So, now you have your Labradoodle, but what should you expect when you bring it home? How do you make your home safe and inviting to your Labradoodle? And how do you make the transition period for your Labradoodle easier on both you and your dog?
Were is your Labradoodle going to stay?
The first thing you need to decide is where your Labradoodle is going to stay, In almost every instance, your Labradoodle needs to be an indoor dog. Labradoodles are sociable doges and were bred to be family companions. They are not intended to be relegated to te back yard and occasionally played with. If your looking for such a companion, the Labradoodle isnt for you.
So, your Labradoodle needs to be an inside mostly dog, with occasional forays outside. But that outside must be safe, too. You cant expect your Labradoodle to know the boundaries of your yard. Nor can you expect the neighborhood dogs and kids to respect your yard either without a fence. So, it makes sense to have a fenced in yard for your Labradoodle .
Were your Labradoodle sleeps is very important. It needs its own bed.and, for a while, that means a crate so he can learn the rules of the house. Remember, Labradoodles don’t come house trained, normally, so your going to have to teach it its not okay to eliminate on the floor, However, even though your Labradoodle needs its own bed , it needs to sleep wit someone to whom youd like it to bond, be it you or your kids.
Tip: Quality Time While You Sleep
You may be surprised to learn that you can spend quality time while yo sleep with your Labradoodle. Its true! Your Labradoodle will bond more closely with you if it sleeps in your room(but not on your bed!)
Tip: When it wont go to sleep
There are many different high tech type devices for helping your puppy sleep. One is Canine Lullabies, wich mixes music with a heartbeat; the other is a product called Snuggle Puppies.
Some trainers swear by the ticking clock and hot water bottle in a blanker method. The idea is that a hot water bottle fulled with warm water and wrapped in a blanket simulates your puppies letter mates, while the ticking of the clock imitates the moms heartbeat. Some people like playing light music to settle a puppy. Do what works for you. If your puppy does wake up and fuss during the night, make sure that he doesn’t have to go out to relieve himself.
Puppy and Dog Proofing
So, youve figured out the sleeping arrangements for your new pet, but have you dog proofed your home? Dogs are masters at getting into things. Look around your house. Some areas may be obvious; others will not be so obvious. If there are areas you dont want your Labradoodle to get into, be sure that theyre behind closed doors-and keep them closed at all times. Otherwise, invest in a good set of baby or pet gates that you can walk through but your Labradoodle cant.
Lastly, keep your Labradoodle out of areas that are inherently dangerous like the garage(always the threat of antifreeze poisoning) and areas with a pool.
Your house is probably going to be the main place your Labradoodle will live. Look through each of the rooms dor items your Labradoodle might be able to chew and swallow. Look not only at his height level but also at what he can put his paws up on. Heres a partial list off things you need to put away and jeep our of reach:
- Bathroom and shower cleaners
- Childrens toys, especially those with small pieces that can be chewed off of swallowed
- Chocolate-Extremely toxic to dogs(Dark chocolate is more poisonous than milk chocolate.)
Dangers abound in the backyard-be sure to dog proof your yard to provide a safe place for your Labradoodle.
- Clothes, especially socks
- Dental floss-can become lodged in throat or intestine
- Electrical cords
- Garage pails
- Glass knickknacks
- Grapes-toxic to some dogs
- Irons and ironing table
- Kitchen knives
- Medications-including ibuprofen,acetaminophen, and asprin-and vitamins.
- Nuts(certain types of nuts such as macadamia nuts can cause paralysis.)
- Onions-can cause anemia
- Paper shredders
- Pennies-can cause”penny poisoning due to the zinc content
- Pens,paper, and other small items that may be chewed of swallowed
- Plates and glasses-can be knocked over
- Scented soaps, potpourri, scented plug-ins, and air fresheners
- Sewing needles and craft kits
- Shampoo, conditioner, and mouthwash
- Suntan lotion
- Toothpaste-extremely toxic to dogs
Your yarf is probably the other place your Labradoodle will be in rgularly. Be sure that you have a fence and a gate. In most cases, I recommend a 6 ft high fence if the dog is big. If you have a smaller Labradoodle, you can probably get by with a 3 or 4 ft fence. However, there are still dangers inside your yard for you to be aware of:
- Cocoa mulch-Some places now sell this type of mulch. Unfortunately, it is both attractive and dangerous to dogs because it is made from cocoa bean shells and has a high amount of theombromine (the substance in chocolate that is poisonous to dogs.)
- High decks-Dog can accidentally jump from them.
- Lawn and garden chemicals-These chemicals can be absorbed through paw pads or licked off fur.
- Mushrooms and fungi-Many are toxic or even deadly.
- Sharp edging-This trim can cut paws
- Stones-Many dogs love to eat small rocks and gravel that can lodge in intestines
- Swimming Pools-Dogs can get in and accidentally drown
- Toxic plants-These plants are too numerous to list but include evergreen plants such as holly and pods from the black locust tree
TIP: Getting the Right Toys:
All Labradoodles need toys to chew on and play with. At first, you may wish to stay with virtually indestructable toys such as hard rubber and nylon toys and reserve the soft toys for interactive play until you learn your Labradoodles chewing habits. There are ball type toys that allow you to hide food inside, which your Labradoodle must then work to get out.
Going to the Vet
Before you bring your Labradoodle home you should have made an appointment with a Veterinarian to have your new family member checked within the first week after you bring it home. There are several reasons for doing this:
- It insures that your Labradoodle is healthy
- It ensures thar your Labradoolde is up to date on all of its vaccinations and dewormings.
- It starts your Labradoodle off right with a health check and enables your veterinarian to establis a good working relationship with you when it comes to your Labradoodles health.
- It enables you to ask questions about your Labradoodle concerning health care, training, nutrition.
Your vet will know what vaccines to give your Labradoodle. If your Labradoodle is a puppy, it may need more than one series of vaccinations. Ask your veterinarian about the right times for vaccinating your Labradoodle. In many cases, vets will send reminder cards that will let you know when you need to set up an appointment for important routine care such as heartworm testing, vaccinations, and health checks.
Many breeders require in their contracts that you bring your Labradoodle to the vet within a certain time period (within 72 hours to one week) to ensure that the puppy was healthy when it left the breeders. Be sure to check your contract and bring your Labradoodle to the vet within that time frame.
You may be surprised to learn that nutrition is a bit of a controversial subject nowadays. There are a plethora of homemade diets (both cooked and raw) and various dog foods out there; however, most advocates will tell you that their diet is the best.
The reality is that unless you know what youre doing and have a diet analyzed, homemade and raw diets can be risky der to potential deficiencies and bacteria. They can be costly and somewhat inconvenient to prepare as well. If you choose to do the homemade or raw diets, be sure to discuss them with your vet and perhaps a vet nutritionist to determine if your meeting all the nutritional requirements your Labradoodle needs.
If your not interested in raw or homemade diets, their are plenty of good puppy foods available. In most cases, skip the grocery store and bargain brands because they tend to be chocked-full of sugar, salt, artificial colors, flavors, and fillers that do nothing nutritionally. Although grocery stores occasionally carry premium brands, the best place to look for puppy food is a pet supply store or even a feed store. Look for a premium dog food formulated according to AAFCO (American Association of Feed Control Officials) guidelines as complete and balanced for growing puppies or forall life stages.