February 12, 2021 – Riley’s pups all went home a little early to avoid the snow storm and keep everyone safe. They are home with their forever families and are ready to take on the world! We want to thank each of the five families that trusted us with their next family member. We have no doubt that our pups will be dearly loved! Because of these families (and Riley and Gunner, of course!), we were able to donate $1,500.00 from this litter to Amazima Ministries so that some kids in Uganda can go to school, eat and LIVE. They’ll also get medical needs met. This makes us happy. Thank you all!
We hope these pups bring each of their families joy and companionship for many years to come!
Mary and the Valley Vineyard Labradoodles Family
February 9, 2021 – We wanted to make a few more notes on personality after talking more and sharing opinions on what we are seeing to help families with selections. Keep in mind, temperaments are solid, absent of anxiety and well socialized. All will be amazing companions and members of their new families! Where temperaments all score the same, there are slight personality differences beginning to appear. We want to note that at seven weeks of age, personalities are just starting to come out, and the environments and personalities and training style of their new pack leaders at home will greatly impact their personalities as they continue to mature.
All puppies are very sweet, loving, affectionate and want to stay close to their humans. Other notes on each:
Renee – showing slightly more energetic, loves to play and very good with listening and commands.
Rhett – showing slightly more energetic, would do well with an active family or playmate. Very fun pup!
Ryder – showing to be slightly more relaxed and calm. Loves to investigate, is very curious with new places and smells. Enjoys walking around and exploring. Likes to withdraw and play quietly with his toys when other pups are still enjoying play and commotion.
Ryan – At this point, could be the most affectionate, stands out as so loving and he can’t get enough snuggles! He wants to snuggle instead of play. He has completely bonded to humans in every way, perhaps a little ahead of his siblings. He’s also vocal in knowing how to ask for his humans to acknowledge him.
Rachel – Definitely loves to play, but enjoys snuggle time more. Very affectionate and calm. With withdraw for a quiet space and be content with a toy.
February 8, 2021 – Riley’s puppies had their final vet exams today and all are in great health! We got a good report, as expected. Just want to give a quick report on weights and details for puppy selection tomorrow.
A few of the pups have tiny hernias, this is most often caused by mama being too aggressive in chewing at the umbilical cord. We just have some mamas that do that. (You have to really search for it, but it feels like an outie belly button. Sometimes during the spay/neuter surgery, a vet will choose to go ahead and stitch it. Our vet usually leaves it be. ) The hernia is noted on their medical sheet, but pups were given a great health report, regardless.
There is some variation in sizing and we’ve noted their current weights from the vet below by their pictures. For example, you’ll see a difference between Ryan and Rachel. Those two have the most significant difference and at this point, as we are able to chart their growth, we suspect that Ryan will grow to be about 30 lbs. and Rachel will probably be about 20 lbs.. The rest of the pups will be somewhere in between.
Each of the pups are extremely loving and smart. They score similar on submissiveness, energy level, confidence, and intelligence. Rachel is showing to be maybe slightly more reserved. As the smallest pup, she tends to be a follower instead of a leader. She finds a place to hide under when the bigger boys are starting to play too rough. Ryan is showing to be most sensitive and really attune to humans. He is most outspoken in wanting to be held, longing for human connection whenever we are near and he’d much rather be with his humans than eat, play, or anything else.
They are all doing well at leash training and we are continuing to work on crate training for naps each day. We will continue that for the rest of the week. Each of the pups have been a joy! All are very playful and fun, but also melt in our arms when we pick them up (like the video we posted of Ryder on Instagram a couple of days ago.) We’ll continue all the steps to get them ready for their forever families and to go home this Friday!
February 5, 2021 – Riley and Gunner’s puppies are becoming more independent and they are slowly learning to separate a little bit from their siblings. They are done nursing and eating kibble for all of their meals now. They love being held, and in the middle of running and chasing and wrestling, if we pick them up, they melt in our arms and are happy to stay there. We started them on leash training today, they have been working on spending time alone in a crate for naps during the day, and they are doing very well at manding. We took pictures of them today! We’ll do temperament testing and post their official weights from the vet after their exams on Monday afternoon. Their is some weight variation, with Rachel as the smallest and Ryan as slightly bigger than the others. Here they are!
January 27, 2021 – Riley’s pups are almost six weeks old and their coats are filling in and they are almost entirely on kibble now. They are learning to separate from mama more. and because of that, we see more and more bonding with us humans. They love play time, and wrestling, but clearly, being held and laying in somebody’s arms for a belly rub is their favorite. They’ve adapted to sounds and don’t even react to loud noises any more. They get really loud now in the morning when they are waiting for us to hurry up with breakfast! They want to be picked up and thrive on human interaction. We are working on “manding” which means they need to sit before we pet them or pick them up. A good habit to continue at home! They are each adorable and their temperaments are exactly as we had hoped and expected. Here are the pictures we took of them today!
January 22, 2021 – Riley and Gunner’s pups are five weeks old and doing very well. We love their temperaments and they’ve become very comfortable now with loud “scary” sounds and we’ve spent some time getting them comfortable with vacuums, blenders, blow dryers and more. They are fully litter box trained, they are now being introduced to a crate and they enjoy lots of warm baths and playtime at this point. Each one of them is exactly where we want them to be. Mama Riley still stays close by always, and is still nursing them several times a day. Here they are, sitting nicely for their photo shoot!
January 14, 2021 – Riley’s puppies are changing so fast. Eating mushy kibble now, playing and wrestling, hearing, using the litter box, and bonding with humans now. We love these cutie pies! Now that they are hearing, we are working on desensitizing them to “scary” sounds, like thunderstorms and fireworks. Startled at first, but now they sleep through it. Here they are at four weeks old. We had a little extra time for a fun photo shoot today and they posed nicely. 🙂
Ryan, Ryder and Rhett
January 4, 2021 – Riley and Gunner’s puppies have finally been named and we’re excited to welcome them to our world! They are almost three weeks old and their eyes are open and they are doing very well. They’re not walking or hearing yet, but that will come soon. They are able to stand and they drag themselves about the pen when they want to get to mama. Riley is a fantastic mama, never leaving their side and attentive to their every need. At five years old, this is Riley’s final litter. She and Gunner have made some beautiful babies!
The pups are now done with the bio-sensor program and now we wait for them to hear to go onto more conditioning. The bio-sensor program stimulates them neurologically, known to be the BEST thing a breeder can do for a litter and can only be effective in the earliest days and weeks. This will condition them and is proven to make them healthier and stronger, smarter and more agile and create outstanding temperaments. We see the proof of this as we see them change daily and become more and more relaxed and trusting of humans. From now on, we will post new pictures about once per week until puppy selection time at about seven weeks old. Here are pictures we took of them today!
December 27, 2020 – I know I said we were signing off for the holidays, but had a few quick pictures to post showing the pups at a week old. Here they are! Names will go with individual puppy pictures around January 3 after our holiday break from ADMIN. 🙂
December 23, 2020 – Riley’s pups are five days old, and all are healthy and continuing to gain weight. Today, they start on the Bio-sensor program to help create outstanding dogs with excellent temperaments. We wanted to post a picture of them today before we sign off for the holidays. More news after the New Year. Stay healthy and safe!
December 20 – Riley and Gunner’s pups arrived on Friday, December 18 and everyone is doing well! Riley brought us five pups: three boys and two girls, all red, some with small white markings. Everyone is nursing well and gaining weight. Riley loves her pups and she’s feeling right at home with her forever guardian family that is taking great care of her and the litter for the first couple of weeks until they arrive here at our home after the holidays. Pups are getting round-the-clock care with mama and our guardian family of five that loves Riley and the pups. They’ll start the Bio-sensor program at day four and then mama and pups will arrive the first week of January -we’re just 15 minutes away.
Here are a couple photos so you can see the colors! More pictures and news will be posted the first week of January. We’ve started emailing our families on the reservation list so that we can move people onto this litter that have been waiting a long time. Merry Christmas everyone!