CHILLIWACK LABRADOODLES PUP DATE!
Good Evening Chilliwack Labradoodle Families!
This is our six-week Pup Date on the puppies from The Birthday Party Litter!
The last Pup Date we provided you with some information around The Importance Of Quality Sleep For Your Puppy, Crates, Beds And Potty Training. This week we would like to give you information regarding Exercise, Puppy Food/Eating Routine and Leaving Your Puppy Alone.
Puppy Food, Treats and Bones
During our Puppy Visit, we spoke to you about what we are feeding our puppies and our dogs. Some of this is a refresher, I always find it better to hear things more than once.
-Right now we are feeding our puppies a high-quality kibble that can be purchased at many pet stores such as Pet Smart. The brand we use is Nutrience Sub-Zero For Puppies, it is the Green Bag.
-Another great food to feed your puppy would be "Smack," which is a high quality raw dehydrated dog food. You will not find it at all pet stores only some. We order ours online and have it shipped to our door.
-Ziwi Peak Brand Dog Food another high quality raw dehydrated dog food. Not all pet stores keep this brand in stock we get ours from "Tail Blazers," Pet Food Store.
-We use the "Ziwi Peak" as training treats and our dogs love them! You can use whatever your dog has for kibble to train him he will be quite happy with that.
-Our favorite treats and bones to give our dogs are:
their kibble, dehydrated liver treats, various dehydrated meat treats, pieces of cheese, small cubed cooked chicken (this can be messy when using for reward, the cooked chicken will break apart easily)bully sticks, deer antlers, and their Kong.
By the time you take your puppy home, he/she will be eating dry Nutrience Sub-Zero Puppy Kibble three times a day. The amount that you feed your puppy at each feeding can be determined by your puppy's weight. Please read the instructions on the bag for your puppy's daily feeding amount based on his weight. Divide the amount by three and that will be your puppies portion of kibble at each meal. As your puppy grows you can increase the amount based on weight and divide his/her portions into two feedings. Typically when your puppy comes home to you they will be on an 8:00 am, 12:00 pm, and 5:00 pm feeding routine so that your puppy has plenty of time to eliminate before bed. Fresh unlimited access to water throughout the day is extremely important to your dog, we suggest putting the water away about 1.5 hours prior to bedtime, in order to help with night time potty.
For today's Pup Date I would like to speak to you a bit more 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 choose 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 crate approximately 16" Tall X 22" Long X 15" Wide. Crate size for a full-grown medium size Labradoodle is 24" tall X 36 " Deep X 22"wide. Chilliwack Labradoodles has already begun to train your dog with the crate, it is familiar and sees 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 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.
Throughout your day put your puppy in their crate for short periods while you go about your daily business. It is ok if the puppy can see you at times, this establishes the fact that they are ok in their crate and they will learn you will always come back to get them. You want them to become independent, confident and self-sooth. At times when the puppy is not in his/her crate, we leave the door open so they can roam freely and if they so choose to go in to relax they can.
We have been introducing the puppies to as many positive new experiences as we can this week, including the outdoors! Now that the snow has cleared and the weather is warmer The Birthday Litter had a great time exploring the crusher rock and grass yard! We continue to spend one to one time with each puppy, exposing them to different surfaces, textures, and sounds. They all quite enjoying bath time, some do not mind the blow dryer, others are becoming more desensitized to it and will be acclimated in no time at all. We are taking notes on their reactions to every new experience while they are with their Momma and Littermates or out on their own.
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.
1.) Our firstborn puppy is our Pink Ribbon Girl. She has a red coat colour
2.) Our next born is Red Ribbon boy. He has a decadent red colour
3.) Blue Ribbon Boy is our number three born who has a beautiful chocolate coat.
4.) Our Green Ribbon boy was born fourth in the litter. Green Ribbon has the same beautiful chocolate coat as his brother.
5.) Our number five girl has a Purple Ribbon. Her coat flaunts the reds coats her siblings wear.
6.)Yellow Ribbon girl was born sixth and wears a regal sheen black coat.
7.) Number seven born is our Black Ribbon boy. Black Ribbon has a beautiful golden/apricot coat.
8.) Grey Ribbon boy has that appealing majestic black coat that his brother wears.
If you have not already E-transferred your last and final payment of $1,430.00 for your Chilliwack Labradoodles Miniature Australian Labradoodle Puppy from the Peppermint Mocha Litter it is now due!
Thank you for returning your Family Questionnaires, if you have not done so we look forward to reviewing them this will assist us in our Puppy Assignment.
Of course, if you have any questions you can email us at
Chilliwacklabradoodle.com and we will be happy to answer them for you.