•What to ask the breeder before bringing your puppy home.
•Which vaccinations your puppy needs and when to get them.
•How to make potty training as smooth (and quick) as possible.
•What do to when your puppy cries at night.
•Why and how to crate train your puppy.
•When socialization should happen and how to make sure it does.
•When your puppy is ready to learn basic commands—like Sit, Stay, and Come—and the best way to teach them.
•When and how to go about leash training.
•How much exercise your puppy needs to stay physically and mentally healthy.
•What, how much, and when to feed your puppy to give him the nutrition he needs without the extra weight he doesn’t.
•When your puppy is ready for obedience training and how to make sure it works.
•How and how often to bath your puppy, brush his coat, clip his nails, and brush his teeth.
•How to know what requires a trip to the vet and what doesn't.
•What causes problem behaviors, when to expect them, and how to correct them.
About the Author
Debra Eldredge, DVM, graduated from Cornell University, where she was the first recipient of the Gentle Doctor Award, a prize given by the clinical faculty for the best patient care. She is a past president of the Dog Writers Association of America and an award-winning author of more than 20 books on pets, including Your Labrador Retriever Puppy Month by Month, cowritten with Terry Albert.
Table of Contents
1-2 The Littermate 2
3 Your Puppy Come Home 20
4 Finding Her Way 60
5 The Rebel 90
6 Full Speed Ahead 124
7 The Silly Tweenager 154
8 Adolescence 186
9 In Search of a Leader 214
10 Transition 248
11 Putting Your Lab to Work 278
12 Your Lab Grows Up 312
A Glossary 333
B Body Condition Assessment 337
C Household and Yard Hazards 341
D Resources 347