This page is a must read if you have adopted one of our puppies.
Now that you have decided which of the Retriever puppies for sale is for you, you must prepare for your new addition. After you bring home a puppy, the first few weeks will require a lot of your time. Your puppy will need constant attention and care. They will be exploring and wanting to get into mischief. It’s a good idea to be on the lookout overseeing everything the puppy does and everywhere the puppy goes. You must remember to have some patience and take everything one step at a time. We suggest having a sense of humor when your puppy misbehaves, just like toddlers, they will grow out of this stage.
Not only should you puppy proof your house, but please be aware of the items you will need before your puppy comes home. Some must haves are Wellness Large Breed Puppy Food and also please pre order NuVET Plus powder for your puppy. A few things we suggest to have on hand; a wire or plastic dog crate, bedding for the crate that is machine washable, a thick towel would work fine. Some stainless steel dishes one for water and one for dry food, a puppy collar with leash (we will supply them ), a few high quality chew toys. A baby gate for blocking areas that you do not wish for the puppy to go into.
After a week or twopuppies will have a routine and will be acclimated to your home and the new environment, ready for life as a family!
We start all of our puppies on Powder NuVet Plus, And require that our Retriever puppies remain on NuVet Plus.
To keep the health agreement on your puppy you must keep your puppy on the NuVet powder
We give our puppies a 1/2 of a scoop per puppy sprinkled on to their Kibble once a day. Your puppy can be given 1/2 a scoop until they reach they age of 6 moths. After they reach 6 months they can be given 1 scoop a day.Dont forget to pre-order before you bring your puppy home!
Some Reasons Why I require NuVet Plus
As a quality breeder, my highest priority is the health of the dogs I breed. Part of that responsibility includes doing everything possible to assure their wellbeing after they go to a new home. While all quality dog foods will provide everything needed to sustain life, virtually all of them are cooked during the manufacturing process. The heat from cooking causes much of the nutrients to be lost during the process. NuVet Plus is cold processed allowing all of the benefits of its rich nutrients to be retained, giving your new puppy an extra layer of protection, especially during the most critical first year of life.
Additionally, when puppies nurse, they rely on their mother’s colostrum (highly nutritious milk produced right after birth) for the antibodies they need to fight infection. However, the maternal antibodies effectiveness declines as the puppy’s immune system begins to mature. By 8 weeks, your puppy’s immune system is at a vulnerable point and will soon be challenged on multiple fronts. When a puppy is moved away from its mother and siblings to live with its new family, the immune system is weakened by the stress of adoption and exposure to bacteria and viruses in its new home. These are pathogens for which the puppy’s body has not yet developed antibodies, and it is widely recognized that the immune system is less effective in times of stress. So starting NuVet Plus now is important to helping your puppy grow into a healthy adult. The vaccine series is also started during this time period. Vaccines are only effective if the immune system can respond properly. If the immune system is distracted by combating an actual disease processor and it does not receive the nutrients required to keep it strong during times of stress, the health of the puppy is at risk. The best way to prevent illness during this critical time is to provide the nutritional support required for proper immune system function.
Feeding Your Puppy
When a puppy leaves our home it will be eating 3 times a day. They eat about 3/4 to 1 cup of dry kibble each time. WE also add 1/2 scoop of POWDER Nu Vet ONCE a day.
weight : 10 to 20 lb < 8 to 12 weeks old > 2 1/2 to 3 cups a day
weight : 20 to 35 lb < 3 to 4 months old > 3 to 4 cups a day
weight : 40 to 60 lb < 5 to 7 months old > 3 to 4 cups a day
Weight : 60 to 80 lb < 8 to 12 months old > 3 1/2 to 4 1/2 cups a day
(When they are 3 to 7 months of age feed them 2xs a day)
(When they are 8 to 12 month, you may feed them 1 to 2 times a day)
TAKE PUPPIES OFF OF PUPPY FOOD AT THE AGE OF 7 MONTHS AND PLACE THEM ON ADULT FOOD.
Change food gradualy, introduce new food 10% a day.
For example first day 10% next day 20% and next %30
until the puppy is eating %100 adult dog food.
What Puppy Food We Recomend
I care about the health of our puppies! So we are now feeding our puppies Taste of the Wild High Prairie Puppy Formula with Roasted Bison & Roasted Venison. And we will changing our health contract to this puppy food instead of the Wellness puppy food. We are no longer feeding Wellness Large Breed, even though it is a Premium Dog food and the grains in the dog food are GMO free. After much research we feel keeping Labradors a grain free diet is best for their health. We do like the quality of Wellness Grain Free Formula but feel the protein level is too high for the Labrador Breed.
So we have chosen Taste of the Wild High Prairie Puppy and believe your puppy will keep its optimal health as it’s well nourished on this high quality dog food. After reading many reviews we feel it is one of the best grain free formulas available. We believe in this product and ask everyone to keep their puppy on this food. It is premium dog food, rated 4.5 stars.
Taste of the Wild High Prairie Puppy Formula is not available at Petsmart or Petco. However, most local feed stores carry it. So if you have a local feed store you might want to give them a call to see if they carry this product. If you dont live near a feed store you can easily purchase it online at Amazon and get free shiping if you buy the 30lb bag.
15lb bags are also available.
We feed our Labs Costco’s Natures Domain GRAIN FREE Beef Formula.
We still recommend using Wellness treats for puppy training!