Quality AKC Registered Labrador Retriever (Lab) Puppies for Sale in White, Ivory, Yellow, Red, Champagne, Chocolate, Silver, Black & Charcoal in Georgia.
Bringing your puppy home-
Use this information in this section to prepare your home and family for your life with your puppy
The Supplies You Need
Before you bring your puppy home, be sure you have the following supplies:
1. Premium pet food to get your new puppy off to a good start. We use TLC Puppy food.
2. Stainless steel, non-tip food and water bowls. (It is thought that the chemicals in plastic can cause fading of a dog's nose, making it appear "pink". (Per the AKC website)
3. A snuggle puppy with warmer and heart beat. (THIS IS A MUST HAVE!) We have had amazing positive feedback of the snuggle puppy!!!
4. Identification tags with your puppy's name, your name, phone number and your veterinarian's name and phone number and microchip number. A collar and a leather or nylon 6 foot least that's 1/2 - 3/4 inches wide (consider using a "breakaway" collar with plastic clips that unsnap in case your puppy gets hung up on something.) We use and recommend Lupine Collars.
5. A home and travel crate that's airline approved and will accommodate your puppy's adult size. This crate will serve as your puppy's new "den" at home, when traveling or riding to the veterinarian's office. His scent in the crate will provide comfort and a sense of security during stressful times.
6. Stain remover for accidents.
7. Brushes and combs suited to your puppy's coat. We use and recommend FURminator.
8. Dog (or just human baby) shampoo, toothbrush and paste.
9. High-quality, safe chew toys to ease teething.
10. Flea, tick and parasite controls. We recommend Frontline Plus or Advantix. However, unless fleas are a huge problem in your area, we recommend only using them during tick season, as they contain harsh chemicals that we believe should be used sparingly. Should your dog ever contact fleas, give one dose of Frontline plus, and they'll be gone in 1-2 days. You may have to repeat it one month later for added security, but it really does work!!!
11. Nail clippers
12. Treats, and LOTS of chew toys!!!
Making a Home Safe
- Use stainless steel, non tip food bowls, which won't break or absorb odors.
- LOTS of chew toys. They love squeaky, stuffed animal types and rubber balls.
- For comfortable collar fit, allow for two fingers of space between the collar and your dog's neck; consider using an adjustable collar.
To make your home safe for your new puppy, eliminate potential hazards around the house and pay attention to the following items:
- Keep breakable objects out of reach.
- Deny access to electrical cords by hiding or covering them; make outlets safe with plastic outlet plugs.
- Safely store household chemicals.
- Keep the following house and garden plants out of reach: poinsettias, azaleas, rhododendrons, dumb cane, Japanese yew, oleander and English ivy among others.
- In the garage, be sure engine lubricants and other poisonous chemicals (especially antifreeze) are safely stored.
- If you own a pool or hot tub, check the cover or the surrounding fence to be sure they're in good condition.
- If your provide your puppy with an outdoor kennel, place it in an area that provides sun, shade and shelter in the pen; be sure the kennel is large enough to comfortably accommodate your new puppy's adult size.
The First Days at Home
The ideal time to bring home a new puppy is when the house is quiet. Establish a daily routine and follow these steps:
Step 1: Before bringing him/her in the house, take him to the area in your yard that will server as his/her's "bathroom" and spend a dew minutes there. If he/she goes, praise him. If not, proceed into the house but be sure to take him/her to this spot each time he needs to use the bathroom.
Step 2: Take him/her to the room that accommodates your crate- this restricted area will serve as his new "den" for several days. Pet bedding and chew toys in the crate, leave the door open and line the area outside of the crate with newspaper, in case of an accident. Let him/her investigate the crate and the room. If he/she chews or urinates on his bedding, permanently remove it from the crate.
Step 3: Observe and interact with your puppy while he's/she's acclimating to his new den. This will help forge a sense of pack and establish you as the pack leader.
Special Puppy Concerns
Don't treat a puppy as young as 8 to 12 weeks old like an adult dog. Treat him/her the same way you would your own infant: with patience, constant supervision and a gentle touch. The way you interact with your puppy at this age is critical to his/her's socialization.
Use these tips:
Meeting Resident Pets
- Don't bring home a puppy while you're on vacation so you can spend a lot of time with him/her. Instead, acclimate him/her to your normal, daily routine.
- Supervise your puppy at all times and interact with him/her regularly.
- Be alert for signs (sniffing and circling) that he/she has to go to the bathroom, then take him outside immediately.
- A young puppy has little bladder control and may need to urinate immediately after eating, drinking, sleeping or playing. At night, he/she may need to relieve himself at least once.
- Don't punish an accident. Never push his nose in the waste, simply scold him/her. He/she will want to please you, so he/she won't want to continue disappointing your. Praise him/her when he/she does go potty outside. He/She will realize that made you happy and will want to repeat this, rather than disappointing you.
- We use a super premium dog food for puppies and adults. TLC PUPPY FOOD is what your puppy will be on when he/she leaves us. Of course we include a bag of puppy food when you receive your puppy so should you choose another brand, please mix it with the new food to make it easier on his/her little tummy.
Keep resident pets separated from your new puppy for a few days. After your new puppy is used to his new den area, put an expandable pet gate in the doorway or put your puppy in his/her crate. Give your resident pet access to the area. Let pets smell and touch each other through the the crate or pet gate. Do this several times over the next few days. After that, give the resident pet access to the den area with your new puppy out of his crate. Supervise their meeting and go back to through-the-gate/crate meetings if trouble arises.
Your puppy will have had at least his first puppy shot, and will have been dewormed at least 3 times. Regular deworming is recommended as follows: Once a month until 6 months of age, then every 3-6 months after that for life. A monthly heart worm and flea/tick treatment is also recommended. We use Ivomec and Pyrantal 50 (the active ingredients in "Heartguard Plus" to prevent heart worms, and Frontline Plus spot-on to prevent fleas and ticks. Both of these items are available over the counter from a vet's office, or you may order them online from most pet supply sites. We administer both of these products once a month. Your puppy will also need additional vaccinations, usually 9, 12 and 16 weeks, and rabies by 6 months of age. All these vaccination should be repeated at one year of age.
If in the future your life situation changes and you can no longer keep the labrador puppy you purchased from us we ask that you contact us so we can wither assist you in trying to find a suitable new home for your labrador retriever, or your dog is welcome back here with us. No refunds or credits will ever be given.