The recommendations made on this page are based on our use and/or experience we have had with the product or service. We realize that the resources indicated are not all inclusive and may be limiting to some due to service area, however, we felt the need to mention these services/products on this page as we have been extremely satisfied with the products/services listed on this page. We strongly encourage clients to seek resources that will strengthen the bond between them and their new puppy; and as applicable, we are more than happy to make recommendations.
From toddler to teen, maintaining a harmonious relationship between your children and furry friend is so rewarding. We owe it to our children, as well as our dogs, to be knowledgeable about how to create and maintain positive relationships with our furry friends. There are many books, online articles and videos/DVDs that address the subject of children and dogs. Dr. Sophia Yin, a leading advocate for the human treatment of animals, has written several extremely informative and easy to read books on animal behavior.
Some recommended reading related to children:
Recommended reading for puppy training and socialization:
A well trained dog, regardless of the breed, promotes harmony in your home and balance in your pack. The Labradoodle is very intelligent. They can learn good habits or VERY BAD habits very quickly. As we have learned over time, dog training isn't just about training the dog, it's about training US as well. We have found that the earlier you begin training and the more consistent your are with training techniques, the more effective the results will be. We have participated in several modalities of training, from chain store training to personal training. While we have had success with each of these; we have found that the consistent 1:1 training that our dogs received has been extremely thorough...
Dog Training Resources:
As you Labradoodle grows, so will their hair! You will find that there are some cuts that will compliment your doodle more than others. You may go through a few groomings before you find a cut that suits your pooch. The internet is full of awesome pictures of Labradoodles! Based on their coat type, you're sure to find some good examples to share with your groomer. It's a good idea to find a groomer that is familiar with the breed as Labradoodles have certain characteristics (such as hair inside the ears) that some other breeds do not. A good groomer not only cuts/styles your dog's hair, they also advocate for your dog, and educate you about maintaining your dog's mane...Although we are now grooming our Doodles, we highly recommend the following groomers in the Carroll County, MD area:
We will initiate crate training with your puppy from Autumn Lane Doodles; however, consistency will be important. . Crate training helps to promote independence and provides your dog with his/her own room or den. It allows them a space to retreat when they are overstimulated, or when they need "down" time. A crate helps to decrease undesirable behaviors, helps to reinforce potty training; and even decrease anxiety when you have to leave the home. There are many online articles regarding the benefits of crate training. Many pet stores and online stores sell crates reasonably. Most importantly, when purchasing a crate, always give consideration to comfort and the size your dog will be when they reach adult age (our Parker ended up being larger than predicted). Our dogs still sleep in their crates at night, even though we trust them outside of the crate; therefore, we have soft dog beds within their crates. We like to use dog crates that come with adjustable dividers. This way, you can adjust the amount of space your puppy needs as it grow.
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