are located in Northern California. I've lived with labradors since
the age of 11 and labradors have been in my family for multiple
generations. We breed rarely to produce something special for ourselves. Our dogs live with us in our house.
Our dogs are very versatile and are full of personality. They compete
in agility most of the time, and we also compete every now and again in rally-obedience.
breeding program emphasizes structural soundness as well as outstanding
temperaments, things that make our labs such fun to live with! I breed with the intent of keeping one of the litter myself so I don't breed that often but I'm sure to pick a Dad that I really think is fabulous. We
have no pups available right now and don't plan to breed again since we have quite a houseful of labs and I love nothing better than to give my dogs the love, training and attention that they individually deserve! ... but we are always happy to refer you
to people that we know are breeding really nice labs.
How we raise our puppies: Our
puppies are brought up by us as members of the family, in our house
and play area. We take meticulous care of the health and well-being
of these pups and do our very best to prepare them for their new
lives. We follow Pat
Hastings approach to raising our pups. We do everything that
we can to produce well socialized and outgoing pups. We familiarize
them with different people (men, women, children, our adult dogs)
as well as different surfaces, noises, objects and challenges (such
as agility tunnels, boxes, ramps, crates, balls, squeaky toys, vacuum
cleaners) at the appropriate time and age. From 5 weeks of age onwards,
we spend individual 1 on 1 time with each puppy to get him or her
used to being away from the litter and to teach basic commands "come",
"touch","sit". The rest of the time the pups
are free to play and sleep together in the indoor pen and outdoor
play area. Our puppies are wormed with NEMEX at 2,4,6 and 8 weeks
of age and they receive their first Distemper and Parvo shot at
8 weeks of age, following Dr. Dodds' protocol. You will want to
re-vaccinate at 12 and 16 weeks of age after your pup comes home.
We microchip all of our puppies so that, in the event the dog is
lost or turned into a shelter, it can be safely returned. The microchip
lists us as the breeder and you will be able to add contact info
for yourself and for your vet. Our puppies also receive an ACVO
eye exam, and vet visit before going to their new
homes. Information about these things will be included in the large
puppy information packet that we provide to our new puppy owners.
Why we keep the puppies until they
are 10 weeks old: The first 10 weeks of the puppy's
life is very critical to their physical, social, and mental well
being. We choose to keep the pups until 10 weeks of age, in the
secure environment of our home and in the company of our own dogs
and the litter because this gives them a really great start in life.
At the age of 7 to 9 weeks, many puppies are going through a rapid
learning period where their fear level is heightened. We prefer
to keep the puppies during this time so that we can ensure that
they continue to learn and be socialized, while not being subjected
to the stress of the change in environment associated with going
to a new home.
We care deeply about these puppies
-- We are here to provide help and advice at any time in your puppy's
lifetime: We ask that you keep us informed about
the puppy's progress (any health issues, well-being, brags, overall cuteness etc.) and that you
send us lots of pictures (because we can never get enough labby
pictures, as you can tell from this website!!). Don't hesitate to
call us if you need help or advice. We realize that sometimes your
circumstances can change and so we want you to know that we will
take any puppy that we have bred back for any reason at any age
in its life.
Visits are encouraged once the pups
mature: Once you are on our waiting list, we encourage
you to visit the pups after they mature (7-8 weeks and thereafter). You can watch them grow up and play on our webcam and browse the pictures that I publish daily (I can't help myself -- I take lots of pictures!!).
I will then call you to let you know when the pups will be ready
to go home and in the meantime will send you lots of pictures of
the pups. You are probably wondering how the selection process works
-- I ask all potential buyers to fill out a questionnaire and I
may have some additional clarification questions. After that, I
put you on my waiting list and keep you informed of the status of
the litter and let you know when the litter is born. I like to meet
the members of the family first before the pups go home, so that
I can get a better idea of what you are looking for. We make our
own pick from the litter first, usually at 9 weeks of age. Then,
taking your preferences and what your plans are for the dog into
consideration, after you have met me and the pups, I can usually
advise you about which of the pups is the best match. Until I have
made my selection and know what's available, I am not able to guarantee
that I will have a pup available that exactly matches your needs
and preferences. If I don't have one that meets the needs of your
family situation, I will be the first to tell you. However, on the
flip side, sometimes, after I have made my pick, a dog that I had
previously thought was unavailable may become available. My priority
is to provide a great match for you and the puppy and place the
pups in superb homes.