Can you believe there are actually people out there who have never owned a dog or a puppy. It’s true. This is a rare experience that cannot be compared to any other pet. Owning a cat is not the same. I mean do you own the cat or does the cat own you? Does it come when you call it by name? Is it happy to see you when you get home? Does it come to you when you need snuggles or when it wants snuggles? How about a gold fish. Yeah, try cuddling with that. I’ve never heard of a service fish before but I’m sure someone will try to bring one on a plane. A dog, as the say, is mans best friend. Why? because the loyalty and love the show you. And the fact they will never talk about you behind your back.
Here are some good reasons you should have a dog.
- A dog will clean up your kitchen floor
- A dog is the perfect exercise partner
- A dog is a great primer for parenthood
- A dog can make you feel safer in your own home
- A dog will be incredibly loyal to you and your family
Are dogs expensive
Have you ever seen a homeless man with a dog. That should say a lot. Dogs don’t need diamond studded collars. What they really want is a family to give them attention. Isn’t that what everyone wants. Even if you work a full time job this can still happen. At the end of the day some snuggles on the couch why you watch “The Bachelor” or a nice game of catch will make their day. Even the food doesn’t have to be expensive. You can buy very healthy dog food at a reasonable price. The bedding can simply be an old blanket with your smell on it. Or it could be the same bed you sleep in.
But I have children
Children are not pets. But they do want a pet. There is nothing better than for a child to grow up with a pet. That’s why children often bring home strays from the neighborhood. They want the best friend they could have. Here is a great post that really explains the benefits.
1. Babies who live with dogs get sick less
According to a study done at Kuopio University Hospital in Finland, babies who lived with dogs during the first year of their life were one third more likely to avoid respiratory illness and infection than their non-dog-owning counterparts. Many consider this to be a result of dogs causing more exposure to germs, increasing the babies’ immune systems to prevent sickness.
2. Pets help young readers gain confidence
Children who are learning to read often get self-conscious reading aloud around other people, but they don’t have that same anxiety around animals. Reading to a dog is the perfect way for kids to gain confidence.
3. Kids with dogs have less allergies and asthma
According to a study published in Clinical & Experimental Allergy, scientists have found that kids who grow up around dogs are 50% less likely to develop allergies and asthma than those who grow up without a dog.
4. Kids with dogs get more exercise
It’s easy to see how owning a dog would lead to spending more time outside and playing more. Dogs are a great companion for physical activities, and they require being walked if you live somewhere without a yard. All of that leads to healthier kids who are used to a more active lifestyle.
5. Dogs help reduce stress in kids with Autism
According to a study conducted by University of Montréal, the stress hormones of a child with an autism spectrum disorder are dramatically reduced when living with a trained service dog. A significant drop in behavioral problems was reported as well.
6. Family pets lead to sibling bonding
A dog in the family can help brothers and sisters grow closer through their common love of their pet. From sharing responsibilities for care, to just playing with the dog in the backyard, siblings can bond.
7. Kids who are allergic to dogs and live with them are less likely to have eczema
According to a University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Medicine study, children who live with a dog when they are young, and also have an allergy to dogs, are four times less likely to have eczema.
8. Dogs can help kids learn important social skills
Growing up with a dog has been proven to help kids learn social skills, impulse control, and even improve their self esteem.
9. Kids grow up alongside a loving companion
Dogs are always happy to see you when you get home, and their love is unconditional. They’re the ideal confidant and an ever-willing playmate. There’s no better friend for a child than a dog.
10. Kids who care for pets learn responsibility
The daily commitment of caring for an animal is a great way to teach kids the importance of dependability and responsibility. To be a dog’s provider is an honor that requires a lot of patience and work.
How to buy the perfect puppy
Do your research. Nothing comes easy. You are going to want to make a good choice when it comes to breed and size. Some dogs can be expensive but others can be cheap or even free to good home. The bottom line is there is a great benefit for everyone in the family.
If you are interested in Labradoodles you have come to the right place. As a matter of fact Labradoodles are very similar to Goldendoodles as well.
We will start with the breeder. No they are not all the same. You may want to read this blog to see questions you should ask. Take your time to do research and ask questions. If they don’t answer the phone or take forever to call you back that should be your first clue. Also if they don’t let you visit then how can you inspect the facilities? Some questions you may ask are as follows:
- How often are they fed or watered?
- How often are they cleaned up after?
- How young are they when they are left alone?
The last question tells you a lot. If they are left alone all day then the breeder has a full time job and breeding is just a hobby. What age do they start leaving them alone? It takes two weeks for puppies eyes to open. It takes about one week for them to start crawling. For the first four or five days there is a risk of the mother accidentally laying on a puppy and smothering it. Until they can crawl they could end up away from mom and get too cold or not enough milk. They use their nose to find mom before their eyes are open. Unless the breeder is cleaning with harsh products such as bleach. When their eyes open it is less dangerous for the puppy.
What Size Are Labradoodles?
Labradoodles can come in many sizes. Naturally though, a Labrador is full size. So if they come smaller than that they are breeding down. That’s fine if they do it over time. Think about this. If you have a miniature poodle female to a full size Labrador male you are going to have problems. The male is to big. If he gets her pregnant then the babies will be to big. Either there will be many puppies die in the birth canal or the mother could die. The best way would be to continue taking the runts of the litter to get smaller and smaller. The other way would be to have a full size female and small male and have her artificially inseminated.
Full size Labradoodles are as follows. Females are usually around 45 lbs. And Males around 75 lbs. They typically are smaller than full size Labradors because full size poodles are smaller. Again you can have smaller simply by having smaller breeding parents.
What Is The Personality of a Labradoodle?
This part is easy. They are great. They should be loving, friendly, love kids, loyal and of course intelligent. Not to bash poodles too much but they can be a little snippy. Sometimes they are moody and withdrawn to strangers or kids. If you are inspecting the parents keep an eye on this. Labrador are usually pretty friendly so its usually not them. If you find a puppy this way that should be a red flag. The mix is usually great.
Intelligence is great. Now that comes from the Poodle. Not that Labradors can’t be smart. But if you have ever gone to the circus and seen dog acts it is usually poodles. They are very easy to train and can learn just about anything. The Labradoodle is often used for service dogs. They do well. Sandpoint Doodles often uses Labradoodles for this. Prep Service Dogs.
Because of their intelligence they can learn all sorts of tasks. Because of the size they are also good for stability. Even if you are looking for a therapy dog or a dog for PTSD a Labradoodle would be a good fit.
How To Groom a Labradoodle?
So this is kind of your preference. We cut our Labradoodles about twice a year. A summer cut in the spring and one later in the summer. We don’t care for the poodle cut so we just try to do a happy teddy bear. Remember in the summer they need a little hair or else they can get sunburn. And in the winter they definitely need some hair to stay warm. A professional groomer should be able to give you some suggestions.
We own four Labradoodles and highly recommend them for just about anyone. They adapt easily to different situations. They are ideal for children as well. As mentioned they are great for service dogs and therapy dogs. Several of our Labradoodles can pick up on the mood and know when to come to you to snuggle. Great dog.
Some of you may have read this article recently published in USATODAY and written by Country Living. I felt it was good enough to re-publish.
The findings confirm that we are indeed a nation of animal lovers, with 69% of pet owners claiming the most important thing to do for our pets is shower them with love — including cuddles and tummy tickles.Some even believe that it could help their pets live up to three years longer.
Meanwhile, the research also found that over half of owners believe the most important contribution to their pet’s happiness and wellbeing is a fit heart, while one in five also think a strong immune system helps, in addition to shiny fur.
To accompany this study, the team at Iams also uncovered eight vitality signs for your pet’s health. These include…
- Healthy heart
- Healthy skin and shiny coat
- Strong immune system
- Healthy digestion
- Strong muscles
- Strong, healthy teeth
- Strong bones (for dogs)
- Healthy urinary tract (for cats)
“Most of us are familiar with vital signs: temperature, pulse and respiration, but it would help our pets if we were also familiar with the ‘vitality signs.’ Keeping a close eye on these will help us keep our pets in tip top condition, healthy and happy,” Kellie Ceccarelli, IAMS Veterinary Manager and Pet Nutrition Expert says.
“Pet owners have a unique bond with their pets, understanding their moods and funny little ways. But even though the bonds are very close, even the most caring owner can miss important ‘clues’ about the health and happiness of their pet if they don’t keep a watchful eye on their vitality signs.”
Elsewhere in the study, research uncovered that some owners do struggle to identify signs that their pets are sad. A quarter of respondents admitted they struggle to tell why their pet is unhappy, while 47% of those polled admitted that if their pet is unhappy, they are unhappy too.
Purchasing a puppy can be scary. After all you are bringing someone home to join your family. They could be part of your household for many years. It would be helpful to know some secrets dog breeders keep from you and questions you can ask to reveal the truth.
What do you clean with?
This is an important question. Many cleaning supplies can be harmful to dogs let alone puppies. Especially a new puppy just developing. Some chemicals can burn lungs or noses of animals. Also take a look around and see what you see. The breeder may know how to give you the answer you want. For example, Sandpoint Doodles uses essential oils to clean that are safe to new puppies. We have seen breeders who use bleach to clean which can be very harmful.
Do you allow visiting dogs?
Socialization is important. However, remember these puppies have not completed there immunization shots just yet. They won’t complete them until they are about 14-16 weeks. We recommend avoiding contact with dogs until then. Avoid walking on the floor at pet stores, rest stops, or anywhere else that other dogs frequent. A good breeder would not let people bring their dogs to meet the puppies for fear that they could infect the puppies.
Can I visit?
This is huge. If they say no or you have to purchase a puppy to visit, this is a red flag and you should avoid them at all cost. Obviously they are trying to hide something. Sometimes they give the reason that they don’t want you to visit is so the puppies don’t catch a human sickness. That can’t happen. Most likely they have a bad facility they don’t want you to see. Perhaps they have many dogs in kennels that they would prefer you not to see. Remember all puppies are cute, but there is a difference in how they get their start in life and this will determine how healthy your dog will be later on.
Do you fix the puppies and at what age?
Talk to your vet. What do they recommend. Why do they recommend this? Many breeders will fix puppies before 8 weeks old simply to prevent competition of breeding dogs. This is not a good practice. It’s not healthy for a puppy so young to undergo such a surgery. They may give you all kinds of reasons why this is a good idea. Talk to your vet.
Is this your full time job?
If it is, great. That means the puppies are hopefully getting the attention they need. If not, wow. That brings up many more questions.
- How often are they fed or watered?
- How often are they cleaned up after?
- How young are they when they are left alone?
The puppies don’t open their eyes until they are two weeks old. So there are many dangers until then. They can wander off and get too cold. Mom can accidentally sit on them. It’s a scary time. Dogs and puppies knock over there water all the time. If no one is home then what? Are they fed once or twice a day. These are new borns just developing.
Do your research. Ask questions. If they don’t answer the phone now when you have questions, they certainly won’t answer the phone after you buy a puppy and you have questions.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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|
|Vitamins A, C & E||yes||no|
|Omega-3 Fatty Acids||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.
This is a pretty important decision. Your dog is probably like a child to you. Make an educated decision.
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.