CHILLIWACK LABRADOODLES PUP DATE!
Good Evening Chilliwack Labradoodle Families. This is our six-week Pup Date for the puppies from our Brown Sugar 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.
Red Royal Icing is our first born at 3:22 pm. She was born weighing 278 grams today she weighs a healthy 1.68 kg. Red wears a chocolate phantom coat with white flash.
Summer and Jamie I hope your family is ready to welcome this little mini girl with a larger than life personality into your home and heart forever! Red has a well-balanced all-around temperament. She has a strong inner confidence which will help with transitions into new experiences, and keeping herself occupied when the everyday hustle and bustle of family life does not orbit directly around sweet Red Royal Icing!
With your seasoned understanding of dogs I am sure you will be able to support and supervise Red while she provides companionship within your business and ensure she has her own space away when she needed. As with any puppy, positive reinforcement training with consistency will continue to build Red's confidence and desired behaviors. It must be handy having a friend who is a dog trainer to help out when needed. If you get a chance I would also encourage you to check out the Bella and Baxter website. They have a variety of free options, in a couple of their podcasts they provide tips about introducing a new dog to existing family dog. Chilliwack Labradoodles Online Puppy Training Partnership with BAXTER and Bella
Red will be up for a neighborhood walk, be your favorite passenger on a car ride and be sure to explore the great outdoors on your next camping trip.
The Puppies have already gotten used to their their stuffed fur companion it will definitely return home with the scents Red will remember. Perhaps with a few smudges and teething marks as well.
Congratulations Cumberland family!
Pink Sucrose is a Girl, born at 3:43 pm. She weighed 277 grams, today she weighs a healthy 1.98 kg. Pink wears a chocolate phantom coat with white flash.
Pink will remain part of the Chilliwack Labradoodle program, forever living with her Guardian family Carol and David Smith. Quite simply put Ms. Purple has that easygoing adaptable temperament we are looking to move forward in our future Australian Labradoodle lines.
Although she is a mini she has a nice square, stocky build, keen eye contact and already a desire to please. Which should help to make training easier. She is a playful yet calm girl that likes to access her surroundings before rushing headstrong into them. Continuing to support positive reinforced opportunities for socialization will build upon her inner confidence.
Carol and David this next chapter of your lives will be filled with deep companionship, a reason to walk just a little longer and be filled with entertainment. Congratulations, Smith family!
Purple Molasses Girl, was born at 4:16 pm. She weighed in at 294 grams today she weighs a healthy 2.24 kg. Purple wears a chocolate phantom coat with white flash.
Purple is a friendly, happy girl who loves spending time with the other dogs, but has a desire to please her humans first. Which will help her excel in positive reinforced puppy training classes. Ben and Lily you had asked for a Puppy Training recommendation, in deed I do and I am pleased to say Purple will be happy to accompany you to the classes proud to show you off as her new Pawrents!
Ocean Park Dog Training
Amber Cottle Canine Behavior Training Center
Purple will be a great fit living within the semi-active lifestyle you describe as she matures she will enjoy a family hike, a frolic at the beach and just about any chance she gets for companionship and comfort. Purple has what it takes to mature into a dog who easily understands when it is time to be active and easily settle into calm.
Congratulations Ben and Lily, may this next chapter in your lives be filled with playful antics and evening snuggles!
Powdered Brown Sugar Boy, is our one and only boy, he was born at 5:09 pm. Brown Sugar's birth weight is 326 grams today he is a healthy 2.56 kg. He wears a wears a chocolate phantom coat with white flash.
Zokie let me introduce to you your new fur companion Mr. Blue. He is a true sweetheart that will not pass up the opportunity to snuggle. Blue is observant first and quick to learn. With your at home work routine this will help move understanding and training along quite nicely.
Blue has great common sense about him, giving him time to warm up to new situations will help develop a strong trusting bond. Once he is done investigating he is excited to move forward to socialize and explore. He can be independent, enjoys the company of other animals knowing when to politely leave a situation rather than vie for a superior position.
Puppy Training Classes are invaluable and will help establish an understanding of communication for human and puppy, which will set the foundation for wanted behaviors for a lifetime.
Blue will be first at the door for an after dinner walk, when he matures he will encourage you to go for a hike and be happy to warm your feet while you work in your office. Blue has the perfect calm attuned nature you have hoped for in your new fur-baby.
Congratulations, Zokie! May Powdered Brown Sugar Boy be part of your fondest memories in this next chapter of your lives.
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 them by 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!