CHILLIWACK LABRADOODLES PUP DATE!
Good Evening Chilliwack Labradoodle Families!
This is our seven-week Pup Date on the puppies from The Birthday Party Litter!
The last Pup Date we provided you with information around Exercise, Puppy Food/Eating Routine and Leaving Your Puppy Alone.
This week we will provide you with information around Puppy Socialization, Training, Choosing your Veterinarian, Vaccination and Deworming. As well as the moment you have all been waiting for "THE BIG REVEAL" Which puppy will be your forever fur baby!
All eight of our puppies from the Birthday Litter had their Puppy Veterinarian Appointment and are all well and healthy! No one became motion sick in the car, and our veterinarian and staff. were pleased with these kind souls. When the puppies smell the sweet scent of kibble filled kongs stuffed with liver treats, they are nose down and on a mission to find them. The puppies are doing very well with trying to potty only on potty pads. They also love the outdoors in any kind of weather!
If you have not already done so you should be booking your puppy checkup with your veterinarian. In order to fulfill your Health Warranty, you will need to have your puppy checked within three days of bringing your puppy home by your veterinarian.
If you have not already chosen a Veterinarian now is the time to do so. 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 receptionist.
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 puppies 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 Titre Testing, 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 Titre Testing done once they are three years old. Most often they will not need any follow up booster vaccinations.
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 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 your 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 our 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.
What is Socialization?
Socialization is where we take our puppy 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 o you to continue to socialize 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 their 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 puppies bed and place it in the cart. No Paws on the ground or the buggy!
Your residential area is usually a great place to walk and socialize your puppy, there will not be a huge influx of dogs and it is unlikely that your neighbor's dogs would be unvaccinated.
Visiting friends and family with your puppy is a terrific idea. If they have an animal or dog that you know has up to date vaccinations and their pet is calm and will be friendly, then this is another wonderful opportunity to socialize your puppy. Set each social or new experience up for your puppy up to be a positive one. I will suggest bringing her crate with a blanket, kong, or toy, keep it open and beside you so that if he/she would like to go into it they can. Socialize at your puppies pace and if he/she wants to back off and is nervous let her. Get her comfortable again and move forward with the experience at her own pace. What works great to help make each experience a positive one is for you to bring treats. Have your friends offer her a treat when meeting her, your puppy will think people are wonderful because they give her treats.
It is not necessary for your dog to be in direct contact with people or other animals in order to be socializing. She just has to be near them and experience new things. Schools, sports fields and playgrounds are excellent places to socialize your puppy. Be mindful of not trying to socialize your puppy too quickly stay outside the perimeter of action at first, once your puppy feels safe you can move forward. Do not overwhelm your puppy, watch your puppies body language, is her tail wagging, is she backing off, are her ears and or tail down? If so calmly remove her from that situation with little emotion. Back up to the place, she felt more comfortable. Always bring your treats and treat pouch if you have one, reward and praise her often this will help build her confidence and let her know this is a wanted behavior and she will be open to more situations in the future. When others approach your puppy and want to pet her, ask them to kneel down, preferably alongside her and get at her level if they can. Give them one of your treats ask them to offer it to your puppy. If your puppy is comfortable have them pet her from the side, or under her chin. It is intimidating for dogs to have people towering over them and blocking their passage. We always want to create great experiences with people for our dogs. If your puppy is not comfortable pick her up and explain that your dog isn't ready for that kind of encounter yet. Do not force your puppy to do what she is not comfortable with. Bring her back to her comfort level and build her up overtime when she is ready. Remember all experiences should be positive.
Car rides are great for puppies and dogs alike! They get to see everything from the car window and it is another safe way to socialize. Go to the hospital take your puppy out and walk around, let him listen to the sirens. Take him to a bus stop, the traffic, movement, and other sounds are great ways to socialize. He does not need to interact with other people, you are desensitizing him to the environment. Your ultimate goal will be for your puppy to eventually not react to, but ignore the things around him and focus on you. This is how you will end up with a very well adjusted dog!
Whew, that was a lot of information! I am sure you all read through it and took notes before skipping down to this last part of your Pup Date!?
"THE BIG REVEAL" Which puppy will be your forever fur baby!
After re-reading all of the tedious notes on our puppies, your applications and family questionnaire. Preforming and scoring the Volhard's Puppy Aptitude testing as well as a couple of other independent tests, we could not be happier than to finally be able to reveal which puppy belongs to which home. While all of the puppies are very close in most areas of disposition there are some variations, these variations have helped in deciding which home would be the best fit for each puppy.
1.) Our firstborn puppy is our Pink Ribbon Girl. She has an apricot/red coat colour . Pink Ribbon girl will be going to her Fur-Ever home with the "Gonzalez," family. She has a bit of a calmer nature but once she is sure of her environment she warms up quite quickly. Pink Ribbon overall has the confidence needed in order to endure all the energy and excitement of children. Pink Ribbon girl will do well to attend puppy training this would be great for both the adults and children in the family. Through training continue to build her confidence and help her to understand our human world. Bringing her along to your son's basketball games and softball games will be great for her socialization, remember to go at her pace and reward her with treats so that she understands when she is performing a "wanted" behavior! This girl loves to snuggle and I am sure she will be more than happy to cuddle up with Vanessa! Vanessa and Pink Ribbon will be besties for sure!
2.) Our next born is Red Ribbon boy. He has a decadent red/caramel colour. Red Ribbon boy may take some time to warm up in new situations, once he is warmed up he is confident and enjoys exploring his surroundings. This boy is loyal to the core and loves to be with his humans. Red Ribbon will Fur-Ever be going home with the "Davis" family! Davis family the training and socialization you have planned for this very clever guy will continue to build his confidence and strengthen the bonds between him and his family. This guy will be great for exploring any campsites and possibly a swimming hole or two! He gets along well with his littermates and I am sure will accept his place and learn his boundaries when it comes to your cat. At the end of playtime, he will easily settle at your feet while you enjoy a board game!
3.) Blue Ribbon Boy is our number three born who has a beautiful chocolate coat. Blue Ribbon has fun and easygoing personality. He adapts well to new situations, he is great with children and the elderly. Blue Ribbon is a terrific fit for a home that is new to the puppy world. He may be inclined to be a bit more active. He usually has a common sense of an approach to life. He will be easy to train and do well in obedience classes. Blue Ribbon will go home Fur-Ever to the "Gander," Family. Gander family this little guy will love attending the kid's softball games, hikes with the family, a leisurely walk to the park perhaps for a game of go fetch! He will also be the first to snuggle up and love on his family at the end of the night.
4.) Our Green Ribbon boy was born fourth in the litter. Green Ribbon has the same beautiful chocolate coat as his brother. Green Ribbon boy has good eye contact which usually depicts the fact he will be inclined to be attuned and sensitive to his "people's needs." This is only one reason why Green Ribbon was chosen for his Fur-Ever home. "The Walsh Family" will bring Green Ribbon home Fur-Ever. Living in a home with another puppy means you will want his greatest desire to align with his humans, that way you will become his pack leader! At first, Green may be shy but warms up quickly, positive exposure to our world and socialization will continue to build his confidence. Having a slight shy to start personality, but still, the confidence needed to navigate where he fits in and boundaries with his new puppy mate should also work in his favor. We were happy to see you will be enrolling him in obedience training, this one-one training between you and he will again define the lines of whom the pack leader is and strengthen your connection with him. Green will do well in a home with children and make a great obedience prospect.
5.) Our number five girl has a Purple Ribbon. Her coat flaunts the caramel/red coats her siblings wear. Purple Ribbon Girl will be Chilliwack Labradoodles up and coming breeding prospect. We could not be more confident in sending her to her Fur-Ever home with The "Massie" Family! Purple Ribbon will accept human leadership easily. She will make a great obedience prospect and has a common-sense approach to life. Purple can be a bit shy in the beginning but from what we saw at the puppy visit, the sensitive approach the "Massie" family has will play into further developing her amazing confidence. Although she can get distracted by exploring her surrounding she readily comes when called. She is terrific with our children and cannot wait to see the love she exudes on the "Massie," family!
6.)Yellow Ribbon girl was born sixth and wears a regal sheen black coat. With just a touch of white on her chest. Yellow Ribbon Girl has an exceptionally well-rounded personality. She will do well in a home with elderly people and children alike. She is highly intuitive and very affectionate. She had no problem stopping our formal testing and rolling over for a belly rub! Yellow Ribbon is shy, to begin with, and do well to be exposed to many social environments at her own pace. She will learn quickly and continue developing her confidence in puppy classes and training. Yellow Ribbon will go to her Fur-Ever home with the "Greening," family. Rosita this girl will love going for walks with you, gardening and spending time outdoors. Introduce her at her own level to new environments and people and this will continue to build her confidence. On those summer golf days, she will be quite content for short periods entertaining herself at home, but at the end of your day, she will surely welcome all of your cuddles and snuggle time you have to offer!
7.) Number seven born is our Black Ribbon boy. Black Ribbon has a beautiful golden coat. Black Ribbon is exceptionally well rounded. This guy gravitates to people has great eye contact, and will learn quickly. He is very calm and has a lot of self-confidence which will make him a great candidate for a family with children or the elderly. He is a good fit for a family that has never had a puppy. Black Ribbon will learn very quickly and thrive to his greatest potential in puppy and obedience training. Black Ribbon boy will go home Fur-Ever to the "Cyna" family! Black Ribbon will do good to get out on walks with Dad I am sure they will form quite a nice bond while working from home. I do not think I have met a labradoodle yet that does not like the snow so this guy will make for an am amazing family companion up to the slopes! Whoever is deligated to sit out with him will be thoroughly entertained and not feel like they have missed out on anything! This mellow fellow will easily transition your youngest daughter into understanding and developing a real relationship! I am sure they will cuddle up as much as possible!
8.) Gray Ribbon boy has that appealing majestic black coat that his sister wears. This exceptionally well-rounded guy will be easy to train! He is thoughtful and sometimes will access a situation before running headlong into it without thinking. He likes to explore his environment but really gravitates toward people. Gray Ribbon Boy will go home Fur-Ever to the "Dhillon" family. Once Gray ribbon is about one year old his bone structure will have developed enough to enjoy long runs or bike rides with the family. Until then he will happily go for walks, hikes, swimming, and everything else lakeside living has to offer! A puppy training class for both he and Maya would be extremely connecting and offer her understanding and the confident leadership Maya would excel from! He will be happy to romp around and just as easy to settle down under your computer desk as you finish your work, or if you are Maya while you are playing Roblox or whatever the trending computer game is!
Of course, if you have any questions you can email us at
Chilliwacklabradoodle.com and we will be happy to answer them for you.
Pup Date History!