How a Labrador Retriever Can Change Your Life

How a Labrador Retriever Can Change Your Life

Labrador Retrievers are incredible dogs for people.  They are very friendly and energetic and love to be around people.  But dogs can be a very big responsibility. Is this a bad thing? Absolutely not! Getting a Labrador Retriever could change your life forever.

Labrador puppy sleeping on the floorLabs make our lives better

If you’re living alone, a Labrador Retriever can be a great companion to come home from work to. It’s nice to be living alone when you’re young, but sometimes it can get lonely.  Anyone who lives on their own will get lonely at some point, and a lab will change that completely. They rely on you for food and shelter, which means their loyalty to you is unwavering.

What you’ll be getting with a Labrador Retriever:

  • Companionship
  • Loyalty
  • Enthusiastic and Energetic
  • Loving and Friendly

They are also great family pets.  They are gentle dogs who just want to be loved, and they will stick by your side at all times.  One thing to think about when considering getting a Labrador Retriever is will you be better off in life with one? These are all great traits for a dog, and if you’re having a tough time in life with all the stresses that come with it, a Lab might just be the answer for you.

Depression and Anxiety

We see more and more of the younger generation struggling with stress and anxiety that is leading to depression and loneliness. It could be the amount of digital content and social media influencing that’s out there.  A connection to all information can be dangerous at times.  We reflect on ourselves and make baseless judgements about our own lives.  If you feel lost and alone, your Lab will always be there to make you feel loved and wanted again.  When you have a terrible day at work, you can come home to the most loving person in the world.

Hidden Pond Labradors breed beautiful and healthy Labrador retriever puppies from a long line of black, chocolate, and yellow Labs. If you’re looking for a family member who’ll improve your life and theirs, contact Hidden Pond Labradors at 607-857-1461!

Why is Having a Dog so Great?

Why is Having a Dog so Great?

A person’s situation in life can be very delicate. Whether you’re lonely, anxious, depressed, or even happy and content in your own life, a best friend makes everything all better. A dog can give you the relationship you need when life gets difficult. They also can make you appreciate the life you’re living already. Just imagine coming home from work and opening the door to a beautiful Labrador excited as hell to see you. It’s a tremendous feeling.

Hidden Pond Labrador puppiesThe Benefits of a Dog

There are plenty of benefits of owning a dog. Of course, with all pros there are cons, but it’s safe to say that the pros outweigh the cons. Here are the benefits:

  • There’s always love – your dog relies on you for shelter and food. They are depending on you for everything they need, which means they will always be loving to you. They get excited to see you come home because they want to spend time with you.
  • Relieve stress and depression – If anything is going bad in your life, your Labrador will be there to comfort you. They will listen to your issues without talking back(obviously). The best part is they can sense when something is wrong. They will curl up next to you on the couch, and make you realize you’re not alone in this world.
  • Keep you active – Labs are loving and playful. They’re going to help you get out of the house and run around with them. This will also make you appreciate the outdoors because you’ll have to take them for walks every day. Going to the park and playing fetch can help you get fit as well.
  • Social life – Your social life will improve significantly. Dog parks, dog bars, and pet-friendly places are everywhere. This is a great way to get out and meet people. Everyone loves an adorable Labrador dog, so you’ll most likely have people coming up to give some love to them.

With the pros, there’s always cons. You’ll have to support another being, which means buying food, vet visits, and babysitting. Your life changes because you have another responsibility in your life. It’s worth it though because you’ll never complain about the minor issues of having a dog when you come home from work and see your Labrador excited as ever to see you.

Hidden Pond Labradors breed beautiful and healthy Labrador retriever puppies from a long line of black, chocolate, and yellow Labs. If you’re looking for a family member who’ll improve your life and theirs, contact Hidden Pond Labradors at 607-857-1461!

Document and Cold Case Research Service

Document and Cold Case Research Service

Searching for a missing person is a very grueling task for anyone. We understand that these cases are extremely sensitive, and that is why we don’t just train search and rescue dogs, we conduct deep research to get to the bottom of the case.

Cold Case Research for missing persons

At Hidden Pond Labradors, John Bellocchio is a professional academic with more than 20 years of document research experience at the local, county, state and federal level. He has become an expert in the delicate process of searching for missing persons. Solving a cold case is very difficult because we know at this point the authorities haven’t been able to solve it, which can give us a very discouraging attitude. But John’s, knowledge and experience, we can give you everything we have to help you solve the case.

Search and Rescue Dogs

At Hidden Pond Labradors, we are partnered with John, who runs the K9 Search and Rescue Academy. He has the reached the highest levels of certification for search and rescue training. These puppies are bred specifically for this job, and that is why we have the best of the best to run the program. We want your case to be solved as quickly as possible.

Why is both necessary to solve the case?

Let’s say your loved one has been missing, and the case is unsolved due to other circumstances.  The feeling of hopelessness and discouragement is through the roof at this point. You have no clue of how to go about finding them, and you don’t know where to turn. That is where we come in. We are dedicated to getting to the bottom of the case, and we are able to use our resources to do so.

If you have a loved one who is missing and you need help, contact Hidden Pond Labradors at 607-857-1461 today to find out how we can help you solve your case. We have search and rescue puppies for sale including a week-long training class with John. John also offers his document and cold case research services!

UMBC Police Department to Recruit a Trained Labrador Retriever

UMBC Police Department to Recruit a Trained Labrador Retriever

We are very proud to announce that one of our little pups is moving on to bigger and better with the UMBC Police Department in Baltimore, Maryland! He will be working as a comfort dog with the police department, and we couldn’t be happier!

Hidden Pond Labradors emotional support dogHidden Pond Labradors

At Hidden Pond Labradors, we are training our Labradors to become emotional support canine companions, as well as comfort dogs with the help of John Bellocchio, who is highly-trained and credentialed.  He can help develop a dog’s abilities in order to stay close to the person dealing with re-lived trauma, emotional distress, or panic. There can be times in police work where a dog can be of great help. Dogs aren’t just companions, they aim to serve as well.

College can be a very stressful time, and the main priority is to provide comfort in times of need all around the entire UMBC campus.

We are proud that the UMBC Police Department is ready to take on one of our own academy members, and we hope that he treats them well.  We believe he will!

If you are looking to train your pup in emotional support, anxiety and PTSD, please contact Hidden Pond Labradors at 607-857-1461, and we will make sure to get you and your pup comfort ready for you or your loved ones.

 

There’s Someone Who Wants to Help

There’s Someone Who Wants to Help

Depression, anxiety, and PTSD can all be crippling to our emotions and mental health. Sometimes people have a difficult time finding help or opening themselves up to acquire the right help for their mental health. Dogs for Emotional Support, Anxiety and PTSD are truly special for people dealing with mental health problems.

PTSD, Dog

Let’s take for example a Veteran returning from service who has PTSD

PTSD is a serious issue, especially with war vets coming back to their civilian lives. Many have crippling depression and mental health problems that are extremely difficult to deal with. A PTSD Service dog can save a life in many cases. There’s been cases where a veteran cannot turn anywhere for any help, so they decide to commit suicide, but the service dog comes to the rescue.

Epileptic Seizures can be very scary for the person having one, as well as the people around.

These dogs are trained to be companions. Sometimes people who have epilepsy have recurring seizures that are very unpredictable, which can make it difficult for a trained dog and people to help the situation. If someone is going through having a seizure, the service dog can alert others that something is wrong, so that they can come help.

Hidden Pond Labradors

At Hidden Pond Labradors, we can train dogs for those in need of emotional support from their canine companions. There is no national standard for this work, but our instructor John Bellocchio can develop a dog’s skills that will make the dog stay close to its companion in times of panic, anxiety, re-lived trauma, emotional distress, and seizures.

If you’re in need of an emotional support dog for whatever reason, contact Hidden Pond Labradors at 607-857-1461 today, and we can help you find the right dog for your needs!

Tips for Selecting a Stud Dog

Tips for Selecting a Stud Dog

Finding a stud dog is a lot like a lady looking for a man… there are plenty of options around, but how does one select the “right” one?

finding a stud dog

Female Dog Traits

First, consider your female dog. What are her good and bad points? You’re going to want to find a stud who is a good fit for her; ideally you want a stud who doesn’t share her bad points! If you can find a stud who has helped correct other female dogs’ particular weak points, that’s great.

Inherited Traits

Next, you’ll want to learn about the inheritance of the traits you’re looking to change… and try to find a stud who has ancestors who don’t carry any recessive genes that you don’t want involved in the creation of puppies. When in doubt, check a stud’s siblings out to see what kind of traits they have.

Make Sure the Math Adds Up

Also, did you know you can find programs that help you figure out the coefficient of inbreeding for a proposed pedigree? How inbred would your puppies end up being? You can find that out thanks to science and math. If you want healthy puppies, look for parents with lower coefficients of inbreeding.

A Close Look

When looking for the “right” stud, arrange to meet potentials in person. Of course, you can see pictures and even videos online, but it always helps to spend time with potential studs in person to see their temperaments as well as faults.

Less Popular is Better

When all else is equal, pick the less-used sire over the popular one. It’s also advisable to choose a middle-aged or older sire rather than a young one. If a dog is still alive at an old age, it shows potential for their offspring to live a long life, too.

Location

Of course, location matters when choosing a stud. It makes sense to go with one that’s not too far away, in order to save expenses in getting to that dog, etc. That said, semen can be shipped, so that’s a nice option.

Hidden Pond Labradors in Upstate New York is a certified pedigree Labrador stud service provider. Breeding black, yellow and chocolate labs, some of which are offered as studs, Hidden Pond can ship semen nationwide to meet the needs of breeders.

 

Service Dogs Aren’t Just Companions, They’re Life-Savers

Service Dogs Aren’t Just Companions, They’re Life-Savers

There is something about a dog’s company that can be uplifting for someone struggling with mental and physical health issues. Whether the problem is depression, PTSD, special needs, or Epilepsy, emotional support dogs can save a human’s life. You are the owner who takes care of them, and they will take care of you.

service dog helping veteran with ptsdTrauma Can Be Crippling, but a Dog Can be Your Crutches

PTSD isn’t something to mess around with. There are plenty of causes for someone to have PTSD, and it should be treated with care. Having a support dog by your side when you are in need can lift your spirits and see the world in a different eye. Many dogs can sense when there is something wrong, which may signal for them to curl up on the couch with you. People need ways to cope with their PTSD, and an emotional support dog can be the best way to do this.

Why you should consider getting a trained PTSD Dog?

  • Alleviate anxiety/stress
  • Comforting companion
  • A distraction from negative thoughts
  • Assists in medical situations

Service Dogs for Epilepsy

Epileptic Seizures can be very frightening for the person who is having them and for the loved ones around. A support dog trained specifically with dealing with people who have seizures can be a best friend to them. Having a dog for epileptic episodes can give a second set of eyes and comfort for the caregivers/family members.

The Training for Emotional Support

There is technically no standard or registry for John Bellocchio’s work when developing our dog’s skills for emotional support, but he can teach the dogs to learn to stay close to its owner or companion in times of panic, anxiety, and post-traumatic symptoms. An emotional support dog is different from a service dog because they don’t complete specific tasks for you. They are companions, and they will be there for you in time of need. Sometimes our friends and family aren’t enough for support. A loving and caring support dog will comfort you when you don’t know where to turn. They will just be there by your side.

For more information on our program for Emotional Support and Dogs for PTSD, please contact Hidden Pond Labradors at 607-857-1461. We care for our loved ones, and we want our loving dogs to care for them as well.

 

Why search and rescue dogs? A true story.

Why search and rescue dogs? A true story.

Many years ago, my brother, who lives in California came home to find his long-time partner gone from the home. It was not too surprising considering they lived on a ranch in the wine country with streams and red wood trees. It was certainly a beautiful place to go for a walk. As the day turned to evening, the tension increased, and when he didn’t return home by night fall, the worry and panic had settled in.

Search and Rescue Dog searching under debris

With no sign of him and no word from the neighbors, the authorities were called in. Of course, as is in every missing person case, the police had to consider foul play by my brother. Upon investigation, this was ruled out as the likely cause of the disappearance. The next procedure was to look for a lost or possibly injured man. Unfortunately, this was a difficult task as they lived in a rural area with few people and lots of open country of mountains, valleys, woods, and fields. There were many ravines and rough terrain making the searching very difficult.

 

After the authorities found no trace of my brothers missing partner, the devastating feeling of helplessness came upon my brother who was missing his loved one. There is no relief from the questions of not knowing if, not knowing where, and not knowing why. The days went on, and the torment of the questions never left my brother’s mind throughout his daily routine. Day after day, week after week, and month after month went by without answers to the questions.

 

Then, on a Saturday morning there was a knock at the door. A group of strangers stood at the door with a couple of dogs. They asked for permission to try and help find the man missing for six months. They also asked for a piece of clothing that was worn by him, so the dogs could track the scent of my brother’s partner. Six months of rain, wind, and sun had gone by, which raises the question: How would these dogs be able to track a scent of this man six months after he went walking. But these were trained search and rescue dogs. The dogs led the handlers directly to where he was in a deep wooded ravine. The dog went directly to the body. The other dog went directly to the walking stick a few yards away that he had been using.

 

Everyone always hopes for the best possible outcome, but the relief of finally knowing is almost palpable. The healing and closure that the volunteers and their dogs brought was such a benefit that it makes their time, effort, and money spent well worth it. Without them, the questions would persist, and the thought of not knowing would strangle anyone’s mind. We thank these Search and Rescue dogs and the volunteers for all that they did.

 

Hidden Pond Labradors trains search and rescue dogs for these types of cases. Whether there is a missing person, natural disaster, or you’re looking to track a loved one who is lost, we have those loving and caring dogs for you. Please contact us at 607-857-1461.

 

Labrador Retrievers and the AKC Breed Standard

Labrador Retrievers and the AKC Breed Standard

At Hidden Pond Labradors, we place a large emphasis on the AKC breed standard, ensuring that our dogs come from upstanding championship bloodlines and are certified by the American Kennel Club.

Labrador god laying down in a field

The AKC Breed Standard is essentially a set of criteria for a dog to be considered of the highest breed quality possible.

 

In brief the, the criteria include, but is not limited to:

General appearance

The AKC breed standard for Labrador retrievers describes a dog that has a strong, athletic build, allowing the dog to be utilized in a hunt, win as a show dog, or act as a family companion.

 

While you don’t have to intend for this purpose, the idea here is that the dog could be able to retrieve, as its name demands.

Coat & coat color

The AKC calls for a coat that is dense and straight, so that anyone who brushes it can feel the its hardness. Its undercoat, meanwhile, should have weather-resistant characteristics, so the dog can withstand water damage.

 

With coat color, the AKC recognizes black, yellow, and chocolate. Anything other than those three colors, such as silver, champagne, and charcoal, is disqualified.

 

White spots are not necessarily encouraged but are permissible.

Temperament

The AKC certifies dogs of sounds temperament; eager to please, kind and intelligent. Ideally, a Labrador retriever will be non-aggressive towards people or other animals, but instead very friendly to whoever they meet.

 

The AKC also evaluates the build of every dog looking for sound structure, proportionate sizes and substance, and several other distinguishing features of the breed.

 

See the full list of criteria here, and then meet the puppies born from our championship bloodlines here! Call Hidden Pond Labradors at 607-857-1461 with any questions you may have.

How Labrador Retriever’s Coat Colors are Determined: Black, Chocolate, and Yellow

A Labrador retriever’s coat is a defining characteristic and an important factor when choosing the newest addition to your family.

As recognized Labrador breeders, we are knowledgeable on these dogs and their coat colors. There are several factors that determine color, which every prospective buyer and owner should know.

Most importantly to note: there are only three colors of Labradors Chocolate, Black, and Yellow. There is a great variation in the yellow color from fox red to almost pure white. All other color variations are not recognized by the AKC.

Black Lab PuppyBlack Labs

Let’s start with the dominant color: black.

So, for context, every Labrador retriever is born with two alleles or genes. One from each parent, just like us: Each parent can donate a dominant B black gene or a recessive b chocolate gene.

If you have at least one B black gene, you will have a black dog. So, they can be BB or Bb.

 

Chocolate Lab Puppy

Chocolate Labs

If they possess two recessive genes b the chocolate gene, it means that they will have a rich chocolate coat.

The only genes a chocolate dog can have is bb.

 

 

 

Yellow Labs

Yellow Lab PuppySo where does the yellow color come from?

Another allele comes into play with a yellow coat. There is a gene that is an on/off-switch. The off switch is recessive just like chocolate. The on switch is dominant E just like the black gene. I don’t know why they chose the letter Ee.

If the puppy possesses two recessive off-switches, it will be yellow because you’re “turning off” whatever the other color is. If there is at least one on switch EE, Ee two on switches or an on-switch with an off-switch allele, then the puppy will show its color based on the Bb genes.

If you’re looking for a yellow Lab, there is a wide array of yellow coats, from almost white to fox red. Those colors are more complicated genetically

Exotic colors

You will see people offering Labradors in other colors. These include silver, champagne, and charcoal. None of these colors are recognized by the AKC. They may be registered as chocolate from the AKC, but they are most likely mixed with another breed to obtain those colors. We never offer any of these exotic colors nor do any of the breeders I know.

At Hidden Pond Labradors, we have top-notch sires and exceptional girls that allow us to offer beautiful litters of black, chocolate and yellow Lab puppies.

If you’re looking to add a Lab to the family, check out our puppies who are ready to go to their forever home! Call us at 607-857-1461 today with any questions you may have.