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PostPosted: 15 Mar 2019, 15:43 
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I am the owner of a 3year old miniature labradoodle and this is my first post!
I have found this site invaluable over the last few years and would be sad to see it discontinued. Having previously owned Labradors we found a doodle puppy quite a challenge. Having reached the grand old age of 3 she is at last settling down albeit still has frenzied doodle moments. Like many of you on this site I am a 50+ female and not the most IT savvy and have an aversion to Facebook, so don't expect lots of photos immediately but I can usually manage the occasional :)


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PostPosted: 15 Mar 2019, 16:21 
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These doodles certainly are a challenge :roll:
Dude is still unlike any other dogs I’ve known,but in many ways SO much more lovable. :D


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PostPosted: 15 Mar 2019, 16:55 
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The main reason they can be challenging is the fact that they are so intelligent !....well most of them are :lol:
They need to be active mentally and physically, I think that they are on a par with Border Collies.
One of mine came to me at ten months and had four previous owners , he was a complete delinquent and this was because he needed mental stimulus as well as physical exercise. He was just starting to calm down at three years ,also I do think that Doodles seem to mature later than other breeds...usually around three / four years..
Do any of you think the same?

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Welcome, glad you've decided to stop peeking over the fence and come on in :P

We always owned boxers - my husband said he'd had enough of them and I had to select something smaller.....so I did my research to see if I could find a breed with a similar joie de vivre. What else but a miniature labradoodle - he's now pining for a nice, calm boxer te he he. I think this'll be the last time he trusts me on anything :twisted:


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PostPosted: 15 Mar 2019, 18:11 
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Thanks for your comments. Would certainly agree that my doodle is highly intelligent and needs constant entertainment and stimulation. She loves her routines and that of all the family, I am sure she can tell the time and knows when the postman is due. She sits in wait for half an hour and then unleashes a cacophony of barking and jumping much to his amusement. On the positive side this does tire her out and she falls asleep as soon as he has gone. :roll: I would like to ask if any other doodles are addicted to picking up sticks on walks and playing with stones in the garden?


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Dexter is now 6and half and definitely much calmer. We've always said he is a simple to please, with flashes of genius. he is also incredibly lazy and will always pick the easy option,kongs thrown at the ground is a much quicker way of getting the content out. So no he doesn't pick up sticks or stones too much effort,however he would take great pleasure in watching other dogs do so. A fav. of his is to have a few bits of biscuits in an open empty cereal box,which he will carry to his bed ,he doesn't tip it up just rips it apart in a two minute frenzy ,eats the biscuits then falls asleep. He is our third dog they are certainly different. Enjoy. H and D

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Ambrose resembles Dexter in many ways, he has been a very chilled out Dood from puppy hood...Jethro on the other hand :roll: :roll: is loud,bouncy and boisterous....he should have been named Zebadee (not sure how you spell that but you will I'm sure know who I mean)
Jethro has no interest in sticks or stones when he's at home but at the beach he has this thing about rocks half buried in the sand!.....he will try his best to dig them out barking as loudly as possible whilst circling it like a demented dervish.(he's not the full shilling that's for sure :wink: )
I do so love this cross,...they are the entertainers of the dog world :lol:

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Dude eats sticks, he eats rabbit poo( daily! We call it Natures Kibble) he devours tennis balls. He would eat ALL DAY if we let him!
He has an inbuilt clock for mealtimes and a bizarre ability to know when family members have got in their cars to drive home!
In many ways he thinks and worries too much and is already ( at 5) going a bit grey!
He knows loads of words and doesn't think he's a dog.
Doodles are quirky!


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PostPosted: 19 Mar 2019, 17:55 
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Hi all, I wondered how long before someone noticed there were no posts.
Revived yet again?
Anyway Lancs Lass, Holly our 6 year old is notorious for stones, I posted 5 years ago that Holly had an operation that cost us( the insurance people anyway) £2,000 as she had swallowed 2 small stones from the garden, needless to say we had to collect 2 tons of Atlantic pebbles and lay turf instead. To this day she goes out of her way to find even the smallest stone, delights in throwing them in the air and then waiting for us to blackmail her into dropping it for a biscuit. Yes, I know we should not
“ reward” her but I cannot stand the thought of another op.
Marymuffin, Holly would take her Kong upstairs and let it drop down to the bottom gathering the treat as it was flung out. Cleaver !!

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Oh my goodness that is exactly what I dread. My dog (Cassie) taunts me with sticks and stones. I try to ignore the behaviour but it is a fine line between letting her get away with it or trying to get her to give them up. I am sure she reads my body language, picks up on my anxiety and plays on it. High value treats work but I feel I am being held to ransom and I fear one day she might pick up something dangerous :( . Someone suggested a water pistol but I wonder if that would encourage aggression? So far no expensive vets bills. She also has a thing about socks!


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I think it must be a doodle thing with stones, as Harley is the same, he will find one and hold it in his mouth and give me the look :lol: waiting for me to say, to drop it. Sometimes he does, and sometimes he runs round thinking hes playing a game.

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Yes after a lifetime of Golden Retrievers we now have Luna ( short for lunatic) a curly cream whirlwind of activity! She is adorable and such a character but certainly the cleverest, high energy and it has to be said manipulating madam! She loves everybody and thinks life is just one big game - ready with a ball to throw 20 hours a day. She is also an accomplished theif and being tall can reach anything - usually when she feels she isnt getting 100% of our attention, and running off with things. She is one year old in a couple of weeks and shows NO sign of calming down - but is lovable, funny and great company. Our departed and chilled out Retrievers would be horrified by her antics!


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Hi lunadoo
Yes doods are lunatics on the whole, but a more intelligent loving fun dog I cannot imagine. Like you we adore Goldies and had Abbie for nearly 15 years, she looked young even at the end. She was such a sensible girl, not at all like Holly, she did not have the sense of humour that Holly has and would probably walk away in disgust at some of Holly’s antics. I only wish I had more photos of Abbie, We seem to take so many of Holly but it was a different time no such thing as mobiles (I remember a friend who had one of the first mobiles the battery was the size of a brick, which he carried in a man bag!!!) we had a growing family and no time for getting snap happy. Now children and grandchildren all grown and Holly fills our days with fun, games and mess. Love her to bits.

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Re Retriever's .... I fostered a lovely girl called Ruby for three years, she was the loveliest of souls,very chilled out,loving and intelligent , my doods adored her..
She had a nose to die for....no lost balls when Ruby lived with us, I would just ask her to "go find " and off she would go . ....she always found the ball.
After she returned to her family she often spent weekends or holidays with us and she always knew where her toy box was and would settle into our routine as if she had never left..
Sadly she crossed the bridge last year aged eleven years ...we do miss the calming influence she had with our boys...they were always better behaved when Ruby was here. :o

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Lovely to hear about the oldies. They do leave pawprints on your heart.

Is my doodle Cassie unique? She soon loses interest in playing with a ball, a couple of throws and is more interested in chewing and wrecking the ball. We have had labs previously and they loved chasing balls and it was great exercise and tired them out. Not for this little one- is this more of a poodle thing?


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