NC Australian "Sir Henry"
Care and Training
Paul and his custom neck pillow,"Daisy"
The Clicker Method of training a dog
Few things in life are more exciting than getting a new puppy to sit on command. My favorite way to accomplish this is by using the Clicker Method. The Clicker Method of training a dog to sit is based upon rewarding the animal for the desired behavior. It gets its name from the idea that some audible queue, such as a click, is used to alert the dog of a pending reward. Whenever the audible queue is given, the reward follows immediately. To train a dog to sit by this method requires little effort on the part of the trainer. One begins by presenting the dog with several treats, one right after the other, while giving the audible queue.
Then abruptly stop the shower of treats and wait for the animal to direct its attention to you. Next, display a treat and give the audible queue as you give the treat to the pet. Now hold another treat at chest level so that the dog must look up to see the treat. After a few minutes, your pet will likely sit down on its haunches because this position makes it much easier to watch the treat. Immediately, after this happens, give the audible queue and reward the pet. Repeat this lesson several times.
After a while you will notice your pet sitting in anticipation of the click and the reward so it is now time to add your verbal command to the routine. When the dog begins to sit, say “sit”. This will gradually teach the dog that the command precedes the action and they will learn the meaning of the command in this way. After some practice and a bit of patience, your dog should begin to sit without having to see a reward being offered.
North Country highly reccommends some form of professional training for your new puppy starting around 4 months of age
This is a very good activity for all family members that are old enough to participate in. Everyone needs to know the proper way to help your new family member know their place and boundaries. All too often the new puppy views the children of the home as "litter mates"rather than family members they should listen to. Children also need to know how to properly handle and help the new puppy to learn. There are trainers you can take your dog to and there are trainers that will come to your home. If possible, North Country reccommends a trainer that will come to the home so that the whole family and your dog can learn together!
Bathing and Grooming
Australian Labradoodles have natural oils in their hair that are necessary to maintain a healthy coat. Bathing too frequently can cause their fleecy coats to become dry, brittle and unmanagable. I only bathe my dogs every 6 weeks or less depending on the season and weather. A good brushing every couple days will keep their coats soft and matt free. If the grooming/brushing is started at a young age you and your dog will grow to enjoy this time together. Remember to always stay calm and don’t spend too much time at this task with a very young puppy, the puppy will tire of this easily and want to play. As the puppy grows older you can gradually extend the grooming time. After brushing, mist a little bit of water or Conditioning spray and pat down the undercoat. This will help restore the waves/curls and prevent knots.
As your labradoodle becomes older you may want to utilize the services of a professional groomer. Find one that will listen to your preferences for trims and will respect them…. All too often the professional groomers trim labradoodles to look like poodles not labradoodles! Below please find a Labradoodle grooming video to share with your groomer or, give it a try yourself.... it's really quite easy!
Feeding Instructions For Your New Australian Labradoodle Puppy
Your puppy has been eating Nulo Freestyle Puppy Food, Salmon and Pea formula. This food is an excellent food containing probiotics for their young developing digestive systems. This food can be found in specialty food stores and online. It is not available in commercial food stores such as Petsmart or Petco. It is very important to feed your puppy the proper combination of protein, fat and crude fiber to maintain strong bones, good joints and heathy skin, coat and teeth.We have been mixing dry kibble with a little warm water to soften it up. You can feed this 2 to 4 times daily. If the puppy leaves food after about 15 to 30 minutes, feed a little less next time. If the puppy eats it immediately, add just a little more at the next feeding. Your Australian Labradoodle puppy is used to the food slightly warmed up with hot water. Some other foods your Australian Labradoodle puppy has had mixed in with their Nulo food are: organic whole milk goat’s milk and organic whole milk yogurt.
Always have fresh water available to your Australian Labradoodle puppy.
Spayed and Neutered Puppies
If you have chosen to have your puppy spayed or neutered before taking it home it will have been done with dissolving sutures so it is not necessary to have them removed. Check your puppy’s suture line daily for redness and swelling. If there is any, call your vet. North Country does not send home puppies after surgery until a full week has passed for the spays and at least 4 days for the neuters. We want to be sure the incisions are healing up nicely and no infection or other complications are present. Do not bathe your puppy until 2 weeks after his/her surgery date. Do not pick up your puppy by his/her front legs or underneath front legs. Always put one hand in-between front legs and one hand in-between back legs and then pick the puppy straight up from the floor.