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To learn more about a wonderful dog breed, and how to introduce Australian labradoodle puppies to your family; allow US Labradoodles of Westerville, Ohio, to answer frequently asked questions on the breed and our process.


Why an Australian Labradoodle?

This is probably one of the most common question we are asked. There are a number of reasons, including the fact that Australian Labradoodles are:

• Allergy-Friendly Dogs
• Shed-Free
• Available In Many Colors and Coat Types
• Available In Several Sizes, Including Miniature, Medium, and Standard
• Great with Small Children
• All-Around Family Dogs

What Is the Difference Between a Regular Labradoodle and an Australian Labradoodle?

 The main difference between common Labradoodles and Australian Labradoodles is in their coats. An Australian Labradoodle is NOT just a Labrador/Poodle cross, like a common Labradoodle. Australian Labradoodles have ancestors from Australia whose pedigrees include Cocker Spaniel, Wheaton Terrier, and Portuguese Waterdog, along with their Labrador and Poodle bloodlines. Australian Labradoodles were originally developed as service dogs for people with allergy concerns. Generations of breeding have developed a more consistent fleece and allergy-friendly coat, whereas many common Labradoodles can have coats that shed and are not allergy-friendly. At US Labradoodles, we work to continue the Australian Labradoodle tradition, producing miniature, medium, and standard-size Australian Labradoodles with allergy-friendly coats.


If I Can't See My Puppy, How Will I Pick It?

Often times, people are concerned when they realize they cannot visit their puppy until it is six weeks old and has received its first set of shots. This is in the best interest of your puppy, as well as any other puppies we may have in our home at the time. We will, however, begin taking photos of the puppies when they are born and every week after that. These photos will be posted on our website. Once the puppies are four weeks old, we ask the first person who placed their deposit to make a selection. Once that is complete, we put the family's name on the puppy on the website. It will say, "adopted by the ____________ family." Then we move on to the person with the number two pick (similar to how the NFL™ draft works).

How Do I Pick the Personality If I Want the Calmest Puppy?


At US Labradoodles, we pride ourselves on breeding for temperament. Our puppies are sweet, affectionate, intelligent, and calm. If you want your puppy to remain calm once you get it home, do not over stimulate it. We have found that homes with a quiet environment will have the calmest puppies. If there is a lot of commotion, this may not be the case. So while we do our best to provide the best temperament genetics for every puppy, the rest is up to you. To further understand how to raise a puppy, we suggest picking up a copy of The Dog Listener by Jan Fennell.


 
What happens to my puppy during the shipping process?

Oftentimes it is necessary to ship a puppy to its new home. We understand this is something our customers are uneasy about. Therefore, we thought we would take a moment to explain the shipping process and hopefully ease our customers' minds about having their puppy shipped.
We begin by taking the puppy to the Animal Holding Facility at the airport in Columbus, Ohio. The puppy is comfy in a crate with a fabulously soft bed and it has access to water (we freeze the water the night before so it lasts throughout the trip). We also tape a bag of Fromm's Puppy Food to the top of the crate in case of a layover, but generally the bag is never opened because we try to avoid layovers.
Once the puppy is dropped off at the airport, it is then transported to the airplane by the wonderful airport staff (I have met them on many occasions and they are all dog lovers). The puppy is then loaded onto the plane into a climate controlled area, specifically designed for pets.
Once the plane lands, the puppy is transported from the plane to the animal holding facility at the destination airport, where the customer is waiting.
Traveling by plane is no more of an issue for puppies than it is for us. The only problem we ever have is if the puppy has to go potty during its trip. For this reason, it is a good idea for customers to take some paper towels and baby wipes for any accident that may occur in transit.
We hope this puts your mind at ease about shipping your new fur baby.


What is a Guardian Home??

In order to ensure that each and every one of our breeding dogs has its own family, US Labradoodles utilizes the help of Guardian Homes.

Guardian Homes receive one of our puppies and raise it as their own. Once the dog becomes breeding age, US Labradoodles will use it for breeding purposes. If it is a female, we will pick it up, take it to be bred and then bring it back to you. She will remain at your home and the puppies will be delivered at your house (with guidance and instruction from us). Once the puppies are 8 weeks old, they will go to their new homes. If the puppy placed in your home is a male and we decide to use him as a stud, we will call you to make arrangements to use him as needed.



How Do I Crate Train My New Puppy?


THE PROCESS: There are 2 things to keep in mind about crate training:

Always associate the crate with something pleasant, put his favorite toy and/or treat inside crate.

Training should take place in a series of small steps.

STEP ONE:

Place the crate in an area of your home where the family spends most of its time.

Open the door, or even remove it at first, and place a towel or soft bedding inside along with a small treat just inside the door.

Do not put your focus on the crate. His curiosity will bring him to it.

If he refuses to go near the crate, you may sit next to the crate and talk in a happy tone. Put a treat just inside the door and make a fun game out of it. This process may take a couple of minutes to several hours. Just remember, do not rush this process.

STEP TWO:

When your puppy is comfortable with being inside the crate without fear or apprehension, close the door for just a minute or two and then open and allow him out.

Do this when he is eating his treats or playing with his toy. Small steps are important for a puppy. We do not want him to feel trapped. Soon his anxiety, if any, will diminish and he will trust the process.

STEP THREE: LENGTHEN THE CRATE TIME


Call him over to the crate and give him a treat.

Give him a command to enter, such as "crate time" or "kennel". Encourage him by pointing to the inside of the crate with a treat in your hand.

Sit quietly near the crate for five minutes, and then go into another room for a few minutes. Return and sit quietly for a minute, and then let him out of the crate.

Repeat this process several times a day. Gradually increase the length of time you leave him in the crate and the length time you're out of his sight.

Once your dog is quiet in the crate for about 30 minutes with you out of sight, you can begin leaving him crated when you're gone for short time periods and/or letting him sleep there at night. This may take several days or several weeks.

Remember that puppies cannot hold their bladders as long as adult dogs can

STEP FOUR: CRATE YOUR PUPPY WHEN YOU LEAVE

After your dog can spend about 30 minutes in the crate without whining, you can begin leaving him crated for short periods of time.

Use your command word to put him in his crate along with a treat. You might also want to leave him with a few safe toys in the crate.

Do not prolong a departure by saying good byes, as this can lead to excitement. Be matter-of-fact. Just give him a quick praise, give him a treat for entering the crate, and then leave quietly.

Keep arrivals low key to avoid increasing his anxiety over when you will return.

When you return home, keep it low key, this will keep your dog balanced. Never reward excited behavior with enthusiasm.

Crate your dog for short periods of time when you're home so he doesn't associate crating with being left alone.

STEP FIVE: CRATE YOUR PUPPY AT NIGHT

Put your dog in the crate with your command and a treat. It may be a good idea to put the crate in your bedroom or nearby in a hallway, especially if you have a puppy.

Puppies often need to go outside to eliminate during the night, and you'll want to be able to hear your puppy when he whines to be let outside.

Once your dog is sleeping through the night with his crate near you, you can begin to gradually move it to the location you prefer, although time spent with your dog—even sleep time—is a chance to strengthen the bond between you and your pet.

If your puppy whines in the middle of the night, it is hard to determine if he needs to eliminate or just wants out of the crate. With the previous steps above, your pet should know by now that he is not rewarded for whining by being let out. So, take your puppy outside to eliminate, praise him, and put him back in until the next morning.


Prices

Our puppies cost $3,000, and come with all appropriate shots, already spayed/neutered, vet checked, and health guaranteed.


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