Safety Tips

Do Not Let Your Dog Run Free

The dangers are endless!  A fenced in area is best.  Either chain-link or wood fencing is best.  Electronic fencing works well for some dogs, but not others.  The electronic fencing will not keep other dogs out of your yard.  Cable runs are not ideal and can be used improperly.  It is not safe to leave your puppy on a run when you are not at home. The safest place for your puppy is in a crate inside your home.

Do Not Play Frisbee With Young Dogs

Developing hips and other joints may be damaged during this game.  Dogs jump up to catch the Frisbee and then land on just their hind legs. The risk is not worth it.  Wait until your female puppy is at least 18 months old and your male is at least 24 months old before tossing the Frisbee.

Do Not Play Tug Of War With Your Puppy

This game may teach rough and aggressive behavior. It can result in an accidental bite when the dog tries to get a better grip on the object. Try other games, tricks, obedience tasks and agility training.  Play fetch-the-toy instead. Teach your puppy fun tricks like shaking hands, rolling over, and hide-and-seek.  Simple agility tasks are fun for dogs too.  Agility classes may be taught in your area.

Do Not Leave Your Dog Loose or Unattended In The Car Especially in Warm/Hot Weather

On warm/hot days dogs that are left in cars are in danger of heat prostration, brain damage, and death. To keep your dog safe in a car, secure them in a crate or use a seatbelt system designed for dogs. Even with the windows partially open, a car can heat up very quickly. Frozen ice blocks in plastic bags can be used to keep the car cooler. On hot days, cars can heat up quickly, so dogs are safer at home. The frozen blocks are helpful, but they may only keep the temperature in the car cool for a short period of time. Also, to keep your dog safe, consider using a crate or use a seatbeat system designed for dogs. When possible, it's best to travel with other people, especially on long trips, so someone able to monitor the dog.

Do Not Leave A Puppy or A Senior Dog Alone With Young Children

Proper adult supervision prevents dog bites and promotes a good relationship between your children and your dog. Labrador Retrievers make great family dogs. However, it is important to supervise the interaction between young children and your puppy. Teach your puppy that nipping hands, toes and shirt tails are not acceptable behaviors. Teach your children to leave your puppy alone while eating, drinking or sleeping. Puppies should not be carried around by young children and a dog can not be treated like a pony. Ongoing adult supervision is very important. It is also important to oversee the interaction between young children and older dogs. These dogs may no longer be playful and patient around young children.