Question about owning a labradoodle

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JenSexton
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Question about owning a labradoodle

Post by JenSexton » 21 Feb 2014, 09:42

Hello I posted on the introduction page yesterday. We had a rather unfortunate first encounter with a labradoodle which bit my little boy. Totally unprovoked on his part I blame the breeder who let us in to see her pups way too soon. Anyway I'm still investigating different doodle breeds. Labradoodle and goldendoodle mainly but also Cockerpoos.
I'm just concerned with temperament of the labradoodles after our experience and I also have questions about chewing. Presumably if you leave them crates and/or with lots of mental stimulation they will not chew up your house? I work from home so it will only be short trips out. Have any of your dogs chewed anything they shouldn't have? Would love to hear from you x

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Re: Question about owning a labradoodle

Post by michala » 21 Feb 2014, 09:58

Have experience of Goldendoodles/labradoodles own them myself and Cockerpoos-sister in law has one.

I researched my dogs thoroughly before I bought as I have three adopted children and needed to ensure temperaments were good. Hence our doodles are calm, great with children, and have been fabulous family pets. I met three of the four parents and spent time really getting to know the adult dogs before the puppies were on the scene.

My sister in law wanted a dog like ours but smaller, hence a cockerpoo. She bought one quite quickly, she assumed was from a family but was ushered out of the house very quickly after paying the money. She didnt meet father, and only had a fleeting glanc at the mother. The dog suffers with what out vet calls cocker rage. He has told her to have this healthy dog pts but she can't as he is a healthy loving if absolutely bouncy dog 80 per cent of the time. when he has an episode he is uncontrollable and has cornered and bitten many members of the family. Then he is floppy and exhausted as if it is a seizure.

What I am trying to say is IMO your timescale is too tight. I would seek out health tested family breeders who will have a litter due but not born. Then go and view parents without the distraction of puppies around. Concentrate on the dogs temperament, that's what the puppies will be inheriting.

Hope this advice helps if you need suggestions of breeders please ask.
Hope this advice helps

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Re: Question about owning a labradoodle

Post by george-tambo » 21 Feb 2014, 10:13

Have you researched the australian labradoodle.

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Re: Question about owning a labradoodle

Post by thepadster » 21 Feb 2014, 10:17

I decided on a labradoodle when I had met a few through friends. They were all calm, friendly if not aloof dogs but not with their owners. Once decided it took me a year to find the right breeder after travelling the country several times. It then about another year for the gorgeous Lily to fall pregnant, then the wait for our puppy. We now have the most gorgeous, biddable, chilled dog in history (see his FB page Paddy Doodle for his PAT dog Pets as Therapy stories).

I realised that having all the basics in place it was then up to me to do the rest. I was at home a lot and able to devote much time to socialising and training Paddy which started practically at Day One. We started puppy classes as soon as we could and, to be honest, I was way ahead of the trainer. All it took was reading, loads of videos and material on the internet of how train positively. Paddy pooped, peed, chewed for a little while but quickly got out of the habit under my watchful eye and as for mouth anywhere near human flesh, sometimes I try and gently force my hand into his mouth, he turns away; when he yawns I sometimes put my hand in there and he quickly turns his head away. He learnt this in about 7 attempts when he was a young up with daily reinforcement thereafter.

So, as said before take your time with choosing your dog, look at the breeder carefully, we have a great relationship with ours and if you're willing to put the work in you'll have the family dog you want.
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Re: Question about owning a labradoodle

Post by Sasha & Pluto » 21 Feb 2014, 10:20

Hiya, we got Pluto our labradoodle in Nov-13. Now 5mths old he is just awesome. We chose the laid back sleepy one of the litter as the puppy book we have talks about deciding what type of dog you want to own and how to pick from the litter. We have always crated Pluto and for the first couple of months we confined him to just the back living room until he was toilet trained. Like babies I've found having a routine is great. This week my husband is working from home and Pluto will lay on his big pillow on the floor next to him and sleep. He has kongs, bones and other toys to amuse him and he often trots off to the back living room with his antler to lay down and have a good chew. I have to say puppy training classes have been brilliant as people have said on here they are super intelligent, so we do 10mins training with him couple times a day.
They are so loving. He adores my 13yr old daughter, as you can see in the pic below. Good luck with finding your dood
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Re: Question about owning a labradoodle

Post by Pauline » 21 Feb 2014, 10:56

It is very unusual for a doodle to bite but as you say it could have been the fault of the breeder; My friend who breeds doesn't allow people to visit until the pups are at least 4 weeks old. Their is no way you can see thier characters before that Plus the risk of you bringing in infection.
Do you homework, go don't go for hobby breeders go to breeders who are passionate about theri dogs who heath test them & know all about the genetics of their dogs. Ok you may pay more but you have less chance of having to pay huge vet bills later in life if there is a problem.
The Australian doodles are calmer but are more expensive - however they are awesome dogs!
I have two English labradoodles, one is first generation so lab/poodle cross F1 - he is very bright & very active! He loves children & wants to kiss them all!
The other is a labradoodle/poodle cross F1B he is much calmer.

Where about' in the country are you?
Try & go on a doodle meet there are several around although perhaps not so many at this time of year!
Good luck - they are great dogs!
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Re: Question about owning a labradoodle

Post by Ben » 21 Feb 2014, 10:57

Chewing is something most dogs will do as they teeth, so it is down to you as the owner to provide toys, kings etc...that they can find comfort from and distract from your home.

Any pup left alone when teething will probably chew. I used to put a puppy pen around my crate to create a big space and leave pup with frozen filled kongs and toys.
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Re: Question about owning a labradoodle

Post by JenSexton » 21 Feb 2014, 11:01

Thanks for the replies. I have been looking for Cockerpoos for ages but only recently have started to think about a labradoodle again. I've found a good breeder of goldendoodles in North Yorkshire who hasn't had her litter yet so timing would be mid may. I want to do all the necessary training, we did that with our schnauzer and he's a wonderful dog as a result and he never chews and is so loyal and affectionate.
So I wonder if there is really any difference between a labradoodle and a goldendoodle? If I get the later should I remove myself from this forum?!??

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Re: Question about owning a labradoodle

Post by JenSexton » 21 Feb 2014, 11:04

Ps. What a sad story re that cockerpoo. I've heard of that cocker rage. Poor little thing :-(

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Re: Question about owning a labradoodle

Post by Ben » 21 Feb 2014, 11:11

goldendoodle, labradoodle, cockerpoo
...you are welcome here.
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Re: Question about owning a labradoodle

Post by Samdunn » 21 Feb 2014, 11:13

Hi
Not read through over replies so this may be repetitive. Im surprised at the biting, we went for a labradoodle as we have four young children and their child friendly non-aggressive personality was our main reason. Like you, we are around a lot apart from short trips out. From 8 weeks to 15 weeks he was kept in crate when we were out and for last fortnight we've braved opening crate and giving him the run of the kitchen and nothing destroyed yet. We move any food out of reach and take stuff off floor and table to minimise temptation. We've also sprayed our wooden benches with citronella spray. He's more likely to chew stuff when we're around d but is good with the leave command and if i see him chewing something he shouldn't I just swap it with one of his own chews. Temperament wise he's been excellent. I don't think dogs should ever be around children unsupervised but I'd be incredibly surprised if he ever bit. If he wants peace from the children he goes off to his crate and the children all know when he's in there to give him peace.

MillieTheDoodle

Re: Question about owning a labradoodle

Post by MillieTheDoodle » 21 Feb 2014, 11:17

JenSexton wrote: So I wonder if there is really any difference between a labradoodle and a goldendoodle? If I get the later should I remove myself from this forum?!??
There would be absolutely no need to remove yourself from the forum! Any doodle is welcome here! A few people have come to this forum due to there not being very many/popular forums for goldendoodles, cockerpoos etc.

And regarding which one to choose, I have little experience with goldendoodles and cockerpoos, but we know some one with a cockerpoo, looks exactly like Millie, acts fine, and there was a goldendoodles at our dog training classes, again looks exactly like Millie but bigger as it was a standard and Millie is a mini, and was a bit boisterous but again he was fine. Now then, Millie is 10 months old now and she is amazing, you were worried about chewing, that changes from dog to dog. Millie wasn't a massive chewer but during teething she had 2 pairs of flip flops, 3 other pairs of shoes, various buckles, toilet paper, but nothing like tables and chairs. All of it was understandable during teething, but instead of chewing on the teething stuff we bought her, she decided some sponges flip flops were way better :roll:.

But whichever dood you go for, you'll always be welcome here!

Good luck on you search!

Rebecca&Millie x

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Re: Question about owning a labradoodle

Post by bevjjones » 21 Feb 2014, 12:49

We have found having a labradoodle the most wonderful experience, he us bonkers a lot of the time and boisterous but is the most loving dog I have ever met! We have been unlucky in that lucky had been very poorly but even during this time he has never been grumpy, he is at his happiest when a part if him is touching you, fantastic company for our daughter and truly is a part of the family x
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Re: Question about owning a labradoodle

Post by dexysback » 21 Feb 2014, 12:58

My labradoole is sometimes gruppy with some dogs ,but chilren and people i cant fault him he as never jumped up at people ,but i think thats got to do with hes weight.He as only ever bitten a couple of pillows up so been lucky.I have never crated he as had run of house since a pup ,but have been with him most of the time.
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Re: Question about owning a labradoodle

Post by pixie's mum » 21 Feb 2014, 13:03

My two f1 doodle girls are a joy to own. Pixie is a large black standard scruffy girl who is gentle and loving and thinks she is my lap dog but weighs 30 kg. and she has the best beard and moustache and eyebrows befitting a doodle. Jazz is younger and a mini well probably a medium really she is a live wire and can be very naughty but is sweet natured and just wants to play and play.jazz has a fleecy coat and I have both my girls clipped short every 10 weeks and this keeps grooming minimal.
Both dogs have high energy levels and I have a lot of free time so spend time walking, training, competing at Flyball and agility and this focuses their energy on safe fun and worthwhile practices. If left bored I think they would get up to a lot of mischief.
I had flip flops, glasses and tea towels damaged and in the early days they pinched stuff off counter tops but now they are good mannered girls
You get out what you put in in abundance
Good luck with your new addition and don't worry about having to leave the forum if you get a different oodle or poo. My bull mastiff was welcomed as an honorary doodle - that's why I love this forum !!!
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