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Responsible Dog Ownership

Owning a pet is a privilege and should result in a mutually beneficial

relationship. We want to be sure that you recognize the commitment

involved.  Please read and understand before adopting a dog. 



  • Lifelong care of the pet. This means committing to the relationship for your pet's entire life.

  • Selecting a pet that is suited to your home and lifestyle and avoiding impulsive decisions.


  • Socialization and appropriate training for your pet(s) to facilitate their well-being and the well-being of other animals and people.

  • Providing exercise and mental stimulation appropriate to your pet(s)' age, breed, and health status.


  • Recognizing that owning a pet(s) requires an investment of time and money.

  • Provide safe and appropriate equipment necessary to maintain a dog (e.g., collar, leash, bowls, crate, bedding, quality diet)

  • Prepare for costs associated with providing preventive (e.g., vaccinations, parasite control) and therapeutic health care for the life of your pet(s) in consultation with, and as recommended by, your veterinarian.

  • Australian Labradoodles require regular brushing and visits to the groomer, you must never allow your dog's coat to become excessively matted as their are associated health risks.  

  • Making arrangements for the care of your pet when or if you are unable to do so, such as a dog walker, pet sitter or boarding facility.

  • Keeping only the type and number of pets for which you can provide an appropriate and safe environment. This includes appropriate quality food, water, shelter, health care and companionship.


  • Provide preventive (e.g., vaccinations, parasite control) and therapeutic health care for the life of your pet(s) in consultation with, and as recommended by, your veterinarian.

  • Provide a high quality diet.  LBL does not consider any food purchased from the shelves of a grocery store or big box retailer to be quality or provide proper nutrition

  • Helping to manage overpopulation by spay/neuter of your pet at the appropriate time.

  • Be prepared to commit to care in emergency illness or injury situations.

  • Establishing and maintaining a veterinarian-client-patient relationship.

  • Recognizing declines in your pet(s)' quality of life and making decisions in consultation with your veterinarian regarding appropriate end-of-life care (e.g., palliative care, hospice, euthanasia).


  • Obedience training provides canine etiquette to better manage your dog and helps to create a bond.

  • Commit to socialize your puppy within the critical time window and provide positive experiences.

  • Preventing your pet(s) from negatively impacting other people, animals and the environment. This includes keeping them on a leash, proper waste disposal, noise control, and not allowing pet(s) to stray or become feral.


  • Ensuring pets are properly identified (i.e., tags, microchips, or tattoos) and that their registration information in associated databases is kept up-to-date

  • Adhering to local ordinances, including licensing and leash requirements.​​​

  • Include your pets in your planning for an emergency or disaster, including assembling an evacuation kit.

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