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!