Once a pairing is posted we open our reservation list. Prior to whelping we allow 5 reservations. To reserve contact us via email/text/phone and we will send you our Puppy Parent Form. After filling the form out and returning to us, you will be able to reserve your place in line. The reservation fee is $200.00 (non-refundable) and payable via Paypal/Venmo/Check/Cash. Please do NOT send a reservation until you have been instructed to do so, as we want to ensure that we have a space available on our list. The reservation fee applies towards our puppy price. If something should arise with the pairing of your choosing on our end you are able to roll over your reservation to another litter. Communication is key, we cannot control all aspects of mother nature. Payment is DUE IN FULL at the time of puppy pick up. For puppies that fly, payment is due 5 days PRIOR to the flight.
When puppies are born, we do make an announcement, usually on Facebook & text. A group photo is posted and how everything went and is going. Please be patient during this time as I am present with the mom, and she has my attention. Individual photos are taken around the time that their eyes open. Our Facebook page is updated often with the latest happenings.
Puppy picking is in the order of the reservation status, this is made aware at the time of reservation. Puppy personality notes are posted and texted around 6 weeks old, this along with pictures, video, facetime etc helps in choosing your pick. For clients who are more local., visits are welcome AFTER the first set of vaccinations if our schedules coincide, and all works out well. Again, communication is important.
Puppies start ENS training at 3 days old and we use a lot of information from the Puppy Culture Training System, along with knowledge from our mentor breeders and vets. Puppies will have exposure to different textures, sounds, sights, our children, our animals. They are exposed to the hustle and bustle of household traffic.
Puppies go to the vet between the age of 6.5-8 weeks old for an individual health and wellness exam. See wagon videos on Facebook, it's a hoot! Flight certificates for puppies flying are valid for 10 days. I cover the first flight certificate charge, should you need a flight change you are responsible for the cost of another flight certificate exam which is going to be $75.00.
Flying- We do have a lot of puppies who fly. Flights are an option, we exclusively use Ozark Jet a Pet. We will not entertain another avenue unless it is a flight nanny. We do have a flight nanny, her availability is limited so this needs to be taken care of well in advance. I do have contacts for ground shipping as well. Transportation ie: flying, ground, pet nanny is the buyers' expense. The kennel carrier used with Ozark Jet a Pet or our flight nanny is yours to keep.
Puppy Pick Up at the Farm- We always welcome our families to come to the farm for puppy pick up. It will give you a chance to meet us in person and see your puppy in our environment. We keep our puppies till they are 8 weeks old. We always enjoy our puppy pick ups and love getting to meet you! We can also meet families within a reasonable distance if our schedule allows. We have met clients in Jefferson City, STL, KC, Branson etc... Again, communication is key and making sure we are on the same page. We have even met clients in Memphis, Tulsa, and Omaha, it gives us a little break if we are able to take one.
Our puppies are sent home with the Puppy Parent Gift Basket/Bag, it will have their binder, health card, articles, tips/info. Puppies are microchipped with AKC ReUnite. Puppies are started on deworming and anti-protozoan protocols at 2 weeks old and on a 2 week schedule. Your box/bag will also include Diamond Brand Puppy Food, NuVet vitamins, toy, baby blanket or scent plushie, treats etc... We always suggest Snuggle Puppies to pet parent, they are great little comfort items. You can find them online or PetCo.
Our puppies come with Trupanion Health Insurance. In your binder you will have our breeders' code and information on their coverage. Once you get your puppy, please activate their insurance within 24 hours. Trupanion does NOT pay me, they are just a great company and my representative Jacob is wonderful. My clients have given me great feedback.
Our puppies come from health tested parents, genetic health testing is of utmost importance. This breeder takes pride in producing healthy dogs with wonderful temperaments for your loving homes. Your puppy comes with a 2-year health guarantee from genetic defects that would be life threatening. Our health guarantee is included in your binder and will be signed by us and the puppy buyer. This will be gone over when we meet or prior to puppy pick up. Most of our adult labs have either OFA, PennHip or at the least parental history of orthopedics. Dysplasia is 70% environmental and 30% genetic and has in recent research moved closer to 90% environmental and 10% genetic. Understand and educate yourself on what is and what is NOT appropriate exercising for your growing puppy. Also educate yourself on spaying and neutering and when to do so. Growth plates do not close on Labrador Retrievers till between the ages of 18-24 months. The growth hormone is pertinent to proper development, healthy bones and joints.
Please prepare for your new puppy by making an introductory visit with your vet within 3-5 days of puppy pick up. No vaccinations may be due at that time, but it is important to get established with your new puppy and their new vet.
It is your job, once reserved on the list, to check in with us as whelping is a busy time. We do reach out to our clients via Facebook posts and texts, send updates etc... Don't be a cricket, talk to us!
Please do not ask for pictures, we completely understand the excitement, but we do a good job at posting photos and updates. Photographing puppies is time consuming and I am a perfectionist. I will post when I can and communicate if there is a delay due to our kids' school schedules, a birth, etc. We like to do professional pictures at 2 weeks old, around the time their eyes open. Then we do professional photos at 4 weeks and 6 weeks and anytime in between up to 8 weeks, candid snapshots or video of them being adorable.
When we schedule a phone call, clear your schedule, I tend to talk a lot! Just a fair warning in advance, I can talk Lab all day long.