Our Labrador puppies are raised in our puppy barn. We keep a close eye on each litter and monitor their growth daily. Our interactions with these puppies begins at birth. We begin the Early Neurological Stimulation program (ENS) when the puppies are 3 days old thru 16 days old, a period believed to be a time of rapid neurological growth and development. This program includes five different handling exercises, once a day, aimed to improve cardiovascular performance (heart rate), stronger heart beats, stronger adrenal glands, more tolerance to stress and greater resistance to disease.
Once the puppies are old enough, we begin to introduce smells, sounds and sights. Toys and items in the puppy barn and yard are rotated at least weekly, if not more often, in an effort to introduce them to new items. Crates are introduced at around 6 weeks of age and the puppies steadily get used to sleeping in the crate. We begin with the door open, then gradually increase the time they spend with the door closed. Nail trims, ear cleaning and exposure to grooming are all done weekly. Our hope is that through exposure and handling, your puppy will be confident and ready to explore their new world as soon as they go home with you.
At around 4-5 weeks of age, we begin to see individual personalities emerging. The puppies temperament, drive, reactions and sociability are noted. By six weeks of age, the mother has weaned the litter and they are eating solid foods. The puppies are also microchipped at six weeks of age. We deworm the litter at 2, 4, 6 and 8 weeks of age. At 7 weeks of age the puppies begin the first in a series of core vaccines.
We are always available for any questions that may arise after taking your puppy home. We provide breeder support for life and hope to be updated periodically on your puppy's progress.