Northern Lakes Labradors, LLC

Providing your family with a lovable therapy dog, service, hunting companion or other type of working dog.  
"Quality puppies from our home to yours!"

What you will need for your new puppy....

Below is a list of items that we recommend you have before your puppy is picked up:

For the drive home:
  • A travel crate for the ride home.  If you need one, let us know and we'll provide you with a plastic travel crate for an additional $40.00.  If you're adopting an older pup or an adult, we can give you a price quote on a larger crate.  This will be required if you're travelling alone.  We do not allow our pups to leave knowing they will be held by the driver.  This is not safe for either of you for multiple reasons. 

  • Old towels or blankets to place in his crate to keep him warm and help him feel more comfortable.  If you'd like us to rub one or two on his littermates when you're here, let us know.  The smell often makes him adjust to the crate easier.

  • A water dish in case he/she needs a drink during the ride home.  However, we don't recommend this unless the drive is more than about two hours.  Also, unless the drive home is more than four or five hours, please don't feed him until you get home as he/she may get car sick and/or have to go "potty".
  • You may want to bring along some paper towels and even some wet wipes in case of an "accident" on the way home.
    They do happen from time to time.  

  • A couple of toys for the drive home may help keep him calm and cry less---sometimes not.

  • A collar and leash in case you do need to give him a potty break.  Puppies sometimes will run, and running out onto a road wouldn't be good!

  • You may wish to bring one or two gallon jugs with that we can fill up for you so you can mix it with your own water at home and make this change gradual as well.  We have well water here that does not contain any added chemicals whatsoever.  A sudden change of water can make people sick, and can really cause problems with a little puppy.

Items to have waiting at home for your new baby to arrive:

  • His food.  We STRONGLY suggest you continue to feed him the best quality, most digestible food we've ever tried, Life's Abundance Adult and Puppy Dog Formula.  Remember, if do you choose to continue feeding this food, your new puppy will be covered by our LIFETIME WARRANTY.  However, should you choose to switch to a different brand, please mix it with the bag of  food we send home with him to ovoid too much stomach upset or loose stools.  Also, make sure it is a completely digestible food that DOES NOT contain CORN, WHEAT or SOY!!!  These ingredients are only fillers which will cause excess and often loose stools.  They are not good for dogs--ever!!  Plus, these ingredients can cause sever allergic reactions in dogs, even if there is no history of allergies in the lines.

  • Good quality treats for training and rewards.  Use only in small amounts, as too many can cause digestive problems and/or diarrhea.  Also, poor quality treats can contain unhealthy ingredients, much like feeding a newborn baby french fries.  Remember also, it's not the size of the treat that you give your puppy, it's the fact that you were happy with him and let him know by rewarding him with a treat.  A tiny piece is PLENTY!!  Life's Abundance
    also sells excellent quality dog treats, which we recommend, so you know you're offering a healthy treat that your puppy will LOVE!!
  • Ceramic or stainless steal food and water dishes.

  • A large 36 to 42 inch crate for housetraining.  Don't bother buying a smaller one as Lab puppies grow very quickly and will outgrow it in no time at all.  We prefer and recommend wire crates over plastic ones.  For one thing, most of them come with dividers that allow the crate to "grow" with your puppy and make housebreaking quicker.  Also, your puppy will not feel like they are being punished just for existing if they can see you and not feel separated from you.  Labs are very social dogs and the last thing he/she ever wants to be away from you.  Also, remember that ALL PUPPIES will chew.  You won't want to give your puppy free roam of the house until he/she is passed this stage.  Not only can they wreck your new shoes, but they WILL chew electrical cords, which can be extremely dangerous--and expensive to replace.  You'll want to keep him crated whenever you are not able to supervise him.  A puppy is a lot like a 12-18 month old baby.  Even human babies need to learn where to go potty and what they shouldn't put in their mouths.  Please do not expect your new puppy to act like a dog!!

  • Old towels or blanket that can be washed easily or thrown out should them become soiled or chewed up.  Don't waste your money buying a cutesy bed for your puppy, as it'll likely be chewed the first night.  Wait until he/she is at least 12-18 months before trying to use something you'd like to last more than one night.  When a puppy is bored, he'll chew....  

  • Speaking of chewing...  LOTS of chew toys.  We've found that puppies love little stuffed animal toys that squeak.  Rope toys are also a favorite, as are rubbery squeaky toys.  Tennis balls are another favorite.  We also recommend rawhides, but in moderation only.  Also, when they start to get wet and soggy, take them away and let them dry until later.  When they get soggy the puppy can bite off pieces that can cause a choking hazard.

  • A good collar and leash set.  You should also get him an ID collar tag that contains your contact info, in case he should get lost--especially if you decide not to invest in a microchip.

  • A fenced in yard if possible.  If not, you may want to purchase a Wireless Fence for your puppy.  We use this for our house dogs, and it is a lifesaver--literally!  Before trying one of these, we were skeptical, but it really works!  Plus, you may use it for an unlimited number of dogs by purchasing additional collars.  A lot of pet and farm stores also carry this product.  There are a couple other brands too, but you can only use them for one to two dogs.  When a mom has puppies, she and the pups stay in our house for quite a while, so we put a collar on her to keep her safe when she goes outside and they've all learned where the boundaries are within a day or two.  Labs are smart dogs!!

What's included with your new puppy?

Below is a list of items which we include with every puppy adopted from Our Lovable Labs of Minnesota:
  • Your puppy will always receive a bath in Lavender scented Baby Shampoo, to calm him/her down and be sure he/she is sweet smelling before the long drive home.    We will also trim his/her nails one last time before leaving as well.
  • Your pet puppy's health/hip/eye guarantee. (With limited registrations only.)
  • Your puppy's LIMITED AKC papers, unless discussing your plans previously regarding breeding or showing.  There is an additional $1000.00 fee for FULL AKC registration papers. (Not every puppy qualifies for breeding/ show rights.)
  • Your puppy's vaccination/deworming records.
  • Info on spaying/neutering your puppy to protect his/her health and unwanted breedings.
  • Info on Labrador Retrievers and their breed standard from the AKC's website.
  • Info on bringing home your new puppy.
  • A small bag of the puppy/dog food he/she is currently eating.  If you'd like to purchase a 3# bag of this food from us to carry you over until your order comes in, please request this.  There is an additional charge of $10.00 for this.  Please order you puppy's food ASAP, so you'll have it in time for his/her arrival at your home.  Life's Abundance Food
  • Five days of generic Flagyl to prevent your puppy from developing "stress diarrhea" which is common when a puppy leaves his/her litter and goes to their new homes.  Administering these usually will help prevent a break-out of stress diarrhea.  Please be sure to give your new puppy all five doses, as it is much easier to prevent than to cure.  :-)   We will administer a dose of each before the puppy leaves here, please follow up with one dose of each starting the next day after he/she leaves here.
  • Info on the MICROCHIP that has been inserted into your new puppy, if you decided to purchase one, an additional $55 which includes his/her LIFETIME registration in the national database.
  • A collar and leash (or combo all-in-one product) if needed, upon request....
  • A travel crate, by request, if needed to be sure you all make it home safely.  There will be an additional charge of $40 for a crate.  PLEASE DO NOT PLAN TO HOLD YOUR PUPPY IN YOUR LAP IF YOU WILL BE ALONE IN THE CAR!  You never know when a puppy may jump down by your feet and cause a potentially deadly accident.  Either plan to bring a small travel crate when you pick your puppy up, or let us know that you would like to purchase one from us.  Again, they are only $40.00, worth their weight in gold!!
  • Other items as we feel necessary.
Included with shipped puppies only, which is approximately an additional $350.00.
  • Airline approved travel crate.
  • Veterinary signed FDA Health Certificate, required to be allowed on a plane.
  • Transportation to the Greenville, SC Airport (GSP).
  • Airfare to most American airports.  Upon occasion, we MAY agree to ship a puppy to a different country.  If we do, please be aware that there WILL be additional charges.  Not only for the higher airfare, but other charges for additional required documents, etc. that are beyond our control.
  • Collar and leash (or combo, all-in-one slip-lead).

The First Few Days

Just a little advise on what to plan for and expect for the first few days living in your home:

The first few days can be quite stressful for your new puppy, as everything is a change for him!  He will already be weaned off of his mother, but will still be very used to sleeping with his littermates so will be a little lonely and likely cry at night when in his crate.  Expect this for the first two to three nights, the first night of course being the worst.  If after he falls asleep for a while, he wakes up again and starts to cry, he probably needs to go potty.  When you take him out to go potty, keep it "all business", NO playing or praise whatsoever.  If it's no fun to get up in the middle of the night, he'll soon decide it's not worth it and just sleep through the night for you.  However, if you make it fun, he'll look forward to that special playtime and continue to wake up to play at 3AM for months!  Remember, you're the responsible one and have to make the rules.  If you let him call the shots, he will and they likely won't be what you have in mind.

Remember, all of the changes he will be encountering can stress him out for several days.  A common result of this is diarrhea.....  Trust me, house training a puppy with diarrhea isn't very much fun.  To help render this common problem, we include some mild stomach antibiotics (generic Flagyl) which work well to prevent the diarrhea from occurring.  Occasionally it can still happen, but these same antibiotics should help alleviate the problem within a few days.  Look in the folder that you receive with your puppy for a small, packet for these tablets and give one of each per day, starting the first morning, to help prevent stress diarrhea.  We will give him a dose before he leaves here as well.  There will be a label on each packet explaining what each tablet is.

If your new puppy won't eat at first, don't worry too much, as he will likely be very busy and excitedly checking out his new surroundings.  However, if by evening he still is not interested in eating, please try offering him some cooked ground beef.  Keeping his blood sugar from dropping is important, so make sure he does eat something.  Also, this should help stimulate his appetite again so he'll begin eating his dog food as usual the next day.  If he does develop loose stools, adding some cooked white rice should help to bulk them up again quickly.  If by the second day he still refuses to eat, please give us a call ASAP, so we can help you determine is there is a problem developing as he may need to see a vet.  Above all, the most important thing is that the puppy is drinking!  He should be willing to drink shortly after arriving at his new home.  If he won't drink within a few hours after he arrives at his new home, please call us immediately at  (612) 232-6399.  Rarely does this happen, but can from time to time, and it's important not to let a problem go too long.  We'd rather you called us as soon as it seems a problem is arising that to wait until something is really wrong.  Please, you will not be inconveniencing us at all.  We are concerned with our puppies even after they have become yours.

Congratulations on your decision to adopt a new Labrador Retriever puppy dog from Northern Lakes Labs!!