CHILLIWACK LABRADOODLES PUP DATE!
Good evening Chilliwack Labradoodle Families!
This our five-week Pup Date on the puppies from our Peppermint Mocha Litter!
During Puppy Visit day you had a chance to see some of the supplies and the food we recommend. We talked about our crates and which ones we prefer. 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. As we talked about in our puppy visit, 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.
Again to go over what we discussed at the Pup Date choose a crate 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. 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.
What is the best way to toilet train my puppy?
At Chilliwack Labradoodles we find Crate training is a very successful way to train your puppy. Puppies do not like to eliminate in their beds.
Your puppy will need to sleep where you can hear it. If your puppy begins to whine in his crate or make noises immediately get up, leash your puppy while she is still in the crate, pick your puppy up out of the crate and pack it outside to your "potty place." (Try to avoid taking your puppy out of the crate while it is pawing at the crate, the second he/she is not pawing quickly open the crate and say "let's go potty." If you are continually retrieving your puppy exactly when they whine or paw crate they will get the message that, "ahhh, if I do this my owner will let me out." They will think you want them to do that behavior.) You will find having a consistent and familiar word that everyone in the household uses to key the puppy to potty is very important. For example, our word is "Go Potty." Your puppy/dog will want to sniff around that is ok for a bit. We do not walk around we stand still let the puppy roam as far as the leash allows, only in the area we have designated for potty. We say "go potty!" The second the puppy goes potty, in our happy voice, smiley face, we say good potty!! We reward her with a small liver treat or whatever treat you choose. Puppies recognize by your facial expressions and tone of voice if we are happy with what they are doing and will more likely continue that behavior. The treat reinforces to them that "ahh that is what "go potty," means! If your puppy continues to sniff around let her for a few more minutes just in case they have more business to do. Do not let them take too long as we want them to understand this is "potty time" not playtime. If this is indeed the middle of the night pack her back to the crate and tuck her in. Every time they potty give them a treat and be very excited and happy for them! Australian Labradoodles are very intelligent and this will speed potty training or any training up, it is a way of positively reinforcing the good behavior that you want from them.
Throughout the day use the same method as described above when having to take your puppy out to go potty. First thing in the morning will be her first potty break. Each time whether it is night or day and your puppy is coming out of her crate she will need to be taken potty. After each meal and each drink of water, your puppy will need to be taken potty. After your puppy has eaten a meal wait for about 10 minutes and you take it out for potty. If she doesn't eliminate, take your puppy in and put her in her crate. (Remeber crate time is a positive time, have a bone or special toy for her in there.) Wait for 10-20 minutes, take the puppy out potty again. If your puppy eliminates this time praise and rewards her. If she does not eliminate bring her back into the crate, keep repeating until she eliminates. The more consistent you are with this in the early weeks will instill to the puppy that this is how potty time works and they will learn quickly what is expected of them. The more often your puppy potties in the house the harder it will be to break that behavior. Every puppy has learned behaviors whether they are wanted or unwanted behaviors that is why we need to consistently promote good behaviors for both the puppy and ourselves long term relationship and success.
A tool that can train your puppy to let you know when he/she needs to potty is to place a bell on your door and each time you take him/her to potty ring it-eventually they will catch on and begin to ring the bell when they need to be let out.
You will get to know your puppy and will soon be increasing these times to longer periods. It will not take long for your puppy to know which door they need to wait to go potty. Or which area of the yard is their potty spot. Your consistency and patience in the short term will pay off for many years to come!
This week the puppies have just been introduced to their first feeding of kibble mush! Let me tell you ..they lap it up! The puppies continue to play with their Sensory Gymnasium! 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 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.
Please be sure to check your appointment time for your puppy pick-up! It is in your email sent with this Pup Date!
Of course, if you have any questions you can email us at
Chilliwacklabradoodle.com and we will be happy to answer them for you.