Caring for Cobberdogs (Widely known in the U.S as Australian Labradoodles)

 

"Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened." 

~ Anatole France

Time Investment

 

Before placing an application for an Cobberdog puppy, please evaluate the time investment that your family can spend with your new family member. Cobberdogs were bred for relationships with their humans and they want and need to be a valued part of your home.

Below are some points that we would like to share with you regarding care of your puppy.

1. Consistency is essential. Dogs (and some humans) love and need routine. They need to be let out regularly to go outside for potty and play breaks. They like to sleep in the same spot at night. They like their meals to be served at the same time and their tummies can only handle small and incremental changes to their diets.

 

2. Crate training is essential to training your puppy.It is not cruel. Our homes can be large and frightening spaces to a puppy. They need and desire a crate to allow them to feel secure. Crates provide them a "den" experience. You can safely start crate training your puppy after 6-7weeks of age.

 

We will start crate training your puppies before they leave for your house. Most puppies prefer wire crates so that they can "see" out. Put puppy in the crate and shut the door. In the crate, you can give them a toy to keep them entertained. Let them out for a little potty break, and then place them back in their crate. Only when they have calmed down and are not whining do you open the door to allow them some family time. Consistency in this practice will give your pup security and ensure that you hold the discipline.

 

3. Discipline is essential. No one likes an undisciplined dog that does not respect his humans' boundaries. We strongly encourage you to enroll your puppy in Puppy Obedience. It makes for a happy and healthy pet and a happy and healthy pet owner. See puppy training for more detailed information. Every moment that you invest in your puppy's obedience education will be multiplied in your reward of pet ownership.

 

Feeding of your puppy

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House Breaking

One of the most important behaviors to train your dog to do is crate training to support life-long house breaking. We will provide you with some great books to get this right from day 1 with your new puppy.

 

Coat Care

We focus only on the allergy-friendly coats. Cobberdogs seldom need a bath and are naturally blessed to not have that "doggie" smell. Their fleece is almost resistant to dirt. The more you bathe your Cobberdog, the less natural oils will be in its coat. Fleas are also rare. If you live in an area with a high flea population, we encourage you to use Revolution.

 

There are two types of Cobberdog coats.

A wool coat is said to be the most allergy-friendly coat, however, our experience has proven that all coats except hair type coats are great with those who suffer from allergies. Wool coats are easy to care for with attentive grooming. We shave our wool coat dogs 2 to 3 times a year and clip as needed.

A fleece coat is gorgeous, and a true fleece coat should not shed. It offers medium maintenance and can be scissor-ed or clipped like a wool coat and grown back to its long flowing style.  After this, only maintenance is required every 4-12 weeks per your preference. Trim the dog's hair under the ear flap very short so that air can circulate under your puppy's ears. This will help prevent ear problems for floppy ear dogs that can trap moisture.  The genital area and pads should be trimmed to ensure proper hygiene. Within the fleece coat there is wavy (soft curls) and curly fleece (more defined curl)