We are a small, in-home breeder that is conveniently located within the Lower Mainland - one hour east of downtown Vancouver, BC. We raise our mini to medium sized Goldendoodles and Cavadoodles smack dab, right in the middle of our home with the hustle and bustle of a busy house with young children and we are home full-time. We raise our puppies as a family - the kids name them, help with socialization, snuggles, cuddles and love - my husband and I do the rest with the help of my very active mom too. Our foundation is built on pure passion, honesty and commitment. We trust that you will be the best dog owner you can be and we promise to do our part to ensure your puppy is healthy, happy and highly socialized in the most humane way possible. Our puppies are exposed to many sights and sounds, which we are confident will make your puppy easy going, out going and an outstanding canine citizen.
Our goal is to raise the best Goldendoodle puppies you have ever met! Although we live in beautiful British Columbia (just East of Vancouver), none of our dogs were actually bought here. Hours and hours of extensive research goes into adding a dog to our program. We go above and beyond to import many of our dogs directly from Europe, loads of champions / health testing within their background and/or who are AKC or CKC registered to ensure that you are getting a top quality puppy. All of our dogs go through health testing and must pass prior to being added to our breeding program and are of sound 'n loving temperaments too. Our puppies are raised in the same fashion as service dogs, so they are amazingly easy going, ultimate adventure seekers and highly desirable to those with Special Needs or simply a family with fine taste. Please let us know if you are looking for a therapy dog - we are able to match you based on our temperament testing that is done on day 49.
Our program is based on a lifetime of research (I've wanted to be a dog breeder since I was 7 years old), having dog mentors all over the world, researching puppy brain development, owning some very alpha breeds in my life and wanting to give families the ultimate joy of a completely social and well adjusted puppy. We give our puppies the foundation to move forward in their lives with confidence, a sound body and mind, so once you take them home it's your job to continue to socialize your puppy to foster what we have already given them!
Being home full time means there is always someone around to care for your puppy right from the start - the first 8 weeks is the beginning of the very precious and highly important canine imprinting stage that can not be redone. The most influential time in a puppy's life is between 3 and 16 weeks. Fear begins to develop slowly in a puppy at about 5 weeks of age and slowly increases until it peaks in the fear imprint stage during the 8th week. (Fear is not present in newborn puppies).
There is a very precious window of opportunity between 3 and 6 weeks of age when their anxiety levels are at their lowest they will ever be in their entire lives! Anything your puppy is exposed to during this time will therefore be associated with low anxiety. It will be forever ingrained in their central nervous system and will always be associated as something that is pleasant or neutral because during this period it is then interpreted as a non fearful, non anxiety producing experience or object. This is the time when we start incrementally introducing the puppies to stressers that they will most likely encounter later in life. We also work with the puppies to develop their problem-solving skills, mental agility as well as mental coordination because these experiences are permanently ingrained during this time!!
With all of this being said, it is your responsibility to do your research and ask what type of socialization program others have in place and how the puppies are being worked with - I feel this is a very important distinction between breeders. Please do your homework and choose your breeder wisely!
Holistic Approach is our foundation - our Goldendoodles are bred for temperament and health, first and foremost. We have an excellent holistic and homeopathic Vet who we've been using for almost two decades now. We have the same philosophy which is treating the dog as a whole and as naturally as possible.
In keeping with our holistic approach we do not dock tails, remove dewclaws or vaccinate our puppies until 8 weeks of age. For those families that would prefer not to vaccinate their puppy until a later date, please let us know so we can make arrangements. I encourage you to do a bit of research when it comes to vaccinations and your options!! Ask your Vet about titer testing (costs about $100-$150), which is simply taking 1ml of blood and having it analyzed to see how much of the vaccination your dog has in its system and if in fact they actually need a booster or not. Some vaccinations are good for 5 to 10 years!
We only use natural cleaners in our home (mainly white vinegar and baking soda) as well as natural laundry detergent to ensure that none of us are unduelly exposed to toxins within our home. We also use aromatherapy to purify, cleanse and refresh the air and atmosphere around our home.
Raw Food is what we feel nature has intended; which is biologically appropriate raw food (BARF). This approach to feeding local raw meat, fruits, veggies and bones supports our Natural Rearing philosophy. We feel the foundation to a healthy dog is premium nutrition and we use local raw bones, meat and supplements like molasses, salmon oil, kelp, apple cider vinegar, garlic, vitamin E, alfalfa and more.
The nutrition found in raw food also provides EHA and DPA which supports the brain, eyes and mood of developing Doodles and Poodles and grown adults too. We increase the amount of fish oils our dogs receive with Grizzly Salmon Oil, which is wild from Alaska.
We also supplement with Nutrify which provides a whole food source of vitamins and minerals from kelp, spinach, parsley, wheatgrass, barley grass, flax seed and spirulina.
For additional calcium we cook egg shells, grind them up into a fine powder and sprinkle it on top of the raw food everyone receives. This is a natural source of calcium and allows for greater absorption compared to a synthetic supplement.
Raw food helps contributes to a stable temperament, fresh breath, clean teeth, low-oder stool, lower Vet bills, softer, shinier coat, brighter and clear eyes, whiter, brighter and stronger teeth, improved skin conditions, stronger immune system to help fight disease and infection, increase in energy and vitality and much more.
Please note that the average, store bought raw food is sufficient and doesn't necessarily require the extras we add to ours. We feel it is important to top up our nursing moms to ensure their growing needs are met. The raw food you would buy for your dog is as simple as thaw and serve!!
Natural Rearing is simply utilizing and promoting the old, natural ways, which includes feeding a raw diet, allowing the dogs to spend time outdoors in the sunshine, on the dirt and grass, supporting natural immunity and using safe/natural alternatives to chemicals, in order to give each dog the opportunity to live a long life of wellness and well being.
Holistic or Natural Rearing essentially means doing everything for your dog as closely to nature as possible.
We use Dr. Henderson and Dr. Barkasy at the Newton Animal Hospital for all of our reproductive and health testing needs and consult with them in regards to the Best Practices in breeding standards. We also use smaller studs than average, so this enables our girls to have a much easier time when it comes to delivery and after care. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have in regards to their recommendations or call their office directly at 604.596.7417. We have nothing but the very best in mind for our breeding program and are always available to chat!
For a wealth of informaion and to see our Natural Rearing listing please visit www.naturalrearing.com
Early Neurological Stimulation is our Super Dog Program and has been used by the Army for centuries. We start our progam on the 3rd day of the puppies life and lasts until the 16th day.
The main benefits that have been observed in canines exposed to the early neurological stimulation exercises are:
Improved cardio vascular performance (heart rate)
Stronger heart beats
Stronger adrenal glands
More tolerance to stress
Greater resistance to disease
I have a very keen interest in neurological development and how I can affect a puppy and its individual growth! As a breeder it is my personal goal to continue to learn and build my breeding program and continue to set myself apart from others! I don't take my responsibility of being a breeder lightly and I am the type of person that puts 110% into everything I do!
Volhard's Puppy Aptitude Testing
is our way of assuring that you will find the best puppy that matches your lifestyle, family situation and needs. MOST puppies are cute and should only be placed based on unbiased and professional testing that is the outcome of our Volhard Testing. This series of Tests is done on day 49 (7 weeks) of the puppies life, when their brains are neurologically complete. This gives you a snap-shot of what your puppy will most likely be as an adult dog (as long as you continue all of the hard work we have been doing on our end). That is why we don't make puppy selections until day 49.
We are also very honored and pleased to help support those that have extra needs in their life - from depression, anxiety, physical needs, developmental delays etc. We can help guide you to the best puppy based on your individual needs - please ensure you share your information, so we can support you on your journey!
Guardian Home Breeding Program
is the best way possible for us to know our dogs are always loved, cared for and happy...in their forever home. We do not believe in putting our dogs in runs where they are under-socialized and over bred - each of our beloved dogs only live in the very best of homes and are family pets first!!!
If you consider that studies have shown that when an expectant mother is petted, the litter is more docile, then doesn't it make sense to only ever get a puppy from a breeder that considers their dogs as beloved family pets first!! The actual petting and love they receive in their homes activates the parasympathetic system, which facilitates relaxation, emotional attachment and socialization! Puppies from a loved morther have a greater tolerance to being handled than puppies from mothers who lack love and affection!
We are currently looking to place puppies/dogs. Please visit the tab "Guardian Program Info" to find out more and to see pictures as well.
Muffins! Muffins? What do Muffins have to do with Goldendoodles you ask?
My first dog's name was Muffins and I knew from the age of 7 that I wanted to be a dog breeder! Thanks to Muffins she helped me realize the emotional impact an amazing dog can have on someones entire life and I want to give that back to everyone of my families!!
Lisa - Red Maple Doodles
" I feel like I have won some sort of lottery meeting you and your puppies! ."
Jennifer - Max's owner (F1 Goldendoodle)
"You are such a fantastic person, Lisa!! You are an inspiration to the people that are fortunate enough to spend time with you! Your philosophy regarding the entire process is second to none! Boy! Do we ever feel blessed to now know you and we're thankful everyday for all you do to nurture and guide the developing puppies, but also the families that become attached. Thank you"
Karena B - Harley's owner (f1b Goldendoodle)
“This process of adding onto our family has been absolutely positive from beginning to end.We first met Lisa and her family when our puppy litter was 2 weeks old and we fell in love at first sight. Since then, our family of five as well as extended family has been visiting their home at least weekly while we were waiting until our puppy was finally old enough to come home.
We were always welcomed with warm smiles and hospitality, and Saturday morning coffee quickly became our weekly ritual . We came to look forward not only to seeing our future puppy, but to spending time with Lisa and Craig where she was always so willing to share some of her wealth of puppy knowledge. Their open door policy truly allowed us to bond and spend time with our puppy, and also gave us great peace of mind knowing that our puppy was in good care.Over the 6 weeks of our weekly or bi-weekly visitations, we always left knowing more than when we arrived.
Lisa's passion for the dogs is obvious to anyone who has the privilege of spending time with her. She truly goes the extra mile in every way. From the diet she chooses, to the potty training she starts immediately, to the neurological stimulation, to the temperament testing to ensure a good fit for puppy and family... Everything is done out of pure love for these animals.
These are not dogs that are stuck in a garage waiting until they are 8 weeks and can leave... They are in the kitchen and part of a family home receiving lots of love and cuddles from Lisa's adorable children. For our family with 3 young children, having our puppy exposed to the sounds of daily life and being exposed since birth to young children was invaluable!
Lisa did everything humanly possible to give these puppies the best chance at being social, healthy, and happy puppies.
She had us bring crates to her home when it was nearing the time we could take them home. She asked for things with our scent so she could start crate training the pups individually and getting them used to our scent.She spent sleepless nights trying to prepare these puppies for their transition to their forever homes, though it would have been much easier for her to let us figure it out ourselves!
We brought our gorgeous golden doodle boy home, and it has been an unbelievably smooth transition.We are following the errorless house training methods from a book that Lisa recommended, and our 8 week old puppy had a flawless first day! He has gone outside to eliminate in a designated area over the last 12 hours and hasn't even used the indoor potty mat that he was trained on. He actually went to the door and whimpered to go out where he promptly pooped in just the right spot!He plays independently in his play area, and has been happily sleeping off and on in his crate all day!
I can't describe how thrilled our whole family is with our newest family member... And I can whole heartedly recommend Red Maple Doodles as a breeder in a league of her own'!
Lisa A, Nacho's owner (f1b Goldendoodle)
We looked at many different places for a golden doodle. What drew us at first to Red Maple was the amount of information on their website and the obvious amount of thought that had gone into everything they had available for anyone to read. Once I talked to Lisa about her approach to breeding and raising dogs I couldn't wait to meet her and her dogs. From our first visit we felt welcome to stay and ask as many questions as we could think of. Every visit was a real pleasure and the dogs at Red Maple are amazing family dogs. The whole process of being part of the birth and the early weeks of our puppy have made all the difference in making our puppy feel so much a part of who we are. Getting to know Lisa and her family as well as some of the other families as we all visited with the puppies was awesome. I never expected that we would have so much participation in those weeks. When it was time to take our puppy home we really felt ready and also knew that Lisa was there in case we had any questions. Our puppy is exactly what we wanted and we love him very much. Thank you Red Maple and Lisa - you are the best!!
Kona (Grayson) and Family.
"I researched dog breeds and breeders for almost 2 years before finding Red Maple Doodles. Strangely enough, what brought me to Red Maple Doodles were the absolutely gorgeous photos of Ellie's first litter of red moyen poodle puppies earlier this Spring. At that time, not only did I have little interest in poodles, but all things being equal, they probably would have been very low on my list of potential dogs to add to our family. That said, I had decided that a golden doodle would be a good choice for our family as a compromise - golden retrievers are my favourite but I felt one would be too large and too sheddy for our smallish home in Vancouver. When I followed the photos of those remarkable red poodles to Lisa's website, imagine my surprise to see that Lisa also bred golden doodles! After a phone conversation with Lisa, the decision was made. She was so warm and so knowledgable. Most of all, she was clearly far more concerned with the health of her dogs and puppies, and the responsibility of finding the best fit for a family, than with just selling puppies. This was clearly her passion. Once we made our decision put ourselves on the wait list for Lisa's next litter of golden doodles, the fun began. Lisa involved us in every step of the process starting from conception through to the moment we took our Ruby home. Once the puppies were born, Lisa and her incredibly generous family welcomed us into their home to bond with the pups, to learn, and to share laughs. Watching our puppy grow from week to week was a treat I never anticipated and I had so much fun. Now that we have Ruby at home, we couldn't be happier. The time and effort Lisa puts into her dogs and her puppies result in highly socialized, highly trainable, sweet, playful, affectionate puppies. We are thrilled with ours, and I can't wait to follow Lisa's future breeding plans to see what wonderful pets other families will be lucky enough to bring home. I highly, whole-heartedly recommend Lisa and Red Maple Doodles."
Jennifer W - Ruby's owner (f1b Goldendoodle)