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Spaying and Neutering
Spaying and Neutering

The best time to spay a girl is just before her first season. This is because most people miss their first season, which not only risks pregnancy but also dog attacks. An unueted boy will smell her from a mile off and could attack to get to her. Missing her first season will delay spaying. Once they come into the season, you must wait three months as there is an increased risk of bleeding.

There is no way of accurately knowing when they will have their first season which will result in a breach of our contract.


With the girls, it's a quicker recovery if they haven't had a season. In basic terms, the womb is unused. With the boys again, the younger, the better. Having the boys done young avoid unwanted behaviours that entire males can display. Neutered adult dogs tend to have a pop at entire boys, so it is better to have them desexed young.


Younger animals have Low body fat, which makes these surgeries easier.

Like babies, younger dogs tolerate the procedures very well and recover quicker than older animals.

RVC, which governs all vets, states that the optimum age is from 4 months. Through our own experience, the younger they are, the quicker they recover. 

Why is pet neutering important?

As well as preventing unwanted pregnancies, Neutering offers essential health benefits, including life-threatening cancers and reduces the risk of some behavioural problems.

Spaying and Neutering protect the development of the Australian Labradoodle Breed for future generations to enjoy.

We are responsible for only selecting the very best Australian Labradoodles to leave entire and breed on from. Because of this, the breed has and continues to develop with only the top-quality dogs able to continue in the development of the breed.

You have come to know me and understand that I truly put my heart and soul into every puppy. My dogs are my life—Im here to support you and guide you. 

Spaying and Neutering are being performed frequently, and a range of benefits are provided for both animals and owners.  



Spaying will stop the bleeding that occurs with every heat cycle and prevent any changes in behaviour associated with the heat cycle. Females who are not spayed but do not have puppies may develop false pregnancy or infection in the womb. Early spaying of females reduces the risk of developing mammary cancer (breast cancer) later in life. People do not realise the high risk of cancers in dogs. Breast tissue spaying removes this risk,



Some male dogs develop antisocial behaviour when they reach maturity. This may be in the

form of sexual behaviour - mounting other dogs or people. Uncastrated dogs can detect a female in season a long way away, making recall difficult. A dog who wanders is far more likely to be involved in a car accident. Castrating male dogs also reduces the risk of them developing diseases of the prostate and testicular cancer. Other dominant castrated males may attack an uncastrated male.

What happens when my pet is neutered?

Neutering and Spaying is only a day stay, and thousands upon thousands of neuters and spays are carried out every day. It is a routine procedure. 

Your pet's neutering operation is performed under anaesthesia. You will be asked not to feed them from 10 pm the night before they go to the vet.

You will be asked to drop them into the vet in the morning.

The vet will always give them a health check-up before any procedure.

Your dog will be carefully monitored after surgery by our highly-qualified and registered veterinary nurses, who will call you to let you know how they are doing and when you can collect.

They will leave the vet with a cone on which you can change for a surgical suit. Your vet will sell them, or you can order them online. 

They will ask you to keep them on the lead in the garden, allowing them to rest and recover.

In my experience, they are back to normal after a few days. Your vet will ask you to take them in for a check-up after 3-5 days.

Here is a link to the Royal Veterinary website that will explain more.

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 Early Days

Early Days

Your puppy may encounter a little stress and cry during the early days. This is entirely normal and to be expected. It is a big deal for a little puppy to go to a new home, with lots of new smells, and new people to encounter without their siblings for support. Make your puppy their own little haven, an area where they feel secure. If you choose to use a crate, then pop a nice soft bed inside and the toy/blanket we give you. They will soon learn that this is an excellent place to be; however, as you are aware, I never use crates or cages, so this will be stressful for a young pup. We much prefer a playpen or a gate in a safe room. I highly recommend a playpen that you can pop their crate or bed inside, giving them more room to play, or maybe a gate in the kitchen or utility room. (remember to keep all cleaning products and food out of reach) When you are not there, please remember to remove their collar when they are in a crate of pens. This is because the collar can get caught on the bars and they can accidentally become strangled. Australian Labradoodles bond very quickly. Therefore it is essential not to spend every single moment with them, as they will get used to this and expect this all the time. It is ok to leave your puppy, during the day for an hour or so. Even to do your housework. When you leave your puppy, talk to them in a confident manner, I,e "Back soon, Be good" Try not to go back for a quick cuddle until the time is up. The first night is always the most stressful, particularly in new surroundings without their siblings.

Be patient; they will soon settle. Remember that it is no right or wrong to do what works for you. Remember you are moulding their little personalities.

Toilet this should be super easy

Your puppy jas been training to wee and poop on real grass since they were three weeks old.

I suggest that you pop to a garden centre a get a roll. of real grass and a tomato tray

Cut the grass to fit the tray... Hey, presto, eco-friendly, super easy wee pad.

Frequently pop your puppy on the grass. Patch

this should be at least every couple of hours. Stay with a puppy, but don't play when it is toilet time,

They have a very short attention span at such a young age, and if they start to play, they will forget all about going to the toilet.

Toilet training. Take puppy out every 1-2 hours and after every activity. Don't rely on the door being open during nice weather.

For example..

WAKE =Outside,




Just before they wee or poop they tend to circle Early Morning 6.30 - 7 am As soon as you get up pop the puppy on the grass.or take them outside to relieve themselves use lots of verbal praise. You may find that he has already been a good boy before you get up, but still try.

Food:- Able Raw Food. It's really important to continue to feed the same food. A sudden change will cause an upset tummy.

Amount, In order to grow and develop your puppy, requires 570 Kcal each day 377g – 400g per day split over 4 meals.

This will increase as they grow until the volume stabilises at 1 year old.

Please continue to refer to Able’s website to check the volume of food needed.

Feeding guidelines — Able® Raw Dog Food Leave water down all day but take up the food after 15 - 20 mins (you can pop the leftovers in the fridge for lunch.

Breakfast 06.30am - 07.30am

Mid Morning 11.00am - 11.30am

Afternoon 15.00pm - 15.30pm

Evening 19.00pm - 19.30pm

Obviously, you can move the times slightly to suit your life. Please remember to continue to give the pup 4 meals a day. Their tummies are only tiny so they need to eat little and often. If you find that they are waking up too early you can give a little top up of food just before bed or gradually move the feeding times so that the last meal is at 8.-8.30 They need 4 meals a day until they are 4 months 3 meals a day until they are 6 months Then they have 2 meals a day forevermore


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Second vaccination

Please refer to the contract and vaccination card for the dates of treatments. 

The Vaccination card will also be given to you when you collect the puppy.  

We give them their first core vaccinations. Which are DHP ( Distemper, Parvovirus, Hepatitis)

The compatible brands are Nobivac and Canigen.


The Second vaccine must be given at ten weeks, not before this age and a maximum of 4 weeks.

We recommend that you aim for two weeks so you can get them out socialising sooner.

Due to adverse side effects, we do not give Lepto. LEPTO IS NOT A CORE VACCINE.  

Your chosen vet will try to convince you to give Lepto, particularly Lepto 4. DO NOT GIVE THEM LEPTO 4. 

Due to the severe side effects, giving Lepto 4 will void Churchill's health warranty. 

When your vet says, "well, I've given thousands of Lepto Vaccines and not had a problem" please ask them how they monitor their canine clients. Do they contact them and check that they are not suffering any of the side effects of the Vaccine? Do they keep in touch purposely to monitor the dog's health, treat dogs symptomatically and not tie the symptom with the vaccine? 


Please do your own research. There are links below to help you make an informed decision.  You will discover that many dogs have reacted to Lepto, and a high number have died. Sadly not all cases are reported. Here's the thing more dogs die of the vaccine than they do of Lepto. The side effects of the vaccine can be life-changing.  The vet will tell you that they have administered thousands of Lepto vaccine, and it’s fine. However, you are you can’t change the outcome if you are one of the unlucky ones late. We have had experience with other breeders where the vet refuses to connect the symptoms to the cause. 



Take the wormer and flea treatment home with you. Do not vaccinate sooner than this date. Do not give flea or wormer at the same time as the vaccinations, as this will cause an overdose. Always give flea and wormer at leastfive5 days apart from each other Go back 2-weeks later for kennel cough It’s imperative that you avoid overdosing your puppy when it comes down to the vaccine appointment. Please make sure in advance that they are carrying the same brands that are compatible. If they don’t, they will attempt to restart the whole course, which means that you’re going to have a four-week delay in taking them out for walks which isn’t good for their socialisation Some vets are sneaky and don’t pre-warn you so make sure you go with knowledge It’s okay to go to another vet just for the vaccine and then go back to your preferred vet. Remember that regardless, vets should always put health before profit



take the wormer and flea treatment home with you Do not vaccinate sooner than this date Do not give flea or wormer at the same time as the vaccinations as this will cause an overdose Always give flea and wormer at least 5 days apart from each other Go back 2-weeks later for kennel cough It’s imperative that you avoid overdosing your puppy when it comes down to the vaccine appointment please make sure in advance that they are carrying the same brands that are compatible if they don’t they will attempt to restart the whole course which means that you’re going to have a four-week delay in taking them out for walks which really isn’t good for their socialisation Some vets are sneaky and don’t pre-warn you so make sure you go with knowledge It’s okay to go to another bit just for the vaccine and then go back to your preferred vet


Titre antibody blood test 

Did you know that there is an option for the antibody test for your dog rather than automatically giving the yearly vaccinations? This way, you'll see if they actually need them.

Ask your vet if they offer the Titre test. If they don't, you can vet for a blood test.

Also, did you know that the core vaccine schedule is actually every three years, not annually as we are led to believe

The reason im sharing this is to ask you to make informed choices for our puppies xxx

Flea Treatment

Flea and worm


We can not urge you enough not to give any oral flea medications. In particular, Bravecto, Nexgard And Simparica: (Churchills health warranty is void if you provide these products)


The listed side effects listed include death. Some dogs can have mild and terrible reactions to these pesticides. Others sadly lose their fight for life.

Please only give flea treatments for dropper application on the back of the neck. Never give oral flea treatments.

These oral flea treatments are causing our pets to suffer, and it is even killing our pets.

When your vet says, "well, I've given thousands of oral flea medications and not had a problem", please ask them how they monitor their canine clients. Do they contact them and check that they are not suffering any of the side effects of the Vaccine? Do they keep in touch purposely to monitor the dog's health? Or do they treat dogs symptomatically and not tie the symptom with the Vaccine? 

Her symptoms included lethargy and sickness diarrhoea, and she even showed that the toxins were affecting her kidneys. This poor pup had been fed on chicken and rice for nearly a year.

We asked to see her medical records and discovered that she had been on oral flea treatment Bravecto since her ten-week vet check. We changed the products immediately and got her back onto a Raw healthy diet, and guess what? She was well, healthy and happy within two weeks of stopping the flea treatment. We hope that her kidneys can now heal.

Unfortunately, not enough dogs have suffered for them to be taken off the market. The main issue is that vets are not reporting the cases. The side effects listed on the product state can cause death.

A pup from one of our litters in 2020 contacted us. They were distraught that their dog had been unwell since she was ten weeks old.

To cut a long story short. Her symptoms were the side effects of her flea treatment, and the vet didn't consider linking them. Instead, they ran a ton of tests, put the dog on chicken and rice and suggested that she was born sick. They told them that she had kidney disease.

They had been charged a fortune. I asked them to forward their vet records, and I immediately saw that she was given oral flea medication at ten weeks of age. All of her symptoms were listed on the medication. I told them to immediately take her off the oral flea medication and return to the raw diet. Within two weeks, she was well, healthy and happy. They were in tears to think they trusted their vet and didn't listen to my advice. I can not stress enough that please follow our guidance. A fellow breeder nearly lost a pup due to oral flea medication. Again the pup's family were convinced by their vet that it was ok. And even after the dog nearly died, the vet didn't and wouldn't link the two, and it wasn't reported. When you look through the links I've attached, remember that these are only the actual reposted cases. Thousands and thousands never see the light of day because vets treat the symptoms, not the cause.

Please remember that America is always one step ahead, and the UK is always slow to respond.

Please do not give oral flea medication to your pup or adult dog. 


Your puppy has been wormed using Panacur liquid. It is important to keep your pup worm free. Worms can be picked up from the garden and other animals.

The correct worming dose  is calculated based on weight. 

When you go to the vet, they will weigh pup and give you your next wormer.

Going forward ...

Did you know that you can do worm counts rather than worming? or use worm counts as a little top up to double check there is no worms?


Combined Worm Egg Count and Lungworm Screens from


Free puppy Insurance, Ok? Where do we start? As I'm sure you know, insurance companies offer breeders free insurance packs to send home with their puppies. This does seem significant until you realise it really is just a sales ploy to get your information so that they can sell you their Insurance. The free puppy insurance is full of things that you cannot claim, which kind of defeats the object. When we sign you up for the free Insurance, they insist we give them all your information which enables them not only to ask you to sign up with them but also to share your information with other chosen companies. The issue is that the free Insurance we send pups home with can't be used for 15 days from activation. When you take out Insurance, that too can't be used for 15 days from the activation, which means that your puppy won't be covered for the first month. Which isn't ideal. In addition to this, the other problem is that if you take out Insurance and there is any overlap on termination of one and the start of the other, your Insurance could be void because you effectively have two policies running. To provide you and your pup with the best cover, we recommend that you start your Insurance from a collection or, better still, as soon as you have chosen which means you are covered within 15 days from commencement rather than 30. In addition any claims on the free puppy insurance then becomes a pre-existing condition which your new policy won't cover. You will needs pups microchip for the insurance policy When it comes down to choosing your insurance company, it comes down to your insurance budget and what you want to cover. Pop onto Australian Labradoodles UK on Facebook and pop insurance in the search bar of the group...this subject has been discussed before, and there are lots of recommendations.




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We feed all our dogs a species appropriate natural raw diet. We understand the benefits of feeding a raw diet and now more and more pet owners are coming round to the logic of feeding raw, natural, unprocessed ingredients. Precise nutrition through extensive analysis of exceptional meats, vegetables and botanicals. Every recipe is available in convenient portion sizes. Its never been easier to feed an amazing diet. Just like us. They are what they eat.

Pups must have the same Able food as they have here with us.

Above is your link to your free able pack of food. Pups will leave us having four meals a day


It's really important to continue to feed the same food. A sudden change will cause an upset tummy. Amount, In order to grow and develop your puppy, requires 570 Kcal each day 377g – 400g per day split over 4 meals. This will increase as they grow until the volume stabilises at 1 year old. Please continue to refer to Able’s website to check the volume of food needed. Feeding guidelines — Able® Raw Dog Food Leave water down all day but take up the food after 15 - 20 mins (you can pop the leftovers in the fridge for lunch. Breakfast 06.30am - 07.30am Mid Morning 11.00am - 11.30am Afternoon 15.00pm - 15.30pm Evening 19.00pm - 19.30pm Obviously, you can move the times slightly to suit your life. Please remember to continue to give the pup 4 meals a day. Their tummies are only tiny so they need to eat little and often. If you find that they are waking up too early you can give a little top up of food just before bed or gradually move the feeding times so that the last meal is at 8.-8.30 They need 4 meals a day until they are 4 months 3 meals a day until they are 6 months Then they have 2 meals a day forevermore

Able calculator has only got the selection for three meals a day so what we need to do is to calculate the total per day and then just split it into four

They have four meals up until age 4 months

Then three meals a day until 6/7 months

Then two meals breakfast and dinner forevermore

At the moment they’re weaned onto the chicken and turkey as it’s the blindest of combinations but they can have any of the puppy foods.

As a breed, they can be food monsters and attempt to lead you on a Merry food dance of switching and swapping food and adding things to encourage them to eat... They are smart dogs this is actually the worst thing you can do as they will play with you

once you know they enjoy a good food stick with it

I’m going to add another link to an online company called all about dog food if you should ever decide to change their food please check the quality and nutritional value on this site before changing them able to score 98 /99% out of 100 it is a fabulous food.

All of my dogs eat able there are lots of flavours

It’s very easy to feed.

It comes in flat packs like packets of crisps that you just open and pop straight in a bowl to defrost.

if you select the option for a scheduled repeat delivery there is an additional 5% off they deliver straight to your door in boxes frozen... so calculate the amount you need and then just do a repeat order.

First of all, you will be ordering their puppy range once the pup is 20 weeks you can move onto the junior range. As soon as you wish and think that they are able to have the bigger chunks of meat then you can move to the adult range. unlike other raw foods on the market, it is not mushy and it’s full of lovely big chunks of meat and offal with visible vegetables.

just in case you’re tempted please don’t feed any Kibble with a raw diet as they digest at very different rates and can cause gases.

when you feed them a raw diet they don’t need anything else. Add bones and meat chews. I have another link for those which I will also add they can have any bone as long as it is raw never give cooked bones as they splinter Puppy Pack — Able® Raw Dog Food

We would like to encourage you to feed a healthy natural diet and that includes treats and chews too.

Natures menu have a brilliant range of bagged frozen bones and chews. Pups and dogs can have bones as long as they are not cooked. Which is exactly how they would eat in the wild. A wolf doesn't cook his food. Bones become brittle when they are cooked. Have a look at the natures menu range. We give the pups natures menus bones from when they are 4 weeks and they love them. 

Natures menu is just for the bones which they can have Natures menu food is full of rice and fillers but the bones are good and hand as they are in sealed Raw Natural Wet and Dry Dog Food, Treats & Nuggets | Natures Menu


Healthy Dog Treats | Natural Dog Treats -

Health dog treats, Specialising in 100% natural dog treats. They  have a wide variety of tasty treats to choose from.

Here is a shocker for you. All about dog food website is a brilliant source of information.

All about dog food breaks down just about every food on the market from the very very bad to the amazing. They all have scores 100% being the best 1% being the worst.

Able dog food scores 99%

Please share the website with family and friends

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Basic Shopping List

As you venture out shopping for your puppy here’s an essential list of Toys.... Things to chew and soft toys too Avoid cheap chew toys from places like £1 land or home bargains because they will be able to bite bits off. The soft toys from these places are ok tho Kong's are great and puzzle toys like snuffle mats When you choose treats buy those that are suitable for pups from 8 weeks as others may be a little rich Natural treats are great natures menu do a brilliant range Pets at home is a bit of a one stop shop and will have everything you need from bowls to leads toys treat and beds Beds...they love the cozy doughnut beds or others with sides something you can wash is handy When Puppy leaves us Pup will be between 3 to 4 kg in weight Collar should be a small Harness should be small too Both collars and harnesses are adjustable so will last for a couple of months Don't go crazy on price as they will grow out of them quite quickly Training line is handy for those early off lead experiences you let them drag on the floor and tread on them when needed its easier to catch a 10 metre line than it is to catch an excited puppy Dog whistle for recall is great ill add a how to whistle recall to the topics Drinking Water bottle is a must but we give you those along with blanket treats and some toys Puppy pen or gate I've added a topic for those Remember some pups can climb so you'll need a tall pen The harness must be one with a chest plate that is designed for car travel, they should come with a clip to attach to the car seat belt or headrest Some harnesses don’t have a clip to undo around the neck and instead go over like a jumper these are great but if the sizing is off you won’t get it on and off the head easily as they grow The ones that clip around the neck and body last longer

Crate or Pen
Crate or Pen

PUPPY PEN OR CRATE??? Many of you know that I'm not a lover of crates. I see absolutely no reason to cage a dog or puppy. Yes, they need a safe place when you pop to the shops or have something to do that isn’t safe for them. A cosy bed in a quiet area of the house with a gate can provide that. When you first bring them home, a large pen is an excellent alternative to a crate.

I’ve lived with dogs since the 70s and have never once used a cage. (crate as we call them now)

They need to be able to follow you around the house and be at the heart of a family, which is precisely where they belong. Please remember caged puppies and dogs can’t learn or interact. Neither can they if you are at work all day.

If you decide to use a crate...Never leave an adult dog caged for more than a couple of hours and ask yourself why you need to lock the door on an adult trained dog?

If you are looking at a crate as a cosy den… a safe place… then you don’t need to lock it. They should be free to go in and out when they want. Remember, Puppies need to wee outside extremely frequently, and they can’t hold themselves for long. Crating a puppy while you are at work is not an option.

Australian Labradoodles are incredibly sociable. They will want to know where you are, what you’re doing and will want to help… particularly if you oh digging a hole.

If you are working, leaving a pup in a crate for hours isn’t fair, nor is it for an adult dog. Puppies are like children. You need to be with them and teach them. Putting them in a crate or pen for hours is because you can’t watch them, and that’s not their fault. This is the sort of pen that is ideal.

Alternatively, a gate on a safe room or hallway

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Preparing children
Preparing Children

Preparing children to engage correctly with your puppy is a must, please think back to when your children were babies. You would have been super protective and wouldn't have allowed a child to come in and carry baby around in case they dropped them or picked them up in a way to cause accidental harm. You also wouldn't allow them to keep poking baby or waking them up. Puppies are just as delicate and sensitive.

What we want is calm, quiet and gentle.

Teach children to give pup space and time to adjust to their new home.

Our top. a tip is to teach young children useful, easy sayings like

“Let sleeping dogs lie.”

“ All four paws on the floor”

A great idea which young children (which they love) is a puppy cuddle cushion that children sit on to engage with a pup.

You could find one with a dog photo on it or put their names on it.

If you are handy or your children like being creative...while you are waiting for your pup, buy your plain cushion and use fabric pens with your children to decorate the puppy's cuddle cushion.

The floor scatter cushions are fabulous.

No shoe rule is a must as bare feet feel a pup's paws.

It’s imperative that children don’t pick the pup up.

Children may not be able to pick them up securely and could accidentally hurt them, which could create future fear when children approach. The cuddle cushion and all four paws on the floor work great to avoid this.

Create positive interaction by getting them involved in positive training, grooming and feeding. Children love reading to pups and dogs. Encourage children to talk to pup even showing them their homework and art. Encourage drawing their own posters of how to interact with pup.

Children love teaching sit and paw. It's a great way to teach children and your dog to respect each other.

Take the children with you to your training classes or teach them when you come home.

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Harness Car Safety
Harness (Car Safety)
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The safest way for pup to travel home, would be in a harness, attached to a car seatbelt. You can buy these online.

However remember pup will be growing all the time, so don't spend too much on their first harness.

Harnesses that are suitable for the car will have a chest plate and the seat belt strap will attach to the back. They will state that they are a car/travel harnesses. Another option for travelling home with pup is to pop pup  in a crate. The crate must be designed for the car they can be attached to the back seat or boot using straps. 

Finally pup can sit in the footwell of the car. 

Naturally you will want to cuddle pup all the way home. which is fine.  But please remember that just like a child........if you brake hard or someone bumps into you, unless your pup is safe and secure your pup will fly through the car.

If you buy a doggy seat belt with a clip like the one pictured you will be able to sit them on your lap and attach their belt to your belt. NEVER put pup under your belt. Your body weight will crush them in an accident.

Baxter and Bella online training school
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Baxter and Bella are great, their positive training guides are brilliant, however, please by pass the crate training. We disagree with crate training and would rather that you opt for a pen or safe room instead. We politely ask that you avoid being brainwashed by the latest fad for putting dogs in cages. Rather than following the latest trend, make your own decision. From my heart to yours no animal should be caged.  

First of all, CONGRATULATIONS on your decision to become a new puppy parent - it is without any doubt one of the most exciting, most rewarding and most worthwhile experiences we know!


As you are likely already looking forward to the day when you will bring your dog home, please recognize right now is the very best time to begin preparing… YES - even prior to picking up your puppy!


In fact, one of the more common questions we receive from our prospective pet parents is,


"How do we best prepare for and successfully train our new puppy?"


This isn't a big surprise as everyone wants a calm, well-mannered and better-behaved family pet. More often than not however, they don't know what to do or how to do it.


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As always, please let us know if you have any questions and here's to your happy and healthy pet parenting!

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"I cannot say enough good about this program! I am a first time dog owner and had no idea where to begin. This program gave me the direction I needed. We have used the program for four months and our puppy is now six months old. I am frequently getting compliments from family, friends, pet care professionals, and strangers about how well behaved our dog is for being a puppy."   ~Amy

"I highly recommend this training program! I love the practical tips and the ‘learn at your pace’ format. The combination of written information and videos is really nice. I also had a specific problem with my puppy with the training and contacted Amy. She was quick to respond with a thorough, personalized response. Love it!"   ~Angela

"I highly recommend Baxter & Bella to every dog owner! I am a first time dog owner, but the resources are excellent for any dog owner at any age. When we got our Cavapoo puppy we decided to enroll at the local pet store for training classes. The classes were good, but Baxter & Bella has been so much better!! The curriculum is both more in-depth and broad. We also considered hiring a personal dog trainer, but Baxter & Bella is much more affordable, long-term, and based on my schedule. I love the videos because I can watch them over again by myself or with my children. You can’t do that at the pet store. The LIVE! Office hours were amazing! I asked all my individualized questions and received answers and encouragement I needed, including links to her videos. The range of services available is excellent, for times when I want to go in-depth or when I need a quick answer using the Search feature. I feel 100% supported in training my puppy now and for years to come. I do not think I could receive better service anywhere else. Thank you!"   ~Melanie 

Meet the Trainer

Professional Educator

I received my professional degree from Utah State University in Mathematics Education and enjoyed the privilege of serving as a full-time teacher for multiple years. Throughout my experience in various capacities, and in working with kids from many diverse backgrounds, I learned how much I truly love helping others realize their full potential no matter the subject material. Teaching has been an amazing opportunity for me to observe that moment when the light turns on for an individual learner and they begin to better understand how to properly connect concepts for optimal outcomes. 


Professional Trainer

Now as a professional trainer, working with dogs has always been a dream of mine and I am blessed to be able to strategically combine this lifelong passion with my background in both education and curriculum development in order to effectively teach and efficiently train inside the dog world. I have an enthusiasm for working with others, a sincere commitment to excellence and I know first hand the key to successfully impacting the statistics on the number of pets that ultimately remain in loving homes where they belong hinges upon the community of many professionals who work to properly help coach animal owners everywhere how to connect, learn and teach others to live with their animals.


After turning my interest into a profession, families started contacting me to train their dogs for them, which set me on an ongoing adventure of seeking education and professional development in the dog training world. As I enjoyed the books, the classes, the mentors and, of course, the teaching and the training time with the animals, I absolutely loved the learning and the implementing of it all by helping others. Through it all, I considered how I could have an even bigger influence for good and wanted to be able to send home resources and materials with every trained dog I worked with in order for the family to continue the training that had been taught and understand more completely the education their puppy received while in my care. I subsequently created the BAXTER & Bella company with the hopes of sharing my training knowledge with as many new puppy parents as possible. Today, with a business that is growing and a commitment to continue forward, I am dedicated to providing the most current, up-to-date and impactful resources, tips, tricks, tools and techniques that are as much about teaching family pets how to appropriately act, as they are about coaching pet parents how to effectively train. In fact, here at BAXTER & Bella, it's part of our DNA and will always be whom we are... successfully building positive and respective relationships with our animals as we continue to work toward becoming best friends through love and learning!


I have years of experience in the animal training world. In addition to currently training puppies for everyday family life, educating individuals through the use of my online puppy school and working one-on-one with clients in their homes, I have completed a semester of study in Animal Science at Utah State University, spent nine months training puppies at Puppy Steps Training in Northern Utah, apprentice trained for 18 months at Good Dog! Autism Companions and am now a professional service dog trainer for their organization. I have learned so many things through these experiences and love sharing my knowledge with others in ways that will help those around me better puppy parents. I am also an AKC CGC Evaluator professional member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT) and the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC), committed to using science-based, positive and force-free training methods. I train without the use of force, pain, fear, or intimidation.

In addition to the things listed above, I strongly believe in life-long learning and am currently enrolled in a Masters's training program to enhance methods, improve materials and build better relationships throughout the future!

Wife & Mother

Along with being a math educator and puppy trainer, I am very blessed with the title of wife and mother. I am an enthusiastic stay-at-home mom who chooses to spend a portion of my time volunteering in classrooms for my three children, working with puppies, as well as creating educational materials for the everyday puppy owner. My dream is simple - I hope that through teaching you how to pick a puppy, in addition to training the basic household manners, instilling the necessary obedience commands and introducing proper socialization skills, I will be able to positively impact the number of dogs who will remain living in homes with their families where they belong.


Does this program only work for new puppies?

ABSOLUTELY NOT JUST FOR PUPPIES! In fact, old dogs can learn new tricks with practice, patience and persistence, and although our program is great at proactively preventing those puppy problems from growing up into longer-term behavioural issues, any dog can benefit from the structure and routines of our online puppy school. In short, the skills we teach work for any dog at any age and the sooner you start, the faster you'll get the results you are looking for - so don't delay and join our Online Puppy School today!

Is everything really included with the one-time fee?

IT CERTAINLY IS! Our thoughts were you pay a one-time membership fee and get unlimited lifetime access to everything we offer, including a curriculum of lessons and videos to follow, games to play, activities for successful socialization, and LIVE! One-on-one help and so much more! As is with dog training and other things in life too, people naturally don't want to spend money until they know without a doubt that they have to do it. Unfortunately, then, sometimes pet parents will allow little things to go unfixed as a way to save money and see if they will go away on their own. So we created our program to be lifetime all access, such that whenever you need help, you get it, instead of delaying until later because it's always included! In short, our goal is to help you achieve better animal ownership and experience the very best in canine companionship, and we are committed to joining you each and every step of the way along the journey forever!


Do I need to use a computer for the training or can I use my phone?

GREAT QUESTION... and our program is built to work on any device with internet access, including your desktop, your tablet and your phone! In fact, to bring the program to your fingertips like never before, you can now download our mobile app from both the iOS App Store or the Google Play Market - ENJOY!

Is the training flexible to my and my puppy's needs?

YES, IT IS - super flexible and only takes a few minutes here and there throughout your day! We understand each dog is different and every family situation is unique, so we built a program where you and your dog decide the pace. In fact, the learning modules are set up such that you can see everything that is offered and move as fast, or as slow as you and your dog would like. What's more, you can skip around or go in order - the choice is yours!


And, when you need help with anything positive, pet parenting, included with the membership at no cost is unlimited LIVE! HELP with our team of professionals, which is our way to personalize the program to you and your dog individually!

Does LIVE! HELP, Events, Classes & Courses cost extra?"

NOPE... they are always included at no additional cost!


It's true; our Lifetime Membership is one-time fee that never expires and provides unlimited access to EVERYTHING we offer, including one-on-one LIVE! HELP as much as you want and as often as you need, in addition to participation in all of our LIVE! Q&A Events, virtual attendance in each of our Classes and Courses too, and so much more!


Additionally, the resources are all online, meaning everything is available around the clock and from anywhere you have an internet connection, including class & course recordings on demand to watch when it's most convenient and re-watch as much as you need!

Are the LIVE! HELP appointments really one-on-one?

YES! You simply book an appointment via our online LIVE! HELP page to schedule a personalized training session with our trainers, which are either one-on-one phone calls or one-on-one video sessions! These are a great way for us to personalize the training to your individual needs - admittedly, we love the video sessions because it's always nice to put a face with a name and be able to provide examples as needed while we work together!

Is this program good for a total beginner?



In fact, we designed this program for brand new pet parents, as well as experienced dog owners too and everyone in between - so rest assured, our program was developed with you specifically. What's more, it's built to be as much about teaching your dog how to act as it is about coaching you on how to train, guiding you through every step of training, which starts with our PREPARING FOR MY PUPPY learning module, then into THE FIRST WEEK TOGETHER module, followed by BASIC TRAINING, INTERMEDIATE TRAINING, ADVANCED TRAINING and so much more, as you and your dog work toward becoming best friends through love and learning together

Toxic Food and Plants
Basic Toxic list

Please note this is NOT a complete list it is just a guide.

If your dog does eat something that they shouldn't DO NOT HESITATE TAKE THEM TO THE VET STRAIGHT AWAY.

Please remember that the toxins take time to build up. You may think they are ok, but you can't see what's going on inside.

If your dog eats something you must get it out asap before it starts to break down. Go to the vet immediately, they will give them medication to make them sick. Don't be fooled into thinking they are ok. What goes down must come up. Please do not try to make them sick yourself. This is not something that you should try to do.

They will need a blood test too to check their kidney function.

 Please look online for more information about things to avoid. Whenever you buy a plant it is imperative that you check online if it is toxic to animals. YOU MUST STOP using pesticides, slug pellets and weed killers. look for animal friendly safe products


Acetaminophen, which is found in Tylenol and other medications, can cause liver damage in dogs. Cats are even more sensitive: Ingestion of a single 325 mg tablet by a 10-pound cat can cause anaemia and even be fatal. Toxicity Ranking: moderate to severe.


Batteries can be toxic to both dogs and cats, leading to ulcers in the mouth, oesophagus and stomach. Toxicity Ranking: moderate to severe. ▪ •


Chocolate can cause seizures and death in dogs and cats. Darker chocolate, such as unsweetened baker’s chocolate, is more toxic than milk or white chocolate. Even cocoa bean mulch, when eaten in large quantities, can be a problem. Toxicity Ranking: moderate to severe. ▪


Detergents and fabric softener sheets can cause ulcers in the mouth, oesophagus and stomach in dogs and cats. Toxicity Ranking: mild to moderate


Ethylene glycol is found in antifreeze, windshield de-icing agents and motor oils. Dogs and cats are attracted to its sweet taste, but as little as a teaspoon in cats or a tablespoon in dogs can cause kidney failure. Recently, antifreeze and engine coolant manufacturers have agreed to voluntarily add bittering agents to reduce the products’ appeal to pets and children. Toxicity Ranking: severe to fatal.


Fertilizers can contain poisonous amounts of nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, iron, zinc, herbicides and pesticides. Keep dogs and cats away from treated lawns until they are dry. Check the product packaging, though, since some products must be rinsed into the lawn before it is safe to walk on. Toxicity Ranking: mild to moderate.

Grapes, raisins and currants — even grape juice — in small amounts can cause kidney failure in dogs. Toxicity Ranking: moderate to severe.


Household cleaners, such as bleach, drain cleaners, ammonia and toilet bowl cleaners, can cause gastrointestinal ulcers and other problems in dogs and cats. Toxicity Ranking: varies.


Insecticides in flea and tick products can cause problems if not used according to labels. Insecticides that are meant for dogs can cause severe toxicity in cats, leading to signs such as vomiting, seizures and difficulty breathing. Products intended for treating the yard or house should not be used on pets. Toxicity Ranking: mild to severe.


Jimson weed, also known as devil’s trumpet, can cause restlessness, drunken walking and respiratory failure in dogs and cats. Toxicity Ranking: moderate. Kerosene, gasoline and tiki torch fluids can cause drooling, drunken walking and difficulty breathing in dogs and cats. If these products contain antifreeze, they are even more problematic. Toxicity Ranking: moderate to severe (potentially life-threatening).


Lillie’s — Easter, Day, Tiger, Japanese and Asiatic varieties — can cause kidney failure in cats. Lilies of the valley can cause heart rhythm problems and death in dogs and cats. Toxicity Ranking: moderate to severe.

Red Christmas plant.

Mothballs, especially if they contain naphthalene, can be toxic to dogs and cats, resulting in vomiting, diarrhoea, increased drinking and urination, and seizures. Toxicity Ranking: moderate to severe (potentially life-threatening).


Non-prescription medications, such as ibuprofen, Can lead to severe ulcers and anaemia, as well as liver and kidney failure in pets. Toxicity Ranking: moderate to severe (potentially life-threatening).


Onions, garlic, leeks and chives Can be toxic in dogs and cats. When chewed or swallowed, these ingredients can cause anaemia and gastrointestinal upset. Toxicity Ranking: mild to moderate.


Prescription medications, Such as antidepressants and ADHD and cardiac drugs, are commonly ingested by pets when pills are dropped on the floor or left on counters. Even a small dose can cause problems. Toxicity Ranking: varies.


Macadamia nuts Can cause lethargy, vomiting and difficulty walking in dogs. Toxicity Ranking: mild to moderate.


Rodenticides, such as mouse and rat poisons, Can contain a number of different toxins, which have different effects on dogs and cats. Several common ingredients, like warfarin and coumarin, can cause blood clotting problems and haemorrhages. Toxicity Ranking: mild to severe.


Sago palms Are one of a number of toxic plants for dogs and cats. Ingestion can lead to vomiting, diarrhoea and seizures, as well as liver failure in dogs. Toxicity Ranking: severe.


Tobacco Can be toxic to both dogs and cats. Ingestion of nicotine in the tobacco plant or in cigarettes or patches can lead to vomiting, tremors, collapse and death. Toxicity Ranking: moderate to severe.


Unbaked bread dough Can expand in the stomach. If the stomach twists, cutting off the blood supply, emergency surgery is needed. The yeast in the dough can also produce alcohol, leading to seizures and respiratory failure. Toxicity Ranking: mild to severe.


Veterinary prescriptions, Such as arthritis medications, are often meat- flavoured, which can be enticing to dogs. Ingestion of large quantities can result in stomach ulcers, liver failure or kidney failure. Toxicity Ranking: moderate to severe.


Windshield wiper fluid Can contain methanol or ethylene glycol. Ingestion of methanol can cause low blood sugar and drunken walking in dogs and cats. Toxicity Ranking: mild to moderate.


Xylitol is a sugar-free sweetener Commonly found in chewing gum, breath mints and toothpaste. In dogs, it can lead to dangerous drops in blood sugar and liver failure. Toxicity Ranking: mild to severe.


Garden products, Including snail and slug bait, herbicides and fertilizers, are never good for pets. Signs will vary by the ingredient. Toxicity Ranking: varies. Zinc toxicity can happen when dogs and cats eat metal or coins. Ingestion of even a single zinc penny can be fatal. Zinc can cause anaemia, as well as liver, kidney or heart failure. Toxicity Ranking: moderate to severe.



Food Bin

Oral Flea Medication

Lepto Vaccine


Slug pelets

Weed killer

Indoor plans and outdoor plants

Plug in's, air fresheners, Candles, Floor Cleaners

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Please remember that they can not walk outside until they are fully vaccinated. They have their second vaccine when they are 10 weeks old. 


As a general guide aims for 5 minutes walk per month of their age until they are at least 9 months ideally one year old. You can have a few of these walks a day.

As a puppy, you are walking to socialise and train rather than to exercise. 

They get all the exercise they need following you around during the day and exploring the garden. Start as you mean to go on and encourage them to walk beside you. Baxter and Bella's online training has some wonderful informative training videos. 


Plan where you want to take them. We recommend that you vary your walking locations enabling them to have as many experiences as possible.

A great way to get them to use 


Exercise and walking guidance
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Preventing Dog Theft
  • Preventing Dog Theft


We have been debating whether to include this information. We are sure that you are aware that during covid there was an enormous increase in dog thefts which is when we wrote this. It has calmed down considerably however it's still an ongoing threat. Therefore please be alert and aware. In all aspects of life, it is always worth a little thinking and planning. Above all else remember TRAINING TRAINING TRAINING if you have verbal control of your dog then someone else cant take that control. 

  • As I am sure that you are aware from the media, there has been a concerning spate of dog thefts around the UK, and therefore I would like to offer some guidance to avoid/minimise the possibility of this happening to you. we have put together some tips to help keep you and your dog safe:

  • Keep garden fences secure to avoid your dog escaping and to prevent easy access to trespassers. Perhaps install a sensor light or bell on the gate to be alerted if there are trespassers? Consider installing cameras ring doorbells are great Always keep your dog in sight on walks and in your garden.

  • When out walking your dog, make sure your dog is trained to respond to a recall command.

  • Never leave a dog tied up outside a shop or left alone in a car. If you’re going into a shop or to a café, for example, why not check if your dog is allowed inside? You may be surprised

  • Make sure they are wearing a tag with YOUR name, phone number and address on it. All of these are legal Add that they are spayed/neutered

  • Have your dog spayed/neutered  young, not only does this mean your pet will be less likely to stray, but it may also prevent theft

  • If you plan to use services such as a dog walker, groomer, house sitter or boarding, do your research to ensure you are using a legitimate and reputable service. Ask them where they keep the dog and what they are doing to keep your dog safe. A dog groomer, walker, boarder and sitter could be an easy target for these despicable thieves.

  • If using a dog walker ask them how they are going to protect your dog. Do they leave the dogs in a van or car while they collect another?  If the answer is yes then do not use them. How many dogs do they walk at once? They need to be able to hold onto all of them at once.

  • 100% Do not advertise the fact that you own a dog. Avoid placing dog ownership signs on the front of your property. Like Labradoodle lives here or beware of the dog

  • If you are having unknown people in your home including workmen try to keep your dog out of sight 

  • If you are on your own in a quiet area, We would suggest that you don’t allow people unknown to you to approach your dog to stroke them they could be unclipping their lead

  • Do not engage with people talking to you from a car or van.

  • If your social media is public with people who are unknown to you, Keep them off of your social media, go through your social media and remove people whom you do not actually know personally.

  • Do NOT advertise that you are getting a puppy

  • Do not tell strangers what breed they are or how much they cost

  • If family or friends take photos to share on their social media MAKE SURE THEIR LOCATION is switched OFF on their social media and that they do not tag you.

  • If you are on social media groups check your settings to make sure that all your posts and communication are private

  • Do not check in on social media with your dog (on walks for example)

  • If you have children make sure their location is switched off on all of their online accounts

  • As winter approaches walk in public well lite areas

  • Be aware of your surroundings do not walk along looking at your phone, enjoy your walk interacting and training your dog, put your phone in your pocket and enjoy nature.

  • If you are driving to a location like the woods, nature reserve or park keep your dog on a lead in car parks.

  • Do not allow yourself to be distracted by anyone asking you questions. Sometimes dog thieves work in pairs one will distract you while the other grabs your dog.

  • Carry a self-defence alarm and spray making sure that you have it somewhere that you can access.

  • Train a great recall (coming back when called), so you can call your dog to you straight away when required.

  • Be aware of and report any suspicious vehicles or people to Police 101.

  • Ask others to do the same. Be aware of distraction crimes when you are walking your dog or at home. Don’t publicise where you walk or go with your dog. Keep safe stay alert and be aware

Water Intoxication:

Too Much of a Good Thing

This is unlikely but its important i make you aware. so that if it does happen or you witness it happen to someone else you know the symptoms and what to do. 

Dogs Most at Risk for Water Intoxication

Any dog can develop hyponatremia, however, the condition is most commonly seen in dogs who will stay in the lake, pond or pool all day if you let them; pets that lap or bite at the water continuously while playing in it; and dogs that swallow water unintentionally as they dive for a ball or other toy.

What Happens When a Dog Ingests Too Much Water

Symptoms of water intoxication include staggering/loss of coordination, lethargy, nausea, bloating, vomiting, dilated pupils, glazed eyes, light gum colour and excessive salivation. In severe cases, there can also be difficulty breathing, collapse, loss of consciousness, seizures, coma, and death.

Preventing Water Intoxication in Your Dog If your dog loves the water, make sure you’re there to supervise his activity.

If your pet is repetitively retrieving a ball or other toy from the water, insist on frequent rest breaks.

Be especially vigilant on days when the water is rough. Observe how your dog interacts with the water.

If her mouth is open a lot even if she’s holding a ball or stick in it understand that she's likely ingesting a fair amount of water.

The same can be true of dogs that dive to the bottom of a pool to retrieve items.


Familiarize yourself with the symptoms of water intoxication and monitor your dog’s appearance and behaviour when she's playing in the water.

After a period of hard play or exercise, use caution when your dog rehydrates. If he immediately laps up the contents of his water bowl, rest him for a bit before you refill his bowl.

If your dog is very active, it's a good idea to have water with you when he exercises so that you can give him frequent short water breaks to keep him hydrated.

If your dog enjoys interacting with water from the hose or sprinkler, you should monitor that activity as well.

Water from a hose or sprinkler is under pressure, and you'd be surprised how much a dog can ingest in a short amount of time Hyponatremia occurs when more water enters the body than it can process.

The presence of so much water dilutes bodily fluids, creating a potentially dangerous shift in electrolyte balance.

The excess water depletes sodium levels in the extracellular fluid (fluid outside of cells). Sodium maintains blood pressure and nerve and muscle function. When the sodium concentration in extracellular fluid drops, the cells start filling with water as the body attempts to balance the sodium levels inside the cells with falling levels outside the cells. This inflow of water causes the cells – including those in the brain – to swell.

The central nervous system can also be affected


The condition has also been reported in dogs that over-hydrate during or after exercise, as well as those that enjoy playing with water from a garden hose or sprinklers.

Water intoxication can affect any size or breed of dog, but smaller dogs probably show symptoms more quickly because it takes less time for an excessive amount of water to build up in their bodies.


Water intoxication progresses quickly and can be life-threatening, so if your pet has been playing in the water and begins to exhibit any of the symptoms listed above, it’s crucial that you seek immediate veterinary care to save your dog’s life.

Treatment of hyponatremia in dogs typically includes IV delivery of electrolytes, diuretics, and drugs to reduce brain swelling. With aggressive veterinary care, some dogs are able to recover from water intoxication, but sadly, many are not.

Water safety
Toxic Blue Green Algae

What is blue-green algae and what does it look like? Blue-green algae is a term used to describe a group of bacteria, called cyanobacteria. They are not actually algae, but the organisms got this name because they often give the appearance of algae when they clump together in bodies of water. clump together. When this happens, blue-green algae can look like green flakes, greenish bundles or brown dots in a pond, lake or stream. When the algae blooms, it can give look like a blue-green scum has appeared on the surface of the water. It sometimes looks a bit like pea soup. Blooms of the organisms often build up around the edges of ponds and lakes, which may look like foam. It is most common in non-flowing fresh water such as lakes and ponds during hot weather when there is less rainfall, but can also occur at other times of the year. You may notice dead fish in ponds or lakes with a high concentration of toxic bacteria. Don’t let your dog drink from water containing dead animals. The algae may be present in a harmful form even if you cannot see it, so take note of any warning signs in the area

Why is blue-green algae dangerous to dogs? Blooms of blue-green algae can produce harmful toxins which stop a dog’s liver from functioning properly. However, not all types of blue-green algae are dangerous.

Sadly, exposure to toxic blue-green algae is often fatal, and can also cause long term health problems in dogs that survive after drinking or swimming in algae-contaminated water.


Some types of blue-green algae can kill a dog just 15 minutes to an hour after drinking contaminated water.

Dogs who have been swimming in water can get the algae caught in their fur, and can ingest it while cleaning themselves later on.

Concentrations of the algae vary throughout the year and may not always be harmful - but you can’t tell simply by looking at them whether or not they are dangerous, so it is best not to run the risk of allowing your dog to come into contact with water where the algae may be present.


When cyanobacteria clump together, it can look like a blue-green scum, pea soup, green flakes, greenish bundles or brown dots in the water


Take note of signs put up by authorities or land owners warning of the algae during dog walks and follow the information given.


  • If your dog shows any of the following signs after drinking from, or swimming or paddling in water, Contact your vet immediately and tell them you are concerned about blue-green algae:

  • Vomiting/being sick

  • Diarrhoea

  • Seizures/fitting

  • Weakness/collapse/unconsciousness

  • Disorientation/confusion

  • Drooling

  • Breathing difficulties


There is no antidote for the toxins produced by the bacteria, but if caught early enough, your vet will likely try to make your dog sick and attempt to flush the toxins from the body before they take hold.


Sadly, blue-green algae poisoning often eventually causes fatal liver failure.

These symptoms are commonly seen with other illnesses too, which are often less serious, but you should always call your vet if you are worried your pet is sick.

How can I protect my dog from blue-green algae?

If your dog becomes ill after entering the water, contact your vet urgently and tell them you are worried about blue-green algae.

Keep your dog away from lakes and ponds that you know, or suspect may, contain blue-green algae.


Dogs should not be allowed to swim or paddle in water that contains blue-green algae.

Don’t let dogs drink from water that may have blue-green algae in.

Because the wind often blows blooms of algae to the edges of ponds or lakes, higher concentrations of the toxin are more likely to be present in the parts of the water your dog may drink from.

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Try and get them use to being groomed every day if you can. Its not that they need grooming every day, when they are a puppy its more about getting them use the the process. You will need a slicker brush a comb and a detangle shampoo and round ended scissors.

I love the Microfibe beach towles they dry them so well. The dog marketed Microfibre towles are too small. 

Try and develope a grooming routine. For example always use the towel on a foot stall as their grooming place or just lay the towel out on the floor. If you can, invest in a grooming table with a H bar that goes across the table. This will allow you to have both hands free to reward and groom. Dont expect them to stand on the table for too long to a puppy 20 minutes will seem like hours. As they get older they will be able to stay on the table for longer. While you are getting them use to grooming, late at night is a good time. Have a brush next to the sofa. This will help to teach them to relax while they are being groomed. A cup of tea, Eastenders and a snoozing puppy enjoying a brush..... Bliss Well maybe not Eastenders...

When you use the straps on the table remember that the belly strap is not designed to raise them or dig in their tummy its just to stop them slipping off the table and helps you to groom their legs.

They need their eyes to be kept trimmed and clear of fur. Seeing is imperative for behaviour, training, and enjoyment of the world around them.

There is a guide for you to trim around their eyes yourself.

If you're unable to do it yourself, you will need to have a friendly groomer that will let you pop by for Quick eye trims; all booked him in for every four weeks, one for a wash and the next one for and then rotate them.

Tell them NOT to shave the nose or eyes. They should be scissor cut around the head, not shaved.

A good groomer will be fully booked. Book way ahead and keep it in their book a few times, so you never forget their diary.

You must find a groomer that knows the breed; they are not the same as a Labradoodle and certainly not a Cockapoo. The cut is totally different

The ears should be short and the head round, allowing the fur on the head to part naturally.

Please take photos of your groomer and leave them with them. Ask to see pictures of the Australian Labradoodles they have groomed. It isn't perfect to say, but many groomers do not favour any doodles, so make sure you avoid those as they will shave them off for speed.

You must wait until they are fully vaccinated to take them to the groomer.

The groomer should book mini-visits for eye trims, bottom trims, brush-outs, and baths.

They shouldn't go for full grooms straight away. They need to get used to it gradually. A brush and trim first, then a bath and dry.

Read your pup's body language on future visits.. do they bound in with a wagging tail, or are they frighted. You want them to be happy at the groomers and be pleased to see them.

Please continue my efforts to get them to use a hair drier. A groomer can't cut a wet dog. The salon driers can be noisy, so it's best to try and get them used to be dried at home.

An excellent investment is a grooming table. They fold for easy storage. You want one with an H bar that will enable you to secure their bottom and head, preventing them from falling off the table.

One with a T-bar will just attach to their collar.

It would help if you got them used to being groomed. It's going to be part of their lives and yours forever. A dog that's not brushed and COMBED is a shaved, sad dog with sore skin.

As mentioned, if they can't see, that isn't very good imagine if your eyes were covered, you wouldn't be able to live a full life. If you can't see their eyes clearly, then they can't see their world or you. Training is body language and visual signals, not just voice, so it's essential that they can see

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Honey Paws Dog Spa and Styling based in Crawley West Sussex

Doodle parlour



Sherbets dog grooming



Julie, in 'Dogswood' in

Fleet High Street,




Look North Groomers, Keighley


JazzyJeffreys DogGrooming



My Furry Friends, Ibstock, Leicestershire


Barking beautiful

East London

Sarah Neill at Nails2Tails


Herts/Essex border

Pet mania, Mill Hill, London

Love My Human in Chelsea.

K9 Sasson Thatcham Berkshire

@the_petclub_ in hampton court, she also used to work at the groomers in Harrods before setting up her own business #poshpooch

Charlotte's Dog Grooming,

Dudley West Midlands

Yuppy Puppies

west London (115 Clarendon Road, Nothing Hill

London, W11 4JG) is any good?

House of Paws,


Louise Frankland

Emma Raynors Grooming - Kent

Scruffs dog groomers

Vicky Robinson




Maidstone Kent

Lizzie's Professional Dog Grooming,

151 Buxton Rd, Whaley Bridge,

High Peak SK23 7JF.

Tel: 01663 732932.


We are delighted to share some of our favourite products with you.

Through many years of owning, breeding and grooming Australian Labradoodles, we have tried and tested many products.

To make finding the products a little easier, we have attached amazon links to them.

We will add more products so please visit this page again.


Play Pen

These are the playpens that I use. They are great because you can change the shape. They come in panels, so you can choose how many panels you want for your space. They are so easy to put together. They also come in different heights I would recommend 80 in height. The design of the bars means that the determined pup can't climb out. You won't need them for too long, but the great thing about them is they are so handy to have around for when you need them. They can be popped in a car for a holiday to block a balcony or doorway. Or even used in an emergency if a fence blows down. They are super handy if you have tradesmen in and out. You can pop them around the door to the room that the dog is in as a clear sign of DO NOT OPEN. There are other cheaper pens but these are the ones we use. When looking at other pens look at the height and if the bars could be used as ladders.

Groom Professional Dematting Comb

These Matt splitters are great for tangles in a more adult coat and are great to add to our grooming bags for the future. Puppies are far to wiggly to use these. I couldn't live without mine they are brilliant

BUT BUT BUT they are razor-edged so you must use them carefully

They will cut ears toes privates and tails. They must be used with great care

The long rugged razor teeth help break through mats and tangles with ease.

  • Professional quality Dematting Comb

  • Ergonomic Handle

  • Cuts through mats with ease

  • Sturdy thumb rest allows you to apply more pressure without losing grip

  • Can be used by left or right-handed groomers.

This Doodle-designed brush has long tapered pins, designed to penetrate DEEP into the coat without damaging your pet's skin. The flex feature reduces stress on hands and wrists and reduces the risk of brush burn on the pet. Flexible Head allows the brush to contour on your pet's skin, making brushing your pet a more comfortable and pleasant experience. Divide the dog into sections and concentrate on one area at a time. Maybe even do one or two areas a day. for example, back, head and neck, tail and hind legs, bottom and front legs, left side, and right side. 

We want to start by brushing through the entire coat area by area. Make sure you are grooming from the skin/base of the fur. Matts start at the skin. A young puppy's coat is very easy to maintain. Grooming a puppy aims to get them to enjoy it through gentle grooming sessions that include praise and rewards. 

A long-toothed comb is essential. After brushing you need to go through the coat inch by inch with the comb starting at the base of the hair at the skin. The coat should be matt and knot free. enabling the comb to glide through the coat. The comb is a tremendous knot-finding tool. and a must-have in your grooming bag.

Round-ended scissors are another must. A pup and dog that can't see are unhappy. Imagine walking around with your hair covering your eyes. You would soon get pretty fed up.

These round-ended safety scissors are perfect for around their eyes and bottoms. The last thing you want to do is go near their eyes with pointed scissors. even with regular grooming visits they sometimes need little trim in-between visits. to trim their fringe brush the hair forward over their face starting on either the left or right and cut around to the other side in an arch. The fur also grows up over the eyes from the corner of the nose. Please keep this trimmed too even if you trim the corners. A great time to do this is when they are sleeping or indeed asleep.

This is our all-time favourite shampoo not only does condition the coat leaving it lovely and soft it smells divine too

These mixing bottles are convenient. Diluting correctly makes the shampoo last longer and ensures that you get the perfect mix of water and shampoo

Nail Clippers When dogs are walked regularly, they rarely need their nails cut. When they go to the groomers, the groomer will cut their nails. However, if you need to cut their nails, hold the paw backwards, upside down. You will then be able to see the hollow of the nail. You only need to snip off the very end. The point and no further.

Foldable grooming tables. We prefer the tables with the H bar that goes across the table as these are more spacious and allow you to prevent the dog from slipping off the table

Microfibre towels are brilliant for bath time or muddy walks. The ones designed for dogs are too small and pointless, but the human microfibre beach towels are excellent for drying your pup. Two of these can pretty much dry an adult dog. They are an excellent purchase

Cowboy Magic de tanlge and mat remover

Can be used on wet and dry coats

A little goes a very long way. After bathing rub a 5p-sized amount into your hand and run your hands through your dog's coat. Do one area at a time, adding a small amount for each area, back and sides, back legs, front legs, chest, head and tail.


Mats are much easier to see when the fur is wet.  The coat can be left to dry naturally or blow-dried.

You can rub a little extra into stubborn knots.

Between grooms, add a small amount of water to a spray bottle. Shake well and spray into the dry coat before brushing and combing.

Snuggle Puppy with Heartbeat

Snuggle Puppies bring comfort to puppies at bedtime. These Snuggle puppies come with a realistic heartbeat that has a timer.

They also have a little heat pad. (which is optional) 

Pressure alarmed door mat

These are one of my ingenious life hacks, Not all dogs verbalise that they want to go out in the garden. The hanging doorbells are great but require training and reminding. With these mats, all the dog needs to do is stand on it or walk across the mat which can be placed underneath a regular mat, and bingo the alarm or chime goes off, alerting you that they are at the garden door.

Hurtta Hurtta Waterproof Downpour Suit

Keeping an Australian Labradoodle dry and mud free during the winter can be tricky. These waterproof suits are very handy in deed

Puppy Socialisation

Socialisation and puppy training is of the utmost importance.

Puppyhood is the most critical time in your dog's development. A properly socialised puppy is well-adjusted and makes a good companion.


Socialisation Do's

  • Make sure that each of the following events is pleasant and non-threatening.

  • Invite friends over to meet your pup.

  • Before completing vaccinations, you can carry your puppy to shops, parks, schools, and places with lots of people and lots of activity.

  • A large rucksack worn backwards is perfect for carrying a puppy.

  • Remember, don't let other animals near your unvaccinated pup

  •  Once your pup is fully vaccinated, you could invite friends; healthy VACCINATED WORMED FLEAED dogs and puppies into your home for a playdate.

  • Take your pup for short, frequent rides in the car.

  • Introduce your puppy to umbrellas, bags, boxes, and the vacuum cleaner.

  • Encourage your puppy to explore and investigate its environment.

  • Accustom your puppy to being brushed, bathed, and having their paws and nose/chin touched and held.

  • Introduce them to a hairdryer. All these things are necessary during grooming and vet trips.

  • Introduce your puppy to a collar and lead before your first walk. With supervision, you can pop a lead and collar on a puppy, letting it drag on the floor. This is very handy for controlling new introductions. When new people enter the home, pups and dogs can get excited. Having them on a lead to say their first hellos helps to prevent jumping. Baxter and Bella advise this too.

  • Dogs should always wear a collar with a name tag displaying their telephone number and address.

  • I pray to god they never get out, but if they do, get even as far as the front of your house.

  • With an address, someone can bring them straight back to you.

Do not

  • REMEMBER THAT IF YOU ARE USING A CRATE, DO NOT LEAVE A COLLAR ON YOUR PUP/DOG WHILE THEY ARE IN THE CRATE. (This is because it can get caught on the bars and accidentally cause strangulation)


  • Do not put your puppy on the ground where unknown animals have access. This is where your puppy can pick up diseases. Wait until they have received all of their vaccinations.

  • Do not let your pup socialise with any dogs until it has all of them.

Never shout at your puppy or dog always using positive training. Join Baxter and Bella or go to a local training school

  • If they wee or poop indoors, its because you are not watching them.

  • If they are chasing the children nipping, its because they are being over stimulated by the children

  • If they do not like grooming, its because you haven't put enough time into it and need to go back to basics and make it enjoyable for them. 

  • You are their teacher. If they haven't understood, teach them again.

  • If you have a cat and they are chasing, its because you have allowed them to chase (pop them on a lead when the cats around and teach them to be calm by rewarding them)

  • If they run out of the door its because you left it open

They need you to teach them and keep them safe

Online Safety

Online Safety

  • If family or friends take photos to share on their social media, MAKE SURE THEIR LOCATION is switched OFF on their social media and they do not tag you.

  • If you are on social media groups, check your settings to ensure that all your posts and communication are private.

  • Do not check in on social media with your dog (on walks, for example), as this can be public.

  • If you have children make sure their location is switched off on all their online accounts.

  • For example, if you are selling items online, Marketplace, on Facebook. Please remember that your profile picture will be public, and you will provide the buyers with your home address to collect the item. If you are a regular online seller on Facebook, it might be worth making a separate account for selling.