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Good Evening Chilliwack Labradoodle Families. This is our six-week Pup Date for the puppies from our Starbucks Coffee litter.

In the last Pup Date, we provided information around Exercise, Puppy Food/Eating Routine, and Alone Time For Your Puppy. We enjoy reading over the returned Chilliwack Labradoodle Family Questionnaire and look forward to receiving those remaining.

In this week's Pup Date we would like to go over basic Grooming including Ear Care. As well if you haven't already done so we would like to encourage you to learn more about The BAXTER and Bella online dog training program. At Chilliwack Labradoodles, we believe two of the most important things you can provide for your puppy are training and socialization! These two things will help to ensure your puppy will perform the wanted behaviors we all strive for in our dogs as well as create positive, strong bonds between family members and fur-babies. To learn more simply click on the link I have provided to the BAXTER and Bella page of our website!

Last but certainly not least this week we will talk a bit about Potty Training!​


Finally, the moment you have all been waiting for  "THE BIG REVEAL" Which puppy will be your forever fur baby!


Labradoodles need to be groomed typically every 4-6 weeks. 

Depending on how short or long you prefer their coat and how much maintenance bushing you do between grooms.

For maintenance between grooms we suggest:

Either spend 10 minutes each day brushing your dog. Alternating between areas of your dog's body.

Or setting aside time once per week and giving your dog a full body brush. 

Check with your groomer as to what services they will provide while your dog is with them. Typically a full groom entails bath, blow dry, hair, and nail clipping. Ask if they clean inside your dog's ears? Labradoodles have floppy ears and they tend to be quite hairy inside. We never pluck their inner ear hair as the hair is there for a reason; it is to help wick moisture away. Also plucking their ears opens up the pore making it more susceptible to infection. Trimming of the inner ear is acceptable, never plucking. 

The length and style you choose to keep your doodle are entirely up to you. We prefer our dogs to have about a two-inch hair length. We send all of our puppies home with their own personal folder, one of the items in your puppies folder will be a Labradoodle Grooming Card.  You can bring this card to your groomer as an example of what an Australian Labradoodle Groom looks like. We suggest finding pictures of your favorite doodle groom and bringing them with you to your appointment.  

Ear Care for Labradoodles


Floppy ear dogs such as the Australian Labradoodles can be susceptible to ear infections. Since their ears are floppy they can retain moisture which may cause infection. In order to prevent ear infections try to keep your dog's ears dry. ​

How will you know if your dog has an ear infection? 

-Constant scratching at the ears or chin, especially if they are scratching on one side.

-While you are brushing your dog's ear if they cry, they likely have an ear infection.

-If you smell your dog's ear and it smells foul or yeasty, or if your dog's ear is hot to the touch chances are your dog has an ear infection. 

If you suspect an ear infection you will want to take your dog to the vet. 


A nice pink clean ear indicates a healthy one. 

There are two routes to go to treat this infection the most common course will be for your vet to prescribe an antibiotic drop, usually Surolan. Dogs can become resistant to Surolan.


If our dog ends up with future ear infections another option we choose to use is a 100% natural product Zymox. It is also available from Amazon. We use this every day for one week. It breaks everything up incredibly well. 

The best course of action to prevent ear infections is to ensure their ears are dry after grooming, bathing, and water sports. If you are taking your dog swimming and boating drying their ears will be something you want to stay on top of. 

If you are interested here are the links to the ear products we use on our own dogs.

Alternate ear infection treatment we use:  Zymox

Please note if you are a Chilliwack Labradoodles Guardian Home we require collaborative care for all of our puppies and dogs alike. Any decisions made with regard to treatment must be one we have discussed and agreed upon including ear care. 



What is the best way to toilet train my puppy?

At Chilliwack Labradoodles, we find Crate training is a very successful way to train your puppy.  Puppies do not like to eliminate in their beds.  

Your puppy will need to sleep where you can hear it. If your puppy begins to whine in his crate or make noises immediately get up, leash your puppy while she is still in the crate, pick your puppy up out of the crate and pack it outside to your "potty place." (Try to avoid taking your puppy out of the crate while it is pawing at the crate, the second he/she is not pawing quickly open the crate and say "let's go potty." If you are continually retrieving your puppy exactly when they whine or paw crate they will get the message that, "ahhh, if I do this my owner will let me out." They will think you want them to do that behavior.)  You will find having a consistent and familiar word that everyone in the household uses to key the puppy to potty is very important. For example, our word is "Go Potty." Your puppy/dog will want to sniff around that is ok for a bit. We do not walk around we stand still let the puppy roam as far as the leash allows, only in the area we have designated for potty. We say "go potty!" The second the puppy goes potty, in our happy voice, smiley face, we say good potty!! We reward her with a small liver treat or whatever treat you choose. Puppies recognize by your facial expressions and tone of voice if we are happy with what they are doing and will more likely continue that behavior. The treat reinforces to them that "ahh that is what "go potty," means! If your puppy continues to sniff around let her for a few more minutes just in case they have more business to do. Do not let them take too long as we want them to understand this is "potty time" not playtime. If this is indeed the middle of the night pack her back to the crate and tuck her in.  Every time they potty give them a treat and be very excited and happy for them! Australian Labradoodles are very intelligent and this will speed potty training or any training up, it is a way of positively reinforcing the good behavior that you want from them.

Throughout the day use the same method as described above when having to take your puppy out to go potty.  First thing in the morning will be her first potty break.  Each time whether it is night or day and your puppy is coming out of her crate she will need to be taken potty. After each meal and each drink of water, your puppy will need to be taken potty.  After your puppy has eaten a meal wait for about 10 minutes and you take it out for potty.  If she doesn't eliminate, take your puppy in and put her in her crate. (Remember crate time is a positive time, have a bone or special toy for her in there.) Wait for 10-20 minutes, take the puppy out potty again. If your puppy eliminates this time praise and rewards her. If she does not eliminate bring her back into the crate, keep repeating until she eliminates.  The more consistent you are with this in the early weeks will instill to the puppy that this is how potty time works and they will learn quickly what is expected of them.  The more often your puppy potties in the house the harder it will be to break that behavior. Every puppy has learned behaviors whether they are wanted or unwanted behaviors that is why we need to consistently promote good behaviors for both the puppy and ourselves long-term relationship and success. 

A tool that can train your puppy to let you know when he/she needs to potty is to place a bell on your door and each time you take him/her to potty ring it-eventually they will catch on and begin to ring the bell when they need to be let out. 

You will get to know your puppy and will soon be increasing these times to longer periods.  It will not take long for your puppy to know which door they need to wait to go potty. Or which area of the yard is their potty spot. Your consistency and patience in the short term will pay off for many years to come!

The puppies are loving their kibble mush and getting much better at eating more than they wear! This week we have been working with the puppies on socialization/desensitization. The puppies continue to play with their Sensory Gymnasium they enjoy it so much we have put a mini one into their nursery! Not only is this gymnasium fun but it helps the puppies become desensitized to different noises, textures, shapes, sizes, and colours. It helps them to learn how to navigate obstacles, gain confidence in our world, and become resilient.   The puppies love their outdoor time and are constantly exploring and learning! We continue to spend one-to-one time with each puppy, exposing them to different surfaces, textures, and sounds. We are taking notes on their reactions to every new experience while they are with their Momma and Littermates or out on their own.

This week we have also increased their nursery size and taken most of the puppy pads out of their nursery leaving them with exposed flooring which is one more step in the potty training process. More often than not they will migrate over to where the puppy pads are to do their business, this is progress!

Let's take a look at how each of the Australian Labradoodles is doing this week.

As always I will go through each puppy in the order of birth.

Purple Caffe Mocha, will surely capture the heart of all she meets. Not only with her bold beauty, but her internal joyous confidence. She enjoys the company of her littermates and loves being showered with attention and affection from humans. With her sharp wit and attentive gaze, Purple will be easy to train and responds well to gentle guidance.  We believe that Purple is a great match for Melody and Dave's family and will bring them unconditional love and joy in this new chapter of their lives. 


Purple will be thrilled to accompany you on your RV travels and be a loyal fishing companion. She will love snuggling at your feet while you work on your quilting projects. However, please be cautious when allowing her to help in Dave's wood shop, as her enthusiasm may lead to unintended consequences. She may mistake your "Best In Show Creations" for the tastiest chew sticks she's ever had!


Swanson family Ms. Purple Caffe Mocha is ready to become part of your family forever.

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Although we initially didn't plan on keeping a male candidate for our breeding program we could not overlook the exceptional breed standard qualities that of Mr. Blue Pumpkin Spice. We take our goal of providing future families with outstanding Australian Labradoodles seriously. Pumpkin Spice has impressive conformation, innate confidence, and a gentle approach to new situations. Our Starbucks Coffee Litter has been a remarkable success, and if they're any indication of what Blue can produce in the future, we couldn't be happier.


Cheryl and James, 

I want to express my gratitude for your dedication and patience in transitioning from a pet family to a Guardian family. Your wait has certainly paid off, as our Blue Pumpkin Spice is a beautiful addition for any family.t We are excited to watch him grow and eventually contribute his wonderful genetics to our program. Thank you again for your trust and commitment. 

Blue has the admirable quality of taking a moment to evaluate a situation before proceeding , while also possessing a strong sense of confidence that allows him to move forward at his own pace. He is a friendly and considerate guy who maintains eye contact and enjoys interacting with others. He is comfortable with car rides, walking, and office settings, making him an easy companion to welcome into your home office. 

I am pleased to hear that you have enrolled in the Bella and Baxter program. I always recommend attending at least one set of puppy training classes as it can help establish a trusting bond while also providing an opportunity for socialization. 

Congratulations to the Kelemen family! We are excited to have you join our Chilliwack Labradoodle family.

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Black French Vanilla, this little girl certainly is the queen bee of our Starbucks Coffee litter. Her striking appearance, confident personality, and social interactions make her the center of attention. She is eager to learn, happy to please her humans, and loves positive reinforcement in the form of treats or affection. Harrison family Ms. French will be happy to take her rightful place as your most devoted fur family member as she has been chosen to join you forever.

This girl is ready to explore your cottage on Pender Island and will be delighted to take the lead on family hikes or warm your feet on a cold evening. Once she has built trust, she will be a faithful and loyal companion who will give and receive unconditional love.

It's great to hear that you have enrolled and have access to the helpful resources of Bella and Baxter. I recommend registering for an in-person positive reinforcement puppy training program to establish a strong foundation of trust and understanding from the beginning of your relationship.

Congratulations, Pamela, Anthony, and Bronwyn! May each day with your new fur family member bring you love and laughter.

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Orange Doggie 'O' Espresso Macchiato boy is a friendly and playful pup who loves spending time with his humans. He warms up quickly to new people and environments and has shown an interest in playing ball. Once he's comfortable with you, he'll roll over for a belly rub.

This little guy is always one of the first to greet us when we enter a room. He is inviting and friendly to both humans and other animals. With his eager-to-please attitude and attuned drive, Orange would be an excellent fit for The Loeppky family. Get ready to fall in love!

I'm happy to hear that you've considered puppy training with Ocean Park. This will help establish desired behaviors right from the start.


Marco, if you're looking for a swimming partner, I suggest taking Orange to the lake to test his paws in the water. If he is introduced gradually and positively, he may become a perfect swim companion by next summer. As Orange grows older, he'll likely learn the expectation of office behavior  and happily accompany Bruce to work. 

This pup has a nice energy level and knows when to calm down and settle. He'll be a loyal companion whether you're hiking, running errands, or gaming at home.

Congratulations to the Loeppky family on their new furry addition!

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Pink Chai Tea has an impressive personality. She might initially observe a situation but is enthusiastic and confident enough to try new things and enjoy the experience. Pink has a playful energy that is balanced with her natural attunement, a trait we see in our Australian Labradoodles that helps them gauge emotions and learn when to calm down. She is attentive to both her surroundings and her people, a clever and thoughtful girl who is up for any adventure. Pink is fond of younger children and enjoys seeking affection from anyone who will give it.

The Nelson family should be ready as Ms. Pink is sure to win their hearts and quite likely your bed too!

Pink Chai Tea has the resilience needed to adapt to new situations easily. I am confident that she will thrive in training sessions and make you feel like a pro! Australian Labradoodles love outdoor activities in all seasons, and watching them run and frolic in the snow is an amazing sight to behold. When Pink matures, she will be the first to let you know she is ready for a long, fast-paced walk, and I am sure she will motivate you to push on just a little further! 

Congratulations to Terri and Jeff! Your days are about to be filled with new adventures and boundless companionship.

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With no further ado we are excited to introduce Brandi and Glenn to their newest family member Ms. Black Coffee!

Red is engaged and attuned to her people, with a strong desire to communicate. She often tilts and poises her head as though she is really trying to understand, providing great eye contact and giving pause to listen when you speak. These attributes lend themselves to an easier training path. I am glad to hear that you have connected with your dog trainer and are working through a good transition plan for Ms. Red.

Throughout our conversations, we have discussed your desire to bring a well-matched dog into your family. We carefully considered the best temperament match for your existing dog, Tucker, while also taking into account your overall preferences for your new puppy. You wanted to wait to ensure that you found just the right fit for Tucker, while also maintaining the cuddly, clever, easy-to-train, and calm nature that you love in Labradoodles. 


Your wait is over! Red Black Coffee has the strong inner confidence and unflappable balance that will help her manage situations and know when to walk away. She is the type of girl who will be able to build trust with Tucker, and over time he will see her as a steadfast playmate rather than a threat.

She will make a great travel companion, enjoy daily walks, a romp in the backyard with Tucker, or being your sidekick on days you decide to take her out with you in the car. She is a young pup with an old soul and will be happy to wait for her belly rubs and BIG snuggles!

Congratulations to the Alexander/Sheffer family! May you experience a deep connection and playful fun every day with Black Coffee.

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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 them by name!

Of course, if you have any questions you can email us at and we will be happy to answer them for you.

We hope you enjoy your six-week Pup Date Video!

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