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After extensive research, we are looking into getting a minilabradoodle for our family. Our youngest child is 2 1/2 and the oldest is 13. It has been 20+ years since having a puppy. How long did it take you to housebreak? Can you please share your experience in training your doodles so that I can prepare for our new adventure?
 

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Congratulations!! You won't regret the decision. Labradoodles are VERY smart and thus easy to housebreak. I would say it took us a couple of weeks to completely housetrain Boyd. You will find that they are an absolute joy to work with!!

Send pics when you get your doodle!
 

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Although she is far from my first puppy, Tyke is the first labradoodle I've had. She is four months old right now, and we got her at 8 weeks. I can honestly say the only housebreaking accidents she has had (about 3) were all my fault! I either misinterpreted what she was trying to tell me (As in I gotta go - NOW!) She has been really quick to learn commands too - 'doodles are really smart! She does have a lot of energy, but because I'm planning on having her as a running buddy in a few years, I was looking for that. With kids, that energy will come in handy too. Good luck and enjoy!!
 

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I agree - labradoodles are very smart dogs - Annabelle took 1-2 weeks to train to go out when she had to potty.

I have had 4 labs and a mutt all of whom were very loving dogs as is Annabelle, so I can't say that's strickly a doodle trait. Annabelle is more clownish than the other dogs I have owned and from reading a lot of the posts here, that is a doodle trait and what a fun one to have!

Good luck I hope you find the perfect pup for your family, we have some very knowledgeable breeders here
 

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I only have two words for you: CRATE TRAINING!!!!

Oh .... and congrats on a great puppy decision! Good Luck!
 
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I got Maya as an older puppy 16 weeks and it took about a month to get her completely accident free. She knew she had to potty outside but she didn't know how to tell me and I didn't know her signs. Once we got in sync no more accidents!!

Maya hates her crate and is only in it when I am not home. I just keep her in the room with me.

The biggest advice I can give you is have lots of toys in easy reach of you. So when the puppy starts nipping/biting you can give the puppy the toy right away.
 
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I hate to be a downer, but two and a half is a really tough age to get a puppy. The puppies love to jump and nip and the younger ones can get scared and run and scream, which is just an invitation for a puppy to jump and nip and chase some more. Even one more year would make a huge difference. It would be the hardest on you, since you will be the one doing the training. And I remember how much work a two year old can be!
So with that unsolicited (sorry! :lol: ) piece of advice, if your mind is already set, then I agree, crate training will be a very helpful.
 
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PS: I can give some info on Boyd for Lora until she see your post.

I am unsure if Boyd is an F1 or F1B Labradoodle but I know Lora got him from Nancy of Doodlesville, a breeder who also is a forum member:

http://www.doodlesville.net/

He is a parti labradoodle, which I think are somewhat rare. He sure is cute! I am sure Nancy could add some more info, too!
 

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I agree that it will be tough w/a toddler - I do think a mini doodle may make things easier. You will probably have the same potential nipping problems, but I think a smaller dog will make for less problems...
 
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Oh Leslie, you are so right! I missed the 'mini' part of the post! And I have just decided that my post was bordering on rude, I'm sorry hopefulnewowner, and you can just tell me to MYOB! :lol:
Best of Luck! And keep us posted! We LOVE pictures!!!!!!
 

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Hey Linda--your post was not rude at all. I do realize how hectic things are going to be and a better case scenario for us would be to adopt an older one. However, finding one that has not been abused is like a needle in a haystack and a chance I can not take on the dog not working in our family and breaking my kids heart. With that being said, we feel that getting a good dog and knowing where it is coming from we will have a much better chance of the dog adapting to our family. Just hoping for some inspiration that being the doodles are so smart, that it should not be a long process
 

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I have one labradoodle now 16mos old, 2 goldendoodles ages 11 and 4mos

for me i find the goldendoodle to be easier with kids but really it's the doodles temperament. and as puppies YOU need to train them constantly NOT to jump.

it might be hard in the beginning as it took Max 10mos before he started to mature, Peanut is in deliberation and Beau is just a puppy
 

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Hi all,,just skimmed thru this topic, not sure what info i can give other then Loras pup is a f1b labradoodle parti color, he is medium size

the halloween scoller is of one of my families that have 3 of my doodles ,,isnt it just the cutest,, dressed em up as the wizard of oz characters, sooo precious,,i am so proud of them, now that im here if i missed a questions let me know,,

i got out this afternoon first time in a month,so it may take me awhile to catch up,, :lol:
 

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Doodlesville said:
Hi all,,just skimmed thru this topic, not sure what info i can give other then Loras pup is a f1b labradoodle parti color, he is medium size

the halloween scoller is of one of my families that have 3 of my doodles ,,isnt it just the cutest,, dressed em up as the wizard of oz characters, sooo precious,,i am so proud of them, now that im here if i missed a questions let me know,,

i got out this afternoon first time in a month,so it may take me awhile to catch up,, :lol:
They sure have 3 gorgeous doodles Nancy, your kiddos produce gorgeous pups !
 

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Hi there,
Thought I'd jump in here. We recently bought a mini/med LD from Nancy at Doodlesville, and yes I must be crazy and enjoy challenges! I too have a 2 year old girl and a 4 year old boy. Luckily for me Dekker is quite a laid back dog, he's now 16 weeks old (we got him at 11 weeks) and yes he will nip but the NO1 rule in the house in NO RUNNING. It's diificult and not always adhered to but I did set certain rules in place before I brought the pup home.
1 No running.
2 No feeding the dog.
3 Not to go in the dogs crate.
4 No screaming/squealing.
Now sure these are just gentle guidelines but the kids know that they have to really try for now not to do these things. Oh and also Doodle pups just love chewing on kids toys. So whatever is on the floor is fair game.
I've set up a crate with an expen in our family room and that is really working out well.
Sorry this sooo long , I could ramble for hours.......Hope it was helpful, and please feel free to PM me anytime :wink:

Oh and yes potty training has been swift....
 
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