PUP DATE!!

CHILLIWACK LABRADOODLES PUP DATE!

 

Good Afternoon Chilliwack Labradoodle Families!

This is our seven-week Pup Date on the puppies from our Bouquet Of Roses Litter.

In 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!  Finally, we will provide you with information and suggestions around "Bringing Your Puppy Home."

Veterinarian

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.

Vaccinations

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.

Interactive Toys

Food Puzzle Toys 

Mirrors

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!

https://youtu.be/bWkJcGe8dUo

 

Preparing for Puppy Pick-Up Day! 

With the email to this Pup Date, we provided you with the date and the time your family is scheduled to pick up your puppy.  Some of the items we suggest you pack in your vehicle for pick-up day are:       

                           

-Collar and Leash                                                                       -Blanket

-Pee Pad                                                                                         -Small squeaky chew toy

-Crate with crate mat                                                                -Treat pouch

-Bully Stick and Kong in the crate                                         -with poopy bags

-A bottle of water and water bowl                                         -and treats (even just kibble)                            

On pick-up day leaving the harness at home would probably be best. There will be enough changes for your puppy and fussing with a harness for this initial experience will not be the most positive.

We suggest that you leave your crate in the car when you arrive and prepare to pack your puppy out with you when you leave. If an adult or older calm person can hold the puppy for the ride home we suggest capitalizing on this by creating your puppy's first positive bonding experience with you. This time in the car is an important first with your puppy he will be using his sense of smell, sight, and hearing to associate himself with his new "Pack." So you will want the car ride to be a calm, quiet, nurturing, and smooth ride. You want to convey to your puppy right from the beginning that you are a safe person, that he can feel secure, and that he can trust you will take good care of him. 

When you arrive at home pack your puppy to where you have decided to have her go pee. Let her have a potty break. Bring her in and let her explore your puppy areas.  After twenty minutes or so then take her back out to pee. If she drinks water in between you may want to take her pee sooner. 

Over the hours and days to come, remember everything your puppy is experiencing is new! They are in a new home, their routines have changed, every person in the house is different, the house does not have a familiar smell, not to mention they have just left their momma and all of their littermates this may translate into a diminished appetite or a change in stool. If your puppy starts having loose stool or appears constipated we recommend you add a tablespoon of canned pumpkin to their meals this will quickly correct the problem. Pumpkin is a great natural high fiber source that we use for our puppies and dogs as well. 

Labradoodles tend to have a low food drive. They enjoy food but it is not their focus so if your puppy seems disinterested in her food in the upcoming days, no need to worry. They can skip a meal and they will be just fine.  If your puppy is not eating sitting down beside your puppy and trying to get her to eat some kibble from your hand may very well help encourage her to eat. After she has eaten a bit from you stand up and let her try on her own again, she likely will start picking at it on her own. 

At this time I would like to leave you a couple of links to BAXTER and Bella's FREE Podcasts, you can find these and many other free informative podcasts on their website. The two links I am providing you are directly related and provide great information regarding bringing your puppy home for the first time! You can listen to the Podcasts in the car and provides great information for the kiddos. 

https://www.baxterandbella.com/podcast/episode/4b5d0b30/episode-43-realistic-expectations

 

https://www.baxterandbella.com/podcast/episode/49e6f561/episode-45-pacing-and-the-loose-leash-walk

Today is the most exciting day next to Puppy Pick-Up Day!

This litter on a whole has a terrific inner confidence, with a thoughtful approach to new situations! Once you bring your puppy home it will continue to grow and develop its little personality. Puppies mirror their environment and will adapt to your lifestyle and home which is why it will be important to have conversations as a family about bringing forward a calm consistent environment to help nurture a calm mannerism in your puppy.

 

After teasing through base temperament, learning styles, and growing personalities we have been able to apply our findings with 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.

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Green Pea  has a stunningly well-rounded temperament with a fun but mindful personality that is seen outwardly. While he has a strong sense of confidence he does not jump into situations without giving pause for thought. Esmat and Armin the one quality you had hoped your new fur baby would possess is that of calm and following, Green Pea irrefutably possesses these qualities. This is one of the reasons we have chosen Green Pea to join your family forever!

Training and socialization are critical for puppies to continue to develop positive behaviors and learn to understand how to live with humans. I cannot emphasize the importance of pre-enrolling and attending puppy training with your new fur baby. Esmat and Armin with a baby expected in the fall this will be especially true for your family. When your application was approved I was unaware you were expecting, Congratulations! While your intentions of having a puppy grow up with your child are well intended this is going to require much patience and consistent training prior to the arrival of you baby and during the years to come. Understanding why dogs behave in certain ways, will lead to a calm understanding. Training tips on how to motivate them to behave the way you dream they would will be best mentored by a professional trainer. I will provide you the names of a couple excellent trainers in your area I would call right away to register Mr. Green Pea for their next availability.

-Ann Jackson's Puppy-Perfect Start

http://www.annjackson.ca/

-Bravo Dog Training and Behavior 

https://bravodog.ca/

-Zen Dog Training 

https://www.zendogtraining.com/

 

Mr. Green Pea is a very clever boy he is easily adaptable, will be up for daily walks, challenging you on a hike or your steadfast companion when you take your next road trip! This spring and summer will bring curious exploration of all the North Shore Living exposes him to. Green Pea is quite attuned and will not have trouble differentiating  when it is time to play or settle down. He is a playful, loving cuddly fellow who will make a terrific addition for any family! Congratulations Esmat and Armin Mr. Green Pea will be the first addition to your family.

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Pink Dew Drop has a fun and easygoing personality. She adapts well to new situations, is great with people of all ages and will be a terrific fit for a home with children. She is happy to engage with her humans and content to find something to do on her own. She has the resilience it takes not be affronted when someone is having a hard day. Ball Family these are the calm but resilient qualities a puppy needs to move into an established family of five, introducing your new family member Pink Dew Drop.

 

She usually has a common sense of an approach to life, Pink will enjoy hiking, camping, be thrilled to get dirty while out dirt biking and I am sure if invited on a ski trip would say frolicking in the snow was her favorite thing to do!  She likes to approach things in her own time, allowing this will continue to build her already strong sense of confidence. Congratulations Ball family Pink Dew Drop will be the newest member of your pack!

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Blue Bud boy, is a confident well rounded boy. This litter on a whole has a strong inner confidence with a mindful approach Blue Bud definitely fits this description, he loves to explore and play after he assesses the situation.  Blue has great eye contact and is attuned to his people, he will be easy to train and do well in puppy training classes. Patricia, let us introduce you to your new life long companion Mr. Blue Bud.

Blue will be thrilled to meet your friends and accompany you on your trail walks. He will be excited with the prospect of a Doggie Social Group, once he has finished his vaccinations. But most of all at the end of the day he will enjoy snuggling up to you while you wind down for the evening. Congratulations Patricia your newest family member Blue Bud cannot wait to join your family forever!

 

 

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When we walk into the room or stand over his x-pen we will surely find Orange Olive waiting to greet us! Catherine and Rob from the time you bring Orange home you will be blessed in receiving this greeting each and every day, because Orange Olive will be the next member of your family. 

Orange is confident, playful and a people pleasing kind of fellow. He loves other dogs and children alike. Which makes an amazing balance for a dog, if he discovers something is unfavorable he will learn this quickly and can easily be redirected. He likes to explore his surrounding, and if he had his way will welcome each new venture  the West Coast has to offer. He never passes up a chance to snuggle and will roll onto his back for a belly rub.

 

 

Congratulations Wilson/Donald family Orange Olive will be joining you on your RV Travels this summer! 

 

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French family your life will never be the same again Purple Thorn's jubilance is truly contagious! Even when she is unsure of a situation and sits back to accesses whether or not to proceed her tail is wagging!!  

 

Purple has a strong inner confidence, and will be thrilled to explore in the semi-active life you lead, whether that means an evening walk after dinner, visiting with friends, accompanying you on a boat ride, or resting at your feet while you are winding down for the day, Purple is your girl.  

Congratulations Kay and Ron get ready to welcome this love into your life furever!

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Red Rose is a genuinely sweet girl who has more of a calm mannerism and thoughtful mindset. While she has a core confidence she is clever enough to look to her humans for direction, and is ready to please.

 

I am glad to hear that you have registered with the online Bella and Baxter program. I do hope you follow through with pre-registering for a puppy training program in your area, Nicole and Kevin as Red Rose is ready to build trusting connections with you both and will learn so much from these classes! 

Once Red has fully grown she will be happy to push you just a little further on your next hike, be happy to run alongside your bike while you are out for a ride, be the first at the door ready to go on a road trip. Congratulations Tanner/Arkoncel family Red Rose will be joining you very soon!

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Black Iris Girl truly is the biggest love of this litter! Her favorite thing to do, is be in our presence, cuddling and getting belly rubs. She will be a devoted companion and a loyal friend for life. Louis and Diana get ready to have your heart stolen because Black Iris is about to move in.

While Black can be a very playful girl, she has a calm demeanor, is attentive first and foremost to her humans. As a first time dog owner registering yourself and Black with an in person puppy training program will truly be invaluable. Understanding what a dog is thinking and having the tips and tools to navigate unwanted behaviors pre-emptively will prevent undesirable habits from forming. Training programs quickly help develop a strong trust between owner and dog, this trust innately increases the dogs desire to please and promotes the desired behaviors we seek.

Be sure to plan extra time when taking Iris out for a walk as I sure am you will have many passerby's stop to say hello, she will relish in this attention, with a wagging tail going at full speed!

Lau family welcome to the next chapter of your life!

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We hope you enjoy your seven week pup date Video! 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.

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