About Us – Valley Vineyard Labradoodles
Wrestling in the kitchen.
We’re the Heisler Family and we live in the community of Sherwood, Oregon, Tel. 503-784-3870, and our email is Mary@ValleyVineyardLabradoodles.com.
Our family consists of us, Chris and Mary, and our “kids,” along with all the extended family and friends that come to spend time with us in our home. We are about a half hour west of Portland in a neighborhood close to the many vineyards of this region.
We breed only authentic Australian Labradoodles, and we ensure all the thorough testing is done to make sure we can stand behind the quality of each pup we sell. We believe in a holistic approach to raising puppies and we believe in the Bio-Sensor program and the Puppy Culture way of raising pups. To learn more about “Puppy Culture” and the philosophy we follow, CLICK HERE.
We thoroughly investigate the health and genetics of any stud we use with our breeding girls because we only want to produce the best!
Our breeding dogs are well-loved members of our family! A few of their offspring, now fully tested and qualified to breed, live in what we call “guardian homes” with friends nearby. Our litters are few to ensure that personalized, loving care is invested in each puppy we raise.
As a small breeder, each pup is loved individually in our home and exposed to all the sights and sounds of a typical busy house as they hang out with us. (Most nights you’ll find us with puppies in our laps as we read or watch a movie.) Each pup receives all the love and basics of family life living and are well socialized by the time they leave us. We give lots of baths, take them on car rides, and make sure all the pups are held regularly.
Some of the most important work with do here with the puppies is the bio-sensor program
, “emotional conditioning,” to prepare them to be outstanding dogs, and then crate training to help them transition more easily into their forever homes. This is all super important. Read on to learn more.
Hanging out with us and friends.
At a very young age, puppies should be conditioned to respond appropriately when irritated, uncomfortable or threatened. There are early critical stages of a young puppy’s life that can determine their ultimate success and emotional well-being that lasts a lifetime. Our over arching concern is to produce behaviorally sound dogs with excellent temperaments.
Our process begins with early neurological stimulation before they even open their eyes as we use the bio-sensor program
with each puppy for ten days during their earliest days of life.
Our focus on conditioning continues by working with the puppies through each phase of their development and critical socialization periods from 3 to 5 weeks. The fear period in a pup begins at 5 weeks, and at that point, we’ve already introduced them to startling sounds and normal daily stressors.
With each new experience they encounter, we give them comfort and affirmation so that they are prepared for the normal, otherwise stressful, situations they will encounter throughout life. They are being trained early to have calm and positive reactions to negative situations. We’re preparing our puppies for a future without the destructive anxieties that can develop if not conditioned properly in those earliest days and weeks. This is why many of our pups go on to do therapy and service work.
Having time with each litter, in our home, we help them become accustomed to the typical sights and sounds of home living, such as vacuums, blow dryers, sudden sounds, and lots of visitors. This can all can be scary and cause fright and/or flight in an animal if they have not been conditioned properly with a good breeder. Baths, brushing, and even playtime can be stressful if not done with positive reinforcement (such as calm massages and treats during a bath or brushing). Another thing we do is intervene if pups are playing too rough or fighting over a toy, teaching them gentleness even in play.
This is all happening during their first 8 weeks of life. (Once fears are developed at 5 weeks old, an important life-stage conditioning opportunity can be missed if a breeder is not aware of the importance of the first critical weeks of a puppies life.)
We work on all of this conditioning, while we are loving, holding and caring for each individual pup!
Another positive training step we take is that we litter box train our puppies starting at 4 weeks of age so that they learn to relieve themselves in one space, respecting their sleep and play areas. This keeps our puppies clean and their pen sanitary and sets the stage to make potty training at home the next, easy step in their training process.
To wrap up our final days with the pups, we work on early crate training so that they can begin to learn to be alone – something that does not come natural for pups (as pack animals,) and is critical to be learned in the first 12 weeks of life. We help set the best foundation for our puppies so that they can be well on their way to success in their forever homes.
This is our heart, to produce puppies that bring years of joy to a home, and even go on to do service work to help humans that might need a helpful companion.
We do everything we can to help you and your new puppy have great success for the rest of that dogs life. We know how critical it is that we give each pup all they need to feel secure, confident and happy so they have a great foundation for you to build upon with further training after adoption. We understand the trauma and damage that can be done in a pups life if not given the best, quality care from birth.
Our ALAA registration # is ALAA-002667-0313, and we are licensed to do business in the State of Oregon.
How we got started
After we had to say good-bye to our aging Golden Retriever, “Emma,” we thought we could not replace this loving, faithful, obedient dog. We wanted an “Emma” again without having to deal with all the shedding! After looking at many of the breeds available and finding that they seemed to fall short of the love, beauty, coat and temperament we were looking for, we discovered the Australian Labradoodle! We quickly learned that Australian Labradoodles have all the love and loyalty of a lab or golden retriever, yet without all the shedding, and with the intelligence and antics of the Poodle and the colors of the Cocker Spaniel added into the breed.
Knowing we would have our next dog for many years to come, we decided it would be worth the investment to own such a high quality dog with such a great coat and temperament. We met our “Molly,” adopted her, and we were hooked. A few weeks later, we adopted a buddy for Molly, our “Haley,” and the following year, we started our breeding program. We found this breed to be very easy to train and we never experienced all of those typical frustrations of raising a puppy! We’ve decided we will never own another breed. Ask any Labradoodle owner and you’ll probably hear the same thing.