CHILLIWACK LABRADOODLES PUP DATE!
Good Evening Chilliwack Labradoodle Families!
This is our seven-week Pup Date on the puppies from our Rainbow of Phantoms 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 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.
This week, 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! The Rainbow of Phantoms Litter Litter each has a unique character about them. 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.
Pink presents with a milk chocolate coloured phantom coat with a lovely white flash. Pink is a playful and happy girl, her tail is always wagging. She does give pause to new environments but quite readily moves in to discover what each situation has to offer. She has strong inner confidence which we see in her outgoing personality. Pink is clever and easy to train she has her "sit" command mastered, but still likes to bat her sweet eyes and playful paws to see if she can get her way! Don and Yvonne, they say, "good things come to those who wait," wait no longer as I could not be more thrilled than to present you with your forever furbaby Pink Phantom.
Pink Phantom has passed her veterinary check however, she does have an umbilical hernia, this is something we sometimes see in dogs, they are best repaired at the time of spay and bear no weight on her health moving forward. In the case of Pink, we ask that you have her hernia repair at the time of her spay surgery, Chilliwack Labradoodles will cover the reimbursement, you can find the detail outlined in your attached Bill of Sale. Congratulations Mostert family!
Blue Phantom Boy.
Blue is a black phantom puppy with a tuxedo-like white flash. Mr. Blue is dressed to represent a stellar example of an Australian Labradoodle, this representation exudes from his inside outward! Blue Phantom truly is well rounded, he is outgoing with nice inner confidence, loves both people and other dogs is clever and easy to train. When asked what their hopes were for their new puppy the Li/Cho family said, "that they hoped the puppy would be loving, loyal, playful and obedient." Congratulations Ying, Sho, and Eiken Mr. Blue has the temperament it takes to meet all your hopes and more. Consistent, positively reinforced training will continue to develop all of his great assets.
Mr. Blue will be the first to volunteer for a trip to the beach, run through the forest with Eiken on nature walks, or greet passersbys during a stroll at the park. Mr. Blue has passed his veterinary check with nothing to report. Congratulations Li/Cho family Mr. Blue will be the next member of your family!
Red Phantom Girl!
She wears a stunning black phantom coat, with white flash. When we are looking for a puppy to retain to continue the exceptional temperaments of our Australian Labradoodles we may at times find puppies that have some great qualities, we are fortunate enough to say Red Phantom Girl, received a gold star in all areas of temperament! Red is a thoughtful girl, she is playful yet understands when she needs to be calm and patient. She does not jump into new situations she assesses them and then moves into them with consideration. She is clever and learns quickly, she has completely mastered her "sit," when I go to the pen to see the puppies, regardless of how excited her littermates maybe she understands that her patient sit will result in her favorite treat or to be picked up first! This is why we have chosen Red Phantom to be part of our Guardian Program and look forward to watching her mature into a future Chilliwack Labradoodle momma.
Devries family I am happy to tell you Red Phantom will join your family forever! Red has what it takes to learn to paddleboard, she has already shown interest in playing ball, she will love to accompany you on your family camping trips, and most importantly roll right over onto her back for a belly rub while you are ready to watch TV! She looks to her humans for direction, enjoys other dogs and is an adaptable little girl! Mrs. Red has passed his veterinary check with nothing to report. Congratulations Devries family!
Orange Phantom Boy!
He wears a sleek black phantom coat. Mr. Orange has a considerate approach to life, in general, he does not rush into things without weighing them out. He is intelligent and learns quickly. These attributes along with his base confidence make him an adaptable boy who will adjust to his surroundings at his own thoughtful pace.
Orange has great eye contact and loves to please his humans. He is playful, friendly, and cuddly. Emily and Eric, I hope you are prepared to welcome your new fur-baby into your home forever because Mr. Orange will be joining your family! Shi family I encourage you to enroll in puppy training just as soon as you can, the information you will receive and tips on training your puppy right from the moment you bring him home and through his TEENAGE phase will be absolutely invaluable to helping him develop into a well-mannered boy. We have brought each of our children to puppy training classes with us and found it to be quite empowering for the children and helps build trust between them and their dog! Understanding the way a dog thinks and processes new information is your key to success and training will provide you with this and the tools needed to succeed.
Mr. Orange has passed his veterinary check with nothing to report.
Congratulations Shi family Mr. Orange Phantom will be a member of your family!
Mr. Black Parti Boy.
He wears a stunning apricot parti/phantom coat. When we asked the Reimer family what the ONE quality or attribute they would most want in their dog they said, "Affectionate!" Reimer family meet the next member of your family Mr. Black Parti, whose middle name really is Affectionate!
This guy is a playful love of a guy! Black usually assesses new situations and proceeds when he is ready. He is happy to explore both the indoors as well as out, he enjoys other dogs but his biggest passion is for people! He is the first of all the litter to roll over for a belly rub, or crawl into your lap or try to lick your face. When he is outside playing he will be the first to come over to say hello.
Aiden and Quinn if invited Mr. Black will be thrilled to cheer you on at your next soccer game or accompany the family on a hockey tournament. Mr. Black is a clever little guy who will learn well through consistent positive reinforcement training. Besides positive praise, his favorite reward right now is his SMACK dehydrated and liver treats, one sniff of either and you will definitely have his attention. When you are ready Mr. Black has the potential to develop strong companionship skills while accompanying Mellisa to school for a visit. Like any new experience short intervals, following Blacks lead, which ends in a positive experience will him to continue to develop a strong sense of socialization.
Mr. Black has passed his veterinary check with nothing to report. Congratulations Reimer family, looking back years from now may your fondest memories include Mr. Black Parti.
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 only two days from now and include information regarding puppy pick-up!