Once you buy or adopt a Labradoodle, you should always provide it with love and care. In this article we are going to tell you how to take care of a Labradoodle to keep it healthy and happy.
Feeding is one of the most important issues in bringing up a healthy Labradoodle, since these dogs are predisposed to food allergies. A Labradoodle owner should choose a high-quality hypoallergenic food for the dog, for example, special grain-free organic dry food, or move a Labradoodle to a raw diet.
Recommendation: if you have decided on hypoallergenic dry food, we can recommend you the following brands:
- Acana Regionals Grain-Free;
- Brothers Complete Allergy Formula;
- Holistic Blend Grain Free;
- Orijen Adult;
- Nature’s Variety Instinct Limited Ingredient Diet.
The first rule is that any Labradoodle should undergo vet examinations at least 2 times a year to avoid hereditary health issues, such as hip/elbow dysplasia, eye and ear problems and so on.
Make sure, you deworm your Labradoodle at least once in every 6 months, since worms can cause serious problems to the health.
Protecting a Labradoodle against fleas and ticks should be a must, especially during the warm season.
While grooming your Labradoodle, pay special attention to its ears. Labradoodle ear canals have lots of hairs, thus causing pleasant environment for bacterial and fungal infections growth. The ears should be cleaned with special medical liquids, as well as removing hairs from the ear canals should be a plus.
Labradoodles come in three types of coats and each of them needs grooming. You should comb the fur at least twice a week and make it cut 2 times a year. Bathing is also necessary to keep your Labradoodle’s coat in perfect condition. The best choice will be an SLS-free shampoos and conditioners.
Training a Labradoodle is one of the most crucial steps. You should start to train your dog when it is still a puppy. Your Labradoodle must know some of the basic obedience commands as ‘Sit!’, ‘Come!’, ‘Don’t do it!’, ‘Stop!’ and so on.
Also, your Labradoodle should undergo potty training and know how to walk on the leash.
Labradoodles are known to be extremely friendly, smart and loyal dogs, but you should not neglect its early socialization. Do not make a ‘loner’ of your Labradoodle: let it play with other dogs in dog parks and participate in games with your children.
Physical Activity is a Must
Labradoodles are very energetic and active dogs who need constant physical load and an environment to release their energy. If you have no backyard or have no time to train your dog, you are better to choose another breed.
To make your usual walks more active, you can engage your Labradoodle in Frisbee play, ball game, agility training, as well as take your dog with you for a jogging.
Also, Labradoodles are perfect swimmers, so, take your dog to waters at least twice a month.
We hope, that our article has been useful and you’ve got all the necessary information on Labradoodle basic care. Labradoodles are low to medium maintenance dogs that makes them a perfect companion even for the first-time owners.