These dogs are affectionate and cooperative, so caring for yellow Labrador Retrievers is not difficult.Your yellow Lab will be eager to please, and this extends to basic care.
- Caring for yellow Labrador Retrievers means caring about providing proper diet for your dogs.Your yellow Labs will eat almost anything, but that does not mean everything is good for them. Avoid feeding them from the table, especially, as they will quickly learn to expect “human” food and prefer it to a balanced dog food.
- Remember that your yellow Lab is a high energy dog, and needs sufficient nourishment to meet those needs. Read labels carefully when shopping for dog food, and look for those that are especially formulated for a large, active dog.
- Yellow Labs are big eaters! This means that weight is another factor to consider when caring for yellow Labrador Retrievers. Overweight yellow Labs can develop a number of health problems, including heart disease and arthritis. Never overfeed your Lab, or give “empty calories”.
- For comparison purposes only, consider the dietary differences “Iams” dog food offers in caring for yellow Labrador Retrievers of different ages, sizes, and weights. There is a puppy food for small or medium yellow Labs, a second one for large Lab puppies. Adult yellow Labs have the same two choices. If you are caring for yellow Labrador Retrievers that are overweight, “Iams” offers a weight control food. A sixth dry food is provided for active, mature Labs, and a seventh for seniors.
All Labs require regular, daily exercise to control weight and maintain health. The joy of caring for yellow Labrador Retrievers is that their exercise can easily be combined with your own. A daily jog of 30 to 60 minutes will keep you and your yellow Labs fit and trim. Yellow Labs will also want to play games outdoors, and will work off more energy this way.
Caring for yellow Labrador Retrievers need not involve professional grooming fees. A large child or adult can easily provide grooming at home.
- Yellow Labs love water, and are not likely to fight an occasional bath to keep them smelling good.
- Your yellow Lab’s coat should be brushed at least weekly. Ask your veterinarian or pet store personnel what type of brush is best. They will probably suggest a slicker brush to control shedding.
- Every month, you will want to cut your yellow Lab’s toenails. Toenail trimmers for dogs of this size are readily available at pet stores.
Be sure not to forget emotional needs when caring for yellow Labrador Retrievers. Chew toys will provide hours of entertainment and important jaw exercise.
Caring for yellow Labrador Retrievers is a 10 to 12 year commitment. If you are faithful to them, they will be faithful to you.