“We Love Our Australian Labradoodle!”

March 20th, 2015

HaileyThat moment when someone sees their Australian Labradoodle for the first time is magic! The excitement and instant bond is tangible.

We love to hear stories and updates from families about their new companions—stories like this one:

“We just wanted to share one of our favorite pics of Hailey. She just turned 5 months and she is a doll. We absolutely love the dog Hailey has become, and each day we can’t believe the joy she brings into our lives, and the lives of everyone she encounters.

People ask to take her picture, and tell us almost every day she is the cutest dog they have ever seen. She’s perpetually happy, playful, and loving. We recently took her to Cannon Beach, OR for her first romp off leash on the beach, and she was amazing under voice command.

She made lots of friends (dogs and people) and she was a great hotel guest, as she’s crate trained and sleeps anywhere as long as she has her crate. She attended four puppy classes, and upon graduation her teacher told us she was the friendliest dog in the class. We use the gentle leader from time to time, and that helps her stay focused on our commands.

We tell everyone who asks where we got her, and rave about the job you all do to ensure your pups have a great spirit and are wonderful companions. Thank you!”

It’s stories like these that keep us going—keep ’em coming!

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Awesome Feedback from Manor Lake Customers

March 11th, 2015

GorgeousOne of the most rewarding aspects of any job is knowing that you’re providing a service that’s both meaningful and helpful. We’re constantly blessed by an inbox overflowing with thankful emails from families who have adopted their own Manor Lake Australian Labradoodle.

Here are just a handful of the testimonies and images that we receive every day:

“Just wanted to let you know that Theodore ‘Teddy’ is doing very well!!!  He has a wonderful personality, very playful at times, but also calm and curious.  He is a wonderful addition to our family!”—Baton Rouge, LA

“We so love Gibbs, and he is such a nice dog. He loves everyone that he meets. Thanks for breeding such nice dogs!”—Bullard, TX

car“I just thought I should let you know that Boo is fitting in so well in his new home. He is a very smart little puppy and my older labradoodle is so pleased to have a friend around all the time.

“I fell so very lucky to have him in my life. I cannot thank you enough for picking me to be his parent.”—Seattle, WA

“We have SO enjoyed having Max as part of our family.  He has an incredible loving and friendly temperament, and likes nothing more than to drop one of his toys in front of our 7-year old . . . inviting her to chase him around the house.

“We just love this puppy to death and can’t imagine now having him as part of the family.  So glad we decided on a Manor Lake Australian Labradoodles!”—Lakewood Ranch, FL

“She loves to be around our kids and other dogs.  She also loves water, fetching and digging in the sand at the beach. We have taken her sailing a few times and she does well on the boat. We absolutely love her and could not have asked for a better puppy for our family.”—Palos Verdes Estates, CAIMG_6914

“Just wanted to give you an update on Channing, he is such a good boy. He has adjusted amazingly. He is obsessed with leaves and paper . . . So cute watching him play. Thank you for such a wonderful puppy.”—Miami, FL

“Just wanted to send an update on our sweet Dolly. She is the BEST. So loving, so sweet, so smart. I can’t even begin to describe how funny she is. She LOVES to play fetch with her tennis ball from the minute she wakes up til the minute she goes to sleep!!

Please don’t ever stop breeding these wonderful dogs! The world needs more of them!!”—Syracuse NY

With as beautiful and good-natured as our multigenerational Australian Labradoodles are, it’s no wonder that we’re constantly receiving emails from excited new puppy companions!

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Meet Allegra and Her Sidekick, Hugh Jackman

March 4th, 2015

Hugh Jackman (Les Misérables, Wolverine, and Chappie) has instagrammed and tweeted quite a few pics of his adorable Manor Lake Australian Labradoodle pup, Allegra.

Allegra and her new buddy, Dali

He’s been seen walking around NYC with her (potty pads in hand), and the news of his new edition has been shared by People, US Weekly, the Mirror, and even the Australian Women’s Weekly—where she’s incorrectly identified as a cavoodle (WHAT!?).

We’re so happy that Allgera has a forever home where she is so valued and adored!

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Greta Van Susteren Tweets Pick of a Manor Lake Pup

February 26th, 2015

We’ve shared in the past about about our work with the Wounded Warriors, and specifically the story of Jay and Tango.

Imagine our surprise when news commentator and television personality, Greta Van Susteren tweeted a pic of Jay and Tango from an event she was attending.

As we tweeted back, we can definitely get you Australian Labradoodle in chocolate Greta!

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This Year’s Most Popular Puppy Names

February 17th, 2015

The votes are in—here are this year’s top puppy names!

Dog names

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Happy Valentine’s Day from Manor Lake Australian Labradoodles!

February 13th, 2015

Valentine’s Day is a time to set aside and focus on those we love. Don’t forget to spend a little extra time doting on your pets as well!

From all of us at Manor Lake, have a wonderful Valentine’s Day!

Valentines Day final

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8 Healthy Fruits to Share with Your Dog

February 12th, 2015

watermelonSometimes it’s nice to find alternative, fresh, organic snacks for your pup. Did you know fruits can make a great snack and can supplement your dog’s diet with vitamins and minerals?

Whether you mash them up into their food or offer them in bites and slices, here are some great fruits that are canine safe:

  • Apples: These are a great source of vitamins A, C, and K. If offered in slices, they’ll also help keep your dog’s teeth clean! Make sure not to give them the core. Over time, the cyanide in the seeds can become unhealthy.
  • Bananas: Because they’re so sweet, bananas make a great treat for a dog you’re training—or maybe after a long hike. They’re full of vitamins B6 and C, amino acids, and fiber.
  • Blueberries: Often used in commercial dog foods, blueberries are low in fat and high in vitamin C and antioxidants.
  • Cantaloupe: This treat is full of Vitamins C and B-6, as well niacin and potassium.
  • Mangoes: Dogs seem to love mangoes, and that’s great! They’re full of vitamins A and E, potassium, as well as beta- and alpha-carotene.
  • Peaches: If you stay away from canned peaches (too much sugar) and pits (can easily create an intestinal blockage), peaches are a good source of vitamins A and D.
  • Raspberries and Strawberries: Not only are berries tasty for dogs, they can boost their fiber, potassium, magnesium, manganese, copper and iron. Strawberries even contain an enzyme that’s great for a puppy’s teeth.
  • Watermelon: This is a great treat for an active dog. It’s super low in calories but full of electrolytes and water to help them stay hydrated. On top of that, it supplies a lot of vitamins A and C, plus potassium and magnesium.

These are just a few fruits to get you started if you want to get some other healthy snacks into your pooch’s diet. Just be careful! If you overdo it, the natural sugars in these fruits can upset a sensitive tummy.

 

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3 Simple Steps for Doggy Dental Care

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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Manor Lake Loves Our Wounded Warriors

January 29th, 2015

We can’t do enough to say thank you to our veterans. So when the opportunity arose to work with the Wounded Warrior Project, we jumped at the chance.

Being intelligent dogs with people-pleasing demeanors, and non-shedding, allergy-free coats, Australian Labradoodles were bred to be the ideal service dogs. We couldn’t be more happy to see them going to these battle-scarred warriors.

From the bottom of our hearts, Manor Lake Australian Labradoodles thanks you!

Wounded Warriors #2

 

Wounded Warriors #1

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5 Tips to Make Your Dog a Perfect Road Trip Companion

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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