Raising and Training your puppy

Video clips and a free booklet can be found at Dog Star Daily

Dog Treats

What are you feeding your dog?  There is research that dog certain dog treats are the likely cause of illness.  Read this very interesting article. 

Keep your loved pet healthy and feed treat made from Australian products (Don't be fooled by "Australian Made"). 

 Treatments - Flea and Worming

I have found a great document from a Great Dane Rescue site that explains the different products and the compares the prices on various online stores. 

Products and Price Comparison document

 Feeding and weight

Your dog food provides a feeding guide.  Remember this is just a guide and is dependent on sex, weight and activity level.   The best way to know if you are feeding the right amount of food is to look at your dog.  See this attachment on how to determine if you dog is the ideal weight.  

Your puppy will eat a lot as they need the energy to grow.   At 10-12 months your puppy will have stopped most of its growing so you will need to decrease their daily food intake. 

Remember,  so not overfeed your puppy.  If you give you puppy treats this is to be included in their daily food allocation and therefore their breakfast/dinner reduced accordingly.  An overweight Labrador will adversely affect their skeletal structure and joints. 

Spaying and Neutering

Your vet may recommend desexing your dog at 6 months however we recommend waiting until your dog has matured,   so to wait until they are at least 12 months old.  

There is a lot of research including scientific evidence that desexing your dog, particular before the age of one,   can create both health and behavioural problems.   Please do some research so you can make an informed decision.   Below are some links to information. 

With males this is easy,   but if you own a female this would means you would go through a heat cycle  so this may weigh some value in your decision.  However having a girl on heat is not too difficult to manage and we are happy to offer some advice. to get you through this.  to

Dr Becker:   The Truth about Spaying and Neutering Video and article

 Health and Grooming 

You can find information on all sorts of issues here at Healthy Pets