Providing quality yellow, chocolate and black Labradors to approved homes.
Inquiries~ call Bryce or Gina at 1-320-838-3636
Our Privilege and Desire
At Welcome Home Labs, we strive to be the best we possibly can in both quality and service. These two things are very important to us to uphold...they go hand in hand. We have quality dogs with excellent health and wonderful family temperaments. We also provide all sorts of information to help you prepare for the special Welcome Home Day. We are available for you far beyond the Welcome Home day. As questions come up in the days, weeks, months and years ahead...we are here for you. We don't claim to have all of the answers but we are willing to share what we know and to suggest possible resources when we don't know the answer.
What our Labs have added to families?
We have pups that have gone on to be the best back yard fetching friends, the cuddle companion, the motivator to get out and exercise, the fishing buddy, the hunting dog, mountain rescue dog, therapy dog to help assist with limitations, show dogs, 4H friends, the playmate, confidant, the BEST FAMILY FRIEND EVER and more. Our Labs are versatile and enjoy the field to the side of the fireplace, they smart and easy to train and they love to please their people.
What makes 'Welcome Home Labs' so Special?
We have fantastic Champion Lines loved and raised by our FAMILY. We are a family raising family members...we consider this a great privilege.
We focus on health and a great family temperament equally and then as a bonus we have some of the most beautiful dogs EVER! (I may be a little partial but I believe that is a true statement.)
So, besides having top quality champion lines and our Labs having health and wonderful temperaments, we take it a step further. We strive to make matches that will be the best matches for a lifetime. We don't match according to color and gender alone but we make matches based on lifestyles and activities. We learn about you and what you are looking for in a Lab and we get to know each puppy individually, temperament test the puppies at 6 and then again at 7 weeks of age...then we assist you in picking the right puppy for your family.
We also use methods of formal and informal socialization for purposes of helping to develop a flexible, easy going pup for you. All techniques and training helps that we provide are great but without love they are just that...methods and techniques. We want each pup to be cared for and loved like our own so we consider this piece of raising quality Labs a great joy! We are a family of 11 and so we certainly have hands to love the pups up daily!
Although Labs, by nature, are incredible dogs...we believe that the foundation established in the early days makes a beneficial difference for the future of your puppy! We start the early imprinting days with LOVE and care, providing mental stimulation and challenges, providing security, looking after pups to provide the best physical, social, emotional healthy environment we know how to provide. The DAILY handling of each pup, and early training is a given here at Welcome Home Labs. All of this combined helps the puppies to be confident, gentle, loving, obedient, people pleasing adults with great health and they are also GORGEOUS! You can be sure that a puppy from us is raised in a loving family environment.
As you are considering adding a family member, we consider it a privilege if you are looking our way because we thoroughly enjoy being able to be a part of helping to make the best match for your family. You could not go wrong with one of the pups from Welcome Home Labs. Our litters are very consistent. You know what you can expect from us.
If the type of pup you like is what you see in the photos on our pages, a pup from a future litter will be quite similar.
Our puppies are full English Labs and come from solid healthy lines. Take some time to look at the pedigrees and you will see generation after generation of solid champions in many of our adults. All of our adults have OFA (Orthopedic Foundation for Animals) hip and elbow test results that are GOOD or EXCELLENT. We have started to test our dogs with echo-cardiograms as well to ensure strong hearts in our lines. Cardic results are posted with the OFA.
We know that these pups will be family members and we want to be sure the parents are giving the best possible genetics for a long healthy life for your new companion. We also have eye certifications completed annually by an ophthalmologist and we test for EIC (Exercised Induced Collapse).
How many litters do we have a year?
We hope to have about 10 litters a year...it may vary a bit year to year...a little more or less depending on a variety of factors. We carefully plan each litter and generally we will offer chocolate, black and yellow (some very light ivory) pups at some point each year.
What kind of follow-up do we provide?
We are out to make matches that will last a lifetime. We make the best matches we can for each individual puppy and family. It is also very important to us to provide you with information that will help you to prepare for welcoming your puppy home. We want to help you to know what to expect when welcoming another member home. We have a great deal of information available to you for equipping you for training, care, feeding, meeting other pets in the family, health considerations, sleeping suggestions, and much more. Once we receive your deposit, we send you a blind link to our site that has suggestions and tips for you. We also provide you a puppy packet of information with a puppy booklet from the AKC. We are here for you! We love the opportunity to get to know our families and we enjoy remaining in contact with them through the years. We help you prepare for Welcome Home day and far beyond.
What health services have been started?
Pups come with a microchip, dew claws have been removed, they are up to date on vaccinations, and they have been on a de-worming schedule. We provide you with a thorough packet of information for you to continue the health care of your pup including tips for ear and nail care. All of our puppies have a final health check with a veterinarian prior to their welcome home date.
What training has been started?
Our pups have been started on potty and crate training. They have started to learn the "off" command so they don't jump up and we teach them appropriate ways of interacting without biting. Our family uses the same commands and techniques so you should have a pup that is on his or her way to becoming a great, well trained dog. Of course, your consistency, care, commitment to training and LOVE is what will help your puppy flourish but we start the training on our end.
Are the puppies registered with the AKC?
All of our puppies are purebred Labs and that have been registered with the AKC. All of our puppies are placed with limited registration. Limited registration means that you can register you puppy in your name with the AKC but you do not have breeding and show rights. We occasionally place puppies with full registration upon an "interview" and approval. We want to be certain that a prospective placement with full registration understands the responsibilities of breeding and how critical it is that clearances be done. Just because a dog is a purebred and registered with the AKC, that does not qualify a dog to be a breeding dog. We charge more for the responsibility of full registration for show/breeding option.
Is a puppy the best choice for you?
Puppies are work; expect to invest time into raising your puppy! Do not take the welcoming home of a lifetime companion lightly. We are careful to place our pups in homes that understand the responsibilities of having a puppy. When a family does welcome a puppy home, they will find that with investment of love and training a Lab can make the BEST FRIEND. Be sure you have the time to invest in training and the space to exercise, the funds to feed quality food and the means to provide health care.
How do I get on a reservation list?
We do have waiting/reservation lists.
We don't accept any reservations without talking to the prospective families first. We want to make sure that this is the best match for all involved. Welcoming a puppy home is a huge consideration and not to be taken lightly. We want to be sure that you understand the responsibilities that come with adding a family member. If, after we talk to you and questions are answered on both ends, you decide that you want to welcome a puppy home, we will accept your deposit and hold your place on our reservation list. We take this responsibility seriously and once you commit to getting a puppy from us we are simultaneously committed to providing you with a companion.
Use this link for detailed information about the reservation process. How do the Reservation Lists work?
We require a $214 ($14 is MN State Sales Tax which we are required to collect) deposit to hold your spot. This is a non-refundable deposit. If you change your mind or something comes up in your life that you are unable to get a puppy when we contact you of an available option then we will honor your deposit for one year from the date of the change. At no time will we refund an entire deposit...in rare cases we may refund 50% of the deposit and that is entirely up to our discretion. Please, only leave a deposit with us if you are ready to welcome a puppy and are committed to WHL.
It is often 6-9 months to wait for your puppy. We don't have control over heat cycles but we try to be as realistic with you as we can in regards to when we believe you are likely to welcome your pup home. If we call you and let you know that a puppy is available but it is not good timing for you then you can pass. We can re-place you on the reservation list for a future puppy. Also, if it works out to be a longer wait than 6-9 months the deposit is still not refundable. We do all we can to have a pup for you in the time frame we discuss before the deposit and reservation is given but we can't control late heat cycles, skipped heats, or size and genders of litters.
We accept a personal check if it is before the litter is born or if the pups are less than three of weeks of age. We also can invoice you through Paypal for the deposit if you prefer or if it is after the third week of age of the pup. Paypal deposit will be $222 which includes the 4% Paypal fee that they charge for using this secure service.
You can reserve according to a specific gender and color. You may have to wait a bit but we believe that it will definitely be worth it to wait for your preferred gender and color. We realize that some families are open to either gender or multiple colors and we indicate that on our reservation list as well. You will share many, many years with your newest member so waiting a few extra months to get what you want, in our opinion, is well worth it.
After you reserve a pup, we let you know as soon as they arrive and we keep you posted through pictures as they grow. Sometimes the pictures are posted on our site otherwise I send collections of pictures directly to you. We want you to be a part of watching them grow in the early days.
Welcome Home Labs
Feel free to call Bryce or Gina at anytime...we are happy to talk about our Labs!
When are puppies matched to their forever families?
Puppy picks are made at 8 weeks of age in order of deposits received. They are all beautiful and come from healthy lines so you can't go wrong with any of them. We do, however, try to go beyond matching based only on gender and color to matching according to puppy traits and temperament with each families' lifestyle and interests. Some people like the confident, curious pup, some want a hunting buddy or a running/hiking companion, others may like the one that is great with other pets in the home, others may want the pup that is up for a nice game of fetch and a gentle walk and yet another family would like a Lab to "hold the rug down" and have some snuggle time. All of our puppies have that nice, gentle, calm temperament but they also have slight differences that we observe and test for by formal and informal assessments that help us guide you in the BEST match for your family. The puppy pick and welcome home day are scheduled for the same day. We start with the first family and schedule an hour and a half visit. They spend time with the pups, we share temperament information, the puppy is chosen and we review the puppy packet and any questions that a family may have.
Can we come to visit the puppies?
We welcome serious adoptive families to come to our home.
We welcome you. We love to meet you face to face and for you to see where your pup started out. We are protective of the puppies developing systems so please read Visitation Policies before your scheduled visit. Visitation Hours Visitation Policy
When can I pick up my puppy?
We don't release puppies to their forever homes before 8 weeks of age. We want them to have a solid foundation, both physically and emotionally, so we believe that they should stay with their litter-mates until they are 8 weeks of age.
Can my puppy stay at Welcome Home Labs past 8 weeks?
If you are not able to pick up your puppy at 8 weeks of age, we may be able to keep your pup here with us for a few days. It is ideal for the puppy to acclimate into the new family at the same time all of the litter mates leave otherwise it is a double transition for the puppy. Also, too much delay in pick-up means that you would be missing out on a special bonding/training time. We do understand; however, that on occasion a family may be returning from a vacation or something like that that would make a few day delay understandable. It will be $20 per day for food, training, socialization and care and $35 per vaccination if the pup is needing the second vaccination. This must be arranged in advance.
How do we go about Welcome Home Pick-up Day!
The time will be arranged in advance to pick up your puppy. We like to spend an hour or so with each family when they pick up out and pick up their puppy so we want to schedule this special day accordingly. We start with the first pick family and schedule every 1 and 1/2 hours. Please, be timely so you have all of your time here at Welcome Home Labs. We will let you know of the day and time within days of the puppies being born so DO ALL YOU CAN TO BE HERE AT YOUR SCHEDULED TIME. One family hinges on another so it is very important to have each family come (or call) at the designated time. We want you to feel free to ask all of the questions that come to mind so write questions before you come.
We are required by law to collect sales tax of 6.875%.
Do you ship puppies to their forever families?
We don't ship puppies. We used to make flying arrangements for families that wanted a WHL pup but we no longer offer that as an option. If you come to our home and fly home with the puppy then we certainly can work with you. I know that many people across the country have successfully welcomed Welcome Home Labs' puppies and we have thoroughly enjoyed serving those families. We are complying with a (proposed) state regulation that requires people to come to our home (the implementation of this regulation is not clear as to when or if it will be in full effect but minimally it is being discussed). This is to protect puppies. We are proud of what we do here but some facilities may not want visitors and they may prefer the pup is shipped. There are legitimate breeders that ship but there are some that may be questionable. You can come to our home and see our facility, meet the adults and we can meet you first hand as well. I do think this is the best fit all around. Welcoming a puppy is a big decision and we believe that it is good to visit the breeder of your puppy. We care for each of our puppies and we also want to get to know the families that are welcoming a pup. We are not only here for you for 8 weeks...we are here for years and years and face to face, in our opinion, seems the best way to welcome a puppy.
For further questions or information, feel free to call Bryce or Gina at 1-320-838-3636.