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History of the
Australian Labradoodles

Wally Conron of the Australian Royal Guide Dog Association set out in the 1980’s to breed a non-allergenic guide dog and the log process of breeding the perfect began.  The goal was a non-shedding, allergy friendly, and intelligent dog that would exhibit the finest genetically healthy strains from both the English Labrador and a Swedish Poodles breeds. Australian Labradoodles as bred specifically to capture specific qualities like non-shedding hypoallergenic, non-smelling, wonderful companion and family dogs with guide dog temperaments.  The original Labradoodles we bred specifically as guide dogs for the blind and they proved to be exceptional service dogs.

What is important is that the original Labradors were specifically English and the Poodles Wally Conron used to create the Australian Labradoodles were also vigorously health tested for years in order the create the acceptable traits.  Therefore, it is important to understand that a properly bred Labradoodles should have many generations of breeding should ideally have genetic roots back to the original Labradoodle lines.

In addition to having practical purposes as an excellent guide dog, people quickly became impressed with the wonderful disposition, intelligence, gentle good nature, loyalty and beauty of the dog.

Today there are many so called designer doodles available but the huge difference with Multi-Generational Australian Labradoodles are older established breed with an interesting history that hypoallergenic service dogs for the blind.  The dogs they used were English Labradors and Swedish Poodles and were all health tested lines.  They were careful to only choose exceptional dogs to further the breed for the breed standard, conformation and temperament – they named the breed “Labradoodles”.  During the 1990’s other breeds were infused into the lines to English Cocker Spaniel, American Cocker Spaniel.  More information and history of the breed can be found on ALAA-labradoodles.com.

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Multi Generation

The highest quality and characteristic are found in the Australian Muti-Generational Labradoodles.  An excellent temperament, very loyal, gentle and friendly personality that is securely established.  A healthy dog due to going to the Australian Labradoodle that was bread from generations of health tested breeding dogs.  Begin with the healthiest English Labradors and European healthiest Swedish Poodles.  Adding a small infusion of Cocker Spaniels for a uniquely nice temperament, luxurious silky soft coat which is guaranteed a non-fur and non-shedding with no body odor.  Highly likely to be allergy friendly. 

Since the 1980’s selective breeding and adherence to guidelines to create the special temperament and healthy genetic qualities are what makes the Australian Labradoodle superior.

First Generation

Breed a Labrador to a Standard Poodles creates a F1 First-Generation. Often with appearance of wavy to wire longer Labrador.  Coat texture is a hair/ lab fur coat blend and feels more like wire terrier dog fur.  Will shed and not hypoallergenic.  Looks, characteristics and temperament are not the same as the Multi- Generations Australian Labradoodles.

Second Generation

Breeding a F1 Labradoodle to a Standard Poodles creates a Second Generation that is called F1B Labradoodles.  Most do have low shedding Coast.  Cost texture is hair-fleece or wool-blend.  Still not the looks and temperament of the Australian Labradoodle Dogs.

Training Your Puppy

Plan ahead what type of training principles you plan to use.  Praise-reward based methods work well with the highly intelligent Australian Labradoodle.   Your puppy is eager to please you! The goal is to communicate with your puppy the difference between acceptable and unacceptable behavior.  Start by gathering all household members together who will be working on the puppy training or regularly interacting with the dog.  Everyone needs to be on the same page to support the dog and those who are doing the training to ensure success.  Consistency is key to successful training. Teach your puppy YES and NO!  Give him a “YES” when he does the right thing and a firm “NO” for correction.  “Good Boy” can mean several things, and can confuse the dog.  Remember it’s important in training to be patience, consistent and use praise with reward often!  Put in the time and you won’t regret it.  Spending a few minutes each day training your puppy is so rewarding, and opens communication, and bonding for you and your puppy-dog.  Training should continue through adulthood and beyond as needed.

Potti-Training

Crate training as soon as your puppy comes home will help with potty-training and offer a secure place for puppy when you can’t keep your eye on him.   Too much freedom around the house will slow the potty-training process.   Puppy will stay to an area away from the main area of the house.   A 15 foot plastic coated cable tied to the fridge can keep puppy near you in the kitchen while cooking, a small fence can help keep puppy out of the back rooms.  Puppies make a quick exit and can be hard to catch.  Take treats outside and wait for him to go and reward him.   If an accident happens, clean it up and be more vigilant next time.   It’s not his fault, it’s yours.  It will get better with time.

Socialization

It is very important while your puppy it’s very young.   Expose your puppy to new places and situations, take your puppy to parks, the beach anywhere you feel would help him meet people and get more comfortable with places outside the home. Talk to your vet about when and where it’s safe to take your puppy.

It’s your responsibility to train your puppy to have good behavior skills.   Your puppy must learn how to respond appropriately in all situations.  Always ensure the safety of your dog and others while working on training.  Look in your community for a basic dog training class or Good Canine Citizen training. It’s fun and your doodle is likely to be at the top of his class.

Grooming

Australian Labradoodles require grooming and maintenance and while it may take some getting used to, they learn to enjoy the attention.  When doodles fully mature they require brushing thoroughly about once a week.  Keep nails trim and paw pads trimmed.  The coat can be kept long or shorter to easy maintenance but always keep the head and tail longer than the body.  When you take your dog to the groomer ask to have the anal gland excreted. 

Eyes Care

Some light tearing is normal and healthy for the eyes.   Wipe clean the inside corner of the eyes clean regularly with a clean wet cloth.  This will prevent a crust from building up at the eye corners.   If you notice excessive discharge from the eye it can be a clogged tear duct and may need medical attention.

Ear Care

Keep long hair from growing down inside the ear.  There is controversy about plucking the hair inside the ear or keeping it trimmed close and a little shave just under the ear to help them stay dry. Either way the most important is to keep ears clean and dry.  Use an ear wash holding the ear straight up squirt a generous amount and massage the ear and allow the dog to shake access out and wipe clean with clean cloth, cotton balls.  Do not stick swabs down in the ear.  If you ever notice drainage or foul odor the dog likely has an ear infections and medical treatment is needed.  Doodles love water.  If your doodle swims often and is outdoors a lot check and clean his ears as often as needed for good ear health.  

Puppy Coat and Grooming

Doodles will be groomed throughout their lifetime. Help your new puppy by desensitizing him to blow dryers (no high heat).  Hold his foot gentle but firm and don’t let go until he surrenders then quickly praise him.  Next handle the toes and ears.  Your groomer will thank you!  Don’t bath puppy more than every three weeks.  Use extra towels when drying to minimize use of dryers.

Plan on professional grooming every 4-6 weeks and start with a mini puppy trim once fully vaccinated which is less stressful the first time.  Australian Labradoodles have a puppy coat that will begin to molt and tangle with the adult coat coming at abound 6 months.  Use a slicker or pin brush or comb and take single line sections at a time and get the brush down to the base of the skin.  Be gentle yet thorough and your dog will learn to relax and enjoy it.  Be sure to include some treats.  You should own a de-matting comb that can help cut through mats, thinning shears to cut mats out without leave blunt cuts.  You could have your doodle professionally groomed to about two inches in length to make it easier to manage.  Always leave the hair on the head and tail longer.  As for the face a simple v shape at the brow just enough to see the eyes.  Keep long hair out of ears and short hair under the ears to help keep them cool and dry.    Do not shave the face, but scissor between and just under the inside corner of the eyes.

Have your groomer view the short video of  Australia Labradoodle Association grooming.  Be sure to give feed back to your groomer if they don't get it right the first time. 

Bathing

Before you bathe your doodle always brush out the entire coat.  If there are small mats you can remove them by gently combing them out a little at a time.   If the dog has a larger mat use a de-matter comb which has a small hidden blade that efficiently cuts through and breaks up the mats.  Be gently when de-matting and take small sections at a time.  Use one hand to hold the skin down and be careful not to pull hard.    If you use scissors be very careful not to cut the skin if the matt is close to the skin.  If you don't remove the mats before bathing they tighten up and get larger when you bath the dog.  When a dog gets matted over time they get close to the skin and begin to itch and pull and be painful to your dogs skin.  Use a gentle shampoo and don't bath your labradoodle more than once every three weeks.  Avoid water in the ear by pinching closed when rinsing.  The coat will maintain its luster and wont frizz if you let it dry naturally.  Use extra towels to dry extra good down to the skin to minimize the use of a blow dryer, DO NOT use heat as this can create hot spots or rashes on the skin and dry out the coat.  Don't forget to clean inside the ears canal with an anti fungal ear wash.   Hold ear straight up drop wash into the bowl of the ear and massage below the ear and wipe with cotton balls (no q-tip).  Once a week or two will help prevent ear infections.  

Diet

Feeding your dog a high-quality well balanced and regular exercise is one of the most important things you can do for your dog.  Good nutrition is key to keep your dog's hair coat shiny, strengthen his immune and keep his digestive system in good health.   Dog food is big business these and the choices can be overwhelming.  Read the ingredients and make sure it's high in animal or fish protein listed as the main ingredient.  High-quality food digests well and nutrients are better absorbed by the body and less waste in the yard. There is some freeze dried raw foods that are also available.  Speak with your veterinarian about diet from puppy through adult stages.  There are a few dog food companies that do actual feed trials over time.  This could be a safe bet.  Feed your dog all he can eat in 10 minutes.  Feed puppies three times a day and twice a day as they mature or free feed with dry kibble available all day just make sure to monitor a healthy weight and don't' give table food and your dog will likely be healthier and enjoy his food without holding out a table scraps.

 

Snacks and Training Treats

When it comes to pet treats nearly every store has an entire aisle devoted to pet toys and treats. Select treats that are good for your dog.  Raw-Hides chewed down to smaller pieces can cause a choking hazard and larger pieces if swallowed can cause digestion problems.  Stay away from baked or cooked bones that can splinter.   Training treats that can be broken into smaller bits give you more for the money and last longer.  Bits of freeze-dried raw dog food, small pieces of cooked chicken, lunch meat or cheese are great for training treats.  Yak Milk blocks, bully sticks, and various horns and hoofs are good choices to satisfy chewing needs and help with boredom.  Treats can be hidden in a Kong or other dog puzzles for fun and mental stimulation

Brushing Teeth

Start brushing puppies teeth at least twice a week as soon as you get your puppy.  Toothpaste for dogs has an enzyme in it that dissolves tartar and plaque and keeps the dog’s breath fresh for puppy kisses. Keeping your dog's teeth clean can actually reduces risk for health problems. 

Tarter can build up in a few short years and a dental treatment at the vet is expensive.  The dog must be put under anesthesia to get them cleaned with ultrasound and scaling.  This can easily run up to $500.00 or more and if you don't keep them clean expect to have a dog with bed breath and need to do it again every few years or so.  Today many vets requires blood work first that adds cost to the final bill. 

Put a little paste on a finger or soft tooth brush or let them lick a doggie toothbrush and gently hold the cheek and fur away from the gum and lightly brush.  The paste will do most of the work for you and the puppy should get used to it if your consistent.   There are flavors that dogs love.  Give treats each time when finished as a reward.   

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