For those who’ve never seen a whelping box ensemble, the front area is now where they will be fed and sleep. They can see
through the bars and start to be part of the activities of the room. The back part of the whelping box is now for puppy bathroom activities. We try to be there when they wake up, so we can escort them into the newspaper area, and they'll hear the words “Go potty” in association with that activity. Of course a certain amount of scent will unavoidably be tracked back into the sleeping area, so it will be a while before they even get an inkling of what the newspaper and “go potty” is associated with. But it's a start!!
This little pup's already got his eyes and ears open. He can see shapes and is starting to recognize us! Hard to believe this little boy, who is so small today that just his head sticks out above Steve's fist, will one day weigh around 75 pounds!
All tuckered out after a tough day, growing every minute...
Only one week along, and you can see how this pup's sweet baby-pink nose, pads and ears have already started to pick up pigment. In a few days they will darken further, to provide protection from the fierce rays of the sun.
A couple of the pups are on the heating pad, letting everyone have a chance for a good meal while they're sleeping. The little black lab in pink is our girl -- everyone's looking happy and hungry today!
One proud papa!
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Important Considerations Before Buying a Labrador Pup
Labs are the most popular dog in America for good reason:
Their temperament is without equal; they are loyal, eager to please, good with children, loving, and very smart.
However, with all of those good things comes an obligation and responsibility: One must be be prepared to put in quality time to train that pup to grow up into the dog one envisions.
Please take the time to review my list of recommended books on the Resources page and consider reading up on some of the more current thinking on training and understanding these amazing animals. I would particularly recommend starting with the Karen Pryor books and videos and My Smart Puppy. Training your puppy can be a wonderful and exciting experience with the right understanding and knowledge, and can create a wonderful bond between you and your pup.
Labs are first and foremost "people" dogs and crave human interaction; they do not do well away from their people and are unhappy being left alone all day.
Most Labs have a puppy mentality until they are 2 years old, and lots of energy to go with that. They need a lot of socialization with people and other animals, new environments, and new experiences. They don't handle boredom well and will find ways to entertain themselves, often quite creatively! BUT. Labs love to please and do wonderfully when they understand what is expected of them!!
They need a "job" regardless of how small it may seem. There are wonderful classes out there now for puppy socialization and training, obedience work, nose work, fly ball for dogs over 1 1/2 years, and many other stimulating activities. Check your area for a provider of good classes.
Last, please be aware that Labradors shed a good deal if they have proper coats. The shedding occurs most predominantly in the spring, as they lose their winter coat. A good brush and some quality time brushing your dog during that period helps a lot. Plus, your Labrador friend will love you -- even more!
No conscientious breeder wants to have a loved pup end up in a situation of being rejected, so please consider all of these factors before buying a puppy.