Leighra is a fun
loving, easy-going and entertaining girl. She is very intelligent and
biddable. Though she can occasionally be an “independent-thinker”, she
has a strong desire to please and she loves to be praised when working.
She enjoys playing with Dr. Lori, her human family members, Shayleigh
and other dogs.
"dual purpose" Labrador is a Labrador who has the conformation to earn a
Championship in the show ring and who also has the desire and ability
to be trained to and to work at the upper levels of Performance Sports.
For Labradors, the performance side of the equation usually refers to
the ability of the dog to be trained to the Master Level of Hunt
Testing. Leighra is truly a dual purpose Labrador. In addition to
earning her GRAND CHAMPIONSHIP in the show ring, Leighra has earned her
Senior Hunter title and she has Master Level skills in Hunt (though she
has not yet earned the title). It is important to point out that
Leighra has learned her hunting skills without the use of pressure. Dr.
Lori trains exclusively positively, which is unusual at the higher
levels of hunt training.
obtaining her Show Championship, Leighra earned her Grand Championship
in only two weekends. Leighra also earned her Companion Dog title and
her Companion Dog Excellent title in Obedience easily in only a few
trials in the summer of 2018. Leighra earned her Rally Excellent title
going 3/3 in Rally Novice then 3/3 in Rally Advanced and 3/3 in Rally
Excellent. Her first attempt at Rally Master was also successful just
this fall (September 2018). In addition to all of the above, Leighra
has her Canine Good Neighbour title. She enjoys dock-diving and tracking though she has not testing in those venues, as yet.
having the energy and drive to work at high levels of training, Leighra
will sleep quietly all day, if Dr. Lori is working or busy with other
things. Both Leighra and Shayleigh (a Boaz daughter) spend every
working day at Dr. Lori’s medical clinic. They are so calm, quiet and
well-behaved that most patients are unaware that there are dogs in the
building. They do not need to be confined at Dr. Lori’s office. They
each have their own crate but the doors are left open and they are free
to move around the back part of the clinic. (As puppies, the crate door
was closed but that is no longer necessary.)
Leighra recognizes that it is time to train, to go out and play ball,
or simply to go for a walk or a swim, she gets very excited. She is
always ready for some fun! She is expressive and a tiny bit vocal when
she is excited. Her family finds that this adds to her “cute factor”,
as it only happens when she is super happy and excited. The Neily
family can hardly go anywhere that there are not exclamations about how
cute Leighra is!
loves to be near her family members and especially her mom but she
doesn’t stress on the rare occasion she might be left alone. She is
even tempered without any sign of anxiety or nervousness. She is very
aware of her surroundings and will alert her family if an “intruder”
(human or animal) comes onto the property but then greets them in
typical Labrador fashion; all smiles and tail wags. Leighra loves to
cuddle and would be a lap dog, given half a chance. She loves stuffed
animals and chasing frogs (which is super cute unless she does it when
she is supposed to be training).
has an exceptional nose, moves with grace and has that “special
something” that draws the eye. She weighs 60 to 65 pounds, depending on
the season and her hormonal state. She is 20.5 inches tall at the
Just as here at Loyal Labradors, Leighra’s puppies will be raised in the heart of the home and not in a kennel. They
will undergo the “Super Dog Program” of early neurological stimulation
that produced such excellent results in Boaz’s daughter Shayleigh. We
did the “Super Dog Program” here, at Loyal Labradors, with Shayleigh’s
litter. Shayleigh is very much like her father with an amazing ability
to learn, high intelligence, extreme biddability and desire to please
and the calmest and sweetest of personalities. Shayleigh allows Leighra
to take her toys and she wrestles and plays with Leighra whenever
Leighra wants her to. She is very loyal and very obedient, choosing to
do what is asked of her, instead of what she might want to
do. She could easily have been a high-level service dog. Shayleigh has
earned her Master’s of Obedience (MOTCH), accumulating 18 High in Trial
awards along the way. Shayleigh has her Senior Hunter Title, Rally
Excellent, and numerous advanced titles in Agility as well as her Canine
Good Neighbour. She is presently training in the sport of tracking.
Shayleigh visits at local schools, hospitals (including their local
veteran’s hospital) and nursing homes as part of a Therapy Dog Program.
Shayleigh is as versatile as Labradors come. We credit Shayleigh’s
accomplishments in large part to the traits that she has from her
father, Boaz. He produces calm and highly intelligent puppies. Boaz’s
father (SuperHero) was the 41st AKC Show Champion and Master Hunter in
the United States.
In addition to the early
neurological stimulation that each puppy will receive, Dr. Lori will
also be “potty-box training” the puppies as well as introducing
early obedience to each of the pups. Obedient dogs make wonderful
family pets and all prospective buyers will be encouraged to continue
with (at least) basic obedience with their puppy and to enrol in puppy
socialization and training classes in their local community.
the puppies will be introduced to ducks, game birds and feathers from
an early age. It is important to note, however these are
NOT “high-drive”, “hard-charging” or "Field Labradors”. Leighra’s
mom is our "Promise Land” and her dad is our “Ace Rhinestone Cowboy”.
Boaz is a special boy who we brought into our home many years ago and
who is only being used for stud with girls from our breeding program.
Leighra and Boaz's puppies will be the same type of Labrador that we
have raised here at Loyal Labrador for many generations; beautiful
family pets who can work at high performance levels but who are not
high-drive/energy. They make wonderful family pets and they can truly
do it all. They do not need nor would they tolerate training involving
undue “pressure” such as e-collars. They learn extremely well with
reward-based training such as treats, balls and praise.
Just as here at Loyal Labradors, these puppies will be sold on limited registration.