CHILLIWACK LABRADOODLES PUP DATE!
Good Afternoon Chilliwack Labradoodle Families!
This is our seven-week Pup Date on the puppies from The Copper Rose 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 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 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 work 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 confident when approaching something new and give pause when they are unsure. Their playful curiosity gets the best of them and they are usually more than happy to continue with investigating their environment. We continue to work one-on 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.
Yesterday, 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, the litter on a whole presented calm with little protest in the way of barking. All puppies in our Copper Rose Litter passed easily passed their wellness exam. With only added praise of what a well-rounded, quiet group of puppies they truly are.
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.
Blue Berry is our caramel-red boy. Mr. Blue is a happy confident boy who loves his humans but is quite content to find something to do on his own as well. These are a couple of this little stunners attributes that made him a great match for Kristi and Nathan! As a semi-active family balancing, your careers this boy has what it takes to play hard and know how to entertain himself while you are away.
He is a playful boy who will mature to be a great running companion for Nathan, enthusiastic to join you both on your camping trips or accompany you on an evening walk. Blue will be your biggest fan while watching on the sidelines of your soccer games, he will warm your feet while you settle in to read your favorite book and if given a chance be the first to squeeze in between you both at bedtime!
I am thrilled to hear you are taking advantage of Baxter and Bella! Paired with in-person puppy classes Blue Berry will learn and develop into a stellar boy. Congratulations to the Skinner/Wiebe family on their new addition!
Black Petal is a beautiful caramel boy with a big heart! He is happy to sit back and assess new situations before jumping headlong into something, yet has strong confidence that will propel him to investigate and enjoy his findings.
When considering a family with younger children there are a few key traits we are looking for in a puppy, Black Petal's playful personality should be able to match the children, yet have subtle confidence to tolerate all they may throw at him. The Pawar family not only has young children but expects they will continue entertaining, with children visiting for years to come. This makes Mr. Black a great match for the Pawar family.
It is great to hear that you both currently home to lay the foundation of boundaries and consistency for both Black Petal and your young children. This will make for a nice transition when you return to work. I am glad to hear you are thinking of a hybrid model for your return to work, hiring a dog walker as part of this plan is a terrific idea. Black Petal has strong eye contact, exceptionally clever, and ready to learn.
Amy explained that their perfect dog would fit the flow of their active and social family lifestyle. However, just like children recognize all dogs are different and are excepting of any dog. Mr. Black Petal has these qualities in spades! He will be overjoyed to join the family on any adventure, be your biggest cheerleader at all of your children's functions, while still being content to spend an afternoon with dad puttering around the house!
Congratulations Pawar family Black Petal will be happy to join your clan furever!
Red Love is our caramel girl with generous white markings. She is an exceptionally well-rounded Australian Labradoodle! She is intrinsically confident with a strong sensibility to know when she should proceed with caution. These are only a couple of qualities that make her a great candidate for a future Chilliwack Labradoodle's momma but also a great fit for her blended guardian home!
Red Love is a very clever girl with strong eye contact, while she is confident to try a situation on her own looks to people to ensure approval. More often than not anyway!! Continue to cultivate this with all of the positive reward-based training you are learning from Baxter and Bella!
Red Love will be up for her daily walks, exploring rain or shine! Happy to accompany you to outdoor restaurants, visiting friends and relatives, and I am sure will look forward to your learn to swim plan! It is so nice to hear that she will have experienced, keen grandparents ready and waiting to help care for her.
Not only does Ms. Red Love possess the brown leathers Alicia is so fond of but she will be happy to entertain her whole family with her fun-loving antics! Nixon, Quinn, and Boston be prepared to be greeted with loving affection when you arrive home! This girl is up for a loving snuggle anytime and will melt the sorrows of the week away!
Congratulations Jobb/Unger family your new addition will be joining you shortly!!!
Pink Rosie is of course a caramel girl. This young lady is fun-loving and playful. She exudes confidence loves her people and can entertain herself when need be. The "one" quality Brad has expressed would be "Playful." "Friendly and active!" Pink Rosie fits this request and MORE!
Brad as I read through my family questionnaires I am of course running through each puppy in the litter, comparing temperaments, personalities, and attributes to family lifestyles and preferences. We take great pain in matching our puppies to their families. As I read through your questionnaire "Pink" was the puppy that was the name ringing true to me. This fur girl will be the first to volunteer for a family hike, attending a sporting event, taking a nice walk, or learn to swim in the family pool! When I read through to the portion of the questionnaire where you mentioned "Pink." I could not have been more thrilled, unbeknownst to you she truly is a perfect match for your family!
I am glad to hear your plans for obedience training at The Greater victoria Dog Obedience Training Club! As you know training and socialization are key to continuing to nourish the positive attributes of our dogs. Inviting Morgan and Callie to attend could be an empowering and rewarding experience for all involved.
Pink Rosie is a clever girl who loves people! I hope you are up for a snuggle after a busy day!
Congratulations Turpin family Pink Rosie will be joining you furever!
Purple Rose is a caramel dog with white flash. This little lady has a playful yet calm demeanor. While still being confident she looks to her humans and values their approval. She is not a headstrong sort of girl, but rather assesses a situation and moves forward as she sees fit. These are the attributes that connect her with various aged people and some of the reasons we have matched her with The Yao family. Lily and Cheng I expect you will get as much pleasure from Purple as she reciprocates from you!
This clever girl knows her sit command, is comfortable and enjoys resting in her crate. She has terrific eye contact and has won the heart of my daughter they are terrific friends! Stella and Chelsea I expect you will have a new best friend and someone to cuddle at the end of a tough day!
Purple Rose will be thrilled to join the family camping hiking and likely LOVE to tag along on a ski trip! Labradoodles are notorious for their love of snow sports. Be prepared for some fun-filled laughs watching her frolic in the snow.
I encourage you to follow through with your plan and register Purple in a Puppy Training program sooner rather than later. My children have attended in-person classes with us and it has been an empowering learning experience. There is always something we take away from the class which helps mold the wanted behaviors we want to see in them.
Congratulations Yao family! You will soon have Purple Rose join your family furever!
Orange Mango a caramel-coated Australian Labradoodle with brilliant white flash. Orange is a playful fellow who is quite respectful of those around him whether fellow dogs or humans. He will be one of the first to sit despite his littermates jumping up to see us. Mostly he patiently waits eyes watching for our lead. This clever boy already understands that patience is a wanted behavior and will get him a treat! Cristina, you indicated a playful yet calm dog is what you are hoping for, Orange Mango has both of these qualities as well as others that make a great addition for a home with young children.
Do take advantage of your Baxter and Bella training program in addition an in-person training program will be terrific for both socializing and learning to develop training skills to support the wanted behavior you seek in your new dog. Showing young children how to set boundaries will be key to a trusting relationship between them and their new fur-member. Help them recognize the physical signs Mango will display when he is happy and wants to play or nervous and might want some time alone.
Orange Mango is quite a social guy from our youngest children to our elders. He looks to us for affection and is a happy-go-lucky guy, who loves snuggling!
Alicia and Mango will grow together as best friends, creating lifelong memories Alicia will hold as an adult.
Congratulations Zalmeda Family this is one amazing guy!
Peach Feather wears a silky caramel coat. Peach truly is a cheerful girl with a thoughtful mannerism. She enjoys children and adults alike. Sidhu family I am excited to reveal this exceptionally well-rounded Australian Labradoodle will be joining your family fur-ever!
Peach will be thrilled to go for her evening walks, on a car ride, play a game of go fetch or warm your feet while gaming! Be careful Lex and Sahibah dangling electrical cords act as great toys for puppies!
I am glad to hear you are registered in the Bella and Baxter online training program this will be a good resource for you especially moving into Peach's teenage years! Consistent, positively reinforced training will help her continue to learn and develop a trusting and strong relationship with you. Which will be key to successful learning. There are great benefits to attending in-person Puppy Training and would suggest enrolling your whole family!
Now coming from a family who grew up with two resident dogs Rupinder I am sure you're aware like humans dogs bark as a way to communicate. The key to keeping their barking to a minimum is first understanding why they are barking, what they are trying to communicate. A trainer will be able to help you with this should you need assistance. I am pleased to announce this litter on a whole minimally barks they truly are a considerate group of puppies!
Australian Labradoodles were bred to connect with humans. Peach is attuned, has great eye contact, and loves to be with people, yet she is comfortable being off on her own. She can entertain herself quite readily. At the end of a long day she will be up for a snuggle and belly rub for sure!
Congratulations Sidhu family Peach Feather will be joining your family fur-ever.
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.
We have included a 7-week puppy video below, you will see how much personality these little ones possess!