Bringing Home Your Australian Labradoodle Puppy
Many families find the Australian Labradoodle to be an appealing size because the dog averages 70 pounds in weight and stands two feet tall. Your dog won’t be so large that it’s like having another adult in the family, nor will it be so small and fragile that you can’t roughhouse with it. It’s the perfect kid-sized dog, but you can opt for a miniature Australian Labradoodle, which weighs in at approximately 35 pounds and stands a little shorter.
You won’t find a more charismatic and loving dog than the Australian Labradoodle. She’ll also be energetic and enthusiastic, always ready for one more game or belly rub.
This dog is a people pleaser who loves being the gregarious goofball in the house. Her antics will entertain you, and her affinity for you as the pack leader will be a comfort. The Australian Labradoodle will want to be wherever you are, so be prepared to have a constant companion everywhere you go. If you move from your chair to get a glass of water, your dog will be right there with you every step of the way.
You won’t mind, though. Your Australian Labradoodle is just as agreeable to follow you around the house as she is to meet new people, and it’s likely that she’ll be nice to everyone who comes to visit, including friends, delivery people, and unfortunately, even a burglar, unless the dog is trained to react differently.
First time dog owners find themselves highly successful raising an Australian Labradoodle. These amazing dogs are quick learners who have also have been trained as guide dogs.
The Australian Labradoodle is a great pet for people who are allergic to pet dander and dog hair. Best of all, you’ll find that unlike other dogs that shed excessively because of their double or triple coats and require intensive grooming, your Australian Labradoodle needs only basic grooming. Infrequent baths and brushing a couple of times a week make up the bulk of grooming requirements.
Your Australian Labradoodle will shed only once as it grows from puppy to adult. You’ll see the transition take place somewhere between nine and fourteen months when your adorable little teddy bear becomes an adult. After that, there won’t be another shed, and you’ll appreciate how dirt never seems to stick to your dog’s fleece or wool coat.
You may wish to have your dog’s coat trimmed, and usually these cuts are never as elaborate as those sported by poodles. Instead, most Australian Labradoodles get a standard clip that gives a close trim at the head and the back end, plus some extra attention to the hair growing around the paws and the eyes. Add regular tail trimming, and that’s it.
Before Your Dog’s Arrival
Puppies like to explore their world, and everything is new to them. Like children, they do most of their learning by putting everything in their mouths. Australian Labradoodles are no different. Chewing on a new toy is cute, but you’re not going to find chewing on your Italian leather shoe or your phone charger cord as adorable.
Keep an eye on her activities, and have several toys for her to play with.
Toys and supplies to have on hand
Your Australian Labradoodle will appreciate having a couple of chew toys to help her through the teething process and keep her entertained. She may also like a canine-friendly stuff animal and a ball. Most importantly, though she’ll want you to play with her.
Other supplies to have on hand for your new pet are:
- Baby wipes – to wipe around the eyes and ears
- Nail clippers and styptic powder – if you’ll be doing the nail trimming yourself
- A slicker brush – for brushing
- A training clicker – to get your dog’s attention during your daily practice
Exercising your dog
Your apartment may be too confining for the Australian Labradoodle unless you’re willing to provide daily exercise. These dogs respond well to long walks of 30 – 60 minutes every day.
Most trainers recommend that you use a standard leash instead of a retractable one. The retractable leashes are ineffective for walking dogs; in fact, the dog ends up walking you.
If you’ve got a yard, even better. Teach your Australian Labradoodle to retrieve a ball or a Frisbee, and you’ll both have an enjoyable time outdoors.
Dogs that don’t get enough exercise will find mischief as they look for ways to entertain themselves and release some of their pent-up energy.
Training the Australian Labradoodle
Training your dog is a must, whether she is that wiggly puppy ball of fluff or an older dog you have adopted.
You can take your Australian Labradoodle to a professional trainer, or you can train your dog yourself. The basic commands include sit (and the extension, stay), down, no, and leave (or drop).
Once your dog learns these simple commands, your can teach her tricks. You’ll also want to teach her house manners, including not jumping on people, and allowing people to walk through the door before she goes out or comes in. Teaching her to go last teaches your dog her place in the hierarchy of your home.
It’s also a good idea to acclimate her to traveling in a car.
“But we’ll never take her on vacation,” you say.
You will have to take her to the vet and maybe even to the pet store to pick out a new toy, so knowing the expectations for traveling will make the experience more pleasurable and safe for everyone.
The years ahead
You’ve selected an amazing an amazing dog as your choice of canine companion. By planning your Australian Labradoodle’s living quarters, food, training, exercise and health routines, you’ll have a smart and well-behaved dog that is every bit one of your family members.
Take care of that beautiful teddy bear; your Australian Labradoodle will be by your side for 12- 15 years or longer.