FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q – How does the adoption process work?
A – 1st - First fill out the Northwest Labradors Puppy Adoption Application Form. Once we receive your application you will be contacted with the Deposit Payment information link.
2nd - Order of picking is based on first come/first served. The order of picking a puppy is based on who makes the first deposit and so forth.
Q – How can I know when you have puppies available?
A – On our Available Puppies page we lisst all our current litters. If there is a puppy available for you there will be an empty position on the waiting list.
EX: 1. John
Q – Can I meet the puppies/parents or any of your other dogs?
A – Just as you are serious about wanting a healthy well rounded puppy we are committed and invested in keeping puppies safe. At this time we are not set up to have visitors on a frequent basis as we operate out of our personal home and need to keep pregnant/lactating females and puppies protected from any outside diseases that can easily be tracked on site. All puppies are raised on our property. You have to understand that our first priority is to protect the puppies from any dangerous diseases that can be transmitted to them by contamination. Even though our adult dogs are vaccinated, puppies are not fully vaccinated until their 16th week and should not go out into the public until 18 weeks of age. This gives the vaccines enough time to allow their bodies to build up immunity. We have made compromises until we are able to build our training facility. Families that have a deposit in are welcome to come and meet the parents and pick their puppy at six weeks of age. To answer your question we do not allow visitors until the puppies are six weeks. On pick up day or if your puppy is being delivered for the safety of the puppies, we also do not allow anyone outside of the buyers to handle the puppies or other buyers to handle the puppy you have picked out. We are working on a separate building so the mothers can be viewed with their puppies and kept safe.
Q - What type of testing do you do on the parents?
A – Please contact us for information.
Q – What colors do you offer?
A – We offer Yellow, Fox Red, Black and Chocolate.
Q – What size will the puppies be?
A – Size depends on the litter. We have some adults that produce puppies in the 80+ range and also some adults that produce the 50+ size.
Q - What does my puppy come home with?
A – (Folder Containing): 1. Vet Health Certificate 2. Vaccination record. 3. AKC papers. 4. Care instructions.
Q - Does my puppy come with full AKC registration?
A – No, if you want full registration that is an additional cost. The option is available on the Adoption Form.
Q –When can I get my puppy?
A – Six to Eight weeks after they are born.
Q - When will I know when and where to pick up my puppy?
A - We will contact you with pick up information via email after the puppies are born.
Q – What happens if I cannot be there to pick up my puppy on delivery day?
A – We understand that emergencies can come up or planned vacations. If this occurs just contact us and we will make arrangements with you.
Q- What happens if things do not work out or for some reason I can no longer care for my puppy?
A – Please contact us and we will see if we can find another buyer for you or help you find a buyer.
What health guarantee do you offer?
A – We offer a 2-Year Health Guarantee. Also understand that if you sell your puppy, the health guarantee does not transfer to a new owner. Also if there is ever any medical issue, we require any and all vet records, x-rays, test ect. To be sent to use for our vet to review prior to any decision being made.
Q – What’s the basic annual care for a Labrador Retriever?
A –Labradors are a short-haired breed that don’t need much brushing for most of the year. But during the moulting season you’ll want to brush them regularly to remove shed hair if you want to limit the amount that covers, well, every surface of your home.
Brushing also helps to shake loose dirt out of and spread the natural oils throughout their coat for that desirable, healthy glossy look we know and love. When it comes to bathing, Labradors have natural oils in their coat that provide waterproofing and it’s highly recommended you don’t bathe them too often to preserve this natural property.
Frequent baths will strip their oils, leaving them prone to wet and cold in winter, causing dry skin and making their coats look dull and not shiny.
Bathe them only if they’re particularly dirty and smelly or on a schedule of just 3 or 4 times per year.
Questions and information prior to bringing your puppy home.
Q – Do I need a Vet prior to getting my puppy and how do I find a good vet?
Yes, if you do not have a current vet, you will need to find one. Once you pick your puppy up, you will have 72 hours to take your puppy to a vet to get it checked for any issues. If anything is found that is questionable you will need to send all of the vet records to use for our vet to review.
Finding a vet: Check the area where you live, some vets only treat dogs and cats and a few smaller animals. Some treat all types of animals from farm to domestic. See what they have to offer, what can they do at their office? Do they have to send you somewhere else for certain things (more cost to you), check their ratings, feedbacks.
What are their hours? What days are they open? Do they have 24 hours emergency call service?
Some vets are all about the animals and some are all about the money. We have heard of too many stories from customers who have had tests, unnecessary procedures done etc. Remember if a vet tells you your puppy or dog needs a procedure to prevent something else, to save it’s life, unless it is a true emergency, you have the right to get a second opinion for your puppy/dog just as you would do for yourself.
Q - What type of collar should I use?
A – Basic collar at all times with ID tag. Use a training collar during walks.
Q – Should I use a crate at night/during the day if I am gone/and what type?
A – The crate should be just large enough for the puppy to enter and turn around. If the crate is any larger they will tend to potty in the crate instead of holding it or letting you know they need to go. Look up articles on crate training.
Q – What are safe chew/play toys for my puppy?
A – As your puppy grows, make sure their play toys are large enough that they cannot swallow them. For puppies like Labradors, avoid fabric toys that can be dismembered and the pieces shocked on. Rope toys and raw hides or natural bones are best. No bird bones. Kong is a great
Q – What food should I feed my Labrador and why?
A – Make sure to feed your Labrador a Corn free food. A grain free dog food is best but there are also great options with rice and vegetables. Dogs cannot digest corn. We feed Diamond Brand Lamb and Rice.
Q –How often should I feed my dog?
A - Three times a day, as much as they can eat. To avoid undesirable bowel movements, do not feed your dog human food.
Q – What if my puppy eats too fast?
A – You will know if your puppy eats too fast when it throws up solid food just after consuming it. The puke should not smell really bad, but kinda bad. To help your puppy slow down, try feeding your puppy more frequently so that they do not become too hungry between meal times.
They also make special bowls to help slow your puppy down.
Q – How much water does my puppy/dog need daily?
A – Water your puppy when you feed them.
Q – What should my puppy be vaccinated against and when?
A – Check with your vet, each vet is a little different. Some vaccinations can depend on where you live if your puppy/dog would need additional types.
Q – When is it safe to take my puppy out in Public?
A – Your puppy will get its last vaccination at its 16th week. You should wait until the 18th week to give the vaccination time to take.
Q – What are dangers of dog parks?
A – As with anything, you should go check out the dog park first before bringing your puppy. Do they allow any type of dogs in the park? Do they have rules that certain dogs are not allowed in the park? Is it fenced? Do they have a separate fenced area for puppies/smaller dogs? Is it clean? Trash? Animal waste? Signs it's being used by humans after hours beer cans/drugs etc. Please remember not everyone vaccinates their dogs. So if you have an older dog(s) that are vaccinated and go to a dog park/out in public your dog could transfer a disease to your puppy if it is not fully vaccinated yet.
Q -Do I need pet insurance?
A - As with us medical expenses can be very costly. It is a good idea to have pet insurance to help with the cost of the care of your puppy. Pet insurance usually does not start for 30 days so you may want to get it prior to bringing your puppy home. As with any insurance you will want to find out if there is a deductible, what is and what is not covered. Are you covered if you’re out of State or the Country or after hour emergencies.
Your puppy from Northwest Labradors will come with a free 30 coverage provided by Trupanioin. (You must activate the coverage within the first 24 hours of picking up your puppy)
Q – How do I potty train my puppy?
A – Once your home and feed and water your puppy they should go outside in 15 to 20 minutes. Keep an eye on them after they eat. They will start to look for a place to go. Take them outside to a certain spot you want them to use. As soon as they start to go praise them, give them a treat. They will learn that if I go here I get a reward. Soon you can cut back on the treats and it will become a habit for them to go in the same spot/area.
Q – How soon should I start training?
A – The sooner the better. Puppies are young and will learn quickly.
We offer a 6 week old pick up date for those who have specific training schedules.
Q - What type of training should I start?
A – Start with the basics, potty time, sit, stay, down, come.
Q – How do I find a good dog trainer that is compatible with my Labrador retriever?
A – First a good dog trainer will have their own dog. You can find trainers at pet stores, private trainers and thru your local AKC. Ask questions, how long have they been training dogs, what types, what training tactics they use. Do they have a passion for what they do? Or is it just a job.
Q – How much Exercise should my Labrador puppy get daily and what type?
A – With a young puppy, running around the yard or throwing the toy in the house should be enough. They will begin to tire easily. As your puppy grows more intentional exercise is needed. Once your puppy is 18 weeks old start regular walks. Every walk will double as exercise and training. Be intentional during that walk. At the end of each walk allow a high intensity game, fetch or swimming exc. This routine can be done twice a day. Try to not over exercise your puppy. Once the dog is an adolescent they may not have the ability to slow down and will need your direction.
Q – Can I over exercise my puppy?
A – Yes. Pay attention to your dog's movements. Are they fatiguing? Are they breathing too heavily? Are they tripping and stumbling after a while? Be present and watch your dog. Each dog will have its own limits.
Q – What training is involved for my golden to become a certified service dog?
A – Info found here.
Q – What training is involved for my Labrador to become a certified therapy dog?
A – If your dog has basic obedience, gets along with other dogs, people, check with your local AKC kennel club. They offer training and testing or they should be able to refer you to an agency that does.
Q – What if my Labrador eats/drinks something toxic?
A – Remember to stay calm and call your vet. If after hours and they have an emergency number call it. Some vets have emergency numbers directly to them and they may be able to call you right back or it can take a while to call you back if there is another emergency. You can also call the 24 hour emergency pet poison control number at 1-888-426-4435/ASPCA 24/7, 365 days a year
Q – What are household dangers/outside dangers, I should be aware of?
A – Puppies are like babies and need to be protected. They wander around and look for things to do and to get into. Puppies love to please their family and they need a job to keep them busy; otherwise they will find their own job to do. Since puppies are teething and love to chew things they need their own chew toys.
Electrical cords can burn and kill, medicines can make them very ill or cause death, chemicals left out, or used where they can step on it and lick their paws, lick it off the floor, cleaning buckets with chemicals left out are all very dangerous . They only see it as water for them to drink, not poison. Certain foods left out, spilled on the floor can be dangerous to them as mentioned before. Small objects can be choking hazards as well as dog food that can be too large for a puppy.
Beware of socks, blankets and other articles of clothes. They can be ingested and become entwined in the gut. It is very difficult to remove these things and requires surgery.
Outside dangers: certain types of fences that a puppy can get its head stuck in. A common myth is if my dog is eating grass they have an upset stomach. Do you use fertilizer on your grass, weed killer, bug killer on the grass or flower beds? Grass ingested with these chemicals /or chemicals on their paws could make them very ill, cause paralysis such as cardiac arrest, asphyxia, muscular problems, neurological and death. Do you have ponds/creek/pool something a puppy could drown in or be exposed to giardia? Insects such as bees, wasp, hornets stings, spider bites. Do you live where there are venomous snakes/spiders? Do you have a fenced yard?
Q – What are the dangers of heat exhaustion/heat stroke and what can I do if my Labrador is ill?
A – Symptoms of heat exhaustion/heat stroke: Panting/Dehydration/Excessive drooling/Increased body temperature - above 103° F/Reddened gums and moist tissues of the body/Small amounts of urine or no urine/can develop sudden kidney failure and rapid heart rate (160 bpm standard size dog/220 bpm puppy)/ Irregular heart beats/shock/Stoppage of the heart and breathing (cardiopulmonary arrest)/Fluid build-up in the lungs; sudden breathing distress/Blood-clotting disorder(s)/Vomiting blood/Passage of blood in the bowel movement or stool/Black, tarry stools/Small, pinpoint areas of bleeding/change in mental status/Seizures/Muscle tremors/Wobbly, uncoordinated or drunken movement/unconsciousness in which the dog cannot be stimulated to be awakened.
Call your vet, 1st try to lower the puppy/dogs body temperature, place the dog in a tub with cool water (NOT COLD/OR WITH ICE) you can wrap them in a cool towel that is wet, not soaking wet, if your outside you can use a hose enough to get them wet, lay them down, get them in shade, into air conditioned room, use a fan, get them in the car and to the vet to be checked.
Q – What is a good first aid kit for dogs?
A – There are several pre-made kits on the market, you can also make your own, and check with your vet as far as what over the counter meds you should have for your pet. Especially if you are traveling, out camping, boating, hiking etc and far away from a vet.
Q – Is there a first aid course for animals?
A – Yes, American Red Cross offers an online course (https://www.redcross.org/take-a-class/first-aid/cat-dog-first-aid), The Pet Professional Guild (https://www.petprofessionalguild.com/Learnpetfirstaid), You can also check with your local AKC kennel and see if they have information on class’s.
Q –What are common diseases of Labrador retrievers?
A – What is considered normal in the Labrador Retriever Breed, thyroid/skin allergies, epilepsy, “loose hips” or entropion which is the rolling of the eyelid inward and causes the hair on the eyelid to rub the eye.
Q – What meds are safe for my Labrador in an emergency?
A – Check with your vet, see what is ok to use, ask what a dose rate would be for each medicine and keep it in a safe place. Tell the vet you would like to know this information in case of an emergency and you cannot contact them right away or you’re out of the area and no vet is close by.
Q – What are anal glands and there effects?
A – They are two small pouches on either side of their anus. They make a smelly, oily, brown fluid. Dogs use this to identify each other and mark their territory just like when they urinate. An anal sac disease begins as an uncomfortable impaction and often a dog will drag their bottom on the ground trying to relieve this. If this is untreated it can progress to infection or an abscess. You will need to take your dog to the vet and have the glands expressed manually. This is done by squeezing them by hand to push the fluid out.