Friday, January 13th, 2012

Puppies for Life



Labradors are superbly gentle with children, intensely loyal and affectionate.

Their endless patience and great tolerance makes them the perfect childrens companion, taking any and all sorts of childs play in thier stride.

Labradors can easily live in harmony with other dogs and family pets.

Hannah was 5, and she came to visit for a week and bonded with Sasha’s pups. By the end of the week she could could lay on the grass with them at 6 weeks in complete admiration and respect that they were little creatures  learning about social skills as much she was learning all their vulnerable habits. It was a very special time with Hannah and her family.

We can learn so much from the young and innocent , a Hawkshead Labrador will be a Puppy for Life !!




Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

Puppy Care

Kane 8 weeks


The biggest thing with caring for your Labrador puppy, or any large breed puppy is the 1st 12 months when they should be fed a high quality large breed puppy food as it contains all the right levels of calcium and nutritional requirements a large breed pup needs or a comprehensive raw food diet suited for puppies. Always have fresh water available for your pup.

Please do not over exercise your Labrador puppy, they can usually get all the exercise they need in their daily play sessions for the 6 months, although some pups need to be rested because the can get a little carried away especially if there is another dog in the household or come to visit. Remember socialisation is a must so puppy school is a great place to start, it is a safe a and controlled environment for your puppy. A week or so after your puppy’s 3 month vaccination, parks and beaches are also a good environment to meet other dogs.

Never allow your Labrador puppy to go and down stairs or jump on or off the sofa or your bed, including in and out of your car, until they are older because this can cause major damage to growing and developing bones when they get older. Keep an eye out for rougher play with bigger animals… – this is just a caution for the 1st year of their life. They are a large dog and those bones grow very fast and need to be taken care of. Adding some Ester C to their diet can be helpful for ligament and tendon development as well.

Your Labrador puppy should never carry unnecessary weight. Some people think the more they feed the bigger they will get, this is incorrect, a lot has to do with your dogs bloodlines firstly as to how big they get and overfeeding a pup will only cause bone issues when older. There is nothing more heartbreaking than having to put your beloved pet down before 12 months of age due to dysplasia. They are better kept on the leaner side, especially during their fastest growing months between 5 – 8 months than to be overweight when growing. Please keep in mind most Labrador breeds are not fully grown until around the 3 year mark so they have plenty of time to get to size.


Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

Rea and Rocky Litter – Born December 2011


Rea at 4 weeks


Hawkshead Labradors     “Puppies for Life”

Registered Purebred Labrador Breeder    

Litter all Chosen by 19 January 2012

Central Otago, South Island, New Zealand

Breeder:                      Bridget Jones

Bitches:                       Sasha “Taprue Black Velvet”

                                    Rea “Hawkshead Velvet Sash”

Sire :                            Rocky ‘’ Flagstaff Black Bear’

Member NZ Kennel Association 098324

Member Canterbury Labrador Association

Hip/Elbow Scoring and Certificates – Breeding Bitches and Sire

Eye Certification – Breeding Bitches and Sire

Registration Papers and Ancestry

Worming 2 weeks from birth

Vaccinatons at 6 weeks

Raised in kennels from 4 weeks

Socialised and disciplined from 4 weeks

Thank you so much for your desire to choose a Hawkshead Labrador and also for your patience.

Once I have notified all interested parties and they confirm their pup on a first served basis for a bitch or dog, the process begins.  A $200 deposit is required in 3 working days to secure your pup and the remaining balance is due 1 week before homing. Upon receipt, I send through all the certificates for hip, elbow and eye and also pedigree papers for the dam and sire.

The pups are wormed every 2 weeks from 3 weeks old, they have their first vaccination at 6 weeks, then their second puppy vaccination at 3 months old. This is the ideal time to microchip them as well.

From 4 to 5 weeks old, the pups are in a kennel with runs, depending on weather. They have fairly much a free run for most of the day, they learn all about the garden, where to go and for how long.  They can be real dogs and each week they become more adventurous!! When I bed them down in their kennel at 6pm, I can honestly say I don’t hear a peep out of them till their mum feeds them in the morning.

They are fed 3 times a day when they go onto solids at 3 weeks (a Science Diet puppy up to 1 year) and Mum will also feed them as much as she wants to through the weaning process until they leave.

I meet a very strong criteria for breeding and am also as passionate about my family dogs as I am about the pups.  I put extreme care and good management into all of them and when the time comes to hand them over, I am very, very proud of them.

There will be papers to sign, so I send these off 3 weeks before homing for you to return to me signed, and your registration papers will come directly to you once I have homed all the pups.

When I hand your pup over, you will have a log book of vaccination and worming to date and I will also give you another 2 months supply of worming tablets to get you through to the next vet appointment. Worming thereafter is every 6 weeks.

I hope this is of help to you and I have every confidence you will have many years of enjoyment and loyalty from your Hawkshead Labrador.

Merry Christmas and very Happy New Year

Bridget Jones


Monday, November 21st, 2011

Socialising Your Labrador


" Bliss "


Early socialisation is essential to owning a well adjusted dog.

Once your puppy has completed all their vaccinations, they are then able to enter the big wide world. It is also important to have control of your puppy. Pre school is an excellent way to socialise your puppy, meeting and greeting similar age and size dogs and available in most areas through your vet or dog training club.

General obedience is a progression from Pre school. Obedience classes are for both you and the dog. You learn about respecting each other and the correct ways of training and control. A Labrador is naturally protective and you should not show any sign of aggression. You have the responsibility to the breed to ensure you have control at all times. An uncontrollable dog can be dangerous and with incorrect or no training, is no fault of the dog.

All dogs love to please, so make training an enjoyable time for both of you. Reward and praise your puppy as much as you can when they do good. A small piece of food always works. Puppies are sensitive, a firm “NO” will suffice and your puppy will soon learn the difference between the good and the bad. They are smart!

If you encourage any training to be fun, your puppy will look forward to it.

Introduce a lead for Pre School and Obedience. A soft collar with a strong good quality leash. Some breeders introduce pups to collars before homing which makes the transition slightly easier before you walk on the lead.

A reputable breeder will ensure the early stages of socialising has taken place with interaction of people and handling of puppies between 6 and 8 weeks old.

Remember all Dog Breeds love Routine Whatever their Environment Is.


Monday, November 21st, 2011

A Labrador Puppy

" Buster "


So you’ve decided you’d like a Labrador puppy.

Seek out a reputable breeder who is preferably affiliated to the Labrador Breed Club or NZKC. Try to see as many adult Labradors as possible and ask for information on the breed and any questions that you may have.

Male or Female?? Remember females come into season on average twice a year and this lasts for about 3 weeks. She will spot bleed and will need to be kept away from all male dogs. If she is a family pet at least think seriously about having her spayed. Males on the other hand are in season all year round. From about the age of 10 months they can detect the scent of a female, they can go off their food, start to wander if they are not well contained and will howl like a lost soul.

When visiting a breeder, check to see the condition of the adult dogs. Are they clean and healthy and their living quarters comfortable and clean ?. Ask questions – about health, hip and elbow scoring, pedigree certificates and number of litters from each bitch.

Puppy Checklist

  • Reputable Breeder                                                Fresh Water
  • Health Checks                                                         Vet Check
  • Secure Fenced Area                                             Worming Programme
  • Warm Dry Sleeping Area                                    Soft Toys
  • Good Quality Food                                               Loads of LOVE

The first night/days may be a little trying as the wee one adjusts to their new surroundings. Be patient. Your puppy has just left behind their siblings and mother. You may have a bit of unrest in the household so try to stay cool, calm and collected, give reassurance and things will come right.

Exercising a Labrador puppy should be kept to a minimum for the first 6 months and then slowly increased in moderation. Too much exercise while their bones are still growing can have painful results.

Labradors are renowned for being loyal family members, they love to be with you, snuggle up in front of the fire, sit on the couch with you ( if you let them ) , and as a rule they love children ( especially young ones )

All good breeders will be there to support and help you. Make contact with them if you are unsure what to do at any time. They will be more than willing to help because after all they have bred your puppy and will always be interested in the puppy’s welfare.

There is nothing more impressive than a proud, well socialised, controllable Labrador.


Wednesday, August 31st, 2011


" Maisie "

Its all very quiet round here since all my babies left for their own adventures !!
As a Mum – just want to know how everything is going, hope you are behaving, best student in training class, working that nose ready for hunting season, eating everything, found your favourite place to hang out, stopped chewing your bed, well and truly house trained, a good car passenger, a good cuddler, and most of all being loved.

I have loved getting all your photos, and keep sending them – because I will always be your mum

Paws for You – Rea xxx

15 August 2011

Hi Mum – here are the things I have been doing lately:
  • saying “nah” 6 times too often
  • running off when I know I’m in trouble
  • leaping at passer’s by thus curtailing my freedom walks
BUT  I am:
  • My new Mum’s darling
  • Loved to bits
  • I will try to not lunge at people and cyclists as soon as I possibly can
  • I sleep all night
  • My Mum has to get me up in the mornings as I like a lie in (she’s very happy with this bit)
  • I eat everything and am getting strong.
  • My coat’s glossy
  • A dear wee pup who everyone (even passers by) say is gorgeous.
So relax, you did a good job and I’ll see you at the picnic!
Your No 1 Pup! Always!


Wednesday, August 31st, 2011


" Benson "


Benson James Noone was officially 12 weeks old on Thursday. And what an active wee boy he is. Although he is no longer that wee anymore already being bigger than my aunties bison and cousins Schnauzer.

This week has been filled with firsts. He had his first shower, which he didn’t actually hate and was a very very good boy. He went in the water for the first time, didn’t swim but he got his belly wet. He went on the lead for the first time, not really sure who was walking who in that situation. He also found his voice which everyone here is so thrilled about (NOT), especially with his constant need to vocalise everything on his mind.

Benson has also decided that if he is going to be living here full time he needed to be more helpful around the house and now helps out with the chores. Loading the washing machine, he hasn’t seemed to have grasped that you put the dirty clothes into the washing machine and not take them out of it. Folding of towels and sheets, he has found that first you need to stretch them with a little game of tug and war before you do any folding. The removal of laundry off the line, although apparently it being dry is really just an option and not a necessity. And of coarse Gardening, in which he has taken on himself the redesigning of mother’s garden including the removal of plants where he’s fit, the pruning of any overhanging shrubbery and the digging of holes in preparation of future transplants.

After getting his injections early at 10 weeks, Benson was cleared for walks at the parks which has really been a life saver with at points Mother and I considering changing his name to Cerberus as he was the puppy from hell, just so much energy ! Now that he can go for walks, he has his moments but generally is a lovely, cuddly boy. Although he is finding it a little scary out there in the big bad world and doesn’t stray far due to all the noise cars, sirens and terrifying bicycles.

Milo has taken Benson under her wing in recent weeks and is really wonderful and extremely tolerant of him, especially with his new found entertainment of biting her tail and hanging off her neck. Even then she is often found cleaning him from head too toe. He is used to the car completely and is very confident in the back although he still likes to cuddle into Milo’s belly from time to time. He is adjusting to his cage and doesnt cry nearly as much.

Overall, Benson is a growing puppy with way too much energy but we love him more and more with each passing day, even though he makes us want to tear our hair out sometimes. I have attached a couple of photos for you.

Hope all is well with you and the girls and you are enjoying your new found freedom.

Kind Regards,
Samantha Noone


Saturday, July 9th, 2011

What is a Lab ??

Ash 2010


 “A moment later the stevedore appeared on deck leading by a leash one of the most handsome dogs ever seen in Maryland.   He was jet-black, sturdy in his front quarters, sleek and powerful in his hind, with a face so intelligent that it seemed he might speak at any moment.  His movements were quick, his dark eyes following every development nearby, yet his disposition appeared so equable he seemed always about to smile.


‘He’s called a Labrador – finest huntin’ dog ever developed’ Lightfoot said.”

Care and Training

Although the Lab is the epitome of family dogs, he needs a fairly active household to satisfy his need for exercise and work.  Daily walks, romps in a fenced yard and games of fetch keep his  mind and body in shape.  Unless these needs are satisfied, the Lab may become a wanderer, a digger or a chewer.  First off, the new Lab puppy should be leash trained and taught to sit on command to prevent him jumping on people in his desire to say hello.  The pup can also be taught early to shake paws and to fetch;  his soft mouth and innate desire to retrieve can provide hours of play.  Later on, the pup can learn to put his nose to use and find things that have been hidden from him.

A fast-growing Lab pup reaches almost adult weight within six or seven months and can be a handful to train if left to his own devices ’til then.  He is exuberant, a trait that can get him into trouble with other dogs and with the neighbours who do not appreciate his antics.  Therefore, early training is essential; if you wait too long, his rambunctious character and strong body will be difficult to manage, especially for those who have not previously had the pleasure of owning such a dog.  To avoid training problems and grease the skids of your relationship, take your Lab pup to puppy and basic obedience classes to teach manners, and keep up this good citizen training for the life of the dog.   (NZKC and EUKANUBA offer a Canine Good Citizen certificate for those who are interested.)

All members of the family should participate in the training at home.  If Mum or Dad allows the dog on the sofa when Mum’s not around, the dog is going to be either confused or sneaky, so consistency between family members is necessary.  Discipline should be gentle – no screaming at the pup or smacking with a newspaper, as these reactions to misbehaviour are counterproductive.  Labs are generally eager to learn, so firm but gentle guidance and discipline pay off in a strong bond with family members.

Feeding a Lab pup is more difficult than buying a premium food and letting him eat his fill.  As a fast-growing breed subject to hip dysplasia, the Lab puppy should be fed a diet prepared for large-breed puppies or regular adult dog food of less than 25 percent protein to help avoid joint problems that can occur when puppies grow too fast.  Offer him food two or three times a day and take away what he doesn’t eat in 10 minutes.  Teach him to sit before putting the food bowl on the floor to avoid his jumping at the dish and spilling the food.  Some Labs are taller or heavier than the preferred standard size.  Most labs have a tendency to become obese, so their diets must be closely controlled.  Owners who use treats to train must be careful to cut back on regular meals to avoid unhealthy weight gain.  Older Labs enjoy the couch and the fire;  if fed too much, or not given enough exercise, they will fatten up rather quickly.


Labs are prone to hip dysplasia, a malformation of the hip joint that ranges from mild to severe and can cause such disability or pain that major surgery is necessary.

Dysplastic dogs usually become arthritic.  With so many Lab puppies produced each year, it is important to buy from a breeder who x-rays breeding stock for hip dysplasia and only uses those animals with an OFA or PennHP clearance for breeding.  Screening tests on breeding dogs cannot prevent the development of disease in offspring, but it lessens the odds that hip dysplasia will be a problem.

Labs are also prone to several eye disorders, including progressive retinal atrophy and cataracts, and epilepsy.  All Lab breeding stock should have an eye test each year and be registered free of eye disease by the Canine Eye Registry Foundation.  Purchasing a healthy Lab pup can be a bit difficult, but the research to find just the right breeder and puppy is well worth the trouble.  The well-bred Labrador Retriever is one of a handful of wonderful family dogs for a broad spectrum of lifestyles and living situations.

A Lab can do field work (for real or in trials and tests), obedience and agility competition, or therapy dog work at local hospitals or nursing homes with owners who are looking for just a bit more than a companion dog.  All in all, the well-bred Lab can be the perfect family dog.



Thursday, June 9th, 2011

Puppies for Life

" Rea "



Rea “Hawkshead Velvet Sash” and Sasha ” Taprue Black Velvet”
Rocky ‘Flagstaff Black Bear”
Lymington, Sarasota, Flagstaff, Amvikal, Kahilani, Follytower

Bridget’s details
Member NZKennel Association 098324
Member Canterbury Labrador Association
Hip Scored -criteria 6 or under on any hip
Elbow Scored – 0 and 1a
Eye Certification – all clear
Registration Papers
Worming from 4 weeks old
Vaccinatons at 6 weeks old
Raised in kennels from 4 weeks
Socialised and disciplined from 4 weeks
Hunting and family pet backgrounds
Dominant black breeding
Air Nz Cargo $184 inc gst to North Island
Raised on Hills Science Diet Puppy

Hawkshead Labradors are renowned for their personality, their temperament and all round good nature to adapt to any given environment. Puppies raised on 2 acres with free range lifestyle, thus enabling them to be dogs, to explore and encounter different textures, smells and surfaces from 4-8 weeks.

Enquiries are most welcome and for further details please do not hesitate to contact Bridget on (03) 4436183 or Mobile: 021921561


Thursday, June 9th, 2011

Duffy goes to WellyWood

“Ooooh look there’s a litter ready now in Wanaka !….let’s go and just look….we don’t have to get one ” Famous last words….. one look at Duffy’s sweet face and we caved.  
Five long weeks later we waited anxiously at Wellington airport for our little darling to arrive by plane. We even took photos of the wrong plane landing not realizing he had sneaked in early. 


The neat and tidy home we had left behind soon resembled a bomb site with chewed detritus strewn artfully across the once smooth polished floor. By Friday of the first week, sleep deprived and in need of a computer that hadn’t been sabotaged by a puppy we headed to the NZRU with Duffy, to introduce him to the world of Rugby. Duffy soon earned the title of ‘Chick Magnet’ as he became surrounded by adoring young women on the staff there.  
In response he left his calling card under the desk of Community Rugby before being whisked off for a photo shoot with the Bledisloe Cup. Awwww!Our own little All Black in World Cup Year… If only we’d had him a few weeks earlier we could have got him to chew on the World Cup itself!Needless to say he left the building with his own tiny rugby ball proudly between his teeth.  
In the ten short days we’ve had Duffy he has also become a beach puppy, developed a taste for seaweed and learnt to dig meaningless holes in the sand…… we think this means he’s intelligent….He’s also been “helping” his new mum in the art studio. Some of his jobs there have so far been removing one paintbrush at a time to gnaw it to death before starting on the next, randomly selecting various art materials and dragging them out for inspection and further gnawing….a World of Wearable Art garment in the making perhaps? At the end of each day we extract him from whatever ribbons and rope he has become entangled in and wipe the fresh paint from his nose and paws freeing him to wander the newly fenced garden before assuming his sleeping pose in front of the log fire. When he is snoring like a good ‘un we clear away his toys and get some sleep while we can.  

But guess what? We wouldn’t trade him for the world!  

Skellys – Wellington 

Hawkshead Labradors – Wanaka – Bridget Jones – Registered Breeder

03 443 6183 / 021 921561