PUP DATE!!

CHILLIWACK LABRADOODLES PUP DATE!

 

Good Evening Chilliwack Labradoodle Families! 

This is our June 2020 Pup Date for Sakura's Phantom Of Our Opera Litter.

Sakura is a bundle of loving-joy during this stage of her pregnancy. She is starting to increase her eating and nothing pleases her more than cuddling with everyone. With her due date only a month away, this is exactly what we would expect of our pregnant momma!

Last month's Pup Date provided you with information on Baxter and Bella's Lifetime 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 near the beginning of July this will include your Litter Announcement!! 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 chilliwacklabradoodle@gmail.com we are always happy to help.

Stay Healthy and Safe!

 

 

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CHILLIWACK LABRADOODLES PUP DATE!

 

Good Evening Chilliwack Labradoodle Families! 

This is our One Week Pup Date on the puppies from The Phantom Of Our Opera Litter. 


We included your litter announcement as well as the list of "Our Favourite Supplies." This week we will provide you with information around 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

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 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. 

Socializing

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. Providing they are in your social circle during this unprecedented time of COVID-19 and that you follow all health and safety protocols. 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!

 

The first week of our puppies’ lives has been a very busy one for both the puppies and their Momma Sakura.  Sakura continues to devote all of her time to caring for and nurturing each and every one of her puppies.  

 

You will notice that all of the puppies’ eyes are sealed shut, as are their ears. When puppies are born they cannot see, hear, or eliminate on their own they are entirely dependent on their mother.

 

I would like to introduce you to each of our puppies and tell you a little bit about them. I will go through each puppy in the order of birth.

1.) It is with heavy hearts that we are having to relay the unfortunate news on the passing of our firstborn puppy Black Ribbon girl. We tirelessly worked with our Reproductive Specialist and Family Veterinarian throughout the week to no avail. Failure to thrive is often the cause of death in underweight puppies, as it was in Ms. Black Ribbons' case. 

Regrettably, we have informed the seventh family on The Phantom Of Our Opera waitlist of this devastating news. We are working with the family to find the best resolution for them.  

 

                                                                                                             

                                                     

 

                                                    This little one will forever be in our hearts!

2.) Our next born is Blue Ribbon boy. He wears a majestic black coat with slight Phantom markings.  It will be interesting to see if his markings deepen over time.  

 

Blue Ribbon boy was born weighing in at 7.3 ounces                                                                                      He now weighs in at 15.8 ounces

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.) Purple Ribbon girl is our number three born, her coat is the fabulous chocolate phantom pattern. Phantom is when the puppy has a base colour and has the tan markings on the face, eyebrows, paws, and under the tail.

 

Purple Ribbon was born weighing in at  7.6 ounces                                                                                      Today she is the largest pup weighing in at 1 lb 3 ounces

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.) Our Red Ribbon girl was born fourth in the litter. She has decadent chocolate, silky soft coat. Red Ribbon was born very tiny, she is resilient and a fighter.  Her weight initially decreased, maintained, and currently, she is starting to show real progress gaining weight. This little one works hard at the milk bar with assistance and has recently realized bottle-fed supplements aren't that bad! 

 

Red Ribbon girl was born weighing in at 4.9 ounces                                                                              Today she weighs 5.6 ounces

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5.) Our number five girl is Ms. Pink Ribbon. She also has a gorgeous chocolate phantom coat.

 

Pink Ribbon girl was born weighing 8.7 ounces                                                                                          She is now 1 lb 1.7ounces

 

 

 

 

6.) Orange Ribbon boy was born sixth and wears a distinct black phantom coat. 

Orange Ribbon boy was born with a weight of 5.5 ounces                                                                          Today his weight is 12.8 ounces

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7.) Number seven born is our Green Ribbon boy. Green Ribbon sports a fun chocolate parti coat. He is our last puppy born certainly not least if you take a look at his weight. 

Green Ribbon boy was born with a weight of 8.1 ounces                                                                               He now weighs 1 lb  1.5 ounces

 

 

 

You can expect a Pup Date email from us each week now. With pictures and videos to show your puppies' progress.  Follow us on Facebook or Instagram where you will find that we will randomly post pictures of our dogs and puppies alike.

Of course, if you have any questions you can email us at

Chilliwacklabradoodle.com and we will be happy to answer them for you.

 

 

 

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CHILLIWACK LABRADOODLES PUP DATE!

 

Good Afternoon Chilliwack Labradoodle Families!

This our two-week Pup Date on the puppies from The Phantom Of Our Opera Litter.

This second week of life for our puppies has been an accomplished one. Sakura still needs to help the puppies eliminate and cleans up after them. However, they are starting to do this on their own now as well. For the past week, the puppies have scootched around on their tummies working on building strength for the big day when they could stand on all fours. That day came this past week, our four-legged babies pull themselves up onto all fours and wobble about like Bambie. It is truly beautiful to watch.

The big milestone for this week is that the puppies are starting to open their eyes! Later this week their eyes should be fully open. Our Labradoodles are born with blue eyes, this will change over time turning to brown, or hazel/green. The puppies can now see outlines and shapes but they still cannot hear. Their ears start to open at about three weeks old, it will often take longer than three weeks for this to occur.

 

Let's take a look at how each of our large mini-small medium Australian Labradoodles are doing this week.

I will go through each puppy in the order of birth.

1.) Black Ribbon gone but not forgotten.

                   

 

 

 

                                    

                                                  This little one will forever be in our hearts!

2.) Our next born is Blue Ribbon boy. He wears a majestic black coat with slight Phantom markings.  It will be interesting to see if his markings deepen over time.  

 

Blue Ribbon boy was born weighing in at 7.3 ounces                                                                                      He now weighs in at 1 lb 14.6 ounces

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.) Purple Ribbon girl is our number three born, her coat is the fabulous chocolate phantom pattern with a shadow of white flash on her chin. 

 

Purple Ribbon was born weighing in at  7.6 ounces                                                                                      Today she weighed in at 1 lb 13.4 ounces

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.) Our Red Ribbon girl was born fourth in the litter. She has decadent chocolate, silky soft coat with a tiny white flash on her chest. This girl is resilient! Despite her size, we are excited to report today she is able to use it to her advantage and easily find her place at the milk bar!  Her weight has consistently increased each day and is meeting age-appropriate milestones.

 

Red Ribbon girl was born weighing in at 4.9 ounces                                                                              Today she weighs 11.5 ounces

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5.) Our number five girl is Ms. Pink Ribbon. She also has a gorgeous chocolate phantom coat, with just a hint of white flash on her chin, top of her chest and tips of her back toes.

 

Pink Ribbon girl was born weighing 8.7 ounces                                                                                          She is now 1 lb 14.9 ounces

 

 

 

 

 

 

6.) Orange Ribbon boy was born sixth and wears a distinct black phantom coat, with white flash on his chin, neck and disappears into the top of his chest. 

 

Orange Ribbon boy was born with a weight of 5.5 ounces                                                                          Today his weight is 1 lb 8.1 ounces

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7.) Number seven born is our Green Ribbon boy. Green Ribbon sports a fun chocolate parti coat. This week Mr. Green Ribbon has taken over the spot for first place in terms of weight!

 

Green Ribbon boy was born with a weight of 8.1 ounces                                                                               He now weighs 2 lbs 

 

 

 

Attentions Families

Puppy Pick-up Date, please be sure to mark this date on your Calendar!

-Friday, September 11, 2020, will be the day you bring your fur-baby home to your family forever.

You will find your pick-up time has been provided in your email.

We will provide more information regarding puppy pick-up as we get closer to this date. 

If you have not had a chance to read over our website pages titled "Puppy Pick-up Process And What To Expect Each Week," and "Modified Health And Safety Protocols," I will attach the links to both of these pages below. They will provide you with important information on what you can expect the next weeks to look like and the processes we follow. 

https://www.chilliwacklabradoodles.com/puppy-pick-up-process

https://www.chilliwacklabradoodles.com/covid-19-health-and-safety-protocol

 

As always if you have any questions you can email us at chilliwacklabradoodle.com and we will be happy to answer them for you.

 

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CHILLIWACK LABRADOODLES PUP DATE!

 

Good Afternoon Chilliwack Labradoodle Families!

This is your three-week Pup Date for The Phantom Of Our Opera Litter!

For today's Pup Date I would like to speak to you a bit about why a dog's crate and bed are important. 

Naptime is so important for puppies. Without quality sleep, just like ourselves your puppy cannot learn as well and will not perform up to their usual standards. Whether we are talking about their crate or bed you want them to feel safe and comfortable so that they receive the best quality sleep they can have.  Puppies need time to decompress especially during the first 16 months of life as they are experiencing and learning everything for the first time, this can be very exhausting for these little fur babies.  It is very important to give them time and a soft, safe, and secure place to sleep. A place no one will disrupt them.  In order to achieve this choose a smaller crate, with a nice soft crate mat preferably with a ledge for them to rest their heads. 

For the children in our families, this is the most exciting time and they love to be with their new best friend whenever they get a notion to.  They love to rush up and cuddle with their puppy/dog, pick them up while they are sleeping, and quite often be with them every chance they can get. This is the deep bond we like to see our children have with our dogs. This is an opportunity to teach our children about understanding and the responsibility they have for their puppy's needs. While your puppy needs to know that their crate is a safe place and know nobody can get at them and they don't get out of on there own, our children need to understand this as well.  Our children need to understand when the puppy/dog is in its crate they are not to be disturbed.  Your puppy/dog will need a quiet place to have their alone time from the children.  Once the puppy is well-rested he will return to his/her usual self, be refreshed, and ready to start the next adventure. A good equation to follow when you bring your puppy home is an hour out of the crate should equal the next hour in for nap time. 

When choosing a crate pick one that is not too large. Dogs instinctively never sleep where they go to the bathroom. If your crate is too large he will have room to go to the bathroom in a corner. To start we suggest a plastic crate. This will give your puppy the secure feeling of being in a den.  A good size plastic starter crate for your puppy would measure approximately 28"L X 20"W X 21"H As your puppy grows into a full-grown dog he will probably prefer a metal or wire crate. These crates are cooler, especially in the summer months. The measurements of our medium size Labradoodles wire crates are 35"L X 22"W X 24"H.  Chilliwack Labradoodles will have already begun to train your dog with the crate, your dog will be familiar with her crate and see it as a safe place, "their den." Using a sheet to cover a crate is sometimes very helpful for a puppy that has a hard time settling down and shutting out distractions. Often puppies and dogs also like the idea that no one can see in, this can be comforting to them.

Guideline for how long a puppy can be in a crate for a single period of time?

It is said that the equation for this is one hour for each month the puppy is old. For the first three months, I would say that is a bit excessive. When you bring your puppy home I would suggest one-hour intervals in the crate would be more the norm. Except of course when your puppy is sleeping, if they fall asleep in the crate and are sleeping for hours that is perfectly ok let them sleep. If you have to run out every now and again once in a while, three hour intervals would be perfectly fine for a three-month-old puppy. As discussed we want your puppies crate to be a place they want to be, whenever you put them in the crate get in a good habit of putting their favorite bone or a stuffed Kong into the crate. They will be content to be in their crate and able to exercise their brain as well as help with their teething. 

As I said we will have started your puppy on basic crate training so when your puppy comes home she can usually sleep in her crate for up to six hours during the evening. Now because your puppy will be transitioning to your home, all of his/her routines and familiar sights, sounds, smells not to mention Momma and Litter Mates are gone your puppy may regress a bit in all or any areas and you will need to work up to the six hours of sleep. 

This third week our puppies have had a few milestones, you will notice from their pictures that they all have their eyes open, they are up on all fours walking confident yet a bit wobbly, they recognize us, humans, when we walk into the room, they have discovered their own voices and they are starting to play with each other! This has been a busy week for our puppies!

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

1.) Black Ribbon gone but not forgotten.

                   

 

 

 

                                                   

                                                   This little one will forever be in our hearts!

2.) Our next born is Blue Ribbon boy. He wears a majestic black coat with slight Phantom markings.  His markings outline his eyes in the most appealing way.  

 

Blue Ribbon boy was born weighing in at 7.3 ounces                                                                                     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.) Purple Ribbon girl is our number three born, her coat is the fabulous chocolate phantom pattern with a shadow of white flash on her chin. 

 

Purple Ribbon was born weighing in at  7.6 ounces                                                                                     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.) Our Red Ribbon girl was born fourth in the litter. Red Ribbon was born with a small tear in her upper left eyelid, with her eyes now open she has had her follow up visit with our veterinarian who has prescribed her an antibiotic ointment. This little girl is the true definition of resilience, I am quite pleased with how well her eye has healed. Cross our fingers that her next follow-up with the veterinarian will determine it is completely healed! This week she has learned to quickly get up on all four legs and outrun her siblings. She has decadent chocolate, silky soft coat with a tiny white flash on her chest. 

 

Red Ribbon girl was born weighing in at 4.9 ounces                                                                              

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5.) Our number five girl is Ms. Pink Ribbon. She also has a gorgeous chocolate phantom coat, with just a hint of white flash on her chin, top of her chest and tips of her back toes.

 

Pink Ribbon girl was born weighing 8.7 ounces                                                                                          

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6.) Orange Ribbon boy was born sixth and wears a distinct black phantom coat, with white flash on his chin, neck and disappears into the top of his chest. 

 

Orange Ribbon boy was born with a weight of 5.5 ounces                                                                          

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7.) Number seven born is our Green Ribbon boy. Green Ribbon sports a fun chocolate parti coat. This week Mr. Green Ribbon has taken over the spot for first place in terms of weight!

 

Green Ribbon boy was born with a weight of 8.1 ounces                                                                               

 

 

 

As always if you have any questions you can email us at chilliwacklabradoodle.com and we will be happy to answer them for you.

 

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CHILLIWACK LABRADOODLES PUP DATE

 

Good Afternoon Chilliwack Labradoodle Families! 

This is our Four-week Pup Date on the puppies from The Phantom Of Our Opera Litter! 

The last Pup Date we provided you with some information around The Importance Of Quality Sleep For Your Puppy, as well as information regarding Crates and Beds. 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

-Right now we are feeding our puppies a high-quality kibble that can be purchased at many pet stores such as Pet Smart. The brand we use is Nutrience Sub-Zero For Puppies, it is the Green Bag.

-Another great food to feed your puppy would be "Smack," which is a high quality raw dehydrated dog food. You will not find it at all pet stores only some. We order ours online and have it shipped to our door. 

-Ziwi Peak Brand Dog Food another high quality raw dehydrated dog food. Not all pet stores keep this brand in stock we get ours from "Tail Blazers," Pet Food Store.

-We use the "Ziwi Peak" as training treats and our dogs love them! You can use whatever your dog has for kibble to train him he will be quite happy with that. 

-Our favorite treats and bones to give our dogs are:

their kibble, dehydrated liver 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. 

Feeding Routine

By the time you take your puppy home, he/she will be eating dry Nutrience Sub-Zero Puppy Kibble three times a day.  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 puppies 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.  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 night time potty.

Exercise

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 back yard 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 moved into the puppy nursery, have been introduced to 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.  Of course, at first, they were unsure as to what this was, but it did not take them long to realize lapping up food in a pan was quite delicious and 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 are doing this week.

I will go through each puppy in the order of birth

1.) Black Ribbon gone but not forgotten.

                   

 

 

 

                                                   

                                                   This little one will forever be in our hearts!

2.) Our next born is Blue Ribbon boy. He wears a majestic black coat with slight Phantom markings.  His markings outline his eyes in the most appealing way.  

 

Blue Ribbon boy was born weighing in at 7.3 ounces   

Today Blue Ribbon Boy weighs in at 3 lbs 3 ounces                                                                                 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.) Purple Ribbon girl is our number three born, her coat is the fabulous chocolate phantom pattern with a shadow of white flash on her chin. 

 

Purple Ribbon was born weighing in at  7.6 ounces   

This week Ms. Purple is 3 lb 1oz                                                                                  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.)Red Ribbon Girl has decadent chocolate, silky soft coat with a tiny white flash on her chest. Ms. Red has had a follow-up eye appointment this week with our veterinarian; it appears the antibiotic ointment we have been applying to her eye is helping. The inflammation has reduced and at this point, the doctor has said she can definitely form some images, as well as light and dark shadows with her left eye. The tear in her lid has completely healed. At this point, the Veterinarian is uncertain whether the vision in her left eye will reach full function,  his words are he is "cautiously optimistic." We are continuing with the ointment and have her scheduled for an eye exam in four weeks' time. Despite her initial setbacks, this little one is thriving she continues to be first to the milk bar and the fastest on her feet! Red Ribbon has been keeping up with her much larger siblings even when they engage her in play fighting! Her persistent resilience shines through each day. 

 

Red Ribbon girl was born weighing in at 4.9 ounces 

Today Red Ribbon has surpassed the 1lb mark and is encroaching on the 2 lb milestone, she weighs a whopping 1 lb 7.8 ounces!                                                                            

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5.) Our number five girl is Ms. Pink Ribbon. She also has a gorgeous chocolate phantom coat, with just a hint of white flash on her chin, top of her chest and tips of her back toes.

 

Pink Ribbon girl was born weighing 8.7 ounces 

Today's weight for Ms. Pink is 3 lbs 3 ounces                                                                                        

 

6.) Orange Ribbon boy was born sixth and wears a distinct black phantom coat, with white flash on his chin, neck and disappears into the top of his chest. 

 

Orange Ribbon boy was born with a weight of 5.5 ounces 

His weight now is 2 lbs 8 ounces                                                                        

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7.) Number seven born is our Green Ribbon boy. Green Ribbon sports a fun chocolate parti coat. 

 

Green Ribbon boy was born with a weight of 8.1 ounces   

Today he maintains his title as largest puppy weighing in at  3 lbs 6 ounces                                                                           

 

 

 

Please be sure to complete your "Family Questionnaires," and send them back to us so that we can be as thorough as possible with our Puppy Assignments! We will reveal which puppy will join your family forever when we send out your Seven-Week Pup Date! 

Of course, if you have any questions you can email us at

Chilliwacklabradoodle.com and we will be happy to answer them for you.

 

 

 

 

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CHILLIWACK LABRADOODLES PUP DATE

 

Good Afternoon Chilliwack Labradoodle Families! 

This is our Five-week Pup Date on the puppies from The Phantom Of Our Opera Litter! 

The last Pup Date we provided you with some information around Exercise, Puppy Food/Eating Routine, and Alone Time For Your Puppy. We enjoy reading over the returned Chilliwack Labradoodle Family Questionnaire and look forward to receiving those remaining.

 

This week's Pup Date we would like to go over basic Grooming including Ear Care. As well if you haven't already done so we would like to encourage you to learn more about The BAXTER and Bella online dog training program. At Chilliwack Labradoodles, we believe two of the most important things you can provide for your puppy are training and socialization! These two things will help to ensure your puppy will perform the wanted behaviors we all strive for in our dogs as well as create positive, strong bonds between family members and fur-babies. To learn more simply click on the link I have provided to the BAXTER and Bella page of our website!

https://www.chilliwacklabradoodles.com/chilliwack-labradoodles-puppy-train

Grooming

Labradoodles need to be groomed typically every 4-6 weeks. 

Depending on how short or long you prefer their coat and how much maintenance bushing you do between grooms.

 

For maintenance between grooms we suggest:

Either spending 10 minutes each day brushing your dog. Alternating between areas of your dog's body.

Or setting aside time once per week and giving your dog a full body brush. 

Check with your groomer as to what services they will provide while your dog is with them. Typically a full groom entails bath, blow dry, hair, and nail clipping. Ask if they clean inside your dog's ears? Labradoodles have floppy ears and they tend to be quite hairy inside. We never pluck their inner ear hair as the hair is there for a reason, it is to help wick moisture away. Also plucking their ears opens up the pore making it more susceptible to infection. Trimming of the inner ear is acceptable. Never plucking. 

The length and style you choose to keep your doodle are entirely up to you. We prefer our dogs to have about a two-inch hair length. We send all of our puppies home with their own personal folder, one of the items in your puppies folder will be a Labradoodle Grooming Card.  You can bring this card to your groomer as an example of what an Australian Labradoodle Groom looks like. We suggest finding pictures of your favorite doodle groom and bringing them with you to your appointment.  

 

Ear Care for Labradoodles

 

Floppy ear dogs such as the Australian Labradoodles can be susceptible to ear infection. Since their ears are floppy they can retain moisture which may cause infection. Cleaning and grooming the ear will help keep your dog's ear dry and help prevent ear infections. 

Cleaning your dog's ears weekly to biweekly with an ear cleaning product is what we recommend and takes just a few minutes.  The brand of ear cleaner that we use is MalAcetic by Dehra. We like this cleaner as it has no alcohol or fragrance which tends to dry your pup's ear out and make it itchy.  We purchase ours from amazon, having it delivered right to our door. Shake your cleanser and then clean one ear at a time.  Squeeze a small amount into your dog's ear.  Use fairly firm pressure and massage the outer ear down into the ear canal.  This will help release the wax and any build up in their ear, it also spreads the product around effectively removing bacteria from the ear. You will want to do this for about 30 seconds. Lastly, you will want to apply a cotton ball to the inside of your dog's ear wiping the excess moisture. 

 

You will find many ear cleaning solutions available if you are unsure which one will be best for your dog speak to your veterinarian. Veterinary clinics will have this product as well as others they prefer in stock. 

How will you know if your dog has an ear infection? 

-Constant scratching at the ears or chin, especially if they are scratching on one side.

-While you are cleaning your dog's ear if they cry, they likely have an ear infection.

-If you smell your dog's ear and it smells foul or yeasty, or if your dog's ear is hot to the touch chances are your dog has an ear infection. 

If you suspect an ear infection you will want to take your dog to the vet. 

 

A nice pink clean ear indicates a healthy one. 

There are two routes to go to treat this infection the most common course will be for your vet to prescribe an antibiotic drop, usually Surolan. Dogs can become resistant to Surolan.

 

If our dog ends up with future ear infections another option we choose to use is a 100% natural product Zymox. It is also available from Amazon. We use this every day for one week. It breaks everything up incredibly well. 

The best course of action to prevent ear infection is to regularly clean their ears and ensure your dog's ears are dry especially after water sports. If you are taking your dog swimming and boating this will be something you want to stay on top of. 

If you are interested here are the links to the ear products we use on our own dogs.

 

Regular ear wash that we use: MalAcetic by Dehra

https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B00J4F0QK6/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_image_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Alternate ear infection treatment we use:  Zymox

https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B005H4ZNC4/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_image_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Please note if you are a Chilliwack Labradoodles Guardian Home we require collaborative care for all of our puppies and dogs alike. Any decisions made with regard to treatment must be one we have discussed and agreed upon including ear care. 

 

The puppies are loving their kibble mush and getting much better at eating more than they wear! This week we have been working with the puppies on socialization/desensitization. The puppies have been introduced to their Sensory Gymnasium they enjoy it so much we have put a mini one into their nursery! 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 are curious in their outside explorations and like to paw and play with the grass. We continue to spend one to one time with each puppy, exposing them to different surfaces, textures, and sounds. We are taking notes on their reactions to every new experience while they are with their Momma and Littermates or out on their own.

Let's take a look at how each of Australian Labradoodles is doing this week.

As always I will go through each puppy in the order of birth.

1.) Black Ribbon gone but not forgotten.

                   

 

 

 

                                                   

                                                   This little one will forever be in our hearts!

2.) Our next born is Blue Ribbon boy. He wears a majestic black coat with slight Phantom markings.  As you can see his subtle phantom markings highlight his coat in the most stunning way!

 

Blue Ribbon boy was born weighing in at 7.3 ounces   

Today Mr. Blue Ribbon weighs   4 lbs 2ounces                                                                               

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.) Purple Ribbon girl is our number three born, her coat is the fabulous chocolate phantom pattern with a shadow of white flash on her chin. 

 

Purple Ribbon was born weighing in at  7.6 ounces