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Your Dalwater puppy has been carefully planned for and thoughtfully raised.  Our Labradors are 'Purposefully' bred to the breed standard.  An English Show 'Type' that excels inside the show ring, out hunting ducks and most of all as the best all around congenial, love-every-creature best-friend family dog ever!   I do everything In my power to insure your puppy comes to you with the best start possible starting many generations before he/she was born by insuring all of the dogs in our breeding program have been been stringently tested for clear hips, elbows, eyes hearts and many other disease traits.   You can find a link to my PUPPY CONTRACT here..



Puppy socialization starts early at Dalwater.  All Dalwater puppies are raised lovingly in our home and we practice ENS and believe in the rules of 7 as taught by Pat Hastings-



Puppy Socialization: The Rule of Sevens

By the time a puppy is 7 weeks old she should’ve…

 Been in at least 7 different locations (backyard, garage, kitchen, neighbor’s yard, etc.)

 Eaten from at least 7 different containers

 Been held and petted by at least 7 different people

 Taken at least 7 one-mile car rides

 Been in a crate at least 7 times

 Played with at least 7 different kinds of toys

 Walked on at least 7 different substrates (grass, gravel, concrete, etc.)

 Been taken somewhere alone, without mom or littermates, at least 7 times

 Been exposed to at least 7 challenges (climbed on a box, gone through a tunnel, climbed

up steps, etc.)



VACCINATING YOUR PUPPY:  More dogs (and people) are suffering from various cancers and auto immune mediated disorders than ever before for and the dog professional community is becoming increasingly aware that some of our outdated vaccine pratice may be a contributing factor.  For this reason It is our policy to follow a minimal vaccine protocol and vaccinate with a single vaccine at a time given at strategic intervals and employ titer testing as the best means of protecting our puppies and  bolstering their immune systems.  Learn more below...

FEEDING YOUR PUPPY:  Navigating all of the the conflicting opinions on the best way of feeding our dogs can be confusing.  We feed our puppies as complete of a biologically appropriate diet as we can buy in kibble form that is formulated for a fast growing breed and we recommend it be fed  for the first 18 months.  

GETTING READY:  We are busy socializing your puppy to insure that he/or she will be as adjusted and ready  for a seamless transition into your welcoming arms but there are lots of things you can do to prepare .  I highly recommend Ian Dunbar's 'BEFORE You Get Your Puppy' and 'AFTER You Get Your Puppy'. Both can be found here...

THE EARLY SPAY/NUETER CONTROVERSY:  While your Dalwater puppy is sold as a pet and not for breeding it is in your pet's best interest to delay spaying or neutering  until maturity as many cancers and joint disorders as well as other health issues can be avoided.  You can read more here....


-The Forever Dog Books  The Forever Dog.  by Rodney Habib & Dr. Karen Shaw Becker and The Forever Dog Life. by  Dr. Karen Shaw Becker & Rodney Habib

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