Things to bring with you on collection day
*Puppy pad or news paper for an in car foot-well toilet break
*Plastic bag with kitchen or toilet roll to clean up any toilet accidents.
*Fresh water and small bowl for a refreshing drink
*Car Harness with a seat belt clip
Thank you for choosing a Churchills Australian Labradoodle Puppy. We hope that you enjoy many years of companionship, fun and entertainment.
We ask that you follow our guidelines, which are designed to help you to settle your puppy into its new environment and give your puppy the foundations for a happy, healthy future. Please remember that, if you do have any concerns at any stage throughout your dogs life, we are here to help and advise.
Items to bring with you when you pick up your puppy
* A water bowl/drinking bottle
* 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.
Double check that your garden is secure. Puppies like to explore and will fit through tiny holes. Make sure garden gates are padlocked to prevent entry.
Think about your front door. If it should accidentally be left open, could puppy get out? Are you able to open your front door keeping puppy safely out the way?
Never ever leave your furry friend in the car or outside any public place.
Please read through the list of poisonous foods and plants that we give you in your puppy pack.
Make your puppy his/her own little haven, an area where they feel secure. If you chose 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 a nice place to be.
I highly recommend a playpen that you can pop their crate or bed inside, giving them more room to play, or maybe a gate on the kitchen or utility room.
Please reassure young children that puppy is not biting them. (they explore and play with their mouths)
Please picture the scene: You and your puppy are playing – puppy gives a hard nip. The second you feel those teeth, say “Oops!” or “Too bad!” or a firm "No". Immediately stop playing, fold your arms, and look away. For 5 or 10 seconds, ignore your pup. Once puppy has settled down, become friendly and fun again.
This method works well because the puppy learns that a playful nip quickly leads to a social freeze-out. Most puppies want to keep human engagement going so they quickly learn to be careful with their teeth.
First trip to the vets
When you take your puppy to the vets for its vaccinations, please keep them in your arms away from the floor and other animals.
DO NOT take your puppy to any parks or open public spaces until 10 days after the final injection. Please ask your vets to be sure. As they will be aware of any problems in your area.
IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT YOU FOLLOW THE VACCINATION PROTOCOL THAT WE GIVE YOU IN YOUR PET PUPPY SALES CONTRACT AND YOUR PUPPY PACK.
NEVER GIVE YOUR PUPPY FLEA AND WORM TREATMENT AT THE SAME TIME. AND NEVER WITH THEIR VACCINATIONS. NEITHER SHOULD THEY HAVE KENNEL COUGH AT THE SAME TIME AS THEIR SECOND VACCINATION.
IT IS OF THE UPMOST IMPORTANCE THAT YOU ADHERE TO THIS AND MAKE SURE YOUR VET IS AWARE THAT THEY ARE ONLY GIVING YOUR PUPPY THEIR SECOND VACCINATION.
TAKE THE WORMER AND FLEA TREATMENT HOME WITH YOU AND ADMINISTER IT AT A LATER DATE.
IF THIS IS IGNORED YOUR PUPPY COULD BECOME VERY UNWELL. A VACCINATION AND CHEMMICAL OVERDOSE COULD BE FATAL.
Your puppy should receive their first vaccination on.......................
2nd vaccination is required on.................................
3rd vaccination (speak to your vet as they will know what's relevant in your area. at 15 weeks.........................
Vaccinations are given to protect against many infectious diseases, many of which are very common and potentially life threatening (Parvo Virus, Adeno virus Type 1 and 2, Distemper, Leptospirosis and Parainfluenza. All these diseases can be transmitted indirectly via saliva coughing and on footwear. So please note annual vaccinations are extremely important to protect your puppy/dog.
Once the full course of vaccinations are complete an annual booster is required.
VERY IMPORTANT: The Parvo virus on the rise in the UK, we strongly recommend you chat to your own vet about obtaining an additional vaccination at 15 weeks as stated above. This is to ensure 100% coverage.
Your puppy will need rest between playtime. A good line to teach children is "shhhhhh, let sleeping dogs lie".
Night time can be lonely for a pup who is used to sleeping with their litter mates your puppy may whimper or howl. A cuddly toy, ticking clock or radio may help. Its difficult but try not to go to your puppy when they cry, as it can soon become a habit. However do what works for your and your family. Personally, mine all share my bed 😉
Your puppy may encounter a little stress, and cry during the early days. This is completely normal and to be expected. It is a big deal for a little puppy going to a new home, lots of new smells, new people to encounter without their siblings for support.
Make your puppy his/her 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 a nice place to be.
I highly recommend a playpen that you can pop their crate or bed inside, giving them more room to play, or maybe a gate on the kitchen or utility room. (remember to keep all cleaning products and food out of reach)
When your puppy is left in a crate or playpen you must remove their collar as it can get caught on the bars
Australian Labradoodle's bond very quickly, therefore it is important 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.
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.
If your puppy does cry or bark at night, please do not go down to him, as this could become a habit the puppy needs to learn that bedtime is sleep time.
The first night is always the most stressful; particularly in new surroundings without their siblings.
Please do not give the puppy too many treats or anything different in their diet until they have completely settled after the first week. For the first weeks training just use lots of vocal praise. When you buy treats for training I highly recommend Natures Menu treats or other pure healthy treats suitable for puppies.
Puppies need to go to the toilet at some predictable times, such as after waking up from a sleep, after eating or drinking, after anything exciting.........if your puppy is sniffing the ground, walking in circles, seems unsettled, when in doubt ... best go out
A young pup has a small bladder and bowel and therefore needs to go to the toilet frequently.
Dogs are clean creatures and will not soil their sleeping area if given a choice.
Establish a routine by placing the pup on the puppy training pads or newspaper when they need to go. Using praise to encourage.
Once you start taking puppy outside into the garden but If your puppy is still weeing inside, then they have not been left outside for long enough.
Just increase the time outside.
Do not play with your puppy during toilet trips. Use
LOTS of praise.
NEVER rub their nose in any mistakes
Children and Puppy
I can not stress enough to teach everyone to respect puppy as a living creature. They are not a furry doll to be pushed around in buggies or dressed up in dolls clothes. They are not to be ridden like ponies or climbed on like cushions. Ears, tails and legs or any part of them are not for pulling or poking. My dogs happiness is imperative. It is unfair to expect them to tolerate being pulled around and climbed on. Please do not allow this. Teach children to be gentle. Don't let them carry them around. Puppies bones and joints are so tiny and fragile. 'Teach young children sayings like ''let sleeping dogs lie'', ''All four paws on the floor'', ''If they munch leave them crunch''.
Ponds and Pools
Before you collect pup its imperative you take precautions to keep puppy away from pools and ponds. A young puppy will drown in a pool or pond.
Before you bring your Australian Labradoodle to the groomer, ask if they have had previous experience clipping Australian Labradoodles. Don’t assume they know what to do, be proactive and ask for references. Don’t let them Poodle your Doodle! Tell your groomer that you want a “teddy bear clip.” The coat should loosely follow the shape of the body and be a very relaxed and natural look. Show your groomer some photos from our website so that they know exactly how you expect the clip to look.
Labradoodle coats require a regular brushing and grooming routine. There are some simple things you can do to help your dog’s coat stay free of mats and maintain that adorable look we all love. We hope these tips help you keep your dog’s coat looking great in-between the visits to your groomer, and we hope you can make your Labradoodles grooming experience a fun and positive one!
Australian Labradoodles continually grow their coat, they need to be clipped regularly or they can end up too long for you to maintain, and then they will mat. How often you have your Australian Labradoodle trimmed will depend on how fast their coat grows, your personal preferences in how long you leave them, how much maintenance you want to do at home, and how often you have them groomed professionally. You can expect to bathe and completely blow out their coat every 3-4 weeks, and plan to have them trimmed approximately every 6-8 weeks
Normal Puppy Behaviours
Your puppy is a baby. Just as we don’t expect babies to behave like adolescents or adolescents to behave like adults, it is important you keep your expectations reasonable. Its highly likely that your puppy will run off with your toilet roll and turn it into confetti. Jumping, nipping or biting, chewing, toileting accidents are all normal puppy behaviours. Nipping is not biting its play and taste. A limited attention span, grabbing objects and running off, not listening, etc., are all normal puppy behaviours. It is our job to teach our puppies how to live in our world. If we don't teach them then they don't know. Australian Labradoodles are incredibly smart, however they only learn if we teach. We can teach them in a gentle and positive way. If you and your pup are struggling with some of these behaviours, please get in touch I'm here to help .
Australian Labradoodle's are a breed which can suffer from joint problems, such as hip dispacia, which is usually caused by one or a combination of following reasons; heredity passed on from parents, poor diet or too much exercise during the first year, while the bones are still soft and forming.
Therefore I cannot emphasise enough how little exercise a puppy should have during the first 12 months of its life. As a rough guide, allow 5-10 minutes of exercise for every month of the puppies age.
We feed our dogs Able dog food
We agree with Able, Able says the logic is clear and unequivocal. Raw meat is the biologically appropriate, common-sense way to feed a carnivore that has no idea how to cook. Dog owners in their droves are coming round to the logic and benefits of feeding raw, natural, unprocessed ingredients.
Humans have evolved to eat cooked food. Cooked food works for us because we have been eating it for nearly two million years. In this evolutionary context, dogs have only been eating dry biscuits for a few seconds. We know that they do better when they move back to the biologically appropriate raw food eaten by their ancestors for tens of thousands of years.
Dry dog food undergoes possibly the most extreme food processing that humans carry out. Meat derivatives, cereals and huge quantities of additives are extruded together at very high temperatures to make the convenient little dry pellet. High temperatures reduce the nutritional quality of the ingredients and these lost nutrients must therefore be replaced with additives.
As humans, we would not expect health and longevity if day after day we ate ultra-processed foods. Despite some pretty questionable food that has been created over the years, there is no human equivalent of the dried biscuit which we expect our dog to eat every single day.
There are numerous raw dog food companies available. Most of them will deliver to your door. Raw feeding is great for puppies and adult dogs too. There is no need to worry if your puppy is receiving the right nutrients; every ounce is full of goodness.
Natural Instinct is Biologically Appropriate Raw Food (“BARF”) for dogs providing a balanced nutritional and delicious diet. Able recipes are packed full of the highest quality, fresh produce. Ingredients range from a wide variety of human-grade 100% British raw meats with bone and offal to a selection of fresh vegetables. Natural supplements are also included packed full of additional vitamins, antioxidants and nutrients such as sea kelp, Scottish salmon oil and spinach. Able dog food has lovely big chunks of meat that Australian Labradoodles absolutely love. Feed Raw is most defiantly the best for your dog.
Able to use exceptional ingredients and extensive nutritional analysis to help them create the very best dog food. They offer extraordinary nutritional assurances beyond anything demonstrated by other producers. When it comes to nutrition, They leave nothing to chance. All of their meat is human-grade and sourced exclusively from Great Britain and Ireland. They use nutritional additives in the smallest possible quantities and only where their analysis demonstrates a nutritional need, never as a replacement for a great ingredient. What we love is the meat is coarsely chopped to create an authentic, chunky product. Bones and vegetables are minced for better digestion. They simply mix, mince and then freeze. Delivered straight to your door in easily portioned packets.
Are bones Dangerous?
The simple answer is no, provided they are 100% raw and you haven’t cooked them first
.You should never feed your dog cooked bones as this makes them brittle and therefore sharp which potentially could cause serious damage to the gut.
Dogs need to learn how to chew bones. Chewing on raw bones also helps to clean a dog’s teeth. It is important when giving your dog anything to chew that you select an appropriately sized bone according to the size of your dog. You must supervise your dog to ensure no problems occur. Do not allow your dog to eat bones that have dried out as these can also splinter like cooked bones and become dangerous.
When feeding bones, remember the three S's
Supervise - Always supervise your pet when feeding bones.
Separate - If you have a multi-dog household separate them when feeding bones to avoid scrobbles.
Size - You may initially have to teach your pet to eat bones, especially if they like to gulp their food. Start with a bone larger than the size of your pet’s head to ensure it can’t be swallowed e.g. a cow femur (knuckle end)
How much should I feed my puppy?
Variable factors like lifestyle, appetite and temperament can all impact a pet’s eventual weight, which is why there's no substitute for knowing one's pet. We recommend that a healthy dog should have a natural waist and that you should be able to feel (but not see) its ribcage. Able has a very handy feeding guide that will calculate how much your dog needs to eat. Please note that your new puppy will need 4 meals a day until they are at least 4 months old. They then reduce to 3 meals a day until they are 6 months old, at which point they reduce to 2 meals a day. Breakfast and Dinner for the rest of their life.
Puppies need lots of good nutrition but have tiny tummies, therefore to enable them to consume the food that they need to grow they need regular meals.
As a rule of thumb, an adult dog should eat around 2-3% of its ideal body weight per day (e.g. a 10kg dog should eat roughly 200g of food per day).
Puppies will need approximately 5-6% of their body weight per day, spread across 3-4 meals. This will be required until the puppy reaches around 6 months of age.
For further help, log onto your food Able's website where you will find a food calculator.
When you collect your puppy we will provide you with their meal plan, so you will know how much food to give them and at what time.
Taking on a new puppy can be a busy and exciting time and researching the right diet can feel like information overload! I've tried to make things as simple as possible for you. I have endeavoured to think of everything you may ask. However, if you have a question please do not hesitate to drop me an email or text.