Resources for Adopters

Thank you for adopting a lab from Lab Rescue of the LRCP.  Every year we find special homes like yours for hundreds of labs and along the way we have learned a lot that we hope can help you too. This section of our website is just for you and we hope it contains useful tips that can make the transition to your home move smoothly.

We know that every home is unique and you should know that every dog is unique as well. 

Remember that relationships don't just happen.  They take time and effort and along the way there may be bumps in the road.  That's to be expected but there are things that you can do to ease everyone's transition.  Don't be surprised by the occasional naughty behavior; it's normal.

If you have a question that doesn't appear in our resources section then please reach out to your adoption coordinator and he or she can get you the answers that you need.

Welcoming Your Lab

Learn different things to consider when bringing your new lab home.  Small preparations (like putting away your favorite shoes) can make a big difference for you and your lab.

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Do You Have a Cat?

 Introducing your new Lab to your 'rule the roost' cat can be easy but sometimes it requires a bit of patience and finesse.   Read some tips from fellow cat and Lab lovers.

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Walking Your Lab

There's an etiquette to walking your Lab(s) and knowing that your neighbors see you coming and smile because your Labs are well behaved.  Read a few do's and don't's about walking your dogs through your neighborhood.

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My New Lab is Shy

Timid or shy dogs enter our lives from time to time and they need a bit more love, patience and FOOD! Read about welcoming and working with a timid dog and if you have any questions, reach out to your Adoption Coordinator for support and assistance.
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Heartworm Treatment

Don't say no to a heartworm positive Lab.  We treat several hundred cases of heartworm each year and while an ounce of prevention is always better than facing costly heartworm treatment, Labs treated for heartworm make longtime, fabulous family members. 

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Lost Your Lab?

If your Lab has run off,  step 1 is to contact your Adoption Coordinator so we can help.  Review these resources designed to help you with your next steps.

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Dog Park Etiquette

Visiting a dog park can be fun for everyone and a great way to give your Lab time to visit and play with others.  Not everyone is as diligent as you are about using dog parks so we've put together some dog park do's and don't's.

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Running with Your Lab

You can't just bring your Lab home and start training together for a marathon.  Labs are like people, they need to work up to distance running and they need to respect the weather and their environment.  If you want your Lab to keep you company on a run, read these tips and tricks.

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