CHILLIWACK LABRADOODLES PUP DATE
Good Afternoon Chilliwack Labradoodle Families!
This is our Four-week Pup Date on the puppies from The Phantom Of Our Opera Litter!
The last Pup Date we provided you with some information around The Importance Of Quality Sleep For Your Puppy, as well as information regarding Crates and Beds. This week we hope to learn more about your lifestyle, hobbies, interests, and family make-up. This information will assist us in matching each puppy to their forever home. As well you will see this week we have information regarding Exercise, Puppy Food/Eating Routine, and Alone Time For Your Puppy.
Puppy Food, Treats and Bones
-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 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.
Alone Time For Your Puppy!
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 was an adventurous one in our puppies' lives! The puppies have moved into the puppy nursery, have been introduced to a Sensory Gymnasium! 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 were also introduced to solid foods this week, as part of a natural weaning process we slowly start to feed them a mixture of blended kibble, pumpkin and puppy formula. Of course, at first, they were unsure as to what this was, but it did not take them long to realize lapping up food in a pan was quite delicious and they are messy little pros at it now!
With their whelping bed gone we have introduced them to their crate. We want their crate to feel like our bedroom does for us. A cozy safe place to rest. At this point, their crate is left open for them to roam in and out of as they please. They are keeping their crate clean and learning to use puppy pads outside their crate to potty. This will help the transition to their new home with you if indeed you are using a crate and they will be familiar with potty pads.
Let's take a look at how each of our Australian Labradoodles are doing this week.
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. His markings outline his eyes in the most appealing way.
Blue Ribbon boy was born weighing in at 7.3 ounces
Today Blue Ribbon Boy weighs in at 3 lbs 3 ounces
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
This week Ms. Purple is 3 lb 1oz
4.)Red Ribbon Girl has decadent chocolate, silky soft coat with a tiny white flash on her chest. Ms. Red has had a follow-up eye appointment this week with our veterinarian; it appears the antibiotic ointment we have been applying to her eye is helping. The inflammation has reduced and at this point, the doctor has said she can definitely form some images, as well as light and dark shadows with her left eye. The tear in her lid has completely healed. At this point, the Veterinarian is uncertain whether the vision in her left eye will reach full function, his words are he is "cautiously optimistic." We are continuing with the ointment and have her scheduled for an eye exam in four weeks' time. Despite her initial setbacks, this little one is thriving she continues to be first to the milk bar and the fastest on her feet! Red Ribbon has been keeping up with her much larger siblings even when they engage her in play fighting! Her persistent resilience shines through each day.
Red Ribbon girl was born weighing in at 4.9 ounces
Today Red Ribbon has surpassed the 1lb mark and is encroaching on the 2 lb milestone, she weighs a whopping 1 lb 7.8 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 for Ms. Pink is 3 lbs 3 ounces
6.) Orange Ribbon boy was born sixth and wears a distinct black phantom coat, with white flash on his chin, neck and disappears into the top of his chest.
Orange Ribbon boy was born with a weight of 5.5 ounces
His weight now is 2 lbs 8 ounces
7.) Number seven born is our Green Ribbon boy. Green Ribbon sports a fun chocolate parti coat.
Green Ribbon boy was born with a weight of 8.1 ounces
Today he maintains his title as largest puppy weighing in at 3 lbs 6 ounces
Please be sure to complete your "Family Questionnaires," and send them back to us so that we can be as thorough as possible with our Puppy Assignments! We will reveal which puppy will join your family forever when we send out your Seven-Week 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.