PUP DATE!!

CHILLIWACK LABRADOODLES PUP DATE!

Good Afternoon Chilliwack Labradoodle Families!

This is our seven-week Pup Date on the puppies from our Black Tie Litter.

In the last Pup Date, we provided you information regarding basic Grooming including Ear Care, Potty Training.

 

This week we will provide you with information around Veterinarian, Vaccination, and Deworming. We will brainstorm creative and effective ways in which you can socialize and desensitize your puppies during the isolating time of COVID-19. We will provide you with a link on How to Groom Your Australian Labradoodle. Finally, the moment you have all been waiting for  "THE BIG REVEAL" Which puppy will be your forever fur baby!  Finally, we will provide you with information and suggestions around "Bringing Your Puppy Home."

Veterinarian

If you have not already done so you should be inquiring after a Veterinarian for your new puppy. 

During the Coronavirus epidemic, most veterinarians are only open for urgent care. However, you can still do your research and find a veterinarian. When looking for the right veterinarian for you we suggest that you phone a few clinics in your area and start off by speaking with the front staff.  Speak to your family and friends to gain information from them as to whom they could recommend as a veterinarian. 

Information that may be important to you will likely be...

-What are their hours? Are their hours convenient for what you are needing? 

-Does their office have a 24-hour vet on call? or will you need to seek after-hours Veterinary services elsewhere?  It is great if your vet does their own after-hours emergency services even if they rotate their after-hours shifts with other Veterinarians in the same office. This way they will have access to all of your puppy's history, they will likely be able to answer some of your questions on the phone which could save you a late-night trip to the vet.

-Is the veterinarian familiar with Australian Labradoodles?

If you decide this could be a potential Veterinarian for you ask if you can schedule an appointment for an interview with the Veterinarian. There will likely be the cost of consultation involved but it is important to make sure your new Veterinarian aligns with your beliefs in puppy health care. It is important to have a good relationship with your Veterinarian and that together you can decide on the best treatment options for your puppy/dog.

Vaccinations

Your puppy will have had his/her first vaccination and deworming before they come home to you. The next vaccination and deworming should be arranged for at least 4weeks after the first one, the third four weeks after the second vaccination, and deworming. Your veterinarian will advise you on this. When your puppy is 20 weeks old we suggest that you ask your Vet to do TiterTesting, which is a way they can determine if your puppy has sufficient immunity built up and therefore no longer needs vaccinations. We would also suggest having a follow-up TiterTesting done once they are three years old. Most often they will not need any follow-up booster vaccinations.

Creative Socialization and Desensitization

Most of what we are going to share with you are things we have already been practicing with your puppies and have always been a  part of our program. COVID-19 is a Pandemic that we are unfamiliar with within our human society, as breeder's life-threatening illnesses for our puppies and parents are a very real part of our everyday existence. Our puppies and mommas haven't completed their puppy shot series and are at higher risk for contracting illnesses such as parvo, long before The  Coronavirus surfaced. As part of the Chilliwack Labradoodles program, we have always taken safety precautions while still implementing some of the following ideas to help ensure your puppies come home desensitized and socialized to as many different things as possible. 

During the Coronavirus pandemic, you can take advantage of extra time at home and help your puppy grow into a well-adjusted and well-trained adult. Social distancing with your dog might actually mean better-behaved dogs when life gets back to normal. During this time in our lives, we are unable to attend puppy classes however there are other things to focus on besides dog-dog interactions.  Socialization includes common experiences that your dog will have throughout their life and desensitizing them in a positive way to as many things as possible. We are able to do most of these things in the comfort of our own homes. Working on these things at home means fewer distractions, which will allow your puppy to focus and learn much more efficiently. During this pandemic, we can adhere to safety precautions and still take our puppies and dogs out to socialize.  Just do it from a minimum of a six-foot distance. 

-Tactile experiences for your puppy

If your puppy cannot visit the groomer, bring the groomer to your puppy! Introduce your puppy to the bathtub, simply letting him walk in an empty tub. Brush your puppy, clean her eyes, and clip her nails. Frequently touch, rub, and hold your puppy's feet, paws, ears, and chin. Introduce him to as many ground surfaces as possible, grass, mud, gravel, wobble boards, manholes, and uneven forest floors. Fill their X-pen or play area with new items daily, cookie sheets for them to walk over, large balls, or obstacles they have to squeeze or climb over or an empty water bottle (with the label removed) filled with different items such as rocks, sand or rice. 

-Play different sounds in the background

Create a playlist, full of noises your puppy may experience in her lifetime. Sirens, household noises, animal or nature sounds are just a few.  While you blow-dry your hair, do the dishes, sweep and vacuum be sure your puppy is in earshot. 

-Introduce different scents to your puppy

Scatter kibble in the grass and have your puppy "Go Find It!"

If you have other animals in your home use a cloth to capture their scent and let your puppy smell the cloth.

Hide your puppy's favorite bone and have her seek it out.

-Go for a Drive

This will help desensitize your puppy using many of his senses.

Drive to your local hospital (keep enough distance) roll your window down let your puppy hear the sirens, people walking outside, doors opening and shutting. Her nose will be sniffing everything around her.

Park in a grocery parking lot, a factory, close to a train track anywhere your puppy can see people walking, the noises, sights, and sounds of each environment are a great way to socialize your puppy.

-Play Dress Up!

Dressing up in different hats, wigs, and costumes is another way to bring “new” people into your puppies’ lives without bringing strangers into your home. Dress-up can be important especially when we are isolated. Puppies and dogs startle when they see hats, beards, or brightly colored clothes if they have never seen them before! Pull out your Halloween costumes or your rain gear, get your whole family involved and have fun playing dress-up. 

-Socialize From a Distance

Take your puppy on a safe walk let him see the people on the other side of the road, reward him for not barking. (have a keyword you use to identify "not barking.")

Chat with your neighbors from a distance with your dog at your side. 

Find an isolated area, follow safety precautions, and let your puppy explore nature.

-Provide Lots of Puppy Brain Games

Use your Kong

Snuffle Mats are great!

Practice having your puppy come when called.

Set up a simple obstacle course for your puppy and teach them to walk, jump, or sit on mats as they move through the obstacle. Kids are creative and usually love to participate in these activities.

Interactive Toys

Food Puzzle Toys 

Mirrors

While you are Socializing/Desensitizing your puppy the most important thing to remember is to ensure every experience for your puppy ends up being a positive one. Puppies may be fearful, and forcing them to accept petting, closely approaching people, or objects can overwhelm them and worsen their fear even more. Monitor and manage your puppies' response to situations.

Labradoodles are social and sensitive dogs, they respond well to and learn by watch and listening for your tone of voice, facial and body expressions. Mark your dog's behaviors with treats and praise both verbal and physical by cuddling, petting, and play. If we change our tone of voice or remove ourselves from our puppy/dog's view these actions work well at letting the puppy know the behavior they were doing is not an acceptable one.  The greater the positively reinforced bond you have with your dog the quicker they will learn and repeat the good behaviors we are wanting from them. Your dog needs to trust you and feel confident in the mutual bond the two of you will build in order to learn the great long-term behaviors that you are seeking. Patience and consistency are what really works well for long-term learning and understanding of your fur baby. 

How to Groom Your Australian Labradoodle!

Your puppy will come home with its own personal folder containing important documents, in an upcoming Pup Date we will send out a video reviewing everything that is included in your puppy's personal folder.  For the sake of today's topic, one of the items you will find in the folder is a Grooming Card. 

It will be months from the time you bring your puppy home to the time they actually will require a full groom. Regular brushing, nail, and eye trims will need to happen more regularly. We have provided you with a "How To Groom Your Australian Labradoodle," link below. For those of you daring enough to want to try! For the rest of us here's hoping our regular Groomer is open very soon!

https://youtu.be/bWkJcGe8dUo

 

Preparing for Puppy Pick-Up Day! 

With the email to this Pup Date, we confirmed your pick-up date and provided you the location, and time your family is scheduled to pick up your puppy.  Some of the items we suggest you pack in your vehicle for pick-up day are:       

                           

-Collar and Leash                                                                       -Blanket

-Pee Pad                                                                                         -Small squeaky chew toy

-Crate with crate mat                                                                -Treat pouch

-Bully Stick and Kong in the crate                                         -with poopy bags

-A bottle of water and water bowl                                         -and treats (even just kibble)                            

On pick-up day leaving the harness at home would probably be best. There will be enough changes for your puppy and fussing with a harness for this initial experience will not be the most positive.

We suggest that you leave your crate in the car when you arrive and prepare to pack your puppy out with you when you leave. If an adult or older calm person can hold the puppy for the ride home we suggest capitalizing on this by creating your puppy's first positive bonding experience with you. This time in the car is an important first with your puppy he will be using his sense of smell, sight, and hearing to associate himself with his new "Pack." So you will want the car ride to be a calm, quiet, nurturing, and smooth ride. You want to convey to your puppy right from the beginning that you are a safe person, that he can feel secure, and that he can trust you will take good care of him. 

When you arrive at home pack your puppy to where you have decided to have her go pee. Let her have a potty break. Bring her in and let her explore your puppy areas.  After twenty minutes or so then take her back out to pee. If she drinks water in between you may want to take her pee sooner. 

Over the hours and days to come, remember everything your puppy is experiencing is new! They are in a new home, their routines have changed, every person in the house is different, the house does not have a familiar smell, not to mention they have just left their momma and all of their littermates this may translate into a diminished appetite or a change in stool. If your puppy starts having loose stool or appears constipated we recommend you add a tablespoon of canned pumpkin to their meals this will quickly correct the problem. Pumpkin is a great natural high fiber source that we use for our puppies and dogs as well. 

Labradoodles tend to have a low food drive. They enjoy food but it is not their focus so if your puppy seems disinterested in her food in the upcoming days, no need to worry. They can skip a meal and they will be just fine.  If your puppy is not eating sitting down beside your puppy and trying to get her to eat some kibble from your hand may very well help encourage her to eat. After she has eaten a bit from you stand up and let her try on her own again, she likely will start picking at it on her own. 

At this time I would like to leave you a couple of links to BAXTER and Bella's FREE Podcasts, you can find these and many other free informative podcasts on their website. The two links I am providing you are directly related and provide great information regarding bringing your puppy home for the first time! You can listen to the Podcasts in the car and provides great information for the kiddos. 

https://www.baxterandbella.com/podcast/episode/4b5d0b30/episode-43-realistic-expectations

 

https://www.baxterandbella.com/podcast/episode/49e6f561/episode-45-pacing-and-the-loose-leash-walk

This week, the puppies went to our veterinarian to have their wellness exam. We are happy to report that all of the puppies tolerated riding in the car and their crate, amazingly well, everyone settled in their crate quickly, seemingly content and comfortable. Nobody even got car sick! During the wellness exam, some of the things our veterinarian examines are the puppy's ears, eyes, dentition, and bites. They also check their heart, skin, and coat condition. Moving to the rear of our dogs she is checking the genitalia, she ensures their hind legs are correct and that there are no issues with luxating patellas. Each puppy in this litter has passed their veterinary examination with nothing to report.

Today is the most exciting day next to Puppy Pick-Up Day!

We love the playful inner confidence of this litter, they are cautiously curious and will move into new situations at their own accord.  Once you bring your puppy home it will continue to grow and develop its little personality. Puppies mirror their environment and will adapt to your lifestyle and home which is why it will be important to have conversations as a family about bringing forward a calm consistent environment to help nurture a calm mannerism in your puppy.

 

After teasing through base temperament, learning styles, and growing personalities we have been able to apply our findings with our Puppy Assignment criteria to match the puppies to their forever home!   

Let's take a look at how each of our Australian Labradoodles is doing this week and find out who joins your family forever!

I will go through each puppy in the order of birth.

Light Purple Lace wears a red coat with generous white flash. I am thrilled to be able to introduce our Guardian Cate to the newest member of her family! Purple Lace will remain part of the Chilliwack Labradoodle program, forever living with her Guardian family. Quite simply put Ms. Purple has that easygoing adaptable temperament we are looking to move forward in our future Australian Labradoodle lines.

 

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, as I am sure you already know. Although she is not the largest girl, we expect Purple to reach that larger medium build you were hoping for Cate. 

Light Purple Lace has passed her veterinary examination with nothing to report.

She was was born weighing 318 grams, today she  weighs a health 2.86 kg. 

Welcome, Simpson family we look forward to having you in our program. 

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Red Satin Dress girl wears a red coat well decorated white flash on her chest, head and tips of her toes! Red will be going home to the Cesh/Guertin family! This girl is patient, playful and ready to give unconditional love to his forever family! She awaits direction and is ready to please. Red is quite an athletic girl who will be happy to join your family in all activities as her body has grown to maturity. She will be excited to enjoy the great outdoors on a family hike, you may be surprised at home much she will enjoy the snow and be Logan's most avid cheerleader at sporting events. 

 

 

Red Satin Dress has passed her veterinary check however, she does have an umbilical hernia, this is something we see in dogs, they are best repaired at the time of spay and bear no weight on her health moving forward. In the case of Red, we ask that you have her hernia repair at the time of her spay surgery, Chilliwack Labradoodles will cover the reimbursement, you can find the detail outlined in your Bill of Sale. She was born weighing 299 grams, today she  weighs a healthy 2.89 kg. Congratulations Cesh/Guertin family I am sure this amazing girl will be the perfect additon for your family!

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Dark Blue Cufflink boy sets his own standards when it comes to attire, standing out in a decadent solid chocolate coat. Not only does this boy set his own standard with his gorgeous looks but he has a calm mellow beauty that resonates right through him. Iris and Mark may we introduce Dark Blue your new life companion. Once mature Dark Blue will be happy to help you practice for the half marathon or challenge you on your daily walks.

Mr. Blue Cufflink takes his time moving into new situations, allowing him the time he needs to test his surroundings will continue to build his inner confidence. He is considerate when it comes to his current littermates requests and will quickly learn his place with Noor and Kobra. 

Dark Blue Cufflink boy, has passed his veterinary check however, she did mention that Blue Cufflink has a slight overbite, this is something we see in dogs, is purely cosmetic, and bears no weight on his health moving forward. Often times the overbite will resolve itself by the time the adult teeth arrive. He was was born weighing 335 grams, today he  weighs a healthy 3.95 kg. May each day bring you a little more joy because Dark Blue is in it! Congratulations Switzer-Boyter Family.

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Pink Glass Slipper wears a gleaming  black coat with bold white flash to contrast her superior coat. 

When we enter the nursery we get the pleasure of this beautiful gal gazing up at us with her mesmerizing eyes. Mrs. Pink has the confidence to entertain herself and a soft playful personality when he is with both her humans and fellow littermates. Steyn/Gelderman family Pink Glass Slipper will forever be included in your family photo album as she will be the next addition to your family. 

With consistent training ending in positive reward you will indeed set yourself up for success with wanted behaviors from Ms. Pink for many years to come. I am certain Pink will make this process an easy one as she has patient attunement and looks to please her humans. As Pink matures she will be thrilled to join you alongside your bike rides, a family hike or out exploring the great outdoors. This winter when planning to build your blanket fort be sure to increase it just enough for Pink Slipper to squeeze her way in!!

Pink Glass Slipper has passed her veterinary examination however, she does have an umbilical hernia, this is something we see in dogs, they are best repaired at the time of spay and bear no weight on her health moving forward. In the case of Pink, we ask that you have her hernia repair at the time of her spay surgery. Chilliwack Labradoodles will cover the reimbursement, you can find the detail outlined in your Bill of Sale. She was was born weighing 346 grams, today she  weighs a healthy 3.83 kg. Years from now may you look back at the fond family memories which intrinsically include Pink. 

 

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Orange Chiffon girl, wears a caramel coat with beautiful white flash. 

Inkster Family get ready to invite Orange into your home forever! Orange has a soft heart and is ready to get to know everyone she meets. Allowing her the time she needs to settle into new situation will help build her already strong inner confidence.  She loves her littermates and is just as content to curl up in bed on her own. She has that easygoing adaptable temperament for a busy family life.  In a home with young children having a designated space for Orange will be important so both she and the children can have safe quite areas when adult supervision cannot be managed.

 

When given the opportunity Orange will gladly partake in all family activities. From daily walks, an afternoon hike or rolling over for a belly rub during family movie night! If Henry and Adelaide are anything like my children they will only ever remember a life with Orange present in every memory! 

Orange Chiffon Girl has passed her veterinary examination however, she does have an umbilical hernia, this is something we see in dogs, they are best repaired at the time of spay and bear no weight on her health moving forward. In the case of Orange, we ask that you have her hernia repair at the time of her spay surgery. Chilliwack Labradoodles will cover the reimbursement, you can find the detail outlined in your Bill of Sale. The veterinarian did also note that Orange Chiffon has a slight overbite, this is something we see in dogs, is purely cosmetic, and bears no weight on her health moving forward. Often times the overbite will resolve itself by the time the adult teeth arrive. She was was born weighing 281 grams, today she  weighs a healthy 327 kg. 

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Black Bow Tie boy wears a caramel coat with gentleman white ruffle flash. ! He exudes calm confidence is playful and ready to become best friends with all that are interested. He is perceptive and intelligent and will learn things quickly. He loves to play with his littermates and will happily back away when one of them insists on having their way. Get ready Byron as Black will be your new forever companion and will be up for any new adventure you throw his way.

Black has a considerate approach when first introduced to new situations but is quite keen on exploration once he has time to move in at his terms. Once Black has matured he will be a terrific mountain bike partner, challenge you during a hike and make each new exploration that much more memorable! Black can easily settle into calm and provide comfort at the end of a hard week. As for the one quality or attribute you wanted in a dog not being a big barker, I can say the litter on a whole is not an overly barky litter, Black included. You can teach a dog to be quiet and still allow them appropriate barking times, this might be something you want to discuss with your trainer.

 

Black Bow Tie Bow has passed his veterinary examination with nothing to report.

He was was born weighing 341 grams, today he  weighs a healthy 2.56 kg. 

Congratulations Byron!

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Light Green Sash boy, wears a stellar chocolate Louis Vuitton suit with bold white flash.  He is first an observer and then proceeds into new situations. Green has a gentle teddy bear soul, with a friendly, playful personality. He enjoys the company of all ages, children included. Louis Vuitton will grow up alongside Ryah and Ariyan, creating life long bonds and memories as he is joining the Kambho family! 

 

Kambho family make room in your car as this boy will love to join you in the spectator section at your next baseball or soccer game. Be sure to allow for extra time when getting to your destination as this guys exceptional good looks and personality will have heads turning!  Allowing any dog time to move into new situations at their own pace, with positive reinforcement help to build a trusting relationship where confidence continues to grow. If you work alongside Green offering patience and opportunity this guy will mature into an excellent life companion for you all.

 

Green will love nothing more than to snuggle while you are watching TV, keep your feet warm while you are playing a board game or become a source of reassurance at the end of a hard day of school or work! Congratulations Kambho family.

Light Green Sash Boy, has passed his veterinary examination however, he does have an umbilical hernia, this is something we see in dogs, they are best repaired at the time of neuter and bear no weight on his health moving forward. In the case of Green, we ask that you have his hernia repair at the time of his neuter surgery. Chilliwack Labradoodles will cover the reimbursement, you can find the detail outlined in your Bill of Sale. The veterinarian did also note that Green Sash Boy has a slight underbite, this is something we see in dogs, is purely cosmetic, and bears no weight on his health moving forward. Often times the underbite will resolve itself by the time the adult teeth arrive. He was was born weighing 318 grams, today he  weighs a healthy 3.73 kg.

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Dark Green Armani boy, wears a pristine caramel coat with beautiful white flash. Caroline and Joe we would like to introduce you to the newest member of the Carson/Steyn family! 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.  He 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. I suspect he will enjoy training, love daily walks and a good frolic at the beach!  Green thoroughly enjoys a belly rub as most Australian labradoodles do and will be thrilled to spend his down time on the couch for an evening snuggle. 

Dark Green Armani boy, has passed his veterinary examination however, he does have an umbilical hernia, this is something we see in dogs, they are best repaired at the time of neuter and bear no weight on his health moving forward. In the case of Green, we ask that you have his hernia repair at the time of his neuter surgery. Chilliwack Labradoodles will cover the reimbursement, you can find the detail outlined in your Bill of Sale. He was was born weighing 292 grams, today he  weighs a healthy 2.95 kg.

May the next chapter in your lives be more entertaining because Dark Green is in it!

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Light Blue Top Hat boy wears a cream coat with red highlights set with glowing white flash.

This little boy possess the sought after stocky, blocky look of the Australian Labradoodle, paired with his loveable and sweet disposition he will surely win the heart of his new lifetime companions Nadia and Rob McCloy.

 

Mr. Blue approaches things with gentle caution to begin with, but once he becomes familiar with a situation his confidence takes over and any inhibition gives way to sheer joy and fun!  Nadia and Rob once both of you have an established trust with Blue he will look to you to teach and guide him.  He will be the most loyal companion ready to splash at the beach, run alongside your bike, or be the humble head turner while out on a walk. With photography as a hobby I am sure this bright little boy will quickly become a regular face in your family album! 

You will gain great training and connecting skills from the Bella and Baxter  online program, I am happy to hear you have this resource just a click away! On your questionnaire you were still looking for options for an in person puppy training program in your area we often recommend Ocean Park Dog Training or Amber Cottle Canine Behavior Training Center.

Light Blue Top Hat boy, has passed his veterinary examination with nothing to report.

He was born weighing 341 grams, today he  weighs a healthy 3.64 kg.

May all your evenings end in doggy cuddles and belly rubs. Congratulations McCloy Family!

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Dark Purple Hugo Boss boy wears a brilliant caramel or red coat with generous white flash. Celeste and Peter Fox get ready to grow that family you were hoping for as Dark Purple is ready to take on the role of fur-baby. You described your hopes for a puppy as fun, playful, one that loves to cuddle, is semi-active, loves to go on car rides to the park/beach, but also able to relax and chill out on a lazy day. We could not have described Mr. Hugo Boss any more perfectly than that. This exceptionally well rounded boy has what it takes to become fur-brother to any human children that may become a future addition  to the family. For now he is happy to have all of your attention and will thrive if you allow him the time necessary to move into new situations and environments at his own pace. Consistent positive reinforcement training and socialization will help create the wanted behaviors we all want to see in our mature dogs. 

Dark Purple Hugo Boss boy, has passed his veterinary examination with nothing to report.

He was born weighing 240 grams, today he weighs a healthy 2.92 kg.

May all your evenings end in doggy cuddles and belly rubs. Congratulations McCloy Family

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Yellow Crystal girl,  wears a caramel or red champagne coat with bubbly white flash. Song/Pang family I hope you are ready to welcome this stellar girl into your home?! Yellow exudes a calm intelligent temperament, she is thoughtful and ready to try new experiences once she has had time to observe and warm into them. As I am sure you have heard me speak many times before the very best way to establish wanted behaviors right from the start is through consistent positive reinforcement training. If you have not already done so I encourage you to do this. All of my children have attended with our dogs, it is an empowering and a rewarding experience that promotes trust and loyalty between owner and dog. 

William, get ready to meet your new best friend. Yellow, will be happy to chase a soccer ball, learn to play fetch or challenge you on your next family hike. But best of all, after a long day of school and hockey practice she will be your greatest confidant, offering unconditional love and snuggles!  

Yellow Crystal girl has passed her veterinary examination however, she does have an umbilical hernia, this is something we see in dogs, they are best repaired at the time of spay and bear no weight on her health moving forward. In the case of Yellow, we ask that you have her hernia repair at the time of her spay surgery. Chilliwack Labradoodles will cover the reimbursement, you can find the detail outlined in your Bill of Sale. She was was born weighing 324 grams, today she  weighs a healthy 3.22 kg.

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We hope you enjoy your seven week pup date Video! 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.