Whether youre a first time "puppy parent" or you already have a few furry ones of your own, its always nice to be prepared and know what is needed and helpful during "parenthood". Throughout the years we have put just about every gadget and gizmo to the test and during that time we have found what is useful and what is not so much. This page is a list of a few things you might find helpful when bringing your puppy home.
Books we recommend
The Labrador Retriever :
An Owner's Guide to a Happy, Healthy Pet
Author: Lisa Weiss Agresta
The Labrador Retriever: The Dog That Does It AllAuthor: Lisa Weiss Agresta
How To Raise A Puppy You Can Live With
Author: Clarice Rutherford & Davis Neil, M.R.C.V.S
Collars & Sizes
18" - 22"
14" - 16"
Metal Chain Slip Leads or Choke Chains should never be left on unsupervised, this can be a choking hazard.
Dog Owner's Home Veterinary Handbook
Author: Delbert G. Garlson & James M. Giffin, M.D.
The Art Of Raising A Puppy
Author: The Monks of New Skete
The New Complete Labrador Retriever
Author: Helen Warwick
Labrador Retrievers Today
Author: Carole Coode
The Ultimate Labrador Retriever
Author: Heather Wiles-Fone
Author: Richard A. Wolters
Helpful Feeding Instuctions
Inevitably we all choose the nutrition program we feel is right for our puppies. The following instructions , I feel, are important regardless if you continue the puppy food we have started them on, or switch to a food that you feel better about.
HOWEVER! IT IS NOT RECOMMENDED TO SWITCH DOG/PUPPY FOOD FOR THE FIRST MONTH IN A NEW ENVIRONMENT, THIS CAN LEAD TO STOMACH UPSET WHICH IN TURN PROVIDES OPPORTUNITY FOR PARASITIC BLOOMS AND WORM BLOOMS IN THE BELLY.
What we feed:
For Switching or Continuing the Current Puppy Food
Please do not switch food for 30 days.
Always mix bowl of half/half of the current and new puppy food.
To this mix add a dollop of Canned Pumpkin
(not pumpking pie filling,no ingredients should be listed except pumpkin)
In addition add a dollop of Plain or Vanilla Yogurt to the puppy's food.
I always feed Showfur (the vitamin supplement) in the morning meal.
We recommened the following feeding schedule:
Adult Dogs get 3 - 3 1/2 Cups Daily (usually fed once a day in the evening)
Puppies get 2 2 1/2 Cups Daily (usually split in two feedings)
6-7am Morning Breakfast
6-7pm Evening Meal
Purchase distilled water (this is very inexpensive at Wal-Mart) and allow the puppy to drink distilled water for the first 5 days, then you can start mixing in your water and then in 4 or 5 more days they can then begin to drink the water from your tap.
A few helpful things
Here are just a few helpful items that have been personally tested and have won out against most things weve tried.
Upon pick up, you are given a complimentary informational packet to take home with your new family member. See any thing on this page you dont think youll be able to live without? Let me know and I will include it in your take-home packet for an additional charge. (Example: a crate, first bag of dog food, etc...)
And dont forget to order ShowFur!!
Food & Water dishes
Large Plastic Crate or Wire Crate
(My fav are the wire crates)
6' (Foot) Leash/Lead
"Kong" with "Kong Paste"
gotta have one of these!
(must not have plastic or
removable eyes or noses