Raising Litter Mates



Our black labrador litter mates are transitioning from cute to handsome! They aren't growing as quickly as before, but they are definately growing. They are becoming more independent, but also quite loving and cuddly. They are seven (7) months old now.

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Saturday, October 16, 2010
The Virtue of Patience - Patience with the Puppy

Wow! Time flew with these two. In a week they will be eight (8) months old. We have had them for almost six (6) months now and they are quite the pair. At this age they require much less attention and supervision. I actually have some time to myself now (but Jordan needs a little extra attention right now).

I have taught our black labrador litter mates many things, and if someone were to ask me what they have taught me - I would have to say patience. I have never been a very patient person, I sort of expect things to be done right the first time around. I don't have children so I was pleasantly surprised when I found myself repeating things "a million times". I have PATIENCE!

Patience is crucial when raising a puppy, even more so when raising litter mates. I spent a lot of time repeating myself the last few months, and it was well worth it. The time invested in raising my litter mates is nothing when I see that they are learning. Don't get me wrong, my black labrador puppies are nowhere near perfect, but they prove time and time again that they understand their commands (some days its hard for them to pick me over the kibble on the floor).

I cannot begin to tell you how wonderful this experience has been. Raising litter mates is more than twice the work - it's more like quadruple! I can see why many breeders,trainers and veterinarians do not recommend this. I am very fortunate to have been able to spend and continue to spend the amount of time I have with them, and I know that they will continue to improve on their behaviour as long as I invest the time and patience.

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