July 5, 2020 – It was a busy few days of sending puppies off to transition into their forever homes. We felt they were totally ready! We’re thankful to all of the families that found us and chose us for their puppy adoption. Because of this litter and the support of our families, we were able to donate $3,000.00 to Amazima Ministries today, so that a bunch of kids in Uganda can eat, learn, and simply live! Lizzy did an awesome job and we’re also thankful to our guardian families and our staff and family that all played a part in bringing these cutie pies into the world. What a joy they are! We’ve heard really good reports so far that the pups are adjusting well and the families are in love. Feeling thankful. We’ll post more pictures as we have them.
June 29, 2020 – The pups did well on their car rides today and the vet was running way behind, so the pups had to be in their crates waiting patiently for 2-3 hours. They did very well, and were quiet with no fussing. The vet verified that all pups are in excellent healthy with a thorough check of heart, eyes, teeth and overall hips and structure. All good! We’ll have medical records for you to take home with you.
To help you with puppy selection tomorrow, read on if you want more details. . . .
We did temperament testing this morning and there were some slight differences shown in confidence levels. Other than that, all of the pups scored as intelligent, social, affectionate and submissive. The pups all scored almost identical in the category of social skills, following, restraint and submission, affection, and sensitivity to touch, sound and sight. The overall scores for the pups show them to be described as “Good with people and other animals, learns quickly, outgoing and friendly and will adjust well in situation in which he receives regular training and exercise. Flexible temperament that adapts well to different types of environment.” On intelligence, we’ve never known a labradoodle that wasn’t incredibly smart. This comes from the poodle. Our dogs learned quickly to ring a bell to go potty outside, and most of them have no problem using a lever-type door handle and opening doors by themselves (this is why they are used for service work.) All of the pups show similar intelligence.
Some notable things that did stand out: Lucy is already fetching! (We see that every once in a while.) Lindsey, Loraine and Lulu showed slightly less confident. So we’re giving them extra time one on one over the next few days to build their courage. It could simply be that they may always be a little more reserved and less willing to jump into new things without observing a bit first. Loraine mostly, was the one that is more bonded to her humans and less interested in venturing into something unknown. She is showing a little shyness. She’ll build confidence in time. Logan scored a bit more cautious. He doesn’t seem shy, but he just would rather observe than try a new adventure. That too, will change as he matures. ALL OF THEM SHOWED EXACTLY THE SAME IN THEIR ATTACHMENT AND WILLINGNESS TO GO WITH ANYBODY. They love people and bond quickly. They’ve had a lot of human interaction with us and the guardian family they spent the first few weeks with.
On crate training: Lewis is the one that LEAST liked the crate and it has taken a couple of weeks of ignoring his whining in the crate that he now settles down fairly quickly. ALL of the pups may have an adjustment time in leaving their litters (and us), so please continue their crate training and don’t give in to whining if you know they don’t need anything! Be patient with them if they are crying in a crate when they come home to you. The adjustment phase doesn’t last long!
None of the pups show sensitivity to loud sound, so you should be fine if there are fireworks in your area. All of the pups are showing the same amount of energy. None stand out as higher energy than another.
Teeth: Several of the pups have what is called “baseline narrow” teeth and that matters with some breeds, but with the labradoodle, our vet says this is very common, especially in the larger size (we find this in almost every standard size litter we have). Not to be confused with an overbite or an underbite, and we have never had a pup in all these years where it didn’t resolve itself as the teeth continue to develop and the adult teeth come in. Our warranty covers teeth issues, so no worries. I would never NOT choose a pup you love, because his baby teeth are showing to be baseline narrow. The following pups have baseline narrow teeth that are still developing: Loraine, Lulu and LIndsey.
On manners: The pups have been “manding” for weeks. At our house, they don’t get any attention until they sit. We don’t pick them up or even pet them unless they are sitting. We always totally ignore the pup that is jumping for our attention. These pups will be big soon and we recommend you are firm with this right away and continue in requiring them to sit for any attention. You’ll need to keep the whole family on board for this one. (But nobody like a big dog jumping all over them!)
Last, on weight: Today’s weights are noted below with each puppy’s picture. Please know that at this age, the weight is a strong predictor of their adult size weight. Those pups that are showing 9 lbs or so are showing Lizzy’s DNA at 62-65 lbs.when full grown. Those pups that are 7-8 lbs. right now are showing to have Basil’s DNA and will probably be 40-45 lbs. full grown. The others will probably grow to be between at 50-55 lbs. when full grown.
June 28, 2020 – Lizzy’s pups are almost ready for home. They’re getting more and more comfortable in a crate by themselves and more confident each day at everything we introduce them to. They are getting rambunctious as they chase and wrestle and knock each other over in play (what we expect at this age) but they are still mostly quiet and they love to snuggle. They love their humans and are tracking and following us humans as we expect from a well-raised labradoodle. Here are the pictures we took of them today! Tomorrow we’ll post more anything notable that we see from their temperament testing scores. We’ll also post their official weights from the vet so that you can see any sizing differences. Tomorrow afternoon is their final vet exams, shots, microchips and nails trimmed at the vet. A busy day!
June 24, 2020 – Thought it would be helpful to post collar colors/names for those of you trying to identify pups on the videos we post. A couple of the cream pups and the chocolate pups too, are so hard for us to tell apart. No doubt you can’t tell in videos. The videos are mostly for you to see what’s happening here with your pup, but go ahead and try and guess who’s who. 🙂
They’re all getting pretty used to a leash now. Crate training is going well too! They cry for about 5-10 minutes and then settle down as they are learning to be apart from their litter and to settle down on their own. Lizzy went home and the pups have done fine without her, and Lizzy can now be seen happily galloping (she’s pretty big!) with her forever guardian through her neighborhood in Beaverton.
June 22, 2020 – Lizzy’s pups are six weeks old now and we are in the final two weeks of preparing them for home. They are spending time in a crate alone each day, starting on leash training and they’ve grown in confidence. Next week we’ll do temperament testing to make sure we haven’t missed any steps with each and every one of them. They are a super quiet litter. We rarely hear any noise from them at all. We were just commenting that this could be the quietest bunch we’ve ever had. 🙂 Next week, after their vet exams, we’ll post their individual weights so you can see size differences. Here they are at six weeks old!
June 14, 2020 – The pups are almost five weeks old and hopefully you’ve seen the video footage of them on Instagram and Facebook. They’re doing very well! They’re beginning to wean from mama and she is backing off quite a bit because they all have teeth now. 🙂 They are eating lots of kibble now, chasing and playing, and we’ve started them on crate time each day. We’ve continued sound desensitizing and they are listening to loud fireworks, thunder storms, and lots of other noises daily. They’re already totally used to it. They’ve had lots of baths, they’re used to blow dryers and vacuums and they are becoming very conditioned. So important before their fear stages start to arrive. They love snuggling and we are in love. Here they are at almost five weeks old!
June 2, 2020 – Lizzy’s pups are seeing, hearing and getting stronger daily! They eat a LOT, still sleep a LOT, but soon they will be playing and chasing around. We have started sound desensitization and conditioning them with new sounds and experiences. We started them on litter box training and they will have that done soon. They’ve already had lots of baths, lots and lots of holding and they are becoming more and more connected to humans. All good stuff. Here they are, posing for their three week pictures!
May 27, 2020 –
Lizzy’s pups have opened their eyes! It won’t be long now before they will become more active and begin to explore. You can see in the pictures that they are getting stronger, some are sitting up more, stretching their necks and getting enough strength that they will soon be walking around the pen. Things are going to start changing fast starting next week. Then we can take some video of them to post on Instagram. Here they are; a little over two weeks old!
May 26, 2020 – Just a report that the pups have opened their eyes and we’ll post pictures tomorrow!
May 25, 2020 – Lizzy’s pups are doing very well. Just a quick update to let you know all the pups are thriving! We are still waiting for their eyes to open and when that happens, we’ll post some new pictures so you can see. Mostly, they just eat and sleep. But we know that will change soon!
May 20, 2020 – Lizzy’s puppies haven’t changed a lot in looks, but they continue to gain weight and are doing well. They still mostly just sleep, and they’ll do that for a while yet. They can’t see or hear yet, but they are stronger and crawling about the pen a little more. Touch is our only way to connect with them at this age so they are held and massaged daily, in addition to the bio-sensor steps. Here they are at a little over a week old!
May 16, 2020 – Lizzy’s pups continue to gain weight and are doing well. No change in appearance for a while, so no new pictures to post but wanted to let everyone know that the litter is doing very well. The pups are now started on their daily bio-sensor program to be stimulated neurologically. A very important process they will go through for the next two weeks. Doing these steps with each puppy each day from day 4 to day 16 or 18 will help the puppies for the rest of their lives! It produces in a pup/dog a greater tolerance to stress, stronger hearts and better resistance to disease, just to name the main benefits.
May 13, 2020 – Mama Lizzy is doing great and all of the puppies have consistently been gaining weight. We are sad to announce that one puppy stopped eating today and despite all efforts to save him, he passed away. It was the last pup born and though he was doing well up until this morning, he must not have been good internally. This rarely happens that a pup arrives and seems healthy and then passes a day or two later. It is fairly common, but thankfully, we’ve rarely experienced it. This is hard and the toughest thing about raising puppies. We do believe though that it is merciful if a puppy dies early on instead of suffering for weeks,or longer, if something is wrong internally.
Here is the detail on the litter. Four cream-apricot girls, three chocolate girls, one black boy, two chocolate boys (one with white markings).
May 11, 2020 – Our first puppy arrived yesterday afternoon, and as of this morning, we have cream, black and chocolate puppies: seven girls and three boys. They are eating well and mama is doing great. We’ll be updating this post with pictures and updates weekly, with individual pictures of the puppies starting at three, five and seven weeks old. Once the pups become active, at around four weeks old, we’ll post some video of them on Instagram and Facebook to help you to be able to watch them grow.
Lizzy and her litter is with our close friends and our guardian family that has been helping us whelp and raise puppies for years. They’ll stay there, not too far from us, until puppies are three weeks old. This gives pups added socialization with their family before coming here for more training and socialization at our home.
This week, they’ll be kept very warm weighed regularly, and monitored closely. The Bio-sensor program will start in several days.