Labradoodles are large, durable dogs that are often portrayed running around and playing outside because they love to be outside. We have gotten so used to seeing this image in our heads, that it only seems natural to wonder if they can live completely outside. Due to their love for the outdoors is it feasible for them to always be outside?
Can Labradoodles live outside? Labradoodles can live outside if some criteria are met: the climate isn’t too cold or hot, there is satisfactory shelter, and they still require interaction with humans to help them socialize. Labradoodles who live outside should be monitored.
It is important that you take some precautions if you want your Labradoodle to be an outside dog. There are certain things that no dog can escape that should always be a part of their lifestyle no matter where they live. This post will give you all the best tips you need for raising your Labradoodle as an outside dog.
What Makes Labradoodles Outside Dogs?
Labradoodles were bred from working dogs such as the Labrador Retriever. They were bred to live outside and work on the outside.
Labradoodles simply love to be able to run around playing outside. And tot only is it something they greatly enjoy, but they also need to be outside to exercise and play a lot.
All of these are traits help them to qualify as a breed that can be outside dogs.
Keep in mind though that there are some things that you, as the owner, have to keep in mind about this breed.
The outside world can quickly become a problem if some specific conditions aren’t met.
What to Watch Out For
Although Labradoodles like to be outside during both winter and summer, they won’t do great in the extremes of either heat or cold. Labradoodles are also dogs that love being around their families. They love being near the people that they love and trust.
Being away from their family because they have to be kept outside all the time, isn’t something they will be thrilled about in the long run.
Risks of Living in Too Cold of a Climate
Labradoodles are quite capable of handling cold climates, at least a lot better than they are with warm climates, but there are still a few potential dangers that can happen to them when being in an extremely cold climate.
When a Labradoodle grows older, due to the potential health issues these breeds can suffer from, they will be less and less capable of living outdoors.
There are a few things that usually follow the cold weather, and some of those things aren’t always the best for a Labradoodle. Bugs will search for warmth ad can latch onto a Labradoodles’ coat and that will greatly irritate his or her skin.
On top of that, some of the many different chemicals used to melt ice is outright poison for Labradoodles if they ingest something.
And when it’s too cold outside, they can also get sick as we humans can.
When it either rains or snows at the same time as the temperature starts to drop, a Labradoodle won’t have a good way to really dry off. This greatly increases the risks of getting sick.
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Risks of Living in Too Hot of a Climate
The opposite can be quite a lot more dangerous to a Labradoodle.
They are at risk of experiencing heat exhaustion or heat stroke if they get too hot or tired. If you’re not able to solve those issues immediately they can end up causing permanent damage to your Labradoodle.
Labradoodles can also get sunburned, and they can quite easily get dehydrated.
You have to look out for them very carefully when it’s in the warmer summer months to make sure they always stay safe, especially if your dog is living outside.
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Lack of Human Interaction
Labradoodles are notorious for their love of being around their families.
They care about their family and always desire to be near and protect them, and this is all to such a degree that it is very hard for them to not be around their family as much as possible.
If there is no or only small amounts of human interaction, a Labradoodle is at a huge risk of not being as socialized as they should. If this is the case then they might become destructive or violent.
Not spending enough time with any humans also means they won’t come to love or trust anybody at all and they might suddenly lash out at people that are closest to them, including their own family.
Labradoodles are much more likely to develop unwanted traits if they are left alone all the time. Doodles want attention and they will do whatever they can to make sure they get that attention.
No matter what breed of dog, if it’s outside by themselves all the time it’s going to get bored at one point.
And if a dog gets’ bored, it usually means they will get into some kind of trouble eventually.
It can be anything from jumping over fences, digging holes, tearing up the backyard, destroying sprinkler systems, boredom always shows itself in less than desirable ways.
Labradoodles are quite big dogs, and as a result of that, the damage from their boredom can be somewhat massive if they aren’t getting the attention they need.
Tips for Raising a Labradoodle as an Outside dog
Aside from the risks associated with keeping rottweilers as outside dogs, it is possible for them to live outside. Following these tips will be very helpful in keeping your outdoor dog safe, friendly, and as the ideal rottweiler pet.
1. Vaccinate them
Labradoodles are extremely curious dogs. They are always looking to explore their surroundings. If they are to live as outside dogs they must have plenty of space to do this.
But with lots of exploration, there’s also the risk of them getting into things they’re not supposed to.
So be sure to vaccinate them to specifically withstand diseases found in their near environment or that can spread from any wild animals that could end up in your back yard somehow.
This will require more than just the standard vaccinations that all Labradoodles are recommended to get, but it is something have to do if you want to keep your furry friend safe.
2. Set them out as outside dogs right from the start
Dogs are typically quick to pick up on new habits.
They thrive when living with set patterns, which is also why schedules for food or bathroom time work so well for them.
If you start your pup out as an inside dog and then suddenly decide switch to keeping them outside it will very like confuse them.
Consistency is by far the best for a dog.
If you right from the start know that you want them to be outside dogs, you should raise them as such.
Do not get them used to the inside life with you, and then, later on, decide to get them to transition to an outside life.
Raising a puppy to live outside can be quite tricky, but if you spend enough time outside with them, it should be possible for any pup.
Doing it this way will help them to feel like being outside is the most perfectly normal thing.
3. Watch their water and food bowls
Both in the summer and the winter is it very important that you keep an eye on your Labradoodles water and food bowls.
They must always have access to a bowl of fresh, cool water.
With outside living, this will need to be filled more frequently. You should also ensure their water bowl isn’t flooded with bugs and other unpleasant things.
During the winter you will have to make sure that the water doesn’t freeze, and in the summer, it’s important that you ensure it stays cool.
There can be similar issues with food.
A Labradoodle shouldn’t have access to food constantly, as they will just end up stuffing themselves. You have to keep them on a food schedule.
But you will also have to check that bowl to make sure it isn’t filled with bugs
Another issue to be on the lookout for among bowls for outdoor dogs is pesky rodents.
Rodents can quickly find their way into a dogs’ bowl or hide around it and then it will eat the food when your pup is gone for just a few seconds.
If your dog is taking longer than normal to eat you will have to make sure the food hasn’t frozen solid. Having the food freeze is a very common problem during the winter months and especially if the bowl is outside constantly.
4. Spend time with them: exercise, train, and socialize
Labradoodles need exercise and quite a lot of it.
Besides just playing around outside, they also need to go on two long walks each day.
People often think that because they are living outside they are getting all the exercise they need. This isn’t the case.
They need to be walked and they need to fool around with people in the backyard or at a dog park.
They also need to be trained.
When dominance has been established, Labradoodles are extremely obedient. But if they get to act like they are the “alpha” they will behave as such. Taking the time needed to train them properly will ensure you get a happy and well-behaved Labradoodle.
The number one thing to remember is that your Labradoodle needs to be socialized. They need to spend time around other dogs and other people. Make them feel comfortable around others by doing this and it will also help to tone down any aggressive or violent behavior.
Take them to the dog park multiple times a week so they can get used to being around other dogs, and generally just be outside with them as much as possible.
Remember to also exercise their brains. Labradoodles are extremely smart dogs, that also need to fuel their minds.
I’ve had great success following the Brain Training for Dogs by Adrienne Farricelli online course. Check it out if you want to learn a lot of great ideas you’ve probably never thought of yourself.
5. Have another dog outside with them
As we’ve established multiple times, Labradoodles are very social dogs and they want to be around others. If possible, it would be a very good idea to have another dog that they trust as their friend outside with them so that they will never feel real lonely.
Be aware that this doesn’t fully replace the precious time you should spend with your Labradoodle, but it will be a big help so they won’t feel so alone or bored.
6. Make sure they have proper shelter
A good shelter will be absolutely crucial for your Labradoodle if he or she is going to live outside.
Their shelter should be able to protect them from both the cold and the heat. Perhaps most importantly is that it will have to keep them completely dry especially during the cold winter months.
Remember to keep their shelter almost as clean as your own house. You should check on it often and focus on potty-training early, so they don’t end up using the inside of their shelter as the bathroom.
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