Keeping a yellow Labrador retriever puppy happy, healthy, and well-adjusted is not always easy. These dogs require more focused attention than adult Labs. The primary reason for this is because their development as a puppy is so intensive in its first few months of life.
A responsible owner needs to provide the right balance of exercise, discipline, and attention to keep a Lab puppy happy and healthy for the rest of his life. These tips will help you raise a happy and healthy yellow Labrador for many years to come.
How Much to Feed a Yellow Lab Puppy
The amount of food you need to feed your puppy will depend on which puppy stage they are in. When your little lad or lass is just 6 to 12 weeks old, you should feed it about 4 times a day with 2 cups of food at each serving.
The following chart will give you more details for the other puppy stages and beyond:
|3 to 6 months||3 times each day||1 to 2 cups of puppy food|
|6 to 12 months old||2 times a day||1 to 2 cups of puppy food|
|1+ years of age||2 times a day||1 to 2 cups of adult food|
|7+ years of age||1 to 2 times per day||1 to 2 cups of senior or adult dog food|
Then you need to make sure they get plenty of exercise each day. This will help keep them from getting fat and make sure their bodies are healthier. Watch the number of snacks and treats you give your pet as well.
Those extra treats can pack on the pounds before you know it. Putting a Lab on a diet may not go over well with your Lab.
Want to know more about yellow labradors? Check out our post “Yellow Labrador – A Complete Guide” to learn more.
How Often Should You Bathe a Yellow Lab Puppy?
There are lots of internet rumors, myths, and old wives’ tales about bathing this dog. You can ignore them all if you want. Labradors do not need a lot of baths unless they were naughty and got into something they were not supposed to.
The frequency that a yellow Lab is given a bath is once a month, more if they got really dirty. However, for Yellow Lab puppies, they should not get their first bath until they are 2 to 2 1/2 months old.
The reason for waiting so long is that the younger puppies have a harder time regulating their body heat. Bathing a lab as they get older depends on different factors:
1. Where You Live- Dogs get dirtier if they live in the country over the city. There are more chances they will find mud in the country. Apartment living will keep your dog cleaner.
2. Their Smell- It is said that the Labrador has a very strong odor and when they smell up the house, it is time to give them a bath.
3. Skin Issues- This will be a time when your Lab needs more frequent bath times. How frequent will be up to the skin condition your Lab has.
4. If Your Dog Is Naughty- By this we mean does it get into the trash often, finds mud and rolls around in it, and so on. Then you need to bathe your puppy often
Puppies need to be potty trained. Check out our post “How to Potty Train a Yellow Lab Puppy” to learn how to keep your pup from peeing in the house.
Other Care Needs
When you are caring for your Yellow Lab puppy, there are other health aspects you should take care of at bath time.
- Clean Their Ears- Those floppy ears are a great home for bacteria and infection. You need to clean those ears more often than giving him or her a bath.
- Clean The Eyes- Not a mandatory duty unless there is an infection but you will want to clean any dirt, etc., that gathers there through daily activities.
- Clean Their Teeth- To keep those teeth nice and healthy make sure to brush their teeth or give them hard snacks to help with that duty.
- Clip Their Nails- Too long of nails can be painful to your puppy. Make sure to clip them short but not too short or you will see blood and hurt your puppy.
When bathing your lab, use a mild anti-flea shampoo to not only get them clean but keep fleas and ticks away.
Some Final Words
Bathing your Yellow Lab pup is essential in helping them stay healthy. This duty keeps bacteria, germs, and other problems away. Plus, it helps your lab smell nice.
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