I don’t have enough time for the doodle. I feel bad leaving the dog all day alone and he would be better off with more company and socialization than I can provide.
The puppy nips and scares my kids. I don’t have time to take him to a training class and now that the dog is older, he’s even harder to handle.
Is a doodle right for you?
Before you get a labradoodle or goldendoodle, do your homework.
Is now the right time?
The first year of a puppy’s life is full of training and socialization. When the pup first arrives, expect some sleepless nights, frequent trips to go potty; veterinarian visits, training classes and some depreciation of the furniture/rugs in your home. Being realistic of the time you can devote to a puppy. The amount of effort and training you put into the puppy this first year, will pay off ten fold as the dog matures.
If you work long hours at the office, or you enjoy taking long weekends at your favorite bed and breakfast, how will a puppy fit into your life? Are you ready to modify your lifestyle to care for the puppy?
If you have several children and you are so busy with ballet classes, football practice and school functions, how will you have the time to also properly socialize and train a puppy AND also train your children the proper ways to care and handle a puppy?
The expense of getting a doodle should not be taken lightly. Purchasing the doodle is just the tip of the iceberg!
There will be veterinary bills: immunizations, spaying or neutering, micro chipping, flea and tick preventatives, worm preventatives, and there may be emergency care vet bills too.
The puppy will require equipment and supplies. Crate, collars, food and water bowls, leashes, chew toys, fetch toys and so much more.
The puppy will require food. You cannot skimp on getting a quality food. Do not forget treats for training.
The puppy will require grooming and other health supplies. Nail Trimmer, scissors to do quick trims, good brush, ear cleaner and shampoo.
About Allergy Risks
The doodle is often touted as the perfect dog for allergy or asthma sufferers. Use great caution. If allergies and asthma are serious, we do not recommend you select a doodle. No breeder can guarantee that the puppy will be allergy free. If a family member has only minor allergies, work directly with the breeder to determine which, if any, puppy will be best. Puppies that express more poodle characteristics have the best chance of being allergy friendly.
If you have serious allergies to dust, pollen, and other environmental things, do not get a doodle. Dogs will naturally pick up dust, pollens and such on their fur and skin. You may not be reacting to the dog specifically, but to the agitators that the dog brings in.
Don’t support puppy mills and pet stores that sell animals!
Learn more about how to make good, informed decisions when selecting a breeder. Do not rely on internet breeder lists! Do your homework! Do not support breeders who don’t have ethical breeding programs.