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Kingridge Kennels

Peters Township, PA 15317

Kingridge Kennels English Labrador Retrievers

Intelligent ~ Calm ~ Beautiful

Neurologically Stimulated, Lovingly Socialized & Trained

Lab Tails of Kingridge

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First Water Experience

Posted on May 18, 2013 at 9:42 PM Comments comments (0)
Today we took advantage of this beautiful Saturday, and took the puppies to Mingo Creek Park for their first water experience. The day was wonderful! Each of the puppies approached the water rather cautiously at first, but then they dove right in. After splashing around and playing on the rocks, they took the longest deepest nap that I have ever seen.
 
My children joined in playing with the puppies throughout the day, and they too were fast asleep in the car on the ride home. It was a very eventful and memorable day for us all! So, now it's my turn to go up to bed to rest like a tired tuckered out puppy.
 
 

Six Weeks Old & Cute as Can Be

Posted on May 16, 2013 at 10:07 PM Comments comments (0)
Godiva
Godiva
6 weeks old & 11.3 pounds
Dove
Dove
6 weeks old & 12.1 pounds
Hershey
Hershey
6 weeks old & 12.1 pounds
Nestle
Nestle
6 weeks old & 13.0 pounds
Cadbury
Cadbury
6 weeks old & 13.4 pounds
The litter is 6 weeks old! This begins a new stage in the puppies' development here at Kingridge. We take these next 2 weeks to work with the puppies on crate training and obedience training, and of course we continue the potty training that was begun when they were 3 weeks old. The puppies enjoyed a meal in their crates for the first time, and the experience seemed to be very positive for each of them. When it comes to Labs, any experience is good as long as food is involved :-) It really is a way to their heart! It is also excellent for training, and we make use of this natural love in all of the work that we do with the puppies.
 
With plenty of positive motivation we will teach the puppies to come when called, sit, and walk on lead. We also begin to tackle the concept of staying, rather than following every impulse to investigate the world around them. In the next weeks we work on whistle recognition, using a soft mouth for retrieving, bite inhibition, and keeping the puppy on all 4 paws to receive praise. That is quite a busy schedule for such little puppies! But, they are so eager to learn and get "treats" that they are very eager students. With a lot of patience and praise, the litter will make great strides this week in many areas of obedience. 
 
They are also continuing the socialization process during this week. Each puppy has eaten out of many different types of food bowls, in many locations, and have been around many unique types of individuals. We have exposed them to infants, elderly, people with handicaps, cats, hamsters, birds and other dogs. It is amazing how they approach a new situation with curiosity and gusto.
 
This sensitive time of socialization will never be repeated again, and it is absolutely imperative that they explore new situations in a safe environment that produces confidence in each new experience. So, we are diligently completing the 7 Steps of Socialization, and in the process they are learning so much about the great world around them. We have 5 very curious inquisitive little puppies in our home. They are growing and getting ready developmentally for that special day. The day when they will move away from their mom and start their journey with their new families. It is such an honor to train them and watch their confidence grow in preparation for that very important day.

Puppies Are Playing and Learning

Posted on May 8, 2013 at 9:21 PM Comments comments (0)
Our sweet chocolate litter is adorable! The puppies are so inquisitive and are having a great time curiously exploring their ever expanding world. We are exposing the pups to many new and unique situations using the Seven Steps of Socialization. They are playing with new toys, encountering new smiling faces, and moving to new locations in our home and beyond.
 
They recently stepped out onto our deck for the first time, and within the next week we will allow them to go outside into the great big world of our backyard. We also have them interact with other pets, listen to noises that they may encounter as adults, and eat in unfamiliar environments out of different types of bowls. All of these social experiences are purposeful and intentional.
 
When a puppy is exposed to new stimuli in the first 7 weeks of his or her life, they become acclimated to the new experience and will respond with little fear or nervousness when they encounter the situation again as an adult. We make the most of these social weeks in the puppies' lives by exposing them to as many varied social experiences as we can, in a very controlled manner. We note the way in which each puppy responds to the new encounter, so that we are able to document the personality differences apparent in each pup. They are all enjoying this special period of exploration, and WE are having such a great time with this chocolate litter!
 

First Social Interactions & Visitation

Posted on April 23, 2013 at 4:18 PM Comments comments (0)
The puppies in the "Fine Chocolate" litter turned 3 weeks old last tonight. All of the pups are exploring their surroundings and are becoming interested in interacting with one another. They are also just starting to focus on human interaction, and are responding to sounds and movement. This is a precious time in their development when they come out of their "shell" and learn how to interact with the world around them.
 
I know many of the families on our list are very excited to come and meet the sweet bundles of fur in this litter. So, I thought I'd let you know some of the details for the first litter visitation. Saturdays are our typical visitation days, but we always strive to accommodate families based on their schedules as well. We allow people to come visit the litter once the puppies have turned 4 weeks old. This means that Saturday, May 4th, is the special day when these pups will meet some of the families who will be taking them home forever.
 
In the meantime, I hope that you can enjoy the video of the litter and know that we are working tirelessly with these precious pups. We have recently begun potty training and are working on the 7 Steps of Socialization. This week of training coincides harmoniously with the natural development of the litter. They are just beginning the process of exploring, and we are giving them all kinds of new things to investigate. It is an exciting time here at Kingridge Kennels!
 

The Puppies Eyes are Open

Posted on April 17, 2013 at 6:07 PM Comments comments (0)
 
One puppy with his eyes newly openedThe puppies have turned two weeks old, and as of today, all of their eyes are open. Although their vision is blurry, they can begin to see the world for the very first time. The two week mark is such an exciting developmental milestone for the litter, and the upcoming week is one that is full of exciting social and developmental changes.
 
One little chocolate puppy being weighed
We finished performing BioSensor Therapy yesterday. The early developmental period has just flown by! Each of the chocolate puppies in the litter is gaining terrific weight, and they can now walk about in the whelping pen with a bit more purpose and efficiency. They still sleep for a majority of the day, and nurse for the rest of their waking hours. However, this heavy need for sleep will begin to diminish during the next week as the puppies begin to spend more time exploring and socializing.
 
At two weeks they are just embarking on an exciting transitional period in their development that will occur during this upcoming week. It's a time of rapid change when each puppy begins to show some of the traits that they will retain into adulthood. They start to display their first social signals, like wagging their tail, barking, growling and play fighting with the litter.
 
The litter is growing and changing with each passing dayThis week is one that is full of anticipation, as we look forward to watching the puppies open up to the world around them! I will be sure to capture some videos of their first interactions... Those first social moments are absolutely adorable!
 
 

First Five Days

Posted on April 5, 2013 at 11:05 PM Comments comments (1)
5 Day Old Chocolate Lab Puppy
We have really been enjoying the first five days with this new precious litter. Time has passed like a whirlwind since Easter, and we are slowly returning to a bit of a routine. This is a time of explosive growth and development in each of the pup's lives. The puppies began BioSensor Therapy on Wednesday and will continue the program twice a day until they are 16 days old.
 
As we interact with the puppies during BioSensor Therapy we record their responses to the stimuli during each session. This information will be added to the journal that we present to each family on the day of puppy pickup. Already we are starting to observe slight nuances relating to the puppies behaviors, although we will not have any concrete indications until the litter is approximately 5 weeks old. However, observation and documentation at this point in the puppies' development help us to collect valuable insights that confirm what we will see later.
 
Each of the pups is growing stronger and larger everyday. We have had to replace their ribbons twice already because of their expanding neck circumferences. Some of the puppies are already able to walk feebly, but diligently, all the way across the whelping pen to get to their mother for a nursing session. They nurse just about every hour, and when they are not feeding they are sleeping. Of course, their eyes are not yet open, but I will let you know as soon as that monumental occasion occurs. I have added some new pictures of each of the puppies to the "Current Litter" page of the website and will continue to document all of the anticipated milestones as they unfold.

Announcing the Spring "Chocolate" Litter

Posted on April 2, 2013 at 3:25 PM Comments comments (0)
We are so proud to announce the 5 chocolate puppies in our spring litter. Three males and two females were born late last night on April 1st via c-section. They ranged in weight from 13 ounces to 1 pound. Although they are not yet 24 hours old, they are all already gaining weight! That is a terrific sign, and it is a direct result of an absolutely wonderful caring mother.
 
Shiloh is still slightly groggy from the anesthesia and quit sore from surgery, but she is very attentive and has instantly fallen in love with her new puppies. We will be posting pictures of each of the pups, and revealing their names by the end of the day today at:
 
 
 

First Puppy is Born

Posted on April 1, 2013 at 5:42 PM Comments comments (2)
5 healthy puppies
What a 24 hours! We just returned from the veterinarian's office with 5 healthy puppies after a c-section. Shiloh failed to produce a puppy during a stall in her labor, and as a result we delivered the rest of the litter via c-section. There are 2 girls, 3 boys and 1 very exhausted mama. We are thankful for the pups that are vivacious and healthy! We will all rest well tonight... Praise the Lord for new sweet little puppies.

Labor Has Begun... and I'm Not Fooling!

Posted on April 1, 2013 at 12:06 PM Comments comments (0)
Puppies will be whelped any time nowWe are anticipating the birth of puppies at any moment. Shiloh's labor started late on Easter night with mild contractions. We brought Shiloh along to our Easter festivities and enjoyed a magnificent day!
 
Shiloh's contractions strengthened throughout the night, and she is now in active labor. We are ready to assist with the birth (thanks to a generous amount of coffee), and we will be keeping you current on developments as they occur. We are praying for a healthy natural whelping that is easy for both, Mom and pups.  
 
Easter blessings like sweet puppies

Number of Puppies & Labor Plans

Posted on March 28, 2013 at 3:13 PM Comments comments (1)
Shiloh coming home from the vet.
 
Shiloh and I were just at the vet for her pregnancy X-rays. She is drawing close to the end of this pregnancy, and her puppies may be here as early as Easter day! Along with the X-ray we also went over the whelping procedures and got some Oxytocin to help with any issues that may arise with unusual labor patterns. Our visit today helps us anticipate how many puppies will be whelped, so that we can be well prepared for the big event.
 
 
 
The X-rays confirmed pregnancy, and we saw at least 6 puppies.
 
Shiloh and Joy on the way home from the vets.Our vet counted 5 spines in the picture and mentioned that due to Shiloh's pregnancy "bulge" there may be a few more hiding. I definitely saw 6 spines, so there may indeed be even more. We will have to wait and see just how many! In a previous litter, 3 pups were whelped who were missed and considered hiding from view in the X-ray image. So, I can confidently count on the passage of 6 little puppies, but during labor we will be waiting and watching for signs that there are more. We are planning on visiting with family this Easter, so Shiloh will be journeying with us for our celebrations just in case these puppies decide they want to be born on the early side of the spectrum.
 
 
We will begin taking Shiloh's temperature twice a day, looking for the low temperature drop that signals labor is imminent. We also will observe her behavior for indications that she is "nesting." Quite literally a dog will display these nesting tendencies as labor draws near. They will dig at their bedding, seek out dark areas away from the hustle and bustle of life, and prepare a nest in which to deliver their pups. We, of course, will ultimately have Shiloh deliver in her whelping box, but she still enjoys hunkering down underneath the children's beds, digging through a pile of laundry to find a cozy spot, and using our baby's blankets as possible safe havens for her new puppies. It is quite a thoughtful and amazing event to witness!
 
Easter puppies and eggsSo, all that is left for now on our end, is to prepare for the birth and wait! The preparation is easy, but the patience to wait for the delivery of a litter is always SO difficult! I have never been one to deal well with waiting, and these last few days feel like pure torture... the suspense.... the excitement! It is like Christmas morning around here - or I suppose at this time of year more like Easter morning. We are watching, excitedly waiting, and praying for a healthy delivery of some very precious little chocolate puppies. I will be updating this blog, and Facebook as the events of labor unfold. I hope you will enjoy the twists and turns of this passage of new life... It is always quite a journey! 
 
 
 

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