CHILLIWACK LABRADOODLES PUP DATE!
Good evening Chilliwack Labradoodle Families!
This our six-week Pup Date on the puppies from our Peppermint Mocha 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. We realize this is a lot of information to take in but we wanted to make sure we were able to give everyone tips on what routines and protocols we follow before you bring your puppy home.
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.
A positive way to teach your puppy not to be reactive to human hands by their food and to also promote trust and relationship between your puppy and his humans is by hand feeding your puppy at least one meal per day. Everyone in your family can participate in this activity.
Another great way to feed your puppy their kibble is by using it for their training rewards. When it is meal time your puppy will be ready to eat, more motivated to learn and be happy to receive their kibble rewards!
The other feeding tip we highly recommend is to fill your puppies Kong with his kibble and place it in his crate for him to eat. Once he can easily get the loose kibble out of the kong, you can stuff the top of the kong with a liver treat. There are many ways to stuff a kong, your puppy will continue to exercise his brain learning how to get what he wants out of the Kong. The Kong is a safe and great teething toy for your puppy as well. Using a Kong in your puppy's crate will continue to reinforce that a crate is a positive place to be!
There are many things you stuff in a Kong as your puppy becomes more skilled at using it you will need to become more creative at filling them. We suggest using the internet to search what to stuff in your puppies kong. Listed below is one site with recipes and tips.
For your puppies, it is important that you do not over-exercise them. Puppies do need a nice balance of both mental and physical stimulation. Puppies need to exercise to develop growing muscles, but we do not want to over-exercise them because their growth plates are still growing and we do not want to cause any trauma to their developing plates. We need to be mindful of our puppies' hips, all puppies are susceptible to hip dysplasia. At Chilliwack Labradoodles, we test all of our breeding dogs in order to avoid any hereditary factors of hip dysplasia. Hips are affected by genetics and the environment. We have not only covered the genetic component of Hip Dysplasia but we have also started being mindful of our puppies' environment by making sure the puppies have a good grip beneath them while nursing so they do not slip causing stress on the hip joints. Assuring their bedding is sturdy, nice but not too soft. When your puppy comes home to you one of the important things you can do to support your puppies' growth is to limit your puppies' use of stairs as much as possible. You will want to carry your puppy up and down the stairs for at least the first six months.
When you take your puppy out for a walk it is said that a reasonable timeline for your puppy to walk is 5 minutes for every month your puppy is old. Up until your puppy is about one year old. Once your puppy is one year old he will be ready to jog or run beside you but up until this age, walking is best for your puppy. If you have the opportunity to change the terrain that you are walking on, gravel, grass, residential streets, etc. do so as much as you can. Not only is it good for your puppies' physical growth but introducing them to all sorts of new experiences builds up their confidence and resilience as well. As well as walking, your dog can enjoy as much back yard play as it wants. There is no need to limit backyard play.
Time to Leave Your Puppy Alone
Labradoodles are smart and Labradoodles are very social. We need to set them up for success when leaving them home on their own. We have begun the transition here at Chilliwack Labradoodles by doing things such as the weaning process from their momma, transitions from their whelping area to their nursery, nursery to the sensory gym and taking the puppies out and spending puppy to human, one-one time with them. The guide for time spent away from your puppy is one hour per month your puppy is old. I would not suggest leaving your puppy at three months old alone for three hours at a time often, only once in a while.
Before you leave your puppy you need to prepare his surroundings we suggest you set up your x-pen, inside the x-pen, you will want to leave your puppies crate, with a pee pad, freshwater, an exercise cube or food puzzle, "Safe" toys and a Kong stuffed with a treat placed inside your puppies crate. If you like you can leave the TV or Music on for your puppy. You do want to leave your puppy alone on a regular basis for 1/2 hour to 1-hour intervals they need to learn how to be independent, they need to experience you being gone and know that you will return.
If you are working for the day or not able to be home you will need to make arrangements for your puppy. You can arrange Doggy Daycare, (once your puppy is fully vaccinated) someone can come into your home for periods of the day or you could have a dog walker. The person ideally could spend an hour in your dog's presence even if they are not interacting directly with your dog, the dog knows that they have a human with them and this is important to them. This is especially true of Labradoodles, they are very social dogs, they have been bred to be social, this is part of the reason for their popularity. It also means we need to accommodate this social need and understand that they are totally dependent on us and their strongest relationship is with their people.
This week we have taken some of the puppy pads out of their nursery leaving them with exposed flooring this is one more step in the potty training process. More often than not they will migrate over to where the puppy pads are to do their business, this is progress! The puppies of courses still play with their sensory gym, they love their tunnel (another tool we use to ensure the puppies are exposed to as many different things as possible and we have been introducing them to Bella's litter! We had one startle initially with the sound of the vacuum cleaner, most others took a pause and cocked their little heads trying to figure it out and then they grew bored and went about their business. We continue to take notes on their reactions to new experiences, energy levels, and whether they are first to take initiative in a situation or like to hold back and see what happens.
Let's take a look at how each of our miniature Australian Labradoodles are doing this week.
1.) Our firstborn puppy is our Christmas Ribbon boy. He is an exciting chocolate and white parti patterned boy.
2.) Our next born is Dark Blue Ribbon girl. She is a very decadent chocolate phantom. Phantom is when the puppy has a base colour and has the tan markings on the face, eyebrows, paws, and under the tail.
3.) Yellow Ribbon Boy is our number three born his silky soft fleece is also the Chocolate Phantom colouring that we all love!
4.) Our Red Ribbon girl was born fourth in the litter. Red Ribbon has a Tri, Chocolate Phantom. Tri refers to the fact that she has three colourings in her coat, chocolate, tan and white.
5.) Our number five boy is Light Blue Ribbon. He also has a gorgeous chocolate phantom coat.
6.) Light Purple Ribbon girl was born sixth and like her sister Red Ribbon has a stunning Tri, Chocolate Phantom coat.
7.) Number seven born is our Light Green Ribbon boy. Light Green is a beautiful chocolate with white flash.
8.) Peach Ribbon girl has that appealing chocolate with a white flash coat the same as her elder brother.
9.) Our precious Light Pink girl has a super sleek chocolate colour.
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.
Of course, if you have any questions you can email us at
Chilliwacklabradoodle.com and we will be happy to answer them for you.