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rohit rastogi September 9, 2012 at 5:02 am

sir i have a labra golden white of 2 month 7 days and his weight around 3-3.5 kg ….bt the rips bones is easily visible …can u help in knowing reason for not proper growth…short in height ….

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Pippa September 9, 2012 at 10:34 am

Hi Rohit, there could be many reasons why your dog is thin, including parasites, insufficient quantity of food, or some kind of illness. You need to get your puppy checked over by a vet.

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Edward November 27, 2012 at 4:38 pm

Hi,pls take good care to ur Labrador ,mine lovely Labrador Bobby has just death just now,same as you my labra was only 2months 6days ,cherish it, don’t think it bother to you! cherish it,my fren

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Jill September 18, 2012 at 2:46 pm

When is the best time to switch from puppy food to adult food. My puppy is 6 months old and weighs about 35 lbs.

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Pippa September 18, 2012 at 3:12 pm

Hi Jill, there isn’t really a right and a wrong time. When I fed my dogs on a commercial dog food, I changed to adult food at six months old. Some people stick on the puppy formula for a full year but I haven’t seen any evidence that this is necessary. Pippa

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Donna L. August 4, 2013 at 4:33 pm

Well in my case with my labs. i knew when they were ready, when they started eating from the mother’s bowl at 7 weeks old. i still attempt to feed them dog food from the supermarket even now at 7 months, but they prefer home cooked meals.
i guess u just observe them to know when they are ready

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Shelly October 27, 2013 at 4:26 pm

They prefer home cooked meals because the dog food at stores are filled with corn and sprayed with animal fat. That stuff is terrible for dogs.?thank you for cooking for them. If you buy a better brand of dog food with with no corn it fillers you probably could taper off the home cooked meals.

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shanmukh September 24, 2012 at 5:01 pm

sir,
i have a 2 months 20 days lab and named as scooby it is always biting me i have a lot of problem with that, tell me any anything to stop my dog biting,i hope you will answer this question, and thanks at advance

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Pippa September 24, 2012 at 5:22 pm

Hi there, this is the article you need.

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BP.ROY April 24, 2013 at 2:50 pm

win confidence of your lab. might be this is the teathing time which create such irritation into ite canine. hope soon you will get rid of such problems.

BP.ROY
PATNA

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Angie September 28, 2012 at 4:42 pm

Hi. I have a large five year old yellow male lab (Charlie) who receives a lot of my attention. He has sired 10 black pups (Mum is a small chocolate lab). I hope to keep one male from the litter. I wondered how to introduce the pup to Charlie, so that I do not make mistakes and cause any upset/jealousy? Thanks.

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Pippa September 28, 2012 at 4:51 pm

Hi Angie, we have an article coming up soon on this topic, when do you bring your puppy home?

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Biscuitbum October 2, 2012 at 10:49 pm

We lost our last girl, Biscuit, in April, with a tumour on the heart. She was rather overweight, which also exacerbated an otherwise moderate hip problem, so our current girl Polly gets very few table scraps. She is 5 months-old today, is 20 1/2″ tall and weighs 14.7kg. She is slightly underweight, and her ribs are just visible. My vet says he prefers this, as do I, but were she to get fat as a puppy, would this predispose her to constant weight problems throughout her life?

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Pippa October 3, 2012 at 12:46 pm

I don’t know if there have been any studies done on the relationship between obesity in puppyhood and obesity in adult dogs. But I would not be surprised to find a link. One of the main reasons that we need to keep puppies slim though is to prevent overly rapid growth which together with the extra weight is believed to be disadvantageous to orthopaedic health. Pippa

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Kim October 12, 2012 at 5:18 pm

Hey. I have an 8 weeks old black lab. He loves to drink water!! How much should he be drinking? Thanks!!

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Pippa October 12, 2012 at 6:28 pm

Hi Kim, your puppy should be allowed as much water as he wants. If you think he is drinking excessively it is a good idea to get your vet to check him over. Pippa

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anil jose November 7, 2012 at 10:29 am

hi, I bought a one month old yellow puppy lab today. I am feeding him milk and pedigree infant. I want to know when should i start feeding him meat.

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Pippa November 7, 2012 at 4:55 pm

Anil, a one month old puppy is not ready to leave its mother. Pippa

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Patricia Di Chiara November 11, 2012 at 2:55 pm

Hi, we have a 2 month lab and she is very calm and loving whenever the kids are not at home or are not playing with her however whenever they start playing (with her) she gets very nervous and agitated and bites every one. why is that? is it her temperament? should i keep the kids from her or playing with her so she could grow to be nice and calm? thank you

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Pippa November 11, 2012 at 4:58 pm

Hi Patricia, congratulations on your new puppy. Play biting is normal in puppies and they can quickly get over-excited. There are a couple of articles which you might find helpful. This one is on bite inhibition and this one includes information on helping children to play safely with dogs. Pippa

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Rishabh Bhatia November 13, 2012 at 8:05 am

i want a labrador puppy which breed of labrador dog is better.

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Pippa November 13, 2012 at 8:59 am

Hi Rishabh,
Labradors are all one breed but there are different types in some parts of the world. Neither is better than the other, but each has different qualities this article is about the different types in the UK (and USA). If you are resident elsewhere it may not apply. Pippa

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Kim November 14, 2012 at 3:03 am

my puppy seems to get the hiccups frequintly…is this normal?

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Pippa November 14, 2012 at 2:37 pm

Hi Kim, yes hiccups is quite common in small puppies :)

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goggly November 14, 2012 at 5:13 pm

We have 45 day labrador male.
How much food we should give ?
We were told by vets shop that puppy food – 5-10 pallets every 5 hours be okay.
but he appears skiny
Regards
goggly

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Pippa November 14, 2012 at 5:47 pm

What region of the world do you live in? What puppy food are you buying? Pippa

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karen November 26, 2012 at 1:51 pm

Jasper is 5 months old and is losing his puppy teeth quite fast, is this normal and should I be doing anything to help him.

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Pippa November 26, 2012 at 3:22 pm

Hi Karen, it’s quite normal. Teething is usually over by about seven months. No need to do anything other than make sure he has something safe to chew on. Pippa

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Nicole December 1, 2012 at 12:08 am

Hello!

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Pippa December 1, 2012 at 6:25 pm

Hello and welcome :)

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Charles Heath September 12, 2013 at 1:11 am

My ylf is 76 lbs, just over 9 months, her mom is 70 + her dad 120, she is not fat, and I can feel ribs easy but not see them, large blockyhead, do you think she could reach 100 and if so is it uncommon for a female, she’s a great girl with lot of energy.

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priyank December 5, 2012 at 1:58 pm

Hi, i am a Indian and live in an apartment should i buy a Labrador pup for myself my flat is 3 b/h/k flat about 1800street

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Pippa December 5, 2012 at 7:02 pm

Hi priyank,
Some people do cope with big dogs in flats, but I would not personally recommend a Labrador to someone living in an apartment. Pippa

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Carla December 11, 2012 at 12:24 pm

Hi Pippa

We have two lab puppies, brilliant coming back to whistle they are 18wks old, how would you suggest dropping the whistle to some back to a marker ie ‘come’ They go out for a walk for 25mins in morning – let off for 15mins and out for 45mins ish at night – is this too much reading from your website?
Also which book of your would you recommend most re training – they will never be gun dogs only pets.
We feed them beta puppy – however their ‘busines’s doesn’t ever seem to be very solid – what would you recommend?
Thanks for your help – all suggestions welcomed..

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Pippa December 11, 2012 at 1:11 pm

Hi Carla, well done with your whistle training. :) ‘Come’ is a verbal command or cue rather than a marker. You can teach a verbal recall as well if you want to. I use a verbal in the house once the whistle is well established outdoors.
Check out this article for my thoughts on exercise for puppies.
With regard to books, if you buy Total Recall, although it is a recall training programme, the skills it teaches you can easily be applied to any command. How to Win explains the dog training process from start to finish, but does not contain any ‘exercises’. The Right Start was originally written for gundog puppies but lots of pet dog owners use it too. The foundations of obedience are the same.
With regard to feeding, I feed all my dogs on a completely raw diet, so I’m afraid I am not up to date on kibble. If you check in to the forum, you can find out what other labrador owners are feeding.

Good luck with your puppies. Pippa

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Kerri b April 22, 2013 at 9:54 pm

When you say a raw meat diet what do you mean? I tried beta it didn’t suit my puppy either we are currently using wainwright as suggested by staff at pets at home still not major solid stools but slightly better :)

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Pippa April 23, 2013 at 3:27 pm

Hi Kerri,
This is what I mean by a raw diet http://www.thelabradorsite.com/?p=2593
Pippa

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psr December 12, 2012 at 11:00 am

hi,
i have a 2 month old labrador male puppy.He is very active in playing and eating too and my vet told that he is in great health condition also.But the only problem with him is he is eating his own poop when ever no one sees it.How to prevent him eating his own poop.please suggest.

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Pippa December 12, 2012 at 1:26 pm

Hi, and congratulations on your new puppy. Poop eating is very common. There is an article here which may help you. Pippa

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Carla December 12, 2012 at 10:56 pm

Thanks pippa, we will drop/ half the exercise, they are quite energetic and thought they needed it, although they are walked leisurely on flat surfaces etc.. Was more to use up some energy as they end up in my flowerpots… No clematis left on any trellis!! .. now they have large area gated area with kennel when I’m out. They’d also mastered drawers in kitchen which now have child locks! Is there anything you would recommend us doing with them at 18wks or just give in to empty dug pots…thx will definitely grab one of your books are they all available as ebooks?

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Pippa December 13, 2012 at 11:20 am

Hi Carla, the Right Start is not available electronically, but the other two are. With regard to your puppies rearranging your garden, I’m afraid it is a case of moving things out of their way for the time being. My own puppy loved flowerpots too, you can read about her exploits here. :)

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Carla December 13, 2012 at 1:35 pm

You give me hope in ‘the time being’ bit :-)

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kumar December 14, 2012 at 11:01 am

i have 5 months lab, does chidren get infected by lab. and my chidrens are 6 yrs & 3 yrs old.

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Pippa December 17, 2012 at 9:40 pm

Hi Kumar, we have an article coming out on this topic soon. The key points are to make sure that your puppy is properly wormed. And to ensure that your children do not play where he poops, and that they wash their hands after playing with the puppy. Supervise play and teach the children not to let the puppy lick around their mouths or share their food.
Pippa

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sree December 21, 2012 at 4:55 pm

Hi pippa,
My lab of 2 and half month old is very active and he will eat anything that we offer him.(1 liter milk, 200 gms royal canin lab junior biscuits and some rice,small amount of snack items also…..). He will never say no to anything that we give. Is it safe to offer him like that or not. Please suggest in this issue.

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Pippa December 22, 2012 at 12:57 pm

Hi there,
It is not safe to let your puppy choose his diet. He will make himself very fat and eat lots of things which are very bad for him. Have a look at this page How to feed a labrador Please note that your puppy is weaned and does not need milk of any variety. A good quality puppy food or balanced raw diet will keep him healthy. Best wishes, Pippa

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Joel December 27, 2012 at 7:28 pm

Hi i hav Labrador can someone give me some
Tricks to make her trained

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Pippa December 28, 2012 at 9:37 pm

Hi Joel, have a look at the training section of the website. Pippa

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Vivek December 29, 2012 at 5:02 am

hellow ! I am getting a female labrdor,it was just born on 26th of december this year , i would like to know how to maintian a puppy mam , because I am just 12 years old , my parents dont like dogs so I have to do all the job myself, the puppy is at my uncles house (where it was born) ,mom says it would take a month more,for her to come home…………………..so please give me some tips to maintain my puppy….i have kept her name as LUCY already is it a nice name…………?

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Pippa December 29, 2012 at 8:46 pm

Hi Vivek, you will find lots of tips to help you with your puppy on this website. You can also join the forum to talk to other Labrador owners. Your puppy needs to stay with her mother until she is 8 weeks old. So that gives you plenty of time to prepare. But you need to think very hard before bringing a puppy into your home if your parents do not like dogs, because it will affect all their lives too, no matter how well you take care of her. Pippa

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AJAY December 30, 2012 at 1:00 pm

Hi my Lab puppy 4 & half months old weighs 11.5kg , but looks thin , still not lost milky teeth , but loosing lot of hair , tends to bite/chew the articles a lot. Is it normal for a good breed Lab puppy ?? when should he get adult teeth & when can we start homely diet , presently he is on dog food. br/

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Pippa December 30, 2012 at 3:09 pm

Hi Ajay,
Biting and chewing is normal. He will have his adult teeth by around seven months of age, and will continue to chew for several months after that. I am not sure what you mean by homely diet, but there is information on feeding your Labrador here and lots of information about caring for your puppy here . The correct weight for Labradors of a given age will vary widely. As a rough guide you should be able to feel, but not see, his ribs and he should have a bit of a waist when viewed from above and the side. His backbone should be well covered and should not feel ‘knobbly’. If in doubt, do check with your vet.
Pippa

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bhavana January 2, 2013 at 8:11 am

i am looking for a puppy. i thought a lab would be correct for my house but my mom disagrees. she thinks lab is too big for the house. are there any suggetions for a dog breed that doesnt require non veg food and is suitable for a cosy medium sized house with a small frontyard?

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Pippa January 2, 2013 at 9:23 am

Hi there, all dogs require ‘non veg food’ as they are carnivores. It is the time you are prepared to spend exercising and training the dog are as important as the size of your home. For more information about what is involved in having a labrador or any large active dog, you might find it helpful to read this article Pippa

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Raghu January 6, 2013 at 12:47 pm

Hi,
Snoopy is of 10 months.. He was eating sufficient food and was healthy said by vet, but from 1 month he is not eating anything, not even the meat.. and also not playing with us much.. we not yet started to take him outside for walking..
whats the problem for not having food..
thank you..

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Pippa January 6, 2013 at 12:57 pm

Hi Raghu, your dog sounds as though he might be unwell. You need to have him checked over again by a qualified vet. Good luck

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Raghu January 6, 2013 at 4:08 pm

then have one more doubt, when to leave him with a girl lab?;)

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SATISH NAIR January 7, 2013 at 11:17 am

how to take care my puppy because the luse motion is going on and in our area the climate is very cool . And my baby is 3days old.

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Pippa January 7, 2013 at 12:06 pm

Sorry Satish, I don’t entirely understand your question. Are you asking how to keep your puppy warm? How old is he?

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Arun February 25, 2013 at 12:03 pm

Hi Pippa,
I think wat mr.satish mean is, his puppy is suffering from Loose motion (Diarrhea) and the climate in their place is very cold….and i think either his baby or his puppy is aged 3 days….

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Prakash January 8, 2013 at 4:27 am

Hi pippa, I am from Coimbatore, India. I am owning a 45 Days old lab puppy. I am feeding her only Dog Cerelac (Samoval) now. Can you suggest me what kind of food should i need to feed her now & when can i start giving rice. Can you elaborate about the food criteria which you followed for your lab.
Can i feed Raagi Porridge now & What kind of Foods should i need to feed now. I contacted vet too. He said to give rice. but my concern till 8 weeks to feed rice is not good to lab. Right now i am feeding her 4 Times daily. with a mixture of Dog Cerelac+water+Curd.

Regards,
Prakash

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Pippa January 8, 2013 at 4:00 pm

Hi Prakash, please have a look at this page for more information. Pippa

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suresh January 10, 2013 at 3:15 am

hi pippa, iam having 2 months lab,he is eating ceralac only.which food should i feed to my lab…………..if i feed pedigree he smells and not eating

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Pippa January 11, 2013 at 9:24 am

Hi Suresh, I am not familiar with Ceralac. Here is a post on How to feed a Labrador. Please take your puppy to the vet if he will not eat. Pippa

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pranab January 13, 2013 at 9:19 am

Hi I have a chocolate lab with some white fur under it. Is it a pure breed Labrador.

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Pippa January 13, 2013 at 11:39 am

The presence or absence of white fur is not proof of pedigree. Whilst the labrador breed standard prefers a solid colour, a small white spot is allowed, and many pedigree labradors do have a white spot or patch.

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arsath January 13, 2013 at 11:24 am

Hi pippa,
Am from India, am a state level badminton player. I bought new lab puppy which is 30 days old. I use to go for tournaments to other state. Can I take pup with me??? And how many times feedin per day?

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Pippa January 13, 2013 at 11:42 am

Hi Arsath, please have a look at this page Your puppy should remain with its mother until he is about 8 weeks old. Pippa

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Rajesh March 22, 2013 at 1:30 pm

if any exercises need for lab dogs??.

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Pippa March 23, 2013 at 12:33 pm

Hi Rajesh, here is an article about exercising your puppy . You will find lots more articles about caring for your puppy on this page
Pippa

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arsath January 13, 2013 at 11:29 am

Can I give warm milk??? How much baby pedigree can give per day?? I mean quantity and how many tides???

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Pippa January 13, 2013 at 11:55 am

Please see above

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Naaz January 20, 2013 at 5:17 am

Hi there

I bought a labrador puppy from a breeder in South Africa and the puppy is 6weeks old. After reading up I now realise week 6-8 is crucial for puppy interaction. A friend told me that the puppy will benefit from puppy training classes. How old should he be before I start him in a class.

Thanking you

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Pippa January 20, 2013 at 8:23 pm

Hi Naaz
Have a look at this page information for visitors from oversees . Once your puppy is eight weeks old, you can find information on training on this page

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ANIL January 27, 2013 at 9:15 am

hello pippa..
iam an indian and i have a 45 days old black lab puppy…the problem is that its not listening to me..i mean when i call it or make some sounds its not looking at my face…Is it because of its age?? or will it be having any other problem??

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Pippa January 27, 2013 at 2:47 pm

Hi Anil, you should take your puppy to a vet, if he does not react at all to sounds he may have problems with his hearing. Pippa

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rocky February 3, 2013 at 7:46 pm

hie pippa
my dog is 1 month. he is vry slowly nd lazy… nd he is vry weak his bones is easily visible …can u help me in knowing reason for not proper growth nd weight..??

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Pippa February 4, 2013 at 10:23 am

Hi Rocky, in my opinion, a one month old puppy should still be with its mother . Please consult your vet asap. Pippa

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rocky February 4, 2013 at 6:40 pm

hello pippa…
bt now i purchase puppy.. :(
now wht can i do…??

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Pippa February 4, 2013 at 8:44 pm

Hi Rocky, if you cannot return your puppy to its mother, you need to consult your vet without further delay. Pippa

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rocky February 5, 2013 at 6:15 pm

oka tnx pippa… tc :)

Kelly Elledge February 6, 2013 at 5:07 pm

Hi Pippa, I have always owned Goldens, can you give me advice on a chocolate lab. His name is Bentley, and he and I are fighting on who’s boss. He thinks he is at 5 1/2 months old

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Pippa February 6, 2013 at 8:12 pm

Hi Kelly, I am going to need a bit more information. What problems are you having with your puppy? Pippa

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John Armstrong February 7, 2013 at 8:36 pm

Can you a advise! My sister’s black Labrador has, today, just had eleven pups. She cannot feed them all herself. Please advise!

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Pippa February 8, 2013 at 7:58 am

Hi John, if your sister does not have an experienced breeder to mentor her, she needs to get in touch with her vet. If a bitch cannot feed all her pups, then options are to hand feed/top up the puppies with a replacement for bitches milk like Whelpi or Lactol. Or occasionally it may be possible to foster some of the pups on to another bitch that has recently whelped a small litter. Her vet or another local experienced breeder is the best person to help. Pippa

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Tom February 8, 2013 at 12:19 pm

Hi Pippa. I have been trying to find a definitive answer to the whole “amount of exercise to give a puppy” question! My Black Lab, Guinness, is 5 months old. He comes with from great blood lines and looks superb, a really good looking and strong lad. I have been trying to limit his walks since we got him at 8 weeks old. I have in the past week though, been walking him off-lead in a huge set-aside field near where we live. His recall to whistle and verbal commands is superb ad his behaviour on the walks is good. The walks off-lead have been lasting between 30 and 40 minutes. During this time, Guinness spends some time running about like a lunatic, some time practising his recall with me and some time just trotting along. Nothing apart from the recall from a distance is forced. Is this too much for a pup of his age and am I better to wait before carrying on with these walks?

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Pippa February 8, 2013 at 1:04 pm

Hi Tom, you can find a general article on exercising a labrador here and a more specific one on exercise for puppies here
In my view there is no exact answer to this common question. I tend to play it safe with my puppies. You need to look at the evidence and choose your path based on how you feel about it.

Pippa

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Tom February 8, 2013 at 1:10 pm

Thanks Pippa. I have read both articles and I’m still not sure what’s best for him. I think I will carry on going to the field but do half the field instead of all of it, until he is a bit older.

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Satvir Singh February 9, 2013 at 8:06 am

Hi, Sir.
My 3 month old off White leb is not walk or stand properly. he got vibration on rear leg when he was standing…

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Pippa February 9, 2013 at 9:06 am

You need to take your puppy to a vet Satvir. Hope he his ok.

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Satvir Singh February 9, 2013 at 1:26 pm

thaks Pippa, the doc say it happened the lack of Vitamin D…
or calcium .

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Pippa February 9, 2013 at 1:47 pm

OK, I am glad you took him. Hope he makes a good recovery. Best wishes Pippa

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datha February 11, 2013 at 12:11 pm

hi,i have a lab named pluto it is 20 days puppy it will be frequently shouting what steps should taken for that …. tnx in advance

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Pippa February 11, 2013 at 12:41 pm

Hi, your puppy is far too young to leave its mother. You need to take it back or get help from a vet, or a local person who is experienced in hand rearing tiny puppies. Please read this page for more information Pippa

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datha February 12, 2013 at 6:10 am

thank you pippa

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datha February 12, 2013 at 6:14 am

but its mother is dead

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Pippa February 12, 2013 at 10:16 am

How sad, in that case you need to contact your vet or the breeder, who will have the right local knowledge to advise you. Good luck with your puppy. Pippa

Srihari February 12, 2013 at 7:39 am

Hi Pippa,

I have 45 days old male lab mix puppy (2.5 kgs) and giving pedigree 4 time’s a day but it is not putting more weight. Could you please guide me what kind of food do I need to give my puppy.

Thanks in advance

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Pippa February 12, 2013 at 10:22 am

Hi, there is basic information here about feeding. There could be many reasons for a puppy to fail to gain weight. From diarhorrea to internal parasites, or something more serious. It is not something that can be diagnosed over the internet. Do take your puppy to a vet if he is too thin. Pippa

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Rentia February 13, 2013 at 11:01 am

Hi Pippa Except for regular grooming is there anything else I can do to minimize the hair all over the house. We brush her everyday after playtime, but she still looses a lot of hair. Somebody said I can give her Omega 3,6 & 9 capsules. Will it help?

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suresh February 16, 2013 at 3:43 am

hi pippa,raw egg or boiled egg which is good for my 3 months lab puppy……..

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max February 17, 2013 at 3:47 pm

hi i am max 28 days old male labrador
suggest me what food should, i eat and how long
i want fat on my body

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Pippa February 17, 2013 at 4:38 pm

This is our policy on under age puppies

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Charlie February 19, 2013 at 6:24 pm

Hi,
We are currently feeding Barney, our 8 week puppy, on Royal Canin Labrador Puppy food as recommended by breeder. However he doesn’t seem to be eating anywhere near what is recommended. Should I add water to it to soften the biscuits?
Charlie

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Charlie February 19, 2013 at 6:34 pm

Sorry, just read all of your information on feeding!!

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shashi February 20, 2013 at 7:02 pm

hi pippa,
i jhave male 3 months black lab. i do not want to breed.i know dogs come into heat twice in a year(female).pl.advise me is it necessary to cross my male lab atleast once in a year or should neuter.? but i donot like the idea of neutering. i feel it as sin.cannot we dispense with crossing or neutering and still have good tempered lab.

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Pippa February 20, 2013 at 8:50 pm

Hi,
There are two separate issues here.
Contraception, and neutering. Yet people frequently confuse them where dogs are concerned.

You cannot have neutering without contraception, but you can have contraception without neutering.
Neutering is a major procedure and is a very effective contraceptive. But it is not the only form of contraception for dogs. Nor is it necessary for any dog to be bred from.

If you don’t want to breed your dog you don’t have to. Neutering does not need to come into it. All we need do is keep male dogs away from female dogs that are in season. And keep female dogs in season away from male dogs.

As for a good tempered lab, neutering does not significantly alter the ‘temperament’ of your labrador. Have a look at these articles to find out how neutering may affect your dog.
Pippa

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shashi February 22, 2013 at 2:56 pm

hi pippa,
thanks for the answer but pl.clarify the below too
i understood that neutering and breeding is not compulsory.
but does it make the dog aggressive if we denoy to fulfill its biological urge(for all breeds in general)
And morover you said to keep away from female dogs in season.
But i heard males can smell faraway females that are in season.
if that is the case how to take the dog for usual walk and still keep it away from females in season.
can we know female dogs that are in season by looking at them?

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Pippa February 22, 2013 at 3:42 pm

Hi Shashi

I have seen no evidence to suggest that intact dogs are likely to become aggressive if denied fulfilment of their biological urges! Though if kennelled in close proximity to bitches in season, some intact males may become anxious and upset.

By keeping your male away from bitches in season, I simply meant you would avoid having bitches in season coming around to visit or play with your dog, and similarly would avoid taking your male to a friend’s home if their bitch was on heat.

Out on a walk, the responsibility lies with the owner of the bitch to ensure that their female is not exercised in a public place during the three weeks of her season.

Neutering has its advantages and disadvantages, and you can read about these in the link I gave you above. You say you don’t like the idea of neutering and I replied that you don’t need to neuter your dog in order to prevent him becoming a father. However, if you are extremely worried about the possibility of your dog being mated, then neutering may be the best choice for you.

Pippa

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nilesh valvi February 22, 2013 at 2:47 am

Hi….i hav a lab i dont known his proper age,but according to my vet he is four and a half month or five months old and dont even known that he is a proper breed or mix one. The problem with him is that he is annoying , he never listens to me or any of my family member,im feeding him royal canin and best food i can give him ,but still his growth is slow and he always has the problem of losmotions .he has a habit of eating anything he finds,jm giving him proper medicen and all…..but always worried about his growth and health.he is little thin also…plzzz suggest me how i can make his digestion power storng….my vet suggest me that not to give him milk,chicken,dal rice..my vet tells me to give him curd rice , he dont not even smells it when i tried to feed him that….im from india plz help me….i have seen many dogs of his similar age they are quit helthy

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Pippa February 22, 2013 at 10:25 am

Hi there,
Not listening to members of the family is quite normal. You will need to train your puppy to respond to your commands. You can find lots of information on training in our training section. All puppies will eat all kinds of rubbish, you need to supervise him or prevent him from getting access to things you don’t want him to eat.

I strongly recommend you listen to your local vet with regard to feeding advice. He knows what is available to you in your area. Bear in mind that your puppy is weaned. Four month old puppies do not need milk of any kind and many puppies will get upset stomachs if given milk.

Best wishes, Pippa

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gillian mccabe February 22, 2013 at 5:36 pm

hi I have a 10 week old red fox lab who is doing really well and looks great. his weight at the moment is 10.45kg but the vet said he is fine, he is just a big dog with big bones. at present I am feeding him royal canine puupy food for labs 4 times a day……he seems to eat it all at breakfast and at supper but his 2 feeds during the day he is only eating half. do you think it is to early to cut him down to 3 meals a day? thanks

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Pippa February 22, 2013 at 7:46 pm

Hi Gillian, I usually keep puppies on four meals a day until 12 or 13 weeks. If you cut him down to three, he will need to eat even more at one sitting than he does now and that could possibly upset his tummy. Pippa

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Arun February 25, 2013 at 10:59 am

Hi Pippa,

Hw r u? I have a one and half month old male lab. My doubts are:
1. Can I feed him cow’s milk?
2. At what age can I shift him to his cart (permenently for the whole day)?
3. At what age can I start him to train?
4. What could be the reason he want to stay in water (in places like bath room etc)?
5. Please tell me the deworming schedule for whole life cycle.

I know it’s a big questionare and I hope you wont mind it :-)…..expecting ur reply….

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Pippa February 25, 2013 at 12:03 pm

Hi Arun,
Many labradors enjoy playing in water.
You can find information on feeding your puppy in this article Feeding your labrador puppy
I don’t know what you mean by cart?

Look at this link for articles on worming your labrador

Pippa

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Arun February 26, 2013 at 5:38 am

Pippa,

Thank u for ur reply.
I mean crate (kennel)…

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Pippa February 26, 2013 at 1:28 pm

Hi Arun, you cannot leave a dog in a crate (meaning a wire or mesh cage) all day at any age. If you have to leave the dog all day, he needs a proper kennel with an outdoor run and separate sleeping compartment. If you are going to use a kennel, you can begin the transfer at any time provided that the temperature does not fall too low. Puppies lose heat much faster than adult dogs.

Start with very short periods in the kennel (just a few minutes at a time) But bear in mind that no matter how careful you are to transition slowly, some puppies left alone in a kennel will bark and howl. All day. For this reason and because young dogs need lots of socialisation, I rarely kennel a dog under six months of age, and I never kennel dogs alone.

Pippa

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Arun February 27, 2013 at 5:06 am

I have built a concrete cage sized 6x4x5 inches (LxWxH) with grills in sides for his proper view to outside…I am not planning to leave him in the kennel for 24hrs..but can I leave him in the kennel for whole night, ie. from 10pm to 6am, at the age of 3 months…at the day time i am planning to put him in cage for some short periods….. and pls tell me hw can i secure him from mosquitos…can i use the common mosquito killers near to his kennel????

Arun

Pippa April 23, 2013 at 3:24 pm

Arun,

For the dimensions of the kennel, I assume you mean ‘feet’ not inches! I can’t comment on specific aspects of individual kennel design, especially outside of the UK where weather conditions and temperatures may be outside my experience. Your cage sounds rather small and would not be suitable for long periods of time.

You will need to make sure that the kennel cannot get too hot at any time, and that it cannot get too cold, especially at night. Your puppy will need to be able to get away from drafts, which means a raised bed of some sort. Wooden planks or boards can be used for this purpose. Part of any kennel should be a ‘run’ where the dog can go to the toilet. And you need to be able to wash the floor or it will get very smelly, especially in hot weather.

I cannot comment on insect repellents, your local vet or the manufacturer of the product you use should be able to tell you if it is safe to use in a kennel.

What you are proposing does not sound ideal, and my honest opinion is that your puppy would be better off indoors.

Pippa

murugan March 4, 2013 at 2:17 am

how many times should i feed for my 4 months lab…………….

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Pippa March 4, 2013 at 11:00 am

See my answer on your identical post on the puppy training page

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Joanne March 4, 2013 at 7:36 pm

Hi
Please can you help me. My puppy always seems to breathe fast when she lies down. Is this normal? She’s 8 weeks old.
Thank you

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Pippa March 4, 2013 at 8:03 pm

Hi Joanne, it really isn’t possible or ethical for us to attempt to diagnose potential health problems over the internet. Have your puppy checked over by your vet.
Best wishes,
Pippa

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Joanne March 5, 2013 at 7:30 am

Ok. Thank you,i will do that. She doesn’t do it when she’s awake,just when she’s going to sleep!

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Dinesh March 5, 2013 at 7:58 am

My lebra is 7 months
He becomes very energetic at 10~10.30 pm daily
Tears off my books or shoes
pl advise
D K

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Pippa March 5, 2013 at 10:45 am

Hi Dinesh
There are a couple of articles here that should help you: excitable Labrador and Teach your lab to relax
Pippa

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Dinesh March 7, 2013 at 10:31 am

thanks Pipa
One more question
we all are working and a stage is going to come that we need to leave our lab at home alone at least for 3 hours
will he be able to manage

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Pippa March 7, 2013 at 11:16 am

Hi Dinesh, many older Labradors are happy to be left for three or four hours. Much longer and you would need to get someone to come in and walk the dog. Pippa

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sandy March 5, 2013 at 10:27 am

hi friends,

today a honey bee had bite my lab but its fine but has slight pain on his front rignt leage shall i go to a vat or its not necessary plz advice thx.

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Pippa March 5, 2013 at 10:43 am

A single sting on a leg doesn’t usually cause a problem, but occasionally a dog can have an allergic reaction. If she seems unwell, get her checked over by the vet quickly.

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Dhruv March 7, 2013 at 7:15 am

i have a one and a half year old lab golden color . he is very energetic get 1 hour of exercise two times a day that is morning and evening .in the afternoon he get to play in the garden with me but after all that he still chews every lead we buy for him .please help me with this problem

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Pippa March 7, 2013 at 11:18 am

Hi Dhruv, many young Labradors are quite destructive. You need to keep the leads where your dog can’t reach them, at least for a few months until the habit is broken. Here is an article with more information: How to stop your Labrador chewing
Pippa

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Dhruv March 8, 2013 at 8:24 am

thanks pippa for that answer but the problem is when we tie him because we are cleaning the house .the domestic help is scared of dogs so we have to tie him for at least an hour everyday rest of the time he roams in the house or the garden .he only chews his lead when he is tied,but he get a lot of exercise then why does he get frustrated when we tie him,
Dhruv

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Pippa March 8, 2013 at 9:18 am

Hi there, I don’t think your solution lies with trying to figure out why the dog doesn’t like being tied up.

Your objective is to keep the dog away from your cleaner and tying him up is not working. The best solution is probably to put the dog in a purpose built dog crate whilst your domestic help is working. Leave him with a kong to keep him happy whilst she is busy. Crates can be purchased online.

Pippa

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Andrew March 8, 2013 at 5:25 pm

Hi I have labrador who is 10 weeks old. His weight was only 3 kg. But his tummy is already quite big and he eat a lot and his poop is quite massive.
I believe he is still underweight for 10 weeks old puppy. Is that right?

Thanks

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Pippa March 8, 2013 at 5:37 pm

Hi Andrew, your puppy sounds underweight, have him checked over by your vet. Pippa

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teja March 9, 2013 at 8:31 am

hi pippa ths is teja i have lab of 3 months it was suffring frm jondies and it was tottaly week plz tell wht i have to do

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Pippa March 9, 2013 at 12:30 pm

Hi Teja, you need to take your lab to a vet. Hope he is ok. Pippa

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Amey March 12, 2013 at 12:54 pm

hi frns..i have a sweet young and very active lab of2 months name tuffy.i want to train him from now onwards.what can i use as treat for hime while training…

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Pippa March 12, 2013 at 1:36 pm

Hi Amey,
You can use part of your puppy’s daily food ration, and any other suitable food that he really loves. Little tiny pieces of roast meat are really popular and tiny bits of cheese.

Pippa

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mariam March 12, 2013 at 5:39 pm

hello i have golden lab 2 months and 2 weeks. he eats properly but is lazy. when i play with the ball he runs after it but then after a while sits then i again throw the ball he brings it to me and then sits near me and bits the ball but he doesnt play properly with the ball……i have seen that he runs for few mins and then sit done. please help me what should i do

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Pippa March 12, 2013 at 6:02 pm

A ten week old puppy cannot be fairly described as lazy. Small puppies need a lot of rest and have a very short attention span. If you want to teach your puppy to retrieve you will need to harness and encourage his retrieving desire which can very easily be extinguished by too many retrieving games.

Please read this article before playing any more retrieving games with your puppy: Building retrieving desire in your puppy

Pippa

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Joanne March 13, 2013 at 5:28 pm

Hi Pippa

What is the best way to discipline a biting puppy? I have tried giving her a chew toy when she starts biting us,but that only stops her for a few minutes…and then she starts barking and bouncing and biting again!

Thank you

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Pippa March 13, 2013 at 6:22 pm

Hi Joanne,
Here is the article that you need: Labrador Puppies Biting
Pippa

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Max March 18, 2013 at 5:35 pm

hi,
I Have a 3 monthold lab her height is 11 inches . what i can do to increase her height.

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Pippa March 19, 2013 at 10:56 am

Hi Max, you need to get your puppy checked over by a vet. Pippa

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Rajesh March 22, 2013 at 8:53 am

RAJESH…

I have a new lab puppy 60days old… how many times in a week washing my puppy..???

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Pippa March 22, 2013 at 9:35 am

Hi, you don’t need to bath your puppy unless he gets really dirty. Bathing takes the natural oils out of his coat.
Pippa

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Rajesh March 22, 2013 at 9:55 am

thank u very much…

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Rajesh March 22, 2013 at 9:59 am

what is the signs of pupy affected parasites problems.. how can prevent it..

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Pippa March 22, 2013 at 12:34 pm

Hi Rajesh, you need to worm your puppy at regular intervals, there may be no symptoms at first. Here is an article about worms
Pippa

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Rajesh March 22, 2013 at 1:19 pm

thank u dear pippa….

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Surya March 25, 2013 at 7:08 am

Hi,

I bought a Labrador female puppy ..28 days old .. Could u please guide me how to maintain it .. It’s having warmed milk with water and cerelac mixed Trice In a day .. Feel like the pup is not active at all .. It wake up and bargs for the food as soon it complete .. Goes to sleep ..;(.. Please help me out ..;)

Regards,
Surya.

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Pippa March 25, 2013 at 9:59 am

Hi Surya,
Your puppy is far too young to leave its mother. You need to take it back to the breeder. Here is an article you may wish to read: Too young to leave Mum
Pippa

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Surya March 25, 2013 at 3:11 pm

Aww thanks for that …;)

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Aparna March 25, 2013 at 9:01 am

HI There,
I have a 9 month old Lab puppy and he is shedding his hair a lot ,he also licks and scratches his body a lot.. Do u have any suggestion for me..
thanks in advance

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Pippa March 25, 2013 at 9:52 am

Hi there, it is normal for Labradors to shed a lot of hair. If your dog is scratching, he may have some skin parasites Best to get him checked over by your vet. Pippa

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Lata March 26, 2013 at 11:37 am

Hi,
I have a lab HUGO who is one year old. we are vegetarians and i would like to ask if it is necessary to feed him non vegetarian food. We give him a NON veg pedigree alternate days. He eats all kinds of veggies raw, cooked. He is always ready for food. He weighs 34 kg…is it a good weight for his age. Also if he finds food he does not want to come to us, even if we cal him. Other wise he is quite obidient. When ever we take him outside, he sits on the road if he finds another big dog than him…is this normal. Kindly answer to my queries.

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Pippa March 26, 2013 at 12:44 pm

Hi Lata,
My personal view is that a vegetarian diet is not at all suitable for dogs.

A dog’s correct weight is never just a number, it depends on the structure and build of the dog. You need to determine a healthy weight by the appearance and feel of the dog. This article should help you.

Your recall problem can be resolved by training, this is our Recall Training Centre where you will find lots of information on teaching your dog to come. And yes, some young dogs will sit down, or lie down, if they feel intimidated by a bigger dog.

Pippa

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Lata March 26, 2013 at 1:45 pm

Hi Pippa,
Thanks a lot for the immediate response. I have gone through the links given by you. It was very informative.
Thanks again
Lata

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Anubhav Singh March 28, 2013 at 6:09 pm

HI,
I have a Fawn color Labro, male, he is about 2 months and 15-20 days old i give him royal canine and drools in lukewarm water for food 4 times a day and the total amount of drools and royal canine are 1 cup exact even though the amount of water may differ, he is very playful and active and gets sufficient amount of sleep. But there is on problem! one of his front legs or hands shakes at some angle which is when he is sitting. So should i consult a vet for him or is it normal for a pup of this age to have a bit of weak or shaky front legs?!

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Pippa March 29, 2013 at 12:49 pm

Yes, you should check with your vet. What you are seeing is not normal.
Good luck,
Pippa

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HARISH March 30, 2013 at 5:06 am

Hai,
I have a 1 month black labrador puppy… it contain some pimples over it body what can i do? after how many days i can bath mu lab????

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Pippa March 30, 2013 at 10:30 am

Hi Harish
Your puppy is too young to leave its mother. Here is a link for you
Pippa

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Cindy Calci April 4, 2013 at 6:28 pm

I have a 6 month and 2 weeks old female yellow lab. She is still biting my hands quite often especially when she is excited. . I thought she would be over this by now. She doesn’t do it to my husband only on occasion. I tell her no I give her a time out. I have done the toy thing. The yelling ouch. Its like shes so used to doing it. Will this ever stop??

Thank you for any info that you can give me.
Cindy

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Pippa April 4, 2013 at 8:06 pm

Hi Cindy,
Yes it will stop, but when it persists this long it is usually because the dog is getting overexcited. Try to focus on keeping her calm. Have a look at this article
Pippa

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shivam April 5, 2013 at 1:41 pm

hii….i have 15 days old black female lab….i want to know what food should i give to her…although ..she is very small nd his parent mother is dead after giving birth to her ….plz advice me on this …

thanxs .

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Pippa April 5, 2013 at 2:27 pm

You need to contact your vet Shivam. Your puppy needs specialist care.

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Annie Vickers April 6, 2013 at 4:24 pm

Hello Pippa
My labrador puppy is now Seven months old and a joy. I have noticed that her paws are slightly cracked. They do not seem to be worrying her and I can’t remember our other two labs having this problem. She is fed Betapuppy. I wonder if you feel that I should be concerned about this condition.
Many thanks

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Pippa April 6, 2013 at 5:26 pm

Hi Annie, it might be a good idea to pop in to your vet. Cracked pads can sometimes become infected, and occasionally can be a symptom of other troubles. In all probability he will tell you to worry or give you some moisturising ointment to rub in to them. But for peace of mind I would get it checked.
Pippa

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Annie Vickers April 7, 2013 at 6:50 pm

Thank you so much Pippa for your advice. I will make am appointment with our vet.

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Pippa April 7, 2013 at 8:36 pm

No problem, hope she is ok :)

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tarun April 7, 2013 at 6:57 am

sir i wanna know that my pup is of 2 months and he never barks a once a day.

Is there any problem in it

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Pippa April 7, 2013 at 8:33 pm

Hi Tarun, lots of puppies don’t bark, especially whilst they are very small.
Pippa

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ssu April 7, 2013 at 1:23 pm

Hii ma lab pup s 4 mnths
she s losing alot of her hair
vet gave a tonic bt i dont thnk it s helping
plz help me
is it cuz of the hot summers ??

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Pippa April 7, 2013 at 8:35 pm

Hi, if the vet’s prescription isn’t working you need to go back and tell him so that he can look at other possibilities.
Pippa

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Vina April 9, 2013 at 1:43 pm

mam, my 30 days white labra puppy has not started walking yet..he remains vry lethargic ..he doesnt evn sit properly ..though we had pupis from our female labra befor too bt all of thm wr quite active at this age…m worried for him ..are these signs of weakness or what is it….PLZ tel me

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Pippa April 9, 2013 at 3:07 pm

Hi Vina, your puppy needs to see a vet.
Hope he is ok
Pippa

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Vina April 10, 2013 at 8:42 am

hey thx fr repl..he has swimmers .i hv strtd dat vet jackt method .he has difficlty in breathng..gonna try evrythng for him

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kylee April 11, 2013 at 4:57 pm

my 3 and a half month old black lab went into heat yesterday is that normal?

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Pippa April 11, 2013 at 5:38 pm

Hi Kylee, it is not normal for a dog to come on heat so young. Pop her along to the vet for a check up.
Pippa

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vikas April 11, 2013 at 7:25 pm

hii i have a 4 month old labrador female, i am not getting it that y she is scared of peoples and other thing also..she is so shy also..

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Pippa April 11, 2013 at 8:52 pm

Hi Vikas,
It is natural for puppies to become shy of strangers after 3 or 4 months of age, and it is important that you take steps to avoid this. Puppies learn to be friendly through a process call socialisation, and you need to take steps now to socialise your puppy.
Here are the articles you need
Importance of socialisation
How to socialise your puppy

Pippa

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rahul April 13, 2013 at 6:52 am

I have Labrador 45 days it is weak and suggest me medicine or food for it and I am serving milk 4 times a day and I keeping pedigree also

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Pippa April 13, 2013 at 10:02 am

Hi Rahul, it is not possible or appropriate to diagnose and recommend medicine’s via the internet. Your puppy needs to see a vet. I hope he is ok. You can find information on feeding a puppy here: Feeding your puppy
Pippa

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fatima April 13, 2013 at 10:17 am

Hey. I lost my 2.5 months old labrador puppy and found her about 3.5 weeks later. The thing is it was winters and rain season so due to that she was very weak. Her body has managed to grow to the size of a normal 4 months old labrador but the size of her head hasn’t grown probaby due to starvation over those 3 weeks. Can anyone hep with this? Thanks.

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Pippa April 13, 2013 at 10:38 am

Hi Fatima,
The best person to help your dog is your vet. Hope she it ok
Pippa

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prashanth April 13, 2013 at 4:24 pm

i hav bought one month labrador puppy what food we should give t puppy . . . . ..
pls any1 tel me

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Pippa April 13, 2013 at 9:09 pm

Hi Prashanth
Your puppy is too young to leave his mother. You need to take him back and wait until he is eight weeks old before bringing him home
Pippa

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praty April 13, 2013 at 4:33 pm

Hi,
I brought a new Labrador female.. and she is 3 months old .. i DOUBT THAT whether she is lab or not as her tail is not as straight its long and curled one and she has got white patches on her feet and chest… and bites while playing.. can u guide?

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Pippa April 13, 2013 at 9:12 pm

Hi,
I cannot tell you whether or not your dog is a purebred labrador based on your description, though white patches on chest and feet are considered a fault in Labradors, some do have them. All puppies bite while playing. Here is an article about biting
Pippa

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sunny singh April 17, 2013 at 10:34 pm

i have a golden labrador who is 2 months old and we were feeding him royal canin birth,now shall we swith over to drolls for puppies or could you please suggest.

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Pippa April 18, 2013 at 12:44 pm

Hi Sunny,
I don’t promote individual brands but here is my article on Feeding Your Puppy .
Pippa

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rahul April 18, 2013 at 3:37 am

My Labrador puppy is 2 months lab it is too weak I feed it without biscuits and milk what ever it eats immediately it’s geeting motions what I do

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Pippa April 18, 2013 at 12:44 pm

Hi Rahul, you need to take your puppy to the vet. I hope he is ok.
Pippa

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Mandeep singh April 18, 2013 at 1:46 pm

Hay this is my first pet in my house my lab is 3 month 14 days which calcium and multivitamins shell I give him for his hight and good grothe

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Pippa April 18, 2013 at 5:15 pm

Hi Mandeep,
You do not need to feed your puppy any supplements if you are feeding a complete commercial puppy food, or a balanced and varied diet of raw meaty bones. Here is an article on feeding your puppy
Pippa

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Karrie April 19, 2013 at 2:34 am

Hi,
We are taking home our second lab in 1 week. We have a choice of 2 females. This is a problem because they are both amazingly cute and sweet but are very different personalities. The confident one is first to explore new areas and first to run after the kids and the balls. First out of the barn to see you. The shy girl would prefer to sit on my lap and softly whimper. When exposed to the same situation again the shy girl does warm up. She doesn’t seem to be startled by the kids at all just new situations. Both puppies have been raised in a very social home with many kids. I do not want a scared dog.. Do you feel that this nervous behaviour will carry on through adult hood or do you think with heavy socialization this personality will disappear and I will have just a cuddly sweetheart of a dog that will love all the adventurous things our family does and will be submissive. I must mention that our grandpa 8 year old lab, 3 kids and 3 acres can be overwhelming. This is tough as I know the commitment is a long time and I don’t know if a fearful dog would manage well with us, just as I don’t want a bossy girl trying to run my house. People say choose the more confident one but for some reason I feel sorry for the timid one with the sad eyes. Do you have any great advice in choosing a puppy?

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Pippa April 19, 2013 at 4:59 pm

Hi Karrie,
Choosing a puppy is a very personal decision, I might go for the more confident puppy, but it would depend on how I felt about the puppy when I met her and watched how she behaved. There is an article here that might help you.
Pippa

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Pooja saroha April 20, 2013 at 3:03 pm

we bought a new black labrador puppy and we feed him with cerelac……what should we feed it instead of cerelac??

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Pippa April 20, 2013 at 3:19 pm

Hi, this is the article you need Feeding your puppy
Pippa

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Sachin April 20, 2013 at 5:06 pm

My 2 months lap puppy is not eating anythng for past two days.. and has lost quite a bit of weight. is there any serous problem goin on with him???

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Pippa April 20, 2013 at 7:33 pm

Hi Sachin,
It is quite inappropriate for us to attempt to diagnose your little puppy’s problem online. Please take him to a vet without delay.
Best wishes
Pippa

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Sushant April 22, 2013 at 8:20 am

Hey
I hv just bought a lab aged 1 month. After reading i am very sad to know that lab should be more than 2 month before i get him. But now suggest me wht all are the steps i have todo to take care of him and wht should i feed him to make him my super dog.
Regards
Sushant
India

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Pippa April 23, 2013 at 3:08 pm

Hi Sushant
This article explains our policy on puppies that have been sold before they are old enough to leave home.
Pippa

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Kerri b April 22, 2013 at 6:41 pm

Hi, I am after some advice on our (large) 13 week old black lab, milo. he seems to be finding it hard to understand toilet training (mainly in the evenings) despite our best efforts. (He is in a crate size 107cm x 71cm x 76cm and i have also got a crate style pen around this where he can use the toilet, (without this area he would toilet in his crate) whilst sometimes I can go out in the day for up to 2-3 hours he may/may not dirty his pen, however we are currently trying everything we possibly can he is still weeing and dirtying during the night even though his last feed is at 5.30pm and we remove his water between 7.30pm and 9pm his bedtime is 9pm but we do wake him between 10 & 11 pm and take him outside, last night he did 2 massive poo’s at 10.30pm and we got up at 6.30am to 2 more massive poo’s (this is usual most mornings) :( we are at our wits end as he has 3 feeds a day at 110g (110g was recommended by the breeder for his age) of wainwright food, his first been 7am second 12 noon and final feed 5.30pm we just can’t understand how or why he is pooing so much and so often, also we have noticed a dramatic change in his behaviour from around 5pm onwards whereby he becomes ridiculously hyperactive and is constantly sat by the door wanting to go out, so we take him out for up to 30-45 mins in the garden and he just plays we bring him in and within a minute he will squat and wee on the floor, 3 times yesterday evening he did this, (he is praised when he correctly goes outside!)although he won’t toilet when out on a walk. he doesn’t make a noise to go out so we have to constantly follow him to see if he is at the door waiting to go out aswell. We love our little milo but we are desperate to understand this behaviour and whilst I’d hate to ever have to rehome him it has crossed our mind as we have children in the house and a baby on the way the last thing we need is wee and poo in the house. I’d be so happy if you could give me some advice. He is large for his age and also he bites a lot which is something we are controlling by when he bites we ignore him for 5minutes. Please help as at the moment it feels we have been dealt a bad hand!

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Pippa April 23, 2013 at 3:35 pm

Hi Kerri,
From 10:30pm until 6:30am is too long for many 13 week old puppies to last between bathroom breaks. All puppies poo several times a day and it is quite normal for a puppy this age not to ask to go out. You need to start over as if he were a new puppy. Find a length of time that he can cope (start with four hours at night and 30 minutes during the day for example, then build on that. It is vital that you break the cycle of soiling now, whilst he is still young, or it may be difficult to cure. Here is an example of the sort of size crate you need. If it is any bigger, he will use one end as a toilet. You can buy a divider if your crate is too big. And here is an article on puppies biting
You have not been dealt a bad hand, all puppies bite and many need very frequent toilet breaks. It is an intensive few weeks when your puppy arrives, but it soon passes and it will get easier :) Meanwhile, why not drop into the forum for support and advice from other puppy owners.
Best wishes
Pippa

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Kerri b April 23, 2013 at 7:24 pm

Thanks pippa I think I probably compare him too much to my mums 10 week old lab who is an absolute dream, I’m sure we will get there with milo. It scares me because I rescued a dog from the RSPCA a couple of years ago she too was a lab although not full pedigree like milo, and we believe she was roughly 3 years in age but she dirtied all the time in the house she was never trained obviously from a puppy and she had been mistreated it was easy to see sadly she had to be put to sleep last year as she had kidney disease that no one had picked up on from birth the vet seemed to think. Hence the sadness of me not wanting milo to go down the same road with the training!! Ill try all your tips and see if they work! Many thanks again x

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Kerry April 24, 2013 at 7:42 pm

Hi Pippa
Can you help me …..so many people say chocolates are dopey compared to the golden /black , especially if both parents are chocolate. I know you have Racheal a chocolate Labrador, she looks adorable. i’ve been reading your blog about her training and how well she is doing but is it that she’s doing well because of your expertise in training or that chocolate really aren’t that daft ? Have you heard that they are more daft if both parents are chocolate ?
Set my heart on getting a choc Lab but getting lot’s of negative reports about them !
Please help with getting my head clearer on my decision making
Many thank’s
Kerry

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Pippa April 25, 2013 at 10:00 am

Hi Kerry, what are your hopes for your dog? Are you wanting to train for a sport like gundog work or agility? Or are you simply looking for an obedient pet? Unless you are wanting to get involved with specialist training, any Labrador is sufficiently intelligent/able, to be trained as a well mannered pet.
Pippa

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Kerry April 25, 2013 at 12:52 pm

Thanks for getting back to me, I have bought both Total Recall and the Gundog club books and have decided against the gun dog training as I already have a cat that brings home unwanted presents for me :) so it would be for an obedient pet type training, although saying that I would like like to do the agility classes too for fun !
So do you think I’m worrying too much ?
Kerry

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Pippa April 25, 2013 at 5:23 pm

Hi Kerry,
There are no guarantees with puppies, and they all have their little quirks, but yes, you are worrying too much. :) If a chocolate appeals to you, then go for it. If you like the idea of agility, you might find a working bred Labrador a better bet, not because of the brain, but because they are faster and more agile.
Pippa

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omer April 28, 2013 at 4:17 am

hi :) i have a white labra of 25 to 28 days female.. and i am just giving her a milk ?.. its her first night in my home andd she woke up every 30 to 40 min and she is to noisy and she love to sleep on my tummy or on my laps :P and i cant sleep whole night .. tell me please any solution? or what should i feed her ?? thanks :)

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Pippa April 28, 2013 at 8:22 am

Hi Omer, please check out the note above on puppies under seven weeks old. Pippa

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Priant April 29, 2013 at 9:49 pm

Hi, I have a 31/2 year old Labrador. She weighs 32 Kgs but doesn’t seem over weight to me. Firstly is she over weight?? Secondly how many times do I need to feed her. Right now i feed her twice daily but everyone suggest that I can reduce her meals to 1 a day. Is that right?? I cant let my baby starve. Please advise

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Pippa April 30, 2013 at 7:40 am

Hi, this article will help you decide whether or not your dog is overweight. And this one is all about feeding your labrador.
Pippa

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Rebekah April 30, 2013 at 5:19 pm

My dog is crying and pouting and I feel sorry for her what should I do

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Pippa May 1, 2013 at 10:07 am

Need a bit more information Rebekah, how old is your dog, and in what situations is she crying?

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giri May 3, 2013 at 11:12 am

happy mornin..,
i hav 2months black retriver puppy..,can anyone Suggest the Best puppy food or receipes to prepare in home(VEG) and he’s loosing his hairs.., can i know the problem and solution for tat.., pls anyone suggest..,

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Pippa May 3, 2013 at 1:58 pm

Hi Giri, puppies are carnivores and need to eat meat, or a complete puppy food based on meat protein. Here is an article to help you
Pippa

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pranay pushp May 4, 2013 at 7:45 pm

I have a 4 months 3 weeks labrador.
Weight = 25kg
Height = 19 Inch
He eats 150 gm pedigree dry food at morning
300 gm Rice & 300 chicken boiled together with pinch of turmeric and same repeatedly at night.
A month and a half back he got some tick and fleas so we use ek-tek teak powder but itching was still there and vet suggested to move to tick and fleas spray.
We used and then very next day huge hair fall started with lot of itching.
Now its been 3 weeks hair fall reduces but itching is still there. He is getting rashes everyday. Vet is giving anti itching tablet and injection as well but problem is still there.
We are from india.
What do you suggest? What should we do?

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Pippa May 4, 2013 at 8:52 pm

Hi, you need to go back to your vet and if necessary get a second opinion. No-one can diagnose a medical problem over the internet. Good luck with your puppy. Pippa

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pranay pushp May 4, 2013 at 10:53 pm

the food … i mean diet which we are providing is ok or excessive can you tell us that?

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Priya May 6, 2013 at 10:34 am

Hi,

My 4 months old labrador puppy is losing his milk teeths. He is very irritated and refuses to sleep. He is having some problem like bleeding from gums. How can I help him to provide some relief? Please suggest some solutions.

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Pippa May 6, 2013 at 2:05 pm

Hi Priya,
Teething does not normally make puppies irritable or interfere with sleep. There may be a little trace of blood when a tooth comes out, but other than this, gums should not bleed. It is probably a good idea to get your puppy checked over by your vet. He will also want to chew so you will need to provide him with some indestructible chew toys.
Pippa

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Anjali Bhandari May 7, 2013 at 9:47 pm

Hi….I just got a new pup about 38 days…got to know from your site its too young for them ..kindly guide what to do as I can’t return it.weare vegetarians and can give non veg….so far I have given him milk rice and idlis…and he liked it…pls suggest veggie diet…thanks anjali

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Pippa May 7, 2013 at 10:17 pm

Hi Anjali,
Here is the link that you need to read. I hope your puppy is ok
Pippa

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Sue field May 9, 2013 at 5:07 pm

Hello Pippa, I have a 12 week old lab and she has only been with us 2 days she has had her first jab and due for her second in the next few days..
I would just like some advice on how much food we should be giving her and how often as she has just been trying to vomit but I dont think she is ill but I may of fed her a little too much food… thx Sue

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Pippa May 9, 2013 at 5:16 pm

Hi Sue, if you are feeding commercial puppy food (kibble) you need to be guided by the recommendations on the packet. Divide the daily ration into three or four small meals. If she keeps vomiting, do get the vet to check her over, as small pups can go downhill quite rapidly. You may need to adjust quantities to suit your puppy if she is getting too fat or too skinny. Have a look at this article for more info. You might also enjoy the forums where you can get help and support from experienced Labrador owners.
Pippa

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sameer May 11, 2013 at 5:08 am

Hi, I have a golden Labrador itz 1 month so how many times I need 2 give meal 2 him per day.

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Pippa May 16, 2013 at 3:02 pm

Hi Sameer, sorry to hear you have been sold such a young puppy. Here is the article you need to read. Best wishes, Pippa

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Julie May 13, 2013 at 8:17 pm

We hav a beautiful 10 week old chocolate lab, we have just noticed that his adult coat is comming through already!! Just wondered if this has happened with any one else and is it normal? The vet says he’s happy and healthy although this doesn’t explain why it’s happened. Also he weighs 9kg at 10 week what size is he likely to grow to?
Thanks

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Pippa May 16, 2013 at 3:14 pm

Hi Julie,
You can’t predict the final size of your puppy by his weight at ten weeks. It is important that he doesn’t get too fat or too thin, and this article will hopefully help you. Your puppy’s coat sounds normal, Labrador pups don’t stay ‘fluffy’ for long.
Pippa

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priti May 14, 2013 at 3:43 pm

I hav a black lab of 2 yr 6 mnth he hav bugs and when we take out so much blood is coming please help me how to take out the bugs

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Pippa May 16, 2013 at 3:15 pm

Hi Priti, your dog needs to see a vet. I hope he is ok.
Pippa

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priti May 14, 2013 at 3:45 pm

My lab is shedding his hairs from the leg how to stop

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Pippa May 16, 2013 at 3:16 pm

There can be many causes for hair loss. When you see your vet about his ‘bug’ he will be able to look at the hair loss problems too.
Pippa

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Jennifer Davies May 14, 2013 at 4:13 pm

Hi, Myself and my partner have just bought our first lab (previously having dogs when growing up) Nellie is our absolute world and we love seeing her grow and learn everyday. The only thing that is concerning me is her exercise, She is 12 weeks old and we walk her 10minutes in the morning and 25minutes in the evening. Are we over doing it? We were aware it can cause problems in the future but she never seems to get tierd, and when she runs around like a mad person I would prefer to take her to the field behind our house for a proper run around and toilet break. I know excessive exercise isn’t proven that it can cause labs problems growing up but can anyone advise if im walking her too much?
Many Thanks

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Pippa May 16, 2013 at 3:18 pm

Hi Jennifer,
I hope you find this article helpful. It is all about how much to exercise a puppy
Pippa

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RODEL May 15, 2013 at 12:55 am

i have lab name sam she has 8 puppies 5 weeks old now but their weight is only 2.5 kilos. this is normal. what vitamins can i get to gain weight and height……..

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Pippa May 16, 2013 at 3:32 pm

Hi Rodel,
If you have never raised a litter of puppies you really need someone to talk to and to mentor you. I suggest you contact the owner of the stud dog that fathered your puppies, and also recommend that you get a copy of The Book of The Bitch If you need more help, do join the forums where you can talk to other Labrador owners.
Pippa

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Jessica May 15, 2013 at 11:42 am

Hi Pippa,

I am adopting a two month old female black lab cross (who’s name is Pippa aswell :) ) and will be bringing her home this weekend. She is quite underweight and has terrible scarring on her face from a bad ringworm infection. Please can you advise on how often I should bath her and how often I need to feed her so that she can pick up weight and be a healthy lab pup.

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Pippa May 16, 2013 at 3:44 pm

Hi Jessica,
Congratulations on your new puppy. :) Puppies don’t need baths unless they get really grubby. This article is all about feeding your puppy. You might also find it helpful to join the forums for help and advice from other Labrador owners
Best wishes
Pippa

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Steve May 16, 2013 at 11:55 am

Hi Mate, How r u ?
I just have one question…
What (if there’s an answer) would you give your own lab pup in the way of dry food? Mine is about six months old (Girl). I really want know, because I only want whats best for her well being… So things like BRAND, PUPPY/ADULT/LARGE BREED FOOD, BIG/SMALL KIBBLE, ETC.
I also give her chicken necks daily, egg and a mix of vegetables.
If you could help that would be great.
Thank you.

Kind Regards,

Steve P.

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Pippa May 16, 2013 at 3:46 pm

Hi Steve
Here is an article about feeding your puppy. Hope you find it helpful.
Pippa

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adesh May 17, 2013 at 9:19 am

hi pippa,
i have a black female 3 month old lab puppy… how trained her about toilet place? She do it always infront of my house… I punished she with a small stick always…bt no change in its behavier…

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Pippa May 17, 2013 at 2:20 pm

Please don’t punish your puppy Adesh, it is not necessary. This article explains how to toilet train her.
Pippa

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adesh May 17, 2013 at 3:32 pm

Whats are the problems after making some littile punishment for making a trained lab??

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Pippa May 17, 2013 at 7:47 pm

Hi Adesh, the articleI linked to for you in my previous answer explains why punishment is not effective in housetraining. I hope you can find time to read it. There is another article here which looks at the downside of punishment in dog training generally.
Pippa

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Jym May 18, 2013 at 6:13 pm

Hi Pippa, We have finally got our black male lab puppy. He is 11 weeks old and is chewing and biting everything. We have removed from his sight objects that he might chew or bite but he is biting us very strongly and it is extremely painful. We do tell him “No” and walk away when he bites us but he just comes behind us and continues biting, what can we do?

Thanks!

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Pippa May 18, 2013 at 9:17 pm

Hi Jym,
Your puppy’s behaviour is completely normal. Puppies do bite very hard. This article will help you deal with the biting. You are at the worst point now, things will get better over the next few weeks, so hang on in there!
Pippa

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DANNI HARRISON June 11, 2013 at 12:48 pm

My Puppy does exactly the same at 10 weeks. Partly to do with the teething bless him.

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kimberly May 19, 2013 at 10:17 pm

2 of my 8 wk old pups are losing some of their hair atop their heads and faces. What is likely causing this?

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Pippa May 20, 2013 at 7:52 am

Hi Kimberly
There can be different causes of hair loss, it would be best to take the pups along to your vet. He may want to take skin scrapes and send them off for analysis before making a definite diagnosis.
Pippa

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shelley May 20, 2013 at 5:48 pm

in india the breeders and other people selling the puppies are very money minded,they dont care about puppys health ,they use to sell puppies as young as 5 days old…this is very disgusting but nothig can be done…i feel so helpless…

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shelley May 20, 2013 at 5:54 pm

u can find numerous advertisement on net stating 10 days old,20 days old pups for sale as their are no animal laws regarding this and they use to breed female dog from 6 month of age and every time she comes into heat regardless of her health…

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Pippa June 17, 2013 at 2:43 pm

How very sad :(

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Neha May 21, 2013 at 7:56 am

Hi Pippa
I’ve got a black female Labrador, 2.5 months old weighing 4.5 kg . We feed her home made food which comprises of spinach, bottle gourd, pumpkin, carrots, chicken, brown rice and cheese. She takes 4 meals a day and happily finishes off her food. Her bowel movement is also fine. I have 2 concerns for her health:
1. She’s shedding a lot since last 3-4 weeks. We stay in New Delhi (India) and it’s quite hot here. Initially she developed 2 bald spots, and then losing her coat gradually all over. We consulted a vet who took skin scrapes to examine for any serious skin infection, but found none. She was recommended antibiotic for a week. There’s a little improvement. But still there’s a lot of hair loss. Can it be due to some un-diagnosed infection OR diet imbalance OR just because of hot climate?
2. We feed her over 3 bowls a day (spread over 4 meals). Is this sufficient for her in these growing months? We give her supplements for Calcium, Multi-vitamins and Omega3, Omega6 supplement. Is there anything else to be considered in her diet?

Please advise.

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Pippa May 21, 2013 at 5:36 pm

Hi Neha,
Here is the article I have provided on feeding: Feeding your Labrador puppy.

If you change your dog to a proper diet designed for a carnivore, you may find his coat improves.

Best wishes
Pippa

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adesh May 21, 2013 at 11:07 am

i have 3 month old female lab… Last day i notified a small projection on her head?? Is that a big problem? Total confused about my lab??

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caroline June 6, 2013 at 8:53 am

hi I have got a black lab puppy last week and he is 8 weeks old, well 9 now. he has a white chest does this mean he is a cross with another breed?

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Pippa June 6, 2013 at 2:32 pm

Hi Caroline, a white mark on chest is considered a fault, though it is not uncommon in some working lines of Labrador. Other than that, I couldn’t comment on the ancestry of your dog based on his chest colour.
Pippa

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Hari June 7, 2013 at 8:24 am

Hi Pippa, I have 54 days old black lab puppy. He is very smaller in size. My vet say that he is unhealthy & give him milk a lot to drink. But he does not like milk. He like only biscuts. How do I give him milk?Himother had 7 litters including him. His co-litters arhealthy pups excluding 2 of them( 1 is him). does he grow like other labs? I am giving him syrups to grow. What food I give him?

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Pippa June 7, 2013 at 1:14 pm

Hi Hari,
Here is an article about feeding a puppy but you should be guided by your vet. If you have any concerns about your puppy’s health, he is the person to contact. Pippa

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DANNI HARRISON June 11, 2013 at 12:46 pm

Hi Pippa,

I have a 9 week old Labrador Pup and he is getting really well. I was just wondering what is the best way to settle him on a night. He goes to sleep, but then is up a few times in the night. Should I take his cage in my bedroom or leave it downstairs? Thanks Danni.

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Pippa June 11, 2013 at 1:30 pm

Hi Danni, it is normal for pups to need to go out for a wee at least once during the night for the first couple of weeks. If he is crying because he is lonely, you can either have the crate in your bedroom for a few nights, or harden your heart and leave him to settle alone. You might this article helpful. And there are lots more like it in the puppy care section
Pippa

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rob June 13, 2013 at 4:39 pm

We have two Lab’s having puppies 1 week apart!. i have made a whelping box which has a dividing middle. Are we ok to have them in the same room?

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Pippa June 13, 2013 at 5:12 pm

Hi Rob,
You should not have whelping labs in the same room, let alone in boxes next to one another. Many bitches would be very upset to have another bitch in such close proximity which could cause all sorts of problems from delayed labour to damaging her own pups or the other bitches pups.

Every bitch needs complete privacy and your full attention during labour. Which with only a week apart could take place on the same day. It only needs one to be late and the other early. So do make sure you have another adult on hand that the dogs know well, just in case.

Best wishes
Pippa

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Landon June 13, 2013 at 8:19 pm

Hi,
I have had my 8 week old chocolate lab for 2 full days now. He seems to be picking things up very quickly, ie housebreaking, sleeping in the create without whining, but he just wants to sleep all day and he is not eating much. He seems to enjoy the food, but will not eat it for very long. He is about 13 pounds and looks healthy but is only eating about a cup of dog food per day.

Does this sound “normal”?

Thanks!

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Pippa June 13, 2013 at 8:49 pm

If you are using kibble, the manufacturers will give you guidelines on the packet for quantities. Some of the more expensive kibbles are very concentrated and should be fed in lower quantities. There is no rule of thumb on this. Small puppies sleep a lot, but they should have several lively periods during the day when they are very bouncy and playful. If your puppy is lethargic all day, he needs to see a vet. It may be that he is just feeling a bit overwhelmed by the change in his world, but best to be on the safe side.
Pippa

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Landon June 13, 2013 at 9:04 pm

Hi Pippa,
Thanks for the quick reply!

I felt that he might be feeling a little overwhelmed/ stressed by the changes and that might be causing it.

I am using Innova Puppy and the recommended quantity for his age/weight is 2.5 cups per day.

I think I will take him to the vet just in case!

Thanks again!

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Kris June 16, 2013 at 6:18 pm

Hi,

I have a 2 month 1 day old Female Labrador. I was giving her Cerelac. But now as per vets instructions I brought Pedigree Puppy Weaning.

He asked me to give here 10 pallets every 4 hours with Milk. But i am very confused. 10 pallets are just 10 granules right? will that be sufficient?

On the pedigree pack it is mentioned that i have to serve 40 to 120grms. But is it per serving or per day?

Can you guide me on this?

Thank you
Kris

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Kris June 16, 2013 at 7:07 pm

Oh and i am from India.

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Pippa June 16, 2013 at 7:25 pm

Sorry Kris, I am not familiar with Cerelac, or with puppy food sold in pallets. Here in the UK puppy food is sold in packs of kibble and we do not feed puppies milk after six weeks or so.
You need to go back to your vet and ask him to clarify.
Pippa

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Kris June 16, 2013 at 7:35 pm

Hi Pippa,

Thanks for the reply.. Yes the puppy food we get is also packs of kibbles.. I guess when the Vet said 10pellets he meant 10kibbles..

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Pippa June 16, 2013 at 7:57 pm

Ten pellets doesn’t sound very much, but you can increase the amount she eats gradually, as long as she is not getting fat.

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Kris June 16, 2013 at 8:01 pm

What do you think is the decent amount per meal? i gave her 30 for the dinner thinking 10 would be very less..

Gautham June 18, 2013 at 6:46 pm

my puppy is 4 months old now and he has not gained much height. Is it because my puppy is male? is it true that female dogs grow faster at first few months than males? pls reply

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Pippa June 18, 2013 at 7:51 pm

I am not aware of any evidence to support such a theory. But if your puppy is not growing as he should, a visit to your vet is in order.
Pippa

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Gautham June 21, 2013 at 3:56 pm

Thank You for the reply miss. I say his height gain is slow because when i compare him with my friend’s dog who is a female lab she was quite big. That is Why I asked if female dogs grow faster at first few months than male. On a four leg stand his height is 50cm is that normal for a male dog of 4 month age?

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Nina June 22, 2013 at 4:40 am

Hi Pippa,
I have a 6 month old golden white male lab. Could you please tell me how often should I give him a bath?? And may I use shampoo and other bathing products for him??

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Pippa June 22, 2013 at 7:02 am

Hi Nina, it is entirely up to you. I hardly ever bath my Labradors. Give him a bath if he rolls in something horrible :) You can buy proprietary dog shampoos. I would avoid bathing him in the winter if he swims a lot, as the shampoo may interfere with the natural waterproofing oils in his coat.
Pippa

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Nina June 22, 2013 at 3:16 pm

Thank you…:)

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Venkateswara Rao June 26, 2013 at 3:53 am

Hi Any body suggest diet for my 4 months old Labrador, also taking care of his health.

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Pippa June 26, 2013 at 9:52 am

Here is the link you need: Feeding your puppy

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kunal June 30, 2013 at 5:44 am

hi i have 6months golden lab retriever, i am planning to give ìm royal canine maxi how much quantity and hom many times shall i give him. .

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Pippa June 30, 2013 at 3:42 pm

Hi, you can divide his daily ration into two portions, and feed morning and night. The quantities will be indicated on the packet. Use these as a guide and adjust if he looks a little over or underweight. Pippa

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sam June 30, 2013 at 7:12 pm

Hiya,
we’re getting our new lab puppy in a couple of weeks and she’ll be nearly 9 weeks old. We are all ready with a crate etc but I wanted to ask how long I could leave her for at the beginning, is an hour – an hour 1/2 ok? Do I need to buy a play pen thing so she has her crate and can walk around and still be safe from the kitchen?

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Pippa July 1, 2013 at 11:23 am

Hi Sam,
Here is the article you need Crate training your puppy
Pippa

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Baek Seung Newar July 5, 2013 at 10:08 am

Sir, i have 4 week Labrador.. and i have no idea what to feed him… to become healthy

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Pippa July 6, 2013 at 1:42 pm

Here is some information for you

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Triparna July 5, 2013 at 4:20 pm

Hi,
I live in New Delhi, India. I have 2 six month old pups… a female lab (Minka) and a male Indian (Simba). Within a month of my first getting them, Minka was severely sick with tick fever and we could just barely save her. A few weeks later, Simba got the same, though his wasn’t that serious. They are both fine now, except that they seem to have weak tummies… Minka more so than Simba. For the past couple of days, their stool after their afternoon meal is quite soft. But the morning and night time stool for both is of good, solid quality. We feed them thrice a day… Royal Canin (pellets) with a bit of curd in the morning; Boiled rice, chicken, home-made chicken stock & boiled veggies in the afternoon; And Rice, boiled potatoes and curd at night. My vet says the curd is good for their tummy as it contains probiotics. But their stool keeps varying in quality every few days, going from semi-solid to solid. Is this worrisome? Also, how many times should they be pooping, ideally? Much appreciate a reply. Thanks

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Pippa July 6, 2013 at 1:36 pm

Hi Triparna, you need to check with your vet. We do not feed Labradors this way in the UK so I cannot comment on whether or not the diet is making things worse, though I would not be surprised. I also cannot speculate as to the whether you should be concerned about their stool, that really is a matter for your vet. Incidentally, as far as I am aware, Royal Canin is a complete food, there is no need to add vegetables, rice etc.
Best wishes
Pippa

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Hari July 10, 2013 at 4:38 pm

Hi Pippa, I have a 3 month old lab puppy. Earlier he was a unhealthy one. but at present he is healthy. my problem is that, his ears were fold backwardly not like other lab. did that will change like other labs? my vet says that this is because of his growth is vastly in 1 week, from unhealthy to healthy. before his ears have no problem. first his right and then his left ear fold backwardly.also you advise me the growth ,height and weight chart of Labrador. did this problem change…..

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Lisa July 10, 2013 at 5:34 pm

Hi, my lab is 5 months old and very very calm, almost too calm. I worry that she should be more active at such a young age. I’m not complaining, she’s well behaved and sweet but she sleeps most of the day. We keep her active by going on walks and playing fetch but otherwise she just lays around. Is this normal? I’m just nervous she’s sick or something.

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Pippa July 11, 2013 at 12:23 pm

Hi Lisa, it is natural for dogs to sleep a lot. Especially when there is nothing else going on. If she is bouncy and active when walking and playing she is probably fine, but if at all worried, check with your vet.
Pippa

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chris miller July 11, 2013 at 4:14 am

Hi Pippa, I have a 15 week old white lab that we got from a breeder. we are feeding him 1 1/2 cups of eukanuba large breed 2 times a day as per breeder. He is pooping 6-9 times a day, is this normal? He is healthy with no parasites and weighs 25 lbs.

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Pippa July 11, 2013 at 12:22 pm

Hi Chris, some puppies do poop a lot. If his poops are firm and well formed it is probably nothing to worry about. Check with your vet if his stools are loose.
Pippa

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shubham777 July 13, 2013 at 1:03 pm

hi i own a female 2months labra and i am feeding him pedigree puppy dog food twice daily along with one egg per day and yogurt and i am also giving 250gm calcium and multimineral&liver drops although she is very active only problem is that his stomach is looking oversized in comparision to whole body can you please suggest me that is it normal?

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Pippa July 13, 2013 at 1:12 pm

A two month old puppy need four meals a day, not two. Pedigree Puppy food in the UK is a complete food containing all the nutrients needed by the puppy, so you do not need to add eggs or supplements. Bloated tummies can be due to worms. Best to get your puppy checked out by your vet. Pippa

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shubham777 July 13, 2013 at 1:06 pm

and please if you can suggest me a proper diet i live in india and i dont rely on vets at all as they are always forcing for uneccesiarly expensive dog foods

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Pippa July 13, 2013 at 1:13 pm

Here is the puppy feeding information: Puppy Feeding

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shubham777 July 13, 2013 at 1:27 pm

hi pippa thanx for your advice i have dewormed my labra from vet when she was 45days should i repeat the process again for bloated tummy

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Pippa July 14, 2013 at 9:32 am

Hi Shubham, you need to check with your vet to make sure there is no other cause for the bloated tummy. Pippa

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Dmsweeney July 14, 2013 at 12:37 am

I have a 13 week old labra doodle. He went for a vet check today and weighs 35lbs. His paws are as big as my 5 year old daughters hands. He is very lean and the vet says he likes them a little lean when they are young. I understand but my boy is always hungry. He eats 1 and a half cups of Blue Buffalo Large Breed Puppy mixed with a few spoons of Blue Buffalo canned food 3x a day. Should I be worried or is it normal? He has no parasites and is very healthy. Thank you!
Also, is he going to be a giant as big as he is now?

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Pippa July 14, 2013 at 9:20 am

Hi, it is not uncommon for Labradoodles to be bigger than pure bred labs and it isn’t possible to predict the final size of your dog. Many puppies (and adult dogs) are always hungry and ready for food. Enjoy your healthy puppy. :) Pippa

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Pavan July 14, 2013 at 4:14 am

Hi,
Pippa i Bought a female labrador puppy its 2 months old can you tell me about on what period i need to give her 1st vaccine i went to vet he said that the puppy should be vaccine after age of 3 month old. Is it good for my puppy or i need to visit another vet

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Pippa July 14, 2013 at 9:17 am

Hi Pavan, I can’t comment on vaccines outside of the UK, your vet is the best person to advise you. Pippa

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VENU July 14, 2013 at 12:09 pm

hi, i brought my female lab puppy 6 months old,, which is the best food to feed her?

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Pippa July 14, 2013 at 2:21 pm

Hi Venu, here is information on feeding. Pippa

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Rishabh July 15, 2013 at 11:22 am

Hi,

I have a 2 months old lab (LEO) he is not taking his food and became very weak. He is just not eating anything, I had changed his dog food 2-3 times (Royal Canin, pedigree, drools), tried everything I could. I take him regularly to a vet for deworming, checkups and vaccination. I am very worried that he don’t even take one complete diet in a day. I want to know what is the diet of puppy of this age and what can be the reason for not eating his food.

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Pippa July 15, 2013 at 11:39 am

Hi Rishabh, Royal Canin and Pedigree are both well regarded foods. I haven’t heard of the other. It seems unlikely that food is the problem. It is not a good idea to keep changing a puppy’s diet.

If your puppy is not eating and is getting thin, your vet needs to find out what is wrong with him. If he is not thin, and is full of energy, then he is probably getting enough to eat. Here is information on feeding your puppy

Pippa

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Rishabh July 16, 2013 at 6:40 am

Dear Pippa,

Thanks for your suggestion, I am taking him regularly to a Vet and infact he has got his blood tested 2 times for verifying the reasons. The report shows lower Haemoglobin (8.2) rest everything is Ok. His poop is also like paste without solid content and green in colur. The doctor is doubting on bad stomach but it is too long as he is taking regular medicines. What can be the probable reason for his stomach upset or any other reason.

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Pippa July 16, 2013 at 8:32 am

Hi Rishabh, your vet really is the best person to answer these questions. Best wishes, Pippa

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Krystal July 16, 2013 at 12:07 am

Hi! I just got an 8 week old chocolate lab and we have her on BLUE puppy food. How many times a day and how much should I feed her?

We also have a 2 year old yellow lab, but can’t remember how much we fed her when she was that age.
Please help.

Thank you very much.

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Pippa July 16, 2013 at 8:33 am

Hi Krystal, here you go: Feeding your puppy
Best wishes, Pippa

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Prabal July 16, 2013 at 2:42 pm

Sir.
I HAVE A 11 MONTHS LABRADOR. VERY PLAYFUL AND ACTIVE. I FEED HIM EGG WHITES(BOILED) WITH MULTI GRAIN BREAD. TWICE A DAY(HALF AN EGG IN THE MORNING AND THE REST OF IT AT NIGHT)
IS THIS HEALTHY ENOUGH FOR HIM?

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Pippa July 16, 2013 at 4:54 pm

Hi Prabal, here is an article explaining how to Feed your dog
Pippa

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Prabal July 17, 2013 at 2:24 pm

One more question, every 2-3 months he sheds, a lot.
I googled, found out that its normal, is it?
Plus, any suggestion to decrease it?
ThankYou.

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Prakash aravind raj July 17, 2013 at 5:20 am

What food is correct growing food for lab puppies

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Pippa July 17, 2013 at 10:37 am

Here you are Prakash Feeding your puppy

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dr.akshay July 17, 2013 at 7:44 am

Hi,pippa… My 3 months lab eats soil,small stones, whenever I tk hm outside for a walk, its difficult to control hm from doing dis… I found 3-4 small stones in his poo which he eat during walk. What should I do.. Plz suggest something…

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Pippa July 17, 2013 at 10:39 am

Hi, lots of puppies do this. Try and keep him amused and interacting with you whilst he is outside, and if you can find a grassy area, away from stones, so much the better. He will probably grow out of it. He also does not need walks yet, just a place to play outdoors. Pippa

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Karan July 17, 2013 at 10:16 am

Hi There! I am planning to bring in a yellow lab puppy, however I do realize that its a big responsibility to have one and therefore I have concern, I would have nobody at home for at least 6 hrs at a stretch (8am to around 2 pm) and then again for about an hour or two in the evening, rest of the time I will available for him. I stay alone. Also, this would be my first ever pet. Please advise….. should I even go ahead with it?? If, yes, please let me know! Please do reply…

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Pippa July 17, 2013 at 10:45 am

Hi Karan,
This is a big problem for many puppies. So many people work nowadays, and puppies are left alone for far too long. A puppy left alone for long periods of time may become very noisy, or destructive, and of course you cannot crate a puppy for more than an hour or so during the day. Your puppy would have to toilet indoors on newspapers or puppy pads and this can make housetraining a slow process.

Labradors are very social dogs, and my personal view is that your puppy would be unhappy, though of course others may disagree. One solution that many working people use is to find a puppy walker or creche to take care of the puppy during the day.

Best wishes,
Pippa

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nithin July 18, 2013 at 8:08 pm

hello,
I have an yellow one nd i would like to knw its food table + he is only 48 yrs old nw. nd plz tell me the precautions to be taken as u r very experienced…..also i’m new in this field….

thank u pipa for studying my doubt…….good day plz rply soooooooon

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Pippa July 19, 2013 at 8:22 am

Hi Nithin, here is the Puppy Feeding Guide Pippa

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Ankit July 19, 2013 at 2:49 am

I had 4 1/2mnth old female lab I m giving her royal canin for very start when she was 34day puppy bt suddenly these days some time she ignores the food………is it any serious problem ….plz rlpy asap

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Pippa July 19, 2013 at 8:20 am

Hi Ankit, if your puppy is not eating, she needs to see the vet. Pippa

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Suzanne July 20, 2013 at 5:21 pm

My black lab is 22 weeks old and 44 lbs. She is getting a raw diet from a reputable source. Beautiful coat, lots of energy. 3 weeks ago she weighed 40 lbs. Doesn’t look or feel thin at all.m just wondering if she is gaining too slowly or should weigh more than this. Her siblings all outweigh her, however, they are being fed a premium dry food diet., and I am feeding a premium varied raw food diet.

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Pippa July 21, 2013 at 10:41 am

Hi Suzanne,
It does not matter what your five month old puppy weighs if she is neither too fat, nor too thin, and is in great condition. You cannot compare with siblings as puppies from the same litter may vary greatly. I never weigh pups unless I need to give them medication. Sounds like you are doing a great job.
Pippa

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ankit July 21, 2013 at 10:42 am

i had male pup 4/2 half month his weight is 20 kg (approx) is that weight is normal

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Pippa July 21, 2013 at 10:48 am

Hi Ankit, here is the article you need. Pippa

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anusha July 23, 2013 at 2:54 pm

hi pippa,
i want to know how much should a lab weigh aaaaat the age of 6 mon???

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Pippa July 23, 2013 at 3:22 pm

Hi Anusha, here is the article you need. Pippa

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nikhil July 24, 2013 at 8:41 am

i have adopted a pup how to find if is a labrador
; it looks alike labrador pups on net.

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Jack July 25, 2013 at 7:27 pm

Hello..

I have a 2n half months old lab.. its going motions n also has vomitings.. took it to hospital bt ders no improvement.. could you please suggest on how to go abt it.. really worried abt ma puppy.

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Pippa July 26, 2013 at 8:33 am

Hi Jack, sorry to hear your puppy is ill, if the treatment recommended by the vet is not helping, you need to take the puppy back and ask the vet to have another look at him. I hope he gets better soon. Pippa

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Swaroop Kumar July 26, 2013 at 3:39 pm

Hi Pippa,
I have a labrador puppy which is 8 weeks old and weighs 4.3 Kgs and I live in INDIA . My questions : Is his weight correct as per his age..? (2)At times he becomes aggressive ( while playing / while chewing a cloth ) .. Is this a bad sign ?
(3) As he is 8 weeks old for now, what do you suggest me to feed hereafter… ? He doesnot like water at all…. are these behaviors normals with an 8 weeks puppy… By the way I have a cream colour labra

Thanks in advance for your reply…

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Pippa July 27, 2013 at 2:41 pm

Hi Swaroop, here is information on feeding your puppy. Growling and biting whilst playing is not aggression and is completely normal in an eight week old puppy.
Pippa

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Diana July 29, 2013 at 3:58 pm

I have a lab puppy black who is 4 months old. He just had his anti-rabies vaccination. I am wondering why does he bite his own teeth, making a rattling noise at times, does it say something. i am bit worried about it, She has a lot of toys to play with , but still she does that biting her own teeth at times…

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Akash August 1, 2013 at 7:03 pm

hey.. pippa I also want to know my labrador(5 months old) is still having milk twice a day.. should i continue with milk or should I give him only kibbles.. and what should be the quantity of kibbles for 5 months old labrador..
regards
Akash

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Pippa August 2, 2013 at 8:22 pm

Hi Akash, this is the articleyou need.
Pippa

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Sakshi August 2, 2013 at 5:18 pm

Hi I’m getting a male Labrador tomorrow. He is 8 weeks old. Can you suggest an ideal weight and diet? Currently the breeder is feeding him Pedigree. Also, shall I buy one puppy or two? Thanks

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Pippa August 2, 2013 at 8:08 pm

Hi Sashi, here are the articles you need: One puppy or two, and Puppy Growth FAQ. Pippa

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Akash August 3, 2013 at 8:26 pm

Thanks a lot Pippa your article was quite informative

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Donna L. August 4, 2013 at 4:42 pm

i have 3 7 month old Labs, i have a serious problem with training them. this is my second experience with dogs. they weren’t raised with leashes, so putting them on a leash causes them to react aggressively or like a wild beast, secondly, i dislike it when they jump all over me, when i coming home from work or church, messing up my clothes with mud. how do solve those two issues among others.

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Pippa August 5, 2013 at 11:28 am

Hi Donna, you will need to train your dogs to walk on a lead. You will need to teach each dog separately, whilst the others are out of the way. It will be quite time consuming with three dogs the same age, but you can find plenty of articles on lead training in the Basic Obediencesection.
Here is an article on Jumping Up
Pippa

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sanju August 5, 2013 at 8:27 am

My 9 month male Labrador has hair losing, and some incests on his body..what i do..

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Pippa August 5, 2013 at 11:17 am

Hi Sanju, you need to take your dog to your vet.
Pippa

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Linda August 5, 2013 at 5:35 pm

Hi
Our black lab puppy Shadow is now 13 weeks old. He is really enjoying his walks and is already walking off the lead in the park when there are no distractions and comes easily when called . However he is refusing to walk home , when we get near the house he sits or lies down and refuses to move! If there are two of us we can play the recall game and reward him with treats but this cant be done when you are walking alone. I dont want to carry him back as he is going to get big. What can I do. Will feeding him when he gets home help?

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Pippa August 5, 2013 at 9:53 pm

Hi Linda, yes, you can overcome this with lots of tasty rewards, make arriving home a very happy experience. Don’t forget a small pup doesn’t need much exercise.
Pippa

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shubham August 6, 2013 at 12:33 pm

hi pippa i am having a 3 month old labra female an i want to know that what amount of calcium should i give him and what other vitamins should i give her

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JaneD August 7, 2013 at 4:09 pm

Hi there
We recently picked up our new lab puppy when she was old enough to leave her mum. Since she came home she has been eating great, and toileting super (she’s getting to know to go outside now). She plays alot with me as I stay with her during the day but in her routine she sleeps alot. When we went to see her at different stages as a puppy, she was always the smallest one and wasn’t really involved by the other pups. Would this affect her ability to play and sleep as she may have been ‘bullied out’ by the other pups who may have pushed her out and she hasn’t pushed her way back in. She seems quite shy for a puppy.
Thanks

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vivek August 9, 2013 at 4:11 am

Hi , I bought a labrador pup of 35 days 3 days ago. He was very active ,healthy and playful on the first day when i brought him to my house.
Unfortunately I fed him 6 times a day on 2nd day with ” Royal Canine Starter ” with 2 1/2 spoon with luke warm water.He ate all.

on next day the pup tried to vomit but it didn’t. And he didn’t eat anything. Later on the day he became very lethargic, so i took him to a vet. The vet gave him an injection and a mouth spray and an alkalizer. After returning home the pup vomited and gave out yellow liquid only, because of injection.

In evening again I took him to the vet, the vet again gave him the injection and this time he also gave my pup glucose through his right paw. After returning home the pup played alot and as very active. But again around 9 pm he vomited and gave out same yellow liquid and became very lethargic again.

In night he pooped once with semi solid stool, like solid stool in liquid stool, both were mixed. The next morning he did the same thing. I gave him wheat cerelac with a little bit of sugar, he ate two spoons of cerelac and I also gave him two glucose biscuits mixed in water, he also ate it.

Now he has not gave out yellow liquid from his mouth from past 12 hours. In morning he played a little and now he is sleeping.I want to ask you is this situation lethal to my labrador pup. And what should I give him to eat so that he should be back in his healthy state.

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Pippa August 9, 2013 at 5:51 pm

Hi Vivek, the best person to advice you on caring for your sick puppy, is your vet. I hope your puppy is better soon. Pippa

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nitesh August 10, 2013 at 12:19 pm

hi i am nitesh i have a lab puppy of 4 month the problem is it eats its own loo in our absence please suggest me how to stop this act

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Pippa August 10, 2013 at 3:20 pm

Hi Nitesh
Here is the article you need
Pippa

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Anna August 10, 2013 at 2:27 pm

Hello! We are in the process of adopting a 9 month old lab from friends. However, the lab is very scared of new people but completely awesome and tame with them. They never took her out of the house other than for her vet trips and such. When I met her she barked and growled but once she warmed up to me she licked me and sat on me and let me do whatever I wanted play wise with her. I’m afraid to take her around new people and to the dog park because of how shy she is. Is this behaviour normal and how can we get it to go away? Thanks!

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Pippa August 10, 2013 at 3:19 pm

Hi Anna, I hope you find this article helpful.
Pippa

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Anna August 13, 2013 at 2:14 am

Thanks so much!

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Pulkit Singh August 15, 2013 at 6:35 am

What diet should i gave to my lab puppy age-4 months

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percy August 22, 2013 at 3:28 pm

hi my lab pup which is 3 months old is on a professional food available in india, do i need to give him some extra calcium and multi vitiams and in what quantity.

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Tanvi August 27, 2013 at 7:56 am

Hi, my lab is 2 years 5months , what is the ideal weight for this age?

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Pippa August 27, 2013 at 12:05 pm

Hi Tanvi, Labradors vary widely in body size and therefore it isn’t possible to tell you how much your adult dog should weigh. If you are worried that he might be too fat, check out this article: Fat Labrador

Pippa

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adhiraj August 27, 2013 at 3:25 pm

Hi pippa i have a 3 and a half months old female labra and i have noticed that her tail is bigger than the pups of her age and breed?

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Pippa August 27, 2013 at 5:35 pm

Hi Adhiraj, what is your question? Pippa

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adhiraj August 28, 2013 at 5:49 am

Hi pippa i have a 3 and a half months old female labra and i have noticed that her tail is bigger than the pups of her age and breed? is that a sign of impurity in breed?

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Pippa August 28, 2013 at 10:15 am

A genuine pedigree Labrador that has been bred from generations of dogs with poor conformation may look very little like a Labrador, and a very nice looking Labrador that looks genuine, may actually be a cross-breed.

I’m afraid that no-one can say with any certainty, whether or not your puppy is a genuine Labrador on the basis of your description of some part of his anatomy.

Pippa

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Ros Lazar August 28, 2013 at 10:47 am

Hi Pippa,
I love the website and have read and learned a lot about Labrador puppies from it.
We have recently purchased a dear black lab 8 week old named Jotta. He has been with us two weeks and is doing brilliantly. He seems to be a big puppy, large paws and generally big but not fat. He is sleeping through the night, quasi house trained (two – four accidents a day max), is learning not to bite hard (according to your instructions). I have never had a puppy but have always had older rejected dogs which are not trained. SO I am determined to train Jotta.

We live in a unique situation being a children’s centre in Mozambique. There are 250 children living in close proximity around us. Jotta will be firstly be living with my husband and I, we have no children in our immediate house, but he will be playing with 7 teenage children and one 2 year old untrained neutered yappy maltese/poodle-all who live connected to our house and frequently enter the house. The maltese dog is not happy with the appearance of Jotta but we are taking that slowly, Jotta assumes a submissive/frightened position but is getting sick of the yapping, and has now goen at the maltese twice, we limit the visit to an absolute maximum of 5 minutes, usually 3 – 4 minutes.

Unfortunately he had a traumatic experience on his first separation as he was left in a bathroom on his own for 1 & ½ hours and was beside himself when my husband got back to him. Now he will not stay in his enclosure without getting distressed I am regularly using the method you suggest for crate training but he is very slow to shw any improvement. Managing between 10 seconds and 2 minutes without getting distressed. Sometimes its ahrd to find enough seconds to reappear to praise him before he is off again.

He is doing brilliantly with recall even with 30 toddlers calling him he came to me (for kibble of course).
In two weeks we will be away for 3 weeks, Jotta can spend most of his time in with the teenagers but they tend to excite him and inadvertantly will feed him scraps. He can be in our home some of the day.

When Jotta is 5 months old he will transition to my daughters house who will be living next door and is closely connected to our house. She, her husband and their children aged 3 & 6 will be the main careers for Jotta but he will be free to come between the two houses. You can see he needs to be flexible. Right now he is totally easy with all his new situations, new people and lots of children however he has a few challenges in his life I feel unequipped to deal with these are;
• The older maltese dog.
• The transition to my daughter house.
• How to manage our three weeks away
• What to do when he messes (mostly under my bed at night), he is not up to being in the enclosure at night.

Lots of questions hopefully you can help with some answers.
Regards Ros.

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Pippa August 28, 2013 at 5:17 pm

Dear Ros,
I am so glad you are enjoying the website, I am sure your puppy will thrive with your commitment to his welfare. There is quite a lot going on in your post :) and it really deserves a little more time and attention than I have right now.
I will try to get back to you later in the week, but could I suggest in the meantime that you join the forum and copy this post up there? It is a very friendly place where you will get lots of support and good advice from all the other puppy owners.
Pippa

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Mahima August 29, 2013 at 10:45 am

Hello.. I have a 9 year old black lab, we feed him twice a day ( early morning and evening).Recently he has started following us all around the house in the afternoon wanting something to eat. Should we change his feeding to thrice a day ?

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Ritu September 2, 2013 at 7:15 am

Hello Sir,

My 37 days Lab bitch(chilli) is suffering from bloody diarrhea i have given her medicine but do not thing it works….. my another pom bitch(ginger) is also vomit white fluid .. I m worried. dnt klnow what is wrong with them

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Pippa September 2, 2013 at 8:19 am

Hi, your dogs need to see a vet urgently. I hope they are ok. Pippa

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sarath September 3, 2013 at 6:58 am

how much pedigree can i feed to my 10 week old lab

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Pippa September 3, 2013 at 8:33 am

Hi, check out this article, best wishes, Pippa

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aryan September 4, 2013 at 6:53 pm

my lab is two year old we adopted him from a family a year back who was moving abroad. he is been a trained dog knows basic commands like sit lie down no etc, has not been not neutralised.
recently changes in his behavior
-he barks on other dogs and becomes aggressive
-he does not want to stay alone in the nght when we put his bed next to the stairs .cries howls scrtches the door till we let him in the bedroom.neighbours complain.
- he has started urinating at midight . we take him for walsk in morning evening and twice in the night still he wakes me up again at 4 am .
very tired of cleaning up and unable to sleep.my son does not allows me to give him for adoption.husband is not very fond and is traveling so all responsibilty fall on me

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amit sharma September 5, 2013 at 6:37 am

hello i have bklack lab puppy approx 55 days, what shold i give him in food and how many times milk a day. now he goes pooty(toilet) 4-5 times. i feed him 5 times a day 3 times only milk 1 time milk with pedagree stage 1 and 1 tme chappati( wheat flor roti) with milk. is it sefficent for him in a day

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Pippa September 5, 2013 at 10:52 am

Hi Amit, there is information on feeding your puppy in the ‘caring for your puppy’ section, in the Puppies menu at the top of this page. Pippa

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Ros Lazar September 6, 2013 at 11:21 pm

Hi Pippa, our 9 week old puppy Jotta (referred to above) is quite astute he knows when I am not pleased with his behaviour as I stop and fold my arms and look away, he does not like this action and comes back at me with a loud bark and appears to have his teeth bared (not a friendly look) he then lays down. Would I interpret this as an aggressive action from him? If so how should I modify his behaviour. (no one is cruel or aggressive to him), Regards Ros.

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Pippa September 7, 2013 at 9:06 am

Hi Ros, your nine week old puppy is not being aggressive, he is just trying to get your attention. Ignore any barking and make sure you don’t reward him for doing it. Pippa

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ankit bhardwaj September 7, 2013 at 12:00 pm

Sir,
I have a black labrador of 6 months.
How to i make him brave???
He is always in fear on road.

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Pippa September 9, 2013 at 9:17 am

Hi Anki, there is information here for you. Pippa

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Rohan September 9, 2013 at 1:13 pm

Hi,

I have male Lab of 19month he is vegitrian & very much active but the problem is his weight is 43kg and most of the VET say it is over weight. We just feeb chapati milk and he like to eat raw vegetables like potato, peas and other stuffs like that. So my question is.
1. Is he Over Weight?
2. If yes how do i make hime lose weight.

He is sweetheart of the family if he is hungry and asking for food no one can be strick to him so he gets what he want.
If we take him for exercise he gets exhausted very quickly but he never gives up so he keeps on runnning but once we are back he sleep whole night without even going for pee.
So please suggest some thing.

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Pippa September 9, 2013 at 2:35 pm

Here you go Rohan Fat Labrador Pippa

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angad September 11, 2013 at 3:16 pm

hello pippa i have a 4 mnths old female labrador ,all is going well but my vet has warned me that my floor surface which is of victrified tiles will result up in crippled legs of my dog he has prescribed calcium and told me to keep her on anti skit surface although i am taking precautions but i still found that when i take her for a walk her left back leg seems to be slipping even on the mortar road ,
from your such a long expereience would you please help me out to ensure that my dogs leg could be prevented from getting crippled?

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Pippa September 11, 2013 at 3:19 pm

Hi there, I think your best chance of a healthy dog will lie in following your vet’s advice. Keep him up to date with progress and let him know if you have any concerns. Good luck with your puppy . Pippa

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angad September 11, 2013 at 3:22 pm

thanx for your advice pippa but i just want to know from you that will crippled legs would result in any problem in future for my dog?

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Celine September 11, 2013 at 5:05 pm

Is this possible that my 3 month labrador weight 6 kilo and he is pure?

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Lata September 14, 2013 at 12:19 pm

Hi Pippa,
My Lab..HUGO is one and a half yr old. From the past 4 months he is scratching severly and when taken to vet ..she said he has infection and prescribed Tab clavet 500mg, TabRantac D, Tab pet peo. For local application she gave me sebolylic and pet derm twice a week, pet derm spray turbenatile twice a day.
There were no changes in his scratching and he got boils all over his body….specially on the stomach, we could see big round patches.
When we took him again to vet she changed the medicine to Tab Moxpet 1000 mg, tab rantac D, tab Atarax 10 mg she also gave us some medicated shampoo to bathe him.
The problem has still not got solved. I have shown him to three different vet but everyone gives different answers.
Kindly suggest me a proper medication and the remedy for the same. He has boils randumly errupting in his body, he keeps scratching and biting his body. When the boil drys the hair on that part falls off like a chunk making him bald on that part. He eats well, is very playful, all his activities are very normal.
I am very worried with this infection …Please help me…
I thank u so much for this forum where i could share my problem
Lata

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Jodie smith September 15, 2013 at 10:41 pm

Hi Pippa

We have a 9week old black lab Stanley we have had him just under a week. He hasnt been out in the garden since we got him and is very nervous outside the comfort of our home, he just cries in the car.

Today my mums dog (a chug) came round (she has had all her vaccinations) they had a very playful afternoon, as stan loves to play he was just normal playful self.

however stan has now got a bout of diarrhoea, he has had his dinner this evening and went to the toilet 1 1/2hrs after, it was very loose almost watery. He has been drinking lots of water since without prompt, so I feel comfortable he is keeping himself hydrated, could it be the fact he is over excited by today? Or would you advise to go to the vet immediately? As he has mixed with another dog before his 10week vaccination

Many thanks
Jodie

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Pippa September 16, 2013 at 7:05 am

Hi Jodie, upset tummies are very common in small puppies and most experts agree that it is fine for a puppy to meet vaccinated family pets. Have a look at these When to call your vet guidelines. If in doubt, with a young puppy, always phone the vet and ask for his advice. Hope your puppy is better soon. Pippa

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Jodie smith September 22, 2013 at 5:48 pm

Thanks Pippa he was fine by the morning I think it was sheer over excitement lol

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Lata September 16, 2013 at 12:18 pm

Hi Pippa,
My Lab..HUGO is one and a half yr old. From the past 4 months he is scratching severly and when taken to vet ..she said he has infection and prescribed Tab clavet 500mg, TabRantac D, Tab pet peo. For local application she gave me sebolylic and pet derm twice a week, pet derm spray turbenatile twice a day.
There were no changes in his scratching and he got boils all over his body….specially on the stomach, we could see big round patches.
When we took him again to vet she changed the medicine to Tab Moxpet 1000 mg, tab rantac D, tab Atarax 10 mg she also gave us some medicated shampoo to bathe him.
The problem has still not got solved. I have shown him to three different vet but everyone gives different answers.
Kindly suggest me a proper medication and the remedy for the same. He has boils randumly errupting in his body, he keeps scratching and biting his body. When the boil drys the hair on that part falls off like a chunk making him bald on that part. He eats well, is very playful, all his activities are very normal.
I am very worried with this infection …Please help me…
I thank u so much for this forum where i could share my problem
Lata

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Pippa September 16, 2013 at 12:21 pm

Hi Lata
I am so sorry to hear of your troubles. Unfortunately I am not a vet and we do not offer veterinary advice on this website. Your best bet is probably to chose the vet you feel most confident in, and let them decide the appropriate treatment. Best wishes. Pippa

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Sakshi September 26, 2013 at 6:32 pm

Hi! I’m getting a female labrador. But I don’t to know how to bring her by train or by flight please help!!!!!
Thankyou

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Sherwin October 2, 2013 at 6:40 am

Hi Pippa,

Need your best advise. I have adopted an 8weeks old black lab (her name is Sheba) from a litter of seven from an irresponsible dog owner in Manila, Philippines. All pups were under nourish, underweight and under height. Sheba weigh about 1.5 kl on her 8 weeks which is way beyond the average scale at her age.. i already went to the Vet and i was advise that i should feed her every 4 hours and give her more than what she could eat in each feeding. I’m worried about her well being and if i will be able to help her gain its loss weight and height. I bought her eukanuba dog food which is one of the best quality dog food here in Phils. Do you have any suggestions on how to take care of her to regain the nourishment that was taken out from her since birth.. Really need your help… God Bless and all the best to you!

Kind Regards,
Sherwin

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Pippa October 2, 2013 at 1:25 pm

Hi Sherwin, my suggestion would be to follow your vet’s advice. He knows what is available locally, and has examined your puppy. Good luck with her, I hope she thrives with your good care and attention. Best wishes, Pippa

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Gopal Balo October 6, 2013 at 6:58 pm

Hi pippa….
I have a 45 days old male lab. Vet suggest me feed him carelac, so I follow her instruction. Last 2 days I saw my puppy become thin and rough skin. What to do for Intel’s health? My name is Gopal from india.
Thank you.

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Pippa October 7, 2013 at 4:00 pm

Hi Gopal, I answered your question where you first posted it, on this page Pippa

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nithin October 21, 2013 at 3:14 pm

hey pippa…
my lab puppy who is 4 months old,he is bitting alot. offcourse he is active but sometimes he is more active and bits hard…….can u plz suggest me asolution for that ……….!

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Tete October 27, 2013 at 9:02 pm

hi, I have yellow lab with 1 year and 2 month we gave him training classes but still he is crazy and everytime we are near he bites us everywhere and we have problems with our neighbors too, cause he jumps them and they are afraid of him. How can we make him calm? thank you

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Jeannine MacMillan November 3, 2013 at 5:49 pm

Just joined your site Pippa….we are just waiting for our little bundle of joy a yellow lab.we get him on Nov.24…..we are in Canada……just loving this sit!!Thks.J

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Pippa November 3, 2013 at 6:46 pm

Thanks Jeannine – do consider joining the forum, great support for puppy owners. :) . Pippa

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Kranthi November 4, 2013 at 9:36 am

Hi my Lab puppy is 8 weeks old and i want to know how much food do i need to keep and how many times

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Pippa November 4, 2013 at 5:31 pm

Hi, check out the ‘caring for your puppy’ section in the puppies menu above.

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Sidharth November 4, 2013 at 5:09 pm

Hi Pippa
Recently one of may neighbour’s lab passed away. She had 2 kids aged 2 weeks. Can they survive without their mother? I plan to adopt one of hem . Whats your advice?

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Pippa November 4, 2013 at 5:31 pm

Hi, the pups will survive with good care and hand-feeding. Their temperament will be influenced by the lack of maternal interaction. An experienced breeder will know how to compensate as best she can.

For your own dog, I would advise you to spend a lot of time looking for the very best puppy you can find, as it is going to be with you for a long time, and not to be influenced by the proximity, convenience or how much you want to help out your neighbour. Good luck. Pippa

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chiranjeevi November 6, 2013 at 3:11 pm

hii
I had purchased lab 30 days puupy
after using de worming medicine for the puppy got very weak .
its active ness was not found .

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sonam November 7, 2013 at 11:03 am

she chews every thing even my toe what should i do and can i give her supplement food she is 2 month old

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Nikhil November 12, 2013 at 5:33 pm

I am planning to buy a puppy. But after reading somewhat on this site, I am into a dilemma.
1)Should I buy a puppy or a grown dog because I have college daily and I go remain outside of house for 5 to 7 hours?
2)Should I consider buying a dog or not because I live in a 2BHK flat?

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Pippa November 12, 2013 at 6:10 pm

Hi there, it sounds as though this might not be the right point in your life, to get a dog. Check out this article. Best wishes, Pippa

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kaushik mukherjee November 15, 2013 at 9:26 am

sir,i have a lab of age 3 months,she is too much playful and really very skiny,her bones are easily visible,but d beacon is she is growing in size now as i m giving her good quality foods,but hardly getting any fat on her body,can you please help me with the information that how can I make my puppy a bit fleshy and fat.
thank you for reading,will be waiting for your response to come :)

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wrek November 16, 2013 at 10:17 am

hi pippa
my male lab pup is 52days old.his weight is just 2.9 kg :( ..
i feed him pedigree dissolving with warm water four times a day.i also add calcium and boosting syrup with food twice a day.he dont have worm as well.but comparing him with other lab of his age..my pup is too skinny.what should i do for his health? really worried

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Pippa November 16, 2013 at 2:17 pm

Hi, you need to talk to your vet. You might find this article helpful too: http://www.thelabradorsite.com/?page_id=4637

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suraj November 19, 2013 at 8:33 am

Hi,
when i adopted my lab he was 1.5 months(45days) old puppy and weight was around 3kg after more one month when he was2.5 month old weight was 6 KG, now he is 3.5 month old before 2 week his weight was around 9 KG, is it normal or should i feed him more , i feed him thrice a day,he looks little thin, and these days he starts bite me while playing, and he dont bark at stranger, how can i train him to bark?

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Pippa November 19, 2013 at 11:27 am

Hi Suraj, I think you’ll find all your questions answered in this article. Best wishes, Pippa

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suraj November 20, 2013 at 4:47 am

Hi Pippa,

Thnaks a lot for your reply, i really learned many useful things with this article and it really help us to understand the dogs and their needs too, thank you, All the best.

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Dee November 25, 2013 at 4:38 am

Please help. My lab is four and a half months and weighs 7kg. Is there something wrong ?

Dee

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kaifee ali November 25, 2013 at 5:27 pm

my 15 days labra wont drink milk what to do plz do reply

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Pippa November 25, 2013 at 5:47 pm

15 days?? Your labrador needs to be with its mother. Please return it as soon as possible. Puppies are ready to leave home at 8 weeks.

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Jack Tennant December 2, 2013 at 1:53 pm

Hi Pippa,
My 9 week old chocolate labrador is sleeping through the night without whining or needing to go out for a wee. The first couple of nights he needed it but last night was quiet between 10.00pm and 06.30. I have followed your recommendations thus far on everything – crates, water, feeding, attention – and was just wondering if I should stop moaning and enjoy it! He’s full of life otherwise and eating and drinking well, so I was only wondering if there might be something I was missing in him sleeping through the night? Many thanks for all your help thus far and congratulations on a wonderful website.

Jack

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Pippa December 2, 2013 at 3:37 pm

Hi Jack, it sounds like you are doing just fine :) Drop into the forum and chat to the other puppy owners. It can be very reassuring to talk to others in the same boat. Pippa

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chanda December 8, 2013 at 9:29 am

hi i hav a white lab 3 months old.bt it often tends to bite me.i sometimes try to beat him bt then he ecomes more violent and attackes me..how to get rid of this..
pls help me..

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Pippa December 8, 2013 at 3:42 pm

Chanda I have answered your question in your other post. Please do not beat your puppy! Pippa

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Heather December 9, 2013 at 2:58 am

We have a yellow lab, almost 11 weeks old. We’re just getting to know him. We’ve noticed when outside he will begin chewing on leaves, twigs, etc, possibly swallowing some. Is this normal?

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Pippa December 9, 2013 at 8:15 am

Hi Heather, yes your puppy’s behaviour is normal.

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Puneet Gahlaut December 15, 2013 at 12:19 pm

Hi pipa
I live in uttar pradesh, india. I have a 45 days old black lab bitch. It is very laid back and not at all chirpy. It takes food normally and lies down.
What shall i do?. Plz. Help me

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Lesley January 8, 2014 at 8:05 am

Hi Pippa, My 5 month old puppy is on Hills Science and has had cake mix style poo for just over a week. We feed him 450 gms (3 cups) of food 3 times a day. He is correct weight and is happy in himself. Shall we start and feed him same amount twice a day? Do you think that will help firm up his stools?
Please help.
Ps I have your book and love it.

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Jack January 23, 2014 at 5:38 am

Hi..
I have recently gt a female lab which is over 4 months.. there is no growth n luks still lyk a 2 months old puppy.. as far as I knw da puppy is nt vaccinated.. is it because of dat.. der cud be some othr reasons.. please suggest..

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Kevin February 1, 2014 at 10:01 pm

Hi – We were told yesterday that our 12 wk old boy pup is slightly overweight. We have been feeding him Purina Beta Puppy to the recommended amounts on the bag (it is quite a big portion range). The vet recommended a change to Royal Canin Large Breed. The vet surgery sells this. Any thoughts on either brand, or a different alternative? Kevin

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P K Parthasarathy February 4, 2014 at 9:38 am

Hi i have a 2 months and 5 days old puppy. All i wanted to know is what should be the normal weight and height of the puppy should be.

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Pippa February 4, 2014 at 1:00 pm

Here you are: Puppy Growth FAQ

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shenelle February 4, 2014 at 12:34 pm

how much should a three month old puppy weigh?

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Pippa February 4, 2014 at 1:00 pm

Hi Shenelle, check out this Puppy Growth FAQ

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vivek February 8, 2014 at 1:36 pm

hi pippa
hi have a six week labra -charlie. he is a cute and adorable family member and eat every thing. i have few questions
he is only 2 kg in weight ;vet says its ok but web says its less . pls guide
he is on starter dog food; should i start some home coocked veg/non veg food for him.

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Mukesh February 12, 2014 at 1:26 pm

Hi,
I am Mukesh and I live in INDIA. My Labrador puppy is 7 weeks old. I used to feed her cerelac(baby food) and Royal Canin until now. Of late i switched to home cooked food that would include rice and lentils, mashed potatoes and vegetables. But she doesn’t seem to eat properly. I am so worried about her not eating properly. Please help me out so as to what to feed her. She’s eight weeks old.

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rohan dhawade February 21, 2014 at 12:06 pm

sir i hav one month old lab puppy i jst want to knw dat which food shud i gve to my puppy & sir what is age when i shud gave meats chickens to my puppy . can i gve meat to my puppy sir plz tell me

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Joey Poblete February 22, 2014 at 11:43 pm

Hellooo! I was just given a “labrador” from my boyfriend and Idk where he got it but as I observe him I feel as though he isn’t all lab. He said he’s seen the parents, the dads brown and the moms yellow white and the dads big but the moms slightly small and i know for a fact that boy dogs are usually the bigger ones, I got him checked up at the vet already and they said he’s healthy. Ive looked at pictures of what my puppy should look like but i just assumed maybe its because he’s only a month old thats why i cant tell so much.. Any advice?

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Pippa February 23, 2014 at 11:48 am

Hi Joey, I can’t advise you as to whether or not your dog is all Lab, if that’s what you mean? I should also mention that a one month old puppy should still be with his mother, and won’t be ready to leave home until he is eight weeks old. Pippa

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Cappy April 5, 2014 at 7:44 am

Sir, I have a 7 months old lab.
How many times should i feed him a day?

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Pippa April 5, 2014 at 12:07 pm

Twice a day should be fine :)

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Tibin April 6, 2014 at 4:30 pm

My Lab Puppy is just not taking food. He was happily feeding the Pedigree for Weaning and all of a sudden he is not at all showing interest in the food. I’m a bit worried. Please advice. It was only two days ago we paid a visit to the vet and got the tonic for worm.

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Jack April 8, 2014 at 3:30 am

Hi Pipa.. I Bought a 48 days old female lab puppy, which is very active and playful.. We have Marbles in our house and the vet suggested not to allow the puppy to run on the marbles until it gets the good calcium.. and also suggested not take the puppy out until complete vaccination is completed.. would you please suggest how to exercise my puppy.. Thank you so much in advance for your help.

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Jane April 8, 2014 at 2:48 pm

Feedback on ‘The Happy Puppy’, which I am enjoying reading while I wait for my pup to be born! On some pages there is bleeding from the colour pictures onto the opposite pages, which I don’t mind but maybe the printers could look at.

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Pippa April 8, 2014 at 3:29 pm

Thank you for that information Jane, I’ll pass that on to the publisher. I hope it doesn’t spoil your enjoyment of the book. Pippa

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roop April 14, 2014 at 9:27 am

Hi ,
I have recentky adopted a 4 yr old golden lab.He weighs 35 kgs and is a plesant dog.however is drinks about 3 to 4 lits per day…I also live in a city where temperature shoots to 41 celcius.Is it normal for a dog of his size to consume so much water..thank you , major roop

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Pippa April 15, 2014 at 8:48 am

Dogs do drink more in hot weather Roop. Do check with your vet if you are concerned.

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Ahmi April 26, 2014 at 12:25 pm

Hi
We have a 9 month old Labrador, and today we just got a 1 year old poodle from a friend. Unfortunately when our lab saw the poodle, She kept on barking and would sound like she is sad. I really need advice. please, thanks, Ahmi

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anmol duggal May 5, 2014 at 8:09 am

Hey , I bought a pure black lab. He is 2 months old . He eat his food 4 times a day , but he looks a little skinny. Is it due to his growth??
Please reply asap
thank you

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anmol duggal May 5, 2014 at 8:10 am

Or I have to increase his diet ?

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CM May 12, 2014 at 10:20 pm

Anyone experience a lab puppy (sub-11 weeks old) peeing on his/her dog bed (not in crate) — including just after relieving self outside? Any idea why? How to prevent?

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Sam May 24, 2014 at 7:47 am

Hi, im having a german shepered dog shes 2 months , am feeding her cerelak and recently her stool turned yellow , can you help me what shud i feed her to stop this condition thanks

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zijie zhou May 24, 2014 at 9:31 am

Hi, i have a 2 months old lab (Alice). may i ask what food is the best for 2 months old lab puppy. thx.

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Nick June 14, 2014 at 5:18 am

Greetings. I have a lab and is really skinny. At 3 months he only weighs 3.25kg. Is this normal?

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Naresh kumar rai June 14, 2014 at 12:53 pm

I got a male n a female lab from a same mother , my question is can they have a baby???

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Pippa June 14, 2014 at 6:45 pm

Physically they are capable of making puppies, but you must not let them. Mating brother and sister is inbreeding and can lead to genetic defects.

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sundar June 15, 2014 at 7:33 am

hi mam
our puppy is just 2 months old now..s it a right time to feed her with egg?
or suggest me the inital feed for the growth

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Pippa June 15, 2014 at 10:39 am

Here is the information you need Sundar http://www.thelabradorsite.com/feeding-your-labrador-puppy/

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Frankie White June 22, 2014 at 10:20 am

Hello! I have a 4 and a half month black lab! We are a bit unsure of how much food we should be giving him and how much he should be weighing as we do not want to overfed him as we know labs can become overweight very quickly!
Would love to hear back
Thank you

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anmol duggal June 23, 2014 at 5:34 am

Hey, my lab is 4 month old and I want to know that how many times a 4 month old lab should poop in a day?

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sagardeep mitra July 2, 2014 at 7:23 pm

Hii.. I am having a 7 month old female lab.. Earlier she use to eat everything we give her banana,eggs,biscuits,rice,chapatti,curd,chicken,veggies,dog foods etc. Suddenly from last 10 days she is not at all interested in any kind of food. We are trying to feed him with hands Bt she is eating very few. We are bit tensed with this kind of behavior.
P.S-
*she is still very jolly and plays with us.
* potty seems slightly slimy sometimes.
*she still didn’t have her 1st heat.
Please any suggestion…

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Pippa July 3, 2014 at 7:11 pm

Hi Sagardeep, you need to feed your puppy a more appropriate diet. You can find information here

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jatin July 6, 2014 at 7:27 am

hey Pippa i have 2months old black lab he is very naughty never sit relaxed….tell me what should i give him to eat i usualy give him one piece bread with one cup of milk 5 times a day

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Pippa July 6, 2014 at 8:35 pm

Hi Jatin, the information on feeding is here You need to get your puppy on to a proper diet, bread and milk is not appropriate.

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Mahvash July 10, 2014 at 1:35 am

Hi,we have a two months chocolate lab,i prepare food for her.I cook chicken or beef with different kind of vegetables it seems she really likes her food.I also add fruits to her food,she is ten pound.Do you think we should feed her dog food or it is ok to feed her the way we do.

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sumit July 12, 2014 at 11:37 pm

Hi Pippa,

I have a male lab RAW aged 9 months,and he is not showing proper growth,I am giving him proper diet and protein also,but still he is 40 lbs,even my vet. Also advice me to feed some more and from,last 10 days I am feeding him more than normal,but still no result,one more problem is that he always feel like hungry and eat anything if someone is not watching,pleSe advise as I am worried about his weight and growth?

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Vicky July 13, 2014 at 5:37 pm

Hello… My chocolate lab is 2 months old. I’ve had him for 2 days. The last 2 mornings he has woken up at 5am and I have got up. He has poo’d in his bed. (We are crate training) is this normal and how can I train him to stop. We make sure he goes to the toilet before bed. :)

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venu July 17, 2014 at 4:05 am

i have a 1 month lab,can any one plz help me about its diet.like what to feed,how much to feed and all

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Rachelle August 4, 2014 at 1:15 pm

hello,i hae a 45 day old lab,,please help me on what to to feed him?

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Amy-Kate August 15, 2014 at 11:37 am

Hi.
I have a 18 week chocolate Labrador. He is healthy, lively and full of puppy teeth !! But I am worried about his size. He weighs 8.6 kilos, but compared to other puppies he has been by is tiny. He is 3-4 inches shorter than a 19 week black female and 1 inch smaller than a 12 week yellow female!! He is currently on a biscuit food that has a mixture of fish, meats, but no grain etc. (ancestral canine) the vet said that the weight sounded fine but whenever anyone sees him they all say he is tiny for his age!! His fur has gone quite coarse as well and I am trying to think if this is al food related???

Thank you!!!
Amy

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Atul August 16, 2014 at 11:01 am

Hi Pippa,
I have a one year old yellow male lab who weighs 94lbs. My breeder told me by looking at his paws that he will be a big dog and same did a pet store supervisor say looking at his paws. But I am depressed as he doesnt seem to have grown tall. He is just 23″ in height (floor to middle of the back). We thought he will be a 26-28″ tall dog. Will he still grow? Could his height have stopped because we got him on adult dog’s food when he was 6 months old? We are now feeding him Old Dog’s food which has little protein (13%) and Less fat as he developed Pano 4 times in last 6 months. The doctor advised to lower down his proteins. Do I start puppy food again or regular food? I feed him Kirkland’s Chickn dog food which has a 4 star rating on Dogfood advisor. Please advise how we can make him grow taller.

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Atul August 16, 2014 at 11:02 am

Hi Pippa,
I have a one year old yellow male lab who weighs 94lbs. My breeder told me by looking at his paws that he will be a big dog and same did a pet store supervisor say looking at his paws. But I am depressed as he doesnt seem to have grown tall. He is just 23″ in height (floor to middle of the back). We thought he will be a 26-28″ tall dog. Will he still grow? Could his height have stopped because we got him on adult dog’s food when he was 6 months old? We are now feeding him Old Dog’s food which has little protein (13%) and Less fat as he developed Pano 4 times in last 6 months. The doctor advised to lower down his proteins. Do I start puppy food again or regular food? I feed him Kirkland’s Chickn dog food 2 times a day which has a 4 star rating on Dogfood advisor. Please advise how we can make him grow taller.

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Brittany August 16, 2014 at 11:25 pm

Hello,
I have a 10 week old female chocolate lab. She weighs around 8.8 lbs and I am feeding her natural balance 1/2 cup 3x/day. Is she underweight for her age? Should I be feeding her more?
Thanks!

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Dee August 24, 2014 at 12:12 pm

I have 2 labs and they are now going to be 3 months old on Sep 1 but they are not growing and putting on weight as normal labs do! I can see their ribs! I used to give them cerelac when the were above 43 days but later started to give them milk(after adding water) with bread. Please tell me, what to do or do I have to change the diet plan and the food ? Please tell me, ASAP!

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Pippa August 24, 2014 at 5:51 pm

Hi Dee, please read the puppy feeding instructions here. Three month puppies don’t need milk, they need a good diet of either commercial food or a raw meat and bones in the right proportions.

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Beth August 26, 2014 at 12:56 pm

Hi. We just got a puppy yesterday from a breeder who said the puppy was born 7/1/11 so he is 8 weeks old today. The 2 siblings were the same size so I did not question anything. (However, he is very small compared to my sister in law’s puppy who was born 7/5/11.) Our puppy only weighs 7lbs. This puppy did not come with any papers as his mother is only 18 months old and does not yet have her certifications. Nor does the father who is 22 months old. I am taking him to my vet tomorrow. Will the vet be able to tell the age of the puppy? Thank you.

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