Your Labrador Retriever Puppy – Month by Month

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Terry Albert

Terry Albert

Terry Albert, an award-winning writer and artist, has been working with dogs for over 25 years as a dog trainer, foster home, and pet sitter. A long-time Lab owner, she has previously written books about Basset Hounds, Labrador Retrievers and Boxers. Her writing credits include Petco,, Delta Society, and numerous websites and newsletters. She has won several Maxwell Awards from the Dog Writers Association of America for her artwork and writing. Besides owning Labs, Terry fostered dozens of Labradors while a volunteer for Seattle Purebred Dog Rescue. A member of the Puget Sound Labrador Retriever Association, she served as AKC Public Education Coordinator for the club. When she moved to California, Terry was a founding member of Southern California Labrador Retriever Rescue, and a member of the San Diego Labrador Retriever Club. She also served on the Board of Directors for LabMed, which funds medical care for homeless Labs nationwide. Terry has also served on the Board of Directors for Seattle Purebred Dog Rescue and the Humane Society of Seattle/King Co. She is a past recipient of Channel 10-San Diego’s Leadership Award for her volunteer work.

Deb Eldredge, DVM is a graduate of Cornell and the winner of the Gentle Doctor Award for best client care. She is also an award-winning writer, the author of 10 books on pets, and the past President of the Dog Writers Association of America.

Don and Barbara Ironside have owned Labs for 38 years and shown them in conformation, obedience and hunting tests. Under the name Fawnhaven Labradors, they have owned and bred multiple breed champions and hunting dogs. Their achievements include Best Of Breed at the Labrador Retriever National Specialty along with numerous obedience titles and Master Hunters.

I was fortunate to hear about this book from one of its contributors (Nina Mann) and discovered that I actually know a couple of the authors, so was thrilled to get my hands on it and soak up the knowledge and experience of respected Labrador Retriever breeders.

This book is exactly what the title suggests, a month-by-month view of where your puppy is likely at in terms of development and what types of activities you should be doing with your puppy. It shows a full timeline (month 1 to month 12) in the front cover regarding socialization, training, growth, etc. and then at the beginning of each chapter you get specific reminders of what’s going on in that particular month.  I believe this format is very helpful for new puppy owners (also a good refresher for those who haven’t had a puppy in a while) as they get timely information and validation of their puppy’s development. As I read the book, I was trying to stay in the mind frame of a reviewer but kept slipping into the breeder perspective where I wanted all the information on training, grooming, etc. in one chapter. Then I reminded myself that it wasn’t intended for breeders and that I had a handy index and table of contents if I needed it for reference.

Also good references were the Appendices, especially Appendix B (Growth and Body Condition Assessment – aka, is my puppy overweight?) as we frequently get feedback from puppy owners that their vet says their puppy should lose 5 pounds.  Shouldn’t we all? Other helpful tips could be found in the Dog Talk, Tips and Tails, and Happy Puppy sections. While I appreciated the content of the various sections, they all appeared the same to me and I would have liked to have them called out a bit more – a different color, an icon, or something to distinguish them apart.

It’s amazing how much information this book contains – it’s very comprehensive from teething to nutrition to health and first aid to training tips too … you name it! When I was almost done with the book, I realized that there hadn’t been any pictures or drawings and I reflected on how amazed I was because the descriptions were so clear and vivid that I didn’t need them; however, first time puppy owners may prefer them.

Overall, it’s a great book that I would recommend to all Labrador puppy owners. Well done.

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Lorraine has owned Labradors for over 20 years and has bred them about half that time. A good day for Lorraine is experiencing the unbridled joy of her labs greeting her (in the morning, after work, or even after a short trip to the store), witnessing the pure happiness of her labs in the field retrieving or exploring on a hike, and snuggling with (or under) them on the couch at night. A great day is a good day (just described) plus having a litter of puppies around!

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