Labradors are playful, sociable, and well known as the most popular breed and one of the best family dogs. Anyone that has one or is thinking of having one will benefit from these tips for taking care of a Labrador.
How to feed your Labrador
The Labrador is an active dog, they can stand from 21.5 to 24.5 inches at the shoulder and weigh between 55 to 80 pounds. That body designed needs 1200 -1800 calories a day to stay healthy and to build muscle mass. Your Labrador will need high-quality food that provides 25% protein, 8% fat, carbs, and essential vitamins.
Popular feeding options for the dog are kibble, wet food, raw food, and home-cooked food. There is no best dog food but there is the right food for every specific dog. To determine which one that is right for your dog you need to consider his health, age, and activity level. You can also ask the vet for advice.
As a general rule, for high-quality kibble feeding, a 3-5-month-old Labrador needs 2-2.5 cups a day, 6-8-month-old needs 3-3.5 cups a day, 9 months or older need 4-4.5 cups a day. It’s about 116 grams of food per cup so you know that your Labrador needs to be fed 232-522 grams of food a day depending on his age.
For a puppy, you need to divide his food into 3-4 meals a day. For an adult Labrador, his food needs to be divided into 2 meals a day. You should always limit the amount of food you give your dog every day to prevent him from getting overweight. Drinking water should be available at all times.
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How to care for your Labrador
Let your dog own a space in your house: The dog has a need for territory, letting your dog have his own “territory” will make him feel that he’s important to you. Provide your Labrador a crate and put a designed bed in it. Your dog will love it as he has a special place to call home.
Groom your dog weekly: Even though Labradors are short-haired but it does need to taken care of. You will want to brush your dog every week to remove loose hair, dirt, and spread natural oils throughout. Bathe your dog whenever he smells or is too dirty from playing outside. Don’t bath him too often, 3-5 times a year is enough for this breed.
Exercise your dog daily: The Labrador is an active breed, they can’t be happy without a heavy workout every day. You can let your dog swim, run, hike, or let him have some fun playing catch with you. He needs to exercise about 60 minutes a day. Don’t lock your dog indoors for long hours, it can lead to bad behavior such as barking a lot or damaging your furniture.
Pay attention to the length of your dog nails: If you can hear them tapping on your floor, it’s time for you to trim his nails. The Labrador’s nails need to be trimmed every 2 to 3 months. You don’t want your dog’s nails overgrown because it’s difficult for your dog to walk and long nails can damage your floors as well as your furniture.