CHILLIWACK LABRADOODLES PUP DATE!
Good Afternoon Chilliwack Labradoodle Families!
This is our seven-week Pup Date on the puppies for The Autumn Leaves Winter Snow 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 puppies 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 Titre Testing, 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 Titre Testing 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 in 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 home. 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 the 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 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 our 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 your 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 our 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 their own folder 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 Autumn Leaves Winter Snow Litter have yet to try this but do not be surprised when they come home if they do.
Today is the most exciting day next to Puppy Pick-Up Day! This litter of puppies really is an extraordinary group in terms of temperament and personality. After teasing through each little one's personalities and tendencies we were able to use all of 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.
Our firstborn "Black" Frost will be the newest addition to the Geant family!
Black Frost wears a unique extreme parti coat. Jacqueline and Kyle have had amazing experiences with other family members' dogs but never one of their very own. Both children are at the right age to learn the responsibilities around caring for and training a dog. Jacqueline and Kyle if you learn the skills of positive reinforcement training you will forever have a loyal best friend ready to please! When asked what ONE quality the Geant family would want most in their puppy they said "an intelligent dog, who could learn, observe and be attentive, gentle, courageous, loyal and affectionate! This girl has each and every one of these qualities! Black Frost is an extremely well-rounded girl, she carries herself with confidence, enjoys being around people and other dogs but is able to find her own space and entertain herself as well. These are qualities in our dogs that we like to match to first-time dog owners. As adults, you will reflect back on the strong bond and fond memories of your fur family member.
She wears a warm caramel coat with bits of white flash on her chest, head, chin, and at the very tip of her tail. Ms. Pink will be joining the Robertson! When we walk into the room or stand over her x-pen we will surely find Ms. pink sitting and gazing up at us calmly waiting to be picked up. She is a patient and playful little girl, who is up for a game of tug a war or a cuddle on your lap! "Friendly," is the word you used to describe your dog, she is this in spades! Remember calm introductions that end with the experience being positive for the dog, will continue to build her confidence and trust towards you! This little lady is ready to please her people if she trusts you she will spend her life wanting to do just that. From this day forward, may your most pleasant memories include your fur baby Ms. Pink.
Peach Sassafras looks warm and cozy in her caramel coat with bits of white flash on her head, chest, paws, and tip of her tail. We are thrilled with the match made between Ms. Peach and her forever home Geoff, Bennette, Robert, Sofia, and Nolin! Peach has a calm temperament, she is quite thoughtful, watches her surroundings and when she is ready she is happy to join in and experience all things new. Both Geoff and Sofia will be the primary caregivers of Ms.Peach, as with any Australian Labradoodle once the trust between you has been established you will be pleased with just how clever and ready to train she will be. She will forge a strong bond with the two of you looking to you for guidance and reciprocating with positive behaviors. Peach has just what it takes to provide the emotional support anyone might need after a long hard day! She will be happy to join in a family walk, take a hike or curl up on your feet while you are playing video games. Congratulations!
Arctic Blue has a darker blue ribbon is female.
Arctic Blue wears the same rare extreme parti coat born to her older sister, we can see faint caramel tipped ears which will likely darken with time adding to the unique beauty of this girl. Arctic Blue has a straighter fleece coat and is the larger of the two females we are keeping back as part of our Guardian Program. She will live with her forever home Deidre, Steve, Jackson, and Callum, and thoroughly enjoy all of the new experiences living an active lifestyle will provide. Arctic Blue is quite confident by nature, she is clever enough to not run headstrong into a situation, but rather assesses quickly and moves in! She is the first to greet us, eyes fixed and waiting for her human attention. As with any puppy, positive reinforcement training with consistency will continue to build her confidence and desired behaviors. The pairing of her clever, confidently fun personality with your past dog rearing experiences will continue to bring out the very best in this amazing girl while enhancing your family's lives forever.
Orange Maple is our first boy this caramel/red coated boy. He also has bits of white flash on his head, chest, tips of his toes, and the very tip of his tail. Mr. Orange Maple is as sweet as his name sounds! He exudes calm confidence is playful and ready to become best friends with all that are interested. He is perceptive and intelligent and will learn things quickly. He loves to play with his littermates and will happily back away when one of them insists on having their way. This boy will be up for any new adventure you throw his way. Mr. Orange will grow up alongside Evie and Ashton, creating life long bonds and memories! Congratulations Schaper family Orange Maple will be your forever!
Yellow Alaska is our next boy born. Alaska has a smooth caramel colouring with a white flash on his head, chin, chest, and the tip of his tail. Mr. Alaska will live and now become part of the Braun Family. Mr. Yellow is about as well rounded as a puppy comes, he is very playful and has confident mannerisms which are some of the attributes we look for when matching a first-time dog home and their puppy. You will gain great training and connecting skills from the Bella and Baxter Training program, I am happy to hear you have this resource just a click away! When we have him one-one and leave the room he may at first become affronted but easily settles and finds his own calm. As much as Yellow Alaska is happy and playful he is also a big cuddler and will fall asleep nestled in the crook of your arm.
Four Leaf Clover was named after his momma Clover. Of course, he wears a green ribbon. Not only is this guy his mother's namesake but he wears a twin caramel parti coat, with parti spotting in similar areas as his mother. This guy will not be moving too far away as his forever family Darlene Doyle and Kevin Vanderkley live close by only in Lindell Beach. Four Leaf Clover
Do not let his stocky build fool you this boy has the most loveable and sweet disposition he will surely win the hearts of you all! Clover is a very clever guy, will look you straight in the eye for direction and then run into your lap and roll over for a belly rub. Clover loves to play with his littermates and will be happy to move in as McGee's little brother. Darlene, I'm not quite sure you should consider yourself "Retired" with these two you will be at the mercy of their whims!
Red Cedar is our next girl born.
Red Cedar has a spectacular caramel parti coat with caramel spots on both of her ears, eyes, and down the base of her back! Get ready Yip Family, this little Australian Labradoodle will be joining your life and family forever!. This little girl has a loveable and sweet disposition, that matches her calm personality. She approaches things with clever caution, to begin with, but once she becomes familiar with a situation her confidence takes over and any inhibition gives way to sheer joy and fun! Red Cedar will be happy to receive positive reinforcement training from Justin and Noah while out on a walk, curl up at Julia's feet while working in her office or lay on her back waiting for a belly rub from Grandma Pallas while watching a marathon of Wheel of Fortune! The "ONE" quality in a puppy you asked for was "Affectionate, gentle, patient, and smart! While still being fun, enjoying people and have her own independence!" Meet your new forever fur-baby Red Cedar!
Purple Elm is our next female born.
Purple Elm has a smooth caramel coat she too has the amazing bits of white flash on her head, chest, and very tip of her tail. Cynthia and Ron we would like to introduce you to the newest member of the Hennig family! This girl has it all going for her she may sit back and assess a situation to start with but is excited and confident enough to try new things and usually enjoy the experience. Purple Elm has the energy and loves to play whether that is with her littermates or people, she is well versed and excepts either company. She is definitely one of the first to greet us, staring intently up with those labradoodle eyes. Just as you see in this photo of her. I suspect she will be in love with camping, fishing, and hiking! She will be thrilled to spend her days working alongside you in the garden, bustling through the leaf piles you have just raked! After watching this week's video you can catch a glimpse of her attempting to become a fine pianist, with the right direction this girl can continue to develop amazing skills in any area. The flip side to her personality is she loves to snuggle up and settle in for movie time or just to be rubbed behind her ears. Henning Family prepare to fall in love all over again!
Misty Blue is female and you will notice has a light blue ribbon. Misty Blue wears an elegant extreme parti, with her very own distinctive caramel markings around her right eye, right ear, and just the tiniest spot on her lower back. Not only were we blessed with amazing extreme parti puppies in our litter but, a litter with quality breed standard puppies to choose from! Misty Blue is an exceptional Australian Labradoodle and we are just thrilled to be able to have her stay in the Chilliwack Labradoodle program. Misty Blue will live forever with Julia Cheng her Guardian Home. Julia is well versed at service dog training which is one of the reasons we have paired Misty Blue with her. Misty is a calmer puppy with great intuition and empathetic ability to her. She is first an observer and then proceeds into new situations. Misty Blue is an all-around great life companion for Julia. She will be happy to go on long walks, hikes, playing in the back yard while you are gardening, or snuggle up at your feet while you relax on the couch. Julia, we foresee many new adventures heading your way along with a lifetime of unconditional love! Congratulations Julia we look forward to watching this girl mature.
Polar Ice has a silver ribbon is a boy.
Polar Ice wears a decadent caramel/red coat with white flash on his head, chest, back paws, and the very tip of his tail. Jeanie and Daniel de Regt I hope your family is ready to welcome this stellar boy into your home? Mr. Silver Ribbon exudes a calm intelligent temperament, he is thoughtful and ready to try new experiences once he has had time to observe the situation.
He will be happy to curl up at your feet when working in your home office or trek outdoors to meet the neighbours or pack up to try his paw at camping! This boy is a playful, loyal boy with a gentle soul and we feel he is truly the best match for your family. With positive reinforcement training to build on these amazing qualities that he naturally possesses he will develop into an attuned obedient dog that looks to his human figures for direction and overlook distractable stimulation around him.
Brown Douglas is our last puppy born, he is a boy. Douglas has a warm caramel/red coat with white flash on his head, nose, chest, left-back paw, and very tip of his tail. While Mr. Brown Douglas is born last he is certainly not least, this boy is the complete package. Leung Family get ready to invite Brown Douglas into your home forever! Mr. Brown has a soft heart and is ready to get to know everyone he meets. He loves his littermates and is ok to curl up in bed on his own. He has that easygoing adaptable temperament you were looking for in your next family dog. He will enjoy family walks, performing tricks for treats, and once this little guy matures he will surely be happy to run alongside your bike while you ride! Mr. Brown is also an avid cuddler, he nestles in for a hug or settles in your lap for a nap any time you offer.
Watch for Mr. Brown's solo debut as a pianist in this week's Pup-Date Video. The manner in which he paws the keys is indicative of his conscientious mannerism!
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.
Your next pup-date will arrive two weeks from now, however, we will email you your Puppy Contract and Health Warranty next week.