Watercrest puppies are bred for quality, not quantity. The purpose of my breeding program is to preserve the true attributes of the Labrador retriever, while continuing the Watercrest line. I only have one litter per year and that breeding is carefully planned.  Labradors only come in *3* colors: Black,  Chocolate, and Yellow.  Silver is NOT a color of Labrador Retriever.  Watercrest puppies will never come from parents that carry the dilute gene.  "Doodle" breeding is also not a practice Watercrest Labradors supports. 

 The parents of each litter will have been cleared of structural defects by OFA (Orthopedic Foundation for Animals), have been cleared of PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy), and had their eyes cleared by a canine Ophthalmologist/board certified ACVO for any heritable eye disorders, have heart clearances by a board certified cardiologist, have been tested clear for EIC (Exercise Induced Collapse) and CNM (Centronuclear Myopathy Disease).  If you are interested in adding a Watercrest puppy to your family, please fill out thePuppy Buyer Questionnaire here

There is a great article, written by a Golden Retriever breeder, that summarizes what it costs a reputable breeder to produce and raise a litter.  Often times, people assume that breeders are making a huge profit, based off of the price of their puppies.  However, that is not and should not be the case for a breeder to be producing puppies.  Reputable breeders rarely, if ever, make a profit.  You can read the article here.
 Watercrest puppies are raised in my home and are very well socialized. I do not have a kennel where my dogs live.  They are very much a part of the household environment. It is very important that my puppies are placed into loving homes where they will be a member of the family.  Watercrest puppies are not sold over the internet I do not allow buyers to "reserve their pick".  Puppies are selected for you, to ensure a proper fit. Each puppy comes with 
 Limited Registration with the AKC, along with a spay/neuter contract.
Puppies do not leave before the age of 8 weeks.  By this age, each puppy will have been evaluated structurally, been thru temperament testing,  introduced to water (weather permitting) and bird wings.  Puppies will also have been given the following:

*First round of vaccines                                                                                                                                                                                          
*Started on very basic potty training



Pat Hastings, AKC judge and author of The Puppy Puzzle offers these hints for socializing very young puppies.  By the time a puppy is 7 weeks old it should have been exposed to the following: 

*Been on 7 different surfaces, such as: carpet, concrete, wood, vinyl, grass, dirt, gravel, wood chips, newspaper, etc. 

*Played with 7 different types of objects, such as: big balls, small balls, soft fabric toys, fuzzy balls, squeaky toys, metal items, wooden items,  paper/cardboard items, milk/soda jugs, etc.

*Been in 7 different locations, including: front yard, backyard, basement, kitchen, car, garage, laundry room, bathroom, crate, kennel, etc. 

*Been exposed to 7 challenges, such as: climbed a box, climbed off a box, gone through a tunnel, climbed up steps, climbed down steps, climbed  over obstacles, played hide and seek, gone in and out of a doorway with a step, etc. 

*Eaten from 7 different containers: metal, plastic, cardboard, paper, china, pie plate, frying pan, etc.

*Eaten in 7 different locations: crate, yard, kitchen, basement, laundry room, bedroom, x-pen, etc.

*Met and played with 7 new people: including children and the elderly.

Super Dog--Early Neurological Stimulation

The U.S. Military, in their canine program, developed a method that still serves as a guide to what works. In an effort to improve the performance of dogs used for military purposes, a program called "Bio Sensor" was developed. Later, it became known to the public as the "Super Dog" Program.

You can follow this link to learn more information about this technique that we use here at Watercrest Labradors:http://www.esmondrott.com/rearing.htm

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S Melvin

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Shannon Layman
Stillwater, Oklahoma  USA
(580) 541-7355

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