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3 Simple Steps for Doggy Dental Care

Friday, February 6th, 2015

Best Evie PicIf you ask the average dog owner how they’re taking care of their dog’s teeth, many  won’t have an answer. So it’s no surprise that a lot of dogs begin showing signs of gum disease before they’re five years old.

Taking care of your dogs mouth doesn’t have to be a daily travail. It’s as simple as:

1. Making sure they have chew toys

Chewing is nature’s way of ensuring that dogs keep their teeth free from the bacteria and plaque-forming foods that can build-up on their teeth and harden into tartar—that can eventually lead to gingivitis, receding gums, and tooth loss.

Having chew toys or treats that are formulated to clean a dog’s teeth is a great way to kick that bacteria to the curb.

2. Occasionally check your dog’s mouth

Everyone knows that a dog’s breath isn’t exactly perfume, but it’s important to know that really foul smelling breath can be a sign that all is not well in your dog’s mouth.

It’s important to occasionally lift his lip and take a look at his teeth and gums. You want to see nice pink gums and clean white teeth. If the gums are excessively red or whitish, or the teeth are starting to develop brownish tartar, he needs some attention.

If you notice loose, crooked, missing, or broken teeth, bumps or growths in his mouth, or a build up of yellowish tartar along the gum line, it’s important to get him in to see a vet.

3. Brushing your dog’s teeth

Many websites will tell you to brush your dog’s teeth every day. That’s up to you, but you’ll probably want to at least do it a couple times a week.

It’s best to start when they’re puppies so they can get used to the idea of a foreign object in their mouth, but it’s not too difficult to get an older dog comfortable with it, too.

Start by periodically massaging your dog’s teeth and gums with a finger. When she’s comfortable with that, you can introduce the tooth brush. Don’t over do it the first couple times.

Remember, do not use human toothpaste on your pet. Many toothpastes include fluoride which is very dangerous to your pet. You can pick up special dog toothpaste from most pet supply stores.

Letting your dog’s dental care go can create big (and expensive) problems down the road—but a little attention and care can go a long way.

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5 Tips to Make Your Dog a Perfect Road Trip Companion

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

ArnoldIs there a greater joy than jumping into the car with your four-legged companion and taking a day or weekend trip? We don’t think so either!

If you plan on taking your puppy on family adventures, there are things you can do today to ensure those future trips will be (mostly) trouble free.

1. Watch for signs of motion sickness

Some puppies take to car rides like fish take to water. They’re relaxed, comfortable, and can’t wait for the next one. For others, the shortest trips can be a nightmare.

The part of the inner ear responsible for balance in puppies can develop at different times. When it’s not fully developed, the jostling they experience in a car can make them ill. This lead to vomiting all over your upholstery—but it doesn’t have to.

Vomiting isn’t the only sign of car sickness—other signs can include:

  • Excessive drooling
  • Yawning
  • Uneasiness
  • Despondent whining
  • Lethargy

As a puppy grows, they’ll generally grow out of motion sickness, but that doesn’t mean that they won’t associate car rides with being unhappy and sick. It can be hard to reverse that kind of association.

If your puppy shows signs of motion sickness, here are a couple of suggestions to help get them through it.

  1. Try crating them in the car. Sometimes looking out the windows contributes to a dog’s discomfort. Crate training them in the car can be a helpful way to cut down on the stimulus that makes them feel disoriented.
  2. Roll your windows down a bit. Fresh air and balanced air pressure can do a lot to make your puppy more car comfortable.

Occasionally an adult dog will still suffer from car sickness. If that’s the case, make a visit to your vet. There are a variety of prescriptions or over-the-counter medications your veterinarian can suggest to make car rides more palatable for your pet.

2. Keep an updated checklist of things you’ll need

Start a couple checklists for puppy travel items you never want to forget. These can be created in Google docs or Evernote files that you keep in your phone so you can always have them available.

One can be a list of things you’d need for a day trip, and maybe another for things you’d need if you’re planning to be gone for an extended period of time. This list should include things like:

  1. Any medication your dog needs
  2. A container of your dog’s regular food
  3. A spill-proof water dish
  4. Your dog’s favorite travel toy
  5. A leash
  6. Bags for dog waste

Whatever you’ll need should be on the list. It’s amazing how many obvious things we forget when we don’t write it down! If you realize that you should have brought something that’s not on the list, immediately stop and add it to the list. This will help ensure that you have it with you next time.

3. Train your dog to potty on command

If you’ve ever stood at a freezing rest stop at 3 in the morning begging your dog to go potty while he joyously ran around taking in all the new, exciting smells, you know why teaching your dog to eliminate on cue is important.

There are plenty of great articles online to help you get this down, but the concept is simple. You want your dog to associate going potty with a particular command. Teaching him to do so is as simple as:

  1. Choosing the phrase you want to use. It should be simple, but not one you’re going to use casually. This is a specific a potty command and you don’t want your dog confusing it for anything else.
  2. When you take them outside, use the phrase as they’re eliminating. Then praise them like they just created world peace.
  3. Eventually when they associate the command—and more specifically the praise—with the behavior they will be happy to go for you.
  4. And remember, always praise them for the behavior you want.

4. Plan things your dog will find fun

You wouldn’t want someone to plan a family trip full of things you hate doing, so don’t do that for that to your dog. If you know that your trip is going to require that your dog endures long intervals of sitting in the car alone or some other form of solitary confinement, find someone to watch him instead.

Make sure to throw in fun events your pooch will love. This can include:

  • Walks
  • Trips to parks
  • Relaxing cuddles
  • Playtime

The main thing to remember is that these outings are fun and meaningful for your canine when they include quality, active time with you. Make sure you plan for it.

5. Think through your nighttime plans

If you’re planning an overnight trip, think through the implications for your pup. Are they comfortable being away from home at night? If not, what are you planning to do to soothe them?

It can be hard to make your dog go straight from a long car trip to a campsite or hotel room, so plan for a little exercise interval. Is there a park you can take them to get some of that extra energy out? Even ten minutes of activity can make the difference between your dog being able to calm down and let you rest.

If you’re planning a hotel stop, it’s a good idea to call ahead and find out which ones are pet friendly.

Do you have some good tips for road trippin’ with your dog? We’d love to hear them! Connect with Manor Lake Australian Labradoodles on Facebook and share your dog trip experiences.




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6 Potentially Hazardous Holiday Foods for Dogs

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

ChristmasDoodleIt’s the holiday season, and you know what that means—social gatherings and tons of food. As anyone with dogs can tell you, unattended food can provide a temptation that’s too hard for even the most well-trained dog to resist. has a list of holiday treats that you want to make sure you keep far away from your pups:

  • Chocolate: This common holiday delicacy is one of the most common causes of canine poisoning. Caffeine and the chemical compound theobromine provide a dangerous one-two punch to your dog’s system. The darker the chocolate, the more dangerous it is, but there is no amount—or type—of chocolate that’s acceptable for your puppy. Even small amounts of chocolate can lead to vomiting and diarrhea, and greater amounts can cause hyperactivity, tremors, high blood pressure, seizures, respiratory failure, and cardiac arrest.
  • Macadamia Nuts: Be mindful of that plate of cookies or bowl of chocolate covered nuts. Within 12 hours of ingesting macadamia nuts, dogs can develop weakness, depression, vomiting, ataxia, tremors, and/or hyperthermia.
  • Caffeine: In the average household, there are so many ways a dog can find caffeine. Not only can they stumble upon a half-drunk cup of coffee or tea, they can find it in dietary supplements, chocolate-covered espresso beans, soda, or other candies. Depending on the dose, ingesting caffeine can be fall anywhere on a spectrum from moderately dangerous to life threatening with symptoms including hyperactivity (no surprise), restlessness, vomiting, elevated heart rate, elevated blood pressure, tremors, seizures, and collapse.
  • Unbaked bread dough: Take care when baking bread or any other doughy treats requiring yeast. Not only is your dog’s stomach the perfect environment for dough to rise, creating dangerous blockages, enzymes in the yeast convert the dough’s sugar into ethanol (alcohol) and can result in ethanol toxicosis. The symptoms of toxicosis can include vomiting, loss of coordination, loss of bladder control, behavioral changes, and central nervous system depression.
  • Alcohol: Obviously, if the ethanol in unbaked dough is dangerous, so is any form of alcohol. You’ll want to make sure people are setting their drinks out of reach, and watch the spiked egg nog. Symptoms are the same as those for ethanol toxicosis including vomiting, loss of coordination, loss of bladder control, behavioral changes, and central nervous system depression—and severe cases can lead to coma, seizures and death.
  • Sugar-free items containing Xylitol: While safe for humans, the sugar substitute Xylitol (used in things like chewable vitamins, sugar-free gum, and throat lozenges—as well as many baking recipes) is extremely harmful to dogs. When eaten by a dog, Xylitol can create a surge of insulin and create a drop in blood sugar in as little as 15 minutes. Just 3 grams can prove fatal to a 65 lb. canine—depending on the manufacturer, that’s as little as 8–10 pieces of gum!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. And if you’re careful, it can be a great season for your beloved canine, too!

Happy holidays!

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Manor Lake Puppy Pack!

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

Getting ready for your new puppy and want to get items that your puppy is already used to while saving the hassle of having to go to multiple stores to get everything you need for your puppy.


Manor Lake now offers puppy packs in three different sizes:

Small:  24″L x 17″W x 20″H

Medium: 30″L x 19″W x 22″H

Medium/Large: 36”L x 22 ½”W x 25”H

There are also two options, one with a collapsible wire crate, and one without.

This puppy pack includes a long list of items that we use here at Manor Lake and recommend to our families with their new puppy. It includes just about everything you need to welcome a new family member into your home. It includes items such as treats, a crate, toys, water dishes, puppy pads, and much more!  It not only saves you money on buying these items as a pack, but it also saves you time that it would take to gather all of these items at separate stores!

For more information on items included and prices, e-mail us at

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Australian Labradoodle Sizes

Monday, August 11th, 2014

Santana.M.848.03.30.15-3Many people ask me questions about the size of our Australian Labradoodle dogs and puppies. Which size of Australian Labradoodle do I recommend? Which Australian Labradoodle sizes do I breed? What is the Australian Labradoodle Association of America (ALAA) breed standard? How big will my Australian labradoodle puppy get?

At Manor Lake, we breed 3 sizes of Australian Labradoodles, miniature, medium and standard:

Miniature: 14″ to 16″ at the shoulders or “withers” and 16 to 30 pounds

Medium: 17″ to 20″ at the shoulders or “withers” and 30 to 45 pounds

Standard: 21″ to 24″ at the shoulders or “withers and 45 to 65 pounds

When someone asks for a “small medium” Australian Labradoodle – what does this mean? It simply means that within the “medium” category that this would be on the smaller end, around the 30 pound mark. I also get requests for the “large miniature” size – what size is this? The large miniature size would be 25 to 30 pounds and fall right in the middle of the ALAA’s designation of miniature and medium.

What is the best size for an Australian labradoodle dog? I get asked this question often. There is no “best” size of Australian Labradoodle. I advise my clients to adopt the size that they think will work best with their family. A few questions to consider:

  • Do you want the dog to easily be able to jump in and out of their car on their own, or do you want to lift it in and out?
  • Do you eventually plan to take their Australian Labradoodle dog running, hiking, etc? If so, how far?
  • What type of swimming, if any, do you plan to do with their Australian Labradoodle Dog?
  • What size of yard will you have?
  • Will your Australian Labradoodle dog travel with you?
  • Do they want to be able to pick up your Australian Labradoodle adult dog?

These are just a few of the questions I ask my clients if they are unsure about the size of Australian Labradoodle to purchase. If you’re still not quite sure what to expect in the different sizes I would recommend looking up the nearest Doodle Romp in your area to attend. Families go to socialize with their dogs and are usually quite happy to talk about their dog, including weight!

Please contact us at or call at 360-303-0497 if you have questions about the size of Australian Labradoodles.

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10 Pet Travel Tips! (

Thursday, July 24th, 2014


Going on vacation is always a fun treat for the whole family and it’s even better if you get to take your canine companion along with you. To make the trip a great experience for you and your pet here are a few travel tips:

1. CARRIER – it is important to bring a carrier that is big enough for your dog to sleep and turn around. They like a place to help make them feel secure.

2. BED- Make sure to bring a dog bed, rug, or blanket that they like to sleep on at home. Place it in a spot that is out of the way, but near you and show them where to nap. Sleep is important for all puppies and dogs.

3. SEAT COVER- this applies more to those who travel with their pet outside a carrier. Train them to stay on a rug covered back seat or use a seat cover. This will definitely help with clean up on a rainy day or a trip to the beach. For a longer trip, place a bed on top for comfort.

4. LEASH- it is always important to leash your dog before opening the car door and especially important that the leash cannot slip.

5. STRESS RELIEVER- If your dog is a nervous traveler, start a calming agent like Doc Roy’s® DOCILE DOG. Start this treatment two weeks before the trip. It is not a tranquilizer, but will take the edge off for any added stress.

6. FEED LIGHTLY- make sure to feed your pet lightly before you leave. You can sprinkle something like shredded cheese in their food to encourage them eating 1 hour prior to leaving. If your pet is prone to car sickness, feed ginger snaps two hours before leaving and repeat one hour into the trip.

7. FOOD/WATER BOWLS- this one goes without saying, but it is especially important to bring these along with a mat to go under the bowls to decrease the mess.

8. GREETING- On arrival, bring the dog on a leash to greet people. Keep the dog on the leash when setting up the dog bed and food/water dishes. Let them take a drink, go on a short walk so they empty their bladders before getting too excited! Once they have calmed down from the excitement, they can be taken off the leash.

9. SETTING UP THE CARRIER/BED- Place the pet carrier in your bedroom and open the door for access. The bed should be in a common area like a family room. For a cat, place the bed on the furniture you have previously ask permission to use and put the cat on it (cats like being up high).

10. WHEN LEAVING- Always place the pet in their carrier when leaving the house (if not taking with you). Never lock them in a room or a bath, stick with the carrier since it is something that is familiar to your pet. It helps to put a treat or toy in the carrier with them and will keep them busy for plenty of time!

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Manor Lake on Pinterest!

Monday, July 14th, 2014

Have you been following us on Pinterest? Our Pinterest is full of dog safety tips, articles, DIY dog related projects and recipes, pictures of Manor Lake dogs and customer testimonials. Check out our Pinterest boards by clicking the logo below:


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