St Johns
River Doodles

How to care for your australian labradoodle puppy

It's exciting bringing a new puppy into your life and family. You can't wait to show off your new Miniature Australian Labradoodle!

Of course, you want to play with your Doodle puppy, but remember your puppy is suddenly in an environment pup doesn’t know. Remind children to be calm and gentle.

Most important: “LOVING your Doodle-Dog!”  One of the healthiest things you can do for your puppy is give him lots of love and attention… lots and lots of attention!  Dogs are extremely loyal by nature and are happy when they please you. Their ancestors, wolves, ran in packs so understand that puppies can get lonely if you don’t spend enough time with them. Studies show that dogs benefit emotionally from being petted by humans as much as humans do from petting dogs. So spend time with your little companion. Play, talk, pet, and love and you’ll both be happier and healthier!

When selecting food for your puppy, always look for real meat first with no by-products, whole wheat grains, no corn, wheat or soy, a healthy balance of Omega 3's and 6's, and no artificial flavors or preservatives. Our breeding specialist suggests avoiding grain-free foods as the latest research indicates possible cardiac related health issues.

  • IDENTIFICATION TAG and micro chip tag:  Immediately have an ID tag made for your Labradoodle.

  • Collar: You should be able to fit two fingers under the collar when it’s on your Labradoodle puppy – Check the fit often because puppies grow quickly.

  • Leash & harness: For potty walks or spending time in an unfenced location, outfit Labradoodle pup in an appropriate leash and harness. By hooking the leash to a harness, your puppy won’t be choked.

  • Exercising doodle puppy: Exercise is an important part of labradoodles overall health Puppy develops good motor skills and balance and life skills from being out and about. Playing games such as fetch challenge a puppy mentally. Remember, exercising helps puppy go poop so take a poop scoop and a baggy.

  • Never leave your Labradoodle alone in a closed-up car on a hot day for any amount of time.

Training your puppy

It is your responsibility to train your Labradoodle puppy to have good behavior skills.  Your family will enjoy your puppy more if he or she knows how to respond appropriately in all situations.   Training helps to ensure safe and enjoyable times for you, your puppy, and other people who come in contact with you and your puppy.

There are many philosophies on puppy and dog training. Some methods are based on punitive principles but the preferred methods are reward and praise-based.

The goal should be to communicate with your pet about the difference between acceptable and unacceptable behavior. Repetition and consistency are the keys to achieving this.

You should start disciplining puppy right away. Use a firm ‘NO’ and lots of praise to make clear to your pal what pleases you and what doesn’t. Two things that puppies do by nature are bite and chew when they play. Bite and chew, bite and chew.  When this occurs, tell puppy ‘NO’ emphatically and give puppy something they are allowed to chew. Reward good behavior by praising puppy and giving puppy a chew toy or treat.

Socializing Puppy:
Introduce puppy to all of the sights, environments, and situations that you can. Your puppy needs to learn how to act around others and outside his home. Go to parks or hiking where there are lots of people so he learns to feel comfortable in social settings.

There are lots of good books on dog training! Here are a few we recommend:

Dog Books:

  • The Puppy Primer and Leader of the Pack by Patricia McConnell Ph.D. Maybe, just go to your library and check out some books …*

  • Beginning Obedience by Nikki Moustaki

  • Raising a Behaviorally Healthy Puppy by Suzanne Hetts, PhD

  • The Dog Listener by Jan Fennell
    * The Other End of the Leash by Patricia McConnell Ph.D.
    * Dogs are from Neptune by Jean Donaldson – understanding dogs
    * Dog Tricks for Dummies by Sarah Hodgson
    * Dog Parties by Kimberly Whitman – doggie treat recipes good dog care book ~

  • Dog Owner’s Home Veterinary Handbook by James Giff M.D.

  • Puppy Development by Pat Hastings and Erin Ann Rouse, Editors

The first few months are very important for establishing good habits.  It is always best to be prepared and read up on the best early training skills. Remember you have to train yourself and your family to be consistent!

You’ll receive one of these books in your puppy package
to help you and your puppy pal get off to a great start.

Here are some things you can do to help your Labradoodle pup feel as comfortable as possible.

  • Teach children not to be rough with puppy: no pulling ears, whiskers or tail

  • Act calm, not too rowdy

  • Provide a soft, warm bed close to you or family member

  • Give puppy a soft chewing toy or bone

  • Always have drinking water available

Frequently Asked questions

1. What if there are not enough puppies for all the people on the waiting list?
- According to the order applications were received, those who did not receive a puppy of the current litter will be placed on a waiting list for the next available litter.

2.  What if I want a certain gender or color?
-You may certainly request a gender as well as your top 3 color choices and we will do our best to accommodate.  With the AL, both genders are very calm, smart, nonaggressive, loving and loyal pets.  Males are not territorial once they've been neutered.  Temperament is the most important factor when choosing a pal for life.  However, if your family is set on a certain gender or color, according to availability, position on the waiting list, and other factors in the selection process, we will do our best to provide the best possible fit for your family.  However, it may be necessary for you to wait for the next litter.

3.  Can I see the puppies before the selection process begins?
-We will be happy to schedule a visit to view the litter at 6 weeks and you may choose three puppies that you prefer.  Your choices will be given preference but you must agree and understand that you will not be guaranteed any of the three puppies you choose.  We will be selecting the puppies based on family preferences, schedules and lifestyles, family members, accommodations, temperaments and availability.

4.  When can I take my puppy home?
-Puppies will be ready to go home between 8-10 weeks.  We will schedule a day and time for you to pick up your puppy.  At that time, we will go over important information and answer any questions you may have about your puppy.

5.  How do I prepare for my puppy?
-Your puppy will come with a puppy care book, collar and leash, toy, blanket, and a small supply of food.  You will need to puppy proof your home!  That means:

  • Laundry off the floor.

  • Toilet paper out of reach.

  • Cat littler boxes need to be in an area puppy can’t get to.

  • Purchase a product to spray furniture legs, upholstery, electrical cords, etc. to discourage your puppy from chewing accessible items of value or danger.

  • Put substances like pesticides, medicine, cleaning products, and plants where puppy can't get to them.

  • Check your fencing (if you have a fence) for any holes or potential 'escape' routes. If you don't have a fence... consider getting one!

  • Read the puppy care book we will give you at your 6 weeks visit.

  • Research veterinarians, trainers and groomers in your area.