We are so happy to welcome Apple’s beautiful puppies!!! She had 4 standard f1’s on May 6th. They will be ready to go home June 30th.
We are starting temperament tests this week! yay!!! Here is how it will go: Jake and I will film each puppy getting a specific set of tests to help reveal some of their natural tendencies. Please read through this chart so you can understand the test when you see it. I will try to post these videos by Saturday morning.
*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. If you are a reader like me, this is a good time to make sure you’ve read up on the different methods so you can have a game plan ready to go when your puppy arrives. Here are my Top 5 Favorite Books on Dog Training.
After we post the videos, I will call the all of you (expect for Obi’s family) and will talk about their tests and help you get matched up. I will update this post as puppies are chosen so you can see who is still available to choose from.
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.
As we are getting so close to pickup day I just wanted to pass along some important articles about bringing your puppy home:
It has been warm and sunny here and we are very much enjoying our fun in the sun with these cutie pies! Here are their updated pictures!
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!
–Top 5 Dog Training Books (We include a clicker in your puppy pack if you are interested in clicker training)
Here are the updated pictures!
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! They are loving the sunshine and will follow us out the door to go play in the yard.
Apple’s guardian family got to visit this week! Mama Apple was so happy to see them and the puppies loved all the snuggles!
Apple’s family for a visit! Look at the love!!!!!! ❤ ❤ ❤
Happy Memorial Day!
As you can see in their pictures, they have started to open their eyes and are getting a lot more mobile. Though they aren’t steady with their walking, they are really getting around! This week, we also cut their nails and daily 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. Since there are only 4 of them they are all nice and plump!
Jake and I will not be doing a Puppy Kindergarten class this litter but I have talked with my sister in law and she has graciously offered to do one for you all! Hannah is Jake’s sister and she just graduated from Northwest University and is home for the summer working with her mama at Annie’s Doodles. She has grown up raising puppies and has done countless Puppy Kindergarten’s. If you would like to do this class, please send me an e-mail and I’ll connect you with Hannah. Puppy Kindergarten is when your puppy stays with us for an extra week and we do the first week of potty training and crate training. If you have the time/energy/will to do this training yourself, it is a great bonding time. However, it does help smooth out the transition home and by the end of the week they will be sleeping around 7-8 hours and able to hold their bladders for 30-45 min. And there will still be lots of training needed afterwards!
Either way, here is a list of the items I recommend for smoothing out the transition. I have a transition blanket already for your puppy and is included in your “puppy pack.” All of these items are in our “recommended” list but it explains how/why it helps your puppy in its transition home.
Here are their weekly pictures for you to swoon over….all the heart eyes…
Blue Collar Male-“Obie” RESERVED–78.5oz
We had our first c-section experience! Apple started having contractions around 7am and had her first puppy soon after. But then it was several hours of contractions without a puppy to be seen. I am pretty holistically minded and really value the process of natural birth but could tell something wasn’t right. I mentioned this to Jake, and he said that if I thought she needed help than we should bring her to the vet right away. So we called our wonderful vet, who came in on a Sunday for us, and he was able to determine that one little guy stuck and blocking the way! He was able to perform a flawless c-section and safely retrieve the puppies. Apple was able to come home that night and I am so impressed with her! We worked with her to help her find a balance of resting and wanting to tend to her pups. Jake and I have been really involved in feeding so she can have ample time for recovery. Since there are just 4 they are all getting a fair share of mama’s milk and they are all nice and plump! Nothing is more adorable than a plump little puppy! Her energy has been good and if you didn’t know she had just had a major surgery, you never would have known! We are just thrilled to have this new life in our home again. Our two year old loves it and if he’s every groggy in the morning, all I have to do is whisper “puppies…” and he jumps right up and comes out to pet all of them. Each one has to be held by him before we can do anything else! haha!
There is nothing I love more than puppies in the summer! Playing outside in the sun (and shade lol) is the best! So we are just in puppy heaven over here! All other times of the year, the weather is too extreme for the puppies and we have to wait until they are older but this warm spring has been PERFECT!
What can I do now?
The next step is to enjoy these precious little ones!! You still have plenty of time to get things ready to bring them home.
Here are some articles you can read as we begin this process that may be helpful:
Mostly, this is the watching and waiting time. Every 7-10 days I will post updates for you to enjoy! I will also include more instructions/recommendations as we get to them.
Which puppy is mine?
I am doing the matchup process a little differently this litter than I have been. Typically, I wait until the puppies are 7 weeks old to do a temperament test. However, the last several litters their temperaments are all just varying degrees of responsive so it really came down to the gender and coat. Then, we were getting so close to pickup day and people still didn’t know who was their puppy. So this time, once the next person in line decides I will move on to the next family. With this, you are absolutely okay to wait until the temperament tests. But if you already know than I will go ahead and match you up (when it’s your turn)!
I will still preform a temperament test on each puppy. I will video this process and post them on this page so you can see them and how adorable they are!
I am amazed at how smoothly all of the match-ups have gone. The only problem I have run into is when someone get’s their heart set and then it’s chosen. Instead, I ask that you keep your heart open to all the puppies. Then, when it is your turn, narrow it down. And for now, just sit back and enjoy ALL their cuteness!
Here are they are!
Blue Collar-Male-34.4oz “Obi” Reserved