Setting Rules for New Puppy
Before bringing your new Australian Labradoodle home its important to establish some rules with other members of the family as to what is expected from the new puppy, and what he/she is allowed or not allowed to do. Every home and family is different, so its up to you to decide what behaviour is and isn’t acceptable.
To help your Australian Labradoodle grow into a well mannered, well behaved family member you need to teach them a set of rules to live by, and this is the responsibility of everyone in the household. These rules must be strictly followed by everyone so as not to cause confusion.
Where in the house will your dog be allowed to go?
Many people prefer if their dog doesn’t go in certain areas, the dining room, babies room, upstairs etc or maybe just at certain times, for example when you are entertaining in the dining room. Its helpful to put baby gates up to restrict your dog going into these areas especially while he is young.
Should you let your dog up onto the furniture?
Of course this is entirely up to you but things to consider are
- is he likely to get up on the sofa when just back from a walk with wet or muddy paws?
- will he take the space of a human and be reluctant to move if someone wants the seat?
Personally I teach them that they are not allowed up onto the furniture unless they are invited, this works and my two Australian Labradoodles come onto the sofa for their routine cuddle with the family every evening.
Should you feed your dogs scraps from the table or while you are preparing food?
In my experience when you start doing this the dog will constantly be there when you are eating or preparing food watching you and begging for scaps. This can lead to an overweight dog or one that is always under your feet while you are preparing meals. So personally I ban all feeding of titbits to my dogs.
Other things you need to consider are:
Who will exercise the dog and when?
Who is responsible for feeding?
Who will brush your Australian Labradoodle, trim their nails and inspect them all over for good health?
Who will undertake training and when?
Who will clean up in the garden after your pet?
Its good to encourage everyone in the home to get involved particularly with grooming and training as it builds bonds and strengthens relationships with family members and the dog.
Which words will you use when giving commands?
Your Australian Labradoodle has a new language to learn so you should try to make it as easy as possible for them. So make sure you assign cue words and signals for things like sit, come, down, stay and make sure everyone in the home knows and uses them.
Will you allow your dog to jump up when greeting people?
I would recommend strongly that right from the start you don’t allow this as they could easily knock a strong adult off balance and could completely knock over a child or an elderly person. Not to mention the muddy paw prints and ripped clothes. To stop your Australian Labradoodle doing this, you have to teach them that its never ok, you can’t allow it sometimes and not other times.
Of course after a few months you could then teach them that they can jump up to command, only when you said so. But wait until you are confident in them to understand that this is only when they are asked.
Biting in play
Do not allow your children to play games where they play fight and puppy uses his teeth on their fists or hands, when puppy gets bigger this WILL hurt. Its best to work with the rule of no teeth on skin EVER. There should always be a toy between a child’s hand and puppy’s teeth.
Respect for your dog
Remember your dog needs respect too, so he feels a valued part of the family.
Developing puppies need a lot of sleep, so when they are sleeping in their bed or crate people should not disturb them.
Do not disturb your puppy or dog when they are eating, this could cause anxiety and lead to resource guarding and aggression.
Never tease your puppy or dog especially with food or toys as this can lead to frustration, possessiveness and even aggression.
Never shout or hit the dog. It achieves nothing and as they won’t understand and could end up making them less trusting and unsure around people.
Children should be shown how to handle a puppy with care and respect. No ear or tail pulling, pinching or prodding. Let them hold the puppy when sitting down only, no picking them up in case they accidentally drop them. And if puppy wants releasing they must let them go straight away.
Remember, dogs thrive best when they know what is expected of them and have been taught what they can and cannot do. Wishing you good luck and lots of fun with your beautiful Australian Labradoodle puppy.