Before getting an AussieDoodle, SheepaDoodle, or BerneDoodle, consider these things.
1. Do you have a fenced in yard for puppy to play?
If you don’t have a fenced in yard, potty training a dog can be torture. While we don’t turn away puppy owners who live in apartments or places with no fence, we warn them so they know what to expect. Be prepared to get dressed and put your shoes on every time your dog needs to go outside. And when they are little, that’s twice an hour.
With no fence, can you give your dog enough exercise and let it sniff freely several times a day? How can your dog really RUN if you don’t have a fenced in yard. Puppies have energy that needs to be burnt off. Even if you have dog park nearby, are you really going to take your dog there every day?
2. How often are you away from home?
Not many breeds will do well alone for 8 hours, especially a Doodle. Again, they are too smart and need some interaction. On top of that, sometimes you have a rough day at work and just want to come home and chill. SURPRISE! You have a dog who has been waiting for you ALL DAY, and they are ready to bust.
We advise families to NOT get a dog if they are away more than 4 hours per day. Your dog just slept 7 hours all night, then it plays for a hour while you rush around to get ready for work, and then we expect it to stare at the wall for 9 hours while we are at work? NOPE.
From 8 weeks old to 6 months old, puppy will need to be let outside, and get some exercise at LEAST every 3 hours. Coming home once on your lunch hour will not be sufficient. You will need to hire a dog walker / dog sitter to come give your dog some interaction.
3. Not your average dog
In general, Doodles are known to be intelligent, higher than average energy dogs. Like a human child, the smarter the dog, the more attention they need. AussieDoodles in particular are known to be the Einstein of breeds and super easy to train, but they are so smart and can easily get bored. If you’re the type of person who wants to teach their dogs lots of commands and tricks, this is the dog for you. But be careful, they will outsmart you when you least expect it.
SheepaDoodles and BerneDoodles are a little less intense, but they are also very intelligent dogs and don’t do well left alone for very long. Before making the commitment to getting a dog (of any breed), you should be realistic with yourself and make sure YOU have the time to dedicate to a dog.