We are so happy to announce Apple and Coopers beautiful litter of standard f1 goldendoodles were born!!! She had 3 boys and 3 girls! They will be ready to go home December 16th. We will not be offering a Puppy Kindergarten class for this litter.
All of her puppies have been reserved.
ONE MORE WEEK!!!
I’m so excited for you guys to meet your puppy and get to take them home!!! It’s a bitter sweet day for us as we will miss these little guys but also one of the best days as we know they are going home to their loving forever families. And seeing you meet your puppy is the best.
I’ve sent out an e-mail with details about puppy pickup so please let me know if you haven’t received it.
So excited for Saturday!!! I am bummed I won’t be able to meet all of you as I will be running back and forth to dress rehearsal. The dance studio where I teach has our Christmas show Saturday night! But Jake will be here and so will your puppy lol!
Please feel free to use any of our posts for resources as you bring your new puppy home. Here are the ones I think will be most helpful:
Here are your adorable new puppies 7 weeks old!
And just a cute picture…
How is it DECEMBER already?!?!!!!
Finally finished the temperament tests! Yay! I apologize again for the late post!
Now begins the matchup process! I will start with the first person our list after a few days so everyone has time to review and think about the puppies. This process can take a while so please be patient if you don’t hear from me for a few days. Also, please keep in mind there are other families waiting for their puppy match up after you! This is the time to order your vitamins and food so it can be there when your puppy comes home!
Each puppy has their own video with us preforming the tests on them. Please review the test in order to see what behaviors the puppies exhibited to earn the results they got. Keep in mind, this is a guideline for you to use–not the final say on their personalities. As the shy personalities get comfortable/older you may see them not as shy. The independent behaviors may also decrease as a puppy bonds with their family. Basically, please see this as a helpful tool but do not put everything into it. We have spent the last 6 weeks with them and can tell you they are all sweethearts!
Talk to you soon!
Sorry I haven’t posted the videos yet!!!! We have all been sick and had opposite schedules this past week! Still have two more to do tomorrow morning and will post asap! I apologize for the delay–I know you are all excited!!!
I may be already playing Christmas music…and for another holiday treat next week is matchup week!!! Over the course of the next week Jake and I will start the temperament tests and do videos of the puppies getting their test done. Here is how the match up process will work: Between now and then Jake and I will perform a temperament test on each of the puppies. Please read that article so you know what tests we are doing and you can think about the kind of temperament you are looking for in a puppy.
Keep in mind that with Golden Doodles there will not be any extremes and you are going to find more similarities between each of the puppies than differences. In addition, your puppy’s personality will be a combination of it’s nature and your nurture. So having a good training foundation is key. You can read through our Biggest Mistakes Made When Housebreaking to help you avoid pitfalls.
Next weeks update will be the videos and updated pictures. After we have done the temperament test with each of the puppies, we will look through all the applications and pick our top 2-3 puppies for what you were looking for. Then we call the first people on our list. Together we talk about the puppies that stood out to them and the puppies that stood out to us for them. After going over the test results and talking it through they will pick which one they want. Once they are matched up, we will repeat the process with the second people on our list and so on until everyone is matched up.
Often people are concerned with getting matched up with the “right puppy.” My advice is always to not worry about it! The process always feel very natural and organic. And remember–they are all super cute and it is hard to go wrong! The only problem I run into is when people have their mind set on ONE puppy and that puppy gets chosen. To avoid that, please keep an open mind and open heart to all of the puppies and narrow down your favorites to 3-4.
A video of the puppies playing outside (sorry I couldn’t get it to turn!!!):
And some other cute pictures just for fun!
Have a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving!!!
A big 4 weeks old today!!! Half way to home!
I can’t believe how fast these guys are growing! And they just keep getting cuter! If you haven’t already done so, this is the time when I recommend taking a look at the New Puppy Check List and start getting everything you need.
This week we have added in straw to their play area as mama is no longer cleaning up after them. They have more access to the outside (except night time or if it is too cold out) now and can be indoor or a covered outdoor area. Apple is starting to spend more time away from them as they grow in independence.
It is so much fun getting to see their little personalities show! We tried taking them out in the grass a few times this week but it has been too cold and windy. They don’t have much of their coats yet so they were too little to get to play. We hope to be able to let them run around outside in the next week or so! Hoping for some sun!!!
Apple’s guardian family got to visit this week! Mama Apple was so happy to see them and the puppies loved all the snuggles!
Weekly pictures! Typically I try to get outside pictures this week but since I couldn’t I tried to get a few of the puppies inside. What you’re seeing are basically the ones that aren’t too blurry because these guys are on the move!
And some more because they are just too cute not to share!!!
Three weeks old and getting bigger every day!!! This week they have started walking around, finding their voices, and their eyes are opening more and more! I love this week because there is a new discovery for them everyday!
Mama Apple is starting to enjoy some small periods of time away from her puppies but is always eager to get back to them.
This is a good time to start thinking about their transition home. It will be an adjustment for them going from the whelping box with their mama and siblings to a new home with new people! One of the things that helps is making as many things the same as possible. Smell is one of the major senses for pups so we will have a small lap size transition blanket for you on pickup day included in your puppy pack. We will rub this blanket on Apple so they can carry her sent home. I recommend putting it in their crate so they can sleep with it. Here is a list of the items I recommend for smoothing out the transition. All of these items are in our “recommended” list but it explains how/why it helps your puppy in its transition home plus some other tips.
Here is a little video of the sweeties:
Weekly pictures and weights:
HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!! I hope everyone had a fun and safe day!
Our little pumpkins are 2 weeks old and we are so pleased with the growth and progress! We are also noticing some of Cooper’s signature markings are starting to show! Can you see their blonde toes? ❤
You can also see in their pictures they have started to open their eyes and are getting a lot more mobile. Though they aren’t walking quite yet, they are starting to take some bigger steps. This week, we will also cut their nails and stroke them from head to toe–so they are used to it. This makes grooming them when they are bigger much easier for you and the groomer. They continue to spend all their time sleeping and eating mama’s milk.
Here are their individual pictures and weights:
Some of them together…
And this was just too cute not to share…
The First Days
Just in time to be ready to go home for Christmas…Apple’s puppies were born early in the morning on Friday October 20th. They were almost delivered at her guardian family’s! Fortunately, Stacey (Apple’s human mama), could tell Apple was getting ready to pop! After seeing her I told Jake they were coming that night–he made me a bet that they wouldn’t! I won :). We set up a nice cozy spot in our living room next to the couch and across from our cozy fireplace. Jake stayed up with Apple all night until 4:30am so I could sleep–my hero! She had 3 puppies in row starting at 2am. Then he slept and I stayed with her and she had the other 3 around 5:30am. When our 1.5 year old woke up he could hear their sweet chirping noises as they searched for their mama’s milk. He normally takes a while to wake up but that morning he sat right up, pointed out his door and said, “puppies?” ❤
The first 48 hours are the most critical time with puppies. Jake and I take are constantly watching after them and making sure everyone is able to latch and get their fair share of mama’s milk. If needed, we supplement a feeding with goats milk. We make sure they are all hydrated, at the right temperature, and get lots of bonding time with their mama.
In their first few days they have not opened their eyes yet and can’t walk. They crawl around quite impressively, however, and can get to mama’s milk. They also don’t bark or cry yet and instead make a sweet chirping noise. All of their time is spend eating or sleeping with Apple.
Apple has been happy and energetic for just having 6 puppies! She doesn’t like to go for walks quite yet, and when we take outside for potty breaks and to stretch her legs she is always running back to the door and wanting to be let in. She is the sweetest mama!
What can I do now?
I am the planner in our family and like to do things way ahead of time! If you are like me and are excited to get everything ready, check out our new puppy check list. For a complete list of recommended products, see our resources page.
Here are some other articles as we begin this process that I hope will be helpful:
Mostly, this is the waiting and watching time. Each week I will post updates for you to enjoy! I will also include more instructions/recommendations as we get to them.
Which puppy is mine?
Many people are eager to know which puppy will be theirs. I know it can seem impossible right now to have to pick just one!
Here is how this process will work: Since they are still so little, it is hard to determine their personalities and coats. When the puppies are 5 1/2 to 6 weeks old we can see their personalities more and will preform a temperament test on each puppy. Then I will read through everyone’s application and pick out my top 2-3 puppies for each family. After watching the videos, I will ask you to do the same. Then I will call the first applicant and review our picks until they have picked out a puppy. I will repeat the process with the second applicant and so on until everyone is matched up.
DON’T WORRY! This is a smooth and simple process and it has gone wonderfully every time! My only caution is to not get your heart set on “one puppy.” Instead, I ask that you keep your heart open to all the puppies. And for now, just sit back and enjoy ALL their cuteness!
Finally, here they are!
And some extra cuteness!