are not like most "Labrador Retriever Breeders" here
Labs are considered Family, they go for walks with us, they are
with us when we are out and about on the Farm and Ranch. We also
have the miniature labradoodles, Bulldogs and Quarter Horses so
we are experienced in handling animals.
our Labrador Retrievers our easy ones, they are easy to handle
and don't take much effort on our part to breed them, unlike the
bulldogs. But they do require the correct handling and care to
be adaptable to your environment though. You will find that this
makes all the difference as you talk with more breeders and realize
that many are not handling or playing with their puppies. Some
may not even be able to tell the difference between one or the
Here is a
peek inside of a typical day at the SIESS RANCH.
Up by 6:30
- Puppies and Adults that are house training indoors are let out
to do their job.
Immediately they are back in the house for their breakfast.
Immediately after they eat they are back outdoors doing it again,
and a little play time if it is nice weather. If not they are
let back indoors in the puppy playroom.
We feel that
as the puppy grows and matures it is best to get plenty of excercise
prior to eating their daily meal. As a normal rule this is the
4-5 month age when they are eating enough at one time to only
be fed once a day. Our Labs are not big on treats but we do treat
them with biscuits and of course the NuVet vitamins. You
can read more about the NuVet vitamin supplements here
In the meantime
it is time to get ready for school, Everyone is up and eating
Once the puppies
have played for a while they are happy to go to their crates for
find that an adjustment period of less then one day is normal
where the little ones howl and whine until they are used to their
new crates. This is a good time to get outdoors and check on the
adults and smaller puppies in the nursery. The excercise areas
are cleaned and fresh water is given. All dogs eating twice a
day are feed at this time.
All the nursing
mothers are let out at this time to excercise and take care of
their business. along with similar routines during the day. It
is not good to keep any dog little or small confined to crate
or nursery bed for periods longer then 3 hours. And of course
this rule goes by the age to the amount of time to sleep or rest.
are 1-3 weeks old they sleep a lot, we do imprint them at this
time. What that means is that we hold them and cuddle them in
our arms and talk to them. This associates them to humans along
with their mother. Our mothers are very gentle with their puppies
and they allow us to handle their puppies without getting upset.
This all makes a difference because the little puppies cannot
see at this time but they can hear and feel us around them. They
sense from their mothers that we can be trusted.
are feed and have had a bit of play time it is time to rest again.
Everyone is ready for a nice nap, including us and the grandkids
if they are here.
This is also
a good time for a quick glance on the computer for new puppy inquiries
and posting new ads. If you are wanting to stay in touch with
us about up coming litters feel free to sign up on our
are much like children they will eat, play and sleep. Repeat!
In the puppy
nursery we keep it very simple, no toys or treats that the puppies
can choke on and four closed walls to keep it nice and warm. Once
the puppies have been weaned they are placed into areas with more
room to run and open wire so they can see through to other puppies
and us. If the weather is permittable they are taken to the outdoor
excercise areas during the day. And they absolutely love this!
are weaned between 5-6 weeks of age. During the weaning stage
the mother is gradually taken away for feedings. We start them
off with a dry formula of milk replacer mixed with warm water
poured over dry food to moisten. After a few days of this they
are getting more aggressive at eating the dry food that is available.
We keep the food available for them at all times checking the
food level and watching them eat several times a day.
We feel it
is important to vaccinate them prior to getting them out of the
nursery so we give the puppies their first round of shots at 6
weeks and then the second between the 8-9 week age. The parvo-vac
is recommended to be given at 2-3 week intervals. We use panacure
deworming during this time also. The mother is dewormed prior
to giving birth which cuts down on any parasites being transfered
to the babies.
puppies are weaned, we are on more of a rigid schedule. Up early
and outdoors to play or in the puppy room in the house if the
weather is to nasty. Our routine is to work with 2-3 puppies at
a time. Children and I go for little walks. I love the excercise
and so do the grandchildren. By about the 4th or 5th walk the
puppies know what is going on. If they go off and start wondering
I call them back so that we all stay in a group. By this time
they are used to me calling them and clapping my hands for their
attention. So this works like a charm!
the puppies get older I work with them on fetching the ball or
frizbee. They get the hang of fetch very quickly, it is the retrieving
that usually takes an experienced dog to show them. Or more work
with the come command. At this age I am concentrating on getting
them enough excercise and interaction with adults and children.
At the 7 week
age I work with individually crating the puppy. This introduces
the puppy to it's environment when they fly. Also this starts
the change when they are away from all the other puppies. They
usually quiet down after a few times in the crate. Of course they
are not in these for more then a couple of hours. A puppy will
need lots of water to drink and will generally do their potty
right after they take a drink. We keep water in dripper bottles
in their crates only when necessary due to rainy or frozen or
extreme heat weather. Water is also available from drinking pans
in the puppy room plus outdoor drinking areas are available to
them when we are outdoors playing.
usually ready to go to their new homes at the age of 8 weeks.
We judge this by how well they are eating and interacting with
us. Often we are asked about how the puppies travel and if it
is safe with air transportation. We feel this is the next best
thing if you cannot come to pick them up. We welcome anyone that
is wanting to come see the puppies after they are weaned. We are
strict about who is allowed in the nursery kennels due to the
babies picking up something before they are vaccinated. Or with
our new mothers getting to excited and accidently stepping on
we get asked if we would accept deposits on puppies before they
are born, we don't believe in placement this way. It is very important
to get a puppy that will fit your life style. And in order to
do that we will need to consult with you about what you are wanting
in a puppy. Puppies generally start showing their personalities
at the time of 5 weeks. As their temperment begins to develop
we work with them to either not be too shy or too agressive.
We do suggest
that you get your puppy as close to the 8 weeks old age as possible.
We have found that with Labrador Retriever Puppies they are very
easy to train and are very eager to learn and please you at this
age. However we do occasionally have older puppies available and
you can be reassured that we are spending time with them to keep
them on the correct path of developing into a well manored dog.
can read more about our puppies that are placed at an older age.
To see how they have adjusted.
recommend training techniques from time to time. Check back here
to see the latest tips
hands off Dog training formula by Chet Womanch
When we do
have older puppies available they are priced higher which reflect
the time involved in training. You
can read here how we start your puppy off with training.
If you need advice on Puppy Training feel free to call, we don't
claim to know it all but we know what works with our Lovable Labs.
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