PUP DATE!!

CHILLIWACK LABRADOODLES PUP DATE!

 

Good Afternoon Chilliwack Labradoodle Families!

This is our seven-week Pup Date on the puppies from our Phantom Delight 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 provided you with the date and the 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

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

This litter on a whole has a strong inner confidence, 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.​​

Black Jack is our first born he has a lovely caramel fur coat with white flash. He has an amazingly soft yet curious personality, with a playful side that can make anyone smile. Black loves to romp with his litter mates as well as the other dogs, he is drawn to people and is quite content to find something to do on his own. This adaptable little fellow will be a terrific fit for The Stephens Family!

 

While I am sure your resident doodles will welcome Black Jack, keep in mind due to the age difference his playful energy level will likely not match with the senior doods in your home, it will be important to be sure they have separate time away from each other when they have had enough. As well Black will need much individual training time with you in order to understand you are the alpha, as he matures and should refer to your guidance above those of his fur sibling. With your guidance Black will be able to learn his place amongst both your two and four legged family members. 

 

After playtime we find black sprawled out like a frog chilling with himself or laying on his back belly up taking his nap. Black will be thrilled to have new best friends in Mackenzie and Kylah, he loves his belly rubs and I am sure will seek you out any chance he can get! Black Jack has passed his veterinary check however, he does have an umbilical hernia, this is something we sometimes 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 Black, 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 attached Bill of Sale.

Black now weighs 3.2 kg.

Congratulations Stephens family may your fondest memories include Black Jack!

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The Wizbicki family are hoping for a dog that enjoys an active lifestyle, being in nature, is curious and intelligent these words summarize many of the traits we see in Mr. Blue Knight which are some of the reasons he will join your family furever Wizbicki family!  Mr. Blue is truly a little teddy bear from his sweet looks to his playful yet tender heart! 

Whether you are out walking, going for a hike or taking Mr. Blue for a spin in his very own bike carrier he will be most eager to volunteer. Blue will proudly accompany you on your winter road trips to California, taking in all new sights and smells, ending in a frolic on the beach! Blue has a nice inner confidence that will adapt to staying with famly while you travel abroad. 

Mr. Blue Knight has passed his veterinary check with nothing to report.

Blue now weighs 2.3 kg

Colleen and Gregg welcome to the next chapter of your lives! 

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Purple Heart, the very first words that came to my mind when thinking of Purple are kind and playful!  Purple has a zest for life, once she has acquainted herself to a situations she will be up for any new adventure. She loves the company of other dogs, as well as people but has a nice independent side to which she can find contentment with herself easily.

With that being said Irvine family, she will relish in as many ear scratches and belly rubs as you will dole out to her! Karen and Lorne we believe Purple Heart will enjoy your family lifestyle and exceed what you had hoped for your next dog. Once Purple has a chance to "get her feet wet," I am sure she will love her time spent at your lakefront cottage, and adapt quite nicely anytime she is invited to stay with your sister. 

Ms. Purple Heart has passed hes veterinary check with nothing to report.

Purple now weighs 2.3 kg

Congratulations Irvine Family on the newest member of your family.

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Red Jem  is very connected and gravitates to people first and foremost! Although she is wee this girl has amazing eye contact and attuned to her people in a big way. Red Jem has a playful, gentle temperament if she had her way she would be at our feet or in our lap. An affectionate girl for sure. These are some of the reasons Ms. Red will join the Prisecaru family and live forever.

We believe Ms. Red will fit quite nicely into your family and quieter lifestyle, while like all puppies she enjoys playtime, she is first amongst her littermates to retreat to a quiet calm or simply enjoy a snuggle. Andy if you do decide to join soccer this fall Red Jem will be your biggest supporter ready to attend all of your games, rooting you on at the sidelines. Maia get prepared to experience the most loyal friendship you have ever had! Time spent patiently training, walking and caring for Red will build an unbreakable trust that will result in deep devotion! I cannot over speak to the importance of attending puppy/dog training, it is an experience that can be shared with everyone in the family, empowering the children, developing consistent training cue's and tips carried out by everyone will teach Red the wanted behaviors you strive for in your dog for years to come.

Red Jem has passed her veterinary check however, the veterinarian did mention Red has a slight overbite, which we sometimes 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.

Red now weighs 2.17 kg.

Congratulations Prisecaru family we are sure each new memory created will be extra amazing because of Red Gem!

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Peach Spade has an exceptionally well-rounded temperament she reminds me so much of her Grandma Sakura. We often find Peach batting a ball and chasing it when it rolls out of her grasp. She is great with children of all ages and will continue to be so with the coaching and training from her elder humans. Peach will access a situation before marching head first into it, allowing her the time to do so will continue to build on her confidence. She is a playful, gentle girl who loves people yet can easily entertain herself.

 

Johan and Christina you will be happy to know that Peach Spade will not only join your family furever but the litter on a whole are not a very "barky," group of puppies. I would highly recommend  enrolling in a positive reinforcement training program to learn first hand the best ways to prevent opportunities for puppies/dogs from developing unnecessary barking habits. Noah I am sure Peach will be your new best buddy, she will love to accompany you to your sporting events, she will be the first to greet you after a day at school and curl up on your feet while you are gaming. Just be sure to have all of your wires and cords pulled up as these dangly objects are perfect chew toys for puppies!

Peach Spade has passed her veterinary check with nothing to report.

Peach now weighs 2.73 kg

Congratulations Virtusio family Peach will be joining your family forever!

 

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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.

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