CHILLIWACK LABRADOODLES PUP DATE!
Good Evening Chilliwack Labradoodle Families.
To say Halloween was a spooktacular evening would not be putting it mildly as we were blessed with eight tiny treats from our fabulous milk chocolate phantom momma Shiloh. The first puppy in her litter was born at 6:27 pm with the natural calm ease of Shiloh, while the last one greeted us at 10:00 pm.
While our last guy born is definitely the tiniest, he is a little beauty, gaining weight at his own pace and building stamina. We will continue to watch over him carefully.
We are excited to say that all families whether they had a Reservation, or are on our Reservation Wait List, will receive a puppy from Shiloh's New Year Celebration 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.
For our last months' Pup Date we introduced you to the amazing BAXTER and Bella online dog training program. This week 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."
The litter consists of four girls and four boys. Wearing a variety of silky soft phantom coats!
Purple Tinsel is our first girl born at 6:27 pm. She was born weighing 288 grams. Tinsel wears the stunning chocolate phantom coat passed on to her by her mother!
Midnight Black boy was born at 6:48 pm. He weighed 334 grams. Like his sister before him Midnight wears a chocolate phantom coat.
Pink Champagne is a girl, born at 6:52 pm and weighed in at 264 grams. Champagne wears a sleek black phantom coat with white flash on her chest compliments of her father!
Yellow Bubbly boy, was born at 7:10 pm, weighing 270 grams. Bubbly wears a rare chocolate phantom, parti coat referred to as a Tri in the language of Labradoodle.
Red Tiara girl, was born at 7:25 pm, weighing 286 grams. Tiara is wearing a silky sleek Black Phantom coat with white flash on her chest.
Green Holiday boy was born at 7:46 pm and weighed 263 grams. Holiday wears the famous chocolate phantom coat with a white chest!
Orange Confetti girl arrived at 8:59 pm wearing a rare chocolateTri-coat twin to her brother Bubbly. She weighed in at 306 grams.
Blue Resolution boy arrived at 10:00 pm. He wears a sleek chocolate phantom coat with a beautiful white flash on his chest.
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!