How to Safely Celebrate Halloween With Your Labradoodle

How to Safely Celebrate Halloween With Your Labradoodle

Halloween is one of the best times of the year for many. Nothing can beat the changing of the leaves and the cool crisp autumn air. If you are a big fan of the holiday, you most likely enjoy the aspect of spooky scares and frights. This year, Halloween is going to be a little different. It will be difficult to trick-or-treat and remain six feet apart. Social gatherings have generally been limited this year, but they are not completely eradicated. There are still many ways you and your labradoodle can enjoy a spooktacular Halloween holiday.

1. Solve Mysteries

Since the virus has swept the country, we have spent a lot more hours at home with our pets. So, a good way to create a fun, different experience could be to hang out with your friends and their pets virtually. Once your group has congregated, you can play out a fun mystery game. Nothing is more exciting and suspenseful than a classic whodunit. 

2. Dress Up

Halloween is not Halloween without dressing up in costumes, and there is nothing cuter than a Labradoodle puppy in costume. There are countless options online for terrific pet and owner duo costumes. Once you and your Labradoodle have selected the perfect costume, make sure you let the world know by sharing some adorable pictures on social media.

3. Decorate

Whether you live in an apartment or house, you can show off your Halloween spirit by decorating your surroundings with some spooky décor. There are countless Halloween themed stores in which you have a large selection of ghoulish decorations. You do not have to limit yourself to bedazzling up your living quarters, but your Labradoodle’s stuff as well.

4. Visit a Pumpkin Patch

A pumpkin patch is the perfect place for your dog to get some exercise and enjoy the fresh air as you get to pick a big orange ball of fun. There is no question that your dog would have the time of their life in a large field full of pumpkins.

Just because Halloween may look different this year, does not mean you and your Labradoodle can not have an enjoyable and festive Halloween experience. For more information about raising an Australian Labradoodle, browse the Texas Australian Labradoodles blog

 

How to Choose the Right Vet for You and Your Labradoodle

How to Choose the Right Vet for You and Your Labradoodle

After you bring home your new best friend, it is essential that you find the right veterinarian. Your multigenerational Australian Labradoodle puppy’s health should be priority number one. As a new pet owner, you should ask yourself, how do I know if I have found the right veterinarian for my Labradoodle? Whether you opt to go with the holistic vet or the conventional choice, you must know that this is a personal choice that only you can make. Although it is your choice, here are some guidelines that might help you narrow down your decision.

Communication is very key. It is vital that you select a vet that is open with you. Also, work with someone who will talk with you, not at you. A great vet will not push their opinions on you and demand that you go along with their methods, but instead will ask for your input and thoughts about your Labradoodle’s health and your preferences.

Ask for referrals. If you have acquaintances with pets as well, ask them about their vets and see who they trust. Before you schedule an official appointment, it is a good idea to make a preliminary visit to take a tour and preview the staff and environment to see if it is a good fit. 

Cost. Texas Australian Labradoodles provides complimentary 30-day Trupanion Pet Insurance. If you choose to extend this service, your puppy insurance will cover diagnostics, medications, surgeries, hospital stays, prescription foods, prosthetic and orthotic devices, carts, supplements and herbal therapy. Other services would be covered at additional cost, such as rehabilitation therapy, acupuncture, hydrotherapy, chiropractic, behavioral modification and therapy, homeopathy, and naturopathy. Since most vets will accept Trupanion Pet Insurance, choose a vet that will deliver the highest quality service to ensure that your new furry one is in the best of hands. Ask questions and analyze the payment options. Know when all your fees are due and which methods of payment are accepted.

Schedule check-ups regularly. If your preliminary vet visit is a success, do not waste any time and get your Labradoodle in for a routine check-up. Make sure your puppy is healthy and happy, so if there is anything wrong you can be ahead of it. 

What if something goes wrong? If the first visit with your new vet does not go as well as you expected, there is no reason to panic. Do not be shy about trying a handful of clinics, each one is different, and one may feed your needs better than others. 

For more information about how to raise a healthy and happy Australian Labradoodle, visit our Texas Australian Labradoodles blog

 

How to Keep Your Labradoodle Cool During the Hottest Months

How to Keep Your Labradoodle Cool During the Hottest Months

When it comes to the hottest days of summer, one vital thing for a dog owner to remember is how to keep their pet cool when the weather reaches unbearable temperatures. It is fairly natural to have the desire to stay indoors and bask in the oasis that is air conditioning, but dogs need to have some time throughout the day to go outside and exercise. But, your dog is still at risk of the same dangers that humans face when exposed to the sun for long periods of time. It is essential that as an owner you are always staying vigilant at cooling down your pup when they have finished frolicking outside, here are some tips that will assist you in doing so. 

  1. Keep Your Labradoodle Hydrated. Like humans, staying hydrated is key for staying healthy during the warm parts of the year. It will also help the animal cool down quickly. Always keep a keen eye on their bowl, to make sure it is never empty. 
  2. Feed Your Labradoodle Cold Treats. After being in the sun, it can be extremely refreshing to enjoy a popsicle or other frozen treats to cool down, the same can be said for dogs. You can actually find dog ice cream at most pet stores, or you can even make your own frozen treats. 
  3. Keep Your Pup Shaded. When you take your dog outside, be certain there is access to some time of shade for them to take a much-needed break. This can be huge for making sure your dog is kept at a comfortable temperature. 
  4. Keep Your Dog Properly Groomed. When your labradoodle has a long, thick coat, it can insulate the heat and become dangerous for your Labradoodle. It is a good rule of thumb to groom your dog on a frequent basis, to keep it cool and comfortable. 
  5. Buy a Kiddie Pool. Whether or not you have children, a kiddie pool is a must-have for the warm, summer months. Labradoodles love to play in the water, and it also keeps their body’s temperatures at a healthy level. 

For more helpful tips concerning your Labradoodle, visit the Texas Australian Labradoodles blog

Labradoodle Parents: How to Work From Home With a Dog

Labradoodle Parents: How to Work From Home With a Dog

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, every one of us has had to pivot and change the way we do things to keep our families and ourselves safe. For some of us, that means working from home. And if you’ve never had to work from home, you’re now very familiar with the avalanche of potential distractions. For dog owners, one of these distractions may be a fur baby who is really excited to spend more time with you. But how do you balance giving your Labradoodle the attention he needs and finishing your work tasks for the day? Here are some tips and tricks for retaining your paycheck, as well as your sanity. 

Set aside time to play with your Australian Labradoodle

When you have an office to go to everyday, your boss and coworkers can help keep you accountable and it is often easier to stay on task and manage your time. But at home, you have to create that environment yourself. To prevent your Labradoodle or other distractions from wasting your work time, set aside time to play with your four-legged friend and let it burn off energy. This is also a great way to reinforce obedience with your dog. 

Create a separate workspace which your pet cannot enter

The best way to ensure that your dog does not interfere with your work is by not letting them inside your workspace. They can have access to the rest of your home but leave the workspace for work. This can help you achieve the balance that you need to be productive. 

Never give into whining for attention

Whining is a way for dogs to communicate, and is useful in situations where a dog is hurt or stressed. Sometimes your Labradoodle may whine to communicate that a potty break is needed, obviously in this situation it’s best to take him outside. But automatically responding to whining with attention may reinforce this behavior, and cause him to whine about everything. Your Labradoodle puppy may do whatever he can to get the attention that he is used to getting when you’re home, including whining, crying, and displaying some other naughty behavior.

Keep your Labradoodle distracted and well exercised

A bored or unexercised puppy may engage in troublesome behaviors that he has never exhibited before. The best solution? Prevention.

If you know you will be staying home to work, take your puppy for an early walk. This way, both of you will stay busy… You can accomplish your work-goals for the day and your Labradoodle puppy will be busy resting and getting ready for his afternoon adventures. It is key that you keep your puppy from getting bored by providing adequate exercise and a wide variety of chew toys to keep him busy for a long time. 

Visit Texas Australian Labradoodles for more tips and tricks to enhance the life of your loyal Labradoodle companion. 

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