Frequently Asked Questions
Where are you located?
What is the cost of a puppy?
Can we visit the puppies?
What comes with the puppy?
Yes, families who have put in an application and deposit are welcome to visit after the litter is 5 weeks old. Many breeders do not allow visitors due to fears of sickness, specifically parvo virus. We take steps to reduce the risk and send an email with specific instructions to our visitors. We firmly believe that the benefits of socialization outweigh the risks.
Our puppies are $3000 + PA sales tax. A deposit of $500 is required to reserve your puppy. This deposit is nonrefundable but families may switch to a different litter.
How are the puppies socialized?
A lifetime of support from us that starts with updates and educational information sent out regularly as they grow
First vaccinations and certificate of health from our vet
A 2-year health guarantee
Microchip with lifetime plan
A blanket or toy that will carry the smell of their littermates and our home to comfort them in the transition
A 4-day supply of food
A folder with helpful information for you
Results of our immunity testing on their mama that helps predict optimal timing for immunizations for parvo and distemper.
Early introduction to potty training and early potty command training
Early introduction to obedience training (they will know how to sit on command)
Early introduction to crate training
An information-packed session to get you off on the right foot.
Avidog's Puppy Ebook to help you check off those key things that help turn your puppy into the dog you always wanted!
Our socialization goals include introducing our puppies to 100 people before they go home. We strive to introduce to them a variety of ages, physical appearances, and men, women and children. Our puppies also hear a great many sounds, including vacuums and disposals, doorbells, children's shouts, passing traffic, sirens, thunder, and back up beeps. They experience car rides, woods walks, the vet, and more.
How are puppies and families
Maple Lane Australian Labradoodles is located in central PA, only a few hours from Baltimore, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Washington, DC, and New York City. We are 15 minutes north of the PA Turnpike and 15-20 minutes south of Interstates 81 and 78. We're about 15 minutes east of Hershey Park.
As their breeder and primary caretaker for the first 9 weeks of their lives, we take on the responsibility for matching each puppy to the right family. In addition to living with them and playing with them daily, we also do a temperament test at 7 1/2 weeks. This test is useful in showing us things about the puppy under stress. At 8 weeks, we announce the matches and send you a picture of your pup.
In our application process, each family shares important information about their family composition and activities they'd like to do with their dog. Every family is invited to share their preferences for gender and color. Often, families who visit will share with us that there were 3 or 4 that their family just couldn't stop talking about. We compile all of this information into a spread sheet. We compare strengths and weaknesses of each pup to the potential environments and expectations of our families in order to match the right family to the right puppy!
What about health testing?
All of our dogs have a genetic disease test panel, cardiac test, ongoing eye testing and hip testing at 4 months and in their second year.
What are their grooming needs?
Australian Labradoodles need to be brushed weekly. If they are brushed regularly, they need to be groomed every 6-8 weeks beginning around 4 months. They can be bathed as needed, but water will set knots in their adult coat so make sure to keep them brushed. They should have ear cleaner solution in their ears weekly to prevent ear infections.