CHILLIWACK LABRADOODLES PUP DATE!
Good Afternoon Chilliwack Labradoodle Families!
This is your three-week Pup Date for the Surprise Parti Litter!
For today's Pup Date I would like to speak to you a bit about why a dog's crate and bed are important.
Naptime is so important for puppies. Without quality sleep, just like ourselves your puppy cannot learn as well and will not perform up to their usual standards. Whether we are talking about their crate or bed you want them to feel safe and comfortable so that they receive the best quality sleep they can have. Puppies need time to decompress especially during the first 16 months of life as they are experiencing and learning everything for the first time, this can be very exhausting for these little fur babies. It is very important to give them time and a soft, safe and secure place to sleep. A place no one will disrupt them. In order to achieve this choose a smaller crate, with a nice soft crate mat preferably with a ledge for them to rest their heads.
For the children in our families, this is the most exciting time and they love to be with their new best friend whenever they get a notion to. They love to rush up and cuddle with their puppy/dog, pick them up while they are sleeping and quite often be with them every chance they can get. This is the deep bond we like to see our children have with our dogs. This is an opportunity to teach our children about understanding and the responsibility they have for their puppy's needs. While your puppy needs to know that their crate is a safe place and know nobody can get at them and they don't get out of on there own, our children need to understand this as well. Our children need to understand when the puppy/dog is in its crate they are not to be disturbed. Your puppy/dog will need a quiet place to have their alone time from the children. Once the puppy is well-rested he will return to his/her usual self, be refreshed and ready to start the next adventure. A good equation to follow when you bring your puppy home is an hour out of the crate should equal the next hour in for nap time.
When choosing a crate pick one that is not too large. Dogs instinctively never sleep where they go to the bathroom. If your crate is too large he will have room to go to the bathroom in a corner. To start we suggest a plastic crate. This will give your puppy the secure feeling of being in a den. A good size plastic starter crate for your puppy would measure approximately 28"L X 20"W X 21"H As your puppy grows into a full-grown dog he will probably prefer a metal or wire crate. These crates are cooler, especially in the summer months. The measurements of our medium size Labradoodles wire crates are 35"L X 22"W X 24"H. Chilliwack Labradoodles will have already begun to train your dog with the crate, your dog will be familiar with her crate and see it as a safe place, "their den." Using a sheet to cover a crate is sometimes very helpful for a puppy that has a hard time settling down and shutting out distractions. Often puppies and dogs also like the idea that no one can see in, this can be comforting to them.
Guideline for how long a puppy can be in a crate for a single period of time?
It is said that the equation for this is one hour for each month the puppy is old. For the first three months, I would say that is a bit excessive. When you bring your puppy home I would suggest one-hour intervals in the crate would be more the norm. Except of course when your puppy is sleeping, if they fall asleep in the crate and are sleeping for hours that is perfectly ok let them sleep. If you have to run out every now and again once in a while, three hour intervals would be perfectly fine for a three-month-old puppy. As discussed we want your puppies crate to be a place they want to be, whenever you put them in the crate get in a good habit of putting their favorite bone or a stuffed Kong into the crate. They will be content to be in their crate and able to exercise their brain as well as help with their teething.
As I said we will have started your puppy on basic crate training so when your puppy comes home your puppy can usually sleep in their crate for up to six hours during the evening. Now because your puppy will be transitioning to your home, all of his/her routines and familiar sights, sounds, smells not to mention Momma and Litter Mates are gone your puppy may regress a bit in all or any areas and you will need to work up to the six hours of sleep.
This third week our puppies have had a few milestones, you will notice from their pictures that they all have their eyes open, they are up on all fours walking confident yet a bit wobbly, they recognize us, humans, when we walk into the room, they have discovered their own voices and they are starting to play with each other! This has been a busy week for our puppies!
Let's take a look at how each of our medium Australian Labradoodles are doing this week.
I will go through each puppy in the order of birth
Red Ribbon is a caramel coloured girl with bits of beautiful white flash.
Purple Ribbon has a smooth caramel coat.
Blue Ribbon has a caramel coat with white flash.
Green Ribbon has a caramel coat with white flash like some of his siblings.
Yellow Ribbon has a chocolate coat with white flash on his chest.
Peach Ribbon wears a silky caramel coat.
Pink Ribbon has a chocolate coat like her older brother with a bit of white flash.
Orange Ribbon has a chocolate coat with a bit of white flash.
Black Ribbon also has a caramel coat with white flash.
We feel blessed at this time to have our dogs and puppies in our lives, they bring playful fun, a sense of purpose and a best friend right into our home at a time when we need it most! Before you know it the weeks will have passed and you too will be able to enjoy your new fur-baby and best friend!
Between your weekly Pup Dates, we will be posting random photos on both our Facebook and Instagram sites to keep all of our families entertained and informed of your puppy's progress.
Of course, if you have any questions you can email us at
Chilliwacklabradoodle.com and we will be happy to answer them for you.
We have downloaded x4 clips of the Surprise Parti Litter below. Click on the bottom of the video player on the three lines to view all four videos.