CHILLIWACK LABRADOODLES PUP DATE!
Good Afternoon Chilliwack Labradoodle Families!
This is our seven-week Pup Date on the puppies from our Frosted Caramel 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 Frosted Caramel 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.
Yesterday, all of the puppies went to our veterinarian to have their wellness exam. Most of the puppies tolerated their ride in the car well however, there were at least a couple of puppies who did end up getting motion sick on their way to the appointment. Similar to humans this can happen with puppies as well, usually, they do outgrow being carsick. They all responded well to the crate and after about halfway through the ride were settled and quiet. 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! The Frosted Caramel Litter posses playful yet calm temperaments. 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 Frosted Ganache wears a warm caramel coat with beautiful white flash. Ms. Pink will be joining the Henderson/Gorman family! Avery and Bailey "all good things really do come to those who wait!" Ms. Pink really is the complete package she is thoughtful, attuned, and quick to learn. When we walk into the room or stand over her x-pen we will surely find Ms. pink sitting and gazing up at us calmly waiting to be picked up.
Ms. Ganache will be your biggest cheerleader at soccer games or any extracurricular sport. Pink will be equally as happy to wait patiently with mom in the car picking you up from dance with bountiful kisses and cuddles Avery. She is a patient and playful little girl, who will be up for creating lifetime memories frolicking along the beach line!
Your perfect dog included the words loyal, calm, good with other dogs, obedient, and snuggles in at night, congratulations we found just the girl to fit your description! To address the water and swimming request, overall Australian Labradoodles often enjoy water sports of any kind. As with all transitions or training approaching introductions at your puppy's pace with positive reinforcement will promote her love for all things water or otherwise. Pink Ganache has passed her vet check with nothing to report. From this day forward, may your most pleasant memories include your fur baby Ms. Pink.
Beasley family you described your perfect dog, as "friendly with other dogs, willing to learn, eager to please, loyal and loving." Sean and Valerie meet the newest member of your family Frosty Peach.
Peach approaches all new things with clever caution, to begin with, but once she becomes familiar with a situation her confidence quickly builds and any inhibition gives way to sheer joy and fun! The best way to support her is to allow her the time and patience to approach on her own terms.
Peach is not picky with her treats when offered a treat to reinforce wanted behaviors she typically will be happy to take anything you offer. Peach enjoys being with both her littermates and humans. She has passed her vet check with nothing to report. This little lady is ready to please her people if she trusts you she will spend her life wanting to do just that! Congratulations Beasley family.
Marfori family we would like to officially introduce you to Silver Caramel Pudding the newest member of your clan! Silver has just the right balance of play and calm, she is happy to be with her people and can settle easily on her own. She is attuned as well as clever, she has mastered her sit and is working on a "sit/stay." She is eager to please her people.
Silver Caramel Pudding will be most excited to accompany your family on neighborhood walks, through the trails, and exploring the beach all the while creating unforgettable memories with Miguel and Maleah! Tie up your sneakers Lisa as this girl matures she will be happy to challenge you in a run! Silver has passed her vet check with nothing to report.
When it is time to sit back and read your favorite novel Silver will sprawl at your feet simply welcoming your presence. Congratulations Marfori family!
Red Caramel Apple wears a caramel parti coat. She is a patient and playful little girl, who is just as happy to explore the outdoors as she is to cuddle on your lap! Amy and Bobby "Calm/mellow yet playful and sociable," are words you used to describe what you were looking for in a dog this is why we feel Red Caramel Apple is a terrific fit for your family!
Remember calm introductions that end with the experience being positive for the dog, will continue to build her confidence and trust towards you! This little lady is ready to please her people if she trusts you she will spend her life wanting to do just that.
Red Apple considers human praise as her highest reward, many times she has overlooked a treat as a reward but instead has climbed into my lap for an ear scratch or belly rub. Red Caramel Apple has passed her vet check with nothing to report. Congratulations Amy and Bobby may your days be enriched with smiles and laugher watching this little girl.
Murray family we would like to introduce you to the newest fur baby Purple Caramel Brulee. This girl quickly accesses a situation but is excited and confident enough to try new things and usually enjoys the experience. Purple has the 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.
Ms. Purple has an inner resilience and a forgiving heart when her surrounding become loud she is able to be off on her own entertaining herself. When it settles she will playfully greet and kiss wet tears or angry faces right off anyone's face!
Now I know Ms. Purple and Baxter will grow to enjoy each others company, but with planned guidance and support from their humans, this transition can move seamlessly into fruition. I encourage you to listen to the Baxter and Bella podcast episode #57 this is a FREE podcast that reviews bringing your puppy home, but most importantly for your family, it will give you terrific tips on how to introduce your new puppy to Fur Friends such as Baxter and Jack!
Purple is a clever girl who is starting to understand the concept of playing fetch and learning her sit very well. Reward her with treats when she returns the ball to you and she will be your most avid ball player! Purple has passed her vet check with nothing to report. We know Purple has the well-rounded temperament it takes to become an integral member of the Murray family.
Cade and Camilla get ready to invite Orange Caramel Trifle into your home forever! Ms. Orange has a soft heart, is playful, has a great combination of energy but is also happy to settle in your arms for a belly rub! She has great eye contact and has a desire to please her humans. Building a trusting relationship with her will increase this desire and establish you as a pack leader.
Mrs. Orange will hold back and access a situation, when she is ready she will move forward to investigate. Once she is confident in her surroundings she is the most positive playful puppy around! Orange has passed her vet check with nothing to report. The definition of unconditional love should be listed as Australian Labradoodle, Cade get ready to experience the incredible unconditional love and devotions Orange Caramel Trifle has to offer.
Frosted Flake wears a caramel parti coat similar to his momma Clover. At Puppy weigh-in Frosted Flake is often tied for the largest puppy in the litter, however, I believe he has the softest heart of all! He is the first to greet me when I come to the pen looking attentively up waiting for direction and most of all human connection. He has a gentle temperament, there is no doubt, time spent using consistent positive reinforced training with Mr. Fosted Flake should not only help establish an exceptionally trusting bond between him and his humans but instill the wanted behavior you seek long term. Arseneault family the one quality you wanted in your new fur family member was "gentle," the other quality you mentioned was loving I can assure you Black Frosted Flake was born with both of these qualities in spades! That is only a couple of reasons why he will join the Arseneault family forever!
Black enjoys playing with his littermates zipping around the backyard and frolicking in the balls. He comes often to check in with his humans, has great eye contact watching for direction from us and most of all LOVES to cuddle! Frosted Flake has passed his veterinary check however, he does have an undescended testicle using medical terminology this would be called cryptorchid. This is something we sometimes see in male dogs, it will be repaired at the time of his neuter and bears no weight on his health moving forward. Nicholas and Ava you will soon learn spending time with this playful and loving guy will create your most loyal buddy for life! Congratulations Arseneault Family!
Our sweet and stocky boy Dark Blue Salted Caramel wears an Extreme Caramel Parti coat.
This guy has it all going for him, he will sit back and assess a situation to start, moving in once he is sure he will be secure. Once he is confident of his surrounding he loves to explore! Dark Blue has a strong sense of self and is quite comfortable playing on his own, when you are ready he will be glad to join you in a game of tug, going for a walk or cuddling up beside you for a belly rub.
He will gain great confidence in his world with you at his side patiently allowing him to move forward at his own pace. Treats and ear scratches are great ways to show him your support! Salted Caramel caught on quite quickly to the fact that if he sat he received a treat. There is no sneaking a piece of kibble in as a treat if he knows there are liver treats in my pouch! Liver treats are his favorite right now!
Blue is a playful gentle giant. He will be happy to build memories with the grandkids when they come to visit and I am sure the antics Louis and Blue get into will entertain everyone watching! I encourage you to take a look at the Baxter and Bella website, their free podcasts have amazing tips and tricks relating to all things canine. Salted Caramel has passed his vet check with nothing to report. Congratulations Kathi and Glenn may Dark Blue bring you laugher throughout your day and warm cuddles at night!
We are thrilled with the match made between Yellow Whipped Caramel Girl and her forever home Don and Janet! Yellow has a calm temperament, she is quite thoughtful, watches her surroundings and when she is ready she is happy to join in and experience all things new. As with any Australian Labradoodle once the trust between you has been established you will be pleased with just how clever and ready to train she will be. She will forge a strong bond with the two of you looking to you for guidance and reciprocating with positive behaviors.
When asked what your hopes are for your puppy you indicated a calm, playful puppy attuned to people and comfortable spending quiet time (with the children) at your work. Innately Yellow has all of the qualities you were hoping for in your fur-baby. Allowing Yellow her own time to acclimate herself while reinforcing wanted behaviors positively will bring out these very traits in your Yellow. She has just what it takes to provide the emotional support anyone might need after a long hard day! Yellow has passed her vet check with nothing to report.
As Yellow matures she will be happy to join Jan on her morning hikes or take a leisurely walk along the seawall with Don. Congratulations Don and Janet!
Green Butter Frosting is an extreme parti coated boy with caramel markings. After assessing his surroundings this stocky beauty of a boy has amazing inner confidence. He is curious, playful, loves to engage with people and other animals while still being able to settle on his mat to entertain himself. We hope you are prepared to bring home your new best friend Owen because Mr. Green will become part of the Ludeman/Delves family!
The key to continually grow your dog's inner confidence and wanted behaviors is trust, which can be built by introducing your guy to new environments and people at his own pace. Green will be thrilled to accompany the family to spectate at any of Owen's extracurricular activities, he will be happy to go for a weekend hike or curl up on Steve's feet under the office desk. Be mindful of the dangling electrical cords, dogs simply cannot resist a good chew! In a year from now Megan you will have all the motivation you need to train for your next marathon as Green Butter Frosting will have the ability to make any avid runner reach their greatest potential. Green passed his vet check with nothing to report.
Congratulations Ludeman/Delves family!
Light Blue Caramel Cream is our last puppy born. Light Blue has a warm caramel/red coat with white flash. Blue is born last while she is certainly not least, this girl is the complete package. Ritchie/Petroff family get ready to invite Light Blue Caramel Cream into your home forever!
Blue has a soft heart and is ready to get to know everyone she meets. She loves her littermates and is ok to curl up in bed on her own. She has that easygoing adaptable temperament conducive to quick learning and already possesses a baseline of great manners that you were looking for in your family dog. Once mature she will be happy to accompany you running alongside your bike, explore each and every campsite you visit, and cuddle up at the end of the day to wash all worries away! Light Blue has passed her vet check with nothing to report.
Congratulations Mathy, Craig, and Yohan your newest family member will be happy to join you in just a mater of weeks!
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.