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    How to take care for a Labradoodle?

    Articlegeneral dog adviceFriday 30 September 2011
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    Labradoodles are a cross-breed between standard poodles and labrador retrievers. Labradoodles are generally friendly, energetic and good with families and children (although as with any dog the temperament may vary between individuals). Labradoodles often display an affinity for water and strong swimming ability from their parent breeds. Labradoodle is still developing and this dog breed puppies do not have consistently predictable characteristics. While many of the Labradoodles display desired traits, their appearance and behavioural characteristics might remain unpredictable. For example, Labradoodles' hair can vary from wiry to soft, from straight to wavy, or curly. Many Labradoodles shed, although the coat usually sheds less and has less dog odor than that of a Labrador Retriever.

    You should take your Labradoodle in for regular checkups at your veterinarian's office. Speak to your vet about spaying or neutering your pet and about preventative measures such as heartworm, flea and tick medication. It is recommended you train your Labradoodle as soon as possible in order to get it behave in the right way. It might be a good idea to crate your Labradoodle. Position the crate in a well-travelled area of your home and leave your pet periodically in the crate even when you are home. Teach you Labradoodle to stay off of furniture by firmly telling it "no" when it climbs on. If your Labradoodle chews furniture or other things be consistent in saying no. Provide your Labradoodle with fresh and clean water at all times and place it in areas where it can be easily reached. Research the types of food available and consult with your vet concerning what types of food will be best for your Labradoodle.

    Grooming your Labradoodle is also crucial. Remember about using the shampoo and conditioner designed specially for dogs. Have your dog trimmed at least twice every year and clean its ears and eyes often. Remember to brush your Labradoodle's teeth regularly, using pet toothbrush and toothpaste, at least once a week. Exercise your Labradoodle at least once a day. Take it for a regular walks or run or for a trip to the park to play fetch or to swim.

    Learn here about the dog breeds or ask an expert for advice.

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