Puppies aren’t the only Labrador Retrievers we sell. Many of our clients prefer a Finished Labrador Retriever ready for the field work of a real hunt. For our clients who lack the time or patience to develop a Labrador retriever puppy, we offer a superior selection of trained adult retrievers.
Twin Lakes Kennel offers a basic obedience course which is the foundation for turning an unruly puppy into a responsible pet. Using a leash and collar, pups are taught basic commands through repetition and consistent reward and consequence.
Pups must be at least 6 months old, physically sound, and current on vaccinations. Depending on the development of the pup, this course will take from 4- 6 weeks. We work with the owner to make the pup’s transition back into the family situation a successful experience. The basic obedience training fee also includes boarding.
We take retrievers in for training any time after they’re six months old. Many of our clients have already gotten their pups off to a good start with some basic obedience and lots of marked retrieves. We start a beginner retriever at square one and let him show us what he does and doesn’t know.
In his first month, he will be obedience trained, have lots of marked dummy retrieves, and be introduced to both birds, gunfire, and water. At the end of the first month we will be able to evaluate your retriever’s ability and more reasonably predict the training level that you may expect your dog to achieve.
Started Retrievers are obedience trained to deliver birds to hand, are reasonably steady, and have had limitless birds thrown for them. They understand hunting scenarios and are ready to start hunting. It normally takes 3-4 months to get a pup to this level.
In general, these Labrador retrievers are a bit younger than the Finished retrievers. They are reasonably steady and they will deliver the bird to hand. These Labrador retrievers are at a point at which they can begin the remote handling program.
Finished retrievers have had all the basic training and have also gone into advanced handling drills. They can do difficult multiple marked retrieves and complicated blind retrieves. It will take most dogs 6 – 8 months to advance to this level. These turn-key, Cadillac quality Labrador retrievers are not only steady to wing and shot, but they have been through the entire handling program. This means that with whistles and hand casts, you can command the dog to maneuver in the direction of an unseen bird (blind retrieve) almost like they were a remote control car.
Twin Lakes Kennel is the home of some of the finest Labrador stud dogs in the country. All our breeding males are proven hunters and are free from congenital defects. They represent all the great American Lab bloodlines and produce all three colors. Approved bitches must be genetically clean and test negative for brucellosis.
About Woody Thurman: Woody and Judi Thurman of Twin Lakes Kennel have been breeding and training world class Labrador Retrievers for more than 35 years. Twin Lakes Kennel is the number #1 resource for Labrador Retriever puppies. We select from the most dominant American field bloodlines and breed for natural hunting instinct and tractability. Our Labs, both puppies and adults, are out of the top working Labrador Retriever bloodlines in the country. The end results are the most talented, well rounded Labrador Retrievers possible, making them a most desirable family pet.
More than eight thousand (8,000) Labrador Retrievers have been bred and trained during those thirty-five years. During this time, Woody has titled more than 200 AKC Master Hunter Labrador Retrievers. Woody has also qualified 47 retrievers at AKC Master Nationals. He has won the Ducks Unlimited Open Championships twice. In addition, two of his Labs, Drake and Rondy, bred and trained at Twin Lakes Kennel, are in the Master National Hall of Fame.
Our Labrador Retriever puppies are the culmination of a 30 year search for the most talented, well rounded Labrador Retriever possible. We select from the most dominant American field bloodlines and breed for natural hunting instinct and tractability. Our puppies begin a structured socialization program in the litter box and are introduced to birds at six weeks.
All our Labrador Retriever Puppies carry a guarantee against hereditary defects and to have basic retrieving instincts. Parents of all our Labrador Retriever puppies are physically sound with certified hips and eyes. They are out of the top working Labrador Retriever bloodlines in the country.
We guarantee all our Labrador Retriever puppies to be free from hereditary defects.
Call Woody and Judi at (910) 462-3246 for more information.