PUPPIES NEED LOVE Our puppies are raised with love and attention. We socialize our puppies every day, we let them run and play in the yard as well as in the house. We introduce them to new people, sounds, and other dogs. We allow our grandchildren to love, hold, squeeze and even rough house with them. The Parents of our puppies have excellent temperaments, they are friendly and loving, much like their pups…they want and receive attention! We also make sure the Dam knows what a good mama she is, we praise her and tell her how beautiful her babies are. We always give her a big love before she see's us loving up her pups. We wouldn’t breed a lab that didn’t have a gentle disposition and sound temperament. We breed quality AKC labradors that make great family companions. We breed both English and American Labs, but the majority of our labs are English.
EXCERCISE: Labradors need LOTS OF exercise; with that in mind our labs are free to roam our yard and fields for most of the day. We encourage swimming in the pond, running behind the ranger, rough housing, and of course….RETRIEVING! They will retrieve for hours….there is a lot of competition to see who can bring the toy; ball, bone, etc. back the fastest! Our labs love to explore, swim and chase butterflies…I have to tell you what a hoot it is to see 9 yellow labs all chasing the same butterfly!
FEEDING: A puppy should be fed 3 times per day for the first 4 months if possible; after that, you can switch to 2 meals per day. An 8 week old labrador puppy normally eats between 2 1/2 to 3 cups of food per day. As he gets into the rapid growth stage of 3-8 months, you will need to progressively increase the amount of food, but never over feed or free feed your lab....read the directions on your dog food of choice.
VACCINATIONS: Your puppy has received its first series of "5 way" (Parvovirus ,Canine Distemper, Parainfluenza & Adenovirus type 2) puppy vaccination and was wormed several times, mainly once every other week until at least 8 weeks old. It is important that your dog be protected against distemper and Parvo. We do not “over vaccinate”. We follow the recommendations of a trusted vet for vaccinations necessary for our area, such as for Lyme disease in areas with deer ticks. Too many shots are neither necessary nor good for the health of our pets. We boost rabies shots every 3 years after the 1 year booster. We boost 5 way shots every year for the first 5 years.
SPAY/NEUTER: Unless you are planning to show your dog in conformation, We strongly suggest that you spay/neuter your Labrador to avoid the problems of heat cycles, distracted males, and unwanted, unplanned puppies. Our pet puppies are sold on AKC "limited" registration, which basically means there are restrictions; you cannot register a litter out of or sired by the dog. Only the original breeder can remove this restriction of "limited registration". If you are considering breeding, please discuss with this with us. We may or may not agree to full registration; however if we do agree, there is an extra cost for this. We do not recommend spaying or neutering your Lab any younger than necessary. There is substantial evidence that neutering your male dog before 6 months may increase orthopedic problems. For females, we suggest older than 6 months to be a suitable age for spaying. We have heard of Vets spaying/neutering as young as 2-4 months old, everything inside me says to wait longer.