How to care for a labradoodle puppy

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How to care for a labradoodle puppy
Labradoodle puppies need special care and attention to grow into healthy, happy dogs. (Labradoodle Face image by Leticia Wilson from

Caring for any kind of animal can be a challenge. Puppies need a special amount of attention and care to develop and learn proper habits. Caring for Labradoodle puppies is not much different from caring for any other kind of puppy, which means lots of attention, healthy diets, training and exercise.

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Things you need

  • Labradoodle puppy
  • Healthy food
  • Toys
  • Drinking water
  • Shots and vaccinations
  • Brush
  • Leash

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    Get your puppy vaccinated. Shots are absolutely essential for starting a dog's health out on the right foot. Diseases and illness can affect more than your puppy's physical health but also their emotional health. You can tell if a dog is feeling ill by changes in attitude, eating habits or excrement quality. Get an identification tag for their collar in case they get lost. You may choose to get them chipped in order to track them. As with most breeds, Labradoodles are prone to skin problems, respiratory issues, joint and digestive problems, but daily canine supplements can keep up their general health and prevent some health complications. Have a regular vet that you can visit to discuss the particulars of your own puppy's health needs.

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    Keep a calm attitude around your Labradoodle. Let your puppy know the appropriate way to act in certain situations. If you or the children living in your household play roughly, your puppy will learn these hyperactive responses that may become disruptive or even dangerous as they get bigger and stronger. Train them early on. Teach them the correct ways to act around people.

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    Spend time with your Labradoodle puppy. Playing and giving lots of attention to your puppy is essential for it to develop natural social skills. Dogs are born with the instinct to run in packs, so if you neglect spending sufficient amounts of time with them they may not be able to function well around people or other dogs. Take your dog for regular walks every day to spend time with them, give them exercise and check their excrement for irregularities to make sure it is healthy.

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    Feed your puppy every day. When dogs are young, they may eat more often and on irregular schedules---especially when you are just bringing them home. On the first day entering a new environment, it is recommended that you feed them the same food that they ate at their previous home and gradually add new food to their diet. Too much immediate change my complicate their adjustment. Puppies under a year old will need to eat at least two or three times a day. After one year, they should be fed once a day. Choose high-quality, protein-dominant foods for your puppy. A healthy diet is necessary to keep all of your dogs bodily systems working with the best proteins and nutrients you can afford. Do not skimp on dog food.

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    Bathe your Labradoodle puppy when he starts to smell bad. Do not bathe your dog too much as this will cause skin irritations. You should only wash them if they are especially dirty to avoid drying out their coats. Brush your puppy often. Labradoodles have long curly hair that needs to be kept to avoid knots where ticks and dirt can hide. This will also keep your household free from hair and dander. Keep the hair around their eyes, ears and mouth trimmed and clean. If there are any unusual discharges, contact your vet to inquire about appropriate action.

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    Make good judgments. Puppies are a handful to take care of, and just like children, they will find ways to make trouble for themselves and not know how to get help. Make your household a safe environment. Keep plugs and cords out of their reach and know what foods are toxic for dogs, like chocolate and onions. Never leave your dog in the car with the windows closed. Use a harness to avoid leash-choke and check their collars frequently to make sure there is at least a two-finger gap between the dog's neck and the collar. Puppies grow quickly so the collar fit should be checked often.

Tips and warnings

  • Avoid feeding your dog any toxic foods.

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