If you are interested in an Emotional Support Dog or a Personal Therapy dog please click here.
For those who simply want a well behaved Labrador Retriever, on occasion we keep and train our chocolate lab puppies for basic obedience. The cost for a trained Labrador Retriever is $6500.00. This cost includes the cost of the puppy, daily obedience training, its dog food, vet care and shots for approximately 6 months until the time you pick your Labrador Retriever up. The cost does not cover spaying/neutering for any of our chocolate lab puppies. A trained Labrador Retriever will be house trained, able to sit, stay, come, stand, lie down and heel. Of course, with chocolate lab puppies fetch usually happens all on its own. If you are looking for a great companion but can't provide the training during the start of the puppy year, a trained Labrador Retriever may be for you.
In the event a trained Labrador Retriever is not available, we can arrange to keep one at the next litter for you and begin training it once it is reaches eight weeks old. Please have a look at the videos posted on our Home page and our Best Start Training page as they have short clips of Labrador Retriever training sessions.
Chocolate Lab puppies can be trained to do a very wide variety of tasks. Our basic obedience can be just the start if you are planning on continuing the puppy's training or you can simply pick up your trained Labrador Retriever complete with all its manners and keep it for your pet. Some of the things working Chocolate Lab Puppies can do are: Hunt and retrieve, work as bomb or drug dogs, smell when a diabetic's blood sugar is low and alert them, assistance dogs for people with Autism, search and rescue, work as a service dog for a blind person and much more.
The waiting period for trained chocolate lab puppies is approximately 1 to 2 years. This includes the time giving birth to the puppy and training time before it is ready to go
If you are interested to apply for one of our Trained Labrador Retrievers please complete an application and mention "trained lab."
First I need to state that these animals (comfort dogs, emotional support dogs, and therapy dogs) are not service dogs and do not have the same right of access as a service dog. An emotional support dog also known as an Emotional Support Animal or ESA is different from a service dog and generally does not have the same right of access a service dog has. A service dog different than a support dog because it is trained to perform specialized tasks where Therapy/Support dogs are very well behaved dogs with specific temperaments who have the job to provide emotional support to their handlers. An example of this would be one of our chocolate lab puppies easing someone's anxiety or aiding to provide focus and meaning to their life. We however do not train or certify Emotional Support Dogs because in Ontario, there is no such designation as an Emotional Support Dog. In the USA there are states who recognize Emotional Support Dogs, however for our purposes we will call dogs specifically suited for this type of support Comfort Dogs. If you live in the USA we can help to provide you with an intelligent, even tempered suitable dog to be trained. Please contact us to discuss your situation.
For those with a mental health illness such as anxiety, depression, mood disorder, panic attacks, fear or phobias, suicidal thoughts, PTSD, ADD, learning disorders, gender identity, bi polar or also for some people on the Autism spectrum a comfort dog provides comfort, security, companionship, and love when suffering from a mental or emotional disability of illness.
Support Dogs are very well mannered, well trained dogs who have been taught to accept hugs, kisses, caressing, crying and other outbursts, and other things one may use to help make them feel more at ease. They are very approachable by other friendly people and have been socialized to accept many behaviors from the people around them.
The amount of training your Lab gets with your breeder will be up to you. Continuing the training later at home is crucial to keeping his/her skills up. For someone who has very little experience training a Labrador we recommend 8 to 12 weeks minimum obedience. This will show your new Labrador Retriever puppy what is expected of them in the people world. Each block of 2 weeks is $630. So our recommendation is between 8 weeks costing $2520 and 12 weeks costing $3780.
This depends on exactly what you will need your dog to do. Our recommendation of 12 weeks will generally result in a well behaved 5 month old dog, potty trained, won't jump up, won't nip or mouth, doesn't bark, tolerant of others and comfortable in most external situations. You may chose less training and carry it out yourself or you may require more specialized training which may take more than 12 weeks.
Training includes sit, stay, come, down, leave it, walk on loose leash for owner and stranger, allows petting from handler or stranger, won't jump up on people, free of aggression, and ignores distractions.
As of current, there is no certification available for a comfort dog in Canada but may be in your particular US state. There are organizations who will allow you to certify your dog as a Therapy dog so that you may take them into hospitals and other institutions. We do not provide any certification and if you require this you would need to seek out something suitable once your acquire your trained Lab. We do not provide any certification of training for Emotional support animals or Comfort Dogs.
If interested in a trained Lab or a Comfort Dog please apply below, there will be a wait of appx 1 year.
Puppies can be removed from Comfort Dog training and adopted as pets at any time. Click here to view them.
To find our more about our training program or to reserve one of these amazing Labrador Retriever Puppies, click the button out below and fill out our application form.