CHILLIWACK LABRADOODLES PUP DATE!
Good Evening Chilliwack Labradoodle Families!
This is our seven-week Pup Date on the puppies from our Baileys 'N' Spice Litter.
In the last Pup Date, we provided information regarding basic Grooming, including Ear Care, Potty Training, and, of course, the Big Reveal!
This week, we will provide you with information around Veterinarian, Vaccination, and Deworming. How to Groom Your Australian Labradoodle. 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 you phone a few clinics in your area and start 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 need?
-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 your puppy's history, and 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 so 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.
In addition to Socializing your puppy to external environments, you can easily continue to do so in your home setting. This will help your puppy grow into a well-adjusted and well-trained mature dog. Socialization includes common experiences that your dog will have throughout their life and desensitize 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.
-Tactile experiences for your puppy
If your puppy cannot visit the groomer, bring the groomer to your puppy! Introduce your puppy to the bathtub by simply letting him walk in an empty tub. Brush your puppy, clean its eyes, and clip their nails. Frequently touch, rub, and hold your puppy's feet, paws, ears, and chin. Introduce it 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, obstacles they have to squeeze or climb over, or an empty water bottle (with the label removed) filled with 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, and 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, and let your puppy hear the sirens, people walking outside, and 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, or 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; 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 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, and 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 positive. 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 watching and listening for your tone of voice and facial and body expressions. Mark your dog's behaviors with treats and praise, both verbal and physical, by cuddling, petting, and playing. 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 their behavior is unacceptable. The greater the positively reinforced bond you have with your dog, the quicker they will learn and repeat the good behaviors we want from them. Your dog needs to trust you and feel confident in the mutual bond the two of you will build to learn the great long-term behaviors you seek. Patience and consistency are what work well for long-term learning and understanding of your fur baby.
How to Groom Your Australian Labradoodle!
You will receive a Grooming Card with your Night Before Puppy Pick-up email we send out to each family. This will give you a guideline to share with your groomer on how to achieve the traditional Australian Labradoodle groom.
A trip to the groomer is an opportunity for another positive socialization piece, which will be important as your puppy will be attending frequently, likely for life. Meeting the groomer and being exposed to a high level of stimulation in the environment works best with a couple of short initial visits.
For a first experience carrying your puppy into the groomer for a quick over-the-counter introduction will be a great step. Groomers are busy, however just walking in for a few minutes with your puppy comfortably in your arms, receiving a treat to create not only a distraction but a positive body memory to draw from during their next visit.
We recommend arranging a Puppy Groom as an introduction to your puppy's first experience at the groomer. The puppy would have a gentle brush out and have its eyes, paw pads, genitals, and nails trimmed. If you are able to stay with the puppy during this short initial visit, it will create a more comforting, positive first introduction to the groomer.
It will be months from when you bring your puppy home to when they will require a full groom. Regular brushing, nail, and eye trims will need to happen more regularly. We have provided a "How To Groom Your Australian Labradoodle" link below. For those of you daring enough to want to try!
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 that everything your puppy is experiencing is new! They are in a new home, their routines have changed, every person in the house is different, and 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 also use for our puppies and dogs.
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, there is 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.
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.
I can hardly believe that the puppies are only days away from meeting you, their forever family!
We love the playful inner confidence of this litter; they are curious while still having sensibility. 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.
I will go through each puppy in the order of birth.
Yellow Turmeric, girl wears a caramel coat with white flash.
Blue Pepper Corn boy has been given his call name of Rocky.
Black Spice boy,, wears a caramel coat with white flash.
Red Poppy Seed girl, has been given her forever name of Lucy. Lucy wears a sleek deep coat of black with white flash.
Pink Ginger girl, will forever be know as Coco.
You will find two new videos included with today's Pup Date. Your Seven Week Video as well as a video of your Puppies Learning The Sit Command.
We hope you enjoy your videos!
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.