A labrador is quite a big dog, and so is its’ appetite, so what should you be feeding it?
When you thought about becoming the owner of a labrador you must have known that these ultra-friendly dogs are very energetic and enjoy playing and having a lot of fun. This means that they have to eat food that will keep their body in good health. Once you have read the following information you will understand the importance of buying good dog food and also finding out what is in the ingredients.
Like all dogs a labrador should first be fed by its dam. The collistum that the milk provides is excellent nutrition and will help the immune system tremendously. Once this stage is over a new source of food has to be found. No doubt, the breeder you buy your labrador off will have some suggestions about what dog food to use.
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If you have bought a labrador that has already begun eating packaged food you should continue using this food, even if only for a short while. If the food is good and you feel that it is affordable then by all means continue using this food. If not, you should begin using another brand depending on the age of your labrador.
When you are thinking of changing the dog food you use you should start the transition slowly. Your labrador might not approve of a new food straight away. Although, from experience, I can say that labradors are not too fussy about what food they have, it might happen so you should be safe rather than sorry.
Also, by changing the food periodically it lessens the chances of your labrador having a stomach upset. Being successful with Labrador Retriever Nutrition is all about being aware of your labs needs
Labrador puppies usually begin eating meals twice a day. This is, after the three month period. You should begin by feeding your pup twice a day, once in the morning, and once in the evening. I found that meal times should definitely be prior to going for a walk.
The idea of having your lab eat before going out is all part of a routine. Dogs respond well to routine, especially labradors, its like clockwork.
At a young age it is also important not to feed your labrador too much at any one time. As they get older labradors may begin to leave a bit of food and then return to their bowl, but when they are young this is not usually the case.
You should try and feed your labrador enough to satisfy its hunger but not enough to make it sick. After about 9-10 months when their growth rate has leveled off you can reduce the amount of meals to one a day.
Labrador Retriever Nutrition is important, no doubt. You should look at the ingredients in the food you are buying aswell!
Further Resources Dealing with labrador retriever Nutrition:
Labrador Retriever Serving Size
Basic guidlines when feeding labrador retrievers
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Choose the right dog food for your Labrador
healthy dog treats for your lab
Match your dogs diet with his lifestyle!