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There is so much information, opinions, solutions, remedies, training tips, etc. on the web when it comes to dogs and their behavior. We have tried to compile some basic information while you visit our site to help you with your choices. We are not vets, experts, breeders, or groomers. We have just our experiences with our dogs over a lifetime.

Doodle Information
Breeder Vs. Adoption
New Puppy or Dog
Emergency / Disaster Preparedness
Hazardous food and toxins for your pet
Dog Park Safety
Dog Friendly Cities
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For just about anything you need to know visit Dog Owner's Guide

Doodle InformationOne Zany Doodle

An F1 doodle is a first generation cross between a standard poodle and whichever type of doodle you have either a Golden Retriever or Labrador. They are referred to as hybrids or designer dogs. They tend to be light to non-shedding making them great for families with mild allergies. They come in all colors, sizes (there are mini and medium) and their hair ranges from shaggy to curly. A standard male goldendoodle ranges between 55-90 lbs and by statistics is usually a little taller and heavier than a labradoodle whose weight range is 45-75 lbs. at 22+ inches. They require a moderate amount of exercise and are social, intelligent, affectionate dogs. They have a life expectancy of 15 years.

An F1B is a backcross of a doodle with a poodle. They tend to shed even less than the F1 and are recommended for families with moderate to severe allergies. They have all the same characteristics as an F1.

Not to be excluded from the variations of poodle hybrids are the cockapoos, schnoodles, yorki poo, shih pop, pekepoo and the list goes on.

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Breeder Vs. Adoption

We have owned both and believe any dog with the right training, in the proper environment and love is the right companion for you. It is important to research the breed of dog you intend on acquiring to make certain you can provide for their needs. Dogs are much more than a cute face. Things to consider are, temperament, height, weight, health concerns related to that breed, living conditions and exercise, life expectancy and grooming. All these things equate to time, money and life style.

If you choose to get a puppy from a breeder, make sure you investigate that breeder and that they are reputable. Don’t support puppy mills or irresponsible breeders. If you are interested in a certain type of dog, attend a local gathering or meetup, go to a dog park, or go to the neighborhood veterinarian to gather information.

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New Puppy or Dog

Getting a new dog or puppy is very exciting. Our only words of advice to you are patience and positive reinforcement. You’ll need to get your house and yard ready before you bring home the new pet. Your home will need to be puppy proofed so get low and make sure cables are secure and cleaning supplies are properly stored. Walk your yard and make sure gates and fences are secure and that there are not any little crawl spaces that your new adventurous pet could get through.

Remember, accidents will happen. Praising a pet for doing the right thing is more effective than scolding them for doing the wrong thing. Don’t forget, we carry and excellent line of Mrs. Meyers Clean Day pet products for all of life’s mishaps.

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Emergency / Disaster Preparedness

Medical Emergency –

Know your veterinarians phone number and a location of an emergency care center. Every home with a pet should have a basic first aid kit that includes gauze pads, rolled stretch bandage, digital thermometer, and lubricant such as KY, hydrogen peroxide, cotton swabs, cold pack, and a hot water bottle. A first aid book and an old towel are good to have too. Always handle an injured pet with care. Remember your pet will be scared and in pain; fear and pain will make them unable to recognize that you are trying to help them.

If you suspect that your pet may have become exposed to a harmful substance, but is not showing signs of illness or if you think that your pet may have ingested a potentially poisonous substance, stay calm! Not all exposure situations require an immediate trip to the veterinarian. Contact your local veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center hotline at (888) 426-4435. The APCC experts are on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The call is toll-free. A $60 consultation fee may be applied to your credit card.

We strongly recommend the book “The Doctors Book of Home Remedies for Dog and Cats”. It is available through Amazon on paperback for about $8

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Disaster Preparedness -

Disasters often hit without warning but being prepared can mean the difference for you and your pet. In a bag, have a three day supply of food and water for your pet, medical needs or supplies (think in advance how you want to handle refrigerated items) and records, a sturdy leash and something familiar such as a toy or blanket.

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Disaster Preparedness for Pets

Hazardous food and toxins for your pet

Hazardous foods for your pet

Doodle head2Experts at the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) Animal Poison Control Center urge you to avoid feeding the following foods to your pet:

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Avocado
  • Chocolate (all forms)
  • Coffee (all forms)
  • Fatty foods
  • Garlic
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Moldy or spoiled foods
  • Onions, onion powder
  • Raisins and grapes
  • Salt
  • Xylitol(sugar substitute)
  • Yeast dough

Composting bins have become more common in households. If you compost, make certain your pet doesn’t have access to waste. Coffee grounds as mulch or a soil additive is hazardous to your pet.

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Hazardous toxins for your pet

  • Household cleaners
  • Ibuprofen
  • Antifreeze
  • Plants, particularly lilies

Pine needles, mistletoe and holly are harmful to your pet.

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Dog Park Safety

Off leash dog parks are becoming increasingly popular in cities. Before you let your dog off that leash, review these dog park safety tips.

  • Make certain your pet is current on their vaccines and flea and tick control.
  • Try and keep you pet away from aggressive dogs to prevent incidents.
  • Walk the park area to ensure there are no holes, sticks or other elements that may cause harm to your dog during play.
  • Be aware of any maintenance chemicals that may have been used on the grounds.
  • Pick up after your pet and remind others to do the same. Fecal matter is a huge carrier of parasites, viruses and bacteria.
  • Make sure you bring water or clean water is available to keep your dog hydrated.

Talk to your veterinarian before going to a dog park to ensure your puppy or dog has received all their vaccination to protect them from bacteria and disease.

Dog Friendly Cities

According to in 2013, the top 10 dog friendly cities were:

1. Colorado Springs, CO
2. Portland, OR
3. Albuquerque, NM
4. Austin, TX
5. Charolette, NC
6. Virginia Beach, VA
7. Kansas City, MO
8. St. Louis, MO
9. Seattle, WA
10. Denver, CO