CHILLIWACK LABRADOODLES PUP DATE!
Good Evening Chilliwack Labradoodle Families. This is our six-week Pup Date for the puppies from our Apple Crumble Litter.
In the last Pup Date, we provided information around Exercise, Puppy Food/Eating Routine, and Alone Time For Your Puppy. We enjoy reading over the returned Chilliwack Labradoodle Family Questionnaire and look forward to receiving those remaining.
In this week's Pup Date we would like to go over basic Grooming including Ear Care. As well if you haven't already done so we would like to encourage you to learn more about The BAXTER and Bella online dog training program. At Chilliwack Labradoodles, we believe two of the most important things you can provide for your puppy are training and socialization! These two things will help to ensure your puppy will perform the wanted behaviors we all strive for in our dogs as well as create positive, strong bonds between family members and fur-babies. To learn more simply click on the link I have provided to the BAXTER and Bella page of our website!
Last but certainly not least this week we will talk a bit about Potty Training!
Finally, the moment you have all been waiting for "THE BIG REVEAL" Which puppy will be your forever fur baby!
Labradoodles need to be groomed typically every 4-6 weeks.
Depending on how short or long you prefer their coat and how much maintenance bushing you do between grooms.
For maintenance between grooms we suggest:
Either spend 10 minutes each day brushing your dog. Alternating between areas of your dog's body.
Or setting aside time once per week and giving your dog a full body brush.
Check with your groomer as to what services they will provide while your dog is with them. Typically a full groom entails bath, blow dry, hair, and nail clipping. Ask if they clean inside your dog's ears? Labradoodles have floppy ears and they tend to be quite hairy inside. We never pluck their inner ear hair as the hair is there for a reason; it is to help wick moisture away. Also plucking their ears opens up the pore making it more susceptible to infection. Trimming of the inner ear is acceptable, never plucking.
The length and style you choose to keep your doodle are entirely up to you. We prefer our dogs to have about a two-inch hair length. We send all of our puppies home with their own personal folder, one of the items in your puppies folder will be a Labradoodle Grooming Card. You can bring this card to your groomer as an example of what an Australian Labradoodle Groom looks like. We suggest finding pictures of your favorite doodle groom and bringing them with you to your appointment.
Ear Care for Labradoodles
Floppy ear dogs such as the Australian Labradoodles can be susceptible to ear infections. Since their ears are floppy they can retain moisture which may cause infection. In order to prevent ear infections try to keep your dog's ears dry.
How will you know if your dog has an ear infection?
-Constant scratching at the ears or chin, especially if they are scratching on one side.
-While you are brushing your dog's ear if they cry, they likely have an ear infection.
-If you smell your dog's ear and it smells foul or yeasty, or if your dog's ear is hot to the touch chances are your dog has an ear infection.
If you suspect an ear infection you will want to take your dog to the vet.
A nice pink clean ear indicates a healthy one.
There are two routes to go to treat this infection the most common course will be for your vet to prescribe an antibiotic drop, usually Surolan. Dogs can become resistant to Surolan.
If our dog ends up with future ear infections another option we choose to use is a 100% natural product Zymox. It is also available from Amazon. We use this every day for one week. It breaks everything up incredibly well.
The best course of action to prevent ear infections is to ensure their ears are dry after grooming, bathing, and water sports. If you are taking your dog swimming and boating drying their ears will be something you want to stay on top of.
If you are interested here are the links to the ear products we use on our own dogs.
Alternate ear infection treatment we use: Zymox
Please note if you are a Chilliwack Labradoodles Guardian Home we require collaborative care for all of our puppies and dogs alike. Any decisions made with regard to treatment must be one we have discussed and agreed upon including ear care.
What is the best way to toilet train my puppy?
At Chilliwack Labradoodles, we find Crate training is a very successful way to train your puppy. Puppies do not like to eliminate in their beds.
Your puppy will need to sleep where you can hear it. If your puppy begins to whine in his crate or make noises immediately get up, leash your puppy while she is still in the crate, pick your puppy up out of the crate and pack it outside to your "potty place." (Try to avoid taking your puppy out of the crate while it is pawing at the crate, the second he/she is not pawing quickly open the crate and say "let's go potty." If you are continually retrieving your puppy exactly when they whine or paw crate they will get the message that, "ahhh, if I do this my owner will let me out." They will think you want them to do that behavior.) You will find having a consistent and familiar word that everyone in the household uses to key the puppy to potty is very important. For example, our word is "Go Potty." Your puppy/dog will want to sniff around that is ok for a bit. We do not walk around we stand still let the puppy roam as far as the leash allows, only in the area we have designated for potty. We say "go potty!" The second the puppy goes potty, in our happy voice, smiley face, we say good potty!! We reward her with a small liver treat or whatever treat you choose. Puppies recognize by your facial expressions and tone of voice if we are happy with what they are doing and will more likely continue that behavior. The treat reinforces to them that "ahh that is what "go potty," means! If your puppy continues to sniff around let her for a few more minutes just in case they have more business to do. Do not let them take too long as we want them to understand this is "potty time" not playtime. If this is indeed the middle of the night pack her back to the crate and tuck her in. Every time they potty give them a treat and be very excited and happy for them! Australian Labradoodles are very intelligent and this will speed potty training or any training up, it is a way of positively reinforcing the good behavior that you want from them.
Throughout the day use the same method as described above when having to take your puppy out to go potty. First thing in the morning will be her first potty break. Each time whether it is night or day and your puppy is coming out of her crate she will need to be taken potty. After each meal and each drink of water, your puppy will need to be taken potty. After your puppy has eaten a meal wait for about 10 minutes and you take it out for potty. If she doesn't eliminate, take your puppy in and put her in her crate. (Remember crate time is a positive time, have a bone or special toy for her in there.) Wait for 10-20 minutes, take the puppy out potty again. If your puppy eliminates this time praise and rewards her. If she does not eliminate bring her back into the crate, keep repeating until she eliminates. The more consistent you are with this in the early weeks will instill to the puppy that this is how potty time works and they will learn quickly what is expected of them. The more often your puppy potties in the house the harder it will be to break that behavior. Every puppy has learned behaviors whether they are wanted or unwanted behaviors that is why we need to consistently promote good behaviors for both the puppy and ourselves long-term relationship and success.
A tool that can train your puppy to let you know when he/she needs to potty is to place a bell on your door and each time you take him/her to potty ring it-eventually they will catch on and begin to ring the bell when they need to be let out.
You will get to know your puppy and will soon be increasing these times to longer periods. It will not take long for your puppy to know which door they need to wait to go potty. Or which area of the yard is their potty spot. Your consistency and patience in the short term will pay off for many years to come!
The puppies are loving their kibble mush and getting much better at eating more than they wear! This week we have been working with the puppies on socialization/desensitization. The puppies continue to play with their Sensory Gymnasium they enjoy it so much we have put a mini one into their nursery! Not only is this gymnasium fun but it helps the puppies become desensitized to different noises, textures, shapes, sizes, and colours. It helps them to learn how to navigate obstacles, gain confidence in our world, and become resilient. The puppies love their outdoor time and are constantly exploring and learning! We continue to spend one-to-one time with each puppy, exposing them to different surfaces, textures, and sounds. We are taking notes on their reactions to every new experience while they are with their Momma and Littermates or out on their own.
This week we have also increased their nursery size and taken most of the puppy pads out of their nursery leaving them with exposed flooring which is one more step in the potty training process. More often than not they will migrate over to where the puppy pads are to do their business, this is progress!
Let's take a look at how each of the Australian Labradoodles is doing this week.
As always I will go through each puppy in the order of birth.
Blue Sugar Boy wears a stunning caramel red coat with with white flash. He was born weighing 325 grams today he weighs a healthy 3.03 kg.
Cherry and Ritche I hope your family is ready to welcome this stellar boy into your home! Mr. Blue has a well-balanced all-around temperament. He has a strong inner confidence which will help with transitions into new experiences as well as keeping himself occupied when the everyday hustle and bustle of family life does not orbit directly around sweet Blue Sugar!
I always encourage our families to enroll in puppy training just as soon as you can, having Riley and Gavin participate in will not only teach them the skills necessary to have positive communication with Blue but empower them to be trusted leaders. As with any puppy, positive reinforcement training with consistency will continue to build Blue Sugar's confidence and desired behaviors.
You mention the puppy will sleep in Riley's room, while this will be a great plan once your puppy is night crate trained, for at least the first weeks we always recommend the puppy sleep in a crate in the bedroom with adult caregivers who are able to get up in the middle of the night and pack the puppy out to potty. Once you are confident Blue can sleep through the night and Riley is ready for the demands of a puppy throughout the night then try to transition Blue into Riley's room.
Blue is an active boy who will be up for a family walk, challenge you on your next hike, or frolic at the lake on your summer camping trips. He has a teddy bear of a heart, is drawn to people and loves to settle down with a nice snuggle! He is an attuned and clever boy who will learn quickly understanding when it is time to frolic and time to have a nice quiet settle.
Gavin and Riley may your fondest childhood memories include Sweet Blue Sugar!
Congratulations Parroco family!
Purple Cinnamon has a playful calm nature, perfect for condo life. Top this with her natural ability for attunement with desire to please and she will be able to live a shared life between both sets of new Pawrents! Blake family Purple Cinnamon is ready to become part of your family forever.
At maturity Purple will be ready to challenge Ben on a run, encourage him on a weekend hike and enjoy all the attention he receives when stopped by passersby's! When spending time with Martin and Cheryl she will relish time spent on a walk, playing a game of fetch, and be just as content to lay at your feet while you are having a leisurely day
Purple wears a red coat with white flash. Purple Cinnamon is a girl, born at 6:23 am. She weighed 230 grams, today she weighs a healthy 2.63 kg.
Congratulations Martin, Cheryl and Ben!
I would like to say we gave Pink Comfort girl her name knowing ahead of time how accurately it would describe her temperament, but it was pure luck! Good luck, for for Tyler and John as they will be blessed each day with the love and comfort this girl has to give. Pink is a very clever girl that gives pause before rushing into new situations, but has the inner confidence to move forward to explore. She can be independent, enjoys the company of other animals knowing when to politely leave a situation rather than vie for a superior position, and loves to please her humans. Which will help when finding her place with Tate and Richard.
I am glad to hear you have already enrolled Pink into Puppy Training Classes and have an in home training visit! Proactive puppy training will help establish an understanding of communication for human and puppy, which will set the foundation for wanted behaviors for a lifetime.
Pink will motivate you to take an afternoon break to walk in the fresh air, she will accompany you on a road trip and be your greatest companion in your home office.
Pink wears a silky caramel red coat with white flash. She, was born weighing 259 grams today she weighs a healthy 2.63 kg.
May this next chapter in your lives be filled with playful antics and evening snuggles!
Orange Home-Baked girl wears a sleek caramel red coat with with a very nice suit of white flash. This young lady is fun-loving and playful she will gleefully bound your way when called and loves the affection and attention human connection brings. Orange has great common sense about her, giving her time to warm up to new situations will help develop a strong trusting bond. Once she is done investigating she is excited to move forward to socialize and explore. She has good eye contact and above all else looks to please her humans. Burgess family may we introduce you to your new fabulous fur member Orange Home-Baked.
Orange is considerate while in play with both humans and littermates when she feels she has been too rough or one of her littermates presses her, she will walk away just as content as ever. This should help with transitioning into a home with an already established dog. Orange will be happy to accompany you on a walk, explore the river and frolic in Mayne. This patient, clever girl will enjoy puppy training and will be keen to please with each new session.
She was born weighing in at 178 grams today she weighs a healthy 2.12 kg.
Congratulations Susan and David may Orange Home-Baked bring a smile to your every day!
Red A La Mode girl, wears a silky red parti coat. She was born weighing 266 grams, today she weighs a healthy 2.36 kg. This little stunner of a puppy truly is the life of the party, when we walk in the room she is the first to greet us with a wagging tail and a human like smile! Red is a very social girl with a solid inner confidence. She enjoys getting to know people and playing with her littermates. She is happy to be off having fun with her toys while checking in to us humans for direction. Red has shown the ability to learn new things quickly while taking great pleasure in our approval. Mutyala family this little bundle of joy will be joining your family forever!
I am sure she will be the first one at the door at the mere mention of a W-A-L-K! She will be your faithful travel companion, the most loyal soul, ready to snuggle any chance she can get. Not only is she an affectionate, kissy girl she will surely provide the "chirpy," entertainment that will stay ingrained in your memory for years to come.
Has your family had a chance to listen to the Bella and Baxter podcasts to help prepare Red A La Mode environment? Listening to their free podcast well before bringing your puppy home will help you learn to effectively communicate what behaviors you want in your puppy in a positive fashion. As with all teething puppies learning to teach a soft bite is important teaching her this now will train her to have a soft bite for life! To start a basic soft bite training we encourage all of our families to hand-feeding parts of their puppies meals while giving a high pitch OUCH, if they have the slightest amount of a firm bite. If you have not already done so now would be a great time to enroll in live puppy training.
Red A La Mode has the sweetest soul, loves to cuddle, and cannot wait to please her people! Congratulations Lakshmi and Ashok.
Green wears a silky caramel red coat with white flash. Green Golden Delicious boy, was was born weighing 300 grams, today he weighs a healthy 3.19 kg.
Green has the confidence to entertain himself as well as take playful joy in connecting with us humans. The adaptability and confidence he holds makes him a great candidate for a home with children. He will have the resilience necessary to manage when those around him are having a rough day. Lau family may we introduce you to your newest member Mr. Green Golden Delicious!
A puppy is much like a newborn when bringing it home, if you are ever stumped as to what it is he needs try to imagine what you would do with your newborn. Your puppy has lived with his littermates his whole life, it is up to us humans to effectively teach him how to now learn the ways of our world, once he trusts you, his greatest desire will be to please you! Setting up a place in your home where Green can be on his own and letting Lexi and Audrey know this is Mr. Greens own space will be important. In return having a space that is a dog free zone, such as Lexi and Audrey's room will be an important discussion to have with your family. As much as we hope our children will keep their small toys, electronic devices and favorite stuffies up out of the way they will forget, which causes a safety hazard for Green and tears of sorrow for the children.
Green will be the children's biggest cheerleader during any event, their best buddy at the park and help them discover the great outdoors camping this coming summer! He is an absolute sweetheart of a boy with an easy going temperament that will make him adaptable to any environment or setting.
Congratulations Lau family Mr. Green Golden Delicious will be the charming boy joining your family forever!
If your family has already chosen the name for your newest member please email it to us and we will be able to start calling him/her by their new name!
Of course, if you have any questions you can email us at
Chilliwacklabradoodle.com and we will be happy to answer them for you.
We hope you enjoy your six-week Pup Date Video!