How to Choose the Perfect Name for Your Labradoodle Puppy

How to Choose the Perfect Name for Your Labradoodle Puppy

There are many tasks that come hand-in-hand with owning a Australian Labradoodle including exercising, training, spending time with, and feeding your puppy. There are some owners that know what they’re going to name their puppy long before they even begin their Labradoodle parent duties. On the other hand, some owners take a while to pick the perfect name. This important decision can prove to be difficult, because they want to make sure that it is the perfect name and that it fits their puppy well. Finding the perfect name for the newest member of the family may not be as simple as it seems, but when you finally find a name that fits, you’ll be glad you took the extra time. The following are a few ideas for naming your Australian Labradoodle.

Celebrity Names:

Many people have favorite celebrities and role models that have affected their lives in some way or another. Whether this character or person is fictional or living doesn’t matter, either can be potential names for your favorite Labradoodle. 

Favorite Food:

Everybody loves food and has a personal connection to your favorites. This one might be a little out of left field but could be a cute fit for your new best friend. A name like Biscuit, Peaches, or T-Bone could be the perfect name for your furry pet. 

People Names:

Perhaps you have had a name in mind for a child, but for whatever reason you’re done having children or your spouse has previously vetoed this name for a little human. You still like the name but have nowhere to use it. Or maybe you have a grandparent or uncle who you look up to or who just happens to have a name you enjoy. Try it out on your Labradoodle puppy and see if it fits their look and personality.

Names Based on Looks: 

There are many names that can be matched to your Labradoodle puppy based purely on their physical coloring or characteristics. Names such as Snowball, Charcoal, and Caramel describe the color of the puppy bearing them. Also, depending on where their coloring is or if it creates certain patterns, you may want to name them accordingly. For instance, a name like Bandit may suit a Larabadoodle with dark fur around their eyes. If they have random patches of color on their coat, a name like Patches may work nicely.

Your Background:

Names can blossom from a variety of places. For example, you can choose an important place or moment in your past. You could name your new pet the name of a town that you once lived, or even something that stands out to you from your culture or religion. 

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

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

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.

What Are the Best Snacks for Labradoodle Puppies?

What Are the Best Snacks for Labradoodle Puppies?

We all look for healthy snack choices for our beloved pets, but with so many choices out there, it is almost impossible to find what you’re looking for. Many of the snacks that claim they are healthy are not. Additives and preservatives can be found in almost all dog and puppy snacks available.

Texas Australian Labradoodles have tried hundreds of commercially available snacks and treats. Some of the snacks our dogs had refused to eat, and others did not look or smell naturally. Our journey took us to SugarBay Creations and we found that we shared their frustration of providing wholesome, healthy and natural products for our four-legged babies.

 

What makes SugarBay Creations different? Lets start with their motto. Simple ingredients for healthy and happy pups. We found that our dogs and puppies loved their snacks and training treats and that they contain no preservatives or artificial flavors, colors, or sweeteners.

Have you ever bought “natural” treats thinking that they would be good for your labradoodle puppy only to find that he does not want to eat it? Well, SugarBay Creations offer two categories of snacks: Snack Treats and Training Treats. We find that these two categories are sufficient for any Australian Labradoodles owner.

 

Training Treats: 

Oatmeal Liver Bites is a bite sized snack that is perfect for training. These little morsels are packed with natural flavors and elicits great motivation even from stubborn pets. It is a simple soft and chewy snack made from 100% real ingredients. These training treats do not contain unnecessary growth hormones, antibiotics, or vaccines. This wholesome snack contains only three simple ingredients, including liver, organic oats and a touch of organically grown pitted green olives, these provide the optimum nutritional value to your pets.

These treats are perfect as they will not fill up your labradoodle’s little belly, yet your puppy will work extra hard to get these high value rewards!

 

Snack Treats:

Tuna Wafers are great and nutritious. These snack treats are made with organic oats and eggs from free range chickens. This treat is made from Non GMO wild caught Albacore Tuna packed in water with no added salt, which provides a healthy, protein packed choice with all the taste and none of the smell of regular canned tuna. A bit of 100% real cheddar cheese, adds the taste that pups go crazy for!

 

Pumpkin Peanut Butter Bones offer not only great taste but also many health benefits that pumpkin offer. These Pumpkin Peanut Butter Bones are simply made of just that! Organically grown pumpkins, all-natural peanut butter with no artificial flavors or sweeteners, free range eggs, organic coconut oil, and organic oats.

 

Texas Australian Labradoodles have personally met and spoken with the devoted Weimaraner owner and creator of SugarBay Creations. She informed me that she was very frustrated with the expensive treats she was buying for her dogs only to have them refuse to eat them a couple of weeks after they were opened. Also, she was done spending money on snacks that smelled of chemicals after opening a sealed bag. She therefore was forced to look to other sources for natural snacks that contained no preservatives and no artificial flavorings. After a long journey researching health-benefits of common ingredients for pets, she created these training tidbits and snacks that are highly desired by all kinds of pets. For specific health benefits of ingredients used in SugarBay Creations’ puppy and dog snacks, please visit their website here.

 

How are Labradoodles Allergy-Free?

How are Labradoodles Allergy-Free?

Do you love dogs, but you or someone in your family is allergic to them? In that case, you may consider getting a multigenerational Australian Labradoodle. You might have heard that Australian Labradoodles are allergy-free, but you may not be really sure what that means. As Australian Labradoodle breeders, we’ve worked closely with multigenerational Australian Labradoodles for several years and can answer all of your questions and concerns about why this breed is considered hypoallergenic.

You’re Likely Allergic to Dander

Most house pets have dander, which are skin cells that are released into the air in your home throughout the day. Depending on the breed’s shedding, this can be minimal or excessive. By choosing a non-shedding dog breed, such as the multigenerational Australian Labradoodle, you may finally be able to have the puppy you’ve been dreaming of without the unpleasant side effects.

Not All Labradoodles are Created Equal

Different generations and types of labradoodles have varying coat types. This can contribute to whether or not the dog is hypoallergenic. If you believe you may be allergic, we recommend spending at least 24 hours around the same type of labradoodle you’re considering purchasing.

First, Second, and Third Generation Labradoodles: If your family is looking for a hypoallergenic doodle, it requires both parents and grandparents to have a non-shedding coat. This is possible in third and fourth generation labradoodles with selective breeding practices. Although, even with the best breeding practices it’s possible for breeders to find a recessive gene which causes the doodle to shed.

Australian Labradoodles: If you family is looking for a non-shedding, hypoallergenic labradoodle, an Australian Labradoodle is your safest choice. Specifically, look for one with a fleece or wool coat whose parents and grandparents are non-shedding.

Due to our exceptional quality and breeding pedigrees, families around the nation looking for hypoallergenic labradoodles choose puppies from Texas Australian Labradoodle breeders. Reach out today to learn more or take a look at our precious puppies.