CHILLIWACK LABRADOODLES PUP DATE!
Good Evening Chilliwack Labradoodle Families!
This is our two-week Pup Date on the puppies for The Autumn Leaves Winter Snow Litter.
In the last Pup Date, we gave you information about the importance of socialization and training. As well we provided you with "Our Favourite Supplies," and of course, your Litter Announcement! 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 their 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 she can usually sleep in her 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 second week of life for our puppies has been an accomplished one. Clover still needs to help the puppies eliminate and cleans up after them. However, they are starting to do this on their own now as well. For the past week, the puppies have scootched around on their tummies working on building strength for the big day when they could stand on all fours. That day came this past week, our four-legged babies pull themselves up onto all fours and wobble about like Bambie. It is truly beautiful to watch.
The big milestone for this week is that the puppies are starting to open their eyes! Later this week their eyes should be fully open. Our Labradoodles are born with blue eyes, this will change over time turning to brown, or hazel/green. The puppies can now see outlines and shapes but they still cannot hear. Their ears start to open at about three weeks old, it will often take longer than three weeks for this to occur.
Let's take a look at how each of our medium Australian Labradoodles is doing this week.
We will provide you information on each puppy in the order of their birth.
"Black" Frost is our first Girl born at 12:39 am.
Today Black Frost is has a healthy weight of 2 lb 7oz
Black Frost wears a unique extreme parti coat.
"Pink" Dogwood was born at 2:56 am. Today Pink Dogwood weighs 1 lb 9.8 0z
She wears a warm caramel/red coat with bits of white flash on her chest, head, chin, and at the very tip of her tail.
Peach Sassafras is our next little girl born at 4:17 am. Today Ms. Sassafras weighs in at 1 lb 10.4 oz
Peach Sassafras looks warm and cozy in her caramel/red coat with bits of white flash on her head, chest, paws, and also the very tip of her tail.
Arctic Blue has a darker blue ribbon is female, born at 5:06 am. Today Ms Blue weighs 1 lb 6.9 oz
Arctic Blue wears the same rare extreme parti coat born to her older sister, we can see faint caramel tipped ears which will likely darken with time adding to the unique beauty of this girl.
Orange Maple is our first boy this caramel/red coated boy. He also has bits of white flash on his head, chest, tips of his toes, and the very tip of his tail. Orange Maple was born at 5:15 pm. and weighs 1 lb 15.6 oz.
Yellow Alaska is our next boy born at 5:40 am. He now weighs 1 lb 13.6 oz.
Alaska has a smooth caramel/red colouring with a white flash on his head, chin, chest, and tip of his tail.
Four Leaf Clover was named after his momma Clover. Of course, he wears a green ribbon. He was born at 5:45 am. He is now 2 lb 6.3 oz. Not only is this guy his mother's namesake but he wears a twin caramel parti coat, with parti spotting in similar areas as his mother.
Red Cedar is our next girl born at 6:33 am. She is now weighing in at 1lb 4.1 oz.
Red Cedar has a spectacular caramel parti coat with caramel spots on both of her ears, eyes, and down the base of her back!
Purple Elm is our next female born at 7:18 am. She is now weighing1 lb 8.3 oz.
Purple Elm has a smooth caramel/red coat she too has the amazing bits of white flash on her head, chest, and very tip of her tail.
Polar Ice has a silver ribbon is a boy, was born at 8:45 am. Today he weighs 2 lb 2.1 oz.
Polar Ice wears a decadent caramel/red coat with white flash on his head, chest, back paws, and the very tip of his tail.
Misty Blue is female and you will notice has a light blue ribbon. Today she weighs 1 lb 11.5 oz Misty Blue wears an elegant extreme parti, with her very own distinctive caramel markings around her right eye, right ear, and just the tiniest spot on her lower back.
Brown Douglas is our last puppy born, he is a boy. He was born at 9:37 am. Today he weighs 1 lb 7.2 oz. Douglas has a warm caramel/red coat with white flash on his head, nose, chest, left-back paw, and very tip of his tail.
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We look forward to providing you with more information in your upcoming four-week Pup Date!
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