We are so happy to announce Pearl and Cooper’s litter was born February 19th, 2018! She had 10 little darlings–4 girls and 6 boys! Puppies will be ready to go home April 21. I have 1 spot remaining. Please see our Available Puppies page to fill out an application.
Finally!!! The exciting week of matchup is here!!!
I will start with the first person our list tonight 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! If you are not signed up for Puppy K this is the time to order your vitamins and food so it can be there when your puppy comes home! I only have 1 spot available for puppy k.
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. You will definitely be able to tell they are siblings! And 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 too much into it. We have spent the last 7 weeks with them and can tell you they are all sweethearts! The hardest part is having to pick ONE!
I apologize that some of the videos have a distracting/crying toddler in them! There are so many benefits for the puppies to grow up being used to a small child, but it does make some things much harder! haha! But we love our little helper and we’ll take the harder stuff any day. ❤
I look forward to talking to all of you soon!!!
Week 6 for these adorable little Doodles!!!! This is an exciting and busy week as now we will begin temperament testing! Woo woo!
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. We will video this process so you can see the exact responses from each puppy. I will post them next week for you to watch and review. Please read the article ahead of time 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.
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.
It is getting harder and harder to get a picture of these guys as they are growing in confidence and curiosity! But I got some great ones of each of them….I can hardly stand how sweet they are…
And some more cute pictures…
I hope you all had a wonderful Easter weekend!!!
This week the puppies are really getting playful! We are enjoying being able to bring them outside more often and see them run around the house, getting more comfortable. This week is a good week to start reading up on how you’d like to train your puppy. Having a solid foundation and sticking to a method is key to raising a pup with good house manners, and easy for walks. This starts the first day you bring them home! That’s why I recommend doing the reading now–so you’ll already have a game plan when your pup is home. Here are some articles and books you may find helpful, but feel free to research on your own!
–What to expect your puppy’s first night home
–The best potty training schedule
–How to Behave So Your Dog Behaves -Sophia A. Yin
–Clicking With Your Dog: Step-By-Step in Pictures– Karen Pryor (We will have a clicker for you in your “puppy pack” on pickup day!
Here are the updated pictures!
And some more because I can’t help myself!
First, Happy National Puppy Day!!!! I love that these guys are due for an update on this day! Second, happy spring!!!! Yay!!!! What a fun week we’ve had with these sweet pups! I love that the sun has come to visit and that these guys are old enough to go out for a little bit. You can really see in their pictures this week that the puppies are starting to grow into their individual looks. Even with siblings that have a similar look, It’s easy for us to tell them apart now without having to look at their collars.
Mama Pearl is now asking for some time away from the puppies. She is still eager to get back to them after a little bit but we can see she is already starting the weaning process. With 10 babies who can blame her!? Also joining her this week is her niece, Dandee! Dundee is one of our future mama’s and since her family is on vacation (Ireland!!! Lucky!!!) she gets to hang out with us for a little bit. Pearl and Dandee are good buddies and they love to run around the yard together.
This week, I recommend looking into what areas may need to be prepped for bringing your puppy home. Are there areas that need to be gated off? Does the basket of blankets need to be relocated? All of the “puppy proofing” will be temporary! But I recommend looking into that now as you may need supplies–If you have really nice rugs, I would suggest rolling them up or gating them off until your fur baby is potty trained. I get cheap “training rugs,” as I call them. Ones that I don’t care about and won’t be upset if they go to the bathroom on. I use them to help train the puppies not to go on carpet then throw them away. Here is an article about “puppy proofing” your home that can help you look at your home and think about what you may want to get ready.
Here is a little video!
I can hardly stand how cute these guys are getting! These growing puppies are making some big changes this week! Now, 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 (on the rare occasion it’s warm enough) and can be indoor or outdoor. Pearl is starting to spend more time away from them as they grow in independence. We are not having to bottle feed any longer. We took the puppies outside for the first time this week! It was a little cold so they mainly wanted to snuggle with each other but they did great!
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 is a good time to start thinking about the 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 Pearl 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.
It is so much fun getting to see their little personalities show!
Here are some more pictures just for fun! I had to add in one of Red going off exploring while the rest were all snuggled in together! He’s a PNW guy for sure! haha!
And I’m pretty sure this is yellow, but she seemed a little nervous about her new surroundings at first. She climbed right up into Wyatt’s lap and Jake told him to be careful because she seemed scared. So he hugged her and held onto her for a few minutes…be still my heart… And this is also teal with her.
FINALLY AN UPDATE!!! I apologize for the late update. I had the privilege of going to California to visit my brother and his beautiful family. It was so fun to see them! They have two of our dogs, Einstein and Koda. Both golden retrievers and just gorgeous. Einstein is Koda’s father but Koda definitely looks more like his mama, Panda.
Here are some pictures from our trip:
Jake stayed home and cared for the precious puppies. He’s the puppy whisperer, as I call him, but he is not one for blogging. Hehe! I tried showing him how he could do an update but opted to just continue care for the babes.
All of the puppies are growing wonderfully and are getting more and more active. You can see from their pictures they are opening their eyes and moving around. Pearl is starting to spend larger amounts of time away from them more happily. She enjoys her walks but is still eager to return.
Jake cut all of their nails last week while we were gone. Since Wyatt and I also do a lot of the snuggling he was on double duty! We find it very important for socialization for them to have time with humans, not just their mama, at this stage.
Can you even handle how cute these guys are already!? ahhh!!!!
Puppies in a basket…<3
We are so excited to finally have puppies!!!! We had two litters in a row not take so we were so happy to see Pearl’s puppies! Jake and I always joke about how nice it would be if the mama’s delivered their puppies during the day–they normally come in the wee hours of the morning, like 3am. And this girl did it!!!!! She even waited until all the chores were done and we had eaten breakfast! Pearl started in the late morning, around 10am. Thank you Pearl….seriously…you truly are a gem (no pun intended haha)!
She was smooth sailing the whole way! We had to watch her closely because sometimes we couldn’t even tell she was having contractions and there would just be a new puppy! We were so surprised by 10 beautiful babies!!!
What are their first days like?
The first few days are critical when caring for new puppies. And with 10, there is a lot of competition for mama’s milk. Jake and I take turns watching them constantly and helping Pearl rotate all the puppies to make sure they are all fed. To help her and the puppies out, we sometimes bottle feed them…and yes, it’s as adorable as it sounds. We typically separate them into two smaller groups when there is a litter of this size. But Pearl would have none of it!!!! We would have them in a cozy box together and she would just go get them! Many mama’s are thankful for the space and feel less overwhelmed when we do this but Pearl was not having it. We tried and tried and when we put them in another room she started crying and shaking…so we listened to her, because mama always knows best. So she has had all 10 puppies with her. It’s amazing to watch…she will put them in little groups herself sometimes. A few up by her neck nestled in and a few nursing.
Every morning our 1.5 year old wakes up and yells “puppies!” Then proceeds to want to hold each one, in turn. It has been our greatest delight to see these littles love on each other. We are so thankful he gets to grow up around puppies and learn to care for little souls. I’m sure he’ll go through different phases but my mama heart is just soaking up this precious time. ❤
What can I do now?
The next step is to enjoy these precious little ones!! You still have plenty of time to get ready to bring them home.
Here are some other articles as we begin this process that I hope will be helpful:
10 Tips For First Time Puppy Parents
Mostly, this is the watching and waiting time. Each week I will post updates for you to enjoy! I will also include more instructions/recommendations as we get to them.
This is a good time to decide if you are wanting your puppy to participate in Puppy Kindergarten. We will only open up 5 spots for Puppy K to ensure individualized attention and training for those that sign up. Puppy K is an extra week with us where we do the first week of potty training and crate training. It can also be a nice stepping stone for transitioning home with you. I’ll share more on how to help your puppy transition home in the next couple of weeks. To read more about the program and/or to sign up, check out our Puppy Kindergarten page.
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 6 1/2 to 7 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!
Here are they are!
And some more of them together….
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