CHILLIWACK LABRADOODLES PUP DATE!
Good Afternoon Chilliwack Labradoodle Families!
This is our seven-week Pup Date on the puppies from our Teddy Bear Picnic 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! Annie and Copper's litter of puppies hold true to their litter name in so many ways, not only resembling little teddy bears in looks but in personality. They are playful, quick-witted, and are easy to settle down. 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 Bear is one of our silky soft caramel female puppies with white flash markings. Pink Bear has lead her littermates in many of their new experiences. She has natural confidence and is ready to explore. Once she is done exploring she is happy to curl up in your lap both giving and relishing in love and affection.
Pink Bear enjoys being around children and has the ability to entertain herself when distance is required. These are some of the qualities that helped us match Pink Bear to her furever home with Joyce and Grant Mackenzie. I am sure with your guidance Nolan and Pink Bear will grow up together creating many adventures that will entertain you both for hours. Pink Bear will be thrilled to accompany you on any excursion whether it be camping, swimming, hiking, or an evening stroll, Pink is your girl!
Pink Bear has passed her veterinary check however, she does have a small umbilical hernia, this is something we sometimes see in dogs, it will be repaired at the time of her spay and bears no weight on her health moving forward. Many dogs found to have umbilical hernias we do not repair, as most often than not they are purely cosmetic. In the case of Pink, she is already having her spay thus we will have the hernia repaired at the same time. Congratulations Mackenzie family we are wishing you new adventures in this next chapter of your life!
Red Bear is our caramel/red girl with gorgeous teddy bear curls like her momma! Once Red has been given the time to familiarize herself with new environments her inner confidence takes over and her bubbly personality spills outward. Red Bear is a very playful girl who loves to explore and investigate her surroundings. Both little reds momma and pappa are exceptionally clever, easy to train, and affectionate we already see these traits in Red Bear and look forward to watching her mature into herself! Red Bear will be part of our Guardian Program and will be going home to the Poole Family where she will live furever!!
Allison, Kylie, and Leah do not let this girl's size fool you once you become her best friend she has the natural inner confidence to stand her ground, she has playful energy and at the end of the day will be your cuddliest confidant! She has the resilience to bring you up at the end of a hard day and will need you to support and teach her all that the world has to offer!
Rest assured Lisa at the end of a day's hike this girl will be happy to settle down for a nap at your feet while you unwind for the evening! Red Bear has passed her vet check with nothing to report.
Congratulations Poole family, we look forward to hearing about some of the amazing memories you are building with Red Bear.
Oh, our Mr. Blue Bear this is one of our caramel-coated puppies with beautiful white flash.
Blue truly is a live little teddy bear! Simply put Blue Bear had the most remarkably well-rounded temperament perfect for family life. This boy has the confidence necessary to try new things and not be slighted if it did not quite work out the way he had planned. Annette, Michael, and Lou if you are getting ready for a busy day Blue has what it take to entertain himself. If you are inviting him out for a day at the beach, or to be a spectator at one of your sporting events, Blue will be thrilled to come along! Blue loves to be around children and is quite a social guy! If Blue Bear had a middle name it would be unconditional, he is ready to curl up in your lap adoring every cuddly minute you can spare. If you have had a hard day at work or school this Blue will not judge you for your foul mood, he will likely be the one snuggling at your side!
Fertuck Family recognizing that you are first-time dog owners we know this guy truly has the adaptability necessary to join your family furever! Blue Bear has passed his vet check with nothing to report. Congratulations Fertuck family!
Green Bear is one of our red dogs with white flash. This little guy is composed, clever and calm. Green is happy to run with his littermates and even get into a tussle or two but sensible when it comes to understanding when he has overstepped. While naturally drawn to "his people," Green can find calm within himself which is why we often find him resting under a tree while his litter mates pile together. These are some of the great traits we look for when matching a young pup to a home that has an already established senior dog. Green Bear will be thrilled to join his Pappa Copper living together in their furever home.
Our boy Copper lives in an extraordinary guardian home who wanted to add one of Copper's puppies to their family. Green Bear is attentive to his people and will not rush headlong into a new situation rather likes to go at his own pace, once he familiarizes himself he will be happy to investigate. Basham family we think Mr. Green Bear is the perfect addition to your home! Green Bear has passed his veterinary exam with nothing to report.
Leslie and Bob be ready for your next sailing mate. All puppies in this litter have expressed interest in the water so I suspect you may have a future swimming buddy. Congratulations Basham family.
Our delightful Orange Bear is a red boy with white flash. Lois and Wayne hope for a puppy that provides companionship, is able to develop good manners, one who is both playful and gentle these are all great descriptions of our boy Orange Bear. Along with the one quality they could have in a dog which was "Gentle," this little guy exudes consideration and gentle mannerisms.
Orange is a conservative boy that watches his surrounding before moving into them. Allowing him the time to move into things at his own pace will continue to help develop his confidence in the most positive way. He loves his people and looks to them for guidance, building a positive, trusting relationship with Orange will establish the strongest and most loyal bond a dog has to offer.
Orange will be happy to take afternoon walks exploring the outdoors, he will be thrilled with the sights and sounds of the beach and has already shown great interest in the water! This little guy is one of the smallest bears in his litter and will surely fit your condo size regulations! Orange Bear has passed his veterinary exam with nothing to report.
This tiny guy will surely take up a huge place in your hearts! Congratulations Lois and Wayne!
Mrs. Purple Bear wears a red coat with a bit of white flash. Purple is an attentive girl with eyes that look deep into your soul, yearning for connection with her people. This little girl likes to please those around her, while out at play if I call she often will stop what she is doing to check in with me. She has a wise old soul in a playful puppy body! These endearing attributes are ones we hope to pass on through our program to many deserving families. Liz and Mike, we are excited to have you as our Guardian Home and happy to tell you Purple Bear will join your family furever!
Purple moves into new situations slowly, assessing a situation, but when she is ready she is happy to try out almost anything. She will be happy to accompany you on your next camping trip and every one thereafter I am sure! She'll be your third wheel on social outings, walks around Mill Lake, and most especially this girl is famous for her cuddly attitude so expect your lap will be occupied from the day you pick her up! Purple Bear has passed her veterinary exam with nothing to report.
We simply cannot wait to watch this little lady develop over time and are thrilled to have her as a future Chilliwack Labradoodle Momma! Congratulations Mike and Carroll may you create many fond memories with Purple Bear.
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 two weeks from now, however, we will email you your Puppy Contract and Health Warranty next week.