Black labs can make wonderful pets but they do need to be properly cared for. As with any animal, food choices are important. Puppies need good quality food to help them grow strong and healthy. When you choose food for your puppy, make sure that it is high in calcium and protein. Labradors have a large bone structure and it is of the utmost importance that they get enough calcium to ensure strong bones. When they reach adult hood, make certain to provide a food that has at least 30% protein, and 2% calcium mixed with cereal and vitamins. As with most dogs they will over eat if you allow them to, but it is very important that you do not allow this as it can be detrimental to their health. If you are unsure of which food or how much to feed your puppy talk to your vet. He or she will recommend a food that is tailored for a lab and guide you on the correct amount to feed at each meal.
It is very important to have your puppy vaccinated and to attend regular check ups with the vet. Keeping shots up to date helps to avoid illness. Maintaining a health record will help you keep track of your puppies check ups and vaccinations.
Labradors are known for their high energy levels. They love to run and play and are wonderful with children! They adore playing ball and have an affection for a game of fetch. They require a wide space where they can romp around and run off excess energy. A large fenced yard is ideal for these dogs. If you do not have a large yard, take your puppy to the park every day.
You need to spend time with your pet so that he or she feels loved and never neglected. When left alone in the house for long periods of time they tend to be destructive and chew things of out of loneliness. If you have to be away from your puppy and leave it inside the home alone, leave the radio or TV on so that he or she does not feel abandoned.
These dogs are loyal to their families and make wonderful pets! Your puppy will grow to be not only your pet but also your friend. Show him or her love and you will be loved in return!