CHILLIWACK LABRADOODLES PUP DATE!
Good Afternoon Chilliwack Labradoodle Families!
This is our seven-week Pup Date on the puppies from our Summer Dreams 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.
Orange Sunshine Boy wears a beautiful blaze of white flash on his caramel red chest, head and toes. This boy suits his name well as he exudes cheery, warm sunshine from his inner core right out to everyone who plays with him. Orange has a perfect balance of play and calm. He is attuned to people, with a strong desire to please this will help him excel in training. Add to this his natural desire for affection which we believe will make for a terrific addition to the Bhathal family.
Lucky, Mr. Orange will be happy to take on the role of sous chef and be at your side every chance you allow him. He will welcome playtime outside as you both work in the garden, enjoy daily walks and whenever you need a cuddle break Orange Sunshine will be the first to volunteer!
Rup and Lucky may each an everyday start with a smile on your face being painted on by this ray of sunshine!
Purple wears a chocolate coat with well decorated white flash on her chest! This thoughtful little ball of chocolate has a common sense approach to life, she is perceptive to her environment and those around her, once she deems it appropriate she will move forward to explore. Wilson Family may we introduce you to your newest member Ms. Purple Coral!
Purple has the resilience necessary living within a busy family with young children, she will be content to find her own entertainment when necessary and has a playful calm approach with those around her. Colin, once you you get to know Purple she will be your welcome partner in play and cuddles at bedtime I am sure! Purple will be up to explore your back forest, be the biggest cheerleader at baseball and be the back seat driver on daily errands! While important for children to develop skills around responsibility and caring for other living beings, for the first weeks of night time crate training a keen adult sense and coordination is usually required when taking your puppy out for its middle of the night potty breaks. Once you you have gotten to know your puppy's night time routine and she is consistent with it, passing this duty over to Alex may be more manageable for him.
I am glad to hear you have enrolled both in Baxter and Bella and to in person puppy training with Ocean Park Dog Training. Positive reinforced training helps build trusting bonds which will aid in her desire to please you, making training that much easier. Wilson family he one quality or attribute you wanted most in your dog was calmness. Purple as a puppy has a playful calm which I am sure will lead into more of that calmness as she matures. Get ready to welcome Purple Coral into your family and hearts forever!
Blue Splash boy, wears a commendable amount of white flash on his otherwise Chocolate Coat. While Blue is currently one of the bigger puppies in the litter he will be a larger mini with a big heart and zest for life! Blue has the personality that people are drawn to he provides both entertainment and snuggles abound. The one quality you wanted most in you dog Christine was that of affection and to be somewhat energetic. This could not be more true of Blue Splash Boy. Woodward family welcome your next member Blue Splash!
Blue will relish in his role as your companion whether you are out visiting friends together, walking at the park or frolicking at the beach. This boy is always checking back in with us, readily up for his snuggles and belly rubs! Blue is happy to find something on his own to do for entertainment or engage with his humans. I encourage you to enroll in a positive reinforced training program to help transition a fluid understanding of wanted behaviors. A puppy can misinterpreted what we actually are asking of them, each time this behavior is practiced it becomes harder to retrain. Starting you both off with training will make for a much easier training process and a well behaved dog at maturity!
Red Ladybug wears a caramel coat with a very nice suit of white flash. This girl is a little Australian Labradoodle with a big playful personality! She has a nice common sense approach to new situations but once she has become familiar is happy to explore. With her easy going personality Red settles into calm. Bongers family I would like to introduce you to the newest member of your family Red Ladybug.
Amy, Red will be your daily companion. She will enjoy daily walks with both you and Evert, tagging along for a car ride and romping around your property with the grandkids when they come for a visit. Red Ladybug has passed her veterinary examination with nothing to report.
Congratulations Bongers Family.
Chilliwack Labadoodles' would like to congratulate Andrea on her new forever companion Pink Flamingo Girl. Pink was born wearing a silky Chocolate Coat with white flash. Andrea is looking for a clam independent dog, one that enjoys activities such as walking/hiking while still being able to entertain herself. Well Andrea good things do come in small packages, pink fits the description of the dog you had hoped for. While she is a playful and athletic she is content to find play with herself. Pink also has a common sense approach to life she moves into situations at her own time, allowing her to do so will help build a trusting bond between you both.
I am sure you have heard me speak of how very invaluable formal training is when teaching a new puppy wanted behaviors before they have a chance to inadvertently learn unwanted ones. This holds true with every puppy/dog, especially as you are her primary caregiver wanting to continue to develop her independent self. Training and positive socialization are the key to an independent well behaved mature dog.
While settling on the sofa at the end of a day Pink Flamingo will provide you with the unconditional love and affection only a loyal dog could! Congratulations Kynoch family!
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.