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When playing with your Labradoodle puppy, play at his level
When you play with your puppy at ground level, it will build your role as the dominant or top dog. This especially comes in handy when you start training your puppy. If your puppy is allowed to jump up and initiate play, this can lead to unwanted jumping up as your Labradoodle gets older.
From the very beginning, make sure your dog knows you are the master
Teach your dog to be submissive to you. Tricks such as shaking a paw, giving a hand lick for a kiss or doing a roll over to show his submission to you. Most dogs love performing these simple tricks (obedience commands) for you.
You don’t need to rely on extreme measures to prove you are the boss. Obedience training should be fun and rewarding for you and your Labradoodle.
The dog must always eat after you do
When it comes to showing your Labradoodle who is the boss, this is the easiest. But you must make sure everyone in the family respect this rule.
Active young dogs have short attention span
Keep lessons short, about 5 to 10 minutes length, rather than a single, long 30-minute lesson. Keep it short and sweet, as lengthy sessions can become dull, boring and tedious for both you and your Labradoodle.
Start the training at quiet places familiar to your dog with few distractions
As time goes on, you can move your training sessions to other places so your Labradoodle will learn to obey your commands despite the distractions.
Speak to your Labradoodle strongly but steady voice
Be kind but be firm while training your Labradoodle. Never give in to what your dog wants – no matter how cute he is. It seems cruel but in the long run you will have a much better relationship with your Labradoodle.
Celebrate after every training session for a good job done
After your training session, celebrate by playing with a few of your Labradoodle’s favorite toys. By sharing in the play time, your dog will listen to you more.
Use only one word like “sit,” “down,” “drop” and “stay” when teaching dog commands.
For example, when your dog jumps up on the couch with you, say “sit, down” and he should sit then lay down on your lap.
To keep a dog from charging the front door, put up a door/gate that he can’t see through or hop over.
Have him wait till people enter and come up the stairs then he gets a treat. This particular owner noticed that even when the gate is left open the dog won’t usually go by unless they see a squirrel or cat!
Finally, no matter how well trained you think your Labradoodle is, he has an attention span of seconds!
Don’t let him run away because he’ll just keep going and going. Always keep him leashed outdoors if not in a fenced area.
We want to introduce you to a serious disease that can be a concern to pet parents – Atrial Septal Defect (ASD). When a Labradoodle suffers from Atrial Septal Defect, it means that its heart isn’t working efficiently due to tears or holes in the cardiac muscle wall. Due to high blood pressure exerted by the blood returning to the heart from the body circulation, the blood tends to flow from the right atrium to the left atrium. This causes a decrease in the circulating oxygen in the body, and ASD prevents blood in the heart from being pushed into the lungs. Depending on the size and location of the hole, small defects may not result in any visible symptoms, while larger defects will cause an imbalance in blood pressure within the heart.
There is good news: most dogs diagnosed with ASD usually live normal lives. However, there are dogs that have a larger defect die from secondary heart issues.
The only way to find out if your Labradoodle has an Atrial Septal Defect is for a veterinarian to detect a significant heart murmur while performing a thorough physical examination. There are symptoms of the disease, such as poor exercise tolerance and/or mucus membranes or tongue with a bluish tinge, swelling of the abdomen, breathing difficulties, collapse or even death.
ASD is also prone to show up on routine x-rays. A chest x-ray will show a right-side heart enlargement. As well, an echocardiography (ultrasound of the heart) can reveal abnormal physical changes in the heart and blood flowing though from the heart to the lungs.
Depending on the size of the defect and the existence of other heart abnormalities, the treatment regimen for ASD will vary. A puppy may be diagnosed with the condition, but no treatment is recommended until clinical signs start to show. In moderate to severely affected dogs, heart medications are prescribed to promote normal functioning of the heart and respiratory congestion relief. A special heart-friendly diet is also often prescribed, along with the recommendation of restricting your Labradoodle level of physical activity.
Atrial Septal Defect is most often managed with drugs, but when a dog suffers from multiple heart problems, surgery may be needed.
ASD is a hereditary condition, so dogs should be screened before breeding as to prevent affected animals from passing on the defect to its offspring.
Colitis is classified based on the predominant cell types present in the intestinal lining. It can be classified as eosinophilic, histiocytic, plasmacytic-lymphocytic, and granulomatous. The condition has been considered by many as a genetic defect particularly with the plasmacytic-lymphocytic and histiocytic forms. Other cases of colitis are idiopathic in nature, thus the causes cannot be pinpointed or explained. In Labradoodles, colitis may arise as a result of any of the following:
• Infectious diseases caused by bacteria, fungi, viruses, or parasites (particularly whipworms)
• Cancer of the colon
• Dietary intolerance
• Medications including antibiotics
• Dietary indiscretion
Diarrhea is the most common symptom of colitis. Oftentimes, the diarrhea may be bloody or contain mucus. The Labradoodlemay also suffer from abdominal pain, flatulence, painful defecation, straining and prolonged squatting. Dehydration is often present as a result of the diarrhea. Labradoodles suffering from colitis are also lethargic and may pass small stools. The straining and prolonged squatting coupled with painful defecation can be mistaken for constipation.
There are many types of colitis according to the duration. It can be chronic, acute or chronically episodic. Chronic colitis is often constant while an acute one can suddenly occur. Chronically episodic means Colitis often come and go.
The highly variable nature of colitis makes it easy to be confused with other conditions of the digestive tract. Thus there is a need to distinguish it from other diseases that may share common manifestations and determine the ultimate cause of the problem.
Labradoodles suffering from severe diarrhea need to undergo several diagnostic tests including a thorough physical examination, complete blood count, fecal examination, and x-rays. The first line of treatment is aimed at correcting the fluid-electrolyte imbalances brought about the diarrhea. If symptoms fail to subside even though symptomatic treatment has been given, your vet may recommend specific blood tests, an ultrasound, and colonoscopy to better examine closely the intestinal lining and obtain a tissue sample for biopsy.
The line of treatment is highly dependent on the nature of the disease and the underlying cause. If parasites are the cause of the colitis, a parasiticide is given or if colitis has been linked to a Labradoodle’s diet, a dietary change coupled with antibiotics may help correct the disease. A high-fiber diet has been observed to help alleviate the symptoms.
However when the cause is due to the abnormality of the immune system wherein the intestinal lining is prone to developing an inflammatory process, prednisone and similar drugs is usually indicated. This condition usually occurs with histiocytic colitis and plasmocytic-lymphocytic colitis.
Labradoodles that are prone to developing colitis are often prescribed special diets to prevent further episodes. If the cause is genetic in nature, a dog suffering from the condition should never be allowed to breed.
Puppy school is not an option – it is a necessity to train owners and it is important to include children in the family. That way, everyone will learn how to manage your new Labradoodle and nurture it into becoming a well-adjusted member of the family.
Puppy school helps develop good habits right from the start. Wait until your Labradoodle puppy is at least 6 months old before putting it through any serious work.
Trainers with extensive experience and knowledge can deal with just about any behavior problems your pup might come up with. Choose a trainer who is purposeful and patient. The well-trained Labradoodle is a sight to behold as it goes through its paces in the class. Its innate intelligence makes many dogs great successes in the obedience ring.
Of more importance is for you as owner to continue to practice the obedience lessons with your Labradoodle even after the class ends. Your dog will best remember the lessons when you incorporate them into your everyday routines.
For example you can tell your pup to “heel” while it follows you around the house, and to “sit” and “stay” while you prepare its dinner. Your wake up greeting in the morning can be for it to “roll over”. Tell your dog to “go find the ball” while you get dressed and “go get the leash” before you go for walks together.
Training never ends, even as your Labradoodle puppy grows and matures. It just goes to show you that an old dog can learn new tricks… especially when it comes to obedience and discipline.
You’re afraid that your Labradoodle may have Epulis, but you’re not sure what this disease is all about. Let’s go over a few details that will help you understand this canine disease and will better arm you on what treatment you should undertake with your Labradoodle.
First off, there hasn’t been a specific agent that can be pinpointed to cause Epulis. It is grouped into three types, based on tissue of origin:
Fibromatous Type: tumors that have a stalk or stem (pedunculated) and are non- ulcerative.
Ossifying Type: Tumors are that are pedunculated non-ulcerative.
Acanthomatous Type: This benign group of tumors are the most aggressive. They are locally invasive and its presence can result in the destruction of bone tissue.
It may surprise you to learn that some dogs only experience mild cases of Epulis and will not show any clinical manifestations. It may only be found accidentally, during a routine examination.
If you’re concerned that your Labradoodle has Epulis, be on the lookout for the following symptoms:
•Bad breath (Halitosis)
•Presence of a growing mass along the periodontal tissue
•Bleeding from the gums and other parts of the mouth
•Unexplained loss of weight
•Eating difficulty (Dysphagia)
These are just common symptoms, so you’ll need to book an appointment with your vet so that can accurate diagnosis, made by using several diagnostic tests, can be performed. These tests include a Complete Blood Count (CBC), urinalysis, and biochemical profile, which are performed to establish baseline values (most results are within normal limits provided that there are no underlying causes and other ongoing disease processes).
After the CBC has been administered, your vet will conduct a thorough inspection and examination of the Labradoodle’s oral cavity. This will assess the extent of growth and destruction of oral tissues, which may include the gums and teeth. Radiographic examination of the mouth and chest, CT scans, and a biopsy of the tumor may also be suggested by your vet in order to rule out other types of oral tumors.
The best choice of treatment for Epulis may be surgery, and depending on the size and type of Epulis, the tumor will be excised or totally removed. Surgery is most commonly performed for Fibromatous Epulis and Ossifying Epulis, and may include partial mandibulectomy (removal of the lower jaw) and maxillectomy (removal of the upper jaw). If your vet determines that the Epulis are deemed inoperable, radiation therapy may be another route to take.
Once your Labradoodle has completed its Epulis treatment, supportive care is an important aspect of therapy. Soft foods are often recommended to help stop or prevent tumor ulceration, and this type of diet can also be soothing after surgery.
Labradoodles are family dogs – this breed loves having people around. Labradoodles are gentle with children. This dog loves to play and is always ready, particularly with kids. Introduce your Labradoodle to children early, as this will bond dog and child and prevent jealousy. You will find the Labradoodle will be more protective towards that child.
Discipline your dog!
It’s a matter of thinking and working a step ahead of your Labradoodle. Again, you should do it with love and firmness. Moreover, a Labradoodle that is well behaved today may not remain so forever. A dog’s behavior constantly changes; so make the discipline constant.
Train your dog!
A trained Labradoodle will listen and can safely be allowed freedom more than an untrained one. It is important to know that a disciplined Labradoodle is more confident is a wonderful smart, soulful and people-oriented companion. On the other hand, a poorly trained dog can be a loud and destructive irritation around the house, becoming more of a burden on you rather than bliss.
Just like human beings, dogs are best taught young! It’s much easier to teach it not to pull on the leash when it is a small puppy than to try to educate it when it’s too old. Just like I did with my dog, begin the training somewhere that is familiar to your Labradoodle, where there is minimum distraction.
Remember socialization is also an important part of the training because you don’t want to end up with a fearful or aggressive Labradoodle. One of the most prevalent qualities of Labradoodle dogs is its intelligence, along with its stubbornness. When you understand the Labradoodle’s intelligence and stubbornness, you’ll be able to handle it well, and avoid problems while disciplining and training them.
Employ whatever it takes to train your dog in the most fun manner possible. Try to use proven tactics to make your Labradoodle listen to you more. Try to always play the puppy’s level so that when it grows up it doesn’t get used to jump and initiate play. For instance, play games at their own (close to the ground) level. Use its “play training” time as the Labradoodle’s motivation while training them.
I know these pieces of advice may sound tiresome and hectic to follow, but believe me, it’s not only important to abide by the general guideline than to be sorry later on.
The aorta is the largest artery in the body. It is the main blood vessel that serves as a passageway for oxygen-filled blood to pass from the left side of the heart to be distributed throughout the entire body.
Aortic stenosis may be due to the malformation of the aorta or a defect in the left ventricle. The latter type is also termed as “sub-aortic stenosis” or “sub-valvular aortic stenosis”. There are also rare cases when stenosis or narrowing of the aorta is attributed to a defect in the valve which is located between the aorta and the left ventricle. It functions to prevent the backflow of blood into the left ventricle.
The clinical manifestations of Aortic Stenosis highly depend on the degree of the narrowing of the aorta. Some dogs are lucky enough to inherit only the mild type which can be barely detected while there are unlucky ones which inherit the more serious form. The signs of the condition are manifested as a result of the failure to feed the body the right amount of oxygen which is carried by the blood. Common signs include fainting, poor exercise tolerance, poor growth, or lethargy.
There are some dogs that do not display any of these signs however they often suffer from the secondary effects of a heart which has been pushed to overwork for a longer period of time in order to push blood through a narrow opening. The over-exertion of the heart leads to hypertrophy and the heart grows bigger over time. Dogs suffering from this condition tend to have coughing fits, breathing difficulties, and cardiac arrhythmias. An abnormal heart rhythm (cardiac arrhythmia) occurs when the heart’s size interferes with the normal electrical activity of the heart. Death can eventually follow the manifestation of these signs.
In order to come up with a correct diagnosis, your veterinarian will conduct a thorough physical exam on your dog. The cardiac arrhythmia can easily be detected because of the characteristic heart murmur. Dogs which have inherited the mild form of the disease are usually diagnosed during annual wellness checks particularly during the first year of life.
If the veterinarian can detect the heart murmur, a complete cardiac examination is recommended. Other tests include an echocardiogram (ultrasound of the heart), chest x-rays, and an electrocardiogram. An echocardiogram is the best tool to confirm aortic stenosis.
There is no successful procedure to correct Aortic Stenosis. Dogs suffering from the condition are given supportive treatment in order to lessen the load on the heart.
Regular screening of all dog breeds which are susceptible to the defect should be done before they are allowed to breed. If a dog is diagnosed with Aortic Stenosis, all its siblings and parents should be spayed or neutered to prevent passing on the defect to their offspring.
Cervical Vertebral Instability, otherwise known as Wobbler Syndrome, is a term used to denote a variety of conditions which arise as a result of the presence of lesions in the spinal cord particularly that part located at the base of the neck (known as the caudal cervical spine). These lesions exert a compressive effect on the spinal cord.
Many factors have been attributed to predisposing the condition and includes nutritional, genetic, and biochemical factors. Other minor causes include cancer, juvenile orthopedic diseases, diskospondylitis, and inflammatory conditions of the spinal cord.
Wobbler Syndrome is a developmental malformation leading to the malarticulation of the cervical vertebrae which is known as the neck bone. Most breeds that suffer from the condition have large heavy heads that may create additional load on their long neck leading to abnormal development of their vertebrae.
The compressive action on the spinal cord will lead to the manifestation of nervous signs particularly in the hind legs. Initial signs include instability, slipping, and scuffing its paws while exercising. The degree of compression on the spinal cord often dictates the severity of signs and duration of the condition.
Most cases of Wobbler Syndrome are acute. The clinical signs include:
•Presence of pain in the neck
•Incoordination as a result of decreased proprioception
•May experience difficulties when rising from a lying or sitting position to a standing position.
•May experience varying degrees of muscle atrophy particularly in its forelimbs
•Some cases may be further complicated with Horner’s Syndrome
•Signs may worsen when the dog attempts to flex its neck
There are two recognized forms of Wobbler Syndrome. The first form of the disease has often been observed to affect young dogs. All cervical joints (bones of the neck) may be affected.
The second form of the disease is a result of Type II disk herniation which is accompanied by the hypertrophy of vertebral ligaments due to the instability of the vertebrae.
Since genetics has been recognized as a major contributory factor, dogs which have been diagnosed as suffering from Wobbler’s Syndrome should never be used for breeding.
In order to correctly diagnose the condition, your veterinarian needs to conduct a series of physical and neurological examination to your Boxer in order to pinpoint the location and evaluate the severity of the syndrome. Other tests which can be recommended include a biochemical profile, complete blood tests, urinalysis, cerebro-spinal fluid (CSF) tap and neuro-imaging, x-ray of the cervical region, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
In order to relieve the compressive pressure exerted on the spinal cord, surgical intervention is usually required.
=”208″ />Anterior Uveitis can be a serious problem when it comes to Labradoodle dogs. There are several factors that have been linked to the cause of this disease. These are:
•Infections that have been caused by pathogenic microorganisms. These include bacteria, viruses and fungi. A dog that spends a lot of time outdoors is at a higher risk of being exposed to these pathogens.
•Immune-mediated conditions that are breed specific
•Eye trauma or injury
•When protein escapes from the eye lens into the eye fluid. This is often linked to cataracts.
•Older dogs that have tumors or cancers
But Anterior Uveitis might only be a symptom – it could be alerting you to a serious underlying condition that your Labradoodle is suffering from.
The symptoms of Anterior Uveitis include pain, tearing, redness, and squinting in bright light. The Labradoodle’s pupil may look small or uneven in shape, the iris is unevenly colored, and there could be a cloudy appearance in the front part of the eye.
To eliminate other causes and to come up with the best treatment for your Labradoodle, several steps and tests should be run. You’ll need to give your vet a complete medical history so he or she can conduct a comprehensive physical examination. Your vet will use an opthalmoscope to look at different portions of the eye. As well, tonometry may be performed, which can assess the pressure in the eye. Other tools that can be used to diagnose this disease include blood tests, ultrasound, x-rays, and examination of fluid samples.
If your Labradoodle is diagnosed with Anterior Uveitis, the treatment involves both symptomatic and specific therapy. In some cases, surgical intervention may be required.
In the case of symptomatic treatment, simple solutions such as topical medications (eye drops) or ophthalmic ointments are all that are needed. To alleviate pain and inflammation, you vet may prescribe oral medications. To target the exact cause of Anterior Uveitis, treatments such as antibiotics, antifungals, or other medications will help to reduce the immune-mediated inflammation.
In some serious cases, surgical intervention may be required. This is usually needed when a tumor or secondary complications are present and medications have not worked. Surgical removal of the eye may be necessary if the problem is serious enough.
jpg” alt=”" width=”350″ height=”445″ />Labradoodles love to please, and enjoy learning and performing tricks that stimulate its mental and physical capabilities. Consider your Labradoodle a life-long learner, and take advantage of trick training as a way to keep your dog from inventing its own tricks to play on you!
Like other types of training, trick training requires a great deal of patience, and frequent and lavish rewards for the right behaviors. Labradoodles sometimes lose focus or become bored with tasks it finds uninteresting. It helps to choose tricks your Labradoodles will find fun to perform. Teach the focus command prior to trick training, as well as basic obedience skills the tricks are based on. Train only one trick at a time, starting with easy ones, and pace your training to your Labradoodle’s learning pace.
Shake Hands, Dance, and Fetch are easy beginner tricks particularly suited to Labradoodles. They will help build up your Labradoodle’s confidence and skill quickly. Once they are mastered, look for other ways to combine and modify these basic fundamentals into more complex tricks.
To teach your Labradoodles to Shake Hands, begin in the Sit position and get its attention with the Focus command. Gently pick up your dog’s paw with one hand while giving a treat with the other. Praise lavishly whenever your dog raises its paw on command and receives its treat. Repeat, and see how fast your Labradoodle learns! Try teaching your Labradoodle to Wave and Hide its face with its paw once Shake Hands is mastered. You can even train your Labradoodle to turn light switches on and off with the same basic technique.
Dance is a simple trick based on the sit position. Begin by holding a treat above your Labradoodle’s nose until it jumps up on its hind legs. Say Dance, and give the toy to the dog while gently taking hold of its front legs. Dance together with your Labradoodle at first, guiding it by holding its front legs while it stands balanced on its rear ones. Do not pull or force your dog to stay in the standing position, simply reward the behavior as it occurs naturally. Eventually, see if your Labradoodle can perform the trick on its own. Then, try teaching Beg by encouraging your Labradoodle to sit while you support its front legs.
Fetch is best trained initially on a long lead. Once focused, toss your Labradoodle’s favorite toy a few feet away. Say Fetch while your dog runs or jumps to the toy. Praise it after the toy is picked up, then once again when your Labradoodle brings it to you for further play. Wait for the toy to be dropped, and praise and reward once again. Once Fetch is accomplished, you can move on to Frisbee, as well as teaching your Labradoodle to play Hide and Seek with specific toys it can learn to identify by name.