CHILLIWACK LABRADOODLES PUP DATE!
Good Afternoon Chilliwack Labradoodle Families!
This is our seven-week Pup Date on the puppies from our Chocolate Truffles 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. When we go over each of our Puppies today we will include how each one did during their wellness exam.
Today is the most exciting day next to Puppy Pick-Up Day! The Chocolate Truffles Litter are absolutely as sweet as their name both inside and out. They are playful and adore people! 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 Supersweet Green Mint Truffle boy is playful and has a tender loving heart! Green is not the type of boy who rushes headlong into new situations, he will stand back and access what is going on and then move forward to investigate. Green is more than happy to explore his surroundings we find his nose to the ground sleuthing around contentedly on his own and happy to run in for human connection when called upon. Green has just the right playful, calm temperament you were hoping for Barb and Robb, we think he will be an excellent addition to your family.
Whether he accompanies you on a walk, lays in the grass while you garden, or has the pleasure to tag along on your next road trip Mr. Green will enrich each experience while making it much more memorable. Green has passed his veterinary check with nothing to report.
Congratulations Timm family Green Mint Truffle will be joining your family in the weeks to come!
Creamy Peach Truffle Girl.
Peach Truffle is a milk chocolate phantom puppy with bits of white flash. This little mini of a girl comes with a giant size heart! She loves one on one attention, cuddles, and playtime! Peach can be cautious when introduced to new things, she may take a step back to observe and will try it again with success. Allowing her the time she needs to become familiar with new things will continue to develop her confidence while building a trusting bond with you.
She is perceptive and intelligent and will learn things quickly. She enjoys playing with her litter mates is content on her own but is happiest snuggled up with her human companion. Your wait is finally over Grainne Peach Ribbon girl will be going home to live with you forever!
Peach has passed her veterinary check with nothing to report. Congratulations Booth family!
Red Strawberry Truffle Girl!
This little chocolate parti, phantom girl is the complete package, we hope to continue Sakura's amazing genetics with Red Strawberry Truffle as she will remain part of our program! Sharon Pickerill is one of our Guardian Homes, who we are pleased to say will be bringing Strawberry Truffle home with her to live forever! This little girl will be your best companion Sharon.
Red easily connects with her humans, she has a thoughtful approach to new situations, not the sort of girl who will rush headlong into something she knows nothing about. She has inner confidence and learns quickly which are important attributes. Red loves other dogs and children. Socializing while strolling through your complex will continually build these innate qualities. If you ask a passerby to offer her a treat this will help instill a positive trust in humans.
She will be up for a car ride to visit friends, an evening stroll watching the sunset over the water, or your faithful companion sprawled at your side relaxing at the end of the day!
Red has passed her veterinary check with nothing to report.
Congratulations Sharon Pickerill on the newest member of your family!
Orange Truffle Boy!
He wears a milk chocolate phantom coat with a generous white flash. Mr. Orange is cleverly cautious when first starting out, however, once he is sure his inner confidence takes over and playful discoveries begin. Mr. Orange can be content on his own, has an overall calm and accepting disposition about him, and is up for a snuggle or belly rub whenever you are ready! Ava, Ella and Mattea I hope you are ready to welcome this little guy into your lives because we believe he is ready to become the newest member of your family!
Once introduced to the many families activities you love to do Mr. Orange will be a motivating companion. You will need to start spelling the word "c-a-r r-i-d-e," if you are not planning to bring him along! Whether you are hiking, biking, or enjoying winter sports you can expect Orange Truffle will be your most willing participant.
We are glad to hear that you have been reading up on your dog training, Anne Jackson is one of the trainers in your area we hear good things about and whom we recommend. Ella, a calm and patient presence is one that will help support Orange with every new experience, in return you can expect to develop a trusting bond with your most adoring and affectionate best friend!
Orange Truffle has passed his veterinary check however, he does have a small umbilical hernia, this is something we sometimes see in dogs, it will be repaired at the time of his neuter and bears no weight on his health moving forward. Many dogs found to have umbilical hernias we do not repair, as most often than not they are purely cosmetic. In the case of Orange, he is already having his neuter thus we will have the hernia repaired at the same time.
When reflecting back years from now may your fondest memories hold Mr. Orange at their center!
Congratulations Negrin family!
Purple Coconut Truffle.
She wears a chocolate parti coat and is also a phantom. Her new family's hope for their dog was to bring joy and laughter to their household. Schina family I dare you not to smile when this girl comes bounding your way at the end of a long day! Purple has an amazing balance of both play and calm.
Purple Coconut Truffle is a very clever girl, she learns quickly and has great eye contact which will help with her attention during training. She may hold off to access new situations but adapts easily as she has natural inner confidence. Working with these base qualities will help with training her in various social settings. Consistent positive reinforcement training will instill the wanted behaviors you desire in a mature dog.
She will be happy to accompany you to a family function, join you in a walk, spend the day at work being a taste tester for all your customers, or volunteering as the mascot for Stephanie's softball team. Purple has passed her veterinary check with nothing to report.
Congratulations Dina, Erminio, and Stephanie wishing you many happy years with your newest family member Purple Coconut Truffle!
Tymoschuck/Pasqualetto family let me introduce you to the newest member of your family, Pink Raspberry Truffle Girl. Like her brother Orange Truffle, Raspberry is a phantom who wears a milk chocolate coat with a generous white flash.
Ms. Pink has an amazing personality! She is playful, humourous, and extremely intelligent! She is excited to be with people but can easily occupy herself. She likes to explore, play with her toys, just as easily settles in your lap or at your feet for a nap. She will need time to acclimate to new situations and people, giving her this time will be confidence-building and create a strong trust between her humans and herself. That trust then turns to a desire to please creating the groundwork for easy training.
She will be the first family member waiting at the front door to go for a hike, day trip, or evening walk. She will be a natural foot warmer while curled in your tent on a crisp morning and challenge you to complete the last leg of your backpacking event! Pink Truffle has passed her veterinary check however, she does have a small umbilical hernia, this is something we sometimes see in dogs, it will be repaired at the time of her spay and bears no weight on her health moving forward. Many dogs found to have umbilical hernias we do not repair, as most often than not they are purely cosmetic. In the case of Pink, she is already having her spay thus we will have the hernia repaired at the same time.
Congratulations Tymoschuk/Pasqualetto on the newest addition to your family Pink Raspberry Truffle Girl.
Blue Coffee Truffle Boy!
Mr. Blue Coffee wears a chocolate phantom coat with a tiny bit of beautiful white flash under his chin. He has a natural sense of confidence that will help him adapt to new surroundings and situations. He divides his time between playing with his littermates and lounging about easily entertaining himself. We often find him patiently sitting at our feet gazing into our eyes waiting for direction. Dana and Tom we would formally like to introduce you to the newest member of your family!
Mr. Blue is very intuitive with the well-rounded temperament it takes to train as a therapy companion to accompany you Dana when you do geriatric home assessments. He will enjoy accompanying you around your property assisting in all tasks including but not limited to chasing ducks, fetching sticks or balls, and leading the way through the snow while creating an easy path for you to follow!
Congratulations Magree family Mr. Blue Coffee Truffle will be joining you both forever!
Silver Espresso Truffle Girl!
She wears a beautiful chocolate phantom coat, similar to her momma Sakura. Silver is a playful, happy girl who enjoys exploring both on her own and with her people. She is curious while still thoughtful checking in with us for direction. Silver can entertain herself and also loves human companionship. We are thrilled at the prospect of watching Silver mature into an amazing adult dog as she will remain part of our program and live forever with her guardian family The Karpinsky's!!
Silver will be pleased to accompany you on your next camping trip, a morning walk or help with the entertainment for your next family function! She will roll around at your side while gardening, but please do not turn your head as the dancing leaves are far too much for a puppy to resist, and the fruits of your labor will be no more!
Silver can adapt to new situations once she has had a chance to check them out. Silver Espresso is very clever and keen to please which will help in training. She has what it take to be a confident, friendly well mannered little girl. Bringing Agnes and Ms. Esspresso together will surely enrich both of their lives. Tummy rubs for Silver and smiles for Agnes as she watches the fun-filled antics of a new puppy.
This little gal will surely take up a huge place in your hearts! Silver has passed her veterinary check with nothing to report. Congratulations Karpinsky 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.
Your next pup-date will arrive two weeks from now, however, we will email you your Puppy Contract and Health Warranty next week.