3 month old Labradoodle puppies are affectionate, loyal, intelligent and very active. But they can also get themselves into trouble with bad behavior, like chewing, biting and digging. And cause you a few worries with their growth or development too. Today we’ll take all the stress away from this stage. Sharing tips, information and a guide to caring for and raising your 3 month old Labradoodle. We’ll look at Labradoodle size, feeding, training, exercise, grooming and socialization for your precious fluffy pup.
3 Month Old Labradoodle Size Guide
At just 12 weeks old, your Labradoodle has so much growing still ahead in both height and weight. And since Labradoodles are bred in three and sometimes four sizes depending on the breed line and generation, the growth rate for height and weight can vary greatly from one puppy to the next.
For example, most mini and medium Labradoodles typically reach their full adult weight by the age of 12 months. Yet some standard Labradoodles may take two to three years to reach their full adult weight.
A 3 month old Labradoodle may have already reached 50 to 90 percent of their full adult height. Mini and medium size Labradoodles will be closer to the 90 percent mark while standard Labradoodle puppies will be closer to the 50 percent mark at 3 months old.
The Double Up size formula
One way to guesstimate how much growing your 3 month old Labradoodle has left to do is to use the double up formula. Wait one more month (to age four months) and take your puppy’s weight. Then multiply that number by two and add 10 more pounds.
The Four Fold size formula
This formula uses your puppy’s weight at eight weeks. Take that number and multiply it by four to get an approximate adult weight.
Size formulas for mini and medium Labradoodles
If your 3 month old Labradoodle is a mini, take their weight at six weeks and multiply that by four to get their adult weight. And if your puppy is from a medium size breed line, take their weight at 14 weeks and multiply that by 2.5 to get their estimated adult weight.
The parent dog comparison method
Another effective way to at least approximate your 3 month old Labradoodle’s adult size is to contact your breeder and find out as much as you can about each parent dog. While this won’t tell you exactly how tall or big your dog will be, it will at least give you a range to work from.
Feeding a 3 Month Old Labradoodle
Labradoodle puppies typically eat three times each day at least until the age of six months. The exact amount you feed at each meal will differ based on two important factors: what food you are feeding and your puppy’s anticipated adult size and growth rate.
For standard size Labradoodle puppies in particular, over-feeding can lead to too-fast growth which puts pressure on the bones, joints and ligaments.
On the other hand, mini Labradoodles may need as many as four daily feedings until they are able to eat a sufficient amount at each meal to maintain stable blood sugar between meals. If you choose to feed your Labradoodle puppy dry kibble, you can refer to the guidance on the package to map out a daily puppy feeding schedule.
However, your hands-down best resource for planning your 3 month old Labradoodle puppy’s daily feeding schedule – both frequency and quantity of any food type – is always going to be your canine veterinarian.
Training and Exercise Tips
From potty training to basic socialization skills, your puppy’s success is now firmly in your hands. This is why your 3 month old Labradoodle puppy needs daily training starting the first day they come home with you. There are the major skills your Labradoodle puppy will need to learn at the three month mark.
- The first skill is bite inhibition. Your puppy will be losing their baby teeth and growing in their adult teeth. You definitely want your Labradoodle to know what they can chew and what they cannot chew and to learn the command for drop it or leave it.
- Your second skill is recall. Your Labradoodle’s safety now and in the future depends on how well you train this skill.
- The third skill is part of the ongoing process of socialization. By exposing your Labradoodle puppy to lots of different people, animals and situations, you have a far greater chance of raising a calm, confident, friendly adult dog.
- Your fourth major skill a Labradoodle needs to begin mastering is leash and walk obedience. You should introduce commands like heel and sit and stay at this point.
Grooming a 3 Month Old Labradoodle
Your 3 month old Labradoodle puppy is still wearing their puppy coat (and will be for some time yet to come). But that also makes this the right time to get your puppy accustomed to basic grooming, including brushing, combing and bathing.
If you plan to hire a professional groomer, this is a good age to schedule your puppy’s first visit. Have the groomer give your puppy a basic brush and trim. This way, your young puppy becomes used to this process and isn’t fearful.
For your at-home grooming sessions, you can invest in a gentle, soft bristle puppy brush and some round-tip trimming scissors to keep hair out of your puppy’s eyes, paw pads and/or private areas as needed.
Use the puppy brush once a day or every other day to get your puppy used to being brushed. At the same time, you can examine your puppy’s eyes, ears, teeth, paw pads, nails and skin.
3 Month Old Labradoodles Teething
A 3 month old Labradoodle puppy is going to be a lively handful for even an experienced dog keeper. This is primarily because of teething. It can be very hard to stay patient with a puppy intent on chewing on anything and everything to relieve their discomfort!
So take care to supervise your Labradoodle puppy around young kids (including your own) and other vulnerable family pets. This short period will pass and you can pass the time instilling appropriate obedience and socialization skills in your little pup.
Your 3 Month Old Labradoodle
Raising a puppy isn’t all fun and games. But by taking the right steps at this critical developmental stage in your Labradoodle’s life, you will be rewarded with an adult Labradoodle who makes a truly wonderful family pet.