CHILLIWACK LABRADOODLES PUP DATE!
Good evening Chilliwack Labradoodle Families!
This our seven-week Pup Date on the puppies from our Peppermint Mocha Litter!
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!
This week all nine of the puppies had the Puppy Veterinarian Appointment and are all well and healthy! They have learned to be first at the kibble bowl means you get to route through and eat all of the little dried meaty chunks before anyone else! They are doing very well with trying to potty only on potty pads. Some of them are even learning if they sit in their X-pen when we approach they will get picked up first. They are young and excited and mostly jump up with glee to see us, but it is the ones who sit and wait that we pick up first. We are trying to reinforce that wanted behavior right from the start.
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 with the well rounded, attuned and intelligent temperaments of Sakura's Peppermint Mocha Litter. 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 Christmas Ribbon boy. He is an exciting chocolate and white parti patterned boy. Christmas Ribbon boy has a calm nature, if he is not napping in his crate, he is one of the first to come and greet us and will be happy to sit and wait for his turn to be picked up, not all of the time but quite often. He can be cautious, he observes a situation and then will move in. He is intuitive and aware of his surroundings. He loves human affection and to cuddle up in your lap. Christmas Ribbon boy will be going home to the "Stokes" Family! Sheila, I am certain this fur-baby was meant for you and your lifestyle. He will be great to take with you to visit with your mum and a good candidate for your aspirations of one day formally training and possibly getting him certified as a therapy dog to take into schools and retirement homes. This little guy will be a great companion for life!
2.) Our next born is Dark Blue Ribbon girl. She is a very decadent chocolate phantom. Phantom is when the puppy has a base colour and has the tan markings on the face, eyebrows, paws, and under the tail. Dark Blue Ribbon girl has a calmer nature she enjoys her cuddles and in the midst of everything will roll over for a belly rub. She is fun-loving and enjoys playing with her littermates if there is an argument amongst them she is quite happy to walk away and go find something else to do. Dark Blue Ribbon girl will be going home to the "Deverall" Family! Lorraine, we truly think this girl will be great with Taz, I imagine they will be quite the duo enjoying water sports during their days at the lake. Dark Blue has an easy personality and will warm up to you quite nicely.
3.) Yellow Ribbon Boy is our number three born his silky soft fleece is also the Chocolate Phantom colouring that we all love! Yellow Ribbon boy can be cautious when introduced to new things, he may take a step back observe and will try it again with success. He is perceptive and intelligent and will learn things quickly. He loves to play with his littermates and will happily back away when one of them insist on having their way. Yellow Ribbon boy will be going home to the "Coughlan" Family! Carol and Les this little guy will make for a great addition to your family. Yellow Ribbon has a great disposition and will be happy to play with Bailey and be mindful of his place in the family. Yellow Ribbon is starting to enjoy playing with the ball and has even brought it back to us! Yellow Ribbon will be a great companion for your trip to Osoyoos this year!
4.) Our Red Ribbon girl was born fourth in the litter. Red Ribbon has a Tri, Chocolate Phantom. Tri refers to the fact that she has three colourings in her coat, chocolate, tan and white. Red Ribbon girl is an extremely well-rounded girl she is confident, stable and can easily adaptable to situations. She responds to cues given by humans and the other dogs and responds appropriately to those cues. She is intuitive and very intelligent she will learn quite quickly. Red Ribbon girl will be going home to the "Harder" Family! Colleen and Tim Red Ribbon girl will fit into your family quite nicely. I am sure she will be best friends with your children and a nice sense of love and calm for your son. Thank you Harder family for joining our Guardian Program we are so happy to have Red Ribbon girl live with you fur-ever and could not be more excited to have her remain in our program!
5.) Our number five boy is Light Blue Ribbon. He also has a gorgeous chocolate phantom coat.
Light Blue Ribbon boy has an amazingly well-rounded personality! He loves his people, he is definitely the first waiting for us when we walk in the room. He is confident, playful and will cuddle with you forever. Light Blue loves to play with his littermates, likes to explore new things and is adaptable in new environments. Light Blue Ribbon boy will be going home to the "Baker" Family! Jessica and Jared we just know this little guy will be a terrific fit for your family. He will be so happy to come with you to work Jessica, get along great with all of the other dogs and during training will be quick to learn! This little guy loves to please his people!
6.) Light Purple Ribbon girl was born sixth and like her sister Red Ribbon has a stunning Tri, Chocolate Phantom coat. Purple Ribbon girl is such a sweetheart! She loves her people, has terrific eye contact and is quite the snuggle bug. Purple is all too happy to come out for one-one time is lively and playful and just as intelligent as a Labradoodles comes. Purple Ribbon girl will be going home to the "Mackenzie" Family! Joan, I do not think you could have a better life companion than this little girl. Thank you, Joan, for joining our Guardian Program we are happy to have Purple Ribbon girl live with you fur-ever and could not be more excited to have her remain in our program!
7.) Number seven born is our Light Green Ribbon boy. Light Green is a beautiful chocolate with white flash. Mr. Green Ribbon boy is such a stellar guy! While Green Ribbon can be a bit cautious at times overall he is quite a confident fellow. Green is the first to sit and wait to be picked up, many times the others are jumping at the x-pen and he just sits gazing straight into our eyes waiting for our direction. He is a people pleaser and will learn quickly for praise and cuddles. Green is laid-back with a patient quieter era to his ways. Green Ribbon boy will be going home to the "Crook" Family! Anne and Bill, Green Ribbon boy will be a dream to train and a very nice family companion. He will love to go on walks, play while you are in the garden and quickly settle in and curl up under your chair as you do your cooking or perfect your artwork.
8.) Peach Ribbon girl has that appealing chocolate with a white flash coat the same as her elder brother. Peach Ribbon girl has such a nice mild-mannered temperament she will wait patiently and loves to be with her people. She can be a bit cautious, socialization will continue to help build her confidence. She will learn very quickly and be happy to please her people. Peach Ribbon loves to follow us around the house and will curl up at my feet while I am at the computer. Peach Ribbon girl will be going home to the "Stefanovic" Family! Sasha and Dragana I am happy to say that this little girl really was the perfect match for your family!
9.) Our precious Light Pink girl has a super sleek chocolate phantom colour, developing the tiniest bits of tri white on her chin and paw. Light Pink girl has an amazing personality, do not let her size fool you she is confident and does not get pushed around by her littermates. Pink is playful, humourous and extremely intelligent! She is excited to be with people but can easily occupy herself. She likes to explore, play with her toys and just as easily settles in your lap or at your feet for a nap. Pink Ribbon girl will be going home to the "Coles" Family! Alex and Vanessa, you will find this little cutie is as adaptable as they come, once she has transitioned and trained she will be happy to be taken care of by your sister. She is nice and small in stature and will be excited to take flight with you to any destination you should choose! Pink Ribbon will make for a fun, loving and affectionate family member.
Of course, if you have any questions you can email us at
Chilliwacklabradoodle.com and we will be happy to answer them for you.
If you have chosen a name for your puppy we would love to hear what you have picked! Please email us with your new fur baby's name. We will complete any final paperwork with the name you have picked as well as start to call him or her by their new name!