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We typically issue AKC papers within six months of puppy pickup. This allows our staff to process papers in larger batches, thus avoiding mistakes and allowing us more time to spend with our Labs.

In the Covid era, it will probably take longer than six months to obtain your papers. AKC staff shortages, new employees and work from home have all impacted the speed and accuracy of our papers. We are not currently submitting paperwork applications until they return to a normal schedule. Please be patient. We have a system in place to ensure your papers will be delivered as soon as possible.for life.

By: Tripp Wood

Shopping for a Labrador requires an understanding of differing breeding practices. Are you looking for a more hyper Field Trial Labrador that you can train to compete? Or perhaps a Show Labrador that has a certain look and coloration? How about a Family Labrador that is bred for calmness, intelligence and health? Let’s discuss the pros and cons of each to make sure you select the proper breeder for your expectations.

Field Trial breeding produces dogs with high energy and plenty of drive. A good one will retrieve coke bottles in the middle of the night during a thunderstorm and won’t let you quit throwing. They have a one-track mind. Looks and tail/ear lengths are not important as this does not generate wins on the field. Drive, the desire to retrieve and intelligence are everything. While possible to make a Field Trial dog a good Family Dog, it will take some work, and you will probably lose an air conditioner or the siding on your house before you get a handle on them. Breeders of Field Trial dogs keep the best pups for their competitions and sell the rest. Because of the stress of breeding for these attributes, health issues such as dwarfism may appear more frequently. Most Labs you see advertised are from this sector. Unfortunately, owners that can’t take the stress often drop them off at the pound.

Show Labrador breeding produces beautiful Labs that meet Show criteria and enable the owners to walk away with competition ribbons. Labs will have ear, leg and tail of specific lengths, black noses and masks. Breeding stresses these looks, which can cause health issues to manifest. While most Show Breeders perform genetic health checks religiously, health problems still exist. Most Show Breeders refer to their Labs as “English” and do not like the other two types of Labs. Many times I’ve heard the snobbish statement from them of “Oh, you have an AMERICAN Lab, or you have a DUDLEY Lab – both cut downs to indicate their disapproval that you did not purchase a Show Lab. While some Show Labs are very intelligent and a lot of fun, most I’ve met are dumber than a box of rocks and spend their life in crates. However, you can make them sit on the fireplace hearth and show the neighbors how perfect your Labrador is.

Family Labrador breeding was initiated by Labpups.com several decades ago. This breeding uses some of the criteria from the other two types, but relaxes the breeding for such items as tail and ear length, nose and mask coloration etc. These Labs are bred from more calm stock. They tend to be loyal, stay at home dogs and generally won’t chew your home to the ground given proper family time. They would certainly not be able to compete in the Field Trial sector, and probably wouldn’t do well in the Show Ring. These Labs are bred to be more like the original Labradors from Canada in the 1400s. While the Show Breeders try to eliminate the white diamond that was originally on the chest, Family Lab breeding incorporates the diamond when possible. Nose and mask coloration are not of concern, with the exception of staying away from pure white hair. (This is an artificial breed-out of yellow by Show Breeders, which can lead to skin ailments caused by lack of pigmentation). Family Labs tend to enjoy far better health and will be your best buddy for life.

By: Tripp Wood

“Dog food will have the single largest impact on the health of
your dog “

Nutritional Demands of Labradors and Goldens Labradors and Golden Retrievers have special demands when it comes to nutrition – not just because they are active dogs, but because of the chemical makeup of their bodies. Feed the incorrect food, for example, and they will not be able to synthesize vitamin c, which is the
molecular glue for calcium. (It is a strongly held belief that the lack of ability to produce Vitamin C can lead to hip dysplasia. Indeed, a number of studies certainly lead credence to this latest

Feeding a product containing growth hormone, or a high protein/calorie diet, can lead to OCD of the upper humorous. (Osteo Condrosis Dessicantus). This occurs when cartilage growth cannot keep up with bone growth, and the cartilage begins to splinter. Feeding a product devoid of proper nutrition can cause allergy like symptoms, leading the Retriever owner down the path of allergy testing, shots, and expensive formulas, all of which generally fail.

Assuming you pick up your Lab puppy at the eighth week of life, he will have been consuming regular food for at least five weeks – a full 60% of his life. His body will have blue printed itself as to hormone and chemical production. Therefore, it is imperative that both he and his mother were
fed the proper food from the beginning. Puppy foods, even large breed puppy foods, can be dangerous to health. It is not a good idea to skimp on food to save money. You will spend much, much more on vet bills than you can ever possibly save by purchasing cheap brands. True, the occasional dog sometimes squeaks through life on a cheap food, but the odds are not in the consumer’s favor.
Figure on spending about $1.10 per pound plus shipping for a proper Labrador food.

Your full grown Lab will consume approximately 1 ½ to 2 pounds daily. Due to cost and profit structure, you will not find a true Labrador food in a pet food store or grocery store.

A million “experts”

When you first take your new Lab puppy home, everyone and their grandmother will begin giving you advice – from how to train to what to feed. People you have not seen for years will appear out of the woodwork to push you into their beliefs. Neighbors turn expert, with their “experience” usually based on what their friend or trainer said. Never has there been such an extreme circumstance of the blind leading the blind when it comes to nutrition, and most of it is fueled by
very successful advertising campaigns.
This leads to a complex dilemma – who do you believe? Veterinarians have been unfairly placed on a pedestal by dog food companies, and are expected by their customers to know what a truly good formula is. However, nutritional training for veterinarians is short, and covers many different species. The nutritional class is typically taught by a major dog food company salesman.

Carnivore nutrition carries an entirely separate degree. Even if a veterinarian receives this diploma, it is not likely he has actually gained experience in this field, due to the heavy demands of his practice. Dog trainers, many breeders, groomers, pet sitters, and salesmen in the pet food aisle are turned to and viewed as experts by many Labrador owners. It is likely that not one of these people has ever set foot into a dog food manufacturing or mixing facility. This can lead to
disaster, but where does one turn to get sound advice?

The reality of Dog Foods

The dog food production world is very small. All the formula owners and their nutritionists would fit into one small room. This is the only group of people that could truly tell you about dog foods and their effects. Because formulas cannot be patented, there is a necessary veil of secrecy surrounding formulas.
(Editor’s note – the author of this article is a Custom formula owner, and therefore privy to this information).

How to identify a good Labrador food

First, gain an education from either an experienced carnivore nutritionist, or a formula owner that has hired one to produce a super premium food specifically for Labradors and Goldens. (www.JaxMax.com)
Just because a bag proclaims it contains Labrador food does not necessarily make it so. Usually only the shape or color of the kibble has been changed. Below is some basic information regarding types of formulas. When you finish reading this, you will already have more knowledge than most of the population – even most professionals.

Commercial Formulas

Commercial dog food started around the turn of the century, and provided a ready to eat meal. Although it may have lacked a complete balanced diet, it was fast and easy. As competition between companies grew, palatability became a key issue. How does a company entice a dog to eat their food over another? One way is through the addition of sugar, or high fructose corn syrup. It’s cheap, readily available, effective, and usually does not end up on the ingredient panel. It isn’t
good for the dog to have added sugar, but this is where an ethical rub comes into play. Instead of using higher quality ingredients, companies began adding taste enhancers to filler materials. These foods can be found on pet store and grocery store shelves. Some formulas that are owned by human food production companies use waste from candy bars, snack cakes, crackers, pasta,
etc. as fillers and attractants. The sugar also acts as a preservative, much like salt. These formulas tend to sit on the shelf for months at a time, and typically need more chemical preservatives to maintain “freshness”.

Private label Formulas

Independent dog food manufacturing plants rely on a network of dog food resellers to purchase their products. These private label formulas are owned and produced by the dog food factory. This type of pet food is bagged in the re-sellers own bag and distributed to stores or breeders. The resellers have no ownership or control of the formula, and are at the mercy of the pet food manufacturer. These types of formulas tend to change often, depending on price and availability of ingredients. Nearly all breeders selling foods rely on private label foods, as they do not require immersion in education, nor layout of funds for a Custom Formula, and they carry the biggest profit margins. This sets up a distrust of breeder recommended foods by veterinarians.

Custom formulas

These are special formulas created by the owner of a dog food company. The owner will employ a factory to produce the food. The factory that manufactures this food has no ownership or say so in materials or production methods, nor can they provide any other company with this product. They simply produce what the owner dictates. The holders of these formulas have direct control and knowledge of their products. They tend to use higher quality ingredients than private label or commercial foods, and make smaller runs to ensure true freshness. Due to high startup costs, very few of these companies exist, and only one breeder is known to own custom formulas. (www.Labpups.com)

Feeding Labs raw vegetables, meats, and other human foods
If your Lab is on a proper formula of scientifically created dog food, you have nothing to gain and everything to lose by feeding human foods. A dog cannot digest carrots, asparagus, green pepper or any other raw vegetable. All they can do is to interfere with proper absorption.

Raw meats carry their own risks. If you do not own a Wolf out of the wild, leave the raw meats to the buzzards.

Feeding Labs Treats

It is quite possible to feed a perfect food, and cause harm by feeding a treat that is not meant to go with that food. Treats are usually packed with sugars. A proper food and treat combination will work together to add benefit, as in free radical elimination. There should be no added sugars. The same rules that apply to dog foods apply to treats. Feeding Labs vitamin/mineral supplements and toppings
Assuming your Lab is eating a proper food, nothing is more dangerous than supplementing your dog’s diet with calcium, vitamins, phosphorous, or other additives. Even pregnant and nursing Labs do not need these supplements. They may even harm her offspring.

Remember, just because you hear a particular additive is good for Labs does not give scientific basis for the claim. Lots of ingredients are good for Labs, but at what levels, and combined with what other ingredients? When you supplement, you turn your dog into a science experiment.

The only exception to the above rule is vitamin c. This is because dog foods do not contain vitamin c, even if it’s on the label. Vitamin c oxidizes rather quickly, and acts only as a stabilizer as the food cools after manufacturing. Another reason is because vitamin c is synthesized by the Lab’s body, and therefore declared unnecessary. However, the ability to synthesize vitamin c depends not only on what the Labrador or Golden eats, but its genetic predisposition to doing so. It is possible for the dog’s body to temporarily quit this process during sickness or distress. It’s fine to supplement a small amount of vitamin c on a daily basis, through tablets. Keep in mind that there is a difference in vitamin c brands. Most is chemically manufactured ascorbic acid, containing one or two molecular structures. Your Lab needs a type of c that contains all four molecular structures. You will not find this at vet’s offices or pet stores. The only proper vitamin c I have found is manufactured by the Nutrilite company in California at www.Nutrilite.com. It is not a good idea to supplement more than 125 mg daily, or to begin prior to the 16th week of life. If you never supplemented vitamin c, kept your Labrador on a proper diet and parasite free, chances are he would remain healthy even without this addition.
(Parasites eat vitamin c, so it is extremely important to keep your Retriever parasite free, especially of Roundworms).
Reading Dog Food Labels

Guaranteed Analysis

Protein – The first item most people look at is the protein. Let’s say that 26% is listed on the bag. This tells you almost nothing, as it is listed as crude protein. This is the combination of digestible and indigestible proteins. It is possible that of the 26% listed, 15% may be indigestible, and therefore useless. Indigestible proteins may consist of horse’s hoofs, hair, feathers, beaks, rice hulls, inferior corn or chicken, etc.

It is illegal to place the actual amount of digestible proteins or the quality of ingredients on a dog food bag. This levels the playing field, and makes the venture more profitable for large companies.

Ash – The lower this figure, the better. Ash is created by several factors, such as the quality of the meat used, and the cooking methods. Take, for example, the majority of chicken used in dog foods today. These chickens are used as egg layers, until the quantity of eggs begins to decline. These hens are fed less and less on a daily basis, until they sometimes die from lack of nutrition. This not only leads to a breakdown of proteins, but a high ash level as well. Cooking imparts its own level of ash, therefore making cooking methods critical. Low ash chicken is the best, but used by very few dog food companies.
Moisture – Some moisture is necessary to keep the kibble edible. 10% is an accepted norm. More than that and you are buying expensive water.

Chicken – Chicken makes the best dog foods, as it is the most tasty and nutritious.
Lamb – Lamb is not desired by canines, due to the overpowering scent. It is usually necessary to mask lamb with sugars or flavors. Lamb is used as an ingredient to attract humans, not dogs.

Corn – If corn is the first ingredient on your bag – Consider returning it.
Rice hulls, peanut shells, etc. These are fillers, and not desirable due to their abrasive nature and lack of digestibility.

Let’s start with the main source of meat. Take, for example, fresh chicken, which sounds healthier than chicken meal at first listen. Keep in mind that the ingredients are listed in order of weight at the time of mixing. Fresh chicken is 70% water, which gets cooked out during the manufacturing process. However, as the water adds weight, it is considered the first ingredient. Properly placed, it would really come in fifth or sixth on the list.

Chicken Meal is chicken with the water removed. When it is listed as the first ingredient, it stays in first place all the way through the process. Therefore, it is better to have chicken meal in a food. Fresh chicken is good in high quality treats.
Beet pulp (sugar removed) – This is an excellent product to help keep the intestinal tract clean.

In Summary

Keep your Labrador or Golden on a Custom Formula meant for them.
Avoid any food that has a first ingredient of corn – go for chicken meal. Don’t be swayed by uneducated “experts”.
Feed only what your Lab needs, and stay away from human foods or supplements.
Freshness is key to usefulness of product.

Article written by Tripp Wood tripp@Labpups.com (704) 975-2598
Copyright 2005 JAXMAX, INC.

By Tripp Wood

At the conclusion of this article, you will have two choices –

1) Make a major paradigm shift in your thinking, or 2) Keep following the crowd and accept the results you get from
doing so.

If you are not one to accept new ideas, I caution you to stop reading now!
Many years ago, I started breeding Labradors using the only information I had at hand – books, veterinarian recommendations, and what the majority of people were saying.

Without experience, I really had little choice.

After three decades in the practice of breeding, training, and nutrition, I’m now the one doing the writing. It would be far easier to just copy and support what others are saying, but that doesn’t fit my character. I’m going to tell you what I really think, knowing full well my competitors will love the ammo. If you don’t agree with this article, it’s OK. You will not be disagreeing with me – you will be disagreeing with the doctors that taught me.

Ready to read on? If you have bought into man made global warming, stop reading

What is hip dysplasia?

Abnormal femur head and/or acetabulum, developed during growth or later in life due to remodeling of the bone structure.

Is hip dysplasia genetic in nature?

No. It is not known to be genetically caused. In fact, after hundreds of millions in
research over many decades, there has not been a single gene or combination of genes proven to be responsible.

Is all hip dysplasia the same?

No. There are different degrees of dysplasia.

Can my dog get dysplasia from walking, running, or jumping out of
the back of a pickup truck?

No, unless he fractures or breaks the hip from a bad landing.

Can a puppy’s hips be certified?

No. Dysplasia (abnormalcy) is developed during growth.

What causes canine hip dysplasia?

Nearly all dysplasia can be traced back to 1) the lack of ability to synthesize
(manufacture) vitamin c, or 2) the inability to absorb vitamin c. There is also dysplasia caused by injury, but that is a different topic.

What keeps a dog from manufacturing or absorbing Vitamin C?
Chemicals used in dog foods and internal parasites. There may indeed be more causes, but these are the two most recognized. There can even be a genetic component to the lack of ability to manufacture vitamin c, but that is not detected through hip certifications.

If the parents of my puppy have certified hips, is there a better chance
my puppy will also have good hips?


What is the best way to ensure my puppy grows up with normal hips?

The food and treats your dog consumes must contain the right ingredients to allow
manufacture and absorption of vitamin c. It must also NOT contain other ingredients that inadvertently block the process. Unfortunately, these chemicals are not required to be listed on the ingredient panel.

Your dog must also remain parasite free, as parasites (internal, such as Roundworm, Hookworm, Whipworm and Tapeworm) take up all the vitamin c in the dog’s body.

Why is Ascorbate (Vitamin C) so important in developing normal

Loosely speaking, you can think of Vitamin C as the molecular glue responsible for
bonding calcium. Without Vitamin C, the acetabulum and femur head will not grow

Can I give my dog Vitamin C from the store?

Yes. However, store brought Vitamin C will only contain chemically manufactured
structures, consisting of four molecular endings at most. Vitamin C manufactured by the canine will contain the structural endings needed by their body. Keep in mind if your dog has internal parasites or is consuming chemicals through diet, no Vitamin C will hold benefit.

Can my dog develop later in life hip dysplasia?

Yes. Your dog can maintain perfect hip structure for years, and due to an interruption of Vitamin C, have remodeling of the hip structure, resulting in poor contact. A dog’s body is sulfuric acid based, and remodeling of the hips happens quickly.

Are there other causes of a dog’s ability to stop manufacturing or
absorbing Ascorbate? (Vitamin C)

Yes. Some viruses interfere with the mechanism of production. There is speculation amongst researchers that certain vaccines can at least temporarily stop or limit Vitamin C production, but as far as I know, this has not yet been proven.

How did you come up with this information?

I hired top researchers and nutritionists that are much smarter than me.

How did you obtain the near eradication of hip dysplasia in your
breed stock?

I took a great leap of faith in the doctors and researchers I hired, developed my own dog food so I could control the ingredients, and took parasite control very seriously.

Do you still perform hip certification checks?

Only occasionally. I have performed a number of tests on progeny, in order to verify our program works.

How does your rate compare to the national average of breeders that
depend solely on hip certifications?

First, keep in mind that we produce and place several hundred pups per year, as
compared to the breeders that may have a few dozen pups.
In the past 10 years, we could count the cases of dysplasia on one hand. In nearly
every case, the dogs with dysplasia had received injuries, developed untreated
parasites, or consumed an off brand food.
The national average for breeders is one case dysplasia for every 19 pups born. Ours is roughly four pups in 3,000.

Why do other breeders insist that hip certifications are the way to go?

I believe people are very slow to change their thinking, especially when it involves
shaking the ladder they’ve been climbing for so long. Also, the information you have just read is only now being introduced through a handful of veterinarian training courses this year. We’ve taken a lot of arrows over the last decade, but now the community is starting to come around – slowly.

Does anyone remember when doctors recommended mercury for a child’s common cold? Or promoted great health through cigarette smoking? How about when they promoted the use of margarine or artificial sweeteners?

It took years for us to understand the truths of these recommendations. Now, hardly anyone would dare put margarine on their food (did you know it was developed as a turkey fattener? It kept killing the turkeys, so they made a butter substitute for humans out of the stuff).

So, if you’ve read one of the blogs stating a breeder is terrible for failing to obtain hip certifications, ask yourself which one you want to follow? The crowd of chickens all clucking together that still has 1 in 19 pups with a terrible condition, or a breeder that dared to stand out against the noise and has nearly no dysplasia?
The choice is yours… Think on your own.

Recommended reading – “Dysplasia’s End”. This was written years ago by Doctor
William Belfield, who was shredded by his colleagues.

Ends up, he was right.
http://www.belfield.com/pdfs/Hip_dysplasia.pdf *Note: This website appears to now be offline.

By: Tripp Wood

Dog Food Allergies – Don’t Fall Victim

Although this article deals primarily with Labradors, it applies to nearly all breeds.
Typically the dog that begins to display signs of loose bowels, vomiting, itching, hot spots, chewing of the paws, hair loss, dry skin, gassiness, or any other similar symptom is subjectively diagnosed by a veterinarian as having food allergies.

The usual course of “treatment” is to change dog foods – usually to an expensive prescription food. Some vets will administer Cortisone and other medicines to ease itching and control loose bowels. Labrador Puppy owners especially take notice – pups under six months are much more susceptible to loose stools for reasons one through six.

Definitions: Soft stool looks like pudding. True diarrhea is the forceful projection of nearly all water in a stream, sometimes traveling up to two feet.


If you are feeding JaxMax Labrador Food, a switch in dog foods is almost certainly a downgrade in quality and will lead to the onset of other symptoms from lack of proper nutrition. These additional symptoms will be poor coat quality, odor, constant hunger (and therefore possible behavioral changes in your Labrador), changes to the dog’s organs, increased shedding and a compromised immune system. Vet bills WILL go up.

If your dog is an adult dog and these symptoms appear while on a constant diet of JaxMax, THIS IS DEFINITELY NOT A FOOD ALLERGY! Dogs DO NOT develop “later in life” allergies to the same food they have been successfully consuming, assuming the formula has not changed.

One veterinarian manual states, “Allergy testing (for canines) is, at best, worthless”. (This particular article is referring to the blood test, but an increasing number of professionals are finding this may be true of the skin test as well). Even when “positive” responses are attained from testing, the results are thought to have little to do with reality. For example, dozens of dogs shown to be allergic to chicken thrive on JaxMax, which has chicken as the first ingredient.

Should the medical field ever decide to pursue the possible cause of symptoms from dog food preservatives such as Ethoxyquin, they may find they are then barking up the right tree.

So what are the causes of the above symptoms? I will list them in order of predominance.

1) The number one cause of these symptoms is human food reaching the Labrador’s digestive tract. It is provided by neighbors, children, housekeepers, or relatives that do not realize how little it takes to have an impact on the Labrador Retriever’s system.
I recall several years ago having a discussion with one of my customers out west. His Lab was developing loose stools on the weekends. He was adamant that Root Beer was not receiving a morsel of human food. I could feel his frustration. During one of my California trips to visit customers, I called his home to arrange a visit to find out what was happening. His teen-aged son answered the phone. He was very glad to hear from me, and began telling me all about his Labrador Retriever and how happy he was to have him. During the conversation, he answered the question of the loose stools. “Don’t tell my Dad this, but I order a pizza every Friday and Root Beer gets on the couch with me and eats half the pizza while we watch TV”. I have dozens upon dozens of stories just
like this one over the years. (I’ll tell the story now– hopefully the statue of limitations for this boy have been reached).

2) The second most prevalent on the list is tree bark, plant material such as grass, mulch, flowers and dirt. (The old myth that canines eat these materials to supplement a missing vitamin or mineral is just that – a myth. Dogs, Labrador Retrievers and all others, eat these things for the same reason we sit down to a piece of chocolate pie – it tastes good).

3) Number three is other dog foods, store treats, and cat food. (One milk bone has been shown to cause the dog’s intestines to react with lots of water to flush out the offending ingredients, leading to soft stool). Treats that are not designed to fit nutritionally with JaxMax can cause digestive upset. Do not use flavored toppings, additives, fish oils or vitamins on the JaxMax. It is unnecessary and will do more harm than good.

4) Feeding too much JaxMax or too many JaxMax treats will cause loose stools and gassiness of the Labrador. Perhaps you are used to commercial dog foods where feeding a lot of food is necessary. Remember that JaxMax is more concentrated than most with a highly digestible protein source. Use a pre-measured cup to give the right amount. The largest dog on our property only consumes two cups in the morning and two cups in the evening.

5) Eating animal dung is fifth on the list. Remember that almost all commercial foods and especially treats use sugar or high fructose corn syrup as an attractant and preservative. (This is not necessarily on the label). A Labrador Retriever at doggy day care may find the excrement of other dogs to be similar to our desire for dessert. The bacteria in this excrement will almost certainly cause repeated infections of the gut. (This is the reason we only board Labradors on JJaxMax at our kennels). Rabbit, deer and raccoon droppings also add to the loose bowels. Once dogs get in the habit of poop eating, it is difficult to stop, even when the sugar is removed. Labradors have also been known to clean up a human diaper.

6) Parasitic infections of the gut such as roundworms, tapeworms, hookworms, Coccidia and Guardia lead to reduced ability to make use of their food, leading to a breakdown of the skin and resulting in symptoms aforementioned. Guardia and tapeworm can be especially difficult to diagnose. Treatment for these parasites is not harmful or expensive, and will save the expense of testing.

7) Flea and tick protection applied topically for several months in a row can have an impact on the Labrador Retriever’s skin and hair, as well as cause itching, paw chewing, redness of the skin, and lesions. (If your dog is not a Labrador, simply insert the breed name in place). Remember that you are applying a pesticide to your dog. Most vets will, of course, want you to use these products year around. This is usually not necessary, and as these chemicals build in the body, they will be expressed in the skin. Use these pesticides sparingly, only during months of increased tick or flea populations. Do not use products that incorporate flea, tick, and heartworm prevention all in one – especially an
oral medicine! You are forced to give pesticides with the monthly heartworm prevention, needed or not.

8) Shampoos such as dog or baby shampoos tend to dry out the Labrador Retrievers skin, especially if not properly rinsed. The best shampoo we have found on the market for dogs is Pert 2 in 1 shampoo. Make sure to rinse twice as much as you think necessary, especially under the legs and neck. Give a bath no more than once a month. Use an undercoat comb to remove the excess hair between baths to make rinsing more effective. We have great success with the furminator, and expensive but effective comb. (Use caution, as this comb can quickly cause skin irritations and sores if not properly used. When combing under the neck, sides or any area where the skin tends to bunch, skin can become caught in the comb and cause temporary skin damage with one stroke. Stretch the skin flat in these areas before pulling the comb through).

9) Fabrics such as socks, underwear, collars, and t-shirts cause immediate stomach upset or blockage. This type of problem will come to a head rather quickly. (Or, should I say, come to a tail). Most of the time dogs will pass these items out or throw them up. Sometimes surgery becomes necessary on the Labrador, should the item become lodged. One man recently found a fish hook in his dog’s stomach, but only discovered there was a problem after taking his canine to the beach for a swim. The swallowed salt water reacted with the metal object, and caused symptoms serious enough to warrant an x-ray.

10)Drinking salt water at the beach will cause two to three days of intestinal upset. This will clear on its own until the next drink.

11)Vaccines, antibiotics and the common cold and flu have a temporary effect on bowels and sometime the skin as well.

12)New experiences such as travel, the excitement of an outing, or even visitors can occasionally have an impact on digestion.

13) Last on the list comes insects, frogs and lizards. Should your Labrador Retriever consume one of these tasty morsels, you may notice lots of frothing at the mouth. This is the chemical on the lizard’s tail or frog’s back saying “Don’t eat me!”. We see more of this from the state of Florida than anywhere else.
While loose stools (a pudding like consistency) are sometimes unpleasant to deal with, they are not necessarily unhealthy for the dog. They can even be a lifesaver when it comes to flushing out the gut containing offending materials mentioned above. While it is possible to manufacture a dog food that “bulks up” the stool, it is not always best to feed to the dog.

Taz the Wonder Dog
Several months ago I received a call from a previous JaxMax customer. They had a yellow male Labrador that had been in great shape until he was about a year old, during which time his diet was exclusively JaxMax dog food products. Upon visiting the vet for a one year checkup, the suggestion was made to switch from JaxMax to a vet brand of white fish and potato, a more mainstream, accepted food. The deed was done. Within weeks, according to the owners, he began to lose hair, developed skin lesions (signs of scurvy) and red, irritated skin. The veterinarian performed allergy tests and treatments on this Labrador Retriever, at the cost of thousands of dollars. According to the report, there wasn’t much in our universe he could tolerate without an allergic reaction. Allergy shots and several expensive prescription foods were started, along with medicines. The conditions worsened. A switch to Iams Sensitive Skin was made, with no improvement. So much for Labrador Retriever allergies.

Several months into this ordeal, his owners brought Taz to me, along with all his allergy injections and medications. I dropped these straight into the trash can.
Taz was perhaps the worst looking Labrador I had ever seen, due to his sloughing skin, lesions, and his stiff reluctant walk. He had bumps all over his body. He gave me a little wag of the tail, but would not tolerate any other dog coming up to greet him. He did not have the energy to do anything but give a little growl to warn them away. Taz looked like death warmed over. He even smelled like death. Why did the owners not simply follow my advice and switch him back to JaxMax Labrador dog food? Intimidation from the veterinarian, who held a “degree”.

My heart sank, realizing the damage that had probably already occurred in Taz’s body from the medicines, disagreeable foods and lack of vitamin c. Taz was immediately switched to JaxMaxdog food. Within three weeks, the bumps began to subside, redness of skin began to diminish, and the sores scabbed over. Within three months, he was completely cured (as he now had the ability to synthesize his own vitamin c through eating JaxMax).

If only I could show you this dog in motion today! He is completely normal with a beautiful coat, and runs around the farm with gusto, engaging other dogs in play. This dog smiles! He is one of our favorites on the farm. Everyone loves Taz. He doesn’t have a mean bone in his body, and gets along with everyone (dog and human) he meets.

Though I’m thankful his owners brought him to our rescue facility, I can’t help but wonder why anyone would not use a bit of common sense in overruling their vet. I was brought up to think things through, and not jump on the bandwagon just because it was popular. Taz the Labrador Retriever was very near death, and though his owners wanted only the best for him, they just didn’t think outside the box. (If Taz’s owners are reading this article, I want to thank you for bringing him to me. I have a great feeling of satisfaction knowing we have played a part in his recovery).

Taz is up for adoption to the right family. I will require a contract be signed dictating his diet will remain JaxMax, no matter what a vet says. If you are interested in seeing Taz (a Labrador Retriever, of course), let me know and I will make the arrangements.

This is only one of many stories of a dog’s life being positively impacted by JaxMax. If you have a story of your own, please e-mail it to me, and I will post some of them on our website.

Until next time,
Tripp Wood



By: Tripp Wood

Do not take your pup to Petsmart, or any other high traffic area.

• This will expose him to Parvovirus. Even though he has had a shot,
he may still be susceptible to this virus. If you purchase toys from
these places, bleach the soles of your shoes and your hands when
exiting the store, before reaching your car. (This is where
Parvovirus rides). Also bleach the pet supplies in a 15% chlorine
solution for 15 minutes. Remember, very few pups live after
contracting Parvovirus.
Do not take him to the veterinarian unless it is an extreme
• Getting your puppy a check up is unnecessary and dangerous to
his health. Wait until the next shot is due, and call ahead to confirm
that there are no active Parvo cases in the vet’s office. A much safer
alternative is to give the vaccine yourself. Call me back, and I will
help you.
Do not feed ANY other food, snack, raw hide, pig’s ears, ect.
• Your pup will not have the enzymes to digest such material, and will
UPSET AND LOOSE STOOLS. Plant material, pine bark, leaves,
ect. will also cause loose stools. There may even be blood in the
stool. Especially bad are the snacks from “dog bakeries”. Feed
ONLY the JaxMax formulas, as he has had the digestive enzymes
passed on from his mother to handle the high quality ingredients.
Not Eating or Stopped Eating
• Your puppy will most likely not eat much for the first few days
after coming to your home. This is normal, and will not hurt him. Do
not encourage him to eat or offer him different foods!! If your pup or
adult Lab quits eating, it is not the food – he most likely is just not
hungry, or has an upset stomach. Tempting him to eat by “spicing
up the meal” will make him sick! Give him time. He will let you
know when he is hungry.
• We have spent just over a million dollars in the last four years
researching canine nutrition, and developing the world’s only
Labrador food and snacks. Nutrition is critical to the health of your
dog. Even a short period of consuming a different brand of food or
snacks (even a well known brand recommended by your vet) can
cause O.C.D. and/or hip dysplasia. Keep him on the JaxMax
Labrador formulas. There is not an ingredient in this food to cause
• Ordering is easy, go to www.JaxMax.com.
• Delivery options include: Local delivery, FedEx and AutoMax
(Automatic delivery on a scheduled time you specify.)
Feed your pup JaxMax twice daily.
• Do not be alarmed if he walks away after eating only a small
amount, or even none. He has never known sugar (a big unlisted
ingredient in nearly every commercial dog food and snack) and will
not be as driven to consume as you might expect. The food is also
highly digestible. (The highest digestibility in the world). He will not
need much. You can expect him to eat about 1⁄2 to 3⁄4 measured
cups twice daily. Even as an adult, consumption will be close to this.
(They will eat more during cold weather).
• The JaxMax Snacks are formulated to go hand in hand with the
food. While I do not recommend training with treats, they do make a
great gift when the puppy is not expecting it. They also help fill in
the munchies between meals, and are extremely nutritious. You
could literally feed him a bowl of JaxMax Snacks, and he would get
as much nutrition from this as the food. (Snacks not designed to fit
with the food will cause nutritional blockage, and hair loss).
Feeding Guideline – JAXMAX
• Recommended feeding amounts and ages.
– 7-9 wks of age 1/2-3/4 cup 2x daily
– 9-12 wks of age 3/4-1 cup 2x daily
– 12-16 wks of age 1-1/4 to 1-1/2 cup 2x daily
– 4 to 5 months 1-1/2 to 1-3/4 cup 2x daily
– 6 + months 2 cups 2x date
• Give him 125 mg. Natural Vitamin C in pill form daily, starting at 16
weeks of age. Do not use drug store or GNC brands. These are not
adequate. Go to http://www.amway.com/Shop/Product/
Product.aspx/NUTRILITE-Vitamin-C- Plus-Extended-Release?
itemno=109747 This the only product we have found that has all
necessary molecular structures for the body. (Human as well as
canine). If you have problems ordering this, call me, and I will order
it for you.
Bloody stools are not a tremendous cause for alarm.
• There are a number of causes, and most are benign. Labs have
garbage mouths and baby stomachs. If the bloody or loose stool
persists, call me.
Feed your pup JaxMax twice daily.
• Do not be alarmed if he walks away after eating only a small
amount, or even none. He has never known sugar (a big unlisted
ingredient in nearly every commercial dog food and snack) and will
not be as driven to consume as you might expect. The food is also
highly digestible. (The highest digestibility in the world). He will not
need much. You can expect him to eat about 1⁄2 to 3⁄4 measured
cups twice daily. Even as an adult, consumption will be close to this.
(They will eat more during cold weather).
• The JaxMax Snacks are formulated to go hand in hand with the
food. While I do not recommend training with treats, they do make a
great gift when the puppy is not expecting it. They also help fill in
the munchies between meals, and are extremely nutritious. You
could literally feed him a bowl of JaxMax Snacks, and he would get
as much nutrition from this as the food. (Snacks not designed to fit
with the food will cause nutritional blockage, and hair loss).
Loneliness is the biggest problem with Labradors.
• If you are going to be gone during the day, leave him in an area
where he can get some exercise, such as in a kitchen that is baby
gated off. DO NOT LEAVE HIM IN A CRATE. I know many books
recommend this, but it is not an acceptable form of containment. To
ward off loneliness, leave a T.V. or radio playing (Classical music is
their favorite). The best solution is to have two Labradors. That way,
they will never experience loneliness, and you will never experience
guilty feelings for being gone.
Flea and Tick Control
• Use K-9 Advantix (not to be confused with Advantage). This is a
topical product, dosed by weight. Apply the liquid to the skin, over
the backbone and above the shoulder blades. Although this is a
monthly product, it should be used only when necessary. Keep in
mind that when you place a collar on your puppy, he will scratch at
the neck area for a couple of weeks. This is not caused by fleas,
and is a simple neck irritation. Another acceptable product is called
Frontline, also a topical liquid, though it will not control mosquito
bites as well as K-9 Advantix.
Heartworm Control
• Heartworms are transmitted through the bite of a mosquito. You
should use heartworm preventative from the first sighting of a
mosquito in the spring, and 30 days after seeing the last mosquito
of the fall. You should start this preventative by the time your puppy
reaches 14 weeks of age.
• The best products are once a month chewable, such as Heartguard
or Ivomec. These products contain Ivomectin, which kills the
heartworms while they are still in a larval stage. Once the
heartworms mature, these products have minimal impact on the
parasites, and heart disease is very possible. Make sure to use the
heartworm preventative consistently. These products are available
from a veterinarian, or through internet sites such as Petmed
• Do not use any injectable products, such as six month or one year
shots for heartworms!
• Use a human shampoo with a conditioner, such as Dr. Bronner
(Peppermint is a great scent they offer!). Stay away from pet and
baby shampoos, as they are never as good. No matter what
shampoo you use, make sure to rinse well! If not, itching will occur.
• It is advisable to wait until your pup completes the first year of
growth to have this procedure performed. This will allow
testosterone and estrogen to remain balanced, leading to normal
growth. Testosterone controls estrogen. When the balance is
disturbed, estrogen causes uncontrolled growth. This leads to
possible cartilage/joint damage. The neck usually becomes
elongated, and the looks of the Lab will be negatively affected.
• Often the sales point to spaying/neutering is to make the claim that
the risk of Cancer is greatly reduced. Other claims include the lack
of roaming, lifting of the leg to urinate, lack of aggressiveness, less
desire to hump, and increased happiness. These claims are false.
The risk of surgery itself is greater than the risk of Cancer.
• Dogs that are spayed/neutered early may experience lifelong
problems with bladder control. They also give off a different scent,
which will cause other dogs to assume the mating position over
Remember, we are here for the life of this dog.
Please call us with any questions, concerns, or comments.

Tripp Wood (704) 975-2598


Tripper Wood (704) 975-2726


JAXMAX Puppy & Adult
Recommended feeding amounts and ages.

7-9 wks of age 1/2-3/4 cup 2x daily
9-12 wks of age 3/4-1 cup 2x daily
12-16 wks of age 1-1/4 to 1-1/2 cup 2x daily
4 to 5 months 1-1/2 to 1-3/4 cup 2x daily
6 + months 2 cups 2x daily

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www.JaxMax.com or call Gail Wood at 704-975-3237

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