Those wanting Started Pups or Semi-Started Pups may get priority over those interested in a 7 wk old baby.
FAQ's about Started and Semi-Started Pups
What all does the pup learn? By the time they are about 4-5 months old they will have been started in basic manners, and begin to understand what it means to listen and obey. They will also have their house and crate training started and be introduced to "ringing the bells" when they need to go out. They should know: sit, stay, down, come, heel, off (no jumping-up on people or furniture), leave it, drop it, on your bed, in your crate, hurry-up (eliminate on command), go get it (retrieve), as well as some fun tricks sometimes. A few have been taught to go get the newspaper at the request of the owner. They can be ready as early as 16 weeks, but usually it's closer to 18-20 weeks. If they are ready at 18 weeks, but you need us to keep them a bit longer, we'll check with their trainer. If he/she is able, then she would be happy to do that for a nominal boarding fee of $25 for each additional day .
How much are Started Pups and what all is included? $3500 . A healthy pup, it's gentle training, all shots, examinations and micro-chip, a crate, bed, The Dog Father's Perfect Dog training cds with training collar and kit, "door bells", favorite toys and a 26 month written health guarantee.
How can we secure one? Send in a deposit check of $200. It helps distinguish those that say they are interested from those that really are. The date the check is received also determines the pick order and keeps things fair. If you are picking a young pup before it goes to it's foster home for training, you would pay for the pup at that time and then the rest when you "take delivery" about 10 weeks later. Should you change your
Can I pick a pup, name it and then have it trained? Yes, the sooner you can tell the trainer the better as they will take pup to the vet to start it's vaccination plan the Monday after pick day and we need some sort of name then.
Can you tell me about the trainers? They are each from wonderful local families and they all love dogs; especially Labs. They are our personal friends or family. They each have teen-aged, young adult aged kids that enjoy and are actually quite good at what they do. The pups go to their foster homes starting at about 7-8 weeks and live as part of that family until their training is complete at around 4 - 5 months.
Can we come visit our pup from time to time? Yes, anytime. We just ask that you respect the time it takes out of the trainer's day:)
Can we take him to the park or home for visits? Yes, once their shots are complete (16 wks) and they are no longer in danger of picking up Parvo.
Can we have him neutered or her spayed before picking them up? Yes, only if you are willing to wait until they are 18 wks to pick up; then we can arrange to have that done when they are 16 wks and pass along
What can we do to prepare for our pup? You will want to watch the dvd as a family before bringing your pup home. That way you will be able to use commands that are familiar to him/her and understand the reasons behind the training method. Though the guy on the dvd seems a bit harsh to me sometimes; I think it's because he isn't working with a Lab. They are usually so eager to please and in my opinion don't need to
What should the first days at their new home look like? I tell new "parents" to do what many school teachers do at the beginning of a new school year; start out tough and then ease up rather than visa versa.
What's the best way to get them acquainted with their new house? I recommend that you limit your pup to just one room at first; the one that has the door they will use to go out and it should have their
I'd like to obedience train myself, but hate all the accidents and getting up at night. Do you ever offer Semi-Started pups? Yes, we sometimes do and for those who want to do most of the training themselves, it's a great way to save some money and get your pup sooner. Semi-started pups usually are ready for their homes between 11-13 weeks. By then, they will have had their crate training started and
Some of Molly's first litter of pups being trained here summer of 2010:
6-25-10 one of our daughters working with Sugar (L) and Bud (R).
Learning sit and stay "leave it" (jerky treats:) "good pups!"
These pups were born in our home on March 20, 2010 and were ready for their new homes in August.
As mentioned on a previous page, we plan to set aside several of our favorites to be trained by five wonderful gals, two of which are our daughters.
By the time they are 4-5 months old they will have been house and crate trained and also taught the basics without the use of treats;
sit, stay, down, come, heel, off (no jumping-up on people or furniture), leave it, drop it, on your bed, in your crate, hurry-up (eliminate on command), go get it (retrieve),
as well as several fun tricks. A few have even been taught to go get the paper.
They will have been exposed to cats, other dogs, car rides, lawn mowers, leaf blowers, traffic. garbage trucks, vacuums and misc social situations.
They will have had all their shots, examinations and a microchip, and will come with their own crate, bed and special toys.
If they are at least 4.5 months, they can also be altered (spayed or neutered) before coming to your home.
Because Labs can be consumed with food, we think it's best to not use treats to motivate obedience. That's why we use Don Sullivan's method of dog training.
July 15, 2010
Five litter mates (and their trainers) all met at the vet's office to get their last set of shots and microchip. We then brought them all back here for a swim party to celebrate.
But here's where the above litter all started...
Below are their parents, Molly and Compadre and some baby photos from their early weeks here at our home.
Molly (daughter of CH Micon's Shotgun Billy) Compadre (son of Kellygreen's CH Visions The Life of Riley)
03-20-10 Their pups are here! 6 boys and 3 girls! All healthy and absolutely gorgeous!
3-21-10 : Molly's pups at 12 hrs old. Apparently, the delivery was a bit exhausting for all involved:)
Speaking of the delivery... Want to see a video of one of the pups being born?
Because it was early Saturday evening, not only was Molly's whole Guardian Family there watching, but several of our kid's friends showed up as well.
Dear friend and trainer of several started pups, 13 year old Jaime, is actually delivering the pup as I video. Warning: This may be a bit much for some to see. You'll hear the Jr High comments and "eeeeeww" in the background and may find yourself joining in should you choose to watch.
3/27/10 - One week old!
Molly, still wet from swimming in the pool: "OK, I got the kids all fed and down for the night... Can we play ball now?"
4/03/10 - Two weeks old with eyes just starting to open. Ashes our cat was licking the pup as it slept on our daughter's pillow.
4//10/10 - Three weeks old! What a difference 1 week makes! It's all about playing now:)
4/17/10 Four weeks old: First solid food...
...and their first day in the warm sun.
4/24/10 - 5 weeks old. Doesn't the pup in the last frame look just like his Daddy?
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5/01/10 - 6 weeks old! Sheba is the pup on the far left.