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 In A Hot Car

In the warm months, dogs that are left in cars are in danger of heat prostration, brain damage, and death.  Even with the windows half open, the car can heat up very quickly.  In the summer, the dog is safer at home.

Do Not Leave A Puppy or An Older 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.