Labrador Retrievers have silky semi-long haired coat that sheds almost all the year needs careful and proper grooming.Here are some techniques and suggestions that would help you grooming your Lab.
GROOMING BY HAND:
you can start grooming your Lab by making your hands wet and then slightly start massaging the coat.In this way you will see those hairs coming out that are dead and are already out from coat.Grooming by hand also allows you to know if your dog is having any kind of skin problem or hair loss at a specific part of the coat.
GROOMING BY HAIR BRUSH:
Always use a metal toothed comb that will not hurt any tangled hair in the coat.Try to comb the coat gently specifically under the belly you must be as gentle as you can to prevent any kind of harm.Try to have a helper as some dogs does not like to stay at one place for a long time and gets bored early.
Bathing is one of the most important section but the question is how often they need bathing?.It depends upon activity of your dog.If you are having a Lab as a work dog then it may need a bath every second day as the chances of the coat to get dirty are much higher than the dogs staying at home.However Labs don't need excessive bathing.Twice a week would be enough.Try to use a good quality shampoo and special care should be taken near eyes,nose and ears as shampoo may bring harm to them.You may need a helper in this section also.Don't let your Lab out in direct sun exposure after bath.Try to clean the coat with a towel or a hair dryer can also be used.
CLEANING THE TEETH:
Almost all pets don't like this section.Special care must be taken try to use a soft toothbrush and a medicated toothpaste.Move the brush gently over canines.Try to brush your Lab's teeth around 4-6 minutes.You can get toothbrush and toothpaste specially designed for dogs from a nearby pet store.
CUTTING THE NAILS:
Nails need to be cut if are not shedding themselves.You need to be careful as it may result in bleeding if not carefully cut.Try to use a sharp edged nail cutter and cut the dead part usually turned to yellow.Try to push the paw with your thumb so you can see the whole nail out and can cut it at the right place.Look twice and make sure that you are cutting the nail at a significant distance from the root.
CLEANING THE EYES:
Eyes are the most sensitive part.Try to use a cotton dipped in a lubricant ex.Water or Hydrogen Peroxide and roll it gently around the corner of eyes.You don't need to push anything at all.By repeating the process 5-10 times you will see all the dirt coming out.
CLEANING THE EARS:
Ears should be checked regularly as their is always danger of the occurrence of mites.Usually the sign for having mites is the excessive scratching of ears.You need to consult a veterinary specialist in such case.Try to use a cotton bud or wet wipes and roll it gently inside the ears so it can carry the maximum dirt with it.Try to repeat the process for 4-6 minutes.