"Our Labs are Smart from the Start"
Joy has a B.A. in Psychology and trains each puppy in her care with passion and love.
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Champion Sired English AKC Labradors
Our breeding program assures that each Labrador Retriever puppy, from only a few days after birth, will be neurologically stimulated and socially acclimated in a scientific manner that encourages socialization while maximizing positive personality traits and development.
Our great love, along with our ability to nurture, instruct, and train each individual puppy, creates a Labrador that grows to return that love and devotion to others.
"Just like children the early environment of a dog has more impact on its life than any other period in his or her development. We implement a breeding program using various physiological, psychological and social training. Time and time again, research has shown the benefits of early neurological stimulation, socialization, and enrichment experiences in the life of both humans and dogs." -Joy Smith
At Kingridge Kennels we breed with extremely selective Labrador stock to strive to produce outstanding puppies that conform to the AKC breed standards in health, appearance, and temperament. We devote our full attention to the puppies in each litter using our comprehensive training approach. They are born and raised in our living room, close to our family, and have impeccable health clearances. Our goal is to produce intelligent, calm, beautiful English Labrador Retrievers that are neurologically stimulated, socialized, and trained. They are the crème de la crème!
As you may know, Pittsburgh is a city of champions. It is home to the Super Bowl winning Pittsburgh Steelers and the acclaimed Pittsburgh Penguins. Many of you may know of these champion sports teams, but here at Kingridge Kennels we are breeding AKC Labrador Retrievers that are champions in their own right just 25 minutes south of the city of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania.
Here at Kingridge Kennels, we use a developmental approach to the rearing of puppies in our litters to maximize their development. With a B.A. in psychology and a passion for family and pets, Joy first implements BioSensor Therapy, in order to maximize the very early critical period in the development of each puppy born here at Kennels.
During these first few precious days the puppies are trained using this approach that was developed by trainers in the US Military for our nation's top dogs. Next, we socialize our puppies using the Seven Steps of Socialization, that includes 49 different social experiences, resulting in a calmer, more intelligent, curious Labrador Retriever, who is eager to discover and enjoy the adventures of life by your side.
Then we capitalize on the extremely critical developmental weeks in the lives of the puppies to focus on basic obedience training that will start each Labrador off on the perfect puppy path! At 8 weeks, when the puppies are ready to go home to their new families, each Lab puppy has been learning how to sit, stay, walk on lead and has successfully started crate and house training. We also focus extensively on promoting a soft mouth for retrieving, eliminating play biting, and extinguishing undesirable behaviors such as jumping up.
It has been documented that these obedience skills, along with the BioSensor Therapy and the Seven Steps to Socialization that we provide from the start, will aid in creating the best relationship with your new best friend. As a breeder, we know that the results of our work with the puppies during their early life will enable you to reap rich rewards for their entire future!
Being a very personable Labrador breeder, we care deeply about the placement of each puppy and devote a great deal of effort to ensure that each prospective owner receives a puppy that best fits their lifestyle. While the puppy is in our care we keep detailed records about each dog's progress, personality characteristics, growth, BioSensor Therapy responses, results of the Obedience Personality Test, and reactions to socialization. These details are documented and presented to owners in an adorable Kingridge Puppy Book covering the puppy's first weeks in our Kingridge Puppy Package.
We also use the Obedience Personality Test consisting of 12 exercises to objectively aid in determining the personality characteristics of each Labrador Retriever puppy, along with the completion of our Puppy Personality Inventory. By using all of these tools and various observations, we can be sure to offer wisdom and guidance as we place each dog from our care here in Pittsburgh into the best possible, most appropriate, loving, life-long environment.
Our services do not stop there. We encourage each owner to keep up the training that we begin, and we provide all new families with detailed charts and reminders for each day and week in the future month of training. This is not only a fantastic bonding experience with your new Lab, but it creates consistency in the new environment for the puppy once they are in their new home.
We feel it is paramount that each and every family member continue to train and modify the behaviors of their new puppy so that the relationship can be built on mutual love and affection. We remain with you every step of the way! We are available for consultation throughout the weeks that follow regarding the new puppy's transition, care, and training regiment, and we love to keep close relationships with our Kingridge families.
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