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Hi,
I am new to this forum and it seems to contain a great deal of information. We are considering getting a labradoodle for allergy reasons, but was wondering if anyone can help me find a good, reputable breeder in Eastern Pennsylvania (New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland) area.
Thanks for your help! :D
 

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Hi Runnergirl, welcome!
I don't know of any breeders in that area at all, but I would suggest that you look at ILA and LAA for references. Also the Premium Breeder's site is a good one and so is the Goldendoodle (also includes Labradoodle breeders).
Each of these organizations have state by state listings.
If you don't find what you are looking for close to you, you can look into shipping...I know that it is not something that we really want to do, but I have had 2 puppies shipped to me, both arrived very well and both have turned out to be the greatest dogs! (My point is that I didn't need to meet them personally, I trusted the breeders to help me select and often they will match your needs very well with a good puppy...some will even tell you if they don't think that one of their puppies would work out for you and they will help you find another breeder!)
www.ilainc.com
http://www.laa.org.au/
http://www.goldendoodle-labradoodle.org/
http://www.goldendoodles.com/
Be sure to let us know when you get your puppy!
 

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Thanks for the information! My children are very anxious to get a pup, but my husband and I want to do this the right way, so your information was a great help. I fell upon this site and I can tell it's going to be so helpful in educating us about all we need to know before we commit to adding a dood to our family!
-Lori
 

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You are welcome, Lori, and we are glad that you joined us. It really is a good site, very helpful and more like family...not a bunch of strangers. I guess that loving a doodle connects us as family! :D

I commend you for doing the research on finding the right dog and, more importantly, finding the right breeder.

If you look at the archives here, you will find all sorts of situations similar to yours and the advise is great, but if you would like to contact me and ask questions, please feel free to. You can send a private message by clicking on the PM button below.

I hope you will keep us posted when you find your puppy!
 

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Lori, I came to this site exactly like you have. To learn more about a doodle. Then, I got so excited by it all that I could not wait - to make a very long story short- may I presume to advise you? Please hold out for an F1b or F2 if you are coming to this breed for allergy reasons. Also, if there is any way at all for you to work it out, you would be doing very well to get your baby from a breeder on this forum. The support group here will never let you down. Good luck, happy hunting, and please let us know. (I am not a breeder)
 

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Thanks for the help. Everyone is so warm and in reading around the forum, the members are so invested in helping and giving advice. I have been looking into this breed for over a year, but have not been in the position to buy one. There is a therapy dog one of the teachers brings into my children's school every week and I have seen both my boys benefit from this experience in different ways. We have talked about getting a dog when they were old enough to help out, which they are now, but I realized that I seem to experience allergic reactions to dogs after being around them for some time. Both my boys seem to have allergic tendencies and the last thing I want is for all of us to become attached and not have it work out because one of us reacts. I would feel very comfortable working with one of the breeders from the forum and I appreciate your telling me this.
Thanks again,
Lori 8)
 

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hey Lori welcome!

I have felt privileged to have a bit of a relationship with one of the FIRST breeders of No. American Labradoodles...and the very first to have a PARTI-colored Labradoodle....she's Bonita Henry and her website is
http://www.bc-labradoodles.com/

also www.breedersclub.net and www.puppysites.com have listings by state which are very helpful!

best wishes..... and again welcome, to this doodle-loving forum! :D
 

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Hi,
I haven't had much chance to write with crazy workload and kids, and...Thank you all so much for all of the advice you have given me. Jac, I actually posted my information on the doodle rehome/rescue board from one of the links you had sent me. Well, 5 days later I got an e-mail from someone needing to rehome their goldendoodle. He is 3 years old, is black and curly and really awesome. We went to see him last Saturday and decided to see if it worked for all of us. The people we got him from took really good care of him and felt guilty because they didn't have enough time to give him any attention, anymore. He is great with the kids, very gentle, easy and loveable. He seemed to imprint on us immediately after we picked him up this past Saturday. He slept fine in his crate the first night, but cried last night because he seemed lonely. The only other fault I can see, is piddling when I walk in the door or he is getting ready to go outside. I think I solved this for now (I don't know if I did it the right way), but I get all my stuff together and his leash and let him out the door before leashing him. We'll see if it continues. If any of you have any suggestions, I am really open to them. We also need to get some training for him because he seems to really love chasing squirrels and in the process, dragged my 8 year old son a couple of yards.

I feel so lucky to have been given this opportunity so soon after joining this board. He really seems to be a good fit for our active family and he is very social. I have been taking him to the local dog park and he loves to play with the other dogs. The next step will be taking him to a park and running with him to see what he can do (he is a bit deconditioned and needs to trim down a little) trying to get him in shape.

Any suggestions anyone has for me, I would love to hear. I am truly a novice, never having had a dog before and have been bending as many ears as possible so I know what will help him.
Thanks for all your input so far,
Lori
 

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Wow Lori! Fabulous! You were able to get your dog and help a sweet animal needing a home too! Congratulations! I am truly happy for you!

The piddling you are talking about will most likely stop after a while, but I suggest that you don't talk to him in a happy voice, don't get excited to see him, etc. Just act normally and maybe even ignore him when you first come in. Certainly don't make a fuss about his piddling...it will only make it worse.

There are some really good articles on this forum:

http://www.veterinarypartner.com/

Yes, training is a big issue. Be sure to get a good training class and, most importantly, be very consistent in training the puppy at home. Do it every day, don't let up...also include your son in the training.

Make sure your son doesn't get on the ground and roughouse with the dog...and no games of keep away!

A prong collar works wonders with pulling on leashes...but be sure to fit it properly and use it properly...if you don't it could be a problem.

http://www.leerburg.com/fit-prong.htm

These things should help you...let me know if you have other questions!

Again, congratulations!
 
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