Archive for March, 2008

Chocolate Australian Labradoodle Puppies from Grace at Manor Lake

March 20, 2008

Grace’s chocolate puppies are all doing very well, their eyes are now beginning to open and Grace is a wonderful and loving mother.

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Eva Gives Birth to Red Australian Labradoodle Puppies at Manor Lake

March 20, 2008

Eva gave birth to her darling and very red puppies at Manor Lake on March 18, 2008. Mom and babies are all doing excellent, Eva is a wonderful mother. Please contact us at kim@manorlakelabradoodles.com or mollie@manorlakelabradoodles.com for more information and availability.

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Grace’s Darling Chocolate Australian Labradoodle Puppies

March 12, 2008

Grace and her beautiful standard size chocolate Australian Labradoodle puppies are all doing fabulous. They are a little over one week old. For more information and availability please contact us at kim@manorlakelabradoodles.com or mollie@manorlakelabradoodles.com.

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How Smart is Your Australian Labradoodle? IQ Test

March 12, 2008

How smart is your dog? Give him an IQ test

This intelligence assessment can show if your canine is on Lassie’s level or if he’s more of an ordinary pup

by Warren Eckstein
“Today” show pet expert and contributor
TODAY

Ever wonder why some dogs are so intelligent that they can herd sheep, rescue people from avalanches, or sniff out drugs for police, but some can’t even seem to master “sit” and “stay”?

While there are many ways to define intelligence, your dog’s problem-solving abilities are perhaps one of the best ways to determine how mentally adept they really are. Perhaps your dog may not know how to fetch, but do they automatically know that it’s time to take a walk whenever you pick up the leash? That shows a kind of intelligence, too.

Are “doggie IQ tests” accurate?
As with the intelligence tests developed for humans, the IQ tests for dogs suffer from limitations. As you go through these tests, remember the results are being evaluated by humans not by other dogs.

Intelligence in dogs is also measured differently by different people. If I asked 50 people to describe what a intelligent dog would be, I would probably get 50 different answers. Maybe you think that a dog that can bring you your slippers when you get home is a really smart dog, or perhaps a dog that sneaks socks out of your drawer and chews them up is too smart for their own good. Another thing to keep in mind: Speed is not always a determining factor in intelligence — persistence is just as important in problem solving techniques. So just because they take a while to solve a problem doesn’t mean that those brain cells aren’t working! Another thing to remember is that sometimes more intelligent dogs can be more difficult to train because they tend to question authority and see just how much they can get away with (just like intelligent humans).

Differences in intelligence
Just like in humans, there are different kinds of intelligence. For dogs, there are two basic kinds: Instinctive and adoptive intelligence. Instinctive intelligence comes with the breed and the type of dog, so certain dogs and dog breeds have inherent differences in natural ability. For example, some dogs like Greyhounds and Russian wolfhounds are sight hounds and will fare better at sight-oriented tests. Other breeds, like bloodhounds and beagles, use their noses to solve problems, and will therefore probably be better at scent-oriented problem solving tests.

But there is also a learning ability, and this can include environmental learning, social learning, language comprehension, and task learning. This is similar to humans – some human beings are better at math or logic questions, and others may fare better at creative solutions to problems or interpersonal relationships.

But these strengths aren’t better than the other – they are simply different types of intelligence. The same theory works for different dogs – so while your dog may do well at one kind of test or another, it may not be due to intelligence as much as the dog’s natural ability to achieve those results as well as their own way of looking and thinking through a problem.

Some standard tests
Below are some tests that you can do with your dog, as well as a scoring system to keep track of intelligence. Don’t necessarily try to do these tests all in one day – your dog may become overwhelmed and not understand why you’re sending them through all these strange and bizarre actions. And the most important thing – don’t be negative! Make these tests fun for your dog – treat them like games! And always – no matter how high or low they score – give them lots of love and positive attention afterwards.

Towel test:
Take a large towel or blanket and gently place it over your dog’s head.
If he frees himself from the towel in less than 15 seconds, give him 3 points. If it takes 15-30 seconds, 2 points. Longer than 30 seconds earns 1 point.

Bucket test:
Place a dog treat or a favorite toy under one of three buckets placed next to each other. Let the dog know which bucket the treat is under, than turn the dog away for a few seconds. Then, let her find the treat. If she immediately goes to the correct bucket give her 3 points. If she takes two attempts, score 2 points. If your dog looks under the other two buckets first, score 1 point.

Favorite spot:
With your dog out of the room, rearrange the furniture. When he re-enters the room, if he goes directly to his favorite spot give him 3 points. If it takes him 30 seconds to investigate before he finds his spot, give him 2 points. If he decides on a new area completely, score 1 point.

Chair puzzle:
Place a treat under a table or chair low enough so your dog can only fit her paw and cannot fit her head. If your dog figures how to reach the treat within one minute, score 3 points. If she uses her paws and nose, score 2 points. If your dog gives up, score 1 point.

Go for a walk!
On a day or time you normally don’t walk your dog, quietly pick up your keys, and his leash while he’s watching you. If he gets excited immediately, score 3 points. If you have to walk to the door before he knows it’s time to go out, score 2 points. If he sits and just looks confused give him 1 point.

Barrier test:
Construct a barrier from cardboard that is 5 feet wide and taller than your dog when she’s on two legs, so she can’t see over it. Attach two boxes to either side as support structures. In the center of the cardboard, cut a 3 inch-wide rectangular aperture – it should run from about 4 inches from the top to about 4 inches from the bottom. (This way, the dog can see through the barrier but cannot physically get through.) Toss a toy or treat to the other side of the barrier, or have someone stand on the other side. If your dog walks around the barrier within 30 seconds, give her 3 points. If she goes around the barrier between 30 seconds and one minute, give 2 points. If she gets her head stuck in the aperture trying to get through, give her 1 point for effort!

Scoring and results
16 points or higher – Brilliant!
13 to 16 points – Well above average
9 to twelve points – Average
5 to 8 points – Below average
1 to 4 points – Not the brightest kibble in the bag, but we still love ’em!

This testing can be fun, and can give you a general idea about your dog’s intelligence, but wise pet owners maintain their own criteria. Your dog may not win the Nobel Prize, or even first place at a dog trial – he may even lose his favorite ball once in awhile – but when it comes to making us happy and feel good, most of our pets are just downright brilliant!

Lil Red’s Beautiful Australian Labradoodle Puppies

March 12, 2008

Lil Red’s darling Australian Labradoodle puppies are now almost three weeks old. They are doing great, eating and sleeping are what most of their days consist of. Please contact us at kim@manorlakelabradoodles.com, or mollie@manorlakelabradoodles.com for more information and availability.

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California Australian Labradoodle Puppy Testimonial

March 7, 2008

Hi Kim,

I just have to tell you once again how happy we are with our Puppy. Buddy is just the greatest dog. He is so easy, so well behaved. We take him with us all the time, he is just great. We are actually up in the mountains this weekend, we have a home in Lake Arrowhead, he saw Snow for the first time, he just loves it, He is having the best time, so easy, just adjusts to every new situation like he’s been doing it forever.
I had a private trainer come to the house last week I was going to do a series of private and then he would go into a group class, she said why am I here? he is so good, so we did one private and then he will go into the class, He is really a great puppy. Just wanted to let you you how happy we are, he has the greatest personality. He is so wonderful with our grandchildren.

Thanks again,
The Wallace family, California

Bonding with Your Manor Lake Australian Labradoodle Puppy

March 7, 2008

Bonding Exercise

Bonding and getting to know your Manor Lake Australian Labradoodle puppy is important right from the start. This is a nice exercise Manor Lake clients and families can perform with their Australian Labradoodle puppy to begin establishing your wonderful life-long bond.

Four Reasons for the Bonding Exercise

1. Establishes your dominance (leadership) over your Australian Labradoodle puppy in a non-aggressive manner.

2. It will help you develop a close bond between you and your Australian Labradoodle puppy.

3. Allows you to give your Australian Labradoodle puppy a complete body check everyday. Things such the start of an ear infection, small lumps, ticks, cuts, etc. can go unnoticed and if you catch them early it will be easier to treat.

4. Teaches your Australian Labradoodle puppy that it is OK for you to touch all parts of their body. For example if you need to put eye drops in your puppy’s eyes it will make things a lot less challenging if you have done this exercise right from the start.

Set the Tone

Wait until your Australian Labradoodle puppy has settled and is not in a heightened state of excitement – after a good hearty play session with a few minutes to settle down is a good opportunity. Have the room quiet or with soft mellow music playing. You relax and settle yourself. During this whole exercise, use a slow calming voice. When touching the puppy you should use soft slow stokes. Moving too quickly, pressing too hard can activate and excite the puppy.

Position your Australian Labradoodle Puppy

Sit your Australian Labradoodle puppy facing away from you: kneel, or sit with your legs spread outward, behind your puppy and put them in a sitting position by placing your arm behind and just under their bum and push his chest back with your other hand. Gently tuck him into a sitting position. Do not press down on his bum because it is bad for his hip joints. You can also utilize a treat to lure the puppy in a sit position.

Down your Australian Labradoodle puppy: lift both front legs gently place the puppy in a down position or lure the puppy to the down position utilizing a treat. Do not force them down by pressing on their shoulder blades because this is bad for the shoulders. If your puppy goes to get up at any point during this exercise growl at them (GRRRRRRR) a loud forceful growl like his mother would do and place them back into the down position. You may have to repeat this numerous times initially but this will calm your puppy right down and they will become relaxed.

Begin the Exercise

1. Gently massage the shoulders. Tell your puppy what you are doing throughout the entire exercise (say “shoulders” over and over while you are doing this)

2. Move your hands down the front legs pads of the feet, under the arm pits and under the tail and massage them (say “legs”)

3. Touch between all the webs (between their toes) (say “webs”)

4. Touch all the nails (say “nails”) you can clip them/file them at this point.

5. Move your hands up to the head and start massaging the head (say “head”) your puppy should be very relaxed at this point.

6. Look in the eyes and pull down the eyelid (say eyes) you are making sure everything looks normal, no cloudiness, no guck or rolling in/out of the eye lids etc.

7. Lift up the lip (say “teeth”) you can take a finger toothbrush and brush your puppy’s teeth and massage their gums.

8. Lift up the ears (say “ears”) make sure they are clean and pluck or trim any hair that may be accumulating inside the ear. You can do this by taking your fingers and just pulling it out. It comes out fairly easy and doesn’t hurt them if done a little bit at a time.

9. Move your hands down to the chest and start massaging the chest (say “chest”)

10. Place your puppy on their left side. Check under the stomach, check the pads of the feet, under the arm pits and under the tail. In male puppy’s that are un-neutered check the testicles for lumps because un-neutered males can develop testicular cancer.

11. Place your puppy on his right side by gently rolling them over on their back and then onto their other side. You do this roll by taking hold of all legs and just guide them over. Check under the stomach, check the pads of the feet, under the arm pits.

Once you have completed all these steps say “release” or “free” and give your Australian Labradoodle puppy lots of praise! Then take your puppy outside for potty.

Information found from http://www.idog.biz

Lil Red’s Australian Labradoodle Puppies at Manor Lake

March 5, 2008

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Chocolate Australian Labradoodle Puppies born at Manor Lake

March 4, 2008

Grace gave birth to beautiful chocolate Australian Labradoodle puppies at Manor Lake on Saturday March 1, 2008. Mom and babies are doing great, all the puppies have nice full round tummies and enjoy sleeping with mom for most of the day.

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For more information and availability please contact us at kim@manorlakelabradoodles.com.