As if owning a business, working a 9-5, being a spouse and parent, isn’t already enough…we brought home a new puppy! We are so excited to introduce you to our new multigenerational Australian Labradoodle, Luna! This is not a decision we took lightly. We chose this breed based on the minimal to no shedding, general temperament, intelligence, and the experiences of friends.
Finding a Breeder
Labradoodles are a very popular brand and many breeders have long waiting lists that fill up fast. When looked for a local breeder with great reviews and in good standing with the Australian Labradoodles Association of America. We also researched the different variations of coats, colors, and sizes. This is how we figured out our preferences when it came to our family dog.
Once we knew these things, we looked for breeders who had dogs that would likely produce the color and size dog we wanted. We wanted a small or medium size with a red or caramel wavy fleece coat. After lots of research, we went with Dallas Labradoodles and got on the wait list back in September 2020. We passed up a couple of litters based on color and timing. With Kim being in education, it was important to bring the puppy home during the summer. In our minds, summer is perfect timing for house training a puppy. Luna and her littermates were born April 15, 2021.
Choosing our Australian Labradoodle
We didn’t get to visit the litter before our pickup day on June 12, 2021. Our breeder was great about sending us weekly updates. He alternated between sending us group photos, individual photos, and videos. We were able to follow their growth and felt like we knew them in advance of our pick up day. We made a list of our top three based on our preferences and seeing how they interacted with each other. On pick up day, we were excited to actually walk away with our first choice!
Training our Puppy
As much research as we’ve done about the breed, we’ve done even more about training our new Australian Labradoodle puppy. Our new favorite YouTuber to watch is Rachel Fusaro. She’s helping us with potty training, crate training, socialization, and general tips and tricks. We’re also considering some local obedience training.