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Puppies


 

SONY DSCWe aim to have a couple of litters a year, and all of our pups are born and raised in our home and are treated as family members, just as the adult dogs are. A whelping box is set up in the house, where the pups are born and kept for the first three to four weeks of their lives. When they are old enough, they are moved outside to a puppy yard, or into a pen in the garage. Every morning they are taken out for the day with mom, and they receive plenty of visits from other adult dogs in the home and humans, as well as enjoying swimming time in the puppy pool when the weather is good. Each evening, they come back into the house or into the garage to sleep in an indoor pen. All of our Labrador puppies are exposed to cats, children, adults, the vacuum cleaner, the garden hose, the swimming pool, birds, cars, the noise of the tractor, before they leave our home!

As recommended by Pat Hastings, AKC judge and author of The Puppy Puzzle we try to follow the “rule of 7” for socializing very young puppies:
By the time a puppy is 7 weeks old it should have:

 

Been on 7 different surfaces, such as: carpet, concrete, wood, vinyl, grass, dirt, gravel, wood chips, newspa per, etc.
Played with 7 different types of objects, such as: big balls, small balls, soft fabric toys, fuzzy balls, squeaky toys, metal items, wooden items, paper/cardboard items, milk/soda jugs, etc.
Been in 7 different locations, including: front yard, backyard, kitchen, car, garage, laundry room, bathroom, crate, kennel, etc.
Been exposed to 7 challenges, such as: climbed a box, climbed off a box, gone through a tunnel, climbed up steps, climbed down steps, climbed over obstacles, played hide and seek, gone in and out of a doorway with a step, etc.
Eaten from 7 different containers: metal, plastic, cardboard, paper, china, pie plate, frying pan, etc.
Eaten in 7 different locations: crate, yard, kitchen, garage, laundry room, bedroom, x-pen, etc.
Met and played with 7 new people, including children and the elderly.

SONY DSCTemperament, soundness and conforming to the breed standard are first and foremost in our breeding program. My adult dogs are friendly and approachable; kids are always met with wagging tails. We will never breed a dog with anything less than the perfect Labrador temperament. All of the stud dogs chosen are observed in conformation and performance activities, and then met in person and have to meet the same standards as dogs in our home. We only breed to dogs over the age of 2 with OFA or PENN Hips, Elbows, and preferably Heart clearances, ACVO/CERF annually, and Optigen testing. I encourage puppy buyers to communicate with me throughout the life of their dog, as I can only improve the breeding stock with feedback about the entire litter, rather than just the one or two that are in breeding homes. If at any time during the dogs’ life, he or she is diagnosed with a hereditary disease, joint problems, eye problems, or temperament issues, I would like to be notified.

All of our breeding dogs have had hip and elbows x-rayed clear of any hereditary joint disease. All breeding dogs are certified by the Orthopedic Foundation of America (OFA) on their hips and elbows after 2 years of age and have received a permanent OFA or PENN number. These numbers are all verifiable online. Our dogs all have their eyes certified clear by a board certified Veterinary Ophthalmologist (ACVO) annually and the results are registered with CERF (Canine Eye Registration Foundation). While genetics cannot be predicted and we cannot guarantee that puppies from cleared parents will be free from orthopedic disease, we only breed dogs that have all of the above mentioned orthopedic clearances.

SONY DSCThe pups are started on a de-worming program at 2 weeks of age and are de-wormed at 2, 4, 6, 7, and 8 weeks, as needed. Vaccination records will be in the puppy packs for you and your veterinarian to discuss. If you live in close proximity to other dogs, I also vaccinate for Bordatella at 8 weeks. The first dose of Heartgard Plus will be given in the puppy packs, and during flea season, puppies are given their first dose of Advantage at 8 weeks. All puppies will be examined by my vet and a health certificate will be provided with all vaccination dates, de-worming, fecal and physical examination records.

At seven or eight weeks your puppy will also be micro chipped with a registered brand chip. This is a safeguard to help you get your dog back should it ever be lost or stolen and also to help keep our dogs out of shelters or rescue groups. All of our chips are pre-registered and we will also be contacted in cases that our dogs are in need of re-homing. Complete paperwork will be in the puppy packets and AKC and/or UKC papers have a place to enter the microchip number on the registration forms as well.

Our puppies go to new homes at between 8 to 10 weeks, after de-worming, micro chipping, and a well-puppy vet check. Puppies will go home with a bag of food, toys, and a blanket that smells like their litter in addition to puppy packet with a full pedigree, copies of health clearances for both parents, and many articles and tips for raising a puppy. Deposits are normally required at 5 weeks of age, but please email me for a puppy questionnaire and to set up a time to talk about what you are looking for in a lab. I will place you on a list and keep you updated as the puppies grow, and will send you email pictures of the litter each week. We usually select our pups at seven or eight weeks and will determine at that time if there will be any show quality pups that will stay here, or will be placed with show families. Most litters only will have 2-3 show quality pups. I may keep one show/breeding potential from each litter, regardless of sex or color. The puppies are usually able to leave between 8 and 10 weeks. I will let you know when you can visit the litter and ultimately take your puppy home.

Our show quality puppies are sold after interviewing the families and evaluating the adequacy of the adoption; those puppies are normally sold in a co-owner agreement; pet puppies are sold on an UKC or AKC limited registration which means the puppy cannot be bred or shown in conformation but may be shown in obedience, rally, agility, hunt tests or any type of performance events.

SONY DSCAll puppies shall be checked by a Veterinarian within 72 hours after getting home (Sunday not included in the 72 hours) If there is any medical problem with the dog not specified in the contract, you may return it for a full refund or a different puppy if one is available, within 24 hours with a letter from the Veterinarian describing the condition. I will take back a dog we have sold at any time in its life and require that we be given first right of refusal if you must dispose of your dog for any reason at any age. I know that sometimes circumstances require the re-homing of your dog and if you ever need to place one of our dogs, we want to be notified, as we often have a list of families looking for adult dogs as well.

All of our Labradors are house dogs and we also request that all of our puppy-buyers allow their dogs to sleep in the home, crate train puppies, and take every puppy to a beginning obedience class. I have found that this combination makes for well-behaved, happy, healthy pet and happy owners. Furthermore, my contract specifically states that dogs shall not be left outside for over 12 hours a day, and shall not be tethered in the yard.

Our puppies are sold to approved families, and price depends whether or not the pups are show quality. A lot of care, money and work goes into each litter, even before the litter is conceived. All of our bitches are proven in the show ring and in performance events and are mentally and physically sound and healthy. We rarely use local stud dogs and have costs associated with breeding via artificial insemination, and the meticulous care for our puppies and dams in the home as described above. The relationship with your dog and breeder will hopefully last 12 to 15 years…. please shop wisely!!

Trouble/Stuart puppies at 1 week of age. All the puppies are over 2 pounds at 7 days of age!