1. When Lab puppies are born, they are born only with their sense of smell so they can find their mothers to nurse. At about 10-12 days they open
their eyes and get their hearing. I start whistling softly. This is the start of
their whistle training.
2. At about ~3 weeks, I begin to wean them away from their mothers. I fix
them a batch of my "patended" puppy mush.
3 At 4-5 weeks old, I introduce them to duck/pheasant wing scents from my
4 Also at 4-5 weeks old and if there are warmer pond water temperatures, I
introduce them to water retrieving.
5. At 5-6 weeks old, their personalities emerge. By then I've got them
whistle trained, almost on solid food, OK around gunfire, and very
interested in game bird scents.
6. Again we don't allow any puppy visits until they receive their first
vaccinations at 6 - 6 1/2 weeks of age. At at 7 weeks they're ready for
their new homes. If certain people are seeking a pup with a certain
personality, I see these pups everyday for 49 days. I can steer people
toward 2-3 pups to help in your decision
All our puppies are extremely well-socialized as they have daily contact from my wife and myself, as well as many of the neighborhood children.
I've gotten many e-mails and letters with pictures from our puppy buyers which state "because of your training, our dog is hunting in their first year", versus the second year which is normally when its time.
ONE OF OUR MOONLIGHTER LABRADOR'S PUPPIES SHALL DO WHATEVER YOU WISH OF THEM. IF YOU WANT THEM TO HUNT, THEY RECEIVE THE BASICS FROM ME. IF YOU WANT THEM TO BE A HOUSE PET, NO PROBLEMS THERE EITHER.