Part I: The World of the Labrador Retriever. Chapter 1: What Is a Labrador Retriever? The Sporting Breeds. The Lab's Physical Appearance. The Lab's Character. Chapter 2: The Labrador Retriever Yesterday and Today. The Lab in the USA. The Lab Today. Chapter 3: Why Choose a Labrador Retriever? Are You Ready for a Dog? The Lab as a Pet. The Working and Field Lab. If Labs Could Choose Their Owners. Chapter 4: Choosing Your Labrador Retriever. Breeder, Rescue, Shelter, or Free? Choosing Your Lab. Puppy Temperament Test. Choosing an Adult Lab. Part II: Caring for Your Labrador Retriever. Chapter 5: Getting Ready for Your Labrador Retriever. Basic Supplies. Puppy Essentials. Make Your Yard Safe. When Your Dog First Comes Home. Puppy-Proofing Your Home. Pet Professionals. Chapter 6: Feeding Your Labrador Retriever. Feeding Your Dog. Nutritional Building Blocks. Reading Dog Food Labels. Commercial Dog Foods. Homemade Diets. Seven Mistakes to Avoid. Chapter 7: Grooming Your Labrador Retriever. Brushing. Bathing. Other Details. External Parasites. Making Your Environment Flea Free. Chapter 8: Keeping Your Labrador Retriever Healthy. Preventive Health Care. Problems That Affect the Lab. Internal Parasites. Emergency First Aid. How to Make a Canine First-Aid Kit. When to Call the Veterinarian. As Your Lab Grows Older. Part III: Enjoying Your Labrador Retriever. Chapter 9: Training Your Labrador Retriever. Understanding Builds the Bond. Practical Commands for Family Pets. Training for Attention. Teaching Cooperation. Chapter 10: Housetraining Your Labrador Retriever. Your Housetraining Shopping List. The First Day. Confine Your Pup. Watch Your Pup. Accidents Happen. Scheduling Basics. Appendix: Learning More About Your Labrador Retriever. Some Good Books. Magazines. Clubs and Registries. On the Internet. Index.
Liz Palika is an award-winning author with more than 40 books to her credit, including All Dogs Need Some Training , The Ultimate Dog Treat Cookbook , Purebred Dog Rescue Adoption , Senior Dogs For Dummies , and several titles in the Your Happy Healthy Pet series.