Exercising Labradoodle Puppies: The Basics

Exercising Labradoodle Puppies: The Basics

If you are an owner of a labradoodle puppy, you know that, like most puppies, they are little balls of energy. All dogs need daily exercise to stay fit and healthy. Regular exercise is also a great way to get all of your puppy’s wiggles out and keep them from getting into trouble. There are a variety of benefits to exercising your Australian labradoodle puppy, including: 

  1. Keeps your labradoodle looking healthy and happy
  2. Enhance the dog’s circulatory and respiratory systems
  3. Better deliver oxygen to create brand new healthy cells
  4. Keeps your labradoodle’s joints flexible
  5. Improves their digestive system

Labradoodle owners come from many different backgrounds and their dogs are raised in a variety of environments. Some owners may have acres of open space, while others live in close quarters in city apartments. No matter the environment, it is healthy for your dog to receive their daily dose of cardio. This will keep your labradoodle in good spirits and disease-free. 

Do all dogs need the same amount of exercise?

The amount of physical activity a dog requires varies depending on its size, breed, energy level, and the environment in which it lives. Texas Australian Labradoodles recommends the average Labradoodle puppy should be taken out for a minimum of two quality walks every day. It is important to remember however to stay alert to your puppy’s cues. To minimize the development of unhealthy joints, it is best to keep exercise periods short and allow adequate rest periods between the exercise. Let your puppy decide when he is ready to resume the play. If you are an individual that cannot make this kind of commitment it may be a wise idea to postpone adopting a dog until you’re able to do so.

Implement a Daily Routine

When setting up a daily routine, puppy owners must remember that young puppies require a lot of sleep, sometimes even up to 23-hours a day. They need sleep to grow. It is not uncommon to have the puppy be playful for a few minutes and then be ready for a nap. Be observant and get to know your puppy as overstimulated puppies may exhibit disinterest in food and other troubling symptoms. As your puppy grows, the time spent napping will start to decrease and you can start adding incremental periods of time filled with play and interactive games. It is far easier to accomplish tasks and form productive habits if it is instilled in our routine.

Swimming is another fun way for your labradoodle puppy to burn off energy. If you do choose to take your dog to a pool or to the lake, keep in mind that labradoodle puppies are prone to ear infections and care must be taken to thoroughly dry your puppy’s ears following any water-based activities. Remember, that swimming is far more strenuous than walking and should be done for a shorter period of time. 

Not only does physical exercise help your Labradoodle stay physically fit, but it also is beneficial for them mentally. A puppy that is bored and continually locked inside can become restless and exhibit attention-seeking tendencies. For more information about how to raise a healthy and happy Australian Labradoodle, visit our Texas Australian Labradoodles blog

Everything You Need to Know About Labradoodle Haircuts

Everything You Need to Know About Labradoodle Haircuts

A multigenerational Australian Labradoodle’s coat requires a regular grooming and brushing routine. We feel that grooming goes much easier when puppies are familiar with various grooming activities before their adult coat comes in at about 8-12 months of age. Texas Australian Labradoodles breeders start introducing your puppy to vibrating toys, clippers and toothbrushes early on to make your job easier as an Australian Labradoodle parent. We offer individualized instruction at our Open House and again when you are picking up your puppy to ensure that you are as comfortable with these tasks as possible. Familiarity with grooming activities will also make your puppy more comfortable when the time comes for their first trim as they will understand that they are safe and the expectations. In addition to the basics of bathing, trimming nails, teeth brushing, and brushing their coat, a summer haircut two to three times a year allows you to inspect their skin and helps keep your Labradoodle coat look fantastic and feel their best. Your preference, the seasons, and your Labradoodle’s coat type will determine how often a haircut is necessary. 

Before trimming or clipping your Labradoodle’s hair, it is important to know its coat type. Australian Labradoodles can have one of two coat types: wool and fleece coat. Each requires different trimming techniques. A matted or choppy looking haircut doesn’t make for an attractive Labradoodle and severe matting can cause discomfort and skin problems. With some practice, it is possible to do the trimming yourself but this requires patience from you and your Australian labradoodle.   

If you are nervous about trimming your puppy’s coat, seek help from a professional grooming expert. The expert will focus on the clipping of hair around the muzzle, tail, paws, ear, groin area, back, and other areas that you probably would have overlooked if you did it yourself. However, make sure you inspect your Australian Labradoodle’s ears before you leave. Although we do not recommend that you pour any cleaners into the ear itself, we feel that removing excess ear hair by gentle plucking is the best solution to keep your dog’s ears healthy and help the ear breathe. Although this may sound intimidating, taking a few strands at a time should make the procedure uncomfortable but not painful. Also, the ear hair will come out much easier the next time you’re removing the ear hair. 

Apart from their seasonal haircut, your multigenerational Australian Labradoodle will require weekly maintenance including tooth brushing, nail clipping, wiping the ear clean with damp gauze, and brushing. Proper weekly grooming is needed to keep your puppy’s nails from ripping or causing problems that may impact his ability to walk properly. They will also help your puppy avoid ear infections and skin problems down the road.

How to Properly Maintain Your Labradoodle’s Coat

Step 1: Use a detangling spray

Lightly spray some detangling spray evenly over your dog’s coat. As you do this, shield your dog’s eyes so he does not experience any irritation caused by the spray. 

Step 2: Remove the dirt

Run a de-matting rake over your dog’s coat to pull out any dirt or debris trapped in your Labradoodle’s coat since the last brushing and grooming session.

Step 3: Use a comb with the Line Brushing technique

Line brushing is a basic method that lets you groom your dog’s coat through to the skin, in sections, layer by layer. Start in one area, such as at the back of the head or the feet. Separate your dog’s coat in a line, down to the skin and brush out one small section until it is completely smooth. Brush the coat well, Once that section is done, move to the next section over. Isolate an area in a line and brush through that. Continue brushing section by section, stopping to work out tangles. 

Step 4: Use your scissors, if needed

You can use scissors to cut out stubborn areas carefully not to cut the skin. Cutting out small areas should not be visible and will make your dog more comfortable during the grooming process. 

Multigenerational Australian Labradoodles, like other types of doodles, need a regular brushing and grooming routine. However, this does not have to be a chore. You can pay attention to different parts of your dog’s coat each day and then do a brush over once a week. This extra attention will make your pet happy and will work in your favor by increasing his comfort level with grooming tasks. For more helpful tips and tricks to taking care of your Labradoodle puppy, visit the Texas Australian Labradoodles blog

How to Find the Right Labradoodle Breeder

How to Find the Right Labradoodle Breeder

Finding a Labradoodle breeder that is both ethical and professional can be a process.  Labradoodles are a high-end dog breed and, as a result, backyard breeders who don’t know the in’s and out’s of properly breeding Australian Labradoodles have entered the market to make money. But cutting corners or not having the appropriate knowledge about breeding Labradoodles can create problems for the dog and the owners down the road. 

A reputable breeder aims to better the quality of the breed with each new litter. This breeder takes into consideration certain criteria including completing genetic health testing, DNA, and desirable physical and behavioral characteristics when matching parents. By doing so, the health and overall quality of the breeding stock improves with each new litter. 

Below are few considerations to find out if your breeder is reputable, ethical, and professional:


1. Reputable breeders are knowledgeable and have nothing to hide

Professional breeders will proudly introduce you to their world. They will allow you to enter the puppies’ environment and meet the parents as well. If you do visit a breeder, be sure to pay attention to adult dogs’ temperament and physicality as well as the puppies’.

Take advantage of this moment to inquire about the temperaments and any concerns you may have. Also, observe how the puppies interact with the breeder and with each other. Feel free to question the breeder about their practices and process. They should be able to answer all of your questions honestly and with clarity. A reputable breeder should have a thorough understanding of the breed in general and how to properly train and care for Labradoodle dogs and puppies.


2. Reputable breeders want what’s best for their puppies

A good breeder cares for their puppies and will be interested in the type of owner you are going to be. They have the puppy’s best interest at heart and desire to only give them to a loving and caring family or individual.

A good Labradoodle breeder has multiple references and publicly available testimonials from happy buyers. They honor their word and will provide you with all the information you need to be a successful dog owner. 


3. Reputable breeders conduct genetic and health tests

A good breeder is concerned about their puppies’ health and tests the parents for common diseases shared by several dogs such as joint dysplasia, eye problems, elbow laxity, bleeding disorders, heart, and neurologic diseases.

Choosing a puppy from a healthy Labradoodle parent means you’re saving your family unnecessary visits to the vet, medical bills, and the pain of losing your furry family member. 


4. Reputable breeders offer a health guarantee

Your breeder should offer you a warranty that covers the puppy’s health for at least 2 years. This guarantee may have certain requirements for eligibility. So be sure to fulfill your end of the agreement to keep your Labradoodle strong and healthy. 

A Labradoodle puppy is a great addition to your family, but it is important to only select a puppy from a reputable breeder. At Texas Australian Labradoodles, our Labradoodle puppies are allergy-friendly, easy to train, and have proven to be exceptional family companions with gentle temperaments and lovable personalities. Our adult Labradoodles are registered with the ALCA/ALAA/WALA, three of the Authorities that provide oversight to ensure that Labradoodle breeders meet stringent health requirements and breed standards. We also offer a two year limited health guarantee that can be extended to three years if you maintain your puppy on Life’s Abundance All Stages dog food. Contact us to learn more about our philosophy and practices, or to reserve a puppy from our next litter.

Labradoodle Shades: A Beginner’s Guide to Coat Colors

Labradoodle Shades: A Beginner’s Guide to Coat Colors

One of the most fascinating things about Labradoodle puppies is that there’s no guarantee the color of their coat will remain the same from the early years into adulthood. Due to their genetic makeup, their coat color may change once the adult coat comes up. The most common Labradoodle coat shades are chocolate, caramel, red, cream, and parti. But with the wide range of coat shade variations, there’s a Labradoodle coat for every future dog owner. 


Coat Shades of the Labradoodle

Chocolate: Born in a black shade, these Labradoodles turn a chocolate brown color when they grow up. The nose pigment is a rose shade with amber or brown eyes. Sometimes, the color of their skin may also be blue. 


Cafe: Born a chocolate brown color, these Labradoodle coats lightens over time. Nose pigment is a rose or chocolate color with a tint of hazel. The eyes are generally a brown shade.


Parchment: Born a milky chocolate color and turning a smoky cream color when grown up. The nose pigment color is rose or brown.


Caramel: Slightly darker than a cream Labradoodle, close to the color of caramel candy. These pups have rose colored nose pigment with a hint of honey along with hazel or amber eyes.


Apricot: Born with a lighter color coat, similar to the caramel colored Labradoodle, that darkens over time. Their nose pigment color is typically black.


Apricot Cream: With apricot colored ears, these Labradoodles have a lightly shaded coat. The color is usually warm cream with black nose pigment.


Red: The rarest color of Labradoodle coat shades, these pups have a black nose pigment. They are also the hardest to breed.


Cream: When born, these Labradoodles are slightly darker. Later they turn to a warm cream color. The nose pigment is black or rose colored.


Raven Black: Born in a black coat, these Labradoodles have black nose pigment with shiny eyes. Sometimes their coat color can turn more of a silvery color over time.


Light Blue: These Labradoodles are like black. When these pups mature, their fur color lightens and turns to a light blue or grey color. 


Parti Color: Often known as Parti Labradoodles, these pups have large swatches of white color. Red, black, or chocolate spots on a white coat are the most common.


Phantom: These pups have secondary color markings near their eyes, chest, and chin. The Phantom Labradoodle has a combination of two colors, ideally black with a gold phantom.

For more information about how to care for Australian Labradoodle puppies’ coats, visit the Texas Australian Labradoodle Learning Center or contact us for questions and additional information.

Why are Australian Labadoodles the Perfect Family Pet?

Why are Australian Labadoodles the Perfect Family Pet?

Are you on the hunt for a new four-legged friend? Then the first question you’re probably asking yourself is what type of pup is right for your home. With so many types of dog breeds, it can be overwhelming to find one that has the appropriate activity-level, temperament, and trainability for your family’s needs. Australian Labradoodles check all of the boxes.

Here are a few reasons the Australian Labradoodle is the perfect family pet. 

  1. Hypoallergenic 

The Australian Labradoodle was originally bred to be a non-shedding guide dog. Their low-allergen coat is what quickly helped the breed gain popularity. But, keep in mind that not all Labradoodles are created equal. If your main concern is allergens, remember that different generations and types of Labradoodles have varying coat types. Specifically look for one with a fleece or wool coat, preferably with non-shedding parents and grandparents. 

  1. Trainability

Considering Poodles and Labradors are both known for their intelligence, it’s not surprising that Labradoodles are highly trainable. They are generally eager to learn and respond well to positive reinforcement.

But as it is with all dogs, owners are ultimately responsible for socializing and training their puppy to encourage positive behavior. Even the most trainable breeds can exhibit unwanted behavior without consistent consequences.

  1. Reliable Temperament

Because this breed has been around for over three decades, their temperament is often predictable. They have been hailed as the perfect family pet because they’re even-tempered around young children, but still energetic and playful. 

Reputable breeders will only breed dogs with favorable temperaments and some unpredictability may occur with first-generation Labradoodles. Texas Australian Labradoodle puppies exceed the standards of the WALA, ALCA, and ALAA for genetic testing and demeanor. 

  1. Loveable

Australian Labradoodles love everyone and everyone loves them. In a safe and controlled environment, let them experience and explore their world. Be sure to ask your Labradoodle breeder what socialization plan they utilized and continue implementing those practices. 

Texas Australian Labradoodle puppies are introduced to specific activities, toys, places, and strangers. We choose to follow Dr. Sophia Yin’s “Puppy Socialization Checklist” to ensure well-balanced and well-adjusted Labradoodles.

Australian Labradoodles are the perfect family companion, with an eagerness to learn and intelligence that make them a dream to train. With consistent, early training and socialization, you will have a calm and happy pet. But working with a reputable breeder is a must. Texas Australian Labradoodles is a premier multigenerational Australian Labradoodle breeder in San Antonio that strives to breed happy and healthy puppies. To learn more about our philosophy and credentials, visit the “Our Philosophy” page on our website.