3 Tips to Get Your Labradoodle Ready for Warmer Months

3 Tips to Get Your Labradoodle Ready for Warmer Months

Spring, and its accompanying smells and sounds, is often a time for much-anticipated change. Some people take on a DIY project, others deep clean their homes, and many attempt, yet again, to get that perfect “beach bod.” For owners of Labradoodles, part of the transition into spring will include preparing their pets for a warmer season. Try these tips to get your Labradoodle ready for warmer months.

Take Care of Your  Labradoodle’s Coat

Keep your dog comfortable with frequent brushing will help keep your Doodle coat shiny and health.  Your Labradoodle’s coat may have grown longer during the winter months, so spring is a good time to consider a cut or a trim. Many Labradoodles and their parents enjoy puppy cut because it keeps your pooch cooler and its easier to maintain. Shorter coat  can help your Labradoodle stay cool in warm weather. It’s also much easier to clean, in case your pet has a muddy springtime adventure.

Check Your Yard

Labradoodles and their owners usually start spending more time outside during the spring. Make sure your yard is free from potential hazards so that your doodle can romp safely. Use pet-friendly weed killers, and ensure your plants are safe for pets to eat–just in case. Remove any physical obstacles such as sharp wire and hidden rocks. Remove any pesky vegetation before it becomes entangled in the coat causing matting. Finally, prepare for warm weather by giving your dog a shady area and an outdoor water bowl.

Schedule Outdoor Exercise

Labradoodles are playful and eager to get outside, especially in the spring. As other animals begin exploring after winter, your pooch will probably want to spend some time sniffing out your backyard. Now that you can walk outside without quite so many layers, take your Labradoodle on long walks or play fetch in your backyard. Involve the kids and have fun. Spring fever happens for humans and dogs alike, so scheduling regular outdoor activities will make both you and your pet more content.

Warmer months will arrive eventually, and, when they do, you and your labradoodle can be prepared for whatever adventures the season will bring. Most of us have an idea of how to get ourselves and our homes ready for warmer months, but preparing your dog may be a more unfamiliar task. This year, start out on the right foot by following these easy steps to prepare your Labradoodle for warmer months. For more information about raising an Australian Labradoodle, browse the Texas Australian Labradoodles blog

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 Chew Toys For Australian Labradoodles?

What Are The Best Chew Toys For Australian Labradoodles?

Australian Labradoodles puppies are extremely cute and cuddly. They are soft and fluffy, and everyone wants to hold them and play with them. However, these cute babies start losing their “baby” teeth around sixteen weeks, these little bundle of joy starts chewing on anything that they can get paws on and can cause hundreds of dollars in damages from chewing on everything.

During our Open House we answer many questions that our families have. We discuss potential issues that they may encounter once they bring their puppy home. For example, many new pet owners are not sure what their puppy’s stool should look like or what is the best approach to easily clip their puppy’s nails without injuring their newest addition to their family. We also give many tips to assist our families with the care of their puppy, such as technique to brush their hypoallergenic puppy’s coat to prevent mats forming at the skin.

To ensure a great puppy start, we give our families tips on puppy training and how to intervene and redirect when their puppy starts to chew inappropriate objects, whether it is your finger or your remote control. We use substitution, a simple behavior modification technique to teach the puppy to chew on an appropriate object instead of inappropriate object. To do this, we share with our families some of our favorite healthy and appropriate chew toys for teething puppies.

  1. Beef Tendons

This is a natural, single-ingredient, 100% beef prepared in a human-grade commercial kitchen without harsh chemicals. It is high in Collagen, Glucosamine and Chondroitin that support healthy joints with a unique aroma and taste that is very desirable by puppies and grown dogs. These easy to digest but are safer than rawhide and will not cause digestive distress that rawhides can cause.

  1. Lamb Tripe Sticks

Organic lamb tripe are a great source of probiotics, Omega 3 fatty acids, vitamins and minerals and support digestive, dental, immune, and musculoskeletal systems. These treats are from grass fed lamb, free of antibiotics or hormones and are perfect for sensitive stomachs that aid digestion and relieve constipation. Untouched, untreated, unbleached tripe with no preservatives, hormones, or artificial ingredients will keep your puppy busy for hours at a time.

  1. Himalayan Gold Yak Dog Chews

All-natural, gluten-free cheese sticks are healthy, delicious premium organic chews that are made from 100% Yak milk with no artificial ingredients, chemicals or preservatives. These sticks are highly nutritious and are excellent alternative to rawhide and other chew treats like antlers that may be hard on the GI tract or the teeth. Larger treats are sufficient to keep your puppy busy for hours enjoying the treat.

  1. Sweet Potato Dog Treats- Dehydrated

All-natural sweet potato skins are gluten and grain free and are loaded with fiber, antioxidants and natural vitamins and minerals. These healthy treats help complete your puppy meet their nutritional needs without supplements without fat or added sugar. Thick cut skins help balance your pet’s blood sugar levels and are perfect for the teething puppy and will occupy your pet for extended time. Excellent addition to your pet’s raw food diet.

  1. Natural Bully Sticks

All-natural beef bully sticks are made from high-quality, free-range, grass-fed beef that are high in protein and other essential vitamins to support a healthy diet. They promote dental health through scraping away tartar and plaque through you Australian Labradoodle puppy chewing action. Free of any additives, hormones or unhealthy chemicals. Bully sticks are fully digestible and an excellent alternative to rawhide and will not splinter.

  1. Goughnuts

Although this is not an organic product, we have found it helpful as it is virtually indestructible chew toy designed by mechanical and polymer engineers. In addition, this chew toy floats and is perfect an excellent fetching toy. GoughNuts are safe for your Australian Labradoodle and even if your teething puppy chews through the outside layer to expose the red layer (puppy should not chew on the red), the manufacturer will replace it.

What Should You Look For in The Best Puppy Chew?

Ensure that it is soft enough to provide relief from sore gums, yet tough enough to last. For a puppy chew to work, it must be made from safe material and it must be soft enough to have some give and maintain your puppy’s interest in it, yet it should be tough to last.