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How do you care for silver Labrador puppies?

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The unusual coat coloration of a silver Labrador Retriever does not require any special care; these puppies are genetically the same as any lab, according to breeder Pamela Davol for Wing-N-Wave Labradors. Silver Labrador puppies need the same care as any large-breed puppies. They require water, food, shelter, medical care, socialization and positive obedience training.

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Silver Labrador Retriever puppies require clean, fresh water and a high-quality large-breed puppy food served in small portions three to four times a day, explains Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc. Outdoor dogs and puppies need adequate shelter and protection from the elements and predators; provide them with a dog kennel in a fenced yard. Indoor dogs can be trained to sleep in a crate at night, or when owners are away, to ensure the safety of the puppy and the owner’s belongings.

Puppies need at least three sets of vaccinations at six, 10 and 14 weeks of age for parvovirus, distemper and adenovirus. At the same intervals, they should also receive a wormer, recommends Foster and Smith, Inc. This is the common practice per the American Animal Hospital Association. In most areas, by law, at 12 to 16 weeks, puppies must receive a rabies vaccination.

All puppies should remain with their mothers until at least eight weeks of age, though 12 weeks is idea for socialization with litter mates. Puppies need socialization with other dogs, cats, children and adults. Enroll a puppy in a series of obedience training and socialization courses with a trainer who uses positive-reinforcement methods to ensure the puppy becomes a well-behaved adult dog, notes veterinarian Dr. Sophia Yin and The Humane Society of the United States.

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