Frequently Asked Questions
An American Labradoodle is a cross between a Labrador retriever and a poodle. An Australian Labradoodle began as an American Labradoodle but over time was carefully infused with other breeds to improve temperament, coat quality, colours and patterns, overall health, as well as confirmation. These breeds included American and English Cocker Spaniels, Portugese Water dog, and a few others. While these infusions took place in the ‘80s, these parent breeds have not been used for many, many generations. Australian Labradoodles are bred to Australian Labradoodles, hence the name Multigenerational Australian Labradoodles. The result is consistently sound, healthy, well-tempered, non-shedding dogs.
No they do not. Australian labradoodles will lose hair here and there just like humans do, but they do not shed. You can tug on their coat and no hair will come out.
Yes – because Australian Labradoodles and Bernedoodles
are non-shedding, they will need regular grooming which includes ear cleaning. Depending on your dedication to combing and brushing and regular maintenance as well as your budget, how often you groom your dog is up to you, but your dog will likely need professional grooming at a minimum, every 10-12 weeks. Yes, they look beautiful with long, fluffy coats but you need to be willing to brush at least daily to maintain a coat like that. A short to medium length coat is easier to maintain.
Yes, we frequently ship puppies by air anywhere in Canada if there is a direct flight. If there is not a direct flight, there are other options that can be discussed.
No lol! No puppies are calm all the time. All puppies are playful and have short bursts of high energy. Then they sleep. But as they grow, they sleep less, just like newborns. Labradoodles and Bernedoodles are highly athletic and intelligent. They need
mental and physical stimulation to be calm. This means daily walks, obedience training and being worked. You will get out of your dog what you put into your dog. A poorly mannered dog is no fun for you, for your guests and it is definitely no fun for your dog. We have worked hard to start your puppy off on the right paw! It is up to you to continue to train and socialize your puppy.
Obedience classes offer many benefits. Aside from the obvious benefits of learning basic manners and obedience, the benefits of socialization and interaction with other dogs and humans cannot be measured. However obedience classes should not be started until your puppy has received their second, and ideally their third booster. This doesn’t mean that you should wait until this time to start obedience classes. We have partnered with Baxter and Bella so you can get started before you even bring your puppy home. Baxter and Bella offer a robust online training platform that you can access on your own time, from home, with the whole family. You have access to unlimited 1 on 1 support with a professional trainer when needed, step by step videos, private Facebook group, lifetime access with your one-time fee, and more. I cannot say enough good things about this program. No more YouTube! Use DAVIDSONDOODLES discount code to get 25% off. We partnered with B and B during the pandemic when obedience classes were not an option. Even as life is returning to normal, you can’t beat the convenience of obedience classes at your fingertips.
Here’s a list of my favourite things including amazon links when possible:
- Stainless steel dishes – lots of choices on Amazon, at your local stores, Winners/HomeSense
- Petsafe Easy Walk Harness – this is not needed for go home day but this is my harness of choice for leash walking. I find that when the leash attaches to the front at the chest, your puppy learns much quicker not to pull than with a harness that clips to the back.
- Slicker Brush
- Greyhound Comb
- Shampoo – This is my favourite shampoo, it is a concentrated formula so needs to be diluted with water in a mixing bottle.
- Mixing Bottle
- Crate with Divider
- Collar – Start with an inexpensive adjustable 8” – 12” basic flat buckle collar as your puppy will be growing fast. Once growing slows, then spend your money on a fancy, blingy, bedazzled, personalized, glow in the dark…whatever your heart desires….collar.
- Leash – I recommend a 6’ leash. There are all kinds of options, colours, patterns available.
- Treats – Start with a few small bags of different treats. Freeze dried liver is a staple-I’ve never met a dog that doesn’t like them, I like Mini Zukes, Crumps Naturals, Fruitables, Bixbi, Fromm…there is an endless variety. I like small, low calorie treats that can be eaten quickly especially if you’re doing a quick training session. Fruits and veggies are great treats too. My dogs love frozen blueberries, the tops off the strawberries, peppers, carrots, etc. If you are doing a training session, it is important that your dog is extremely motivated by the treat that you are using. If that means small pieces of hotdogs, then go with that.
- Where to buy – if you are local to the Edmonton area, there are a few stores that are one stop shopping for food, treats, collars, leashes, dishes, etc., but also offer online shopping and curbside pickup