“Jett” is the backbone of our breeding program. He has been that “once in a lifetime” dog accomplishing both his show Championship & Master Hunter title by the age of 3. He is the 68th CH/MH that has ever reached this level in the AKC Labrador Breed. “Jett” is OFA Excellent Hips, Normal Elbows, Eyes are CERF’ed annually and he is EIC/CNM Clear. See his page for Breeding information.
We offer basic obedience training and beginning gun dog training under several different formats. All will start with the basic obedience skills of Heel, Here, Sit, Stay, Place and Kennel. We will include Crate training if he isn’t already trained for a crate. Depending on the level of the dog, this will take 4-8 weeks to complete. We will also work with you and your dog once a week while he is here with us.
During our gun dog training program your hunting companion will learn the basics of waterfowl hunting and obedience. Our goal will be to have your companion steady at the duck blind, retrieve a bird he has marked, deliver it to hand and learn the basic obedience skills necessary to be a hunting companion. This program takes an average of three months; this is dependent upon how quickly your dog progresses and how much he already knows.
Individual lessons are usually with the owner and dog. The goal of these lessons are to teach both of you so that you can continue your dog’s training at home. Each lesson is $55. If you are already here boarding, and wish to tune up your dog’s obedience and/or hunting skills, we offer training for $50 a day. Monthly Gun Dog training is also offered for $750 a month with a 4-6 month minimum depending on the level of training. This can be customized to your own dog to accomplish whatever goals you have in mind.
World Class Facility
In the spring of 2012, Mark had retired from his 24 year career in Pharmacuetical Sales, we sold our house in New Braunfels and bought a 57 acre ranch about 10 miles outside of Elgin, TX. We immediately began plans to build a new dog kennel that would accommodate our dogs, as well as allow us room to board and train outside dogs as well. We decided on 30 runs, making each run indoor/outdoor and large enough for sporting dogs to have room to run. There are 6 large play yards attached to the runs, as well as another extra large fenced in area.
We already had 3 large ponds on the property, but another a training pond in the winter of 2014. We also built an attached 2/2 apartment, office, training room and dog bath to the kennel. The rolling terrain, ponds and wide open spaces are ideal for both dog training and dog playing! We would love to show you our kennel. Just give us and call to set up a time and we’ll show you around. You can view more information along with prices for boarding by going to our kennel website at www.redmarkkennels.com
Careful Breeding/Available Puppies
There’s an old saying that “Form Follow’s Function”. We, at Redmark Labradors, believe that in order for a dog to live to full and functional life, he must be bred with the correct frame. That is our primary goal in deciding on a litter of puppies to be bred. To that end, we only breed to OFA Good or Excellant Hips, Normal Elbows, Annually CERFed eyes, at least One Parent being EIC Clear and CNM clear. After those things are considered first, we then look for pedigrees that offer the titles and temperaments that we are looking to add to our breeding program. We usually keep a puppy out of each litter and we want to always be improving on each litter. Titles in pedigrees show what a dog is capable of accomplishing.
While not guaranteed, most of those traits will be passed on to many of the puppies. So basically, we are always looking for type, temperament and titles. Visit our Puppy Page to learn more about how we raise our puppies during their short 8 week time with us. We like to think that we send them to their new homes ready to conquer the world! If you are considering buying a puppy from one of litters, you should also read more on how we determine which puppy will best suit your family. We normally have 1 or 2 litters in the fall and 1 or 2 litters in the spring, although our lifestyle and the bitches heat cycle are the final determination in the timing of each litter. Please feel free to call us at anytime to discuss future breedings.
How It Started
In the fall of 1991 Mark & I went on a search for a German Shepherd puppy. Only because we couldn’t find a GS that we liked, we stopped by to look at a litter of Labrador Retrievers. There were only 3 left out of a litter of 10 but Mark fell in love with one of the chocolate males that came running up to him. “Red” came home with us that day and became our resident pet. About 2 years later we met the owner of the stud dog that Red came from.
She became our mentor and got us hooked on the hunt tests and confirmation ring parts of the Labrador world. After our first weekend of showing Red in an AKC confirmation ring we had acquired 4 points and I was hooked! Little did I realize that was beginner’s luck! But although we got started late in Red’s life, he ended up with his Junior Hunter title and all his minor points. Not bad for total
novices and a $75 puppy!
Fast forward to 2011 and we have learned a lot. We have changed our kennel name from Klassic Kennels to Redmark Labradors as a salute to our first lab, Red. Mark is now an AKC Hunt Test judge and I am a retired contraband dog handler where I spent 6 years working for Interquest Detection K9. We believe that Labrador Retrievers have that special temperament that allows them to do most anything that they are properly trained to do.
We are dedicated to breeding that temperament along with the good looks that the lab is noted for. For that reason we have gone out and selected a few special dogs with the right combination of looks, temperament and pedigrees to further our breeding program. Those pedigrees include multiple titles and sound genetics. Any dog that Redmark breeds will be tested for all prominent diseases that are known in the Labrador breed.