Bringing Home Your Pup

Willow and RyanAdding another member to your family is a major commitment and one that should never be taken lightly. 

An Australian Labradoodle’s life expectancy is 15 years.  That will be 15 years of love, laughter, and responsibility.

Your puppy has had the best start possible and you will want to continue that level of care.

When your puppy comes home he may want to nip and bite as he was doing with his litter mates.  Never allow him to do this with you.

It may be cute now, but when he is full grown that will not be the case and it will be much harder to stop at that time.

If you push him away he will think that is the new game! Instead give him a loud “OUCH!” (or some recommend “YIPE”) and turn your back for 15-20 seconds.  If you have children in the family, you can call this “acting like a tree”.

Your puppy may cry the first few nights at home.  He will arrive with a toy or cloth that has his mother’s and litter mates’ scent on it, but still he will feel all alone when night arrives and he is in his crate.

Don’t worry he will adjust and you will have your sleep restored! Don’t reinforce the crying by taking him out to cuddle, just say “shhhh” and put your hand in for him to sniff and touch, then remove it.

If he needs to go to the bathroom, take him out with very little talking and no time to play.  By the third night he should be well into sleeping on his own.