The basic needs of every Labrador

Want to make your Labrador happy, but don’t know how? Here are 5 basic things every Labrador needs in order to keep his tail wagging.

  • Lots and lots of exercise
    The more walks your Labrador gets, the happier he will be. He has so much energy that he needs to burn it all off. Exercise also keeps his muscles and bones in good condition, relieves tension, and releases feel-good chemicals, much like it does in humans. The best thing you can do for your Lab is to vary your walks, rather than take him to the same small dog park every day. For Labradors, variety really is the spice of life!

  • Plenty of TLC
    Labradors are sweet, affectionate and sociable. It’s no wonder then that some Labs will follow you around the house looking for attention! Make time for your Lab and be sure that he has plenty of affection.

  • Companionship
    Labradors are particularly sensitive to being left on their own. They like a house that is full of people and if there are children to play with, even better. Labradors make great family pets and thrive in a home where there is always someone in the house for company. If you can’t be there for your dog for any reason, consider some doggy day care or even getting a second dog as a companion for your Lab.

  • Good food
    The Labrador has a large appetite and loves his food! When it comes to choosing the right dog food, you need to choose something healthy, yet appetising. Cheaper dog foods are often full of unnecessary filler ingredients which hold no nutritional value but make your dog feel full. Instead, go for a trusted brand with a high meat content. In general, wet, tinned food will be easier for your dog to digest than dry kibble. And, when it comes to giving treats, less is definitely more! Labs are prone to weight gain so they should not be fed scraps from the table.

  • Regular vet checkups
    Bring your Labrador to the vet at least twice a year for check-ups. This will make sure you stay up to date on vaccinations, worming and general health issues. In particular, Labradors are prone to eye problems and hip dysplasia so pay attention to these areas.

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