"With proper training, man can be dogs best friend."
We started breeding labs in 2010 with our dog Daisy and have been doing everything we can to improve this breed. We always try to learn from the most well known, trusted breeders and trainers, and continually strive to educate ourselves.
After years of training and working with this breed, we have come to appreciate working with labs. They are the very best and most versatile breed. Not only are they born with the desire to please, natural instincts to hunt, retrieve and learn.. they make the very best family companions!
We consistently hear how smart our puppies are, how they love to retrieve, and how warm their personality is. We feel a good part of this is due to the environment we provide for them in early life.
We start interacting and socializing with our puppies on day three. Research has repeatedly shown the importance of proper socialization at a young age as it encourages a strong human bond. When a strong human bond is established at a young age, the pup will tend to be more responsive and wanting to work and obey his/her owner as an adult.
Whether you are looking for a family member, companion hunter, or a combination of these, we are honest in saying that our labs meet these standards.
Your puppy will have their dewclaws removed, first shots done, will be microchipped and dewormed at 2, 4, 6 and 8 weeks (if still with us). As the puppies' mobility improves, we take them on walks, to various lakes and rivers and to many different fields in order to mold a confident puppy.
We start them on duck and pheasant scent at around 4 weeks. Real birds are used to train with, not just the wings or scent.
The last thing you want is a dog that is dominant or insecure. Puppies that tend to be dominant or insecure don't like lying on their backs. So, after the puppies' eyes are opened, we hold each one of them every day. And for a portion of that time while holding them, we cradle them on their backs in our arms like a baby. By instinct, dogs feel threatened by eye-to-eye contact. So, we also hold them up to our face and look them straight in the eyes. In addition to these above exercises, your puppy will be put on the Super Dog Program. :) Also known as Early Neurological Stimulation.
To prevent gun shyness before we start taking them to fields, we pop plastic bags around them while they eat. Your puppy is on a high protein food, Purina Pro Plan Shredded Blend. Around 6 weeks, we try to get you a head start on the obedience and trick portion.. Sitting, staying, shaking, down, etc.
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