Archive for the ‘Labradoodle Training’ Category

Testimonial Tuesday

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

Here’s an Update we just received from The Hansen Family on Willow, their 15 week old puppy from a Dalton + Clifford Pairing.

“We just love her spirited personality. She wants to be with us all the time and loves to play with Grady. They are getting along and she is learning from him. It was amazing how she learned to potty train from him. She watches everything he does and follows along, although she is not shy about getting her needs met 🙂
Just like Grady, Willow is smart and trains so easily….she was housebroken in about a week and has learned to sit, lay down and come. She is social, happy and healthy. We are also taken with her beauty. Her coat and color are stunning. We are thankful for the love and care that goes into all of the dogs in your program.”

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Brain Injury Alliance Annual Gala

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

Kim Kochman Owner/Breeder Manor Lake Australian Labradoodles with Johnny Chavez of New Orleans in one photo, and Charrice Dotinga with two of our signature multi-generation Australian Labradoodle puppies in the other photo, supporting the Brain Injury Alliance of Washington at their annual gala. Looking forward to this years gala coming up on November 21st, 2015.

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5 Tips for Conquering Separation Anxiety

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

Cayenne.M. anxiety can be a genuine concern for dog owners, but it’s probably not as prevalent as you might think.

Many actions that get lumped in with separation anxiety are actually boredom and bad behavior.

True separation anxiety is different than just being bad and will occasionally be seen in other behaviors:

  • Dogs will often demonstrate anxiety by jumping up whenever they think you’re leaving or following you from room to room.
  • They’ll often start pacing, barking, or whining the moment they think you’ve left, even if you’ve only gone into another room or outside for a few moments.

Boredom and naughtiness can include many of the same behaviors that an anxiety-ridden pooch might display like chewing, scratching, barking, or howling. But in the bored dog, it happens after they’ve been alone for a while. Dog’s with separation anxiety will start losing it almost immediately when they think you’ve gone.

If you think your dog might be suffering from some separation anxiety issues, talk to your vet and maybe a behaviorist. If the situation is really bad there are medications that some have found really helpful. But medicating away difficult behavior should always be a last resort.

Here are a couple tips that will frequently help deal with your anxious pup.

1. Lower the drama of leaving and returning

Don’t make a big thing out of going away or coming home. Your dog needs to get to the place where they see periods of separation as a normal part of every day life.

When you have to leave, simply leave. When you get home, don’t make big, dramatic entrance with lots of loud, animated discussion aimed at your dog. This only makes your dog think that you’ve been as anxious as they’ve been.

2. Change your leaving rituals

Part of lowering the drama is eliminating some of the regular behaviors your dog associates with you leaving. Look at the things you do and see if you can change them to cut down on your dog’s anxiety.

Do they associate grabbing your keys with getting ready to go? Try keeping your keys somewhere else where it’s not so obvious, or occasionally grab your keys when you’re not leaving.

Do you run the blow dryer as part of your morning ritual? Does you pup see the blow dryer as the first ritual that tells them you’re leaving? Try occasionally running it throughout the day until they associate it less with preparation for being alone.

If you can, occasionally leave through different doors.

These aren’t behaviors you need to take part in all the time, but long enough that they quit seeing them as signals that they’re about to be abandoned.

3. Leave distractions for your dog

A Kong full of Kong Stuff’N Puppy Paste is a wonderful distraction for a dog and can keep them busy for quite a while. You can also train your pup to look for treats you’ve hidden while you’re away.

We had some friends who would hide treats in safe places for their dog with separation anxiety to find when they were away. It was fun to eventually see Charlie get excited when they were leaving because it meant the game was afoot!

4. Tire them out

There is so much pent-up energy that is released when your dog is anxious. Planning walks or play time before you have to leave is a helpful way to redirect some of that energy.

Get up a half hour earlier and take your dog on a walk/run. You’ll both benefit!

5. Have a crate available

While we might think of a crate as a terrible enclosed space, we need to think about things from a pooch’s perspective. Dogs have a natural instinct to be in a den and can find a crate to be a comforting place. In fact, many dogs will be much more secure in a crate than they will in a wide open house while you’re away.

Getting your dog comfortable with a crate when they’re young can help a lot when they’re older. Once they’ve discovered that secure place that’s all theirs, all you need to do is leave the crate open in the the room when you leave. Sometimes that’s all it takes.

Remember, punishment for anxious behavior is only going to exacerbate the problem. One of the best things you can do (and this is in any situation with your dog) is demonstrate cool, strong, and assertive leadership.

They’re looking to you as their pack leader and the energy you give them is going to return to you in their behavior.

And once again, if all else fails, make sure to talk to your vet or a behaviorist. They’re going to be able to give you some helpful advice tailor-made for your beloved pet!

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Checking in with Manor Lake Chief Brody

Monday, August 25th, 2014

We heard from Lisa and her family in regards to her lovely Manor Lake Australian Labradoodle and we just had to share! We’re so excited to hear from our families and to hear such wonderful things about our dogs. I tell many people, you just have to have one to understand. But, Lisa does a pretty good job summing it up! Thank you so much Lisa and all your family for making Brody a part of your lovely family.

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Hi Kim-


Hope all is well.


It’s been over 2 months now since Brody joined our family and we can’t tell you how much we love him. He’s the best dog ever!!


He is now 5 months old and about 30 pounds. He was groomed for the first time 2 weeks ago and is absolutely gorgeous. Wherever we go we are asked what kind of dog is he and then told he is SO cute. And SO calm, especially for a puppy. His color is beautiful. Shall I go on?! If I had a dollar for each time I heard these things I’d be a billionaire!


And boy is he smart! He knows his basic commands…sit, stay, down, come, no, heel, leave it, and we’re working on heel. He was completely house trained only 2 weeks after we got him, at only 14 weeks old. He absolutely hated the crate overnight so after about 3 weeks, we stopped using it because he was house trained anyway. He slept on our bed for about a week but then decided he was more comfortable on the floor so that’s where he chooses to sleep each night. During the day when left alone for a couple hours, he has been gated in the kitchen but jumped the gate earlier this week. Because he was a good boy and didn’t cause any harm, we decided to keep him loose in the house for the past few days and he’s been totally fine. We just can’t believe our 5 month old puppy is SO well-behaved!


We’ve been on vacation (here) for almost 2 weeks now. We are always outside here and Brody is with us almost always. We’ve taken him hiking several times this summer and after the first couple of times, we decided to try him off-leash, so he could have more freedom. As hoped, he stuck by our side the entire time, even when other dogs were encountered. He absolutely loves being outside, whether we’re hiking, biking, walking, kayaking or just hanging out in the backyard. He’s still timid when it comes to swimming but he’s warming up to it.


Brody is the perfect dog and we can’t thank you enough!! We love him SO much, especially our daughter Ella. She’s 5 years old so she and Brody are perfect companions, always running and playing together. They tire eachother out everyday!


Attached are some recent pics of Brody. We’ve recommended Manor Lake to so many people who’ve asked about him because we truly believe he’s the best dog, and exactly as you described him. We feel incredibly lucky! And did I mention Brody is my husband’s first dog ever?!


Thank you, thank you, thank you!



Lisa, Dave, Ella & Chief Brody

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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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Update on Manor Lake Snowball!

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

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Hello Melissa,

Zorro is ready for the beach!  It finally hit 90 degrees here in Boston!

FYI, my kids changed Zorro’s name to Snowball. They fight over him despite having 3 other dogs.  Snowball is so well behaved, happy, and handsome!  What a great addition to out big family!  Thank you!


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Manor Lake Australian Labradoodles Recommended Books

Friday, May 2nd, 2014
 Below is a list of books we recommend here at Manor Lake Australian Labradoodles, they provide helpful information on how to raise your puppy, maintain good health, and training tips. This is also on our website under “Useful Information”

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Top 10 Dog Training Tips

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

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Tips on Crate Training

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

Families always ask us for tips on crate training their puppy, and this article is a great guide on how to make crate training as easy as possible for you and your puppy. has wonderful articles on first time puppy owners and lots of helpful information.

Crate Training for Puppies

When making the first introduction, it is best done in steps. The last thing you want to do is frighten your puppy to the point that he is reluctant or unwilling to get into his grate. Ideally, you want your puppy to get into the crate at your command. But why?

Benefits of Crate Training

There are a lot of good reasons for crate training. For one, it is an essential part of housebreaking. Puppies will not usually soil their bed. Therefore, if the crate is set up as a resting space, the puppy will wait until he leaves the crate to do his business. This will put you in control of where and when your puppy relieves himself.

You will find that the crate is also useful for sequestering the dog when you have company over, car travel, and for making sure that the puppy is safe at night — i.e., not eating thing left within reach, tearing at furniture, or soiling on the floors. Think of the crate as a little cave in which your puppy can feel safe and secure, and he will respond positively to it.


Making Crate Training a Pleasant Experience

To avoid making crate training a traumatic experience for the puppy, make sure that he feels at ease throughout the entire process. You can do this by placing an old shirt or blanket on the bottom of the crate so that he is comfortable.

A puppy must never be locked up and left alone if it is his first time inside the crate. This can be a very traumatic experience for your puppy and will only make it more difficult for you the next time you try and get him to go inside the crate and behave.

Instead, tempt the puppy to enter the crate by placing some kibble inside. Be generous with your praises, as he enters the crate to eat the kibble. If he does not make a move to enter the crate, pick him up and slowly put him inside with the door left open. Reassure your puppy by petting him if he seems agitated and frightened. Once the puppy is inside the crate for a few moments, call him to come out of the crate to join you. Praise him with simple words and pats when he comes to you.

After practicing going in and out of the crate willingly several times, once the puppy appears to be at ease inside the crate and does not show any signs of fright, then you can close the door slowly. Keep it closed for one minute, as long as he remains calm all throughout. After that, open the door and invite him out while generously praising him.

What if He Whines?

Once you have passed the initial hurdle of familiarizing your puppy with the crate, you will want to get him comfortable to going into the crate and staying there quietly. Similar to before, the best trick for getting a puppy to go inside a crate willingly is to tempt him with food. Fill a bowl with a small amount of puppy food while you let him watch. Let him sniff the food and then slowly place the bowl of food inside the crate.

Once the puppy is inside, slowly close the door (so as not to startle the puppy) and allow him to eat. He will likely finish his food inside and only begin to whine or bark after he is done with his meal. When he starts to bark and whine, tap the door of the crate and say “No” in a strong, commanding (but not loud) voice. With repetition, this will make him stop crying and eventually train him not to whine when he is placed inside his crate.

You will gradually increase the time the puppy stays inside the crate. If he whines, wait for him to quiet down — or five minutes, whichever is first — before you open the door to let him out. Praise him when he comes out, and take him outside to relieve himself immediately. Repeat this a few times a day.

After some time, your puppy will begin to feel at ease inside his crate and may even go to his crate on his own. This is the time to lengthen his stay inside, although you must keep in mind that there is also a limit to the maximum number of hours that your puppy can spend inside his crate before becoming uncomfortable.

A puppy should not be made to spend almost an entire day in his crate, nor is it right to imprison a puppy inside his crate for long periods of time. He must be given breaks to walk and play around.

The purpose of a crate is so that the puppy/dog can be tucked inside overnight when you are sleeping and cannot supervise him, when you need to travel, and when you need him to be sequestered from visitors or children. It can also be a very useful tool in housetraining. You can keep him inside his crate until the scheduled outside time — when you can take him out to relieve himself – and in so doing, the puppy learns how to control his body functions as an internal schedule is being set, so that he becomes accustomed to the times when he will be going outdoors. This method works well because it is a dog’s natural inclination not to soil in his own bedding. He will learn not to eliminate until he is let out of his crate, and later, at the scheduled time.


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Update on Manor Lake Moose!

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

The first weekend was a lot of fun! He’s doing great and he’s SO smart! He slept through the night the past two nights. He’s already figured out going potty outside (only one or two accidents inside and they were our fault) including going up and down our front step. The girls have taught him to sit. Not sure if it’s a fluke or not, but he seems to actually be doing it on command with a treat. Took him to the vet on Mon and he’s 5 lb 12 oz. She said he looks great. He’s eating and drinking a lot. I’ll send some pics soon – the girls are taking most of them.  Thanks for checking in!

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So glad to hear Moose is doing well and we love the video and picture that you sent us of him. Looks like he really likes his new toy, doesn’t he? Thank you so much for the update and give him a big hug for us. We are so impressed by how quickly he has learned his new tricks!

To see an some adorable videos of Moose in his new home, check out our YouTube channel :

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