Should I buy a Goldendoodle or Labradoodle?

The similarities in these dogs are the poodle. The differences are Golden Retriever and Labrador Retriever. Goldens and Labs are very popular dogs. Often they go 1 and 2 in the countries most popular dogs. The reason is because they are very loving and loyal companions.

Are they good with children?

Either dog are great with children. These dogs were born to be part of a family. You don’t have to worry about an aggressive dog here, as long as its not abused. Also they are good protectors for young children. When strangers come they often let out a ferocious bark. Just there presence can promote security. You wouldn’t have to worry about visiting children. They are naturally warm towards all kids.

Is one better for service dog?

Both dogs are the most popular for service dogs. That is because of the poodle they are easy to train and can learn many tasks. Because of the golden and lab they are super loving and loyal to their master. Sandpoint Doodles has trained many dogs as prep service dogs, therapy dogs, and PTSD dogs. For more info see Prep service dogs.

Which one should I choose?

Honestly you probably can’t make a bad choice here. They are very similar. Labradoodles are a little more popular as pets and service dogs. They are going to look very similar as well. Do your research. But know their personalities are almost identical.

Caring for new puppy

bernedoodle puppy

Bringing a new puppy into your home will change your life forever. Puppies are definitely a lot of work, but they also bring plenty of joy to your world. Whether you are ​getting your first puppy or just need a refresher course, here’s what you’ll need to know to get your puppy on the right track to adulthood.

Getting your home ready

If the time is right for getting a puppy, you will now have to choose the best match. Perhaps your future companion will find you. A puppy can come into your life by chance and you can feel an instant connection and know it is the right one, but it doesn’t always happen like that. Often, you must take on the important task of going out and finding the right kind of puppy for you.

First, get an idea of the puppy-eye-view of your home. Electrical cords, potential toxins, and breakable items should be placed completely out of reach. Remember that your puppy can jump, climb, chew, and scratch, so place what you can very high up or in a locked cabinet.

Be aware that “child-safe” latches do not tend to work on curious and determined puppies. It’s best to secure lower cabinets and drawers with locks or metal hardware. These should be chew-proof and require opposable thumbs to operate.

Naming your puppy

As your puppy joins the family, the all-important job of naming this new addition is a priority. Obviously, you will be using your dog’s name constantly throughout his life, so your choice should be a wise one.

Pick something that has a nice ring to it and is not too long. It should be easy to say and simple for your puppy to understand. It’s also important that your dog’s name does not sound too similar to other words you plan to teach it.

Puppy essentials

Your new puppy will need certain items from the very start. Some are essential for your pup’s well-being, while others are quite helpful. Most important items include a leash and collar with identification, food and water bowls, and chew toys. You should also get a comfortable dog bed and, preferably, a crate or kennel.

Some of these items can last as your puppy ages but many of them will need to be replaced as your puppy grows. Collars may be adjustable up to a certain point. A kennel can be purchased in a larger size for the future but should be blocked off with boxes or other objects to make it the right size for the puppy.

Choosing your puppies food

Your puppy’s diet can make all the difference in its future health and well-being. Before you decide on a puppy food, do your research. Talk to your vet, other pet professionals, and fellow dog owners. Remember that if the food you initially choose does not meet your expectations, you can gradually switch to another food.

In today’s dog-friendly world, the choices of diet seem endless. Some owners like to feed premium foods, while many feel that holistic/natural diets are best. Homemade and raw diets are also becoming increasingly popular.

While researching puppy food, consider the quality of ingredients, inclusion of proper nutrients, and taste. Make sure to choose a food that is appropriate for growth—not adult dog food or “maintenance” formulas. The food should be healthy for your puppy and your dog should enjoy eating it.

labradoodle puppy

Keeping your puppy healthy

Preferably, you will find a veterinarian before you get a puppy. Within a few days of taking your new puppy home, you should bring it to your vet for a general exam. Take steps to make it a good experience so your puppy will be less likely to fear the vet’s office.

Over the course of your puppy’s first six months, you will see a lot of your vet. This begins with puppy vaccines and usually leads to spaying or neutering. Typically, puppies should be spayed or neutered at around six months of age.

Your vet can help identify any potential health problems early on, and advise you on caring for your dog long-term. The initial visit also opens the doors of communication with you and your vet. To help keep your puppy’s expenses down, you may consider purchasing pet health insurance, which could cover up to 80 percent of your dog’s health care costs.

Puppy vaccinations

Vaccines protect your puppy and other dogs from potentially fatal illnesses. Just like human babies, puppies (and kittens) need basic immunizations to take over when maternal antibodies fade. The puppy vaccination series is one of the most important aspects of your dog’s early life.

Unfortunately, pet vaccination has become controversial for those who fear vaccines in general. That’s part of the reason many vets are moving towards a three-year protocol (rather than annual) for adult dogs. However, when it comes to puppies, there is a different set of rules as the threat of vaccine-preventable diseases is extremely high for dogs. Not only may your new puppy die from these illnesses, but some of them can also be spread to humans.

Routine vaccine visits also allow your vet’s office to see your puppy every few weeks and monitor its growth and overall health. Talk to your vet about the best immunization plan for your puppy.

House training your new puppy

House training is one of the first things you will teach your new puppy. This process can sometimes be quite arduous, though some puppies catch on earlier than others.

You should begin house-training as soon as you bring your puppy home, but it takes patience. Puppies are generally not able to control their bladders and bowels until about 12 weeks of age. If your puppy is younger than this, just be patient.

Starting early can help get your puppy into a routine. As your dog grows and develops control over its bodily functions, it will already know what to do. As a general rule, you should take your puppy to the designated “potty spot” immediately after eating or drinking. However, accidents happen, so be prepared, consistent, and patient.

Bonding with your puppy

The bond you have with your puppy begins the moment it comes into your life and never stops growing. You can nurture this bond through affection, training, grooming, playtime, general exercise, and participation in various activities. You may want to join an obedience class, start training in dog sports like agility and flyball, or participate in dog shows.

Your puppy can begin training to visit people in hospitals and nursing homes or help children to read and learn. Strengthening and preserving the human-canine bond benefits the health and well-being of both you and your puppy.

Labradoodle creator regret ???

Labradoodle creator regret ???

labradoodle regret

Perhaps you have read this article or seen it on the news lately. i’m certainly not going to claim that it is fake news however you have to think about what’s being discussed and what the regrets are.

The creator was disgusted at puppy mills and those who do mass breedings just for profit. It wasn’t the dog or its temperament that the creator regretted.

If you are interested in a Labradoodle you should research the breed. perhaps you could talk to a neighbor or friend who has purchased one and discussed their likes and dislikes. Talk to your vet as well about them being hypoallergenic. Like most people you probably aren’t going to find many negatives about this breed.

So as a future dog owner or while you are doing research it is important to consider the personality of the dog you would like to purchase. It doesn’t matter so much about how they came into existence or what the original creator has to say

Dog food statistics

Labradodle puppies

You are probably like many people who ask many questions about dog food. We are going to try and answer some questions about that in this article.

How much should I feed them

This is sometimes based on your dogs breed, health and energy level. For example, one option is to “free feed”. That means to always have food out in a bowl for them whenever they are hungry. Some of the benefits of this method is, they usually won’t over eat. If it is readily available they don’t feel the need to devour everything at once. They know it will still be there when they leave. Another benefit to free feeding is that they don’t become possessive. Some dogs will become aggressive with their food naturally to protect their meal because it may be their last. One last benefit is for you. You don’t have to keep a feeding schedule in your head. You don’t have to worry about meal time.

So the other option is scheduled feeding. This certainly benefits breeds like Beagels. Some dogs will eat non-stop and eventually make themselves sick or even kill themselves. So no the behavior of your breed. Anther benefit of scheduled feeding can be for dogs who are over weight. Perhaps they don’t eat themselves to death but they do eat to much. A scheduled portion of food should help here. Another benefit could be for a dog that has acid reflux of other health issues. A scheduled feeding many times will help keep issues at bay.

So its up to you to know your dog and do what’s best for them. If you need assistance I would recommend talking to your vet for suggestions.

Healthy food

I will try not to slam any specific dog food brands here. However, some are worth mentioning like Purina. Sure we used to feed this to our dogs in the 70’s but we also used to play with lawn darts. Not a good idea. There are other brands that claim to be healthy like Blue Buffalo, but keep in mind that too much of a good thing is not good. Remember, if you have a puppy growing into an adult dog you will want to give them the proper nutrients at the PROPER AMOUNT. Hips and joints need specific nutrients. As breeders ourselves we chose to use Lifes Abundance. Here is a quick breakdown compared to Blue Buffalo.

Life’s Abundance All Life Stage Dog Food Blue Life Protection Formula
Daily cost to feed a 30lb dog $0.79 $0.84
Diverse Proteins  yes no
Animal Fat  yes yes
Vitamins A, C & E yes no
Omega-3 Fatty Acids  yes yes
Prebiotics  yesno
Probiotics  yes no
Vegetables  yes yes
No Corn/Wheat/Glutens  yes yes

Here is what some of those ingredients mean.

IGH-QUALITY PROTEINS – Proteins are the building blocks of all living organisms. Protein is essential for all bodily functions including those of the brain, heart, skin, skeleton and many others. Life’s Abundance contains at least 26% of high-quality protein. Look for identifiable animal proteins such as “chicken meal” rather generic terms like “poultry meal,” which can consist of any fowl (turkey, chicken, geese, etc.).

CHICKEN MEAL VS. CHICKEN? Some foods contain chicken meat or chicken parts, which naturally hold a fair amount of water. We prefer to use chicken meal because most of the water has been removed, which makes it a concentrated source of protein. This means that there is a greater “protein content” in one pound of chicken meal versus one pound of chicken meat. That’s why high-quality chicken meal is a key ingredient in Life’s Abundance foods.

WHOLE GRAINS – Whole grains are an excellent source of protein, fiber, B vitamins, iron, zinc and other essential minerals. They also provide the kind of carbohydrates that deliver sustained energy to your dog. We include the natural goodness of Ground Brown Rice and Oat Groats in Life’s Abundance Dog Food.

VITAMINS AND MINERALS – The proprietary blend of vitamins and minerals in Life’s Abundance foods was carefully selected to work in concert with all of the other ingredients to enhance the overall nutritional value of the food.

ANTIOXIDANT SYSTEM – Among other nutrients, our antioxidant system includes vitamins A, C and E and vegetables. The colorful skin and flesh of different vegetables and fruits contain phytonutrients, essential vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber. Each vegetable was carefully selected for its unique nutritional properties.

CHICKEN FAT – We believe the primary fat source in dog food should be animal-based because these fats contain a profile of fatty acids that are easily metabolized and generally more available to the body. Animal fats can vary in quality, so look for a species-specific fat like “chicken fat” (versus “animal fat”) to be certain of the kind of fat your dog is eating.

OMEGA-3 FATTY ACIDS – Omega-3 fatty acids are some of the most extensively researched natural nutritional ingredients in the world. Among its many health benefits, the omega-3’s in Life’s Abundance help support healthy skin and a shiny coat. We also included flaxseed meal for its outstanding nutritional profile and its contribution to healthy skin and coat.

DIETARY FIBER – Fiber is required in every diet to maintain healthy intestinal tract and good nutrient absorption.

Probiotics – These ingredients are similar to those found in supermarket yogurts. Probiotics help support healthy immune and digestive systems.

If you wish to do a comparison with any other dog food follow the link below.

Dog food comparison

This is a pretty important decision. Your dog is probably like a child to you. Make an educated decision.

What if… dog questions???

The dreaded what if question.

  • What if my dog gets sick?
  • What if my dog hates me?
  • What if my dog bites me?
  • What if my dog wants to sleep with me?

Having a dog is similar to having a child. They will be with you for quite a while. But remember a dog will feed off your energy. You’ve heard dogs smell fear? Well, they also smell anxiety, nervousness, and apprehension. Allow them to smell happiness, love, and enjoyment. Your dog will imitate you. If you take him on a walk and hold the leash tight with no slack at all and are scared, chances are your dog will sense that and misbehave.

Show confidence with your dog. Allow him time to be a dog by running and exploring. But when he behaves straighten him out. No dogs cannot understand the English language, but they can sense the tone in your voice.

Consistency is a real key. Sure you don’t feel like getting up all the time to correct him, but this is very important in the early years.

Also remember to reward good behavior with a treat or verbal accommodation. If you catch him chewing on a shoe take it away and say “bad” and then give him one of his toys to chew on. After he takes it say “good dog”.

You might be really stressed out thinking about a dog. It’s really not that difficult. It can be very enjoyable. Especially as the dog gets older you will have a friend for life.

For simple training tips please see our blog tips for training your dog.

Training tips for your dog

We encourage positive training. No shock collars or discipline. We use the reward system with positive reinforcement and treats.

Sitting

Start with the easy tasks. Sit is a good place to start. We like to use hand gestures along with voice commands. If you place a treat in your hand and make a fist, hold it just above his head so he looks up and then slowly move it back so the dogs head goes back and say sit. This should naturally have the puppy look up and back which should cause him to sit.

Laying down

Lying down is similar. With a treat in your hand, hold it while pointing to the ground while saying lay down. He may sit naturally, but hold your hand flat to the ground to get them to lay down. This one might take a little longer.

Stay and Come

First get them to sit. Then with an open hand show them your palm and say stay. Start with just a couple feet and go from there. Keep eye contact with them as you walk backwards. And then for come, say come in a high voice and reward with a treat.

We have several training videos if you would like to watch them to get some ideas. Training videos

Best labradoodle breeder

best labradoodle breeder

If you are looking to add a Labradoodle or any dog to your family obviously you would want to do your research. Perhaps you may want to make a list of important questions you would like to ask the doodle breeder. First of all, if you cannot get a hold of the breeder that is where your search should end. Second, if you get a hold of the breeder but they won’t let you visit unless you purchase a puppy then that should also be the end. If you get a hold of them and you visit then take a look around.

What to look for

Is it clean?

Do the puppies get plenty of exercise?

Do the puppies have interaction with the family?

Are the parents available to meet?

What is the temperament of the parents?

What kind of food does the breeder feed their puppies?

Do the parents look healthy?

Don’t be fooled

Documentation stating the puppies and the parents are healthy can be doctored especially with a friend that is a vet. Use your observation. Health guarantees also aren’t always reliable. If you have a problem you may never speak to the breeder again once you pay them. Even if you do, most live half way across the country and will expect you to bring the puppy to them or to their vet friend to be inspected. So health guarantees don’t always mean a lot.

Sandpoint Doodles

What you will notice:

Tanya is always available to answer your questions

The 10 acre ranch give the puppies plenty of room to roam

All the parents are on site all the time

No cages or kennels

All dogs are in perfect health

Family interaction is a must

The knowledge of dogs and training ability can not be beat

Hand delivered puppies from birth

Essential oils used in cleaning

Labradoodles

PERSONALITY AND TEMPERAMENT

labradoodle puppy

The Labradoodle typically acquires the friendliness and well-tempered nature of their parent breeds. Likewise, they are considered very intelligent and highly trainable. Like Labs, they are amazing family dogs and are both good with children and loyal. Like Poodles, they are very smart and can be protective of their people. They’re fun-loving, affectionate, athletic, graceful and highly active dogs. They generally make good watchdogs and therapy dogs and get along well with other animals. Unsurprisingly, considering their mix, Labradoodles love the water and can be exceptional swimmers.

Emerging breed standard and family dogs

These dogs have a breed standard and consistent looks and temperament. They are low shedding and many allergy and asthma sufferers find them suitable to live with. They are a wonderful family dog and adaptable to diverse circumstances. Another noticeable thing about the labradoodle is there ability to learn. They are very intelligent dogs and for that reason are used to learn a variety of commands including service dog abilities.

The Norwegian crown prince and princess own labradoodles

Health benefits of owning a dog

There are many reason why dogs are called humans’ best friends: not only do they offer unparalleled companionship, but a growing body of research shows they also boost human health. Owning a dog can prompt you to be more physically active — have leash, will walk. It can also:

  • help you be calmer, more mindful, and more present in your life
  • make kids more active, secure, and responsible
  • improve the lives of older individuals
  • make you more social and less isolated

Just petting a dog can reduce the petter’s blood pressure and heart rate (while having a positive effect on the dog as well).

The health connection is often a two-way street. People who are overweight and sedentary tend to have dogs that are overweight and sedentary. In fact, obesity has reached epidemic proportions in the canine community — affecting more than half of dogs — just as it has among humans. So if you have an unhealthy, overweight dog, that may be a red flag that you’re unhealthy yourself.

Get Healthy, Get a Dog offers  healthy lifestyle changes for both you and your dog to further boost the benefits described above. If the two of you already exercise together, it offers ways to expand your activities.

This article was published by Harvard Medical School.

What is a Labradoodle?

What is a Labradoodle?

labradoodle puppy

The Labradoodle is a cross between a Labrador Retriever and a Standard Poodle. Like both of his parent breeds, he’s intelligent, friendly, and at least moderately active. He has a shaggy or curly coat that requires maintenance.

The Labradoodle typically acquires the friendliness and well-tempered nature of their parent breeds. Likewise, they are considered very intelligent and highly trainable. Like Labs, they are amazing family dogs and are both good with children and loyal. Like Poodles, they are very smart and can be protective of their people. They’re fun-loving, affectionate, athletic, graceful and highly active dogs. They generally make good watchdogs and therapy dogs and get along well with other animals. Unsurprisingly, considering their mix, Labradoodles love the water and can be exceptional swimmers. They can be cautious or shy with strangers and may also be prone to restlessness or loneliness if left along for too long.

Labradoodle origin

It’s not surprising that the Labradoodle has gained such popularity so quickly. Originally developed to be hypoallergenic guide dogs, the first planned crosses of Poodles and Labrador Retrievers were arranged by the Royal Guide Dogs Association of Australia. The result was a smart and sociable dog who not only possessed a nature appropriate for guide dogs but also had a low-shedding coat. While the hybrid is not yet achieving consistent results in coat or temperament, she is a wildly popular and affectionate dog.