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         Hill Country Labradors is a small kennel breeding only a   couple litters a year,  when we want to keep something for ourselves. We are looking for show prospects and to add to our breeding program.   We believe a Labrador should have it all... retrieving instincts, intelligence, good health, beauty, and a wonderful temperament which is hallmark of the breed.


We strive to produce outstanding puppies that are family and house raised with quality time and unconditional love. Our dogs are selectively bred with careful genetic screenings to ensure a happy healthy dog that will shower you with sloppy kisses for years to come.  We look for families that plan on making their puppy a valuable member of the family. Our puppies go to new homes at 8 weeks of age.

Our puppies are sold for pet and hunting companions and are sold with

AKC LIMITED REGISTRATION.

 


 

          

 

 

 

Health & Temperament
Health and temperament are of the utmost importance to us. . To help us breed sound, quality dogs, all of the dogs we breed have x-rays done of their hips and elbows and are determined to be free of dysplasia by the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA). We also have their eyes certified annually to be free of inheritable eye disorders by a board certified Veterinary Ophthalmologist (ACVO).
We believe that with superior health and temperament, we can produce wonderful puppies that can develop to their fullest potential.

Puppy Guarantee
All of our puppies are examined by a board-certified veterinarian to ensure that the puppy is in good health before it goes to its new home. We also ask every puppy buyer to have their new puppy examined by their veterinarian within 72 hours from the date of purchase. If it is determined that the puppy is not in good general health, with a written veterinarian statement and the puppies’ return, the entire purchase price will be refunded.

When you purchase a puppy from Hill Country Labradors, this is what will be included:

~ Avid Microchip w/ registration for recovery program


~Puppy Health Record

~Well puppy check by a licensed veterinarian

~First vaccines

~De-wormed at 2, 3, 4, and 6, & 8 weeks of age

~Socialized with people, children, elderly, and other dogs

~AKC Registration

~Copy of Parent's certificates of accomplishments,
championships, titles, etc.

~Puppy supply list and Purina Pro Starter Kit

~Coupon towards your first bag of puppy food

~Food Sample

~Support - If you ever have questions or need help,
we are here for you.

We ship puppies within the United States with Delta and Continental Airlines.

Importance of Puppy Socialization
The socialization of puppies comes from two sources, human and canine. The first acts of socialization come from the interaction between mother and littermates. A mother teaches her puppies what is acceptable behavior. The mother to puppy and littermate to puppy socialization is invaluable and cannot be simulated in any way, which is why we do not allow any puppies to leave until they are 8 weeks of age.
Once the mother’s work is well underway, it is our turn to assist in the process. Exposure to as many different noises, sights, smells and experiences are vital to producing a stable, well-tempered puppy. Car rides, collars, walking on leash, cats, other breeds of dogs, children, high pitched voices and crates all are seemingly simple, everyday stimuli that we expect our dogs to respond favorably to. We often take for granted that these are all new experiences for a young puppy. When some one they have learned to trust exposes them to the new experience, it reduces the stress and can be quickly viewed in a favorable light. We believe in The Rule of Seven, written by Pat Hastings, AKC judge and author of The Puppy Puzzle, which offers these hints for socializing very young puppies. Please read below to see what we do for young puppies following these guidelines.
Puppy socialization does not stop with the breeder. It is important that a new owner continue to reinforce positive new experiences. I encourage all new puppy buyers to take their new pups between 4-6 months to Puppy kindergarten or an Obedience class. This is a wonderful chance for puppies to meet other young dogs of different breeds in a new and different environment. It also teaches a puppy the basic rules of sit, stay, down, come, no, etc. I strongly believe in Klicker Training with a young pup as it uses POSITIVE REINFORCEMENT using treats, to help teach acceptable behavior.
A well socialized puppy is one that is happy, confident and ready to encounter his journey through life.

 

Hill Country Labradors believes in and follows these tips from THE RULE OF SEVEN for socializing young puppies

 

THE RULE OF SEVENS ... TIPS ON PUPPY SOCIALIZATION

 


Pat Hastings, AKC judge and author of The Puppy Puzzle offers these hints for socializing very young puppies.

By the time a puppy is 7 weeks old it should have:

 

Been on 7 different surfaces, such as: carpet, concrete, wood, vinyl, grass, dirt, gravel, wood chips, newspaper, etc.

Played with 7 different types of objects, such as: big balls, small balls, soft fabric toys, fuzzy balls, squeaky toys, metal items, wooden items, paper/cardboard items, milk/soda jugs, etc.

 

Been in 7 different locations, including: front yard, backyard, basement, kitchen, car, garage, laundry room, bathroom, crate, kennel, etc.

Been exposed to 7 challenges, such as: climbed a box, climbed off a box, gone through a tunnel, climbed up steps, climbed down steps, climbed over obstacles, played hide and seek, gone in and out of a doorway with a step, etc.

 

Eaten from 7 different containers: metal, plastic, cardboard, paper, china, pie plate, frying pan, etc.

Eaten in 7 different locations: crate, yard, kitchen, basement, laundry room, bedroom, x-pen, etc.

Met and played with 7 new people, including children and the elderly.

 

 

 

 

 

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