CHILLIWACK LABRADOODLES PUP DATE!
Good Evening Chilliwack Labradoodle Families!
This is our seven-week Pup Date on the puppies from our Autumn Harvest Litter.
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!
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!
This week the puppies have enjoyed several new obstacle courses as well as daily items placed in their play areas. Overall the puppies are a bit cautious when approaching something new and once they are more familiar they gain confidence and are happy to investigate their environment. We continue to work one-one with each puppy daily, leaving an open crate with a stuffed Kong, bone, and or toy inside. They will move in and out of the crate and most enjoy laying in the crate to eat their Kong! They potty mainly on their potty mats. Often we will see puppies at this age starting to scale their X-pens, the puppies from our New Year New Hope Litter have not yet tried to do so however, this is a developed skill, and once they start practicing they can easily become adept with their "spidey sense," and scale pen. do not be surprised when they come home if they do.
This week, all of 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 eventually settled in their crate and 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. We are happy to report each puppy passed their veterinary examinations with nothing to report.
As we often find in young puppies their back molars are still coming in and until they have done so softening their food by presoaking some of it in hot water prior to feeding them will be helpful.
At this age, puppies can range in size, not always indicative as to what size they end up at maturity, however, in this litter, there is a definite size range from the smallest puppies compared to our larger puppies. It will be interesting to know in a year from now the height and weight each of these beauties ends up at.
Today is the most exciting day next to Puppy Pick-Up Day! We have been able to watch our Autumn Harvest Litter grow their personalities and emerge into their own wee selves. 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 Acorn is a red dog with white markings. Black Acorn is a thoughtful, confident boy, he is a clever observer that enjoys people, other dogs and can entertain himself. We are thrilled with his exceptionally well-rounded temperament and conformation he is a stellar example of an Australian Labradoodle.
We have been hoping to bring forward this pedigree and have waited for the perfect fellow for the job! At long last we have found him and are thrilled to be able to add Black Acorn to our Guardian Progam here at Chilliwack Labradoodles. His momma Roseabelle carries strong therapeutic qualities is exceptionally clever and predominantly attuned to her people, his father Cream Puff's Rockin Rockett is a gentle soul with original labradoodle lineage. These attributes are what we are looking to move forward through generations in our program, enabling many more families the opportunity to share the exceptional experience of stellar Australian Labradoodles.
Ryder and Kara, we could not be more excited to introduce you to the newest member of your family. Black Acorn.
Black Acorn has passed her veterinary check with nothing to report.
Black now weighs 2.36 kg
Congratulations Lefurgy Family Black Acorn will be forever yours!
Pink Hally Girl is a red dog, with easy to maintain apricot curl coat like her gorgeous momma Bella! Pink has an inner confidence that she draws on when being introduced to new experiences. She is outgoing and playful, a keen girl who enjoys human companionship but is not afraid to go it alone. She learns quickly which makes training a smoother process, consistency will be key to building wanted behaviors.
Diana and Norm may we introduce you to the newest member of your family Pink Hally. As a retired couple, you are both well versed in the outdoors, travel abroad, on water or RVing around North America. These are some of the reasons Pink Hally was matched as most compatible for your family. With her temperament, she will adapt well and wholeheartedly love to join you in all-new excursions.
Whether you are out on a leisurely walk, cycling or knitting on a rainy afternoon Pink will be happy to participate and have a good sense of when it is time for calm and time for vigor. It is apparent she looks like a clone of her mamma, if she possesses her personality she will never dig in your garden! She will likely relish your approval, I would advise right from the onset that digging is not a wanted behavior and I am sure she will be keen to please as Labradoodles seek human approval.
Pink Hally has passed her veterinary check with nothing to report.
Pink Hally now weighs 3.02 kg.
Congratulations Nahirny/Merkli family Pink will be your most devoted companion for life!
Purple Mazey wears a silky caramel coat with white markings.
Purple Mazey Girl has simply stolen our heart! Her soulful eyes attentively looking to us for direction. She happily greets us at the edge of the pen as soon as she hears we are coming. She is people-driven with a curious, playful temperament. Purple has strong inner confidence, content to be on her own but certainly enjoys the company of her people. In terms of structure, she has a nice strong build with the conformation we like to see in our Labradoodles. We are thrilled to be able to retain Purple Mazey as the newest member of the Chilliwack Labradoodle Guardian Program and excited to see her grow and live forever with her new family the Bentley/Michaud family!
I can assure you Purple will be your motivation each day to head out to the green space for a walk or venture off to Headwaters Regional Park to explore! Trystan and Talen in just under a week your heart will be greeted with a new best friend.
Purple has passed her veterinary check with nothing to report.
Purple now weighs 2.9 kg
Congratulations Paula, Denis, Talen and Trystan we look forward to watching you grow together as a family.
Red Ribbon Boy
Forever In Our Heart!
Green Gordie has a stunningly well-rounded temperament with a fun but mindful personality that is seen outwardly in his equally stunning thick caramel red coat. Inside out this boy portrays an excellent example of an Australian Labradoodle. Do not let his size fool you his resilience, quick-witted and exceptionally clever ability make this boy the first to accomplish most milestones ahead of all his littermates.
Sharon and Bill these are the qualities that make Gordie an excellent fit with your family! While he has a strong sense of confidence he does not jump into situations without giving pause for thought. He will be able to adapt to new experiences and be quite happy to learn the skills of a fishing partner, playing fetch in the water, swimming alongside the kayak or basking quietly in the sun while watching you putter in the garden.
The one quality or attribute you wanted most out of your dog was for it Not to be timid. Green Gordie is thoughtful, sweet, clever, and outgoing! Your hope is one day Gordie could accompany you to care homes to bring joy to those who need it most, with your patient guidance there is no doubt Gordie is your guy for this task. Many in care homes cannot reach down to pet a dog, training Gordie to gently put his paws up into someone's lap is a great technique that will allow them to snuggle and connect with Gordie in a way that suits their mobility without being overpowering. One of our Guardian dogs has been trained to do so and it is amazing for both him and those he visits.
Green Gordie has passed his veterinary check with nothing to report.
Gordie now weighs 2.1 kg.
Congratulations Wallsmith/Jordan family, Mr. Gordie will be the next member of your family!
Peach Cider Girl was unintentionally but aptly named to reflect her mannerisms. Soft and sweet as a peach, but playful and spicy as cider! She wears a silky caramel coat with white markings.
Ms. Peach will sit back and assess a situation and when she is ready happily move forward with the experience at her own pace. She is easygoing and loves people as well as other dogs. When faced with doggy ordeals she is fine to walk away and find something else to entertain her.
Westbrook family we would like to introduce you to your newest member! When asked what your hopes for a puppy would be you said "somewhat on the more "relaxed" (rather than high-strung) side of the spectrum but with energy to hike and play. Truly a description of how we see Peach now and with the consistent reinforced training what she will mature into.
Peach will definitely be up for a walk around Stanley Park, volunteer to cheer at the next soccer game, or be up for a comfort snuggle any time of day. While the kiddos are at school she will enjoy the company of her new fur brother Georgie.
Mrs. Peach has passed his veterinary check with nothing to report.
Peach now weighs 2.7 kg
Congratulations Westbrook Family!
Blue Patches truly has a warm tender heart wrap that with his silky caramel red coat and you have a great big love of a guy! Blue loves to frolic and play with his fur friends and humans. He is goofy and fun balanced by his keen eye contact knowingly waiting for direction from the thing he loves most, his humans. When describing your perfect dog Michael and Rebecca it was "a male dog that was submissive but inquisitive." I could not have described Blue any better myself.
Mr. Blue I am sure will love to go on each and every RV trip, splashing on the beach shorelines or rolled over for a belly rub during a family board game. Now, a word of advice training around how to watch the backyard hens will be extremely important as he has grown up around his littermates whom he interacts with through chase! This will be a great topic to bring up with a professional trainer. First introductions can set the stage for a dog, if indeed you do want him to watch out for the hens I would encourage you to seek advice even before their first introduction.
I am glad to hear that you have already looked into Puppy and Beginner training for Blue. In the questionnaire, you indicated that you were researching other options in Vancouver. If you are interested I have heard great things about Ann Jackson's Puppy-Perfect Start. http://www.annjackson.ca/
Bravo Dog Training and Behaviour
and Zen Dog Canine Training
Mr. Blue (or should we now refer to him as Sprocket?) has passed his veterinary check with nothing to report.
Blue now weighs 4.02 kg
Nixon and Haven prepare to welcome home your new best friend Blue Patches.
Yellow Orchard is a beautiful red teddy bear-coated boy. With a soft teddy bear heart to match! Yellow has a nice balance of play and calm, he sits patiently to assess situations and is happy to be invited to participate. He is confident, can entertain himself while still enjoying both human and fur companionship. These qualities make our match for him easy Dinuka and Russ meet your newest fur boy Mr. Yellow Orchard.
Already having two Labradoodles in the house you have the home team advantage when it comes to training, feeding, and grooming. This will serve Yellow well in the months to come. He is an attentive clever boy who with your guided help will find his spot within the family dynamic. Yellow I am sure will be first at the door for your daily walks, happy to keep up with the others frolicking at the beach, and ready to steal the covers while nestled in your bed!
Mr. Yellow has passed his veterinary check with nothing to report.
Yellow now weighs 3.3 kg
Samara/Frinskie family prepare to have your heart stolen, on pick-up day he is coming leaving with you forever!
Orange Bonfire boy is generally a laid-back sort of fellow that initially approaches things with an easy calm. He wears a silky soft caramel coat with white markings that are inviting to the touch and with eyes that penetrate deep into our own attuned and ready to please.
Susan and Glenn described their perfect dog as "playful, cuddly, and calm." Well from the moment you saw this guy you must have connected through the eyes of this young but wise fellow because I believe he has the temperament that will fit terrifically with your lifestyle and family. Orange is a patient boy who will do well with calm introductions that end with each experience being positive to build on his inner confidence. Allowing him time and working at his pace will deepen the trust and bond you have moving forward. This guy has an innate loyalty and will be a true life companion.
He will motivate you to go for daily walks, be the first to volunteer to go for a car ride, gladly go for tea with your friends and encourage you to take up baseball as your newest hobby because fetch simply runs in his genes.
Mr. Orange has passed his veterinary check with nothing to report.
Orange now weighs in at 3.6 kg
Congratulations Tegtmeier family!
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.