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You don't want to expose a Labradoodle puppy to too many new things - whether people, places, or other animals. And yet this is one area where Labradoodle puppy owners undo the good work of many reputable breeders.
When a Labradoodle puppy is not exposed to new things, their social development stops - and regresses in many cases. The goal is a confident, outgoing dog, not a shy or aggressive one. The way to accomplish this is through socializing.
We ask a lot from our dogs, much more than their wild cousins need for survival. Wild dogs and wolves need to learn to live in harmony with their pack and as important members of their ecosystem.
They know their own family and they don't have to get along with members of other packs.
No one ever asks them to live in peace with other predators, such as bears and the only relationship they have with prey animals is when one becomes dinner.
Wild dogs and wolves know the seasons and the smells of their environment and know to run when anything unfamiliar turns up.
Contrast this to domesticated dogs and what they're expected to endure with good grace.
Born of a dog mother and raised among dog siblings, we ask our dogs to form a family relationship with members of another species.
We ask them to live peaceably in this strange family, and we expect them to be docile with humans outside their pack.
We ask they remain able to get along well with others of their own kind, both in the family and at such events as dog shows.
We ask, further, they handle the presence of a competing predator - the cat - and ignore the presence of what any wolf knows is good eating, although we call them pets: rabbits, birds, and other smaller animals.
Although a wild dog or wolf never gets too far from his home turf - except in cases of human interference - we ask our dogs be as mobile as we are.
We take them when we walk to the store, we put them in our cars when we go on vacation, we place them on airplanes when we move across country.
Dogs are genetically predisposed with the potential to become part of human society more so than wolves or coyotes.
Compare the easy companion ability of a Labradoodle with the suspicious nature of breeds developed to protect livestock, for example. So part of it's genetics, but the other part is you.
Get your Labradoodle puppy out!
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