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Introduction Chapter 1: Meet the Labrador Retriever Labradorís Fetching Personality How the Lab Got Its Name The Labís Early History Development in England Back to the Americas Labrador Needs Chapter 2: The Labrador Defined The Labrador Retriever Breed Standard Defining Characteristics Lab in the Show Ring Pet, Show Dog, or Hunter? The Working Lab Understanding the Labrador Character Chapter 3: Looking for a Labrador Retriever Looking for Labs in All the Right Places The Reputable Breeder Labrador Rescue Organizations Animal Shelters and Humane Societies Looking for Labs in All the Wrong Places To Your Labís Good Health Chapter 4: Choosing a Labrador Retriever Know What You Want Puppy Versus Adult Male or Female? One Lab or Two? Labs and Children Labs and Other Pets Puppy Primer Lab Personality Tests The Breederís Advice Choosing an Adult Lab Chapter 5: Preparing for Your New Labrador Retriever Family Affair Puppy (and Dog) Proofing Your Home Your Labís Safe Place Where Will Your Labrador Sleep? An Inside or Outside Dog? Necessary Dog Supplies Choosing a Veterinarian Chapter 6: Bringing Your Labrador Home Plan Ahead and Take Time Off Picking Your Lab Up from the Breeder Having Your Puppy Shipped Visiting the Veterinarian Arriving Home Meeting Other Pets Naming Your Lab The First Few Nights Chapter 7: Housetraining Crates and Housetraining Establishing a Routine Paper Training Accidents Happen How Long Does Housetraining Take? Housetraining an Adult Lab Housetraining Problems Relapses in Housetraining Chapter 8: Basic Nutrition Vital Nutrients What Is a Balanced Diet? Choosing Dog Food Understanding the Label Homemade and Raw Diets How and When To Feed Supplements Treat Talk Nutritional Nightmares Obesity Chapter 9: Basic Health Care Spaying and Neutering Vaccinations Parasite Prevention How To Examine Your Lab Lab Exam Tips Whatís Normal? How To Give Your Lab Medication Chapter 10: Basic Grooming Grooming Supplies Brushing and Combing Yes, Labs Shed Cleaning Ears and Eyes Dental Hygiene Bathing Trimming Nails Anal Sacs Chapter 11: Basic Obedience Basic Commands ìSitî ìDownî ìStayî ìComeî ìWalk Nicely on a Leashî Chapter 12: Teaching Manners Setting Rules The ìOffî Command ìOff the Furnitureî ìGo to Your Bed/Placeî ìLeave It/Drop Itî ìWaitî Chapter 13: Socialization In the Home Out and About Is Your Lab Antisocial? Play Dates Visits to the Veterinarian Becoming Accustomed To New Situations A Baby in the House Moving to a New Home Chapter 14: Travel Car Travel Air Travel Boat Travel Traveling Abroad Boarding Kennels Pet Sitters Chapter 15: Behavior Problems Potential Behavior Problems Aggression Barking and Whining Begging and Scavenging Chewing Digging Mouthing and Nipping Noise Shyness Separation Anxiety Working With a Behaviorist Chapter 16: Choosing a Trainer Why Hire a Trainer? Finding the Right Trainer Training Classes Puppy Kindergarten Obedience Training Training for Sports Training for Therapy Work Training Tips and Techniques Chapter 17: Advanced Training Conformation Field Trials and Hunt Tests Other Lab Activities Agility Flyball Freestyle Tracking Sports-Related Injuries and Conditions Chapter 18: Common Illnesses and Injuries When Do You Need To Visit the Vet? Allergies Cuts, Scrapes, and Foxtails Diarrhea, Vomiting, and Lack of Appetite Lumps and Bumps Orthopedic Problems Eye Diseases Tricuspid Valve Dysplasia (TVD) Epilepsy Chapter 19: Emergencies Being Prepared for an Emergency First-Aid Kit How To Muzzle Your Lab Does Your Lab Need CPR? How To Move an Injured Dog Dealing with Emergencies Chapter 20: The Senior Labrador Retriever When Is a Dog Old? A Golden-Age Health Exam Nutrition Problems of Aging Keeping Your Old Lab Comfortable When To Say Goodbye Appendix A; Resources Appendix B: Guidelines to Finding a Breeder
Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication: Labrador retriever