Labrador – best for beginners

There are a couple of concerns that people have when they first start taking care of a Labrador Puppy. I want to address these here and hopefully make you have no worries about these things. I own a black male Labrador puppy and he is amazing. I didn’t see him in a couple of days because I was out of town and I miss him so much. Anyway, what I am trying to say here is that this is how I will refer to a puppy – like he is a male. Same goes if you have a yellow female. This is just the way it’s easier for me to do it.

Is he a pure breed dog?

I know; I know you don’t care if he is a pure breed or not, you still love him, but many people have this question and it usually happens with black labs. Although this is not how the breed is supposed to look like, some black labs have a white spot on their chest. Don’t worry about it. If that’s the case it only means he’s extra special. So the good news is, he is still a pure breed, but the bad news is, you will never be able to enter him in a competition. But I’m sure that’s alright.

Is he already overweight?

Most Labrador puppies have big round bellies. So if yours looks like he just swallowed a basketball, don’t worry about it. It’s normal. However, let’s not forget that this may also be a symptom of parasites or obesity. Go to your vet and tell him to give you a treatment for inner parasites. Whether or not that’s the problem, you still have to give him such treatments.

I am assuming that your puppy is less than 2 months old. At this age, in order to check if he is overweight you have to feel his ribs. If you cannot see them but you can easily feel them there on the side, then he is in perfect shape. If you can see the ribs, your puppy is obviously underweight and if it’s hard to feel them he is overweight.

I hope I didn’t confuse you there. I was just trying to clarify this.

Why does he keep “going to the bathroom” in the house

The short answer is – he doesn’t know that he’s not supposed to. That’s obvious, but Labradors are really smart and they will understand that you’re mad at them for doing that (by the way, never punish your dog). Even so, the fact is that at an early age puppies just don’t have full control over their body. For most dogs it’s not until six months that they become fully aware of the way it all works. I like to believe that for a Labrador 3-4 months of age is enough.