fairly evident which type of motivator is driving him to jump up on people. Unless the owner is very experienced, dogs exhibiting dominate or aggressive traits should be enrolled in obedience school with a professional dog trainer to eliminate future issues.

For the animals that are simply excited, there are ways to show them that jumping is not an acceptable behaviour.

Things to Avoid When Training a Dog Not to Jump

  • Greeting the dog with too much enthusiasm. Doing so will stimulate further excitement and make it harder for him to concentrate
  • Yelling. Hollering has very little impact on an excited dog and will have even less if he does not know what “Down” means.
  • Pushing the dog away when it jumps, this can be interpreted as a playful action by many animals and can spur more jumping.
  • Being inconsistent. If jumping is not allowed there cannot be any exceptions. Wavering back and forth will only confuse the dog and make it harder for him to understand what he is being asked to do.

How to Stop Dogs from Jumping Up

When dealing with smaller animals hands can be extended in front of the person about to jumped up on. Holding still and keeping the hands out will show the dog that the body is not accessible as a landing area. For larger dogs it is often easier to raise one knee in front of the chest before they jump to help deter impact.

 

Once the dog begins to react to being blocked, introduce the command. “Down” is the most common but anything can be used as long as it consistent. As the desired behaviour is shown, say the command to reinforce its meaning.

Another popular method is to ignore the jumping entirely. A complete lack of acknowledgment including negative actions will quickly let the dog know something is wrong. Dogs are very in tune with human reactions and this technique can have dramatic results. When the dog jumps, the owner should completely ignore him and even turn away from the dog, effectively snubbing the behaviour

Once the dog has returned to a standing or sitting position, he should receive lots of praise and affection. . Dogs tend to quickly associate that jumping causes them to be ignored, while not jumping generates attention.

With practice and patience and consistency dogs can successfully be trained not to jump, improving thei ability to interact with people.

History, Care, and Personality of the Pomeranian: Information About Pomeranians

The Pomeranian, (also known as a Pom) is part of the toy group of dogs and the smallest dog in the Spitz family. As an adult, it measures 8 – 11 inches and weighs 3 – 7 pounds. The Pomeranian is a miniature sled dog that is popular both as a show dog and pet.

History of the Pomeranian

Originating in Germany in the 1800s, the Pomeranian got its name from Queen Victoria of England after she fell in love with the breed during a trip to Italy. While the earlier breeds of the dog weighed up to 30 pounds, the Pomeranian was bred down to become a fashionable, small dog made for companionship. By 1900, it had become a popular show dog both in England and the United States.

Care of a Pomeranian

The Pomeranian has a double coat of fur that should be brushed at least twice a week; more when it’s shedding. Not only does it help the appearance of the dog to stay fluffy, proper brushing can keep unwanted mats away. Although it has a thick, warm coat, it is not suited for outdoor living.

 

A health concern for a Pomeranian is a subluxated patella, which is a problem with the kneecap. Dental care should also be taken as problems with the teeth can develop early. It’s best to brush a Pomeranian’s teeth everyday.

Pomeranians can have a tendency to bark quite a bit. They are intelligent dogs that are easy to train. With the right training, the barking can be curtailed, although there is no way that a Pomeranian will stay quiet all the time. Potty training can be difficult and it’s best to neuter a male Pomeranian by the time it’s six months old to keep it from having leg lifting problems.

The Personality of the Pomeranian

The Pomeranian is a brave and independent dog who isn’t afraid to take on another dog twice its size. This lively dog is always ready for play. If spoiled too much, a Pomeranian can become snappy. It usually doesn’t do well with other dogs unless they are raised together. Standoffish towards strangers, a Pomeranian can make a good watchdog, particularly because it is so self-assured.

Pomeranians are a fun and protective breed of dog to have as a pet. They have a long life span, living for 12 – 16 years. If considering purchasing a puppy, check with the local veterinarian or the American Kennel Club for advice on where to find a reputable breeder.

How to Care for a Dog’s Torn Toenail

 

Torn dog toenails are a common home injury, especially with dogs that still have their dewclaws. This injury requires swift action to stop bleeding and trip to the vet for follow-up. Learn how to treat torn dog nails and ways to prevent them.

Caring for a Torn Dog Nail

A pet owner may panic when he sees his pet’s paw bleeding. A torn toenail can bleed so profusely that it appears life threatening, but rest assured, it is not. Follow these steps to treat a torn dog nail:

 

  • Comfort the dog so that he will be still while you examine him. Calmly inspect him to ascertain exactly where the blood is coming from.
  • Determine if the nail is completely torn off or still attached. If the nail was completely ripped off, it will be easier to treat at home because once the bleeding stops, the wound will heal cleanly. Removing the broken nail is best because torn pieces of nail can be painful and may start to bleed as the dog walks. When nails are still attached, treatment depends upon whether or not the nail is firmly attached to the foot. If a toenail is only hanging by a thread, a pet owner can gently remove it with dog nail trimmers. A veterinarian must treat a nail that is severely ripped but strongly attached to the paw.
  • Wash off the injured foot with warm water and soap to remove any debris or germs.
  • Apply gentle but firm pressure to the injury site to stop bleeding with a clean cloth or pad. A styptic pencil or powder can help stop bleeding faster. Be careful using the styptic product because in these types of wounds, some dogs find the styptic painful. After applying the styptic product, it may be necessary to apply more pressure with the clean cloth for a few minutes to completely stop the bleeding.
  • Wrap the wounded paw in gauze, add cotton pads to the top of the injury, and cover it with an elastic bandage secured by a metal clip.
  • Call the vet for further care instructions and to determine if the dog needs veterinary treatment. Sometimes a vet will need to remove torn nail bits or prescribe antibiotics to prevent infection.
  • If only home treatment is necessary, apply an over-the-counter antibiotic ointment to the every six hours and put fresh bandages on the wound. Remove the bandage after 24 to 48 hours have passed, depending on the vet’s instructions. Leaving the bandage on longer can increase the risk of infection.

Canine Nail Injury Issues

Infection is a risk of canine nail injuries because the paws get exposed to all types of germs when the dog walks indoors and outdoors. The best way to prevent infection is to limit the dog’s activity and clean the wound frequently for the first two weeks of healing.

The blood clot or scab that forms around the injury can also easily reopen if the dog licks it or even from normal walking activity. This is way a bandage is critical for the first 24 hours. Some vets even prefer to keep the paw bandaged longer along with a prescription for antibiotics to prevent infection and promote better healing.

Preventing Torn Dog Toenails

Torn dog nails are easily preventable by keeping a dog’s nails clipped short. Dogs with declaws are at high risk for torn nails when they get long. Short toenails are less likely to catch on things and rip off. Clip a dog’s toenails regularly is the best way to prevent torn nails.

How to Cope with Seasonal Allergies in Dogs

 

It’s common for dogs to scratch themselves, but what causes the itch? There can be any number of culprits, from shedding to fleas to allergies. The itching can be quite uncomfortable, leading to obsessive licking and scratching which can then lead to further skin irritation and even infection.

Determine the Cause of the Itch

If it seems that a dog might have an allergy, there are a number of factors to consider. Seasonal allergies manifest in the dog’s skin, as opposed to the respiratory symptoms humans usually experience. Think about the time of year – if it seems that many people are being affected by traditionally seasonal allergies, there is a good chance a dog might be experiencing the same thing.

Local weather forecasts often include pollen activity, and can be a helpful resource in tracking and predicting the intensity of allergies. Most can also show what kind of pollen is particularly active – tree pollen tends to develop in the spring first, followed by grass.

Veterinarians can pinpoint causes of allergies by running various tests, which can be costly but potentially faster than trial-and-error.

Treating the Symptoms of Seasonal Allergies

If the cause of a dog’s allergies is known, limit the exposure to the allergen. In most cases, it might not be possible to determine the exact cause. Treating the symptoms can relieve discomfort and lessen the likelihood that the dog will scratch the skin raw and develop an infection.

 

Pet stores may carry a variety of remedies, some containing fish oils and other ingredients to increase moisture in the skin and coat, others containing antihistamines. Chewable tablets, topical ointments and sprays, and pills provide many options for finding the easiest way for the dog to take the treatment.

For severe symptoms, consult a vet. A vet can prescribe medication to treat the allergy as well as an infection if one is present. They can also suggest giving a dog an over-the-counter antihistamine such as Benedryl. The general rule is one milligram per pound of the dog’s weight, but be sure to consult a veterinarian before giving a dog Benedryl.

Being Supportive of a Dog with Allergies

A dog will attempt to hide its discomfort, and the owner must pay close attention to any behavior changes beyond scratching a licking – lower levels of playfulness, increased sleepiness, and decreased appetite can all be indicative that something is wrong with the dog. It’s important for the owner to be in tune with the dog to determine how to help and prevent further discomfort or potential infections.

Allergies can be heightened while a dog is shedding, and regular brushing can help by providing itch relief and removing excess fur. The ears are often prone to the most itchiness as well as moisture, so careful attention must be paid to the ears especially.

If possible, try to keep the dog from scratching too often. An e-collar can be effective, but can put the dog into a depressed mood and should therefore be used sparingly if needed.

Above all, be patient. Allergies can be annoying for humans and dogs alike, and take awhile to get over. A dog will look for comfort from its owner – be patient and the allergy symptoms will pass.

Plants that Poison Dogs: Trees and Flowers to Avoid Planting in a Dog-Friendly Garden

 

Dogs and gardens don’t combine well. Any animal will use the garden as a litter box, dig in it or bury things from bones to toys. However, dogs, especially when they’re puppies or a larger breed, are more likely to wreak havoc with attempts to seed a plot of land.

Establishing a fenced off area and keeping the garden to vegetables, apart from onions, or wild flowers is best. Put tomato plants out of reach. Plant strawberries or raspberries in the front yard if the dog’s run and bathroom area is in the back yard.

Most important, however, is steering clear of planting anything, whether flower, shrub or tree, that can potentially do the dog harm. If one chooses to have a dog, its health and life is more important than a diverse and flourishing garden.

Bulbs

The bulb part of these flowers is especially poisonous to dogs. If the dog digs and likes to chew on what it finds beneath the earth, don’t plant: crocuses, irises, daffodils, tulips, hyacinths and lily of the valley, among others. Bulbs can cause nausea, vomiting, tumors, depression, spasms and sometimes death.

 

Ferns

While often grown in pots out of reach of canines, when planted in the earth the leaves and particularly the berries are poisonous to dogs. The asparagus, lace and plumosa fern are problematic plants in this category.

Flowering Plants

Cyclamens and hydrangeas are very dangerous for dogs. While their beautiful blooms are popular with gardeners, a dog that decides to munch on one is risking its life. They both create gastrointestinal upsets and the cyclamen causes death.

Garden Perennials

Whether grown as a potted plant in the house or, in temperate climates, planted in the yard, these blooms can be deadly. Among the worst offenders for canine distress are the foxglove, morning glory, nightshade and the Christmas Rose. Consumption of these flowers will cause the dog to develop a burning mouth, pain, vomiting, depression, confusion and even hallucinations.

Shrubs

These plants, often used as hedges or borders for the garden are among the most deadly for dogs. Bamboo, holly, oleander, rhodedendron, yucca and the mistletoe cause seizures, stomach problems, drooling, trembling, depression and death.

Lilies and Succulents

Usually only cats have problems with these plants, but the glory lily and the popular aloe cause liver and kidney damage, gastrointestinal upsets, irritation and bone marrow suppression.

Trees

Many trees, if the dog gnaws on the bark or consumes the berries, can cause health issues. Trees like the Japanese Yew, the Macadamia Nut, the Buddhist pine and the Avocado tree give the dog a burning mouth, vomiting, spasms, congestion and heart failure.

Vines

All of these are toxic, and especially the foliage of these climbing plants including the English, Needlepoint and Branching ivy. Keep them trimmed above the dog’s reach to avoid giving the canine symptoms such as fever, dilated pupils, diarrhea and muscle weakness.

Pay attention to what is planted in the garden and prioritize the dog’s well being over a selection of the most exotic or attractive flowers and trees.

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Choosing a Labrador: Guidelines When Buying a Lab

 

Labradors are among the most popular family dogs in the United States, with good reason. Generally they have placid dispositions, are easily trainable, have soft mouths and are gentle with children. A labrador makes a very loyal companion. When a family is choosing a Labrador, two considerations become paramount: the reputation of the breeder and the characteristics of the puppy. It is wise to choose a Labrador breeder first and then the puppy.

Choosing a Labrador Breeder

The standing and reputation of the breeder who is selling the puppies is very important. This is because the more dedicated and committed the breeder, the better the chances are that the family will buy a healthy puppy with a suitable disposition. Choose the breeder first and then the puppy. In most cases, the indications of a good breeder are:

  • An authentic breeder will be registered with the American Kennel Club (AKC) which was founded in Philadelphia in 1884 (registration of a puppy with the AKC is not a guarantee of the puppy’s quality, it just means that the ancestry of the dog is recorded with the AKC).
  • A caring breeder will keep the puppies in the home, not in a run.
  • A thoughtful breeder will not breed with the dam (the mother) at every opportunity (an indication the profit may be the main motive) – he will give her a break between litters.
  • A diligent breeder will have available for inspection important health certificates for the puppies, their parents and grandparents. These will include health certificates covering hip dysplasia and eye conditions.
  • A breeder with a good reputation will keep a record of interested buyers and also run a waiting list.
  • A successful breeder will be happy to give references and the telephone numbers of people who have bought puppies from him or her in the past..
  • A loving breeder handles the puppies often and socializes them.
  • A conscientious breeder makes sure the puppies have had all their shots and have been de-wormed.
  • A responsible breeder will not allow a puppy to be taken away until it is 6 to 7 weeks old.
  • A well established breeder will come with the recommendation of the family vet and the local labrador club.

Choosing a Labrador Puppy

Once the family purchasing the Lab is happy with the breeder, it is time to choose the puppy. The following considerations may help the family make a final decision.

  • The family should use common sense when assessing the general condition of the puppy. Are the eyes free from any discharge? Does the puppy’s coat look and feel healthy? Are the ears free of unpleasant odor? Ultimately these are issues for a Vet to consider but this does not mean that the family should not be on the lookout for these signs of a possible problem.
  • Has the puppy had all the required shots? The Vet can explain what is necessary.
  • Has the puppy got all the essential clearance certificates covering hip dysplasia and eye conditions and are these same certificates available for the puppy’s parents and grandparents? Apparently it is only after 2 years that hip problems may become manifest.
  • How do the puppies relate to strangers? An opinion on the internet is that if the puppy rushes to meet the family it could mean that the puppy may be aggressive. This is a question to ask the Vet as the logic of this observation is not immediately clear.
  • How does the puppy react when picked up by a young child?
  • How does the puppy respond to sudden sounds like a hand clap or the jingle of car keys falling on a hard floor?
  • What kind of personality does the puppy have? The breeder should be able to help with this question particularly if the puppies have lived in the breeder’s house from birth and have been handled often.. Temperament is important: a lively puppy will be more suitable for a family with equally lively young children than a laid back puppy which would fit in better as a family pet for senior citizens.

Choosing a Labrador is Like Adopting a New Family Member

When the new Labrador puppy arrives it is just as if a new family member has been adopted. Almost without exception a loyal friend and companion will have come to stay with the family. As the lab’s muzzle turns silver with the passing of the years the family will realize how privileged they were to have known and been loved by such a devoted friend.