Things you need to know before bringing puppy home
IMPORTANT NOTE - Sun Valley
Labradoodles will specify a home date for each litter well in
advance so families have plenty of time to make arrangements for
this specified home date- there can be no exceptions to this home
date - we have a very busy schedule and it is difficult to make
different arrangements for each family. We often try to schedule a
few days off after a litter goes home to spend quality family time
or preparing for an immediate arrival of a new litter. Thank you for
understanding and making sure you are available to welcome your new
family member on your scheduled home date!
To do list:
∑ Acquire a collar and leash (four foot leash, 8-14 size collar with snap closure works best)
∑ Acquire a crate ( unless we are flying puppy home to you) and bed and decide where the puppy will sleep, best crates are the plastic ones size 28x21x21 to start with- this gives them a nice den like secure feel opposed to the wire crates.
∑ Acquire food and water dishes (stainless steel is best)
∑ Acquire some basic grooming tools- brush, comb, nail clippers, slicker brush and steel comb
∑ Decide where your puppy will be potty trained outside
∑ Find a vet
∑ Find a good puppy training class or a trainer
∑ IMPORTANT LETTER, Please read: Letter to families when bringing puppy home
∑ Pet insurance, if desired. SVL recommends Trupanion Insurance.
What is the best way to toilet train my puppy?
Bathing: Australian Labradoodles do not require frequent bathing. If they get muddy they should be allowed to dry and then brushed to remove debris in their coats.
Brushing: The amount of brushing is dependant upon life style. If your labradoodle is mostly indoors you may only need to brush every couple of weeks. If your labradoodle spends a lot of time outdoors you may need to brush out weekly.
Brush to the skin, working from under the coat. Work from the feet up to the body and the tail to the head. Brush in the direction of the hair, but add small amounts of coat to each stroke. At approximately eight months old a puppy coat needs very regular brushing to strip out the puppy coat so it doesnít tangle and get matted in the adult coat.
Eyes: Bath the eyes with clear water when needed to clean and clip away bothersome hair.
Ears: Clean ears regularly with an ear cleaner. Fill ear and gently massage to bring dirt to the surface. Use a cotton ball to wipe out cleaner and dirt. Clip hair from base of the ear.
Nails: Trim every six weeks
Sanitary areas: The hair under the tail and the belly should be shaved to prevent mattes and keep clean.
- If allergies in the family do not over bath your dog - this creates a drying of skin with non shedding dogs and can create more dander.
- In addition to brushing weekly from skin out , keeping eyes clean and cleaning the ears weekly your dog may need to go to a groomer and be trimmed a couple or few times a year.
- Make sure to have the groomer only scissor cut the face area - it should evenly be trimmed through the face, ears length should be cut short and layered so they donít have the long droopy poodle look, the surfer do at the top of head should be longer (pull it down to eye level and trim there so that when you let go it springs back up) they face should still appear shaggy looking and never be cut down short or you will lose the Australian look
- The snout and beard evenly trimmed with the rest of face - never ever allow them to shave the face, snout or around the eyes
- The body can be trimmed shorter or left longer- never shorter though then a five blade- even if the body is trimmed shorter the head should be left shaggy and blended with scissors into the back of the neck
- To help eliminate
knots in the movement areas such as arm and leg pits or privates you
can have them trim in those spots a bit shorter.
Helpful Suggestions Training Your Australian Labradoodle Puppy
Training is fun and very rewarding for both you and your puppy. Puppies have an amazing capacity to learn complex demands quickly.
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