Hair: There will be times when you'll feel that your Golden Labrador is always shedding hair, which is why a thorough brushing with the help of a pin-brush can remove most of the hair tangles within a single day. This will also lower the risks of having to deal with loose dog hair throughout your home. Needless to say, your Golden Labrador will love this special treatment.
Ear: Apart from that, when you’ll be brushing your dog’s hair, be sure to look for the dog’s ear for any kind of dirt and debris - which may lead to the cause of any infection. Therefore, ensure that you wipe them out with the help of a soft cloth to keep those ears healthy.
Teeth & Nails: Besides, you also need to brush your pooch's teeth three times per week and trim the toenails when you require them. Ensure that you don't cut the toenails too short; otherwise, it may cause bleeding.
Eyes: Lastly, for eye care, as Golden Labradors are prone to cataracts and Progressive Retinal Atrophy, you have to ensure to look for any glaring signs of cloudiness in your dog's eyes. Moreover, if your dog develops a tendency to bump onto things or furniture, it means that there is a development of cataracts in his or her eyes. Times like these, it's always a better idea to reach out to your nearest veterinary doctor for obtaining medical assistance.
Since Golden Labradors are generally healthy dogs by nature, you'll have to ensure that you maintain a healthy lifestyle to stay correctly.
Recommended daily amount: It's hard to recommend an exact amount, but in general, these dogs should be eating at least 3.5 to 4.5 cups of dry food daily. Ensure that you divide the daily meal quantity into two to reduce the chances of any bloat.
What food to choose: Just like any other type of dog, they need a well-balanced diet. It has been reported that dry food is generally the best option when it comes to Golden Labradors. It provides the required nutrients and prevents any oral health problems that come with offering wet food. Since the Golden Labrador is an active dog, it needs to eat dry food that is made from high-quality ingredients. The best choice would be the ones that have a high protein content with fewer carbohydrates, fortified vitamins, and healthy fats.
How to keep good shape: Vigorous exercise and a balanced diet will keep Labradors in shape.
How many time to feed your dog: Twice a day is generally recommended for Labradors.
Moreover, before you plan to make any changes to your dog's diet, it's always suggested to consult your veterinary doctor. Only the vet would be able to know the specific dietary needs of your dog.
Golden Labradors are prone to many types of health conditions, which is why you should be aware of them all:
Hip And Elbow Dysplasia
Condition: Golden Labradors have a very high chance of developing any elbow or hip dysplasia. Elbow dysplasia occurs when a piece of cartilage or bone breaks off and thereby tends to float in the joint. Such a condition can affect Labradors of all ages, including puppies of around four to six months. Elbow dysplasia can lead to osteoarthritis.
On the other hand, hip dysplasia is caused when a particular joint doesn't fit together perfectly. Such a condition leads to friction and grinding in that specific joint, which wears down the hip joint and limits mobility. Signs of dysplasia include decreased running ability, jumping ability, pain, decreased motion range, stiffness, and the likes. It should be noted that hip or elbow dysplasia cannot be corrected, and therefore only treatment is possible for the same.
Treatment: Treatments include weight management, anti-inflammatories, surgery, exercising, and also physical therapy.
Condition: Cataracts are defined by a state of the eyes, which causes difficulty in viewing things around. Your dog's eyes will have a cloudy appearance, and cataracts generally develop in old age for your dog.
Treatment: Cataracts are surgically removed to improve the dog’s vision.
Condition: This is defined as a bodily disorder in which your dog's body cannot regulate the sugar levels in the blood. Blood sugar is generally maintained by insulin, which is produced inside the pancreas. Without insulin production, glucose cannot enter inside the body’s cells even though it's circulating in the bloodstream. As a result, a diabetic dog will need more food to compensate for the lost weight because food is not getting assimilated into the body efficiently. Signs include excessive thirst and urination, along with enhanced appetite and loss of body weight.
Treatment: Diabetes can be controlled by daily as well as diet insulin injections.
PRA or Progressive Retinal Atrophy
Condition: An eye disorder causes blindness from the loss of photoreceptors located at the back of your dog's eyes. It should be noted that PRA can easily be detected before it can lead to any signs of blindness.
Treatment: Therefore, the best way to prevent such a condition would be to get your dog’s eyes certified on an annual basis by a reputed eye doctor for dogs.
This is one of the most natural breeds to train because of their overall intelligence and joyful character. Like other dogs, you'd notice that your dog will respond highly towards positive reinforcement techniques. This is because Golden Labradors respond very well when they see happy human faces.
Your Labrador can also be a great hunting compatriot due to their retrieving capabilities. They also excel in most obedience and fly-ball competitions. With the correct support and encouragement, you can efficiently train your Golden Labrador.
Since Golden Labradors like to play so much, you need to ensure that you can have an ideal playground for your dog - either your home or apartment. Apart from that, your dog also needs to go on daily walks or runs. Exercise is essential for your Golden Labrador's health as well as happiness. Therefore, 30 minutes of exercising per-day will be enough for the same. Exercising will help your dog stay agile and competitive with other dogs.
Furthermore, mental stimulation is also crucial as it would help your dog to be obedient and interactive with you and your family. Ensure that you use the correct reinforcement techniques (play, praise, and food rewards) that suits your dog's mentality. For instance, if your dog is sensitive, harsh corrections can damage his or her confidence.