How our Puppies are Raised at Ridge View Labradors
The breeding of each litter is carefully controlled. We take time to evaluate each parents personality traits, pedigree, size, as well as other physical attributes. We also factor in trainability and desire to please, retrieve drive, and health clearances.
From the moment of breeding, our females begin a prenatal regiment including the use of prenatal vitamins and fortified puppy food to ensure the best possible health for the puppies. Daily walks and exercise ensures the mother is happy and healthy and prepares muscles for delivery. As delivery nears, we move our females into our in-house whelping suite where we monitor their health closely and carefully supervise the delivery to ensure the best safety for the puppies and the mother. Some c-sections are performed for the safety of the mother and her puppies.
From the time the puppies are born through the first five weeks, we closely guard the health of puppies and mother. The temperature of their environment is very carefully controlled - as the first 2 weeks are critical to their survival. Each puppy is observed thoroughly to ensure a healthy weight gain, socialization with the litter, and socialization with humans including bio-sensoring. We do our best to ensure that all our puppies receive the best start possible.
Weaning and Worming
At 3-weeks of age, we begin the weaning process. We begin feeding the puppies puppy mush food as well as nursing from the mother. All puppies will be weaned onto puppy food by 5-6 weeks of age. From 4-8 weeks of age, the puppies will be dewormed. On their 6-week birthday, our in house veterinarian, Dr. Barbra Fox, D.V.M. of Beyond Tradition Animal Health Center administers overall health wellnesses. The puppies will also receive their first round of shots their own microchip. From this point on the puppies start eating their meals in a puppy crate, creating a positive first introduction. This helps monitor the health and weight gain of each puppy.
At 7-weeks (minimum) or 8-weeks the puppies are ready for their "New Home". Air shipping and ground transportation arrangements available. Each puppy boarded at kennel after 8 weeks of age are charged $20 each day. Also ourAmazing Puppy Program is available.