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And BEST FRIENDS. If you’ve made it this far, you probably already have a good idea of what you’re looking for in a Doodle. Pat yourself on the back - research is the right path to a successful future in puppyhood. Our Aussiedoodles, Goldendoodles and Sheepies are very much alike in a number of ways … they are loyal, they are brilliant, they are loving. They are all wonderful family companions, and many are well suited to therapy and service environments. How they differ is in size, activity level and compatibility for those with allergy concerns. Our job here is to guide and direct you to the the Dood that best suits your needs. Let’s chat, shall we?
Not all doodles are created equal. If you’ve researched and read, you’ve likely come across some conflicting information along the way. Example: one of the most common misconceptions is that the F1b generation is the ONLY non shedding cross. Not true. There are other generations who are allergy friendly with no shedding, including the multigenerational and backcross pups here at GVD. Because hybrids are not recognized by AKC or UKC, there is no definitive “standard” for doodles. We don’t need a governing body to give us a road map, though. We know what produces great puppies, and that’s where we place our focus.
Their first few weeks with us are the most critical. As breeders, we have every opportunity to shape and mold these young lives during their most formative weeks. We start with Early Neurological Stimulation (super puppy program) at Day 3 of life, and continue through Day 16. Those thirteen days are a period of extremely rapid neurological growth, and the ENS program capitalizes on that. We introduce five methods of stimulation that wouldn’t normally occur in nature, and we do this once per day for each puppy. The results are scientifically proven: faster stronger heart rates, a more robust adrenal system, greater resistance to disease and stress, and a beefier immune system. We’re always surprised to see that some breeders don’t perform ENS exercises with their puppies …. it’s fast, it’s easy, and it’s free. Why wouldn’t you want the pups to have the very best start in life?
The Misty Method is another tool we use to raise our pups. By the time a puppy is 2.5 weeks old, they already instinctively know not to eliminate where they eat/sleep. Now their little legs don’t get them very far, but they do try to waddle a few steps away from the group to do their business. By honing in on this powerful instinctual behavior, we can give your pup an excellent start on house training. At just three weeks old, they have been provided with an outlet for elimination. Their toileting place starts out very big, and very close to the the nest. As they get older, the potty area becomes smaller and is placed a little farther away from the bedding with each passing day. By the time the puppies are 4.5 weeks old, they are consistently eliminating in their designated area, and searching to get even farther away. That’s when we introduce outdoor potty time, and before you know it, the pups are running to the far corner of the play yard to do their business. No puppy is ever house trained at Going Home time (sorry they just aren’t physically and mentally mature enough at that young age), but with this early conditioning, housebreaking efforts will be a cakewalk.
Puppy Culture and Rules of Seven are two more methods we use to raise well rounded, happy, confident pups. Everything is introduced in stages, all in age appropriate scenarios. One day might be running the vacuum cleaner all around them, another day might be rolling about in a wheelchair. Suppertime is a wonderful opportunity to work with the pups. At some point, we will require a litter to cross an obstacle to get to the pot of gold (the almighty food dish!). This teaches them nothing in life is free and they must work for what they want. Sitting and crying rather than crossing the barrier doesn’t fill their bellies. It only takes a few minutes (seconds in some cases!) for them to figure this out. In their 3rd and 4th weeks of life, we focus heavily on the startle-recovery response. Puppies have no real fear at this age, so it is the perfect time to introduce stimuli that might otherwise be “scary” to a puppy at a later date. Flapping an umbrella open and closed, dropping metal dishes on a hard surface, letting them explore wobbly uneven surfaces …. just a sample of day in day out life here. Every toy and every activity for the puppies is geared with this in mind: will it provide enrichment? will it empower the pups? will they learn from it? The result is clear in our puppies - they are healthy, strong, resilient, confident and brave. Can’t ask for much more than that!
Crate Training Program
Yep. We do that too! Raising a puppy is not rocket science, but let’s face it, puppyhood isn’t for everyone. We get that. Maybe you have 3 kids to put on the bus by 7:05am, and you’re off to your workplace for the rest of the day. With a schedule like that, you can’t afford to miss precious hours of sleep. We’ll take the sleepless nights with our crate training program, so you are relaxed and ready to take on your new baby’s adjustment period. One week is all it takes!
At the end of one week, your puppy will know his or her name, will know the verbal kennel up command “Go to your room”, will sleep an uninterrupted 6-8 hours/night, and will not have accidents in the crate. We train to your schedule, not ours.
Behavioral Training Program
Those first few weeks of puppyhood are trying, indeed. Potty accidents, your favorite shoes destroyed, furniture chewed up …. been there. And the kids! They get excited, they run, they squeal, and then suddenly they are in tears. Puppy thinks this is a game - high pitched squeals (including crying!) entice the puppy to amp it up, not down. So now the kids who spent the last year begging for a puppy are terrified of those razor sharp teeth, and covered in scratches from puppy's nails.
Sounds like fun, right?
You’re kiddos won’t bond well, you’ll be frustrated, puppy will feed off your energy, and we go from bad to worse. Bypass it. Let us teach your puppy the importance of canine manners.The result is proper social development which gives you a lifetime of peace and harmony with your dood.
In two months time, puppy will:
be fully crate trained
know how to mand (sit politely for attention / affection)
know not to jump, nip or otherwise antagonize your littles
know how to lead, so you have a pup who is a pleasure to walk, not a chore
“travel” in a number of ways: car, truck, golf cart, bobcat, tractor, motor boat, paddle boat, on foot, in shopping carts
learn how to handle themselves in different or uncertain social situations
have swimming lessons (weather permitting)
be exposed to all manner of potentially frightening noises (chainsaws, firecrackers, gunfire, sirens, trains)
be exposed to all manner of people (different races, children and elderly, individuals with physical and or mental challenges)
learn to live within a pack situation, and how to handle themselves (submit) to other dogs; pecking order.
learn and adhere to a schedule of potty, eat, play, sleep
have spa days to acclimate them to nail cutting, clippers, scissoring (your groomer will thank you! this is a biggie!)
have all age appropriate vaccinations and preventative care
Puppy is exposed to as many social situations as possible, which makes transitioning a breeze. They are conditioned, desensitized, and eager to please. When they come home, you are able to focus on bonding with your new bestie, instead of prying the lamp cord or houseplant out of their jaws. Please realize there is a commitment and level of responsibility on our trainees' families too .... while puppy will "know" plenty, that doesn't always mean they will "perform". They are like children - just because they know how to do something, does not necessarily mean they will. Their handler must follow through and continue to build on the foundation they get here with us. We introduce the concepts, the family reinforces at home. Consistency upon homecoming is critical.
The Guardianship Program is available to qualified families who live within a certain radius of Golden Valley Doodles. The dog lives with you, but GVD retains ownership for a period of time. Here’s the simplified version of how it works:
Momma dogs stay with us at GVD from birth (if she's from our own breeding) or from age 7 weeks, if from another breeder. We raise them, exercise them, train them, and put all of the effort into making a wonderful companion. During this time, we are constantly evaluating her temperament, disposition, learning her quirks, and correcting undesirable or inappropriate behavior. We're picky about who makes the cut to be a GVD Momma .... so with us raising them from pups, we know early on if we have a good candidate. After she's had her first heat cycle, or successfully raised her first litter, she is ready for her Guardian Family.
Timing all depends on the girls’ maturity level and disposition. Guardian Families apply and are interviewed to seek the perfect fit: perfect for you, perfect for us, and most importantly, perfect for MommaDog. When she transitions from our home to yours, a deposit is put in place. She will return to GVD for periodic visits, for breedings, and to whelp her litters when the time is right. Otherwise, she lives with her Guardian Family, and they tend to her as their own. She becomes a member of your family. The deposit is refunded incrementally with each litter produced. Not to worry about your girl coming back to GVD to deliver and raise her babies. She was raised here, so it is not a stressful situation for her to return for whelp. It’s more like a happy homecoming!
There are many advantages to GVD, to the Guardian Family and to the dog. It's a win-win-win. One, you get a top quality healthy trained dog, essentially for “free”, once the terms of the Guardianship are complete. Two, our philosophy of raising a puppy makes your life so much easier. A tired puppy is a GOOD puppy. With 150 acres to romp, we can train faster and more effectively at a young age than your average Joe. We don’t go to 9-5 jobs Monday through Friday - we are with our dogs darn near 24/7. Bringing in an older dog saves you from the Puppyhood Woes. In most cases, the dogs we place with Guardian Families are crate trained, housebroken, leash and collar broke, well socialized, and trained in the all important canine manners.
Another advantage - and this is a biggie - our dogs in Guardian Homes get all of the loving attention and spoiling they deserve. Too many adults here at GVD would spread us too thin .... not what we want. We like to keep our numbers pared down, so everyone here gets what they need and then some. You don’t deal with the “mess” of a heat cycle, nor with the pressure of the male dogs who will seek your girl out. When the girls come in season, they come to GVD immediately and stay until their season ends, usually about 20 days. This saves you (and us!) the worry of an accidental or unintentional breeding, as she is in our care. Another biggie - free boarding for your vacations! We don't allow our doggies to board at other kennels. Instead they come back to GVD while you are away. This gives us the opportunity to spend time with the Guardian dog, it saves you a few bucks, and gives us all peace of mind that s/he is in the best possible care - here at their home away from home.
If a Guardianship opportunity sounds like it might be for you, send us an email and we’ll bring you up to speed on current availability. We'll also email you a copy of the Guardianship Agreement so you can review all the details and fine print. We prefer our Guardian Families to be within a 90 mile radius, but that’s not a hard and fast rule. If the situation is right, we will work with families farther away to ensure the right fit.