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Our Process

Thank you for considering adding a Brookside puppy to your family! Please take some time to review our commonly asked questions below as well as our process. All puppies are sold with Limited AKC registration.

Breeding for our future

Each litter we produce is carefully planned for with the intention to grow our program. All of our dogs and potential studs are health tested (OFA hip, elbow, DNA, eye, and heart), and chosen specifically to better one another for the next generation to come. We reserve the right to keep any puppy(s) of any litter upon evaluations.

Interviews and screening

We interview and screen all of our families that would like a future puppy. This is our time to get to know you, learn about what you are looking for, and for you to ask questions! We do assign puppies in our litters, see puppy pick process below.

Puppies have arrived!

This is the busiest time for us! There is no better feeling than sending home a puppy with their new family, and knowing that we have done everything to set your pup up for a bright future. It’s why we put so much time, love and effort into making sure these puppies are ready to take on the world.

​Enrichment & Socialization:

  • By raising within our home they are in the middle of it all! Enrichment begins at 3 days old with Early Neurological Stimulation (ENS) to stimulate the neurological system and improve growth and development of the pup’s immune system, cardiovascular system and stress tolerance. Pups meet visitors and adult dogs (when old enough) to create an easy transition into their forever homes. We utilize the following enrichment methods: Weekly Nail Trims, Human Interactions, Steps, Crate Training, Name Recognition, Potty Pads, Noise Desensitization, Initial Potty Training, Touch Desensitization, Obstacles, Outdoors (when Weather permits), temperament testing at 7 weeks of age and more! Early Neurological Stimulation (ENS): read all about ENS here! 


  • All puppies are vaccinated, microchipped, dewormed and taken to our vet for a wellness checkup before going to their forever homes.


  • We send our puppies home with a Microchip, Certificate of Health, Blanket with Littermates' and Mom's scents, Vaccinations, AKC Registration, AKC 30-day health insurance.

To watch our litters grow follow us on our social media pages:

Instagram: @brooksidelabs

Facebook: Brookside Labrador Retrievers Ohio

Puppy pick process

The breeder has choice of puppy(s) in every litter, male or female.

During our 8 weeks with the puppies we get to know them best. We also take the time in our interview process to learn about what your are looking for. As we see our puppies play, grow, explore, react, etc. we think "will this puppy be a good fit for this family?" We temperament test, we evaluate, and from everything we have gathered over those weeks we then place the best puppy for you and for the puppy!

Pick up specifics

  • When can I get my puppy? 8 weeks of age.

  • What comes with my puppy? Folder of information including; parents health clearances, microchip registration, health guarantee, AKC limited registration, litter pedigree, scent of litter mates.

  • Can I come visit my puppy before pick up day? For the safety of our puppies we are very careful about visitors before puppies have their set of vaccinations and we do not allow visitors.

  • Can I bring my older dog with me on pick up day? No. For the safety of all it is best they meet when your puppy comes home.

  • Will you ship a puppy? No. We want to meet you! We will meet you at the airport if you plan to fly to us. The closest airport is Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. We can also meet you at Akron-Canton airport.

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