What are some things you can't live without for your Lab Pups? I already have a kennel, tie out for when camping, blankets etc. I need to restock the Dogs toybox. I try to get bones from the butcher, we also have a rack of antlers to chew on. Puppy will be bathed after swimming in lake, so whats your favorite shampoo? I also have a zoom groom and furminator. I will have vet trim nails. What are your pups favorite toys?
No shampoo necessary, it is really bad for lab coats, rinsing with plain water will take care of removing residue from swimming. The only time you need to worry about using any type of soap is if you puppy/dog rolls in something really stinky.
Other than feeding bowls, food, leash, collar, an ID tag and maybe a dog bed I think you have everything you need!
Maxx & Emma Jean
Ozzy - 10/16/02 - 06/28/11 - Always in my heart.
Sometimes the hardest part isn't letting go - but learning to start over.
Thank you for the info on Shampoo! What should I keep on hand in the event he finds something smelly? I usually use an oatmeal shampoo for my Boxer. He gets a bath about 4/5 times a year. We live on 19 acres. I'm getting his Collar and new leash on our way home so it fits properly.
Just use a dog shampoo - not a human one. And - unless he rolls in something dead, no baths with shampoo are necessary. Mine have not had a bath in a year and then they were only bathed due to a flea problem. They smell clean! Regular brushing is all a Lab needs.
Sharon, Blaise and Diesel.
Toys - anything made by Kong. Or a bowling ball if your lab is a REAL desstructo!
Seamus and Flynn
Make sure you get the same food the breeder has been feeding.
Agree with no shampoo unless absolutely necessary. Dirt and mud will brush right off your Lab's coat when it dries, so only sticky, stinky stuff needs to be washed off. Often a face cloth dipped in Listerine will take care of the spot and a full bath is not needed.
The Furminator is not a good idea for Labs, as it breaks off the outer hairs. The Zoom Groom is perfect, and maybe a slicker brush to get the loose hairs after Zooming.
Jackie, Champ, and Buddy
Patience. You need lots and lots of patience.
Sharon, Blaise and Diesel.
And a sense of humor, because they are big goofballs. At least mine is.
As far as toys go, mine loves to play tug of war with just about anything. I have a couple of the rope toys, but he always seems to go for this old cloth diaper I had used as a spit up cloth when my son was a baby. It's tough enough to not tear.
Agree with the above, and glad Jackie mentioned the Furminator - really bad idea for Labs due to the makeup of their coats.