Laborador Retriever Stud Services

I just wanted to post an update that Cash is once again available for Stud Services. If you have any questions, just contact me through the form on the website. I will be posting updates as new litters are available.

What Makes a Dual Champion?

A dual champion in the retriever world refers to a dog who has received both his conformation champion (CH) and his field trial champion (FC). Dual champions are very rare, especially in the labrador retriever breed.

Over the last several decades, the breeders have diverged into two separate types of labs. On one hand there are the "field trial" dogs who are bred for their marking ability, quickness, sense of smell, and tractability. On the other hand there are the "conformation" dogs who are bred to meet a defined, if somewhat subjective, standard. Although this type of selective breeding has produced some impressive dogs on both sides of the spectrum, it has deviated away from the original purpose of the labrador. Read more...

Cash is Available for Stud Services Again

I just wanted to post an update that Cash is once again available for Stud Services. If you have any questions, just contact me through the form on the website. I will be posting updates as new litters are available.

Videos of "Bella Drake," one of Cash' Puppies

This is from the Cash x Daisy litter.

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Crate Training Tips for Your Puppy

If you ask me, there's nothing in this world more precious than the arrival of a new litter of puppies. Let's be honest though. There are definitely a few moments that make you want to scream. While the cute factor, most of the time, completely cancels out the poop factor, the importance of house training quickly becomes apparent. Crate training your puppies is one method to consider, and while it might take some time and effort on your part, it sure beats having the pups soil that brand new dog bed!

What Is Crate Training?:
Dogs by nature are denning animals, therefore den-like settings tend to have a calming effect. Crate training works both as a housetraining tool, as well as a means to teach your pup other house rules. Since dogs don't like to go to the bathroom where they sleep, the act of crate training essentially teaches the dog how to hold it until he gets let outside. Initially, it's a good idea to leave the puppy in the crate for short periods of time, releasing him to do his business. This method has proven to be a very effective at teaching the puppy bladder control. The important thing to remember is that the crate should never be associated with punishment. Never place your crate in a dark corner of the basement, try and keep it somewhere where the family spends a lot of time like the kitchen or the bedroom.

What Type Of Crate Do I Buy?:
Now, when I say "crate," I don't literally mean a box. I'm talking about those molded plastic crates, usually known as "flight kennels" or collapsible, metal dog pens. You don't want your crate to be too large or else your potty training efforts will be in vain. The crate should just big enough for him to stand up and turn around in.

The Crate Training Process:
  • Introductions: Line your crate with a soft towel or dog blanket and gently bring your pup over to the crate. Next you want to drop some small treats near the crate and some just inside the crate. If treats don't work, his favorite toy might work instead. Gently encourage the pup to enter the crate, never forcing him. He should eventually go in on his own.
  • Feeding Time: Once your pup has gotten used to the crate, you can start feeding him near the crate. This sort of positive reinforcement will teach the puppy that the crate is not a bad place. Gradually start placing the food towards the back of the crate. Once you are able to get your dog to eat inside the crate, gently close the door. Initially, it's best to watch your puppy and release the door as soon as he's finished eating but as your dog acclimates to the crate you can start to leave the door closed for longer periods of time. If he starts whining, you'll know that it's time to come out.
  • Respect The Crate: Once meals are regularly being eaten in the crate, start to confine your pup in the crate for short periods of time while you're home. Once in the crate, spend a few minutes around the crate - walking out of the room every so often. Once the puppy is able to remain in his crate for a half hour, you'll know that he's acclimating well to his new environment. The next logical step would be letting him sleep there through the night.
  • Home Alone: Once your pup is able to stay in the crate for short periods of time with you in the house, it's time to start leaving him there when you leave the house for a short time. It's a smart idea to crate him for a short time before you leave the house, just to get him used to it. Relaxed and low key exits and re-entrances are key, otherwise your dog will get over excited. As long as you're crating your dog for short periods of time both while you're at home and while you're away, the dog won't associate this shelter with being left alone.

By following some of these guidelines, you're likely going to have a potty trained and very happy puppy on your hands. While the length of time it takes to effectively crate train a puppy varies based on your dog's age, temperament and several other factors, you shouldn't expect a noticeable change overnight. The process could take days or weeks. The key is patience and understanding and a lot of TLC.

Cash x Daisy Pictures - 1 Week Old

Here are pictures of the Cash x Daisy '09 litter at 1 week old. Click here for more information about the litter.

Yellow Female Labrador Retriever Puppy (purple/blue) - Available

Yellow Female Labrador Retriever Puppy (purple) - Taken

Yellow Lab Puppy (pink) - Taken

Black Female Labrador Retriever Puppy (orange) - Taken

Black Male Labrador Retriever Puppy (blue-white) - Taken

Chocolate Male Lab Puppy (red-white) - Taken

Black Male Labrador Retriever Puppy (red) - Taken

Chocolate Male Lab Puppy (blue) - Taken

Video of Daisey Duke Rosholt in Action

This video shows a small sample of what Daisy is capable of. It shows her performing triple retrieves, blinds, and several other skills that demonstrate her high level of intelligence. Cash sired a litter with Daisy that produced 3 black lab puppies, 3 chocolate lab puppies, and 3 yellow lab puppies.

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January 09 Training Update

With hunting season over we are starting regular training again. Cash has been running a combination of pattern blinds and cold blinds on land. We have been using the pattern blinds to improve running by the gunners and previous marks and to run through/over obstacles, as per Mike Lardy's method. On cold blinds we have been using ducks to reinforce his enthusiasm and to encourage him to run further and with more confidence. We have also been mixing in drills to improve his lining and casting.