CHILLIWACK LABRADOODLES PUP DATE
Good Afternoon Chilliwack Labradoodle Families!
This is our Five-week Pup Date on the puppies from The Phantom Of Our Opera Litter!
The last Pup Date we provided you with some information around Exercise, Puppy Food/Eating Routine, and Alone Time For Your Puppy. We enjoy reading over the returned Chilliwack Labradoodle Family Questionnaire and look forward to receiving those remaining.
This week's Pup Date we would like to go over basic Grooming including Ear Care. As well if you haven't already done so we would like to encourage you to learn more about The BAXTER and Bella online dog training program. At Chilliwack Labradoodles, we believe two of the most important things you can provide for your puppy are training and socialization! These two things will help to ensure your puppy will perform the wanted behaviors we all strive for in our dogs as well as create positive, strong bonds between family members and fur-babies. To learn more simply click on the link I have provided to the BAXTER and Bella page of our website!
Labradoodles need to be groomed typically every 4-6 weeks.
Depending on how short or long you prefer their coat and how much maintenance bushing you do between grooms.
For maintenance between grooms we suggest:
Either spending 10 minutes each day brushing your dog. Alternating between areas of your dog's body.
Or setting aside time once per week and giving your dog a full body brush.
Check with your groomer as to what services they will provide while your dog is with them. Typically a full groom entails bath, blow dry, hair, and nail clipping. Ask if they clean inside your dog's ears? Labradoodles have floppy ears and they tend to be quite hairy inside. We never pluck their inner ear hair as the hair is there for a reason, it is to help wick moisture away. Also plucking their ears opens up the pore making it more susceptible to infection. Trimming of the inner ear is acceptable. Never plucking.
The length and style you choose to keep your doodle are entirely up to you. We prefer our dogs to have about a two-inch hair length. We send all of our puppies home with their own personal folder, one of the items in your puppies folder will be a Labradoodle Grooming Card. You can bring this card to your groomer as an example of what an Australian Labradoodle Groom looks like. We suggest finding pictures of your favorite doodle groom and bringing them with you to your appointment.
Ear Care for Labradoodles
Floppy ear dogs such as the Australian Labradoodles can be susceptible to ear infection. Since their ears are floppy they can retain moisture which may cause infection. Cleaning and grooming the ear will help keep your dog's ear dry and help prevent ear infections.
Cleaning your dog's ears weekly to biweekly with an ear cleaning product is what we recommend and takes just a few minutes. The brand of ear cleaner that we use is MalAcetic by Dehra. We like this cleaner as it has no alcohol or fragrance which tends to dry your pup's ear out and make it itchy. We purchase ours from amazon, having it delivered right to our door. Shake your cleanser and then clean one ear at a time. Squeeze a small amount into your dog's ear. Use fairly firm pressure and massage the outer ear down into the ear canal. This will help release the wax and any build up in their ear, it also spreads the product around effectively removing bacteria from the ear. You will want to do this for about 30 seconds. Lastly, you will want to apply a cotton ball to the inside of your dog's ear wiping the excess moisture.
You will find many ear cleaning solutions available if you are unsure which one will be best for your dog speak to your veterinarian. Veterinary clinics will have this product as well as others they prefer in stock.
How will you know if your dog has an ear infection?
-Constant scratching at the ears or chin, especially if they are scratching on one side.
-While you are cleaning your dog's ear if they cry, they likely have an ear infection.
-If you smell your dog's ear and it smells foul or yeasty, or if your dog's ear is hot to the touch chances are your dog has an ear infection.
If you suspect an ear infection you will want to take your dog to the vet.
A nice pink clean ear indicates a healthy one.
There are two routes to go to treat this infection the most common course will be for your vet to prescribe an antibiotic drop, usually Surolan. Dogs can become resistant to Surolan.
If our dog ends up with future ear infections another option we choose to use is a 100% natural product Zymox. It is also available from Amazon. We use this every day for one week. It breaks everything up incredibly well.
The best course of action to prevent ear infection is to regularly clean their ears and ensure your dog's ears are dry especially after water sports. If you are taking your dog swimming and boating this will be something you want to stay on top of.
If you are interested here are the links to the ear products we use on our own dogs.
Regular ear wash that we use: MalAcetic by Dehra
Alternate ear infection treatment we use: Zymox
Please note if you are a Chilliwack Labradoodles Guardian Home we require collaborative care for all of our puppies and dogs alike. Any decisions made with regard to treatment must be one we have discussed and agreed upon including ear care.
The puppies are loving their kibble mush and getting much better at eating more than they wear! This week we have been working with the puppies on socialization/desensitization. The puppies have been introduced to their Sensory Gymnasium they enjoy it so much we have put a mini one into their nursery! Not only is this gymnasium fun but it helps the puppies become desensitized to different noises, textures, shapes, sizes, and colours. It helps them to learn how to navigate obstacles, gain confidence in our world, and become resilient. The puppies are curious in their outside explorations and like to paw and play with the grass. We continue to spend one to one time with each puppy, exposing them to different surfaces, textures, and sounds. 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 Australian Labradoodles is doing this week.
As always I will go through each puppy in the order of birth.
1.) Black Ribbon gone but not forgotten.
This little one will forever be in our hearts!
2.) Our next born is Blue Ribbon boy. He wears a majestic black coat with slight Phantom markings. As you can see his subtle phantom markings highlight his coat in the most stunning way!
Blue Ribbon boy was born weighing in at 7.3 ounces
Today Mr. Blue Ribbon weighs 4 lbs 2ounces
3.) Purple Ribbon girl is our number three born, her coat is the fabulous chocolate phantom pattern with a shadow of white flash on her chin.
Purple Ribbon was born weighing in at 7.6 ounces
Today Ms. Purple Ribbon weighs 3 lb 9 ounces
4.) Our Red Ribbon girl was born fourth in the litter. Red She has a decadent chocolate, silky soft coat with a tiny white flash on her chest. Red has consistently done well meeting all her milestones this week! She loves the sensory gym and wrestling with her siblings, as you can see by our recorded weights she is very tiny comparatively. They get carried away overpowering her sometimes, she is very clever and will let out a cry that brings momma Sakura dashing to her rescue. It is the most endearing bond to have the privilege of witnessing.
Red Ribbon girl was born weighing in at 4.9 ounces
Ms. Red weighs 2 lbs 4.5 ounces
5.) Our number five girl is Ms. Pink Ribbon. She also has a gorgeous chocolate phantom coat, with just a hint of white flash on her chin, top of her chest and tips of her back toes.
Pink Ribbon girl was born weighing 8.7 ounces
Today's weight 4lb 3 ounces
6.) Orange Ribbon boy was born sixth and wears a distinct black phantom coat, with white flash on his chin, neck that disappears into the top of his chest.
Orange Ribbon boy was born with a weight of 5.5 ounces
Today he weighs 3 lb 6 ounces
7.) Number seven born is our Green Ribbon boy. Green Ribbon sports a fun chocolate parti coat. Mr. Green Ribbon maintains his spot as first place in the weight category only a tad bigger than Mr. Blue.
Green Ribbon boy was born with a weight of 8.1 ounces
Mr. Green weighs 4 lbs 6 ounces
As always if you have any questions you can email us at chilliwacklabradoodle.com and we will be happy to answer them for you.