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    Lab Dad is offline Senior Member
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    DefaultEditorial Comments, Please Version 2

    OK.* I have tweaked the article.* https://www.justlabradors.com/forum/i...html#msg197857

    Please rip/tear/shred.* The targeted audience is already considering a Labrador. Please keep in mind I am approaching this from a reality check angle and am trying to point the way to places to get more information.*

    Labrador retrievers
    The Labrador retriever is the most popular breed of dogs in the United States. According to the American Kennel Club Labs have led the pack for over 15 years. Over 137,000 Labradors were registered with the American Kennel Club in 2005 alone. But thousands of Labs are abandoned by their owners or surrendered to a shelter or rescue each year because the people have not made the commitment to understand the needs of the breed.* Before getting a Lab, there are several things to know.

    • The AKC standard describes the Labrador Retriever in part: “The most distinguishing characteristics of the Labrador Retriever are its short, dense, weather resistant coat; an "otter" tail; a clean-cut head with broad back skull and moderate stop; powerful jaws; and its "kind," friendly eyes, expressing character, intelligence and good temperament.”
    • There are three colors: Black, Chocolate, and Yellow-* Yellow runs from almost white through fox red
    • There is no such thing as “rare color, silver”, “golden” or “white” Labrador retrievers.
    • Labs shed. They shed every minute of every day 365 days a year. Sometimes more often
    • The body of the cute little Labrador puppy grows to 60-90 pounds in less than a year.* The mind of that little puppy takes about four years to catch up.
    • Labrador retrievers are susceptible to several hereditary orthopedic conditions, a heart condition called Tricuspid Valve Dysplasia, and an eye disease called Progressive Retinal Atrophy that causes blindness as well as other heritable conditions such as epilepsy.
    • They are also prone to other medical conditions
    • The Labrador lives 12-16 years
    • The Labrador is an energetic dog that needs daily exercise and attention
    • They enjoy chew toys and if they become bored, they chew other things
    • A good Lab is a tired Lab
    • Labs are people dogs.* They are not happy kept away from their people.

    If you decide to get a Lab, decide before hand:
    • What the role of the dog will be
    • Who is going to care for it?
    • Does our lifestyle suit a Lab?
    Acquiring a Lab should never be an impulse buy.* Research the breed and the breeder and meet the dog before deciding to give it a forever home.
    Lab Proof the house
    Anything with in mouth range belongs to the dog
    Spay/neuter
    Microchip the dog and get a dog license
    Find and use the services and advice of a veterinarian
    Take the Lab to obedience class
    Find something fun to do on a regularly with the Lab for the next 12 to 16 years

    The Puppy Route
    Pet Stores mostly get their stock from brokers and commercial breeders often referred to as Puppy Mills.* Puppy Mills are notorious for the conditions the dogs live in and the often poor health of the dogs.* Not a good place to find a long time companion.

    Newspapers and bulletin boards are used by people sometimes referred to as backyard breeders whose dog got pregnant or are lured by money, or just want their dog to have puppies because they are so good. These dogs may have been medically certified,little to no thought goes into the pedigree, and more often have not competed and been judged as best of their breed.

    Some breeders advertise on The Internet, accept credit cards and will ship their dogs anywhere to anyone. Not a good sign, particularly if they breed more than one or two breeds.

    Most responsible breeders research pedigrees and their dogs have competed in the show ring or at hunt trials and have been judged to represent the best of the breed.* Getting a mortgage at favorable rates is easier than getting them to sell one of their dogs. There are usually waiting lists, the breeder will ask lots of questions and if not satisfied, will not sell a dog.* If they do sell, it is by contract, you will probably need to spay/neuter, and if you decide to get rid of the dog, it goes back to the breeder. They will also provide lots of information and be available to answer questions.

    Labs end up on the street for all kinds of excuses.* From chewing up shoes, shedding, knocking over the baby, not matching the décor or being too old. The number of dogs that end up in shelters and Animal Control facilities each year is staggering.* Animal Control will hold a dog for a finite period of time.* If the dog is not claimed, it is euthanized because they do not have room for the number of dogs they pick up.* Shelters try, but the number of kill shelters outnumbers the no kill.* Both types of shelters are on very tight budgets and occasionally sick animals infect healthy ones.* The luck dogs are picked up by rescue organizations.

    Rescue organizations pull Labs from shelters and animal control facilities, nurse the dogs back to health and care for the dogs until forever homes are found.* They also receive owner surrendered dogs.* The number of Labs that need rescue far out paces the ability to place them in rescue.*

    Adopting a rescue has many good points.* It gives a Lab a second chance.* They have been evaluated, they usually have had some training, and they are looking for companionship.* Some Labs may have had health issues, some may have been injured, some may have been abused and require special care, many just need a forever home and the love they have to offer is unconditional.

    Books:
    Labrador retrievers
    A Dummy’s Guide to Labrador retrievers
    An Idiots Guide to Labrador retrievers
    The Life of your Lab
    The Labrador retriever Handbook
    * * * * * * * * *Marley and Me

    Canine Behavior
    The Other End of the Leash
    How to Speak Dog
    Cesar’s Way

    Adopting from shelters and rescues

    Second-Hand Dog: How to Turn Yours into a First-Rate Pet (Howell Reference Books) by Carol Lea Benjamin

    Adoptable Dog: Teaching Your Adopted Pet to Obey, Trust, and Love You John Ross, Barbara McKinney

    Successful Dog Adoption Sue Sternberg

    Adopt the Perfect Dog by Gwen Bailey

    Adopting a Dog: The Indispensable Guide for Your Newest Family Member (Paperback) by John Ross, Barbara McKinney

    Second Chance A Tale of Two Puppies Judy Masrud (Author), Cathy Pool (Illustrations by)

    Kippy: Second Chance Dog : Susan E. Mann* ISBN: 0-7414-2745-1 ©2005


    Internet Resources

    www.justlabradors.com

    http://www.gglrc.org/pickingapuppy/l...wnership.shtml

    http://www.woodhavenlabs.com/breeding.html

    * * * * * * * * www.woodhavenlabs.com

    http://www.labbies.com/

    http://www.akc.org

    http://www.thelabradorclub.com

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    Bob Pr. is offline Senior Member
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    DefaultRe: Editorial Comments, Please Version 2

    Already very good but much improved.

    I'd add "Marley and Me" as a book to read.

    I'd also add that for most adult Lab's first 7 years, they'll need about an hour of vigorous daily exercise -- fetching, playing with other dogs, swimming, etc. After that age, many can get by with a little less.

    Parts needing rewriting because of typos, omitted words, etc.:


    Anything with in mouth range belongs to the dog -- should be within

    Take the Lab to obedience class -- I'd say classes because an obedience course consists of a set number of indicidual classes.

    Find something fun to do on a regularly with the Lab for the next 12 to 16 years -- ? on a regular basis? on a daily basis?

    The Puppy Route

    These dogs may have been medically certified,little to no thought goes into the pedigree, and more often have not competed and been judged as best of their breed.

    I'd say something like: These Labs may (or may NOT) have been medically certified, little or no thought goes into selecting parents to minimize faults, and the owners rarely compete in judged events to get independent confirmation of their Lab's qualities.

    Most responsible breeders research pedigrees and their dogs have competed in the show ring or at hunt trials and have been judged to represent the best of the breed. Andy, I'm uncomfortable with the phrase "best of the breed" because, to me, it implies being at the very pinnacle. I'd rather see something like "betterment of the breed" or something that implies desirable quality without implying the very pinnacle.

    The luck dogs are picked up by rescue organizations. ---> lucky

    The number of Labs that need rescue far out paces the ability to place them in rescue. outpaces

    Adopting a rescue has many good points. It gives a Lab a second chance. They have been evaluated, they usually have had some training, and they are looking for companionship. Some Labs may have had health issues, some may have been injured, some may have been abused and require special care, many just need a forever home and the love they have to offer is unconditional. YOU MIGHT ADD SOMETHING LIKE: Adult rescues will have passed the puppy chewing and house training stages.
    Puff [YF, AKC field line (from competing HT/FT breeder) 62 lbs, dob: 8-'01]

    Bess [BF, AKC bench line (from competing show breeder) 55 lbs., 1967-1981] "Poor Bess, the Wonder Dog":
    http://forum.justlabradors.com/showt...?p=748#post748

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