Care & feeding of a YabaLab


Caring for your YabaLab puppy


Puppies are started on EUKANUBA Lamb and Rice Puppy food.  8 oz in the morning and 8 oz in the evening,  at least until they are six months old.  After that consult with your VET for suggested feeding amounts.

 When you bring your puppy home at 8 weeks old, feed 8 oz dry food twice a day (6 am and 6 pm) add 2 oz of hot, tap water to  the dry food to make it soft and mushy. When the food has expanded and is soft,  give to the puppy. Add an ounce of dry food after a few weeks to be sure the  puppy is getting enough food, discuss feeding amounts with your Vet.

  Be consistent with feeding times -it will make it easier for potty training.

Potty Training  Immediately after eating, take puppy to place you want used as the potty, when he goes, praise him/her.   Consult your Vet for feeding amounts. consistency is key!  Food, walking, exercise training and timing should be consistent to ensure prompt training of your new companion.

Please do not change your  puppy’s food. If in the future you choose not to feed what we feed, please purchase  dry puppy food that lists the first ingredient as LAMB, BEEF or CHICKEN (not by-products) for LARGE BREEDS and remember, Labs are not full grown until about  2 years old!  Keep dog food in a tightly closed container.  (Rats and frogs LOVE dog food!)

Do not leave food out all  day. Be consistent! Feed at a specific time every day. This will make it easier  to train. Give the pup the food and let him/her eat, when the bowl is empty  remove it. If puppy doesn’t finish within 15- minutes, remove food. Labs have a  tendency to eat ALL the time. Dog food attracts all kinds of bugs, poisonous  frogs and other crawling insects and animals. Remove uneaten

Water Supply

·Have multiple containers of fresh water available at all times

·2 to 5 gallon containers which allow for fresh water to be available all the  time can be bought at PetSupermarket, K-Mart or Wal-Mart or local pet or feed  stores (can get moldy, —clean regularly). Puppies can turn over most all  buckets and bowls. It is best to have two or three water bowls available at all  times. Chose the water container carefully, be careful that the puppy cannot fall into the bucket or bowl.

· Stainless steel dishes for the food and water will suffice. Plastic and other  types will be chewed and destroyed very quickly. Dishes can be found at various  Pet Food Stores,  Wal-Mart, K-Mart and Feed Stores.

Hot South Florida heat and your puppy – from the AKC


We will insert an AKC  Companion Animal Recovery (  microchip into the back of your puppy’s neck. This  chip is the size of a grain of rice and is engraved with a number that will  trace ownership back to you! YabaLabs is currently the owner on record until  you register it in your name.  For a slight discount you can submit the microchip registration at the same time you complete the AKC registration.   To report a lost or stolen pet:  800-252-7894

AKC Papers

Simply go to and  have the AKC papers with you (your unique online access code is on the form) and a  credit card, and complete the required information. You will receive your official AKC registration certificate within a week.  You can also mail the papers if more convenient.

Choose a unique name, at least two or three names (read over the pedigree to  get some ideas) such as;    Its 5 o’clock somewhere Martini,  Tequila Sunshine,  Barbi’s  Baby Dolly , Fran’s Amazing Gracie,  Uncle Raul’s Harley Marley,   The Joneses Moses,  Billy’s Boo Bear, McGillicuddy’s Bailey, JohnSue’s Big Bear,  etc.  Princess Sophia of the Highlands,  Edisa’s Shugar Bear.       If you only enter one name , the AKC will add a numeral after the name, ie;   Rocky XIIV    So make it 2, 3, or  more names The name you choose will appear on the official AKC certificate.


We will supply you with a blanket with ours and the mothers scent on it,  this should help the transition from our home to yours, while at the same time provide warmth and security.


-Buy dog biscuits (lamb, fish, beef or chicken) and only give one or two a day (too  much can result in upset stomach)

·No table scraps~!


Dogloo’s can cost as much as $250 for the XL shelter at Wal-Mart, PetSupermarket, PetCo,  feed  stores or online. Also, make arrangements for your dog to be protected from the extreme South Florida heat by keeping him/her on a covered patio or a build  a dog house that protects your pet from excessive heat or cold.


  • Plastic bags that contain food or used to contain food, on  counter tops. Dogs can reach them and have  been known to suffocate.
  • No Chocolate – (chocolate increases the heartbeat and can be fatal to dogs)
  • Raisins  and Grapes – Cause kidney failure
  • WATER – Labs LOVE pools, lakes and canals. Canals and lakes have bacteria that can make your pet ill.
  • Cleaning supplies, open toilets, bathroom cleansers

Chewing (keep them out of  reach, your puppy will find them!)

·Keep all electric cords out of reach

·Shoes (do not give old shoes—they will think it’s okay to chew all shoes)

·Towels, especially dish towels hanging from oven handles or drawers

·Socks, underwear and dirty laundry  (they LOVE dirty, smelly clothes!)


Please use common sense when taking your dog out in the very hot Florida heat!  Dogs do not experience heat the same way that we do, – dogs do not  sweat. Dogs cannot take off their fur coat! Even though you may be comfortable,  your dog could be overheating.

If your dog has heat stroke he will progressively show these signs:

  • Pale gums, bright red tongue
  • Excessive panting
  • Disorientation
  • Doesn’t respond to his name
  • Increased heart rate
  • Thick saliva
  • Vomiting
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Collapse
  • Coma
  • Death

Take dog to a cool spot and sponge him down with cold water. Encourage him to drink small amounts of water.  Be extra careful when  exercising with your pet. Monitor breathing levels. Watch for signs of fatigue.  Offer your pet sips of water along the way to keep him cool.  If you feel he has heatstroke   CALL YOUR VET!

In cold weather, make sure  your dog has adequate housing.


The first few days, your  dog will be busy exploring her new home. Don’t discourage this behavior, but  make sure you keep your dog within sight whenever he/she is out of her crate  during the first few days. Your dog may chew, scratch or run indoors where  these activities aren’t appropriate. By watching your dog closely the first few  days, you are always in a position to nip this behavior in the bud.

When you see your dog doing  something wrong, say “NO!” in a low voice and distract your dog with  a chew toy or let her outside. Praise her for this appropriate behavior. Soon,  your dog will know which activities result in praise and which result in  scolding.


If you have to administer pills to your dog, it is simple when you know how.   You can fool most dogs most of the time by hiding it in a bit of food. For  liquid medication, simply put it in a spoon and hold it out to the dog.   Usually, he will just lick it right off. If that doesn’t work, try disguising it in some applesauce or other food.

In an emergency, keep calm and get your dog to the veterinarian. Call first. If   your doctor’s office is not open, call the nearest emergency pet clinic. Keep  emergency phone numbers near your telephone. In all cases, the objective is to  get your dog to a professional AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. However, there are some  things you can do to help your dog before you get him to the hospital/clinic:

• Wrap your dog in a heavy  towel or blanket to keep him warm and restrict his movements.

• Apply a pressure bandage (sterile gauze or a clean handkerchief) to stop the  bleeding of a cut or bite.

• Apply a cold compress to a burn and gently hold it there until you get to  your Vet.

• Do not induce vomiting if you suspect or know your dog has swallowed a  poisonous substance.

• At any sign of choking (drooling, difficulty swallowing, pawing at the mouth,  gagging), do not attempt to remove the item.

• If your dog suffers heatstroke, take him to a cool spot and sponge him down  with cold water. Encourage him to drink small amounts of water.


If you intend to crate your dog, purchase a crate for a large breed dog. Labs  can reach up to about 85 lbs.+, and they grow very quickly. They grow as tall  as 24 ½ inches (at the withers- top of the shoulder blade) and standing from  head to toe about 31 inches. Labs are considered full grown at 2 years old.

Some people that work  outside of the home find that a most useful tool in setting a schedule is a  crate. Once you have taught your dog to view her crate as her area, she will be  glad to stay there when you aren’t home. This will keep your puppy out of  trouble and allow you to control when she eats, runs and eliminates.

Dogs are creatures of  habit. They will be happiest if their food, water, bathroom break, exercise and  play come at the same time every day. Set a schedule as quickly as possible and  follow it as closely as possible.

Remember that your dog will  react most directly to tone of voice and body language. Use a high and excited  voice to motivate, a calm, normal tone to command and a low, growling voice to  warn or correct.

With this groundwork, you  and your dog will learn more about each other and will be able to learn to work  together. Once your dog has settled into her new life and has acknowledged you  as leader, you will have a much easier time correcting behavior and teaching  different activities.


Even if a dog has a large backyard, he needs daily exercise. At least one walk a day is recommended.  He needs lots of  exercise and fresh air  – and so do you!!

Well-exercised dogs suffer  fewer physical ailments than sedentary dogs, are less likely to be overweight,  and are happier and better behaved.

Veterinarian Visits

Your puppy will need veterinary care in the first year of life  more than at any other time.   With your Vet’s help, you can keep your puppy healthy even when it is all  grown up.

A Veterinarian should be  selected before bringing your puppy home.

                              **   YabaLabs requests that the first meeting of Vet and puppy should happen within 1 week of bringing your  puppy home. **

In addition to a general check-up and  examination for parasites, you and your Vet should work out a specific schedule  for preventive medicine at that first meeting.

In the first three months  of your puppy’s life, your Vet will probably want to meet every two or three  weeks for vaccinations. Initial vaccinations for many diseases start at about  six weeks and are repeated every two to three weeks until 14 weeks of age.

Rabies vaccinations  sometimes are regulated by local laws and often begin between three and six  months. Between four and six months, your puppy should be checked again for parasites  and your vet will recommend heartworm treatment. Also permanent teeth should  start coming in around this time.   Depending on your County’s  regulations you are required to get the rabies shot every 1 to 3 years.   County licensing and tag renewal is required every year.

Spaying or neutering is  recommended between four and six months. The procedure is simple, and males  usually recover in a day. Females revovery can take two or three days.

After six months, the vet visits usually taper off. In general, it is a good idea for adult dogs to make  at least one visit a year to maintain the healthy start they got as puppies.

When to call your Vet:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Coughing
  • Pain
  • Seizures
  • Blood in urine or excrement

The Medicine Chest

The following information does not replace your Vets advice.

If any condition persists  please call your Veterinarian!

·Buffered Aspirin:  Lowers fever, relieves minor aches and pains in dogs, give ¼ of a 325 milligram tablet for every 10 lbs, 1 or 2 times a  day. Buffered aspirin is easier on the stomach.

·Acetaminophen and  Ibuprofen:  Both are EXTREMELY dangerous for pets. DON’T use them!

·Vitamin C:  For older dogs  or dogs that have hip or joint issues, ask your Vet for daily dosage info

·Kaopectate:  Helpful for digestive troubles, Kaopectate can be given to dogs and cats  every four hours. Give 1 tsp of Kaopectate for each 10 lbs. of  weight. Ask your vet for advice.

·Pepto-Bismol:  For dogs  with tummy trouble, give one teaspoon per 20 lbs. of weight every four to six  hours. DON’T give it to cats.

·Dramamine  (Dimenhydrinate):   For preventing motion sickness, give medium to large dogs 25  to 50 milligrams an hour before traveling. For small dogs and cats, split into  quarters to provide the correct dose. (dramamine can be dangerous to pets that  have glaucoma or bladder problems)

·Nervousness/Anxiety:   Rescue Remedy, a homeopathic solution for humans and canines,  can be found in Health Food Stores  ($15.00) and is used to calm nerves. Used for times when you and/or your dog become  anxious, such as New Years Eve and 4th of July celebrations or loud  thunderstorms. A few drops on the tongue and the calming effects will kick in!

Penny poisoning:  Pennies  minted before 1982 are made of zinc and coated in copper. Zinc toxicosis can be  a fatal blood condition. Other zinc products include: nuts, bolts, zinc  oxide-based skin creams such as diaper rash cream and sun screen. Signs of zinc  toxicosis include vomiting, diarrhea, red urine, liver and/or kidney failure and anemia.

Eating feces:  If your dog develops this habit, sprinkle Adolph’s Meat Tenderizer on his food every day for a week. If he doesn’t stop, continue using the  meat tenderizer on and off several days at a time.

String, yarn, rubber bands:   –  Dental floss is easily swallowed and can cause intestinal blockages or strangulation.

Great ideas from Caesar- the Dog Whisperer!

For your doggy smell home

Mix a few drops of vanilla extract with vodka (if you can part with it)  in a spray bottle and spray in those areas that might be a bit overwhelming!  Or, place a few cotton balls soaked in the mixture in the areas of your home where Fido hangs out the most.

Clean ears

Dip a cotton ball in a mixture of one teaspoon of baking soda dissolved in a cup of warm water and simply wipe the ears out.


One spoonful of peanut butter rubbed on a sticky mess in your dog’s fur will help break down the mess and make it easier to remove.

Cider Vinegar

For an after bath rinse to ward of allergies do this:  2 tablespoons of vinegar and one quart of warm water.   Leave on for best results it will make the coat shiny!


Drench your puppy in undiluted tomato juice to rid him of his potent smell, leave on a few minutes then shampoo as usual.

Baby Powder

Safe and smells good, too!  In between shampoos rub some powder on your hands and rub it into your dog’s fur brush for a shiny fragrant smell…


Fabric softeners can also help your dog smell fresh and clean, simply rub across your dog’s fur for instant results.

Hot Spots

One part baby oil, one part original Listerine and one part water mixed together.  Spray on the hot spot two to four times a day (providing it isn’t infected) until it is healed.

Flea deterrent

Fill a spray bottle with one part original Listerine and one part water after bathing spray solution on the dogs’ coat.  Let it soak for five minutes and rinse.  Comb the dog, remove any bugs and spray a mist of solution on any surfaces such as his bed or toys.


Poison help lines:

ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center: 888-426-4435   Available 24 hours a day, 7  days a week:

Pet Poison Helpline:   800-213-6680 or or  (a fee may be applied to your credit card).

Dangerous Plants and their  effects:

  • Philodendron – upset stomach, convulsions,  asphyxiation, death
  • Jasmine – convulsions, death
  • Poinsettia – mouth irritation, stomach upset
  • Umbrella Plant – vomiting, respiratory problems,  kidney failure, tremors, abdominal pain
  • Aloe Vera – diarrhea
  • Avocados and avocado leaves
  • Mistletoe – various effects,
  • Daffodil – stomach upset, tremors, seizures,  lethargy, heart failure, death
  • Calla Lily – stomach upset, mouth irritation,  asphyxiation, seizures, death
  • Tobacco leaves
  • Tulip (bulb) – various effects
  • Periwinkle – hallucinogen
  • Morning Glory – stomach upset, hallucinations
  • Easter Lily – causes kidney failure
  • Jasmine (Yellow)
  • Raisins
  • Grapes
  • Onions
  • Tea
  • Tomato leaves and stems
  • No Chocolate – (chocolate increases the heartbeat and can be fatal to dogs)
  • Leftovers on the kitchen  counter – dogs have been known to reach up and try to eat food left on  the table and if the food was in a plastic bag, they have suffocated.


Poisonous TOAD – Bufo marinus toad –

*** DANGER              DANGER                     DANGER ***


When this toad is threatened, it secretes a highly toxic milky substance from its large parotoid glands in the back of its head.

This secretion will burn eyes, may inflame the skin and can kill cats and dogs if ingested.

Avoid attracting toads to areas where your pets are, do not leave food in open dishes in the yard. Bufo’s are attracted to dogs’ water bowls and may sit inside he bowls long enough to leave enough toxin to make a dog sick. Dogs may lick the toads and get a dose of the bufo’s toxins which are secreted from the skin and parotoid glands. Symptoms of poisoning  include profuse foamy salivation that looks like shaving cream, difficulty breathing, brick red gums, convulsions, paralysis, ventricular fibrillation, vomiting and uncoordinated staggering.

Untreated, it can be fatal.  Dogs like to play with these guys, if your dog bites or licks one – call your Vet immediately!

 If you feed your pet outside, do not leave food  outside. Toads (and other things) are attracted to pet food!  Keep pet food inside the house in a locked container.Keep a close eye on your  pets -puppies will eat anything and everything!


Female puppies go into heat (the mating period)  the first time at around 9 months and then every 6 months thereafter.    To prevent drops on your floor, purchase little boys underwear and slip them on her backwards and put her tail through the fly.  This will protect the floor and furniture from the spotting.  This lasts about ten to fifteen days and males will come from far and near to see her….keep her away from the boys.

Adult dogs (2 years old +) and Community Service

When your dog has reached 18 months, he can participate in Community Service for your church, school or job.  There are many fulfilling opportunites in the community for both adults and teenagers to provide companionship and friendship to those that have been hospitalized.  A few hours a month will make a very big difference in the lives of the sick and/or lonely.   Check with the local hospitals, rehabilitation centers and nursing homes to see if you can visit the sick and elderly with your well-behaved pet to help make a less fortunate person happy.  Your dog will need a certificate from your Vet.

We hope this information is  helpful to you and your family.  This information should help you to provide your new puppy with a safe, happy and healthy environment as well as many years of love and companionship.

Any questions? 305-968-0799 – Leonel or Kathy at :


Leonel, Kathy and our YabaLabs:   Freckles, Mokalatte, Sweet Sophia and Magdalena.