Before I started breeding Labradoodles, I noticed something. A lot of Labradoodle breeders were treating their dogs like mutts. Like they didn't need the best health clearances, the best temperaments, and the best body structure. So when I started, I was determined to bring my show background to produce happy, healthy and loving Labradoodles. There's no excuse in not providing the best for your dogs.
Coming from a show background, my goal is to bring the same standards from the show ring into the pet ring. Although Labradoodles are not an official breed yet, it does not mean that we should be lax about making sure that all of the dogs used for breeding are the top quality. And that means being health certified by OFA and DNA companies.
Our Health Testing Includes:
If the puppy has a solid foundation for its first eight weeks, all it does is make the following 8 weeks with the owner a bit easier.
We focus on Puppy Culture which helps encourage confidence in puppies and teach them to be not so afraid of new experiences. It is best for puppies to have as many as new experiences as possible so they become desensitized to strange sounds, touch and challenges. We introduce different kind of toys with new sounds, or sensations. We even introduce new challenging toys like baby slides or balance toys, so they listen to their bodies better.
We also do Early Neurological Stimulation which helps boost puppies' immune system, cardiology and as well as make them more confident.
We find that our Puppy Curriculum makes puppies much loving, sweet and happy puppies. However, the owner is still responsible for the next 8 weeks since the first four months is the most critical period in forming the best, confident dog.
A good body structure means the dog can move well, all of the joints work together and there's no additional stress on the body. There has been studies that found out that if a certain body part is too long or too short, it causes problems. For instance, long back and short legs will lead to spinal problems. If the dog's stifle and hock are too short or too long, it could lead to torn ligaments, which costs thousands of dollars just to repair.
We start at eight weeks old to evaluate their body structure. We keep back one or two of the best to keep for future breeding if they pass clearances. Our goal is to bring the show quality level to our dogs. This way, we can ensure that we will produce the best of puppies for families.
During the first 8 weeks, I get to know my puppies on a personal level and I use temperament testing to find out about who they are, what are their strengths and weaknesses. I give them new situations and evaluate how they react. I even use cats!
This way, we can say, this puppy would be great with loud kids while this other one is more suited for families who want a calm puppy. Like children, not all puppies are the same. Some might be more active than others and so on.
Not only that, I use my gut instinct and make a better match if I have to. I can also tell the families the puppy's quirks and what to do as well as what not to do regarding their particular puppy. This will ensure that the family is aware and can plan better how to raise their puppy.
It's so successful that I have upmost confidence in my program and especially my puppies.
In addition to their low shedding, Labradoodles are also a great option for therapy, service, and emotional work. They are intelligent, friendly and patient. They don't shed which is great for those with dog allergies. As we all know, Labradors have been used as service dogs for many years in programs for the blind and for the deaf.
With this mix, we can go a step further. We can create a healthier dog by infusing new lines. Purebreds are terribly inbred and it's the reason why we see genetic health problems in those dogs. So with the Labradoodles and infusing new lines, mixing two breeds together, it helps us breed out the genetic problems and creating a dog that's much better than the original. Honestly... This is a win for everybody.
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