How We Acquire Dogs
The dogs we train and place with clients are full-bred Labrador Retrievers (black, yellow & chocolate) which are bred by our organization. In addition to our private breeding, we work with several licensed breeders in Virginia, as well as futher afield, to obtain puppies that are best suited to service dog careers. These acquisitions are at the discretion of our organization.
Warren Retrievers has built a solid reputation as a world-class breeder of high quality Labrador Retrievers. Their exceptional breeding program results in dogs with proven scent ability. Warren Retriever dogs are used world-wide in scent-based programs, including drug and bomb detection and most recently in the Diabetic Alert Dog program.
All Warren Retriever litters are temperament tested when the puppies are seven weeks of age. This assessment ensures that the right dog is matched with the right family. It is vital that the puppy selected for service dog work not only have the “right nose” but the right temperament. Warren Retrievers’ commitment to responsible breeding practices includes state-of-the-art in-vitro fertilization. They combine the most rigid health clearances in the industry with the highest quality champion bloodlines and champion sires.
At this time, we do not train “non-SDWR” dogs (such as pets) to become service dogs, nor do we conduct private training classes at SDWR.
Health clearances for all dogs that go through our organization include:
- Centro Nuclear Myopathy (CNM)
- Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) all rated excellent to good
- Canine Eye Registration Foundation (CERF) certified
- Optigen Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
- Exercise Intolerance Collapse (EIC) clearances
For more information visit our Contact Us Page or call us at 540-543-2307.