The nature and behavior of dogs
Labrador life expectancy averages 10-14 years. It depends on the conditions of maintenance and compliance with the owner of the rules of pet care.
The development of a Labrador goes through several stages:
From birth to two months. Up to two weeks the puppy is deaf and blind, completely dependent on his mother. After 2-4 weeks, he begins to see and hear his surroundings, becomes more mobile, active. At the age of 1 month, milk teeth begin to be cut.
From three months to a year. The puppy grows quickly, it becomes stronger and stronger, you can begin training. Permanent teeth begin to erupt, the pet needs chewing toys. At 7 months, the Labrador becomes a full-fledged teenager and reaches puberty. From this time begin the training, conduct a basic course of study.
Adult dog. The development of each Labrador depends on the individual characteristics. At the age of about 1.5 years, they reach full development, gaining full weight. It should be regularly practiced to strengthen the muscles and bones of the dog, to maintain the necessary constitution.
Photo gallery “Stages of development of Labrador”
The nature and behavior of dogs
Labrador retrievers are known, above all, for their calm disposition. However, the hunting roots of the breed are reflected in the properties of its nature.
Features of Labrador behavior:
Dogs need to communicate with the owners. They usually start to get bored when they are left alone for a long time. An excess of accumulated energy and lack of attention cause them to have destructive inclinations or can lead to apathy.
The dogs of this breed are mobile and need active movement and games. Best of all, if the Labrador lives in a country estate. If the dog lives in a city apartment, it should be regularly walked. Walks should be long enough.
The immediacy and excessive activity of these dogs often leads to accusations of their foolishness. During the first three years of their life, their psyche is still being formed. This may create some problems for the family due to the excessive inclination of the pets to have friendly contact with everyone they meet. However, Labradors are very smart and, with appropriate education, behave quite restrained.
Labrador loves children and gets along well with them. However, his games with young children require constant supervision. The dog will never intentionally harm the child, but may inadvertently knock it over, especially if the dog is young or untrained.
The friendly nature and lack of aggressiveness do not allow the Labrador to effectively perform the functions of a guard dog. He is able to bark long and loudly in some cases, but he is unlikely to be able to provide reliable protection.
The video shows the characteristics of the nature of Labradors. Filmed by channel KotPes.
Care and maintenance
For the full development and health of the dog requires:
walks and outdoor activities;
regular medical examinations and vaccinations.
The required set of tools and care products includes:
tampons for cleansing the ears;
massage brush-mitten for washing;
bristle wire brush for wool;
undercoat brush for undercoat;
In the bathing kit you need to purchase a special shampoo and towel. You can additionally buy a bath or a basin with a rubber base at the bottom.
Proper care of a dog includes the following types of hygiene procedures:
Bathing is carried out constantly, but not too often, because the protective layer on the skin is washed off with detergents. It is convenient to wash an adult dog together; if the dog is calm, you can handle it alone. Water should be warm – about 40 degrees. Wool pre-moistened with water from a jug or shower. Water should not fall into the eyes and ears. Shampoo is applied first on the back and sides, then on the paws and tail. The head is washed last.
Labrador claws are quite long and need timely cutting. In urban conditions, if a dog walks a lot on asphalt while walking, the claws usually grind themselves. They should be cut carefully and only the empty part, so as not to damage the pink flesh with blood vessels. For the procedure using special tweezers.
Eyes healthy dogs special care is not required. It is enough to wipe them once or twice with wet cotton swabs (for each eye – separate). Tea brewing is not used for the procedure – after it dark spots remain on the coat.
Labrador teeth need to be cleaned constantly. To do this, use a regular toothbrush or gauze wound on a finger. Toothpaste products are sold in pet stores.
A bit of sulfur is always present in the ears of a healthy dog - it protects the ear canal from contamination. Ears enough to clean once a week with a dry cotton swab. To eliminate strong pollution swab moistened in vegetable oil.