Everyone says that a dog is a man’s or for that matter a woman’s best friend. Whenever you are out to get a puppy for yourself you do some research and find out what breed best suits your needs. But there are things that you will not be told, things that you really must know about the sort of dog that you are about to get. For most people, there is no research involved. They just go and get a puppy or a dog which they think looks cute, which they have seen with another celebrity (like Poodles and Shi-tzu’s that most girls get only because their favourite model or favourite actress has one) or which they think will build up a good reputation for them or increase their materialistic value in some people’s eyes. Whatever the reason might be, Labradors are one of the most popular choices for house dogs. This article aims to focus on ten key things that you should know before you decide to keep a Labrador.
10. Oral Fixation Labradors
Labradors are basically born with the desire to hunt. So when you bring a Labrador into the house be sure to know that it is born with an oral fixation. This means that the moment you enter the house, your lovable lab will try to bring you a greeting package and this does not always have to be one of his toys. It may very well be a part of the couch, one of your shoes that were lying around the house or anything else for that matter. You need to understand that the Labrador has to have something in its mouth all the times.
The fact that most of the lab owners are unaware of when they head out to buy a lab pup is that they drool. The bigger the Labrador the more it will drool. And it is a total myth the female pups or adults do not drool. If it is a Labrador it will drool and therefore you will constantly be need old rags and what not to wipe the drool with.
The next fact on our list of things that you should know about your Labrador is the fact that they shed their undercoat twice a year i.e., during spring and fall. There is no need to worry because the undercoat gets replaced as well but we would advise that you get a good brush for your lab pup and develop its habit of being brushed when it is small and relatively controllable. If you do not, chances are that he will be too strong for you to hold down for brushing after growing up and that can be a major problem.
7. Ear Infections
Another thing that you need to really keep in mind when you have your mind set on getting a Labrador is that they tend to get ear infection quite regularly. Since they are water dogs but they ears hang downwards; this means that the water in their ear will not easily dry out causing them to have ear infections. Some obvious symptoms might include random shaking of the head, red insides of the ears or scratching near the ears. The at-home remedy would be to mix equal halves of water and white vinegar and clean their ears with it.
6. Their Love For Food
Labradors love to eat. To satisfy this love for food they may hunt and grab onto anything that they find no matter where they find it. So it does not matter to your lab pup whether the food they are aiming for is coming from own dish, the cats dish, the owners dish or even directly from the open fridge. They will just want to paw at it and eat it up. So word for the wise, if you have poisonous food in the house, stack it up where you pup cannot reach it.