We are so happy to welcome Gracie and Cooper’s standard f1b litter to our home on April 19. Gracie had 4 boys and 4 girls! They will be ready to go home June 22.
It’s finally matchup time!!!
I will start with the first person our list tomorrow (Tuesday) 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!
We have decided to open up a puppy kindergarten class for this litter. To sign up or read more about the class, please check out our Puppy Kindergarten page on our website. If you do not want to sign up for Puppy K 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. 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.
Talk to you soon!
Computer is still down but I’m getting the hang of the mobile app a little more!
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 chartso 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 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 and narrow down 3 favorites.
Updating here because our computer is out for repairs! I wanted to share how cute these guys are getting but can’t find out how to link things on the mobile app. I’ll post more when I have our computer back!
These puppies just keep getting cuter and cuter! When the weather gets a little warmer again we will bring them outside to play with us. But you will see from their video and pictures they are alert and vocal and moving around quite quickly!
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 also a good time to start reading up on what kind of training method you will use, as it can take some time to read through all the material. 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:
May the fourth be with you!
Growing so fast, these guys made great progress this week! As you can see in their pictures, they have started to open their eyes and are getting a lot more mobile. They still aren’t walking quite yet, but taking bigger strides and should be up and walking by next wee. This week, we also cut their nails and massage 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.
We are still undecided about doing a Puppy Kindergarten class but I will let you know as soon as we decide. I also wanted to share ideas to help your puppy transition whether you’re doing Puppy K or not. One of the things I mention is getting a transition blanket–we will have this for you and you do not need to get one.
Here are weekly pictures!
The First Days
Mama Gracie had 8 beautiful puppies a little earlier than we were expecting. But she was incredible and didn’t need us at all! She delivered early in the morning starting at 1am and was done by 11am.
After the puppies are born, Jake and I take are constantly watching after them. We make sure they are all hydrated, at the right temperature, and get lots of bonding time with their mama. Gracie did a great job of rotating the puppies herself and made sure each pup got a turn for a bath and milk.
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 Gracie.
Since she does such a great job of rotating her puppies we didn’t have to break them into smaller groups. Mama doesn’t like to go for walks quite yet, and is resting most of the day. 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.
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 all together…