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What do you feed the puppies? What about treats or chewies?

Proper nutrition is extremely important to us. And you can guarantee your puppy is started out right by nursing for the majority of their time with us, as well as being transitioned to a high quality diet. Please read the Nutrition page for details on proper nutrition. While here, your puppy is weaned onto Honest Kitchen dehydrated raw food and high end puppy kibble such as Evangers or Merick. Puppies are also given raw, human grade marrow bones to chew and to assist with healthy teething manners. See recommendations here.

Can my puppy sleep on my bed?

At night, we strongly recommend crate training. During the day for naps or play, we do allow our puppies on our bed. HOWEVER our dogs are always ONLY invited to join us on the bed. They are not allowed anytime they please. We use an “okay, bed” command. Then an “all done, off” command. Even through adulthood. Do not ever allow your dog to ever claim dominion over your bed.

Do they like baths?

This is not a one size fits all answer. We expose our puppies to full body baths starting very young. We also do nail trims and anal glands. Most do quite well. Exposing your puppy to water often as a young adult is key to avoiding water fear. Do not over-bathe your dog, as that increases oils and makes for a dirty dog more quickly. Bathing once every 4-6 weeks, using a natural and gentle shampoo is plenty. Continue frequent nail and ear trims to keep your dog accustomed to them.

We don't live close - can we still get a Silver Platter Lab?

Not local but want to add an Silver Platter Lab to your family? We do ship! We are experienced at shipping puppies and have never had a bad experience doing so. The puppy always arrives safely and has generally slept through the flight. Puppy is shipped to an airport near you in a secure kennel with an absorbent mat and blanket, a toy, food/water dishes, food taped to the crate and their medical packet safely taped to the kennel under the absorbent mat. Shipping costs are generally  $350 – $450 which cover flight, travel, crate, mat, dishes, health certificate, etc. Different airlines have different restrictions regarding temperatures and we do our best to find a schedule that works well for you and us, with the puppy’s well-being being top priority.

Medical care of your puppy

Proper medical care is extremely important to us. We don’t use cheap farm store medications but instead always use Veterinary supplies.

Puppies are dewormed with a gentle, liquid wormer for roundworm several times during their 8 weeks with us. Nearly all puppies are born with roundworm, regardless of proper care for the females before, during and after breeding. We also deworm for hook, whip and tapeworm as a precaution, a few days before sending a puppy home.

Our puppies are flea and earmite free. We never use harsh flea shampoos or powders. If a puppy were to contact fleas (during a trip to the vet or from an outside visitor bringing them in by accident) we apply Revolution or Activyl topically. Our adults are treated year round to always keep a flea free home.

It has been scientifically proven that vaccinating a puppy before 8 weeks is not only unsafe, but is also not helpful. A puppy gets antibodies through mother’s milk and before 8 weeks, those antibodies will actually reject a vaccine. Because of this research, we do not vaccinate a puppy until it is 8 weeks. We vaccinate for canine distemper, adenovirus and parvovirus. Each puppy will go home with a medical form stating when he/she was born, was dewormed and what product was used, and vaccination details. There is also the information on what to do next, making it very easy for you! It details exactly what is needed and when to help you start a plan between you and your veterinarian.

How do I know that your dogs are healthy?

Our dogs are carefully tested against breed specific genetic ailments.

How often/much should I feed my new puppy?

Feed your new puppy often during the first 48 hours of coming home, to help avoid hypoglycemia. After that, feed 3 meals a day until six months old. I do not recommend “free feeding” at such a young age because puppy will need to potty after eating so controlled feedings help potty training. Feed your puppy ALL he/she wants to eat (kibble) in a 15 minute setting, three times daily. Doing this has given our puppies wonderful eating control for adulthood and actually has developed dogs that don’t tend to overeat.

Why is my puppy just walking around whining?

This is very common the first week. Be patient. He/she is in a new place without siblings or Mom. It will change as your puppy bonds to you.

Should I bathe my puppy?

Unless your puppy was shipped and soiled in the crate, avoid a bath for about a week until your puppy feels safer with you.

What collar do I use?

Cheap collars are best for now since they grow so quickly. However, we use a harness for walking the first 4 weeks while puppy gets used to his/her new collar.

Do I take my puppy out at night?

Please read our Crate Training write up.

Can I take my puppy to the park/store/daycare?

Do not expose your new puppy to other dogs (or places other dogs have been) until his/her vaccines are complete. Exception: your own, vaccinated dog (s)

What should I clean up accidents with?

Paper towels and Nature’s Miracle cleaner is my absolute favorite as it takes away the urine enzymes, helping puppy to not return to the same place to potty. There are other enzyme cleaners you can try, but Nature’s Miracle is our favorite!

What should I clean up accidents with?

Paper towels and Nature’s Miracle cleaner is my absolute favorite as it takes away the urine enzymes, helping puppy to not return to the same place to potty. There are other enzyme cleaners you can try, but Nature’s Miracle is our favorite!

My puppy pukes in the car, what do I do?

Several, small car trips seems to eliminate this issue. Running for coffee? Grab the puppy! Running to return the movies? Grab the puppy! ? He/She will grow out of it.

What if my puppy is chewing on something bad?
  1. Walk up to your puppy.
  2. Once your by the puppy (and not on the way) clap and say “No!”
  3. IMMEDIATELY give your puppy something he/she CAN have and say “Fluffy’s toy, good boy!” (Or whatever his/her name is).

If the problem persists on the same object, help your puppy by not leaving to accessible. If it is something you can’t move out of reach, try spraying Bitter Apple (or other bitters you can get from the pet store). They grow out of this as well.

My spouse and I work full time. Can we still get a puppy?

Yes! Many of our puppies have been placed with working families and it is possible! We will teach you how to use an X-Pen system properly while you’re gone long hours.  Potty training will likely take a little longer than if someone were home, but it is absolutely do-able! We have designed a healthy and productive plan for working families with their new puppy.

How much do Silver Platter puppies cost?

A Silver Platter Labrador puppy is $1,250. Deposits are $250 and go towards the total cost of your puppy. Learn More.

Are they hyper?

We do not support or breed the Americanized Lab that is commonly high strung, hyper, ball obsessive and oftentimes knocks down children due to their excited personality. Our dogs have a healthy energy built with endurance and stamina for a long hunting trip. They have the focus that is needed to sit silently with their owner and wait for waterfowl. Our Labs are bred for their loyalty and obedient hearts.

Do they need a lot of exercise?

A tired puppy is a good puppy! Puppies have energy and without daily fetch and/or walks they will find their own way to entertain themselves which will likely not be a positive one. Around a year old they balance out to be a dog that is content with moderate exercise.

Do they like water?

When exposed properly, these Labs LOVE swimming and fetching from the water!

Do they over-eat?

We raise our puppies understanding free feeding. Labradors often struggle with an overeating habit and we do everything we can during their time with us to help them understand eating control. Although we recommend controlled feedings for your puppy when she has gone home to ease the transition of potty training, we free-feed our puppies until 8 weeks so that they never are out of food. We want them to understand that food is always available in puppyhood so there is no reason to eat fast or eat too much.

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