You have a picture in your head. A picture of yourself with your practically perfect dog. Youve always preferred big dogs, and your ideal dog is sturdy, strong, and energetic. At the same time, you envision a dog who is gentle and completely in tune to your needs, your whims, and your every move. That perfect dog is likely a Labrador Retriever. After all, the Labrador Retriever is the most popular dog in the United States, according to American Kennel Club registrations. Labs are beautiful, friendly, adaptable, easygoing, brave, loyal, dependable, and intelligent. What could be better?Labrador Retrievers For Dummies is a useful guide to have if you're thinking of getting a Lab or even if you already own one. Perhaps you're just curious about this popular breed. This handy reference is for you if you want toFind out if a Lab suits your lifestyleKnow what to look for in Lab pupsDetermine if a breeder meets high standardsUnderstand health and nutrition needsHandle emergencies with a cool headTrain your dog with the lure-and-reward techniqueShow off your Lab in competitionsYou can live a fulfilling life with your Lab by making sure she is socialized, healthy, and well trained. What better task for humans and dogs than to be great companions for each other? However, you may need some help in knowing how to get the most out of your relationship with your Lab. This friendly guide offers that help with the following topics and more:Exercising your pup and older LabChoosing the right veterinarianExploring spaying/neuteringKeeping your Lab beautiful with good groomingHelping your dog deal with divorce, a new baby, movingManaging barking and whiningHousetraining your new puppyTraveling to dog-friendly vacation destinationsChoosing a pet sitter or boarding kennelVolunteering your lab as a therapy dogLabrador Retrievers are big, energetic, and sometimes boisterous (especially as puppies), and they don't take care of themselves. They need you. Don't let them need you unless you're ready to be needed.