CHILLIWACK LABRADOODLES PUP DATE!
Good Afternoon Chilliwack Labradoodle Families!
This is our seven-week Pup Date on the puppies from our New Year /New Hope Litter.
The last Pup Date we provided you information regarding basic Grooming including Ear Care, Potty Training.
This week we will provide you with information around Veterinarian, Vaccination, and Deworming. We will brainstorm creative and effective ways in which you can socialize and desensitize your puppies during the isolating time of COVID-19. We will provide you with a link on How to Groom Your Australian Labradoodle. Finally, the moment you have all been waiting for "THE BIG REVEAL" Which puppy will be your forever fur baby!
If you have not already done so you should be inquiring after a Veterinarian for your new puppy.
During the Coronavirus epidemic, most veterinarians are only open for urgent care. However, you can still do your research and find a veterinarian. When looking for the right veterinarian for you we suggest that you phone a few clinics in your area and start off by speaking with the front staff. Speak to your family and friends to gain information from them as to whom they could recommend as a veterinarian.
Information that may be important to you will likely be...
-What are their hours? Are their hours convenient for what you are needing?
-Does their office have a 24-hour vet on call? or will you need to seek after-hours Veterinary services elsewhere? It is great if your vet does their own after-hours emergency services even if they rotate their after-hours shifts with other Veterinarians in the same office. This way they will have access to all of your puppy's history, they will likely be able to answer some of your questions on the phone which could save you a late-night trip to the vet.
-Is the veterinarian familiar with Australian Labradoodles?
If you decide this could be a potential Veterinarian for you ask if you can schedule an appointment for an interview with the Veterinarian. There will likely be the cost of consultation involved but it is important to make sure your new Veterinarian aligns with your beliefs in puppy health care. It is important to have a good relationship with your Veterinarian and that together you can decide on the best treatment options for your puppy/dog.
Your puppy will have had his/her first vaccination and deworming before they come home to you. The next vaccination and deworming should be arranged for at least 4weeks after the first one, the third four weeks after the second vaccination, and deworming. Your veterinarian will advise you on this. When your puppy is 20 weeks old we suggest that you ask your Vet to do TiterTesting, which is a way they can determine if your puppy has sufficient immunity built up and therefore no longer needs vaccinations. We would also suggest having a follow-up TiterTesting done once they are three years old. Most often they will not need any follow-up booster vaccinations.
Creative Socialization and Desensitization
Most of what we are going to share with you are things we have already been practicing with your puppies and have always been a part of our program. COVID-19 is a Pandemic that we are unfamiliar with within our human society, as breeder's life-threatening illnesses for our puppies and parents are a very real part of our everyday existence. Our puppies and mommas haven't completed their puppy shot series and are at higher risk for contracting illnesses such as parvo, long before The Coronavirus surfaced. As part of the Chilliwack Labradoodles program, we have always taken safety precautions while still implementing some of the following ideas to help ensure your puppies come home desensitized and socialized to as many different things as possible.
During the Coronavirus pandemic, you can take advantage of extra time at home and help your puppy grow into a well-adjusted and well-trained adult. Social distancing with your dog might actually mean better-behaved dogs when life gets back to normal. During this time in our lives, we are unable to attend puppy classes however there are other things to focus on besides dog-dog interactions. Socialization includes common experiences that your dog will have throughout their life and desensitizing them in a positive way to as many things as possible. We are able to do most of these things in the comfort of our own homes. Working on these things at home means fewer distractions, which will allow your puppy to focus and learn much more efficiently. During this pandemic, we can adhere to the safety precautions and still take our puppies and dogs out to socialize. Just do it from a minimum of a six-foot distance.
-Tactile experiences for your puppy
If your puppy cannot visit the groomer, bring the groomer to your puppy! Introduce your puppy to the bathtub, simply letting him walk in an empty tub. Brush your puppy, clean her eyes, and clip her nails. Frequently touch, rub, and hold your puppy's feet, paws, ears, and chin. Introduce him to as many ground surfaces as possible, grass, mud, gravel, wobble boards, manholes, and uneven forest floors. Fill their X-pen or play area with new items daily, cookie sheets for them to walk over, large balls, or obstacles they have to squeeze or climb over or an empty water bottle (with the label removed) filled with different items such as rocks, sand or rice.
-Play different sounds in the background
Create a playlist, full of noises your puppy may experience in her lifetime. Sirens, household noises, animal or nature sounds are just a few. While you blow-dry your hair, do the dishes, sweep and vacuum be sure your puppy is in earshot.
-Introduce different scents to your puppy
Scatter kibble in the grass and have your puppy "Go Find It!"
If you have other animals in your home use a cloth to capture their scent and let your puppy smell the cloth.
Hide your puppy's favorite bone and have her seek it out.
-Go for a Drive
This will help desensitize your puppy using many of his senses.
Drive to your local hospital (keep enough distance) roll your window down let your puppy hear the sirens, people walking outside, doors opening and shutting. Her nose will be sniffing everything around her.
Park in a grocery parking lot, a factory, close to a train track anywhere your puppy can see people walking, the noises, sights, and sounds of each environment are a great way to socialize your puppy.
-Play Dress Up!
Dressing up in different hats, wigs, and costumes is another way to bring “new” people into your puppies’ lives without bringing strangers into your home. Dress-up can be important especially when we are isolated. Puppies and dogs startle when they see hats, beards, or brightly colored clothes if they have never seen them before! Pull out your Halloween costumes or your rain gear, get your whole family involved and have fun playing dress-up.
-Socialize From a Distance
Take your puppy on a safe walk let him see the people on the other side of the road, reward him for not barking. (have a keyword you use to identify "not barking.")
Chat with your neighbors from a distance with your dog at your side.
Find an isolated area, follow safety precautions, and let your puppy explore nature.
-Provide Lots of Puppy Brain Games
Use your Kong
Snuffle Mats are great!
Practice having your puppy come when called.
Set up a simple obstacle course for your puppy and teach them to walk, jump, or sit on mats as they move through the obstacle. Kids are creative and usually love to participate in these activities.
Food Puzzle Toys
While you are Socializing/Desensitizing your puppy the most important thing to remember is to ensure every experience for your puppy ends up being a positive one. Puppies may be fearful, and forcing them to accept petting, closely approaching people, or objects can overwhelm them and worsen their fear even more. Monitor and manage your puppies' response to situations.
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. Mark your 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 our 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 works well for long-term learning and understanding of your fur baby.
How to Groom Your Australian Labradoodle!
Your puppy will come home with its own personal folder containing important documents, in an upcoming Pup Date we will send out a video reviewing everything that is included in your puppy's personal folder. For the sake of today's topic, one of the items you will find in the folder is a Grooming Card.
It will be months from the time you bring your puppy home to the time they actually will require a full groom. Regular brushing, nail, and eye trims will need to happen more regularly. We have provided you with a "How To Groom Your Australian Labradoodle," link below. For those of you daring enough to want to try! For the rest of us here's hoping our regular Groomer is open very soon!
This week the puppies have enjoyed several new obstacle courses as well as daily items placed in their play areas. Overall the puppies are a bit cautious when approaching something new and once they are more familiar they gain confidence and are happy to investigate their environment. We continue to work one-one with each puppy daily, leaving an open crate with a stuffed Kong, bone, and or toy inside. They will move in and out of the crate and most enjoy laying in the crate to eat their Kong! They potty mainly on their potty mats. Often we will see puppies at this age starting to scale their X-pens, the puppies from our New Year New Hope Litter have not yet tried to do so however, this is a developed skill, and once they start practicing they can easily become adept with their "spidey sense," and scale pen. do not be surprised when they come home if they do.
Yesterday, all of the puppies went to our veterinarian to have their wellness exam. We are happy to report that all of the puppies tolerated riding in the car and their crate, amazingly well, everyone eventually settled in their crate and nobody even got car sick! During the wellness exam, some of the things our veterinarian examines are the puppy's ears, eyes, dentition, and bites. They also check their heart, skin, and coat condition. Moving to the rear of our dogs she is checking the genitalia, she ensures their hind legs are correct and that there are no issues with luxating patellas. When we go over each of our Puppies today we will include how each one did during their wellness exam.
Today is the most exciting day next to Puppy Pick-Up Day! This litter of puppies really is an extraordinary group in terms of temperament and personality. After teasing through each little one's personalities and tendencies we were able to use all of our Puppy Assignment criteria to match the puppies to their forever home!
Let's take a look at how each of our Australian Labradoodles is doing this week and find out who joins your family forever!
I will go through each puppy in the order of birth.
Black Zen is our Apricot-colored boy with generous white flash markings. Black Zen possesses a nice balance of calm and confidence. He is happy to sit back and access new situations before jumping headlong into something. One of the things the Harskamp family was hoping for in their puppy was that it be playful and have an adventurous spirit but be able to calm and settle down easily. That is one of the reasons why Harskamp family Black Zen will be joining your family forever. When considering a family with younger children there are a few key traits we are looking for in a puppy, Mr. Zen's playful personality should be able to match the children, yet have subtle confidence to tolerate all they may throw at him. We are happy to hear you have joined the Baxter and Bella online training program, therefore you immediately have a great resource and source of support when it comes to positive reinforced training that will continue to help develop all of Mr. Black Zens exceptional attributes. Attending a hands-on puppy training class can be not only an amazing benefit to learning the skills necessary to train your puppy but it also creates a safe environment to socialize and desensitize your puppy all while enriching the sense of trust and relationship between human family members and their puppy. If one training school does not provide the schedule or fit your needs I encourage you to look at others. If you would like suggestions I am happy to give you a couple of others! Black Zen passed his vet check with flying colours with nothing to report. Congratulations Harskamp Family may Black Zen be part of your family's fondest memories when you reflect back years from now!
Peach Delight is also a beautiful apricot girl with very nice white markings.
Peach is the type of girl that likes to watch and cleverly assess any new surroundings, once she is familiar her confidence builds and she playfully engages in everyone and everything around her. This girl has strong eye contact and looks to her people for direction, which makes for a stronger focus and easy training. She loves to cuddle, will run right up to us flopping over and onto her back for a tummy rub. Lynda and Laurie, I hope you are ready for Ms. Peach to delight your family forever because on March 21 she will be going home with the both of you. Lynda was hoping to have her new puppy accompany her while she facilitates an Alzheimer's Support Group, while Lynda not only is there a great benefit for your support group members but this is a great way for Peach to continue to build on her desensitization and socialization. With her mild manners and personality, I think this is something she would excel at! As time moves on you may find yourself exceeding your current 10,000 step goal as it is hard not to get distracted by a dog's antics while out exploring and before you know it a challenging goal has become playful fun. I currently do not know of any books or videos on how to teach a dog to dance, if you find a great source please email me with the information as I like to keep a list of these sorts of resources on hand to recommend to others. Peach Delight passed her vet check with flying colours with nothing to report. Congratulations Lynda and Laurie!
Pink Blossom is a red female dog with a pseudo white tuxedo flash which she wears better than most males! Pink is an exceptionally well-rounded Australian Labradoodle she is clever, cautiously confident, easy to train, and LOVES people! Yu family you were hoping that your puppy was calm, social, and good with both children and elders Pink Blossom is all of this and more. She fits right in with our large diverse family and should transition into your equally large family quite nicely. Kayla Yu and family welcome your newest fur family member Pink Blossom!
Pink would love to accompany any one of you on a walk or challenge you to a hike as she matures, she will also readily cuddle up for movie night with the family and of course expect a belly rub being content for hours! I understand your family has a busy lifestyle and schedule which is another reason Pink was such a terrific match. While you are out, studying at home, or busy working around the house she has the type of temperament that can easily be content and entertain herself. Pink Blossom passed her veterinary check however, she did mention pink has a slight underbite, this is something we sometimes see in dogs, is purely cosmetic, and bears no weight on her health moving forward. Often times the underbite will resolve itself by the time the adult teeth arrive. Congratulations Yu family may you all find comfort each day with your new furbaby.
Little Red Firecracker is our solid red-coated girl. This young lady is playful and confident. The second she was able to be up on all fours she was first at her pen door to greet me with the absolute biggest tail wags!! She has amazing eye contact which will bode well when training, she is attentive but also curious, friendly, and loving. Peter and Jocelyn with the characteristics I have described above I am sure Little Red will be the best fur-baby for your family. With condo living comes the frequent potty walks which require the confidence to teach positive socialization, as she will be meeting many of your neighbors I am sure! She will readily be able to adapt to life on the water while kayaking and swimming! Jocelyn and Ms. Red can build up their walks over the next year, while you build up your running stamina Peter because once she has matured she will be happy to challenge you to a race! Little Red Firecracker will be pleased to welcome any invite onto the couch for an ear scratch or belly rub and just as content to warm your feet while you sit and crochet. Both her momma and pappa are exceptionally clever, easy to train, and once mature are now well-rounded dogs. Copper is exceptionally calm and attuned to his people, he visits seniors' homes as a form of therapy, and Bella is as clever as a dog comes, loyal and attuned! She is at my side while I knit, work on the computer or go for a car ride. If you whisper go for a walk you had better have her harness and leash ready! Little Red Firecracker passed her veterinary visit with nothing to report.
Congratulations Miles Family! May you experience many happy years with your new furbaby!
Mr. Orange is a twin to his sister Pink Blossom, he is a red dog with a generous amount of white flash. Orange Dragon is such a fun and playful fellow! He is exceptionally clever and attuned to everything going on around him. Orange is a conservative boy that watches his surrounding before moving into them. Allowing him the time to move into things at his own pace will continue to help develop his confidence in the most positive way. He loves his people and looks to them for guidance, building a positive, trusting relationship with Orange will establish the strongest and most loyal bond a dog has to offer. Kate Yang and Jeff Guo Mr. Orange Dragon will be joining your family on March 21 your lives will be enriched forever! We cannot emphasize the importance of formal puppy training enough, whether that be online, attending a class, or both. Training wanted behaviors at a young age is absolutely invaluable and a foundational piece to many years of wanted behaviors and fond memories! Orange Dragon passed his veterinary exam with nothing to report.
Purple Peace is our female Australian Labradoodle who wears a red coat with white flash. All of us at Chilliwack Labradoodles could not be more excited to say that we will have the pleasure of watching Ms. Purple grow and mature into an adult Labradoodle as she will become part of our guardian program and join our amazing Guardian Family the Fisher/Fujii's! Ms. Purple is an excellent example of a well-rounded Labradoodles meeting all of the breed standards. Ms. Purple is confident and outgoing once she gets to know and understand her surroundings, she is attuned and has the potential to develop a strong resilience which is not only qualities we want to bring forward in future labradoodle lines but are necessary for a potential momma dog. As we all know you need a thick skin for those momma duties! Samuel and Shine, Ms. Purple is about to become your new best friend. Purple loves spending her days with our children she is both playful and cuddly. Consistent, positively reinforced training will help her continue to learn and develop a trusting and strong relationship with you. This girl will welcome car rides to any sporting event, she will embrace the outdoor nature of camping and may even try her hand at swimming in the lake. You may have already experienced just how much Labradoodles love playing in the snow through your times spent with Leche! I commend both Samuel and Shine as they have started a dog walking business in their neighborhood and I am told know all of the dogs in their area. Purple will be very happy to join your walking program, just remember until she has had ALL x3 sets for her vaccinations you will need to limit her dog walks and keep her away from the neighborhood dogs. Most of the dogs in your area will have already been vaccinated but they can pass on a deadly disease to Ms. Purple who does not yet have her vaccinations. When walking her be sure to walk in places no other dogs frequent, do not let her sniff telephone poles or fence posts as other dog migrate to these places and she could contract a disease by simply sniffing after them. Now I know Ms. Purple and Leche will eventually get to know each other well!!! I encourage you to listen to the Baxter and Bella podcast episode #57 this is a FREE podcast that reviews bringing your puppy home, but most importantly for your family, it will give you terrific tips on how to introduce your new puppy to Fur Friends such as Leche!
I am happy to hear that you will be attending Top Dog Canine Training this will be an invaluable experience for your family and puppy! Congratulations Andrew, Natsuko, Samuel, and Shine I look forward to hearing about some of the amazing memories you are building with Purple Peace!
Green Dream is one of our caramel/red coated puppies with beautiful white flash.
Mr. Green truly is a dream! Simply put Green had the most remarkably well-rounded temperament perfect for family life. Not only is he perfect for family life, but this boy also has the nurturing attunement necessary for relationships with those who need an extra boost at the end of a trying day. Adams family I am pleased to say we have found the newest and most compatible fur family member for you to build many memories with for years to come. Lauren you are about to find out just how empowering it is to develop a mutually trusting relationship with your soon-to-be best friend. Mr. Green is a super cuddly, clever, and attuned boy who will be happy to curl up in your lap or roll over for a belly rub. In turn, he is going to need you to provide him with positively reinforced social experiences in order for him to continue to develop his playful confident personality! Your family is an active one and enjoys the love of sports Mr. Green Dream was meant for your family as he has a passion already for balls and go fetch. Reward him well with treats when he returns the ball to you and he will be your most avid ball player! Whether he comes along to be a spectator at one of your sporting events, joins you on a hike or a day at the beach if invited he will enjoy every minute! Mr. Green will easily be able to settle and snuggle up at your feet while you are doing homework or approach you for an invite up to the couch where he will likely expect a belly rub! I am glad to hear you will be attending the Ann Jackson Dog Training I have heard great things about the program. Green Dream has passed his veterinary exam with nothing to report.
Like her brother before her Bonnie is a Caramel/Red puppy, with beautiful white flash.
Sometimes I think by merely naming this girl Dr. Bonnie she has taken on the characteristic of her namesake. This girl is composed, clever and calm. She is happy to be off on her own napping or content chewing a bone while her siblings zip around. While assessing and matching our puppies it truly was Dr.Bonnie Blue that we feel confident is the best fit for Joan and LeRoy George. Oh, Bonnie Blue is still a puppy and exhibits a playful fun side while still being considerate. I know your past experience with planting tulips Joan and it is sufficed to say Bonnie would love to be at your side while planting them this spring, but do not be fooled the temptation may be too great to resist for even our dear Bonnie, those puppy instincts may take over and you will have the ground overturned and tulip bulbs at your back door courtesy of your new fur family member! Bonnie wears a wavy fleece coat similar to her mother Bella's which usually is helpful in families that experience allergies. Joan this girl is attuned has terrific eye contact and is ready to learn.
Bonnie Blue passed her veterinary check however, she did mention Bonnie Blue has a slight overbite, this is something we sometimes see in dogs, is purely cosmetic, and bears no weight on her health moving forward. Often times the overbite will resolve itself by the time the adult teeth arrive. Congratulations George family we are wishing you new adventures in this next chapter of your life!
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 him/her by their new 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.
Your next pup-date will arrive two weeks from now, however, we will email you your Puppy Contract and Health Warranty next week.