There is a lot more that goes into the Pine Lodge Labradoodles breeding dogs than most people realize! We are often asked “How do you choose a puppy to be part of your program?” I must say, it’s not easy!
First of all, we had to come to grips with the fact that not all Australian Labradoodle Puppies may stay here with us… even though they are soooo cute! We do not want to become doodle hoarders!
When we are looking for a puppy the first thing we think about is do we need another breeding dog in that size, that color, that gender and from those ancestral lines? This means we have to look at what we currently have. Do we have anyone to breed this potential dog with? Do we need more of that size and color in our program? Who do we have in that size and color?
Once we have zeroed in on a puppy, we then look at the temperament. We watch it for a few months as it develops.
If the puppy seems not only beautiful, but of nice character, we also need to do health testing. The organization we belong to, The Australian Labradoodle Association of America, makes suggestions for health testing. Did you know that our labradoodles are health tested more than most pedigreed dogs? It is our goal to begin with the healthiest dogs we can, so that the puppy you might adopt from us is a healthy dog too.
Today we took some our our youngsters to the canine ophthalmologist. All of our dogs’ eyes are checked regularly and are tested using the Companion Animal Eye Registry form.
Our seven youngsters created quite a stir! This is a specialty clinic and most clients coming in are aging dogs, with various health ailments. We came in walking one little 5 pound mini, carrying a crate with two more, and pushing a puppy stroller with four more youngsters! The older dogs coming in were nervous and anxious. Whining, breathing hard and pacing. Our little munchkins are used to crates and being on a leash. They just sat and enjoyed the view 🙂 Not a peep.
There were four of us helping the doctor and our eye exams were soon done. What should have been a fairly short visit, actually took a bit longer. Our doctor fell in love with little Lou-Lou (Pine Lodge Skip to My Lou). She kept disappearing so she could show her to everyone who worked at this office!
We are very pleased with the dogs in our breeding program. We want to provide to you our very best. When you adopt and Australian Labradoodle Puppy from us, we want you to feel like you are part of our family. It’s our goal to treat you like we would like to be treated as well.