The minute you get your new puppy he will be learning how to act around you and his new home environment. Puppies are like small (sometimes large) sponges and absorb information better than any other time in their life. Labradoodles are not dogs that should live outdoors unattended. Our puppies are meant to be in-home pets; they are raised indoors, and are handled and petted every day even from birth. Home-breeding puppies makes them into wonderful house and family dogs. We start house training each labradoodle puppy when they are 5 weeks old so that when you get them to your home, house training has already begun. Puppies use their feet to find places to go to the bathroom. When taking them out to the yard, to grass, rocks or dirt, (which ever you prefer), they get acquainted with that feeling at their feet. When they arrive at your home, your puppy will be used to the surface that you want them to use. Having a Labradoodle puppy is a richly rewarding experience.
Please remember you must teach your puppy all of your expectations, gently and firmly from day one. Before bringing your new labradoodle puppy home, purchase a small crate, some rubber toys, (they really like squeaky ones) and some dental chew bones, two dog bowls, 1 for water and 1 for food, (as a hint:the heavy ceramic ones don’t tip over). The more puppy things you have around for your puppy to chew, the less likely they are to chew up your things. The need to chew will extend for at least 18 months, although they may always love having things to chew and toys to play with. You will also need a premium puppy food of your choice. We use natural balance grain free puppy food as it is some of the best for labradoodle skin. Remember, dogs originally were den animals, they burrowed holes underground, where they were safe from predators and nice and warm. They instinctively will not go to the bathroom in their crate(den). A crate is a safe haven for your puppy. If you keep clean, soft bedding in the crate, they will choose that for a cozy place to sleep, even when you haven’t put them in there.