CHILLIWACK LABRADOODLES PUP DATE!
Good Afternoon Chilliwack Labradoodle Families!
This is our seven-week Pup Date on the puppies from our Playin' For Keeps 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."
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.
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.
Food Puzzle Toys
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!
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.
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.
Black David Beckham wears a golden caramel coat white flash. He was born weighing 393 grams, today Black weighs in at 3.74 kg. Black is a well rounded Australian Labradoodle, he is exceptionally clever, has a strong inner confidence yet has the common sense to access a situation before jumping in. Black David Beckham is attuned and already developed ways to try and understand our language and humans in general. He displays this with his good eye contact, frequently caulking his head when trying to figure out what we are saying and at this young age has already begun using his paw to physically indicate his wants!! Often times when we go to his pen he will sit back watching, rather than jumping up with his litter mates, he will lift his front paw into the air an paw at the air to tell us he wants our affection as well! If he is out playing and wants your attention he has started to come over and gently use his paw to pat your leg or hand to get your attention. Both his mother Sophie and Grama Clover communicate with their paw but his initiative at this young age is remarkable. Mark we believe Black David Beckham is a great match for your home and lifestyle, may we introduce you to your new best buddy Black!
Mark black has a strong inner confidence, developing a trusting and patient bond with him will help when continuing to build on this confidence. It sounds as though Black will be in quite a diverse and social environment while these are key to developing confidence doing so at your dogs own pace, always ending positively are equally important. Enrolling both he and yourself in Puppy Training classes right away will likely be the best investment you can provide for both yourself and black! Working with a trainer is invaluable and will set you up for a lifetime of success developing good behaviors with less stress. My recommendation for trainers closer to your area would be - Ocean Park Dog Training: https://www.oceanparkdogtraining.com/
-Balanced Canine: http://balancedcanine.ca/
Mark I am sure you can teach Black to collect his own leash and be ready to accompany you for a jog, hike or a day out on the boat! Trips to the cabin will be his favorite place to explore and belly rubs from your clients will be welcomed!
Black has passed his veterinary check however, he does have a slight overbite, we do sometimes see this in dogs, it 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. Congratulations, Comerford family may Black be the your staunchest support each and every day!
Blue Babe Ruth wears a sleek deep chocolate coat. He was born weighing 335grams, today Blue weighs in at 3.72 kg. Ursula and Patrick you described your lifestyle as an active one going for daily walks, weekend hikes, canoeing and warm weather swims! We hope you have his harness and leash ready because Blue Babe Ruth is ready to join you in all faucets of your life!
Blue has a good inner confidence but prefers to watch before jumping in headstrong to situations. He is a loving an devoted boy, enjoys the company of other dogs and people. He has a balanced temperament which will make it easier when training him to accompany Ursula to her work environment. He will be thrilled to know Tez and Bleu are nearby and grow to enjoy their company. In describing your perfect dog you outlined playful, affectionate, obedient, smart and sometimes mischievous, Goslawski family Mr. Blue is all of this and more.
Blue Babe Ruth has passed his veterinary check, however Blue's teeth have not fully erupted therefore we are not certain whether he will follow his brother's trend with the slight overbite. It would certainly not surprise me if he does end up with a slight overbite, as this is something dogs do experience. It is purely cosmetic, and bears no weight on their health moving forward. Often times the overbite will resolve itself by the time the adult teeth arrive. Congratulations, Goslawski family Blue Babe Ruth (or should we start calling him Dexter) will be part of your hearts and family from this day forward.
Orange Wayne Gretzky, wears a silky caramel coat. He was born weighing 390 grams today Orange weighs in at 5.7 kg. John, Michele and Crystal while moving through our matching process it took very little time at all to realize Orange could not have been a more perfect match for your family! This tenderhearted Lion of a fellow is a friendly boy, loves to explore his surroundings, has the energy level to keep up to your active family lifestyle, but is content to roll onto his belly hoping for a belly rub while you snuggle into an evening movie! This boy picks up on things very quickly which should help in all aspects of training, he meets each and everyone of your hopes, as well as your criteria for a perfect dog including your perfect height landing between 18-22"!
Whether it is a walk, hiking or Kayaking companion you seek Mr. Orange will be up for the task! Introducing him at his own pace to water will help motivate all the fun water sports I am sure you hope he will partake in. Now I know you do not mention winter sports in your questionnaire, however I do have to advocate for this boy, as I am sure he will want to introduce you to the Australian Labradoodle sporting events: Go Fetch in the snow, how to turn a Labradoodle into a snowman, and if he is anything like his grama Clover, once mature he will be happy to pull small children on their sleigh!
Orange Wayne Gretzky has passed his veterinary check however, he does have a slight overbite, we do sometimes see this in dogs, it 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. Congratulations MacKay/Cain family we are wishing you many new adventures in this next chapter of your life!
Green Willie Mays wears a silky chocolate coat with a blast of white flash. He was born weighing 346 grams today Green weighs in at 3.44 kg. When we chose the parents of this litter it was with the intention of retaining an exceptionally well rounded male Australian Labradoodle to contribute both Chilliwack Labradoodles Sophie's and Hope Farm Kodiak's most desired attributes to bring forward for many more families to experience and love for years to come! We were Playin' For Keeps! We are thrilled to announce Green Willie Mays is our "Keeper," boy! He will join our Guardian Family the Nickel's and be showered with love, living a terrific dog life, while still being part of the Chilliwack Labradoodle program.
Bowden and Ryder, get ready because in just days you will bring home your most loyal best friend!
Green Willie Mays has passed his veterinary check however, he does have a slight overbite, we do sometimes see this in dogs, it 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. Congratulations Nickel family we look forward to watching your family grow with Mr. Green at the center!
Yellow Pavel Bure wears a silky solid chocolate coat. He was born weighing 342 grams and today weighs in at 3.83 kgs. Yellow has a fun and easygoing personality. He adapts well to new situations, is great with people of all ages and will be a terrific fit for any home. He is happy to engage with his humans and content to find something to do on his own.
He usually has a common sense approach to life, Yellow will enjoy your company on a walk be thrilled to frolic on the beach or spend time beside you in the garden. Larson family please welcome the next member of your family Yellow Pavel Bure! I am glad to hear of your plans for puppy and dog training, Yellow will enjoy attending and excel in all areas, I am sure!
The ONE quality or attribute you wanted most in your dog was "Happy!"
I can assure you Yellow has a strong base temperament of Happy, and I can also assure he will add joy and happiness to your lives moving forward.
Yellow Pavel Bure has passed his veterinary check however, he does have a slight overbite, we do sometimes see this in dogs, it 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. Congratulations Larson family, I am sure each day moving forward you will reap the benefits of in home entertainment from Mr. Yellow.
Red Hank Aaron wears a silky solid chocolate coat. Red was born weighing 363 grams today Red weighs in at 3.5 kg. Red is one of the calmer puppies, she is clever, attentive, has a gently playful side and loves to be cuddled!!! Hamilton family may we introduce you to your new furbaby! Red is happy to join in with both her humans and animal friends but can easily be content to find something to do on his own. He does not have trouble differentiating when it is time to play or settle down.
Building a trusting relationship with him, patiently introducing him to new people and surroundings at his own pace while using positive reinforcement training will continue to build on his confidence and desire to please. Which will result in years of desired behaviors. The most important component to teaching your dog the ways of human life, while instilling good behavior will be enrolling and attending puppy training classes. I would enroll now as they book up quickly and are truly invaluable!
Red will be the biggest cheerleader at all of the girls sporting events, he will anticipate the prospect of running laps with you while they are practicing and I am sure Red's first family camping trip will be one packed with fond memories that you will look back on years from now!
Red Hank Aaron has passed his veterinary check however, he does have a slight overbite, we do sometimes see this in dogs, it 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. Congratulations Hamilton family, we hope you are ready for the unconditional love that you are about to receive each and every day!
Purple Martin Brodeur wears a silky caramel coat with white flash. He was born weighing 457 grams today Purple weighs in at 4.2 kg. Vivian as Purple is the last boy born to this litter I am sure it is clear to you who your Forever Companion will be! Vivian you want a dog with a balance of play and calm. A boy who could help motivate you to get out yet be adaptable enough to transition from home to joining you at your work place. Purple has the playful confidence it takes to adapt to these types of settings. He has a nice sense of confidence is happy to enjoy the company of both humans and dogs yet is equally content to entertain himself or be off on his own taking a nap. He truly is a thoughtful loving boy who enjoys endless amounts of cuddle time!
I am glad to hear of your experience with PADS this should give you a great baseline when moving forward transitioning Purple from his life as he knows it in his dog world into his new life living with his human! Vivian I cannot encourage you enough to enroll in as least one set of Puppy Training classes, these in person training classes provide a great source of socialization, support and techniques in training specific to what you are working through with Purple! Training is invaluable and will set both of you up for a happy successful lifetime together! Here are a couple trainers I would recommend to you.
-Ann Jackson's Puppy-Perfect Start
-Bravo Dog Training and Behavior
Purple Martin Brodeur has passed his veterinary check however, he currently has only one descended testicle. This is quite common for young puppies, in the weeks to come the second testicle may descend on its own with no assistance necessary. If it does not descend on it's own you will need to have your veterinarian perform cryptorchid at the same time Purple is having his neuter surgery. Whereby the veterinarian will surgically release the testicle allowing it to descend. This will bear no weight on his health moving forward. In the case of Purple, if he does need to have a cryptorchid performed, we ask that you have it done 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. Congratulations Vivian Dang, Mr. Purple will forever be your most faithful and Loyal Companion!
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.