Labradoodles love their humans and were bred for relationships. So before you decide to apply to be the forever home of a Lake Breeze Labradoodle Puppy, please give full consideration of the time investment that your family is able to spend with your new family member.
Dogs do best with routine. In fact they need routine. They need to be let out regularly to go outside for potty and play breaks. They like to sleep in the same spot at night. They like to be fed at the same time. They can kind of be creatures of habit.
2. Consistent Discipline is Critical
Let’s face it, no one likes an unruly dog. We require you to enroll your puppy in Puppy Obedience Class. It makes life a bit easier for both you and puppy and the investment is worthwhile. Every moment that you invest in your puppy’s obedience education will be a reward of your pet ownership!
We recommend Best Paw Forward located in both Delafield and Pewaukee if you are a local pet parent.
3. Do your Research
Understand “dogs” as best you can. The book The Loved Dog by Tamar Gellar is an excellent resource. She recommends that Crate training is essential to training your puppy. It is not cruel. If you think about it, our homes can be overwhelming and scary to a puppy. A small, cozy crate will allow them to feel secure. She has a wealth of helpful information in this book.
Lake Breeze Labradoodles will actually start the crate training process for your puppy to help ensure a successful transition to their new home.
We recommend PawTree (pawtree.com/LBL) and Life’s Abundance (lifesabundance.com/lakebreezelabradoodes) food. When we wean your puppy we start them on PawTree food mixed into a gruel. It is a high quality food, made in small batches here in the US, with no preservatives. In fact, we believe in it so much that we extend the health guarantee to 3 years if you feed your dog PawTree or Life’s Abundance exclusively. If you do decide to change brands, please transition over a period of time and introduce the new food gradually to not upset your puppy’s tummy.
5. House Breaking
The dreaded puppy potty training…its one of the most important behaviors to train your dog to do when they come home. Good news! We start them off here at Lake Breeze using a “litter” box and grass pads. When they come to your home they will be trained on where to go and how to do it, which does not hinder your outside potty training. Since Lake Breeze begins the crate training process, this also helps in housebreaking.
6. Coat Care
Australian Labradoodles have awesome coats! They are allergy friendly, they seldom need a bath and are naturally blessed to not have that “doggie” smell. In fact, bathing too often reduces the natural oils in their beautiful coats. Fleas are also rare and if you live in an area with a high flea population we encourage you to use Bravecto for flea and tick. Always consult with your vet about any treatments. There are three types of labradoodle coats.
1. A fleece coat is gorgeous and shouldn’t shed. It’s medium maintenance. It can be clipped or scissor-ed and will grow back to its long flowing style. After brushing your puppy, you should also spritz with water to refluff the curls and avoid matting. Trim the dogs hair under their ear flap very short so that air can circulate under your puppy’s ears. This will help prevent ear problems. A good groomer is key- ask us for referrals to groomers that we know and trust!
2. A wool coat is the most allergy friendly coat. The most ideal for a home with any asthma sufferers. They are easy to care for. These coats on their own are not more allergy friendly than fleece but rather the wool coat attracts less allergens when outside play than fleece.
3. A hair coat will shed. This is mainly seen in earlier generations of American labradoodles. For an example a lab/poodle cross or an F1B or sometimes an F2B. It will be unlikely to see a hair coat in a Lake Breeze litter.