I've always had cats growing up, but once we bought our own house we became interested in dogs as well.
My husband and I researched for months trying to find a breed that was smart, easy to train, non-shedding (or close to it) , easy to get along with future kids and pets. We fell in love with labradoodles and goldendoodles but could not tell the difference.
Then we discovered another breed, the North American Retriver aka: Double doodle and Super doodle and we knew we found what we were looking for.
What Type of Doodle(s) do you have? What are their names? Tell us about your doodle(s) or any other pets you have!
We are adopting a female in May who will be about 16 weeks old then. She is coming from Blazing Star Doodles in St. Malo MB. We are planning on naming her Daisy. Her birth name is Spice. She is a caramel mini/med.
We are so excited to have her join our family!! :) :)
Currently, we have two cats. An 11 year old female named Callie and a 2.5 year male named Jerry. Jerry was a feral kitten we adopted from the shelter in May of '08 and Callie was adopted from the SPCA in 1998. My pets are my kids and I have been accused of loving them more than my hubby!
Where did you get your doodle(s)?
Why did you choose a doodle rather than another breed or mix?
We researched what qualities we wanted in a dog and #1 was a poodle. We weren't too keen on that breed so we looked into mixes and came up with the DD or NAR.
What are Your Favorite Things to Do With Your Doodles?
I like to get up at 5:15-5:30am and take my little girl out for an early morning walk. The sun's usually out, the air is fresh and not too many people are around. She is so excited to get out after spending the night in her crate. She is too excited to eat breakfast at first.
Your Daisy is very precious and beautiful! We understand how you feel about comments you get about Daisy since everytime we are in the park with Sydney and Olivia, most ask if Sydney is either a Golden or a Duck Trolling Retriever. Your Daisy looks a bit like our Sydney but has more of a square face (very cute). Sydney has the same fame and coat but with the long poodle nose. Sydney has a flat hair muzzle which we were waiting for it to grow in......DID NOT HAPPEN. We were quite upset with the breeder. But we do love our Sydney and she loves us unconditionally. We did go ahead and find another breeder (the best we could find) and now have our second Doodle Olivia (our big puff ball). Olivia is what we expected in a Doodle. We love both Sydney and Olivia and would love a third Doodle if we could manage three Doodles. Regardless of the look, Doodles have such amazing characteristics, each have their own special qualities.
I could tell Daisy was from Blazing Star Doodles before I even read it on your page...from your profile pic that is (not from her behavior or anything). I recognized the style of photo and the blue apron (I have seen their puppy pics lots).
You and Daisy will do GREAT! But unless you're following a training program that has some kind of evidence to show it is successful with some huge portion of dogs...don't take everything in such a black/white fashion. Some things ARE black/white. But with puppies...not so much. I know now that you don't have kids so this may not help. But I have my first baby now (5 months old) and there is tons of advice out there about things like sleep training (since babies tend not to want to sleep when you do). There's whole books on it! And when my Natalie was a wee newborn I was always thinking "Oh no she's not falling asleep until midnight! Whatever shall I do with such a night owl?" or "Oh no...she is wanting to nurse every hour in the evening...this can't be good!" Turns out most of it was just a phase she went through....most of this early stuff changes by the day if not the week. It's not exactly the same with puppies, but similar. There are some overarching things that are true for most puppies...so reading is GOOD so you are mentally prepared. But each puppy is unique and things can be slightly different with each one. There isn't ONE right schedule or ONE right technique for everything. If you've tried something 25 times (not a serious number...just a number) and you get ZERO results...try something else. But don't try 100 different things immediately. Stick to a technique for a while before deciding it's not working and remember to have fun!
Hi Christine, I'm not a member of the cat group, but I read through your posting and just wanted to give you some advice. Puppies are like love sponges and they need to be near you and loved by you. Your pup was just taken away from her mother and littermates and will be looking to you and your husband to provide her with comfort. I am guilty of overindulging my doodle and definitely shower him with affection. However, he is a wonderfully kind, gentle and well-adjusted doodle. I think not showing your new puppy affection can have some severe deleterious affects. Give her a few weeks to adjust to her new environment. It's also a good idea to get her enrolled in puppy kindergarten so she can get used to strangers and you can start obedience training with her. I went to weekly classes with my doodle from when he was 2.5 months old until he was 7 months old. It was a big commitment putting in the time going to classes and extra time outside of classes working on commands, but it has made a huge difference. Having a puppy is overwhelming, but if you show Daisy love, structure and positive discipline, you will be rewarded with unconditional love.