We are so pleased to welcome Gabby and Coopers standard f1b’s to the Evergreen Doodle family!!! She had 9 sweet puppies on September 5th. 4 girls and 5 boys. They will be ready to go home November 3rd.
We will be offering a small Puppy Kindergarten class for this litter. You can sign up under “Gabby’s Litter” on our Puppy Kindergarten page.
*I have 1 last opening for this litter. Please see our Available Puppies page to fill out an application to apply for one of these spots.
It’s finally matchup time!!!
I will start with the first person our list tomorrow (Thursday) 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! Please send me an e-mail if you would like my sister-in-law to do puppy kindergarten with your puppy asap!
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 will keep this updated as puppies are chosen. You will see their collar color and then “Available,” or “Reserved.” So when you check back through you can stay up to date on who is available.
We are also happy to announce mama Gabby’s retirement! She has been such a beautiful and wonderful mama for us. We are sad to not get to work with her any more but so happy for her to be done and able to continue life with her loving guardian home. And what is super fun is her guardian home is taking home Miss Yellow! So Gabby will get to take home one of her daughters. We also want to thank the Brooks family for their love and care for both Gabby and us. They have been flexible with our crazy schedule and so loving.
Talk to you soon!
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.
*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 have not already done so, 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, starting with the first 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 repost some important articles about bringing your puppy home in case you haven’t read them yet:
All of us here are loving the sun breaks! The puppies are getting so big and so cute!!! We are loving bringing them outside with us and they are so funny playing with the leaves. Fall is in full swing and we are excited to be sharing it with these little ones.
In an attempt to make things not so overwhelming, I’ve posted a few articles below (some are repeats) about bringing your puppy home in case you haven’t read them yet. My hope is that a little bit of reading each week will prepare you for your puppy and you won’t feel like your scrambling the day before!
And a sweet video of them playing outside:
Hello October!!! We took these sunny days to let the puppies come play with us outside for a little while. Gabby is enjoying some longer walks and time away from her puppies but she is always eager to get back to them. We definitely don’t need their collars to tell them apart anymore and are starting to see some of their sweet personalities.
This week is a good week to start reading up on how you want to handle the first few weeks. In addition to obedience training, I recommend reading up on what the first few days are like. 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!
If you are signed up for Puppy K, the potty training schedule listed below will be what we will be doing for the class. If you are not, I hope it can be a helpful guide as you do this training yourself.
Weekly pictures to melt over because they are so stinking cute….
These guys are growing so fast! They are really starting to grow into their cuteness. 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.
They are slowly growing in independence and moving around quite a bit! It is so much fun getting to see their little personalities start to come out! They need to stay warm so we have been able to bring them outside with us a couple of times. Everyone in our house (humans and animals) are so happy to have some warm sunny fall days.
This is also a good time to start reading up on what kind of training method you will use. Fortunately, there are so many good options! I just recommended finding one that you think will go well with your personality and lifestyle. I’ve included my favorite books and a little bit about them in the article below:
And some more of them together…
Two weeks old and progressing wonderfully! 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 walking quite yet, they are starting to take some bigger steps. This week, we 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. Since they are all doing so well, they no longer need to have goat milk supplementation as they are each big enough to get their share!
As spots are filling up for Puppy Kindergarten, I wanted to share ideas to help your puppy transition whether you’re doing Puppy K or not. And just a heads up, we will have a transition blanket for you all in your “Puppy Pack,” that will have mama Mercy’s scent on it for your puppy to take home.
Here are weekly pictures!
And some more for fun…
The First Days
Jake and I often joke about how nice it would be if a mama had puppies during the day…and sweet mama Gabby was here to give this tired mama a break! She started delivering at 11am! And she is so on top of things!! Her first 4 pups came fast, in an hour and a half! She was in a groove and I really just got to sit back and encourage her. All 9 puppies were born before I had to leave to teach ballet that evening at 5! Mama Gabby was on a mission!
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. Right off the bat we were extremely impressed with how strong and hearty these were.
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 Gabby.
Since she had 9 puppies, we divided them into two groups since competition for the milk can leave some stranded. But after the first 48, we combined them together. She seemed to like the smaller groups but quickly wanted all her puppies with her. She also does a good job of rotating them herself. 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 such a good 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?
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 the past few litters I’ve let the first person pick when they knew who they wanted…though some may still want to wait for matchup until after the temperament tests are done. Once the next person in line decides I will move on to the next family. With this, it is 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 the puppies!
And some more of them together…