Archive for November, 2008

Thanksgiving, Good Food, Family, Fun, and Australian Labradoodles!

November 28, 2008

This year for Thanksgiving Mollie- Kim’s assistant at Manor Lake Australian Labradoodles went home to see her family in Tacoma, Washington. With her she took her own Manor Lake Australian Labradoodles, Amelia and Jerry. Her family of course absolutely adored the dogs, everyone had a great time, eating delicious food, and being together. Below are some photos of the fun filled day!

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Amelia is ready for some turkey!
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Katia, Mollie’s sister and Amelia
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Awwww
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Mollie and Jerry
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Keith, Mollie’s brother and Jerry
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Katia and Jerry
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Mollie and Jerry reading a magazine
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Cheese!

Smart Dog Toys For Your Manor Lake Australian Labradoodle

November 26, 2008

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Smart Dog Toys
Nina Ottosson’s smart dog toys challenge caine minds.
By Brielle Morgan
My family was one of those families. You know, the games- playing variety. Twenty Questions, 30,000 piece jigsaw puzzles, Jenga, and, Mom’s personal favourite (for obvious reasons), The Quiet Game. We played ‘em all.

These familial moments were only marred by the fact that our dog was left out of the fun (he just couldn’t get I Spy). But now, with the introduction of Nina Ottosson’s line of interactive toys, he can finally get in on the action.

As with so many ground-breaking ideas, necessity proved the mother of invention. As a new mom, Ottosson suddenly found herself with less time to interact meaningfully with her dogs. She knew that consistently challenging her dogs was integral to their development, not to mention her relationship with them, so she created Ottosson’s Zoo Active Products, a line of games that ask your dog to combine wits, motor skills, and memory to get a treat. Forget mindless chewing and squeaking‚ these are toys that require your dog to think.

I started my dog, Olly, on one of the simpler toys, the Dog Brick. Olly watched as I placed treats in hollows in the game board, then covered them up with sliding tiles. Upon my signal, Olly started scraping away at the board with his front paws. I helped him by pointing, indicating certain tiles. He was digging it, literally and figuratively, and it was so much fun to watch. (I think it’s the unabashed excitement Olly lets loose at the prospect of a treat that I so admire. There’s no pretending he wouldn’t give his first born for that treat as he noses, digs and whines at Ottosson’s toys, trying to figure out a way to get at the goods.)

Next up was The Box. This game asks your dog to pick up a block and drop it into a hole in the top of a box. When the block goes in, a treat falls out. Watching your dog puzzle it out, make the connection, and be rewarded with a treat is enthralling. A game that keeps us both entertained is totally genius. I especially like that some of Ottosson’s games require Olly to work his paws while others require him to pick things up with his mouth or move things with his nose. Plus, the games enable you to practice commands like sit, stay, lie down, and fetch while playing. All in all, Ottosson’s interactive games make for quality time for the whole family (these things draw a crowd) and beat the heck out of attempting to play Monopoly with the dog.

For more information visit nina-ottosson.com.

Manor Lake’s Tips For Helping Your Children and Your Australian Labradoodle Puppy Get Along

November 25, 2008

Kids and Puppies
Strategies for helping kids and puppies get along.
Maryann Mott

Canine behavior consultant Jennifer Shryock regularly works with parents who are struggling to create kid-and-canine harmony at home.

“Sadly, many have the expectation that a puppy and their kids should be able to get along and tolerate one another,” she says. “This backfires as the kids get frustrated with the puppy’s teething behavior, sharp puppy nails, and excitable behavior.”

A trying time for both adults and children is when puppies start getting their adult teeth (between 2 and 10 months of age). To alleviate discomfort, puppies furiously chew on everything, including human fingers and feet. Mouthing and chewing are also ways puppies explore their environment. You can’t stop a puppy from teething, but you can take steps so that your child doesn’t become his favorite chew toy.

Shryock, who has fostered more than 60 dogs while raising three kids, recommends toddlers and young children sit on Mom or Dad’s lap, or stand on a step, to feel more secure around an active puppy. Shryock believes that setting up these structured play times during which young children are elevated makes them less accessible to mouthy puppies. And if a puppy does become overly playful, parents are there to intervene.

Parents can also attach a toy to a long rope and let kids drag it around for the puppy to chase. This should only be done, though, under adult supervision. This game prevents the puppy from pawing and nipping at the child because the toy is the target and is placed at a distance.

“The bottom line is that toddlers and puppiess should only be together with supervision,” Shryock says. Setting up specific structured activities for the two to engage in is the best way to encourage a safe and fun bond.

For children 8 years or older, when the puppy starts biting, Shryock recommends they stand up (if sitting), stay still, and ignore him. The puppy will quickly become bored and look for something else to do. At that point, they can give the dog a toy, which redirects the chewing to an appropriate item.

Children should not push the puppy away, scream stop, or run. When kids react this way, dogs think they’re playing and will continue to bite.

Jan Wall, a former elementary school teacher and creator of the educational website, Loveyourdog.com, says parents can help children develop a better understanding of their pet dog by simply comparing feelings.

For example, ask your children how they would feel if hit or not given food. They’ll probably respond with the words “hurt” or “hungry.” Explain to them that the puppy would feel the same way.

“If they don’t relate those things as being the same as how they feel, the dog is just a toy that they’re going to be sick of in six months,” says Wall.

Here are a few ground rules to cover with your child:

Treat the puppy nicely. Don’t hit, kick, or tease him. No yanking on his tail or pulling at his ears. Dogs will lash out if provoked or hurt.

Speak in a normal tone of voice. Don’t yell or scream in the puppy’s face. His hearing is more sensitive than ours.

Don’t hug or kiss the puppy. Humans show affection this way, but in the canine world, it’s threatening.

If the puppy walks away from you, don’t follow. Walking away means he doesn’t want to play anymore. (Establish a place in your home where your puppy can rest without the kids and their friends disturbing him. Teach your child to respect the puppy’s resting place.)

Don’t bother the puppy when he’s eating or sleeping. These are times when dogs don’t like to be pestered.

Only two hands on the puppy at once. It’s overwhelming when several kids swarm around him. A frightened dog may bite.

Kids will test and retest boundaries. That’s why supervision is mandatory to keep both children and puppies safe. By watching all interaction and teaching children how to properly act around the puppy, things will go a lot more smoothly.

Teaching Your Manor Lake Australian Labradoodle “Down”

November 24, 2008

Training Your Dog Down
Teaching dogs “down” will keep your guests happy.
Brought to you by Training Your Puppy in 5 Minutes

The next command on your puppy-training agenda is the down exercise. This is initially taught during the Round Robin game. It should be interspersed with the sit commands. In one round, your puppy sits and in the next round, he sits and then lies down before the next person calls him. This is very important, as you don’t want the puppy to believe that he arrives and immediately lies down. He should always come and sit first, awaiting his next command. Dogs are easily pattern-trained. Should you repeat something as few as three times, puppy will learn the pattern and tend to anticipate your commands. While its nice to know that your puppy really wants to please you that much, it doesn’t mean he’s obedience-trained, only pattern-trained.

The down can sometimes be difficult to teach because it is a submissive position. However, due to most young puppies easily giving in to dominance, it shouldn’t be an issue. Some pups might feel dominant at an early age and not take to going down easily. Be certain to make teaching this exercise as positive as possible by using a treat or toy that is totally irresistible.

Once your pup has come and sat in front of you, put the reward beneath his nose and bring your lure and signal down to the floor as you say Pup, down. He should follow the lure, at least with his nose. Even if he only looked at it, reward him for the gesture. Next time, ask for more of a response, such as moving his front end down. The time after that, he should put his front elbows all the way down and the time after that, he should touch all the way down to his tummy, tucking his haunches under. If your pup is resistant to putting his entire body all the way down, apply a little pressure just behind his shoulder blades as you show him the lure and give the down command.

When your puppy understands the down during the Round Robin game, you can add it to your heel and sit repertoire. Every two or three times that you stop, have your pup sit and then lie down prior to receiving his reward and going into the heel again. The more you practice this exercise and maintain everything in a positive manner, the less your pup will think of the position as a vulnerable one and the more he will consider it a rewarding experience. After all, he gets treats and tummy rubs while lying down. What could be better?

Reprinted from Training Your Puppy in 5 Minutes © 2005. Permission granted by Kennel Club Books, an imprint of BowTie Press.

Available Chocolate Australian Labradoodle Male

November 19, 2008

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This is a beautiful chocolate Male that is available to a loving home. He is about 4 months old, is potty trained and is working on basic commands. For more information and availability please contact us at kim@manorlakelabradoodles.com or mollie@manorlakelabradoodles.com.

Jarrah’s Australian Labradoodle Puppies

November 18, 2008

Below are some cute photos of Jarrah’s darling Australian Labradoodle puppies.

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For additional information and availability on Jarrah’s puppies please contact us at kim@manorlakelabradoodles.com or mollie@manorlakelabradoodles.com

Barack Obama and Family to Adopt an Australian Labradoodle Puppy?

November 18, 2008

Did you know? Barack Obama and his family may adopt an Australian Labradoodle, we have heard through numerous sources that this is definitely a possibility. We have receievd many emails from our Manor Lake clients and families suggesting one of our puppies go to the Obamas. We have contacted them and offered to donate one of our Australian Labradoodle puppies. Below are photos of the new issue of New York Magazine- yes that is an Australian Labradoodle on the cover!

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On the Cover: The Obamas did not actually pose for our holiday-gift issue; it’s a photo-illustration. Yes, the dog is hypoallergenic (and yes, we know it’s not the allergic daughter who’s holding her). Photo-illustration by Andrew Eccles for New York Magazine. Styling by Karyn Pappas. Prop styling by Jared Lawton. Grooming by Chris Newberg/RJ Bennett. Puppy provided by All-Tame Animals.

Manor Lake’s Training Your Australian Labradoodle Puppy Involving The Whole Family

November 14, 2008

A Game the Whole Family Can Play
How to get your kids involved in training.
Pat Miller

Kids and dogs: They go together like peanut butter and jelly. Despite sensational headlines about family canines mauling toddlers, dogs continue to be children’s best pals and confidantes, as they have for centuries.

Uniquely suited to happy dog-kid relationships, positive dog-training methods can also teach children that it’s not necessary or appropriate to use violence with other living beings. And, involving your children in your dog’s training reduces the chances of dog-bites-kid.

Dogs learn in two primary ways. Classical conditioning refers to a dog’s associations with her environment. She likes things that carry positive associations and dislikes negative ones. If you expose your dog to gentle children who share treats, she’ll probably like children.

With operant conditioning, your dog learns to control her environment in order to make good stuff happen and avoid bad stuff. You use operant conditioning to teach behaviors like Sit, Lie Down, and Come. When you train with treats, you also give your dog a positive association with training.

Involve your kids in training as early as possible. Carry your baby in a chest sling or backpack while you train, and your dog will think having the baby around makes treats happen.

Toddlers Can Help with Sit
Your toddler can learn that lifting a hand up to his chest makes your dog sit. To help your dog associate your toddler’s gesture with Sit, instruct your child to feed your dog a treat every time she hears you click the clicker (which I recommend) or use a verbal marker. Have your toddler hide the treat behind his back if your dog jumps up and only give it to her when she sits. This teaches your dog not to grab the treat from his hand and teaches your child not to reward jumping up.

On your part, consistently and lavishly reward your dog for sitting around your toddler, so that she regards the behavior as a highly rewarded default behavior around the child.

Older Kids Can Teach More
Depending on individual maturity, youngsters age six and up can take a more active role, helping you teach new behaviors rather than just practicing known ones. Show them how you teach a new behavior, such as Lie Down. As soon as your dog follows your lure to the ground easily, let the child try it. You’ll reinforce the kids equals treats concept in your dog’s brain, teach your kids how to train, and teach your dog to respect and respond to your children, all at the same time.

You can give children 10 and older primary training responsibilitywith some supervision. Older kids can read good training books and train a new behavior. Have them check with you first to make sure it’s not an undesirable trick, like jumping over the backyard fence.

If your child is interested, enroll her and your dog in a positive training class that encourages mature, responsible tweens and teens to be primary trainers. 4-H is another option, but make sure your local 4-H group doesn’t use force-based tools and methods such as choke chains, prong collars, and leash corrections.

Involving kids with training has another valuable benefit: Your family will all use the same language with your dog and have the same behavior expectations. Consistency in training and management helps your dog learn good manners more quickly and thoroughly, ensuring her a lifelong home with a family that loves her.

Manor Lake’s Helpful Puppy Housebreaking Tips

November 12, 2008

We get asked all the time about housebreaking tips, what works and what doesn’t for our Australian Labradoodle puppies. Below are some additional housebreaking tips. Please see our additional blog/journal posts about housebreaking.

Remember that dog who just knew you didn’t want her piddling in the house? Some dogs just need a slight sense of disapproval from you, and they virtually housebreak themselves.

But you don’t have one of those dogs…or you wouldn’t be reading this!

So how do we house train the dog who just doesn’t seem to get it? Believe it or not, it’s simple.

I have two key words for you:

Confine and Observe

While there is a great deal to know about food and water scheduling, timing can vary from dog to dog. So we’ll just concentrate here on the main concept which is to confine your dog to an appropriately sized crate when you cannot observe her.

A properly sized crate is large enough for your dog to stand up and turn around, but hardly bigger than that. If you have a puppy in a large crate, she’ll think she’s got a bedroom with a bathroom built in. She’ll wee in one corner and sleep in the other.

The correctly sized crate consists of bedroom only with no “bathroom.” So if your crate is too large, go to the pet store and purchase a crate divider so you can temporarily reduce the accessible area.

Fido should be in her crate unless you can observe her 100%. This means that when the dog is loose, she has your undivided attention. Consider attaching a 6 foot light cord to the collar so you can more easily locate the dog, and prevent her from leaving the room without you. Simply step on the cord to stop her.

At the first sign your dog needs to go, whisk her outside. Those signs include circling, sniffing, anxiousness, whining among other symptoms.

When you’re not observing your dog with full attention, you confine her to the crate. That being said, you do need to ensure your dog has liberty periodically so she’s not all day in the crate. By being diligent now, you’ll be able to give Fido years of liberty with no worries. So it’s well worth the investment in time at this stage.

Be sure you spend time playing with your dog, and also let her wander outside the crate. Avoid tossing her in the crate as punishment. Alleviate your guilt feelings by placing bones smeared with peanut butter in with her.

This method makes it impossible for your dog to have an accident. You’re either right there to take her out, or she’s in the crate where she won’t want to go. When you’ve had a month with no accidents, you can begin to let the dog earn a little more liberty, five or ten minutes at a time.

That means she can be out of your sight for a few moments at a time. But only a few. You want to build slowly on a record of success until your dog literally forgets that the house ever contained a bathroom.

For each week with no accident, you can give Fido a few more moments of liberty at a time. However, if there is an accident, go back a step, and reduce that liberty. One accident in the house erases progress made for the several previous days.

Confine and Observe your way to house breaking success. In the course of just two or three months, you’ll have a dog you can trust in the home. It’s going to be worth the effort!

Marc Goldberg is a dog trainer specializing in the rehabilitation of difficult dogs and improving relationships. He is Vice President of the International Association of Canine Professionals (IACP) and Editor of SafeHands Journal. The author also educates professional dog trainers in his techniques. Visit him on the web at http://www.chicagodogtrainer.com or http://www.dogtraininginchicago.com.

Manor Lake Simone’s Photo Shoot with Photographer Alyssa Rose

November 12, 2008

Beautiful Manor Lake Simone lives in Seattle, her photographer mom Jenny Jimenez (www.photojj.com) has shared with us some amazing pictures of her new Australian Labradoodle. Recently Simone had a quick session with Seattle photographer Alyssa Rose (www.alyssarosephotography.com), below are the fabulous pictures. Enjoy!