• Early Neurological stimulation (ENS) and Early scent Introduction (ESI)

    Nicki is here to introduce you to our pups’ morning routine starting at 3 days old up to when they are 16 days old.

    What are ENS and ESI for puppies?

    Early Neurological stimulation (ENS) and Early scent Introduction (ESI) ENS are simple exercises to which we expose our puppies from days 3-16 to help aid their development, resilience and coping mechanisms.

    These early puppy stimulation exercises don’t take long to perform but can pay off huge dividends in the long run.

    Benefits of introducing early puppy stimulation exercises

    • Boost brain development
    • Improves circulation and immune system
    • Stimulates the neurological system
    • Improves stress responses in later life
    • Encourages a daily physical check of each puppy

    ENS Tutorial for newborn puppies

    Early Neurological Stimulation is a concept developed by Dr Carmen Battaglia, a breeder, AKC judge, researcher and writer.

    It encompasses tactile stimulation, thermal stimulation and exposure to mild stressors, which improve your puppies’ stress responses.

  • Buying from a Breeder – SPCA Alberta

    As you might have heard on the news recently, some people have had some terrible experiences with so-called puppy breeder. In some cases, the puppies being sold didn’t even exist. In other cases, the puppies were birthed in puppy mills in very horrendous conditions.  In both cases, these experiences have been heartbreaking for the families involved.

    When looking to welcome a puppy into your family, it is crucial to do thorough research into potential breeders.

    Candice was asked by the Alberta SPCA organization to be part of a video segment on how to choose a puppy breeder. Being a reputable breeder herself, Candice shares what to look for when shopping for a breeder.


  • Bowl Boosters

    At Ooodles of Doodles, we really believe that it is best to feed our puppies with real healthy and nutritious foods. Today, Candice, shares with us ways to boost the nutrition content of our puppy’s meal.

  • Peanut Banana Coconut Bites

    Today, Candice takes us once again into her kitchen. On the menu is Penny’s favourite treats, Peanut Banana Coconut Bites.

    You will need:

    1 cup peanut butter melted

    1 cup coconut oil melted

    1 medium banana mashed

    Mix well using a hand mixer or whisk. Pour into silicone treat maker and freeze or refrigerate to set.

    Sit. Stay. Treat

  • Doods Favourite Meatballs

    At Ooodles of Doodles we really believe that your dog should be fed real healthy food. Real meat. Real fruits. Real veggies. So with that in mind, Candice invites you in her kitchen where she shares with you some of her favourite recipes.

    We start our recipe series today with Doods Favourite Meatbals. Enjoy!

    You will need:

    1 pound lean ground beef

    1 egg

    1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

    1/2 cup shredded carrot

    Fresh chopped parsley


    Mix all ingredients. Shape into meatballs. Cook at 350 for 15-20 minutes.

  • In the Nursery, the Miracle of Birth

    It truly is a miracle even after 20+ years of helping  mommas deliver babies it never stops amazing me.  The strength of the Mamas, the way they settle in and just let the process happen, how they know exactly what to do without our help. The calmness and the gentle way they deal with the process, doing everything instinctually to encourage life. Most of the litters are delivered upstairs in my bedroom, it’s a safe quiet place and most of the deliveries take place during the early morning hours. The photos you will see here are of Ruby and Spuds beautiful F1 golden doodle litter.

    As soon as the baby is born Ruby gets right to work breaking the sac and chewing off the umbilical cord and eating the placenta, it is full of rich blood and minerals and it will help her sustain her energy and make nice rich milk for her babies.  Some moms are quite particular about the length of the cord and will chew and chew until its just the right length.  Once the sac is broken we use a syringe to help suck out any mucous and get the airways clear some nice deep breaths.

    A perfect illustration of exactly how the babies are in the womb. Totally encased in a sac with the rich placenta joined by the umbilical cord.


    During the active stages of labour as the uterus is contracting Ruby sleeps, pants and pushes with an arched tail, the pups come easy with just a few pushes. During her rest time she gets nice cool ice cream with calcium added.  This helps strengthen the contractions and gives her energy.

    As the pups arrive they seek out the nipples instinctively and start to nurse right away, this also strengthens the contractions and speeds up the labour. After 4 hours of active labour the pups have all arrived and Ruby is a proud and happy mama. All of the pups are weighed daily from here on in. Growth and change is fast, 8 weeks will be over soon and they will be heading for their new homes.