CHILLIWACK LABRADOODLES PUP DATE!
Good Evening Chilliwack Labradoodle Families!
This is our seven-week Pup Date on the puppies from our Summer Breeze Fall Leaves 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! We have been able to watch our Summer Breeze Fall Leaves Litter grow their personalities and build their confindence, each one possessing its own subtle style. 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.
Orange Bumble Buzz wears a chocolate coat with white flash, replicating her momma Sophie! Orange not only replicates her momma in coat but her exceptionally well-rounded temperament makes them perfect twins!!
Orange encompasses all that we are looking to move forward in our breed program. She is confident, clever, playful, she has great eye contact looking to her humans for direction these are some of the reasons we have chosen Bumble Buzz to join our program and carry on these most desired traits for other families to experience. Kai and Yang, we are excited to say Bumble Buzz will join your family forever!
Orange Bumble Buzz will be thrilled to accompany you on your summer camping trips, taking an evening walk, or playing a game of fetch with the girls in the backyard! Patience in teaching Orange the ways of the human world will build a strong bond and trusting relationship resulting in great behaviors for her lifetime. She is a cuddly girl who will snuggle in your lap rolling over for a belly rub almost every time. Having the girls accompany Orange in puppy training will be a terrific start to your relationship.
Orange Bumble Buzz has passed her veterinary check with nothing to report. Congratulations Liu/Lan Family Orange Bumble Buzz will be forever yours!
Sunset Pink Girl.
Pink wears a caramel coat with bits of white flash. Makaley we would like to introduce you to the newest member of your family! This girl has it all going for her she may sit back and assess a situation to start with but with your patience and training will be excited and confident enough to try new things and enjoy the experience. With continued socialization ending in positive outcomes, Pink will continue to develop into a confident and playful girl looking to you as her guide! Sunset Pink has energy and loves to play whether that is with her littermates or people, she is well versed and excepts either company. She is definitely one of the first to greet us, staring intently up with those labradoodle eyes.
Makaley you wanted a dog that could be playful and calm leaning into more of an active dog at maturity one who would be your companion on a hike, run or walk, but could also settle down and snuggle up at the end of a day. Ms. Pink has what it takes to deliver this level of companionship in spades!
Pink Sunset has passed her veterinary check with nothing to report. Congratulations Makaley Pink Sunset will be your most devoted companion for life!
Purple Breeze wears a caramel coat with white flash get ready Michael family, this Australian Labradoodle will be joining your life and family forever! This little girl has a fun and playful personality that is well balanced with a clever cautious approach to new experiences. We have learned that allowing purple her time to enter into new situations and supporting her with positive reinforcement quickly builds on her inner confidence, allowing her to move into bigger and better experiences.
Purple will be the first one to your door waiting to accompany you on your daily walks/hikes. Watching her navigate a paddleboard for the first time will be a sight to behold, if you let purple she will definitely challenge you to a game of tennis, I am not quite sure she will return the balls!! Bob you will have to teach your new fishing buddy not to eat your freshly caught prize, she will likely assume you caught it especially for her!
Purple Breeze 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 Purple, 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 Michael family!
Peach Cobbler Girl!
She wears a silky soft chocolate coat. Shreya and Nononil I hope your family is ready to welcome this stellar girl into your home? Ms. Peach has a well balanced all around temperament, she exudes a calm intelligence while still playful and ready to try new experiences.
Peach is the type of girl that will welcome a good hike, sprawl out under a tree while enjoying a picnic and relish in the attention visiting friends and family will bring. After a long day at school be prepared to be greeted with unconditional love and loyalty from your new best friend Kean.
I encourage you to enroll in puppy training just as soon as you can, having Kean participate in puppy training will not only teach him the skills necessary to have positive communication with Peach but empower him to be a trusted leader.
Peach Cobbler has passed her veterinary check with nothing to report. Congratulations Choudhuri family, Ms. Peach will be the next member of your family!
Red Horizon Girl wears a beautiful caramel coat with white flash. Red has a strong inner confidence by nature, she is clever enough to not run headstrong into a situation, but rather assesses the situation and moves in when she is ready! She is the first to greet us, eyes fixed and waiting for her human attention. We are thrilled to be able to retain Red Horizon as one of our Guardian dogs and look forward to watching her mature. Steve and Cameron, please welcome the newest member of your family Red Horizon!
When mature Red will motivate you on your hikes, love to accompany you to the beach, and may take a dip in the lake on a hot summer day! Cameron after a long week of school and play Red will always be your most loyal friend, ready for a cuddle!
As with any puppy, positive reinforcement training with consistency will continue to build her confidence and desired behaviors. Red Horizon has passed her veterinary check with nothing to report. Congratulations Rhodes Family Red Horizon will be joining your family forever!
Blue River is our first boy born.
Blue also wears a caramel coat with white flash. Mr. Blue Ribbon is clever, most attentive, learns quickly, and loves to please his humans. Blue enjoys playing with his litter mates but is just as content and able to keep himself occupied on his own. Mr. Blue will assess a situation before diving in headstrong and tactfully challenges the situation with his own confidence. Mr. Blue has a calm patient demeanor. With consistent positive reward training, he will build an abundance of trust with his family making him the most loyal companion. Lalitha and Eddie please welcome the newest addition to your family Blue River.
As Blue matures he will be thrilled to accompany you on a hike, a frolic at the beach, or a road trip to wherever the setting sun may take you! But most of all he will love to roll onto his back expecting a loving tummy rub. The one quality you wanted most in your new fur baby was a non-aggressive and clever dog, Mr. Blue has this in spades! Continue with his socialization and training and he will be an amazingly behaved mature boy.
Mr. Blue has passed his veterinary check with nothing to report. Congratulations Swaminathan/Amaitum family Blue River will be joining your family forever!
Mr. Black sports a well-decorated caramel parti coat. He is a boy who enjoys frolic and play, he is most happy being around people and is ready for a cuddle whenever the situation presents itself. Black Moon is a loving and thoughtful boy who has a good balance of energy and calm he will be a great companion on walks, hikes and would not be able to turn down a chance to accompany you to the lake. Dale and Ana get ready for Black Moon as he will be the newest member of your family!
Black Moon is adaptable, clever, and easygoing. Positive socialization encounters will continue to build a puppy's confidence while making him friendly and social with everyone he meets! Black Moon will love the chance to cheer you on this spring at a baseball game or be tempted to steal the soccer ball while practicing in the backyard!
Mr. Black has passed his veterinary check with nothing to report. Varhaug family we know this little guy will be a terrific fit for your family, prepare to have your heart stolen!
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.