Labrador Retrievers For Dummies

Labrador Retrievers For Dummies

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by Joel Walton, Eve Adamson
     
 

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You have a picture in your head. A picture of yourself with your practically perfect dog. You’ve always preferred big dogs, and your ideal dog is sturdy, strong, and energetic. At the same time, you envision a dog who is gentle and completely in tune to your needs, your whims, and your every move. That perfect dog is likely a Labrador Retriever. After all,

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You have a picture in your head. A picture of yourself with your practically perfect dog. You’ve always preferred big dogs, and your ideal dog is sturdy, strong, and energetic. At the same time, you envision a dog who is gentle and completely in tune to your needs, your whims, and your every move. That perfect dog is likely a Labrador Retriever. After all, the Labrador Retriever is the most popular dog in the United States, according to American Kennel Club registrations. Labs are beautiful, friendly, adaptable, easygoing, brave, loyal, dependable, and intelligent. What could be better?

Labrador Retrievers For Dummies is a useful guide to have if you're thinking of getting a Lab or even if you already own one. Perhaps you're just curious about this popular breed. This handy reference is for you if you want to

  • Find out if a Lab suits your lifestyle
  • Know what to look for in Lab pups
  • Determine if a breeder meets high standards
  • Understand health and nutrition needs
  • Handle emergencies with a cool head
  • Train your dog with the lure-and-reward technique
  • Show off your Lab in competitions

You can live a fulfilling life with your Lab by making sure she is socialized, healthy, and well trained. What better task for humans and dogs than to be great companions for each other? However, you may need some help in knowing how to get the most out of your relationship with your Lab. This friendly guide offers that help with the following topics and more:

  • Exercising your pup and older Lab
  • Choosing the right veterinarian
  • Exploring spaying/neutering
  • Keeping your Lab beautiful with good grooming
  • Helping your dog deal with divorce, a new baby, moving
  • Managing barking and whining
  • Housetraining your new puppy
  • Traveling to dog-friendly vacation destinations
  • Choosing a pet sitter or boarding kennel
  • Volunteering your lab as a therapy dog

Labrador Retrievers are big, energetic, and sometimes boisterous (especially as puppies), and they don't take care of themselves. They need you. Don't let them need you unless you're ready to be needed.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780764552816
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
01/28/2000
Series:
For Dummies Series
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
291,391
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

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Meet the Author

Joel Walton is a professional dog trainer and Labrador Retriever breeder who has lived with Labs for more than 30 years.
Eve Adamson is a regular contributor to Dog Fancy and other pet magazines.

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Labrador Retrievers for Dummies 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was very helpful for my wife and I when we were thinking about getting a lab. It is clearly organized by chapter, follows a great progression of topics, and is well-written. Most of all, the love of labs shines through. Joel espouses the lure and reward training method, and he convinced me. Made us want one of Joel's labs.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book tells you everything you need to know about labs.plus it's got ton s of great puppy pictures.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got a lab Laney and she rocks. She loves snow. She rolls around in it is super cute! She is a golden lab. 1 Year old.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book. I LOVE dogs and our family has been thinking about getting a dog for quiet awhile now and we have been considering getting a Lab, and this answered many questions. It's very useful! Rock on B&N!
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this book looks good and I love labs and Ihave one
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think that this book was very informal. It gave me fact after fact and all the helpful tips i needed. I graduated out of Jr. high wanting a dog but couldnt get one unless i read this book i got done with this book in a week and i dont enjoy reading as much as everyone else. But Ill give it a shot if it means getting a new furry best friend. =).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Arf!!"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really? I have a black lab and her nam is stella. She is our 3rd dog. All our other dogs were labs. One was named sophie a chocholate and the other was roxy a yellow lab. She died of congestive heart faileir. Stella is the smartest dog on all because she figured out how to open the crate all by herself. &#9829
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For dummies lol why call it that? Hehehe