Whether youre a first time "puppy parent" or you already have a few furry ones of your own, its always nice to be prepared and know what is needed and helpful during "parenthood". Throughout the years we have put just about every gadget and gizmo to the test and during that time we have found what is useful and what is not so much. This page is a list of a few things you might find helpful when bringing your puppy home. 

Books we recommend

The Labrador Retriever :

An Owner's Guide to a Happy, Healthy Pet
Author: Lisa Weiss Agresta

The Labrador Retriever: The Dog That Does It AllAuthor: Lisa Weiss Agresta

 

How To Raise A Puppy You Can Live With
Author: Clarice Rutherford & Davis Neil, M.R.C.V.S

Collars & Sizes

Adult

 18" - 22"

 

 

 

 

 

Puppies 

14" - 16"

Metal Chain Slip Leads or Choke Chains should never be left on unsupervised, this can be a choking hazard.

 

Dog Owner's Home Veterinary Handbook
Author: Delbert G. Garlson & James M. Giffin, M.D.

The Art Of Raising A Puppy
Author: The Monks of New Skete

The New Complete Labrador Retriever
Author: Helen Warwick

Labrador Retrievers Today
Author: Carole Coode

The Ultimate Labrador Retriever
Author: Heather Wiles-Fone

Family Dog
Author: Richard A. Wolters

Helpful Feeding Instuctions

Inevitably we all choose the nutrition program we feel is right for our puppies. The following instructions , I feel, are important regardless if you continue the puppy food we have started them on, or switch to a food that you feel better about.

 

 

HOWEVER! IT IS NOT RECOMMENDED TO SWITCH DOG/PUPPY FOOD FOR THE FIRST MONTH IN A NEW ENVIRONMENT, THIS CAN LEAD TO STOMACH UPSET WHICH IN TURN PROVIDES OPPORTUNITY FOR PARASITIC BLOOMS AND WORM BLOOMS IN THE BELLY.

 

What we feed:

For Switching or Continuing the Current Puppy Food

 

Please do not switch food for 30 days. 

Always mix bowl of half/half of the current and new puppy food.

 

To this mix add a dollop of Canned Pumpkin

            (not pumpking pie filling,no ingredients should be listed except pumpkin)

 

In addition add a dollop of Plain or Vanilla Yogurt to the puppy's food.

 

I always feed Showfur (the vitamin supplement) in the morning meal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

We recommened the following feeding schedule:


Adult Dogs get 3 - 3 1/2 Cups Daily (usually fed once a day in the evening)

Puppies get 2 2 1/2 Cups Daily (usually split in two feedings)
 

 

6-7am Morning Breakfast

6-7pm Evening Meal

 

 

 

 

 

Purchase distilled water (this is very inexpensive at Wal-Mart) and allow the puppy to drink distilled water for the first 5 days, then you can start mixing in your water and then in 4 or 5 more days they can then  begin to drink the water from your tap.

A few helpful things

Here are just a few helpful items that have been personally tested and have won out against most things weve tried. 

Upon pick up, you are given a complimentary informational packet to take home with your new family member. See any thing on this page you dont think youll be able to live without? Let me know and I will include it in your take-home packet for an additional charge. (Example: a crate, first bag of dog food, etc...)

And dont forget to order ShowFur!!

Food & Water dishes

 

Large Plastic Crate or Wire Crate
Med/LG
32" minimum

(My fav are the wire crates)

 

Fleece Bedding

 

6' (Foot) Leash/Lead

 

"Kong" with "Kong Paste"
gotta have one of these!

 

Harness 16"

 

Brush

 

Tennis Balls

 

Plush Toys
(must not have plastic or 
removable eyes or noses 
(choking hazards)

"What you put in is as important as what you take out"

I personally researched ALOT of different supplements before deciding to use ShowFur.

 

After a couple of weeks I

couldreally tell a difference in their coats and weights!

 

 

As our Contract states,  we require that you continue your newset addition on the ShowFur plan. You can order these vitimans by clicking the button below.  

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