Labrador Retriever Breed Maintenance
Grooming is fairly easy with a Labrador Retriever, a good brushing daily to keep the shedding under control and can even use your vacuum cleaner to go over their coat if they are used to the noise. They do need a bath, usually about every two months or so unless they have found something disgusting to roll in which Labs seem to like doing. They are usually very patient when being bathed, enjoying the extra attention, but watch when you let them out after drying them off; they will head for a dirt patch to roll in! Other maintenance requirements are a regular ear check, as dirt and bacteria can build up inside, causing inflammation and a bad smell. Never insert anything deep into the ear canal, just clean the outer ear. Daily brushing of their teeth using an appropriate pet toothpaste is best, never use human toothpaste for your dog as it can produce a severe reaction. A busy Labrador’s nails will keep short naturally, but if your Lab is clicking its way across the floor, then the nails need trimming. It will help prevent any scratching if they jump up on visitors. If you make grooming a positive experience filled with praise and rewards, the rest will be easy. These dogs can be quite active and need regular exercise, and it helps to have a big fenced yard where they can roam. As they are prone to weight gain, as well as bloating, feed your dog meals several times a day rather than one big feed a day to keep them in shape and healthy.