Our Labrador puppies are raised in our home, in a room dedicated to them. We keep a close eye on each litter and monitor their growth daily. Our interactions with these puppies begins at birth. We handle the puppies daily and at a few days old begin the Early Neurological Stimulation program. This orogram includes daily handling exercises aimed to help promote brain development. Once the puppies are old enough, we begin to introduce smells, sounds and sights. When the weather allows, the litter is taken on field trips around our property to introduce them to different areas, walking surfaces, and experiences. Photos and video are sent weekly, if not more frequently.
Toys and items in the puppy pen are rotated at least weekly, if not more often in an effort to introduce them to new items. Crates are introduced at around 4 weeks old 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, earl cleaning, and exposure to bathing and 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.
By six weeks of age, the mother has generally weaned the litter and they are eating solid foods. We deworm the litter at 2, 4, 6, and 8 weeks of age then begin the first in a series of core vaccines at 7 weeks of age. At around 4-5 weeks of age, we begin to see individual personalities emerging. At six weeks of age, we begin to evaluate their personalities and differentiate between the puppies so that their new families can make the best decision about which puppy fits their family best. The pup's temperament, drive, reactions, and sociability are noted. We become so well acquainted with each puppy that we are able to give each family a paragraph or two about that puppy to help in this process. 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.