LABRADOODLE CARE - PUPPY DONT'S
Make sure your Labradoodle is healthy and happy, by avoiding these general puppy care mistakes. And remember, anyone who adopts a Catlow Labradoodle puppy is welcome to contact us for advice, for as long and as often as is required! You may also purchase recommended Labradoodle care books as well as related gifts from our gifts and books section.
Avoid over-exercising your puppy
Don't over-exercise your Labradoodle puppy, you will be doing more harm than good! Be careful with long walks and stairs, as this can ruin hip and joint development in young dogs. Short walks and garden play is plenty exercise for a young pup.
Allowing your puppy to bite
Don't allow your puppy to bite, mouth, or snap, even from an early age, as they will continue to do so when they are big dogs and have their full adult teeth. This can be very painful and not acceptable at all. It may be seen as fun and playful to you or your family, but will be seen as aggression by other people.
Don't forget who's in charge
Don't let your Labradoodle think that he is the boss! You have to maintain your position as 'pack leader' and your dog has to accept his role in your 'family pack'. Your new dog is 'at the bottom of the pack' hierarchy. If you tell your dog to do something, make sure he does it! You might think that these rules sound cruel, but they are adapted to a dogs way of thinking, handed down from their natural ancestory.
Remember, a dog is not a human and should not be treated like one.
Avoid over-feeding your puppy
Don't over-feed your puppy, as excessive weight gain puts undue pressure on their growing frame. It can lead to obesity, heart and breathing problems, and also hip-displacia, in later life.
Avoid giving your puppy rawhide chews
Don't give your puppy rawhide chews at all when they are young, and even when adults, be wary. The chews will turn to a rubbery consistency very quickly, and can lodge in a dogs throat. This is from personal and other peoples experiences with rawhide chews.