The Australian labradoodle should visit the groomer every 5-6 weeks while also being brushed every other day at home. Some owners like their Australian labradoodles’ coats a little longer, others will clip them shorter. Shorter coats are usually less maintenance. If you want to learn how to groom your Australian labradoodle yourself, there are some good videos on YouTube (just search for grooming an Australian labradoodle) and the Worldwide Australian labradoodle Association’s (WALA) website has some great information to guide you. Click here to go to the WALA website.
In addition to the generations of selective breeding to produce a gentle, well-mannered and eager-to-please dog, the attitude and temperament of an Australian Labradoodle also depends on the environment and training provided by its owner. You would be responsible for raising, socializing and training an Australian labradoodle once you bring it home.
One of the best things about the Australian Labradoodle is that they are so smart which makes them easy to train. They can pick up your rules and the tricks you teach in just a short amount of time. But it is very important to begin training and socialization early in your puppy’s life.
Like all dogs, Australian Labradoodles respond best to positive reinforcement and reward-based training. Their eagerness to please their family means that a little praise will go a long way – they should be offered plenty of verbal praise and belly scratches for being a good dog. Edible treats will also motivate them during training as Australian Labradoodles are almost always excited to take a tasty treat. Owners should use this to their advantage during training sessions, just be sure not to overfeed!
Australian labradoodles need consistency and patience during training. You should never use harsh tones or words and should always be gentle even if an accident or two occurs on a favorite carpet. Research has proven that positive, rewards-based training is more effective than punishment-based training, especially with Australian labradoodles due to their sensitive nature. An owner of an Australian labradoodle should encourage the behavior they want to see and reward it! Unwanted behavior should be ignored and negative punishment-based training techniques should be avoided. Read more about positive puppy training by clicking here.
Australian labradoodles learn quickly. So, if an individual starts training and socialization early, is consistent, and uses positive training techniques, Australian labradoodles can make the ideal family pet!
Which Makes a Better Pet, a Boy or Girl?
Dr. Gary Richter, a holistic vet, founder of Montclair Veterinary Hospital & Holistic Veterinary Care, and author of The Ultimate Pet Health Guide says that broadly speaking, a dog’s sex has little bearing on their suitability as a pet. “That shouldn’t be a major factor in the decision-making process,” Dr. Richter notes. “Meet the dog and see if their personality fits with yours. He adds that a good fit between dog and owner is more likely to be dependent on other factors. “You need a dog whose energy level and demeanor fit with your lifestyle.”
That view is shared by Nicole Ellis, a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA), APDT member, American Kennel Club CGC evaluator, and coauthor of Working Like a Dog. She says that the most important influence on personality and compatibility with humans “is not male or female but how a dog is trained and what it’s exposed to.”
As many Australian Labradoodles are required to be spayed or neutered while they are still young, the differences between the sexes is minimal and gender is not a good guide to future health or personality. As the result of early spay and neutering the girls do not experience hormonal cycles and the boys never develop the testosterone-driven behaviors such as marking territory or wandering in search of a girl in heat. Because these differences are eliminated with spay/neutering before sexual maturation, Seven Hills Labradoodles recommends that families base their preference on personality, temperament, and activity level rather than gender.
It is more important that a family selects a dog that suits their lifestyle, which is why, at Seven Hills Labradoodles, we ask about a family’s activity level (quiet, semi-active, or active) and other family questions when they inquire about purchasing an Australian labradoodle puppy from Seven Hils.
Is an Australian Labradoodle Hypoallergenic?
The Australian Labradoodle boasts a consistent very low-shedding, low-dander coat that causes less allergic reactions in individuals who suffer with dog allergies than most dog breeds. While no dog breed is truly 100% hypoallergenic, multi-generational Australian labradoodles like those produced by Seven Hills Labradoodles, are considered very “allergy friendly.”
Advantages and Disadvantages to Owning an Australian Labradoodle
As has been mentioned, there are many advantages to owning an Australian labradoodle and few disadvantages.
- These loyal, gentle, and calm companions are great with children and good with other pets;
- They are extremely sociable, intuitive, and friendly;
- Australian Labradoodles are intelligent and quick to learn and respond well to early, consistent, and positive training;
- The Australian labradoodle is usually a good choice for individuals who suffer with dog allergies;
- As a result of their loving personality and temperament, Australian Labradoodles make great service and therapy animals; and
- They come in a variety of sizes (Miniature, Medium and Standard).
- They are not a 24/7 couch potato. Australian labradoodles need at least 30 minutes of activity/exercise daily;
- The Australian Labradoodle might not be the right fit if an individual spends a lot of time away from home each day as they do not do well alone or in their crate for long periods of time;
- The Australian Labradoodles’ coat requires regular brushing and professional grooming; and
- It is very difficult to own just one!
The Australian Labradoodle has been selectively bred over decades to produce a perfect family companion, whose intelligence and eagerness to please makes them a dream to train. Playful enough for the kids, but, equally gentle for toddlers – you really couldn’t want a more mild-mannered dog!
However, finding a reputable breeder is a must if you are considering one of these wonderful dogs. Sadly, the Australian Labradoodles’ popularity has already caused these puppies to show up in puppy mills and among irresponsible breeders.
Efforts have already begun to curb this disturbing trend; several national and international organizations now offer breeder referrals and are striving to promote the breeding of healthy, tested dogs. For example, breeders who are members of the Worldwide Australian Labradoodles Association (WALA), like Seven Hills Labradoodles, are required to follow a Code of Ethics in breeding and follow strict guidelines that are in place to preserve and improve the temperament, health, coats, and structure of the Australian Labradoodle. Breeder members of WALA do this by conducting required health testing, supporting genetic diversity, applying uniform standards, carefully selecting breeding stock, and respecting infusion standards that preserve the magnificent traits of the Australian Labradoodle.
If you have been searching for a friendly, intelligent, even-tempered, and eager to please canine companion, look no further than the amazing Australian Labradoodle! When bought from a reputable breeder, and with the correct training and socialization, you could not find a more calm and loving family dog!