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Visitation Policy at Aisling Labradors

We are not a "facility".  Our Labradors live in our home with us and their litters are whelped and raised in our home.  Most of the puppies born here at Aisling already have a Forever Home.  Those puppies are not ours, we have been given the task of raising those puppies for eight weeks and to keep them healthy for their families.   

If you've done your due diligence and researched how to choose your puppy, you've probably read that you should not use a Breeder who has any type of "no visit" policy.  The issue with this advice is that it protects the Buyer over the dogs and puppies who live with a Breeder and while you as the Buyer need to be protected, so do the dogs and the puppies who live with the Breeder.  We take the protection of our animals very seriously and therefore do not allow visits to our home until the litter is five weeks of age or older.

Each time someone walks into the yard and home of a Breeder, they also bring the risk of Parvo and other diseases into the yard and home of the Breeder. The authors of those pages want you to believe that only dis-reputable Breeders don't allow visits when in reality, those Breeders who take the health and safety of all of their pets seriously should not allow just anyone to walk onto their property.  Here at Aisling, our entire yard is fenced and not even the FedEx delivery person is allowed to enter the fenced portion of our property so that we can be assured that no disease has been brought in on the feet of an unsuspecting person. 

Larger Breeding organizations keep their dogs confined in kennels with sidewalks allowing visitors to never set food on the grass a dog or puppy will later play on; most of them also require you to step into a container of diluted bleach and to use a hand sanitizer before you are allowed to touch any dog or puppy on their premises. The areas where their dogs play are entirely off-limits to visitors to their kennels.  Why do they do that?  For the same reason that smaller Breeders limit visits to their yard and home - to protect the lives of the dogs they love and the puppies they have brought into this world. 

Here are some more of the things that those authors leave out of their "how to choose a puppy" articles:

  • Breeder's have a responsibility to keep their Breeding dogs healthy not only during a pregnancy but throughout all of his or her days.  An older dog can contract a disease like Parvo after exposure and show no symptoms.  The virus is on the property even if the infected dog is able to fight it off with no visiable signs of disease.  Visitors to our home - even when no Dam is in heat or pregnant and no litter is on the ground  - may be carrying the virus on their hands or shoes... a virus that survives inside a home for weeks and outside for as long as a year!

  • Breeder's have a responsibility to protect the pregnant female from undue stress and from over-excitement for the safety not only of the Dam but of the litter she is carrying.  

  • Breeder's have a responsibility to protect all of the dogs in their care from the germs of those who have been visiting other Breeders, Pet Stores, Flea Market Pet Dealers and Puppy Mills or even a Dog Park where unvaccinated dogs have been playing.  We have only the word of the person asking to visit that they have not been to any of those places prior to their visiting our home.   We choose not to take the chance that someone desperate for a puppy "right now" will not be honest with us.

  • Puppies are born with no immune system; the first 12 hours of nursing provide them with their Mother's immunity to disease, but since each puppy is an individual, the amount of immunity they recieved depends upon how well they were able to nurse during those 12 hours.  The last born and the smallest of any litter may not have received as much colostrum. One sick puppy leads to a litter of sick puppies. 

  • Pregant and Lactating Dams are easily stressed by visits to our home.  They are focused on protecting their "den" and will produce the stress hormone cortisol; this is then passed on through the mother's milk to the nursing litter creating a circle of stress that further lowers the immune systems of the puppies.  

  • A nursing Mom will immediately react to any hint of danger to her puppies inadvertently harming one or more of them in order to protect the whole. A puppy may hang on to the nipple and fall to the ground; another may be trampled on in the Mom's rush to protect her den.

  • Finally, this is our home.  We have had phone calls from people parked in our driveway asking to see our dogs because "the Flea Market dog store didn't have any Labradors" and from those here on vacation who " just want their children to see the dogs please" or from someone who needs a puppy "by this weekend for my brother's birthday".   

We do allow visits when a litter is 5 weeks or older, but even then, visitors will not be given access to our home.  Visits will take place outside where the puppies are contained wthin a Puppy Paddock; shoes will covered or removed and hand sanitizer will be provided prior to handling any puppy. Any allowed visit is by appointment only AFTER a contact form has been filled out and only for those who are seriously looking for a puppy after having given thought to this Breed and its suitability for their lifestyle.  

While we understand that you want to be able to vett us as much as we will vett you; we cannot compromise the health and safety of our dogs and their litters.  We understand if you are more comfortable purchasing from a larger Breeder with the ability to both protect their dogs and allow visits, but rarely are those litters handled and socialized in the same way that Breeder's who raise the litters for eight weeks in their home are.  That is the trade-off that one makes when deciding that visiting a breeder is more important than the reasons why a smaller Breeder may not allow visits. 

We provide references from our Vet and the families of those who have an Aisling Labrador upon request and our Facebook page contains photos and videos of each of the dogs who live with us as well as the litters we have raised and loved.  Facebook is updated weekly while a litter is on the ground and frequently when we are just enjoying life with our own Labradors!

We thank you for your understanding.  When you choose an Aisling Labrador for your companion, you will know that we have done everything in our power to provide you with a well socialized, healthy puppy from healthy and happy parents.