CHILLIWACK LABRADOODLES PUP DATE!
Good Afternoon Chilliwack Labradoodle Families. This is your May Pup Date for Our Award Winning Roxy Roller Litter. We have had some nicer day over the last week, while you are out enjoying them you can now begin to imagine where you would like to bring your puppy!
In in about one months time, we will be welcoming our girl Roxy's, litter of puppies into the world! We look forward to Roxy's arrival and watching her move into her nurturing role of motherhood.
At Chilliwack Labradoodles, we have always gone above and beyond following strict health and safety standards when it comes to our home and puppies. Now with the Coronavirus Pandemic, we have revamped our protocols in order to ensure the continued health of our dogs, puppies, and families. We will provide you with a link just below this paragraph to the page of our website titled "Modified Health and Safety Protocols."
For our last months' Pup Date we introduced you to the amazing BAXTER and Bella online dog training program. How To Get Your House Set-up and Planning for your Puppy's arrival will be this month's Pup Date topic.
-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.
You can expect your next pup date will be your Litter Announcement Pup Date! Each of our Pup Dates will provide you with useful information on topics related to bringing a new puppy home. We touched on potty training in this pup date but will go over that a bit more in a future Pup Date as well.
If you have any questions the best way to connect with us is via email at firstname.lastname@example.org we are always happy to help.
We hope you are enjoying all March has to offer!
CHILLIWACK LABRADOODLES PUP DATE!
Good Evening Chilliwack Labradoodle Families.
This is your litter announcement pup date for our litter of multigenerational Australian Labradoodles. Between the days of Friday June 2 and Saturday June 3, 2023 our girl Roxy delivered her litter of puppies. Roxy certainly takes after her momma Shiloh in many ways, including the calm ease, natural intuitive mannerism to motherhood and the fact she delivered 8 healthy puppies.
We are excited to say that all families on this Reservation, will receive a puppy from the Award Winning Roxy Roller Litter. Moving forward you will receive mainly bi-weekly Pup Dates that will include pictures, information and as they mature videos, 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.
In your last Pup Date we provided information on How To Get Your House Set-up. This week we are happy to present you with your Litter Announcement. 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 eight puppies, six females and two males. All puppies wear beautiful black and chocolate phantom coats.
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.
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.
Purple Noble girl is our first born at 11:45 pm. She was born weighing 301 grams. Purple wears a silky soft black phantom coat.
Red Emmy girl, was born at 12:40 am and weighed 344 grams. Red wears a black phantom coat with white flash.
Black Honors girl, was born at 1:25 am and weighed in at 260 grams. Black wears a chocolate phantom coat with small white flash.
Blue Tony boy, was born at 2:00 am. Blue's birth weight is 295 grams. He wears a wears a black phantom coat with a tiny star of white on his chest.
Orange Medal girl, was born at 2:40 am and weighed in at 260 grams. Orange wears a black phantom coat with white flash.
Legendary Pink girl, was born at 3:00 am and weighed in at 311 grams. Pink wears a chocolate phantom coat with white flash on her chest and tips of her toes.
Green Oscar boy, was born at 3:34 am, weighing 311 grams. Green wears a black phantom coat with a white diamond on his chest.
Academy Yellow is our last puppy born at 4:30 am. Yellow weighs in at 256 grams and wears a black phantom coat with a dollop of white on her chest.
Blue Tony boy, he was born at 2:00 am. Blue Tony's birth weight is 295 grams today he is a healthy 726 grams. He wears a wears a black phantom coat with a tiny star of white flash on his chest.
Orange Medal girl, was born at 2:40 am. She weighed 260 grams, today she weighs a healthy 654 grams. Orange wears a black phantom coat with white flash.
Legendary Pink girl, was born at 3:00 am. She weighed 311 grams, today she weighs a healthy 703 grams. Pink wears a chocolate phantom coat with white flash.
Green Oscar boy, was born at 3:34 am. He weighed 311 grams, today he weighs a healthy 746 grams. Green wears a black phantom coat with white diamond flash on his chest.
Academy Yellow girl, was born at 4:30 am. She weighed 256 grams, today she weighs a healthy 683 grams. Yellow wears a black phantom coat with white flash on her chest.
Good Afternoon Chilliwack Labradoodle Families.
This is our four-week Pup Date on the puppies from our Award Winning Roxy Roller 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.
Again when feeding your puppy or dog raw it is important to feed a variety of meat proteins, rotating between red meats, lamb, pork and beef, white meats turkey, chicken, and fish. There are many other types of meat to choose from when it comes to variety, rabbit, venison, and bison are a few others.
There is one other raw food we would like to bring to your attention it is 3P Naturals Salmon and Yeast Buster Blend, it is green in colour and it comes frozen. The vegetable chosen for this particular meal will help prevent some of the yeast-driven irritations common to dogs. Such as ear infections, skin irritation, biting off their feet, and even dragging their bottom on the ground.
These issues are caused by a buildup of yeast in your dog. The yeast buster blend will help combat these issues. You can add the frozen yeast buster vegetable to any meal. If you add two tablespoons per day to your dog’s meal this will prevent or correct any of these issues. You can purchase them at any quality pet food store Tail Blazer’s is one of our favorite pet stores they are only located in Abbotsford and Chilliwack. You will find one in your area that you prefer over the others.
Smack is a Canadian-made raw dehydrated alternative that we regularly use for our dogs. The manufactures dehydrate the meat at such a low rate most of the nutrients remain in the food. Smack is highly concentrated and you only need a little bit for your dog or puppy. You will need to follow the directions on the bag carefully. We suggest adding it in some way to your puppy or dog's diet so they are used to it. Smack is a great alternative to a full raw diet while traveling or if you need to leave your puppy or dog with a sitter while you are away. You can use Smack as a training treat throughout your dog’s day! Smack is sold at some pet stores. We usually order it online.
The other Raw Dehydrated dog food we always have on hand is Zwiki Peak, the Lamb Tripe is a favorite of our dogs. This dog food is harder to find and is quite expensive but provides an amazing nutrient value to your dog’s diet. While they are a whole meal we often use them as treats for our dogs.
-What Has Your Puppy Been Eating While In Our Care
We like to offer choice to our pet families this is why all of our puppies are transitioned to a high-value kibble Nutrience SubZero. You can buy this kibble at any Pet Smart location and a few select independent pet stores.
While your puppy has been in our care we feed them Nutrience Sub Zero puppy kibble. It is the “Green Bag.” We mix the puppy kibble with pure canned pumpkin and feed!
Nutrience Sub Zero is a grain-free product that is made in Canada. It is the only Canadian-made kibble that has protein derived from sources that are digestible and extractable by dogs. Many dog foods have peas or lentils up at the top of their ingredient list as those are inexpensive sources of protein. This way the food manufacturer is able to claim a high protein percentage for their food without having to spend a lot of money to get the rating. Nutrience Sub-zero has meat as its primary source of protein making their percentage claims far more accurate than other foods. This means you feed less of the product making the food less expensive than others.
If at any point in your dogs life they experience loose stool or constipation we recommend using a canned pumpkin mixed into their meals. This is a terrific natural source of fiber. As a puppy, a teaspoon of pumpkin with their meal is what we recommend, as a grown dog a tablespoon is what they will need.
Our objective was to provide our puppy families with information around healthy diet options for all of our puppies! Take your feeding one step at a time; this will help you from becoming overwhelmed with all of the new information!
Approved Dehydrated Raw Foods
Smack Raw Dehydrated Dog Food
Ziwi Peak Raw Dehydrated Dog Food
Stella and Chewy’s
Approved Raw Food Diet
Pets for Life is a very well-rounded raw food that includes eggshells for adding extra calcium needed to your dog's diet. Our two top preferences are Big Country Raw and Naturawls.
Big Country Raw -Butcher Block
Pets for Life -Bramble Hills
IrRawsistible -3P Naturals
Artisan Raw -Carnivora
-Nutrience Sub Zero Dog Food (Kibble)
Suggested Daily Supplements
-Olie New Beginning Probiotic
-Dobias Soul Food(multi-vitamin) https://peterdobias.com/products/soulfood-multivitamin-for-dogs
Dobias Green Min (amino-rich green superfood https://peterdobias.com/products/greenmin-for-dogs
Our favorite treat brands are Hero and Puppy Love treats and chews.
- Their Kibble -Stuffed Kongs
-Dehydrated liver treats or lung treats -Deer Antlers
-Various dehydrated meat treats -Raw bones/meat on
-Pieces of cheese -Raw Goat Cheese
-Small cooked cubed chicken -Goats Milk
-Bully Sticks -Cooked Chicken Egg
-Raw Quail Eggs
-Our favorite treats and bones to give our dogs are:
their kibble, dehydrated liver or lung 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.
When your puppy comes home she will be eating three times per day, we suggest keeping this routine until she is at least six months old. After that time frame moving her feeding to twice a day would be appropriate if you find this works best for her eating style. 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 nighttime potty training.
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 puppy's 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.
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 backyard 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 been moved from their whelping beds to a larger area with potty pads and 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. The puppies have been happy with this transition, they smell the food as I bring it to their pen and are easily lapping up food from their pan. 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 is doing this week.
I will go through each puppy in the order of birth
If your family has already chosen the name for your newest member please email it to us and we will be able to start calling them by name!
Of course, if you have any questions you can email us at
Chilliwacklabradoodle.com and we will be happy to answer them for you.
We hope you enjoy your six-week Pup Date Video!