Where it all begins at Cedar Creek Retrievers

                     Yellow litter                                                    Black litter                                                     Chocolate litter
                                   (The only 3 colors that AKC recognizes in the Labrador Retriever Breed)

We believe that puppies begin their lives at the moment of conception. So, from that very moment we want our puppies to have
the very best we can provide. There are several very good, high quality dog foods on the market today. A few we recommend are
Blue Buffalo Wilderness, Nutro Natural choice, Purina Pro Plan, Native, Diamond Naturals.

Girls that are competitive dogs continue their training throughout pregnancy to maintain their peak mental and physical
condition. Research has shown that mothers who are mentally challenged during pregnancy have offspring with larger brain
weight than mothers who are not.  So, to ensure enhanced mental ability of our pups we continue regular training, exercise,
retrieving and swimming until the day the pups are due.

Skeet swimming at the lake 7days before due         Razzy retrieving and swimming on her due day

Each Cedar Creek mom is attended during whelping.  All puppies are born in our home in a clean, disinfected area padded with
clean towels and fleeces. They are on a heating pad and/or under a heat lamp in order to keep the temperature about 85-90
degrees Fahrenheit.  As pups are usually born at night I sit up and offer support and reassurance during birth.  I let the mother
do everything herself unless any trouble develops. As the pups are born I secure (tie off) and cut the umbilical cord and discard
the placenta. Each pup is dried by rubbing briskly within seconds after birth to acquaint her/him with the smell and touch of
human hands as well as their dam's tongue. As soon as the newborn is dried off it is put on the nipple to nurse, as this early
colostrum is essential to protect the pup from disease until the immune system matures.

After each couple of pups are born, the towels and fleeces are taken out and replaced with new ones and the mom is offered
water and lots of reassurance. We tell her what a great mother she is and how talented and beautiful her babies are, this
reassurance helps her to relax.  We also make sure each pup is nursing.  When all the pups are born we check on them every
two hours, picking them up and handling them to be sure all is well and to continue the pup's contact with humans. We talk to the
pups, and tell them how beautiful they are and how smart and talented they are.  Every time the mom goes out for bathroom
breaks we change the towels and fleeces.  We spare no expense on mom's diet during this time, we continue feeding the
highest quality Large breed formula. Puppies are constantly kept on surfaces with good traction, so they don't slip and slide. This
helps to develop good muscle tone and prevents damage to their joints. Some studies have shown that hip problems can start
soon after birth if the pups are kept on slippery surfaces. Our pups are kept in the center of the family room where they are
exposed to all noises of life, phone ringing, pots and pans, dishwasher etc. As when the pup is in the litter with mom all of this is
accepted with ease and nothing is threatening.  Pups are sat down on the carpet, couch and tile floor so they experience
different textures and heights. They learn that "different" is not bad, there are no adverse circumstances associated with
Each life is important and every pup is treated and cherished as an individual. The dewclaws are removed within 5 days of birth.
The dewclaw (thumb) can be subject to tearing and injury in an active sporting dog.
The puppies eyes and ears start to open at 14 days, and now they are ready to take on the world, starting with their litter mates.
Around 20 days they start to walk around and bark, growl and play with one another.  At this time we place several plush and
fleece toys in with them to encourage them to play, hold in their mouth and walk over them. We also place toys above their heads
to encourage them to look up and explore the world above them, in preparation for looking in the sky for game birds.

During this time we continue to pick them up, hug them, kiss them and encourage them to explore!  By the time they are four and
a half weeks old, we move them to a larger area that has a sleeping area, a potty area, and a play area.  Pups at this young age
can start to learn to be clean in their personal habits, and that there are acceptable places to eliminate (outside), and other areas
for eating and sleeping. It is at this time that they start getting regular meals during the day when they are separated from their
mother.  Mom still gets night duty, the pups will continue to eat and sleep with their mom for another week.

At five and a half weeks old the pups get three meals a day and say goodbye to mom. It is time to be on their own. They will be fed
the best large breed puppy food we can provide. This last few days with us is very busy and can be very stressful, so we
continue to ensure the pups with lots of praise and love.  Weather permitting the pups will spend most of this time outside in
different areas. At this time they see other dogs, horses, humans, cats, ATV's and they hear all the sounds of Cedar Creek, guns
firing, duck calls, ducks in the pond, barking dogs and horses.  They are taken for walks in the field and down to the pond. They
are encouraged to enter the pond on their own in a group(safety in numbers) and usually don't hesitate.  Pups are introduced to
collar, leash and crate conditioning. We take the pups for rides around the farm in the SUV in a group. They are introduced to
dove, pheasant, duck, quail and/or pigeons at this time.  You will not find a shy pup here at Cedar Creek, our pups are raised with

100% Confidence
(please see our Testimonial page.)

As the pups grow we get to know each ones personality and aptitude. This helps me to ensure that you get the right pup for your
household.  These notes help me sort this out for you so, you are completely satisfied with your new family member.  
When you come to pick up your pup we will explain what health care your puppy has received and what we suggest for the
future, what puppy food your puppy is eating and how often, we will talk to you about heart worm preventative and flea control,
spay and neuter, treats, toys and training.
We will continue to answer questions for you throughout your puppies life.

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