Are you thinking about purchasing a Labrador Retriever puppy or adult dog?  If so, there are things you may wish to consider before doing so.  First and foremost, remember that this puppy or dog can live to be 12-15-20 years old.  Therefore it is worth your effort to research and invest your time to learn about this breed and make sure it is right for you.

Please make sure you find a reputable breeder.  I strongly suggest that you DO NOT purchase a puppy from a pet store.  Almost all puppies found in a pet store are from a puppy mill.  Yes, you could save that puppy and give it a wonderful life, that is if it is not sick already….however, once you purchase that puppy, you immediately open its pen up and another puppy from a puppy mill is on its way to moving right in.  Therefore the puppy mill process continues.  You are not helping that puppy by purchasing it.

Puppy milled puppies come from very sick parents.  They are bred each heat cycle, thus their bodies do not have enough time to recoup their required nutrients that they need for optimum health.  These dogs are fed as little as possible to keep the breeder’s costs down.  These dogs are not seen by a vet.  That would cost the breeder money.  The mothers get sick and passes it on to her puppies.

Consider this:  You buy a puppy from a pet store to take home to your child.  You don’t know it yet but your puppy is very sick.  Your child falls in love with this puppy and in 6 months time, your puppy dies.  Your child’s heart is broken.  Please do not purchase a puppy from a puppy mill or a pet store.  They are 1 in the same.

If you want a Labrador Retriever puppy, please purchase the puppy or adult dog from a reputable breeder.  Please do not take the breeders word that they are a reputable breeder.  Please do your own research and investigation.

Start by finding breeders online, call shelters, and ask friends.  Contact potential breeders by phone.  Ask questions.  A reputable breeder will not breed every heat cycle.  Ask for numbers from people who have purchased their puppies.  Ask for the parents pedigrees.  Ask to speak with the breeder’s vet.  Ask if you can visit the parents of the puppy to make sure they are healthy, happy and well cared for.

Ask the breeder to email or mail the puppy’s pedigree.  If the puppy does not yet have a pedigree, ask them to email or mail a copy of the mother and father’s pedigree.  If the breeder does not agree to this, it should be a warning to you.  Run away and run quickly.  Do not purchase a puppy from this breeder.  If they don’t want to show you the pedigrees, this usually means that there may be a high occurrence of inbreeding in the puppy.  This can greatly increase the puppy’s risk of a bad hereditary disease.

When buying a Labrador Retriever puppy please remember that there are hereditary diseases associated with this breed.  Do some research and find out what hereditary diseases the Labrador Retriever puppy could possibly have.

If the breeder has sent you the pedigree and health certificates which includes checking for hereditary diseases and you are happy with the outcome of your investigation, then go look at the puppy or dog before you buy the pup. You’ll want to make sure the puppy looks okay and is healthy.

Make sure the breeder will stay in contact with you, answer all of your questions and will be able to accept the puppy or dog back into their lives in case of an emergency that could take place in your life and render you unable to care for your Labrador Retriever.

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Line Manners

April 20, 2010

My work and life revolves around Retrievers.  I have three Labrador Retrievers, 1 male and 2 females.  Each of them have more than excellent pedigrees.  They are in excellent health physically, emotionally and mentally. 

My male, Blu is the son of HRCH Maple Creek’s Captain Morgan MH who almost has a double Master.  Morgan loves his job, as does his son Blu.  Blu was a year old in December of 2009 and is still very much an immature male.  He does have some growing up to do but Blu loves to retrieve.  That is all he thinks about all day long.

Blu learns fast and has been a whiz through training.  He went to a trainer at 5 months old, was retrieving in water at home with us at 2.5 months old.  Blu has passed 5 out of 5 hunt tests and has 2 more seasoned tests to pass and he will have his HR title. Once Blu has his HR title, it’s time to go for the Finished title.

Blu has more drive than any dog I have seen in my life.  He has one thing on his mind and that is going after that duck, period.  He doesn’t care who he knocks down to get to that duck, he just wants the duck.  He wants to run helter skelter to get to it.  I’m wondering how in the world I can settle this dog down enough to get him to pass a finished test.

I have been working with him daily since he was the test dog at Gun Creek’s hunt test in Southern Illinois 2 or 3 weeks ago.  I sit him next to me and make him watch Kimber fetch bumpers and ducks.  I then take him to the line and if he is good, he gets 1 duck.  I then have them throw the 2nd duck, he watches it drop and I walk him away from the line, back into his crate.  At home we keep heeling, sitting and heeling again at a very slow pace.  I do not allow him to walk out the door before I do.  He waits in his crate to be released.

He seems to be doing better at home.  We are taking him to a mock hunt test tomorrow and Wednesday to see how he acts there.  It’s a different ball game w hen you aren’t working on home ground.

Let’s just hope he will grow up soon and calm down enough to learn some line manners!

This is Honey. Her sire is HRCH Maple Creek’s Captain Morgan

We are on our way to Busch Wildlife to traing all three of our Labs for their next test.

Thursday the dogs trained and acted as if they were squirrels playing together in and around the trees!!

Hopefully today will be better.