CHILLIWACK LABRADOODLES PUP DATE!
Good Evening Chilliwack Labradoodle Families. This is our six-week Pup Date for the puppies from our Moonlight Roses 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.
Orange Velvet girl wears a silky caramel red coat with white flash. She was born weighing 333 grams today she weighs a healthy 2.56 kg.
Ms. Orange is one of the most adventurous puppies in the Moonlight Roses litter she is very attentive, has great eye contact which will help with her attention to training and is motivated by food. Fawcett family these are some of the attributes you were looking for in your new fur-baby therefore we knew we were were off to a great selection when pairing Orange Velvet girl to your family.
Orange Velvet loves to engage with dogs and has the common sense to move away if the feeling is not mutual, she does not get upset with dominate behavior. This type of approach should bode well when it comes to introducing your feline fur member to Ms. Orange.
I am glad to hear you have given considerable thought into dog training. I know you will both receive the internal satisfaction as well as witness a future with greater desired behavior from Ms. Orange. As you have mentioned the hope attend a puppy training closer to Chilliwack I will take the liberty to pass along a few to which we have either attended or received good feed back from previous families.
We attended and recommended The Gentle Puppy Training Program.
The program is led by:
Monique Charbonnier CPDT-KA.CC`
CERTIFIED PROFESSIONAL DOG TRAINER KNOWLEDGE ASSESSED
CERTIFIED BEHAVIOR CONSULTANT
MEMBER OF THE APDT www.apdt.com
GENTLE PUPPY TRAINING SANCTUARY
28442 - 58 Avenue ( Besides SMIT NURSERY ) Abbotsford V4X 2E8
Other trainers we would recommend would be:
-Harmony Animal Training: Brigette Mayer
-Chilliwack Dog Training
-Ocean Park Dog Training
Congratulations Michael and Leah may Orange Velvet make each new adventure as memorable as the last.
Black Berry boy wears a pseudo tuxedo caramel coat paired with his thoughtful approach he presents himself in an adoring manner. Chang/Li family meet your newest family member Mr. Black Berry. You had hoped for a calm, happy puppy who was ok receiving lots of attention from you, Black is definitely the puppy who matches this description! While he enjoys to play and frolic with the other puppies, he loves his human connection above all else.
Sharon and Alex Black has a nice inner confidence by nature, he is clever enough to not run headstrong into a situation, but rather assesses the situation and moves in when he is ready! Supporting him as he experiences new situations with positive reinforcement training will help build this confidence and the trust he has in you. These will be great qualities for a puppy who resides in a home office environment. Black Berry will be the favorite when hosting your dinner/board game nights and adored when you are out on the town.
I am glad to hear that you are on a waitlist for puppy training. I encourage all of my families to pursue this training sooner rather than later to ensure you puppy learns and understands what wanted behaviors we seek right from the early stages of their transition into our home.
Black Berry was born weighing 295 grams and now weighs a healthy 2.3 kg.
Congratulations Sharon and Alex!
Blue Christmas exudes a calm intelligent temperament, he is thoughtful and prefers to observe new situations before rushing into them. Dijia and Edison you had hoped your new addition would posses a very calm puppy with a good temperament, well Mr. Blue Christmas is definitely your boy. Affectionate, friendly and chill could not come in a better package. Providing him the time to acclimate to new situations while walking along side him in a positive reinforced training methodology will prove to bring the greatest success in continuing to build on his inner confidence and a trusting relationship for years to come.
If you have not already registered for a puppy training class now is the time to do so! The the bonds and trust built between new puppies and their owners during professionally guided training will be the best time and money spent for everyone involved.
He is perceptive and intelligent and will learn things quickly. He will love to accompany you while you work in the garden this spring, be your most loyal companion on a trail walk, challenge you at a good game of tug and at maturity be the first to volunteer on a family hike. Moving from this day forward we will address Blue Christmas with his new given name of Toro! Thank you for sharing his new name with us.
Toro, was wears a silky psuedo tuxedo caramel coat. He, was born weighing 342 grams today he weighs a healthy 2.51 kg.
Congratulations, Wu/Yang family may each day be more enriched because of Toro!
Red Poppy girl is thoughtful, sweet, clever, and outgoing! While she is quick to learn and quite adaptable to each new situation, she is not overly zealous in doing so and likes to ease into things at her own pace. Allowing her the time and patience to do so will continue to help build these amazing base temperaments we strive for in our Australian Labradoodle's. With such an sought after core temperament we could not be more pleased to announce Red Poppy will remain in our breeding program and forever live with her Guardian family Angie, Levi and Joanne!
Red Poppy enjoys her litter mates and spending time with humans of all ages. She will be thrilled to join Buddy in daily activities and play! I do want to encourage you to read through Yellow Daisy Boy's write up regarding one-one training separate from resident dog. Red comes from exceptional lines of attuned dogs that can transition from play to calm and strive to please their humans. These exceptional qualities work well in any home which is another reason we could not be more grateful to continue providing such qualities for future families to enjoy. But will work well in with your home and preferences Angie.
Red will enjoy accompanying you on your next camping trip, be up for a car ride when dropping Levi off at school or practice or ready for a belly rub at the end of a busy day!
She was born weighing in at 335 grams today she weighs a healthy 2.17 kg.
Congratulations Jefremow family! We look forward to watching Red Poppy mature and grow into your family.
Like her sister before her Pink Petal girl wears a caramel tuxedo-coat. She was born weighing 328 grams, today she weighs a healthy 2.19 kg.
This Pink Petal girl has fun and easy-going personality. While it does take her time to settle into new situations she adapts well , is great with children and the elderly. Is a terrific fit for a home with children, she is happy to engage with her humans and content to find something to do on her own. She has the resilience it takes not be affronted when someone is having a hard day.
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 her littermates her whole life, it is up to us humans to effectively teach him how to now learn the ways of our world, once she trusts you, her greatest desire will be to please you! Setting up a place in your home where Pink Petal can be on her own and teaching Zoe and Jeremy to understand that Pink needs her own space will be important. In return having a space that is a dog free zone, such as Zoe and Jeremy'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 Pink and tears of sorrow for the children.
She usually has a common sense of an approach to life, will be easy to train and do well in puppy training classes.
Pink will be the first in the car when you are running errands, she will enjoy snuggling with Zoe in the back seat while you are off dance and skate lessons, she will be happy to accompany the family on a walk to the park or snuggle up at your feet during a family board game. Teaching her how to play fetch early on is not only fun but will provide and easy way to give her the exercise she needs right in your own backyard!
Jeremy and Zoe Pink will surely become your new very best friend and greatest confidant in years to come. Congratulations Li family!
Green Bean boy, wears a silky caramel red coat with pseudo tuxedo pattern fit for the finest. This boy is a playful, loyal boy with a gentle soul and we feel he is truly the best match for the Delaney/Volkova family. With positive reinforcement training to build on these amazing qualities he naturally possesses he will develop into an attuned obedient dog that looks to his human figures for direction. These foundational manners will work well for apartment living.
Green Bean will be up for daily walks to the park, at maturity he will challenging you on a hike, push you further on your next run or become your steadfast companion when you take your next road trip! Green loves other dogs and humans supporting him with introductions at his own pace will build on the trusting relationship one should always have with their dog to enhance his confidence for life. Has your family had a chance to listen to the Bella and Baxter podcasts to help prepare your home and environment for Green Beans arrival? 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 productive positive fashion to do so. Chilliwack Labradoodles Online Puppy Training Partnership with BAXTER and Bella I am glad to hear that you have looked into in person puppy training classes this coupled with online learning would be an invaluable resource.
Green was was born weighing 276 grams, today he weighs a healthy 2.82 kg. Congratulations Adrian and Evgeniya my your fur-baby add smiles each and every day!
Similar to his brother Yellow Daisy boy wears a silky caramel coat with pseudo-tuxedo pattern. Gordon and Darlene by now I am sure you have come to realize this stunning boy will be the puppy joining your family forever!
This boy has it all going for him he may sit back and assess a situation to start with but is excited and confident enough to try new things and usually enjoy the experience. Yellow Daisy has the energy and loves to play whether that is with her littermates or people, he is well versed and excepts either company. He is definitely one of the first to greet us, staring intently up with those labradoodle eyes.
When bringing a new puppy into a home with an established dog it is important that you spend a great amount of time training him individually as you will want Yellow Daisy to understand you are the pack leader! While your current dog is mature he will not want to be annoyed with the energy a puppy brings, allowing them space when needed will be important.
Yellow will be your greatest walking companion, he will relish in his exploration at the smells and sounds at Derby Reach, and enjoy play ending in lots of cuddles with your grandchildren!
Yellow was was born weighing 312 grams, today he weighs a healthy 2.32 kg.
Nielsen family may Yellow Daisy keep you active in this next chapter of your life!
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!