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. 

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.

Do Labradoodles Make Good Pets?

Do Labradoodles Make Good Pets?

In the 1080’s, Wally Conron created the Labradoodle as allergy and asthma friendly breed with service dog temperament. Since its creation, the Labradoodle breed has gained in the popularity and has become admired for its intelligence, affection, excellent temperament as well as their non-shedding and hypoallergenic qualities. However, Washington Post reported Mr. Conron stating that despite his best intentions, inadvertently his Labradoodle turned into a “Frankenstein’s monster”.

 

As owners and breeders of multigenerational Australian Labradoodles, we wondered why the creator of such incredible breed would ever call them “monsters.”  According to Conron, he felt that the breed was exploited by breeders that not only started crossing the labradoodle with other breeds but did so without any regard for the dogs’ or puppies’ health. We understand Mr. Conron sentiment and feel that backyard breeders frequently undermine the integrity of any breed through unregulated and unethical breeding practices.

 

In their quest to make easy money fast, backyard breeders didn’t properly test the health of their dogs and resorted to inbreeding or using easily accessible dogs. These factors had detrimental effects on the health and disposition of the resulting puppies that ultimately ended up unwanted, abused or abandoned. We feel that breeders that disregard years of research, science, and genetic testing are responsible for creating the “Frankenstein’s monsters” that Conron was referring to.

 

 

 

Disparity between backyard Labradoodles and multigenerational Australian Labradoodles

Backyard breeders do not spend the time or resources to test their breeding stock, which result in low quality puppies. They may try cutting cost by overbreeding the same mother dog and providing low quality food to lack of vaccinations/vet checkups for the mother dog and the puppies.

 

Though unethical and unscrupulous breeding, promises of well-behaved, non-shedding and hypoallergenic first-generation Labradoodles went unfulfilled. Families end up feeling betrayed and frustrated as their expectations of healthy and well-behaved four-legged friend dissipated by costly vet bills and behavioral problems.

 

The Australian Labradoodle community agrees that health testing of parent dogs is crucial to produce healthy puppies. Reputable breeders employ research, genetic testing and proper breeding practices to eliminate undesirable traits, such as coat shedding or temperament issues and diligently works to improve the Labradoodle breed standard. In addition to investing in healthy parent dogs, reputable Australian Labradoodle Breeders also invest significant amount of time and effort to properly raise and train their puppies. Endless time is spent on researching benchmarks for best practices in potty training, impulse control, bite inhibition, and other basic training. They take the time to develop each puppy and employ temperament testing to ensure that the placed puppy meets the family’s expectations and is agreeable with the family’s lifestyle. 

  

Australian Labradoodles Clubs work to improve the breed standard

Reputable Australian Labradoodle breeders don’t acquire adult dogs ready for breeding but instead they work with their dogs since they were pups. Most will invest many years of health testing and training to produce a perfect parent dog. Most will also become members of Australian Labradoodle Clubs, such as WALA or ALCA, as these Clubs are committed to protect the Labradoodle breed through rigorous health and DNA testing requirements. Breeders are unable to register their dogs that have flawed health scores. In addition to setting forth health testing requirements, WALA and ALCA provide a formal Pedigree document for all registered dogs after carefully scrutinizing provided information for accuracy. You can rest assured that you will never receive a homemade pedigree from a reputable breeder!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reputable Australian Labradoodle breeders vs backyard breeders

Reputable multigenerational Australian Breeders have invested years in learning how to improve the Australian Labradoodle breed and have spent thousands of dollars on proper nutrition, supplementation, and health and genetic testing. For reputable breeders, litters don’t just happen. Successful litter of healthy puppies start with scrutinizing pedigrees and analyzing generations of health and DNA testing for each of the potential parent dog. This ensures that the resulting puppies have the best possible start in life and the families have the best possible chance of adopting healthy pets. Families can rest assured that breeders accredited with WALA and ALCA use adult dogs that have passed all of the required health and generic testing to assure the puppies’ health and longevity.

 

 

Are Australian Labradoodles Bad?

Anyone contemplating acquiring a Labradoodle, should do their diligence in learning as much about the breed as possible. Finding conflicting information on line? No time to do the research? We encourage you to pick up the phone and call the breeder. Call many breeders. Ask questions and clarify information. Consider which generation and the kind of the Labradoodle you are interested in. If you need low-shedding and hypoallergenic pet, you would know that only the multigenerational Australian Labradoodle would work for you. Consider WHAT you are looking for in a four-legged companion. What type of coat are you looking for? Hair? Wool? Fleece? Learning all you can prior to making decisions about a puppy is imperative for a long and happy relationship. have improved the quality of life for many families and continue to do so.

 

 

 

Ensuring that you are getting a high-quality puppy

When you decide to adopt WALA/ALCA registered puppy, you will get a dog from ethically conscious breeder who is required to maintain stringent breed standards. Your puppy’s lineage will also be free on hereditary diseases and temperament problems, minimizing the risk of passing on of diseases or undesirable traits.

 

 

Multigenerational Australian Labradoodles are hypoallergenic and non-shedding, which makes them great choice for allergy sufferers. However, their intelligence and adaptability make them stand out from all other breeds and a great choice for busy families. Texas Australian Labradoodles are proud members of the WALA and ALCA and produce puppies that uphold the expectation of healthy and happy in their new homes. The care we provide is geared toward upholding the breed standards and improving the outcomes for our dogs and puppies. Therefore, we urge you to consider investing in your four-legged companion from WALA/ALCA registered breeder.