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Preparing to Raise a Labrador Retriever Puppy

It’s almost time for you to bring your Labrador Retriever puppy home and you need to get prepared. Many dog owners encounter this situation and often get nervous and don’t know where to begin. Whether you are a first time dog owner or a seasoned pet owner, you will still need to make preparations before bringing your dog home. The guide below will bring you on your journey to preparing for your new family member.

  • Clean Your House – Most-likely your house is already clean from dust. But, you are preparing for your puppy to arrive and it takes a little more than dusting, vacuuming and spring cleaning. Of course you will want to do all of those things too, but you will also want to remove toxic house plants, small objects that your puppy can swallow and choke on plus put any household cleaners or substances in high places where your Lab puppy can’t reach.
  • Choose a Veterinarian – Make a list of local veterinarians and visit their offices to briefly speak to the staff at the front desk. Observe if the office is clean, the staff is friendly and helpful as well as check for licensing documents that are usually placed in frames on the walls of the veterinarian office.
  • Crates and Beds – Dog’s are den animals and this includes Labrador Retrievers. You will want to purchase a large crate that will make your pup feel safe and secure. In addition to a crate, you will want to provide a soft bed for your Lab puppy to rest in while he or she is not in the crate.
  • Leashes and Collars – There are a variety of leashes and collars that you can choose from. You will want to purchase one of each for your puppy. They come in a variety of colors and styles, so choose the one that you feel is best for your pup.
  • Daily Supplies – Your Lab pup will need items on a daily basis such as, food and water dishes, toys, puppy pads and grooming essentials.
  • Food – Choose a healthy diet for your Labrador Retriever puppy. Vitamin, mineral and nutrient requirements are based on age and weight. At times the veterinarian may recommend a specific type of food for your pup after his or her first office visit. But it is best to have food and treats available before your pup arrives home. You can always change the food later if needed.

Although some pet parents may feel nervous, try to remember that this is a happy and joyful occasion and you should savor every minute. Have fun with purchasing items and choosing colors of leashes, collars, blankets and bedding. Also enjoy choosing toys that are appropriate for puppy’s to play with. Skip the large toys for now and start small, but not so tiny that the toy will become a choking hazard. Enjoy the process and soon you will be walking in your front door with your new family member.

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