Tips on Selecting A Puppy
The unique genetic characteristics inherent in each Labrador clue us in to subtle differences that are apparent from one pup to another. Because we the breeder, are with these puppies training -and living- side by side for many weeks, we come to see these characteristics clearly and do our best to make appropriate recommendations to those who choose to purchase one of our Labradors.
We strive to match you to the dog that is best suited for you and your unique situation, along with your lifestyle, energy level and expectations. Along with the Obedience Personality Testing that we make use of, we also ask that each
prospective puppy parent complete our Puppy Personality Inventoryto assist us in determining which type of puppy personality would best fit you and your family's needs. If we do not have a puppy that would blend harmoniously into your specific situation we will recommend a like-minded breeder that does.
Puppy ownership is a serious responsibility, yet it is also extremely rewarding. As a breeder, we encourage you to consider the weight of this responsibility and be certain that you are willing and able to invest the time, resources, and energy necessary into caring for the life of a new puppy. Your dog will rely fully on you for its physical, psychological, and emotional needs. The personal sacrifice is great but the rewards are plenty!
We strongly encourage each adoptive family to continue loving, training, and nurturing the puppies once they are in their care. In our Kingridge Puppy Package -the packet of information we provide with each puppy- is a book entitled "Superpuppy" that will guide you as you raise your new best friend. We also include worksheets in our Kingridge Puppy Book that detail specific training exercises that should be practiced in the first month that you bring your puppy home. This helps to ensure that your new family blends harmoniously. We feel strongly that the continuation and consistency of training is extremely important to the relationship that you develop with your new companion.
We remain accessible via phone or email to answer any questions that may arise, and we see it as our privilege to assist you in any way we can throughout the lifetime shared with your new AKC Labrador.
We invite you to call ahead and come to Pittsburgh to visit with our puppies and see the litter as often as you would like. We start visitations when the litter is 4 weeks old so that they have built up their immunity and are ready for newcomers.
Sometimes, the best way to choose the puppy that fits the best into your family is to observe the puppies in the litter on many different occasions, in many unique situations, spread out over the course of many different days. We are very flexible and welcome you to visit with your family, friends, or another pet or pets. We understand what an important decision it is when selecting a new addition to your family.
We also understand that all of the data and facts in the world are sometimes thrown out the window when it comes to emotions. It is of course, ultimately your decision as to which puppy you choose to fall in love with. Sometimes all of the facts and "reason" in the world can't get in the way of "love at first sight." Our job as the breeder remains to help guide you in making an educated decision based on our observations and empirical research, along with your preferences.
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