Here is an excerpt from an email that came in today from some Labradoodle customers. They bought two at once!
"Hi Jennings Family, I am writing to let you know how wonderful our new puppies are. They are 4 months old now and full of fun and adventure. Cherry is now Bella and Pine is now Bayley, they are 23 pounds. Your new puppies are adorable. We have been sharing your website to lots of friends and family and have found out just how many people are getting Labradoodles, they sure are popular.
We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Very Happy 2013.
Peggy and Paul
That about says it! Talk to you soon! Andy & Heather
Well, Licorice is sold and the new litter has arrived! So, Kim, go to the contact page if you want to discuss other options. As far as the new arrivals go, they are our first litter of pure chocolate. We have always had light, brown and black mixed-litters even out of Dolly and Chaco, same parents. Go figure, but its beautiful~ Just last night my 8 year old Jane and I clipped nails and gave the first worm meds. I know Dolly is much happier today, now that we cut those little barbs off! And if Mama is happy, everyone's happy, especially your puppy...
I want to introduce Licorice, the cutest Labradoodle puppy on the premises at Adirondack Labradoodles. I'm also required to mention that he is the only Labradoodle puppy presently on the premises at Adirondack Labradoodle. But he is also arguably one of the cutest on the Eastern Seaboard, so I'm not just blowing hot air! Anyway, he is 12 weeks old now, well on his way to being housebroken, he is fully crate-trained (loves his crate! goes in many times a day on his own) and just a lover! He loves to come right up to me and shake hands, and get a chest rub. He loves to come sit next to my chair and watch me do whatever it is I do!? Now he needs a home, and if you need a partially trained, beautiful Labradoodle now that summer is coming on, I highly recommend you contact us and come see Licorice. He will not disappoint any dog-lover! Yours, Andy
My advice on this is as follows, " Don't backslide!" When you receive your puppy from us, it will be sleeping in a crate through the night with no accidents. Every morning at 6am it will be used to running straight outside and hitting the grass to do its business. Make sure you set an alarm and get up for the morning blitz. Then as the weeks go by the puppy will be more able to hold its peace. As far as daytime housebreaking goes, the key to that is making sure that you let puppy out immediately after meals, and only introduce a water bowl inside, once feeding and going out is well established. What you don't want to do is leave a puppy knocking around the house for long periods unsupervised. Then they will have no choice but to find a spot to relieve themselves, and then you will have an issue to resolve. If you keep them supervised in your living space, or outside, or in a crate at all times for the first few weeks, it will probably never be an issue! And you'll say like so many others "Our puppy is so smart, I can't believe how easy she was to potty-train..." Smart people make our dogs look good! Be smart!
Here is an excerpt from an email received today 3/25/12 which shows the results of following the advice of the previous post:
I hope all is well. As you can see we decided on a name--Ollie (or Oliver as his grandma likes :))
He is doing so well, we are really impressed. We took him to the vet on Friday and he was perfect!
The first night he didn't like sleeping in the crate and cried for about 20 minutes like you said he may. Then every night after that he goes in it and sleeps for 7-8 hours soundly. It's wonderful. He also has learned to go near the door when he needs to pee.
He is very loved by all our family members. We could not ask for a better dog. We want to thank you for your help and raising him so well. Attached are two pictures of him. Tell your kids they did a great job with him!
That is what we are shooting for here at Adirondack Labradoodle. Healthy puppies and happy owners! Pure joy!!
Here's a bit of advice I sent off to a brand new puppy owner:
Hi (Customer), My only advice with crate training is put the crate in another room and ignore his cries. I know its tough to hear him fuss, but if he's fed, watered, and been outside to the bathroom, then he's just working you to get his way. Stand strong, shut the door, turn up the music, and ignore him, you'll be happy you did! He'll obey better in every way. Let me know how it goes! Andy
You've got to do the training early- and these Labradoodles will be "the smartest dog we've ever had, so obedient" or if you're lax, maybe not. Be a dog leader not a dog follower!
(From an email to a customer) "I thought I would answer some of your questions to assist you in thinking through the idea of getting a Labradoodle. First question-- have you browsed all the way through our site? If you read through all the pages, you get a pretty good idea all about Basil's parentage and our Labradoodle breeding and puppy-rearing approach. When you purchase a Labradoodle puppy from us you get a dog that people consistently say "this is the best dog we've ever had" (to quote from an email received out of the blue the other day), you get the puppy's blankie, you get the parents pedigree papers, you get an ongoing source of advice and communication and friendship with the Jennings and Basil's mommy and daddy, most important you get a very smart, friendly, health-certified puppy that shouldn't need more than a $100 checkup plus some shots and worm meds each year. These Labradoodles are hearty and easy to work with assuming they are trained carefully for the first few months. As far as actual "stuff", we let the owner decide what to have for the puppy's home set-up, but basically all you should need is a large collapsible wire crate for $70, a bed with cleanable cover, two no-tip bowls, a leash, maybe a dog brush, and a couple nylon chew toys. Figure on a vet visit in each of the 2 months post-adoption, and you should be all set." That's pretty much the Adirondack Labradoodle value proposition! Have a great day!
Hi there! I wanted to talk today about a couple questions new Labradoodle puppy seekers have-- First off, nail clipping- this is one that should be pretty simple to deal with. As far as equipment, I recommend fingernail clippers, yep plain old human clippers. Maybe large toe-nail size for mature dogs, but good sharp clippers and a calm approach are best. Basically, talk to your Labradoodle gently while you take a paw and push up under one "toe" to expose the claw. Look closely and you can see that there is a long thin sharp part that thickens closer to the toe. If there is no thin sharp point, you may not need to trim. But if there is, hold the clippers "horizontally", the same way you would trimming your nails and clip a couple millimeters off. I like to put the clipper around the nail, lift so the bottom jaw contacts the underside and slide toward the tip until it starts to catch where the claws hooks down. That's usually a good spot to clip. Try not to over-do until your dog trusts you in this. Try not to clip to deeply and draw blood, that will break the trust quickly. Mainly practice exposing the claw fully, and getting the Labradoodle to cooperate calmly. Otherwise let the vet do it. The other question is "What color Labradoodle should I choose?" My answer is "Chocolate" because its my favorite, "Black" because its so beautiful and always looks clean, and "Golden" because its so eye-catching and cute. Just pick a Adirondack Labradoodle, male or female, and you'll be safe!
OK, the Fiona/Chaco F1B Labradoodles are getting big. The eyes are all open, and they're transitioning from "creeping" to "scurrying" and soon they'll be "scrambling" around the pen. They are just getting to the age where we start to really interact with them. Before this all they do is nurse and sleep, and get carried around by kids a few minutes a day. But soon they get a little food from people and a little attention, and people become their favorite obsession in the world. Also, some exciting news--Chaco's x-ray assessment came back OFA and his hips are certified "GOOD" Not surprising given his parentage, but important to get that established! So, now comes the fun part of finding homes for all these Adirondack Labradoodles and raising them up through the fun, interactive middle weeks! The individual Labradoodle pictures with names and descriptions are up, so go find your new best friend!
Yeah, so on the last blog post I thought we were a week to ten days from puppy-time. Turns out it was two days later that we had a burst of F1B Labradoodles. All through the night on Jan 22,2012 we had puppies arriving. They have been doing great, actually today was first worming and nail trim. These are going to be super Adirondack Labradoodles! The last group out of Fiona and Chaco has been a hit with the families. Look at the photos page at the chocolate teddy bear Ellie Rose. She was the last one chosen from the last litter, and what a beauty. Everything I have heard back from all our customers is along the lines of "We love her, everyone loves her, my wife is more in love than me even though she resisted, best dog ever" Anyway, now this F1B Labrado mating is a proven combination, so we're looking forward to see who gets to be there forever families!