ADOPTING AN AUSTRALIAN LABRADOODLE PUPPY
If you are already preparing for a puppy to arrive we have some suggestions for preparing your household on our Welcoming Puppy Page.
SOME THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE YOU COMMIT TO A LABRADOODLE PUPPY
Do I Have Time To Spend With A Puppy
A young puppy needs somebody at home.
After many years of placing puppies we have realized that the puppies who quickly become an asset to their families are the puppies who have somebody home every day during the day to look after them. It is possible to leave a puppy at home in an exercise pen or other safe area for several hours in a day. However a puppy does not thrive when left for long hours alone on a regular basis. He is a social creature who learns and grows from interaction.
A puppy will need walks when he is fully immunized and can go out in the world. He will need to attend puppy classes and meet people and other dogs to become a well socialized individual. This all takes time out of a busy life.
Can you make plans for him when the day is going to be unusually long and busy? He won't understand a busy day that is immediately followed by ballet class and a hockey game unless of course he can come.
Can you make provision for a puppy sitter if puppy is to be left alone for a long period of time? How many places will he be allowed to go with you?
Like older children the older puppy needs his family around him. Even though he is not that vulnerable little baby any more he still needs a buddy to be with for most of the day. He also needs exersise and continuing education.
Is There a Place For My Puppy To Be?
When the puppy has to go to the bathroom he will need a safe area. No puppy should ever be loose and off leash where he can take a notion to run very fast and get into trouble. If you spend time with a very young puppy outside and call him regularly to come to you for a kibble he will learn to stay close by. Many puppies live in apartments or on land that is not fenced. These puppies need to be under close supervision or on a leash. If they run off at any age the will get in to trouble.
As puppy grows her world becomes a bigger place. Before you let her off leash at a park or in any unfenced area make absolutely sure she has one hundred percent recall.
Teach your puppy to sit and stay as soon as possible. If she does run from you across the road to the neighbours a good 'sit stay' could save her life until you come to get her home.
If you do have a fenced yard your puppy won't care to be left in it while you leave the house No dog is happy left alone in the yard all day. Isolation quickly makes a dog a barker and an anxious individual most likely disliked by the neighbors.
How Much Money Does Raising A Labradoodle Cost?
Like children, puppies cost money. An Australian Labradoodle will need regular grooming and veterinary care. Good quality food is essential. Food found in the supermarket is not high quality. Most of the money these companies spend goes to advertising. We are feeding different foods to our dogs. We try to give them different protein sources. This is newer thinking as traditional thinking was always to find one food and stick with it. We have found that very high quality foods have no ill effects when one is substituted for another. We are presently feeding a combination of Acana and Orijen and Go dog foods. Sometimes we mix them together to feed.
There are many high quality foods to be found at specialty pet shops. To see what lies inside your kibble or to choose a new food go to the Dog Food Annalysis Website at www.dogfoodannalysis.com.
There is also the cost of occasional boarding when you want to take a vacation without puppy. There is the cost of ongoing puppy and dog classes, which he needs to become a good canine citizen that everybody will love and admire.
Perhaps if you would like a clear idea about the costs of adding a puppy to the family, check out the average costs of things like grooming and vaccines with your local groomer and Veterinarian. We recommend considering Trupanion Pet Health insurance. General veterinary costs can be paid without going in to debt but we had a girl who fractured her legs so badly in an accident that it was $8000 before we were done over the course of two years. If we had taken out insurance with the smallest premium and $500 deductable this would not have been a problem. It is something to consider.
Although a wonderful puppy growing into a wonderful dog will give you much more than he will cost in time and money for many families these things do need to be taken into consideration.
IF YOU KNOW YOU ARE READY TO ADOPT A PUPPY WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?
We don't have an application form, just these ideas to consider before you bring a puppy into your home. We like to talk to our puppy families either on the phone or in person. By talking to each other you can get some idea of what we do and we can get to know your needs a little better.
Puppy photos are cute. Although black puppies often don't photograph as well as blonde puppies they make just as charming, lovable companions. Often we are certain we want a specific color or sex. However we have learned that boy dogs are faithful and as sweet as girl dogs, particularly if they have been neutered at a young age. The most important consideration is the puppy's personality. You want a dog that fits in with your family.
Some families want a quiet, small dog to walk around the block, cuddle at tea time and who will enjoy going in the camper for vacations. Other families want a more active dog that wants to play with teenage kids and go for hikes in the snow. Some puppies seem like delicate flowers and we want to place them with perhaps an only child or a retired couple. Some dogs are confident and quiet while others are playful and affectionate. We want to be as careful as we can to place a puppy in the right family. Puppies, we are sure, have dream families just as surely as families have dream dogs.
In order to do our very best to both place puppies with families and keep puppies for our breeding program we pay two teams of evaluation experts. The first evaluation is for conformation. This is important to everybody because a puppy's structure will often determine what puppy loves to do. If you want an agility dog or a dog to happily do long jogs you are demanding certain things from his structure. We can tell this at 8 weeks old.Our second evaluation is a fairly new thing. It is a rather long series of games done with a dog trainer and her assistant. Each puppy arrives all alone in a strange place where they have never been and has to go in to the room and meet the trainer. Neither Jean, Liz or Mama dog is in the room. The trainer kindly shows the puppy through this series of games and little tests. From what puppy does and how she reacts the trainer can tell the aptitudes and predispositions puppy has.
The next step is a phone call to each puppy family to discuss the best options for them. Jean calls you in order of deposits received but there are no second best puppies or last choices because every puppy has a temperament suited to a special family.
Color and appearance is lovely but what you really live with on a daily basis is the temperament of the dog.
One puppy owner told me she loved walking her Maggie "because she trots along like knows she's fine!" Maggie is a fabulous girl who struts down the street and enjoys meeting everybody. I think perhaps Maggie is definitely more of a Bette Midler than a Mary Poppins.
It really does take living with a puppy to notice what the puppy is truly like.
DEPOSITS AND MONEY
Our Australian Labadoodle Puppies are now $2700. Our costs have gone steadly higher over the last 12 years and this is the year we must raise our price by $200. When you decide on a puppy from Over The Moon the nonrefundable deposit is $500.
After you decide on a puppy we will hold him for one business day in order to give you time to make a bank deposit.
Included in the pet puppy price:
- Head Start Puppy Training program
- spay or neuter
- Vacination at 8 weeks
- collar or harness and leash
- parasite medication before travel or a vet feces exam to enure no parasites are present
- An evaluated puppy with Head Start puppy training