CHILLIWACK LABRADOODLES PUP DATE!
Good Evening Chilliwack Labradoodle Families.
This is your litter announcement Pup Date for our Harvest Moon Litter of multigenerational Australian Labradoodles. We were grateful for a daytime delivery today Saturday September 10th, 2022 our girl Chilliwack Labradoodles Juniper, delivered six healthy puppies. This is Juniper's second litter falling into the roll as momma came with great ease for this stellar girl.
We are excited to say that all families on this Reservation, will receive a puppy from Juniper's Harvest Moon Litter. Moving forward you will receive mainly bi-weekly Pup Dates that will include pictures, videos, and information on all things Fur Baby. If you are following our Facebook and Instagram pages you will have the added viewing pleasure of random litter picture posts, between your regularly scheduled Pup Dates!
Here is a link to our website page outlining what you can expect in the coming weeks.
Puppy Pick-Up Process And What To Expect In The Coming Weeks (chilliwacklabradoodles.com)
In your last Pup Date we introduced you to the amazing BAXTER and Bella online dog training program. This week we are happy to present you with your Litter Announcement, How To Get Your House Set-up, and Planning for your Puppy's arrival. Plus two of the MOST important things you can do for your puppy and family, as well a list of "Our Favourite Supplies."
This beautiful litter consists of six puppies, three females and three males. These puppies wear a nice variety of stunning coats. We have four with caramel coats and two with chocolate phantom coats, some are solid some with white flash. All will mature to miniature Australian Labradoodles.
How To Get Your House Set-up, and Planning for your Puppy's Arrival
-Which door will your puppy go in and out of at your house during potting training?
It is really important when you are doing house training or any sort of training to have consistency. You will want to pick the door that is most convenient to you and that goes directly to your "potty area."
Puppies have a really short attention span so you want to make sure that the door is easily accessible and the potty area is right outside the door. If you are involving your children in potty training you will want to make sure the door is easy to open for them.
Have you thought about a designated area to house your puppy chew toys, or leash and collars? This is especially important when you have more than one member in your home. We have our harnesses and leashes hanging on 3M hooks directly beside the door to where we take our dogs potty. This works great for us.
-Next, have you decided where your puppy will eat?
As I said puppies do have short attention spans so choosing a place to eat that is a bit out of the way so the puppy can concentrate on eating is important. Labradoodles are notorious for having a lack of food drive, fewer distractions should help with that.
-Where is your puppy going to sleep?
We highly recommend your puppy sleep in your bedroom with you in a crate for at least the first few weeks. When we sleep we elicit pheromones and dogs absorb those pheromones just by being in the same room as us. Those pheromones help to build the bond between you and your dog. It helps them become a member of your "pack." During the first couple of nights, your puppy may want to get up during the night to go to the bathroom. As well as being close by to hear the bathroom signal from your puppy, sleeping close by will help give your puppy a sense of comfort during his transition. It is fine if your puppy sleeps with your children, as long as your children are prepared to take the puppy out at three or four in the morning for a potty break.
-You will also want to consider if you will be having any "Dog Free," zones in your home?
In our home we have some dog-free zones, our children's playroom is one area. Our kiddos have lego and all sorts of little bits and toys hiding in the playroom. We are all aware that this is a Dog Free Zone and make sure to shut the door to that room, we have taught our dogs early on to stay outside that room.
Puppy Socialization and Training
Puppy Socialization and Training. These are two of the MOST important things you can do for your puppy and family. Chilliwack Labradoodles highly recommends involving everyone in the family when it comes to Socialization and Training.
Training is a terrific way for you to teach, learn, and socialize your puppy all at the same time. Training and Socializing your puppy is a couple of the most important things you can do for your puppy, it is critical in the early months of a puppy's life. Your puppy will have had one vaccination and some immunity built up from momma. If you wait to start training and socializing until all their vaccinations are given you will miss the critical period for when your puppy needs socialization. Is there a risk of taking your puppy to training classes without having all vaccinations completed? Minimal but yes.
We had all three of our dogs at early puppy training and socializing classes right after their second set of vaccinations. (with a trainer that I vetted well and who understands the health and safety around puppies that have not been fully vaccinated.) Do not let your puppy go near or sniff other puppies' urine or feces.
If you have not yet found a positive reinforcement trainer to take your puppy to classes we highly recommend that you do as soon as possible and enroll in your first puppy training classes.
When looking for a trainer we would suggest you ask if they are Certified? Ask who certified them and how long did it take to become certified? If a trainer is not certified it does not necessarily mean they are not great at what they do, ask them how long they have been training? The two most common types of training are Lure: treat/praise and Clicker Training: behavior, click, and treat. We have trained using both methods, they equally work well. I personally prefer lure training I find for me it is a quicker method of training. One of the other adult members of our program excelled at Clicker Training, he struggles with processing and some verbal communication and found with clicker training he was easily able to focus on the positive action and mark it with a click. Intelligence and learning quickly are a couple of the strong traits of the Labradoodle therefore your puppy is able to excel at either training style. Ask the trainer if you could come to sit in on one of their training classes prior to bringing your puppy.
We completely discourage any kind of physical force-imposed training. Labradoodles are social and sensitive dogs, they respond well to and learn by watch and listening for your tone of voice, facial and body expressions. We mark our dog's behaviors with treats and praise both verbal and physical by cuddling, petting, and play. If we change our tone of voice or remove ourselves from the puppy/dog's view these actions work well at letting the puppy know the behavior they were doing is not an acceptable one. The greater the positively reinforced bond you have with your dog the quicker they will learn and repeat the good behaviors we are wanting from them. Your dog needs to trust you and feel confident in the mutual bond the two of you will build in order to learn the great long-term behaviors that you are seeking. Patience and consistency are what really work well for long-term learning and understanding of your fur baby.
What is Socialization?
Socialization is where we take our puppies and teach them not to be afraid of things. Also, known as desensitization. Socializing your puppy is desensitizing them to situations.
During weeks 3 through to week 16, your puppy is going through a critical imprint stage. Every experience is new to them and they are learning at a rapid pace. This is why it is so important to create positive experiences and expose them to as many things as possible. Anything your puppy has not experienced during this period may be something he is hesitant about in the future. if you have the consistent and trusting bond that he has come to rely on he will be calmer and able to work through this with you.
Puppies also come with a genetic temperament. Some may come bounding over and be very outgoing, while another quieter and less outgoing. At Chilliwack Labradoodles, we will do as many things as possible to introduce the puppies to new things and experiences. Once you take your puppy home it will be up to you to continue to socialize with him.
During the critical Socialization period, our puppies have not received all of their vaccinations! By the time you bring your puppy home, your puppy has started to build its immune system. They have had their first set of vaccinations and have some immunity built up from their momma.
The key is to socialize them in areas that other dogs do not frequent.
Avoid the Vet Clinic if possible! The vet clinic is full of sick animals and germs. Your first trip to see your veterinarian will be only a few days after bringing your puppy home. Take your puppy into the office in her crate, bring your own blanket or towel to place on the exam table. When the exam is complete put your puppy back into the crate or your arms. You can also call ahead and confirm that there have been no contagious dogs in the clinic that day. No Paws on the floor or outside the entrance of the veterinary clinic!
Also, avoid dog parks. All sorts of dogs frequent these areas and we do not know what they may be carrying or if they are even vaccinated. Dog parks are not always safe you know that you have trained your dog and care for her. You are never sure what to expect from all of the other dogs in the open area.
Avoid Pet Zones at public places and rest stops. If you are driving and need to stop for a potty break pull over to an area that is not popular, or stop at a fast-food location and choose a small patch of grass for potty time. Yes, other dogs may have been there but significantly less than at the alternative places. Parvovirus and Distemper are shed through dog feces. Do not let your dog sniff or go near other feces.
Great places to take your dog for socialization are Canadian Tire, Home Hardware, and The Pet Store (The Pet Store ONLY is safe only if you use the following advice!) Take your puppy in a front pack, bring a blanket or your puppy's bed and place it in the cart. No Paws on the ground or the buggy!
I would like to leave you a couple of links to FREE Podcasts that BAXTER and Bella have on their website. The two links I included below are directly related and offer great information regarding bringing your puppy home for the first time! When the kiddos and I are out in the car we listen to their podcasts together. Learning together and united in our training style has proven to be very rewarding!
Here is the link to the Our Favourite Supplies page of our website.
It is at this time that your first payment of $1, 430.00 is due. You can etransfer your payment to firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to providing you with more information in your next Pup Date that will come out when your our puppies are two weeks old. If you have any questions the best way to connect with us is via email email@example.com we are always happy to help.
Stay Healthy and Safe!
Black Titan Boy is our first born at 11:50 am. He was born weighing 269 grams. Orange wears Red Caramel Coat with white flash.
Purple Mona is a Girl, born at 1:18 pm. She weighed 280 grams. Purple wears Chocolate Phantom Coat.
Blue Moon Boy, was born at 2:01 pm and weighed in at 267 grams. Blue wears a Caramel Coat with white flash.
Orange Egg Yolk Boy, was born at 2:42 pm, weighing in at 238 grams. He wears a Caramel Red Coat with a touch of white flash on his neck and chin.
Pink Lotus Girl, was born at 3:00 pm. Weighing 285 grams. Pink wears a Chocolate Phantom Coat with white flash.
Red Luna Girl, was born at 3:43 pm, weighing in at 248 grams. Red wears a Red Caramel Coat with White Flash.
-Orange Egg Yolk-
CHILLIWACK LABRADOODLES PUP DATE!
Good Evening Chilliwack Labradoodle Families.
In the last Pup Date, we gave you information about the importance of Socialization and Training, How To Get Your House Set-up, and Planning for your Puppy's arrival. As well we provided you with our website link to a list of "Our Favourite Supplies," and of course, your Litter Announcement! We packed a lot of information into that one Pup Date!
For today's Pup Date I will keep it light, by speaking to you a bit 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 its 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 their 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 pick 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 plastic crate. This will give your puppy the secure feeling of being in a den. A good size plastic starter crate for your puppy would measure approximately 28"L X 20"W X 21"H As your puppy grows into a full-grown dog he will probably prefer a metal or wire crate. These crates are cooler, especially in the summer months. The measurements of our medium size Labradoodles wire crates are 35"L X 22"W X 24"H. Chilliwack Labradoodles will have already begun to introduce your dog with the crate, your dog will be familiar with her crate and see 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.
We will have started an introduction to crate training with your puppy, so when your puppy comes home she can usually sleep in her 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.
For the first two weeks of life, the puppies rely on their mothers for every basic need! Puppies cannot see, hear, regulate their heat, or even eliminate when they are born. Their nose is the one sense that they have to rely upon. As you may guess they can detect scent with their nose, their nose has another very important purpose, their nose can detect heat and it leads them right to their one and only heat source, their mother. They rely on their mother to stimulate them to potty, she provides them with all of their nutrition, keeps them warm, and attends to their every squeak or cry.
This second week of life for our puppies has been an accomplished one. While Momma still needs to help the puppies eliminate and cleans up after them they are starting to do some of this on their own. For the past week, the puppies have scootched around on their tummies working on building strength for the big day when they could stand on all fours. This week we have watched each of them begin to pull themselves up onto all fours and wobble about like Bambie. It is truly beautiful to watch.
This week their eye slits have started to open, in the upcoming days, they will completely open revealing a whole new world for them! Our Labradoodles are born with blue eyes, this will change over time turning to brown, or hazel/green. When the puppies' eyes open they can see outlines and shapes but they still cannot hear. Their ears start to open closer to three weeks old, it will often take longer than three weeks for this to occur.
Lets take a look at how each of our Australian Labradoodles are doing this week.
Black Titan Boy is our first born at 11:50 am. He was born weighing 269 grams today he weighs a healthy 812 grams. Black wears a Red Caramel Coat with a beautiful blaze of white flash on his chest.
Purple Mona is a girl, born at 1:18 pm. She weighed 280 grams, today she weighs a healthy 732 grams. Purple wears a silky chocolate Phantom coat!
Blue Moon boy, was born at 2:01 pm and weighed 267 grams. Today he weighs a healthy 868 grams. Blue wears a caramel coat with white flash!
Orange Egg Yolk Boy, was born at 2:42 pm and weighed 238 grams. Today he weighs a healthy 902 grams. He wears a caramel red coat with very nice white flash on his neck and chin.
Pink Lotus girl, was was born at 3:00 pm and weighed 285 grams. Today she weighs a healthy 801 Grams. Pink wears a Chocolate Phantom Coat with white flash.
Red Luna girl, was was born at 3:43 pm and weighed 248 grams. Today she weighs a healthy 795 Grams. Red wears a Caramel coat with nice white flash.
Good Afternoon Chilliwack Labradoodle Families.
This is our four-week Pup Date on the puppies from our Harvest Moon Litter.
In the last Pup Date, we provided information about why a dogs' crate and bed are important. 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
Feeding a complete raw diet to your dog is the best way to provide the nutrition required for its healthy growth and longevity. As I am sure you are aware there is a wealth of information out there regarding diet and what to feed your dog, unfortunately very little if any are actually based on Scientific Studies.
At Chilliwack Labradoodles, we feed all of our dogs at home a RAW food diet. We recognize and appreciate that RAW Food feeding is not for everyone and respect your choice in sticking with the higher value kibble Nutrience Sub Zero if that is what you choose to do.
If you are not ready to completely feed raw you may want to consider feeding a mixture of raw food and kibble. We believe maintaining a raw diet along with kibble will help ensure a balance of nutrition for our dogs.
Finally, whether you feed a RAW or a Kibble diet we highly recommend enhancing your dog's food with some of the following superfood options…..
-Tripe! Not only is it a superfood but dogs LOVE it!
Tripe is a natural probiotic that helps dogs digest and processes the micronutrients in their body, increasing the production of good bacteria and helps lower levels of yeast. This in turn will mean a happier healthier dog with less risk of ear infections and GI issues for now and the future. A dog's daily diet should include 10-15% tripe.
What I usually do is buy a bag of Carnivora Beef Green Tripe, take one pattie or brick put it into the fridge in a sealed container. (tripe has a strong odor) and add at least a large tablespoon to each of your dog's meals. Dogs can eat as much tripe as they like. Tripe is not considered a well-balanced whole meal, your dog should be eating either a RAW diet or Nutrience SubZero with the tripe.
You can purchase raw food with tripe already in it, or you can purchase treats such as trachea stuffed with tripe. Tripe is great for any dog with a low food drive, they usually cannot resist eating it!
If you want to learn more about tripe and the benefits it provides to dogs we have listed one link below.
-Yet another terrific food that you can add to any of your dog's meals, is a great source of calcium, and is a terrific natural probiotic is raw goat's milk or raw goat cheese. You can soak its kibble in the milk or give some in a bowl to lap up, with the cheese you can sprinkle an approx a tablespoon amount onto your dog's food or break pieces off for training treats. If you decide to do this I would alternate the goat products.
-A great source of calcium you can feed your dog would be raw Quail Eggs, add a couple every other day to one of their meals.
You can find them in most pet stores that sell Big Country Raw and even at Pet Smart! Feed the quail egg to your dog RAW! I try to encourage mine to eat the shell some will some won't, if they don't I just mix the egg into their meal and pick the shell out.
Labradoodles are notorious for a low food drive. When feeding your puppy or dog it is important to have variety in what they are eating, to both keep them interested in their food and to ensure they are receiving the well-rounded vitamins and nutrients needed to be at their healthiest. With that being said if your puppy/dog eats far less than what you had expected during a meal or for a couple of days. There is no need to worry this is completely normal. You will get to know your puppy, her preferences, and when she is holding back just to see if you have something better to offer! If your puppy does not finish their food simply put it into the refrigerator and bring it out at their next meal. Puppies and dogs will never starve themselves.
Raw Bones are very important for growing and developing puppies and dogs. There are not enough essential nutrients in any of the foods dogs eat that will satisfy all of the nutritional requirements needed for optimal skeletal development and sustainment. Bones make up a large portion of your dog's diet. 20% of your dog's meal should be bone.
Dogs can eat any kind of bone providing it is RAW! NEVER give your puppy or dog a cooked bone! Your puppy/dog will need raw bones with meat on. We give our dogs frozen bones they are great for teething puppies and provide psychological stimulation for both puppies and dogs alike. They will eat the entire bone and this is what you want. It is not so much about the meat on the bone as the bone itself.
Raw meat on bones can act as a meal replacement. If your dog is not interested in her raw food substitute it with the raw bone.
An example of a full meal consisting of mainly bone for the puppy you will be bringing home would be: x1 Chicken Wing Tip, x1 Mini Pork Rib Bone, and a little bit of Smack Dehydrated Raw.
Chicken’s bones are very pliable and easy for puppies to eat. If the bone you are offering your dog has more fat than meat this is ok if you are feeding it to them sparingly say once every other week. Whole fish especially wild salmon is a great way to incorporate both raw meat and bones into your dog’s diet. Some other great options for raw bone with meat on are turkey, chicken, lamb or duck necks, beef or buffalo knucklebones, duck frame or rabbit legs are just a few. If you feel your dog is not getting enough raw bone in her diet you may want to consider adding another source of calcium into their diet in the form of a calcium vitamin. You can purchase raw meat on bones at any quality pet food store or if you find a butcher or poultry farm in your area they will often be happy to provide you with various raw bone on products for reasonable pricing.
Now let’s move on to the “Meat of things!” When you pick up your puppy it will come home with its own personal folder. One of the items you will find is a list of Chilliwack Labradoodles recommended foods we have also provided it at the end of this pup date.
Each food company has balanced the appropriate percentage of organ/bone/vegetable and fruit needed to provide your dog with a complete meal. When feeding your dog any food whether it is kibble, raw, or dehydrated raw you need to follow the food guidelines on the package as to how much your puppy needs.
Typically a 30lb dog will eat 1 pound of raw food in just over one day.
How much raw meat should I feed my puppy? 5-8% of your puppy’s body weight is the amount of raw food your puppy will likely consume for the first six months. This a broad range as it varies between puppies. Like humans, some puppies have faster metabolisms than others. Some puppies are more active than others and it also depends on your lifestyle as well. We suggest starting your puppy off at 5% and work your way up to what your puppy is telling you what she wants. Again you really do need to get to know your dog, if you put her food down and she eats it all and is looking up at you for more. It’s safe to say she needs more, give her more. If she eats a bit and leaves the rest in her bowl, put it into the refrigerator and give the rest to her at the next meal. Now if she is eating more than 8% of her body weight this would be a bit excessive and you may want to cap her at that.