CHILLIWACK LABRADOODLES PUP DATE!
Good Afternoon Chilliwack Labradoodle Families!
This is our seven-week Pup Date on the puppies from our Phantom Delight 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."
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!
Preparing for Puppy Pick-Up Day!
With the email to this Pup Date, we confirmed your pick-up date and provided you the location, and 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.
This week, 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 settled in their crate quickly, seemingly content and comfortable. 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. Each puppy in this litter has passed their veterinary examination with nothing to report.
Today is the most exciting day next to Puppy Pick-Up Day!
We love the playful inner confidence of this litter, they are cautiously curious and will move into new situations at their own accord. 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.
Purple Lunette wears a stunning apricot tuxedo coat, was born weighing 296 grams and weighs in today at 2.73 kg. This little stunner not only exudes external beauty but has intrinsic internal qualities that make her a great potential for a Chilliwack Labradoodle breed prospect. We are thrilled that we will be able to watch Purple mature and be part of our program. Tiggelaar family we would like to introduce you to the newest member of your family Mrs. Purple Lunette.
Purple is a very clever girl she is attuned and does not have trouble differentiating when it is time to play or settle down. Purple Lunette does not rush head long into a new situation, she will patiently sit back access what is going on and move forward at her own accord. Building a trusting relationship with her and allowing her to move into situations at her own pace will continue to build on her already strong inner confidence.
Purple will be up for daily walks, challenging you on a hike or your steadfast companion when you take her for a car ride! This spring and summer will bring curious exploration of all that beautiful British Columbia has to reveal. Jenny and Colin as a first time dog owner registering yourself and Purple with an in person puppy training program sooner rather than later 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.
Congratulations Tiggelaar family this little guardian girl will be part of your heats and family forever!
Red Ayla wears a stunning apricot tuxedo coat similar to her older sister's her apricot is slightly darker almost a red. She was born weighing 285 grams today she weighs 2.85 kg. Her charismatic charm matches her equally gorgeous external beauty!
When we walk into the room or stand over her x-pen we will surely find Red Ayla waiting to greet us! Get ready Henry family you will be receiving this warm greeting each and every morning from Puppy Pick-up day forward as Red Ayla will be joining your family forever!
Red is confident, playful and a people pleasing kind of gal. She loves other dogs and children alike. Which makes an amazing balance for a dog, if she discovers something is unfavorable she will learn this quickly and can easily be redirected. She likes to explore her surrounding, and if she has her way will welcome each new adventure living on a farm has to offer! She never passes up a chance to snuggle and will roll onto her back for a belly rub, I am sure she will be pleased at the prospect of having so many family members to help her with this task.
Congratulations Henry family may this summer and every one to follow be filled with unconditional love and joy!
Pink Ariel wears a red coat with a splash of white flash. She was born weighing in at 281 grams today Pink weighs in at 2.6 kg. Pink has a strong inner confidence by nature, she is clever enough to refrain from most impulsivity but moves forward eager to explore when she deems it appropriate. Supporting her as she experiences new situations with positive reinforcement training will help build her confidence and the trust she has in you. Pink is an extremely well rounded Australian labradoodle and we could not be more excited to be able to have her as part of our Chilliwack Labradoodle Guardian program. Gail and Dolly we hope you are prepared for all the love and playful joy Pink will surely add to each and everyone of your days from this day forward, as she will be joining your family forever.
Pink enjoys playing with her litter mates, she is not a push over yet does not get affronted and can easily walk away if one is jockeying for position. She will be happy to have Dolly to learn from and snuggle up to after an exciting day! Congratulations Gail I know you will love building a bond with this little sweet heart and equally enjoy watching Dolly and Pink build their relationship together!
Yellow Moonbeam wears a gorgeous caramel, red coat with a designer pseudo white flash tuxedo. She was born weighing 294 grams and today weighs a healthy 2.45 kg. Yellow Moonbeam is a playful girl with a strong inner confidence this combination will help her adjust to new situations quite readily. Martell family I suspect Yellow will learn to use her calm self while accompanying you to your work place, she will anticipate a daily walk afterward and welcome the possibility of greeting Jay or Charlie when they return home. These are a couple reasons why Yellow Moonbeam will be best suited as the next member of the Martell family.
Yellow is a very well rounded girl, with consistent positive reinforcement training will learn very quickly what desired behaviors you seek from her and strive to please you. Tracy, Yellow will definitely be your shadow as you go about your day, yet still secure enough to be content on her own! She will push you just a little further on your next hike and be your favorite foot warmer on a cold winter evening. Congratulations Martell family!
Orange Shine wears a silky soft apricot coat with white flash. He was born weighing 236 grams and today he weighs 2.22 kg.
Orange is attuned to his surrounding and especially his people he will observe all new situations and move forward with gentle curiosity. Orange loves to cuddle, play with his littermates, and bounds over to visit children for belly rubs. Dianne and Don when asked what the one quality or attribute that you wanted most in your dog was you stated "Calm and gentle with all the family. A dog that is good with other dogs, and all the kids." I believe Mr. Orange is a terrific match for your family. He will be thrilled at the attention the grandkids give him when they are down visiting and it will be nice during his puppy years having his separate living space to nap and be calm. The best for both worlds for the whole famly!
With possible aspirations to train him to one day do therapy work, I would not wait at starting him off with puppy socialization and basic manners classes as soon as you can register. No matter how much experience you have with dogs, this one-one training is invaluable. Positive reinforcement training will instill great understanding and trust between both of you which in turn will build on Orange Shine's natural desire to please.
Congratulations MacDonald family may the playful antics of this young boy fill your home with laughter!
Blue Galaxy wears a stunningly sleek deep red caramel coat with just a sprinkle of white flash. He was born weighing 326 grams today he weighed in at 3 kg. Blue is a confident , playful yet very affectionate boy. He has great eye contact which will help with his attention to training. MacDonald family if you have not already registered for a puppy training class now is the time to do so! The the bonds and trust built between new puppies and their owners during professionally guided training will be the best time and money spent for everyone involved. Having Jennifer and Nicole attend these sessions will not only help them understand how a puppy/dog thinks and learns but empower them in ways you have never seen!
Whether you are are hanging out with friends or bring Blue for a surprise pick-up from dance class he will be quick to volunteer, making you the most popular person in the room. Jennifer and Nicole be prepared to meet you new BFF, at the end of a hard day this little guy will melt all of those big issues aside! Congratulations Andrea, Paul, Jennifer and Nicole Blue Galaxy is excited to join your family forever.
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.