4 month old Labrador retriever is a cute, active and very curious puppy who keeps on to discover the surrounding world. A Labrador retriever of this particular age needs special and careful attention from a dog owner: well-balanced diet, moderate training and in-time vet examinations should be a must.
Size and Weight
As a rule, 4-months old Labrador puppy is rather big and heavy dog: it’s average size is 44 cm (female) and 46 cm (male) and its weight is about 24-26 kilos. On this stage, a puppy tends to grow in height, but after 1 year it is going to grow breadthways.
Training and Behavior
In 4 months a Labrador retriever is very curious and active, so, it needs an environment to release its energy by means of play. Such a small puppy constantly claims for attention, so, a dog owner should understand, that a dog can’t be left alone more, than for 3-4 hours.
Continue to break the habit of discharging at home. Praise a puppy, when it discharges itself outdoors, and scold it for doing so at home.
Continue to teach a puppy some basic commands as “come!”, “sit!”, “stop!” and “don’t do that!” and constantly watch what your puppy is doing during walks in order to avoid some unpleasant situations.
Your 4-months Labrador puppy was vaccinated in 2.5 months for the first time with revaccination in 3 months. The next immunization is planned when your puppy will be 6 months’ old. So, at this point, you should carefully check your puppy’s health: protect it against ticks and fleas, monthly treat it against worms.
How to Feed 4-Month Old Labrador Puppy?
Slightly but surely, you should reduce food intake for your puppy from 5-7 to 4-3 times a day, besides, a portion of food should be larger than previously. It is necessary to make a daily diet richer in proteins (60-70% against 35-50% for 2.5 months old puppy). The main source of proteins for a puppy is read and white meat that should be fed slightly boiled: soft beef, veal, mutton, turkey meat and rabbit flesh without bones.
20% of an overall diet for 4-months puppy should consist of starches. The best way to get “right” starches is to feed a dog with cereals (buckwheat, rice). 20% of a daily diet should be occupied with dairy products: curds, yoghurt, cream and milk. Bone tissues of a puppy are still developing, so, calcium intake should not be reduced at any rate.
4 months is the age during which a dog owner should be very responsible towards a puppy since its health, immune system, as well as behavior traits, are beginning to form. Take care of your Labrador puppy since its puppyhood to make your dog sound and healthy.