Feeding - We are currently feeding Royal Canin. I also recommend adding salmon oil to their food for coat and joint health.
Bringing a puppy home is scary: Some things are really great for helping puppy adjust. We send you home with a blanket with the siblings and moms scent as well as a toy. This helps comforting but some recommended items too are below:
TOYS - Goldens and doodles are known for eating their toys. Just swallowing them. Well a rope in the digestion system is no fun and no fun vet bill. We highly recommend you stay away from rope toys and stick to chew proof toys they can't destroy but are also fun. Our puppies love the flatties the most.
Here are a few of my personal favorites:
Good things to chew on:
Training - There are so many ways to train a puppy. YouTube has a plethora of information. Potty training by bell, or taking outside etc.
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Potty training - Again Check out this guys videos on YouTube he knows what he is talking about.
Potty Training With Zak George
Puppy safety: We do not recommend leaving your puppy out and unsupervised. Small puppies can easily be carried away by large birds of prey, They are also mischievous and can get into all sorts of fun things. So until your puppy is properly trained and grown we suggest you put them where you can see them or safely in a puppy pen or crate when you are away. Link to a decent crate is below.
For their health we do not recommend allowing them to jump off of the couch onto the floor or in and out of cars. Their little hips and joints are developing and we wouldn't want to injure them in any way. Give them a hand and pick them up until they are done growing or get them some stairs if you like them to join you.
Do your research on Parvo, Giardia, and Coccidia. When you sign the contract you are signing that you know what these things are and that you will not take your puppy to dog parks and out in public places where he can pick up these bacteria. Doing so is putting your dog at risk. Parvo is not something to mess with, it is serious.
I am certain you know by now that doodles have to be groomed. This is essential. Shampoo, Condition and brush frequently. In fact you want to brush daily if you can. Now this is essential so the dog doesn't get matted and then have to get shaved down completely. I give my doods a summer cut but through the winter I like that cute teddy bear look. That means lots of brushing and coat care. Now something to remember is that if their coat is looking lack luster and dull, its time to change their food. Adding salmon oil to their food is excellent for their coat! Brushes below.
Also a trip to the groomer is always a good idea.
Make sure to regularly clean out their ears. They have floppy ears and they can get gross inside. I take some coconut or olive oil on a cotton ball and wipe out the inside of the ears. I never double wipe. Always get a new bud after wiping once.
Keep their nails trimmed. If it is a daunting task your vet or groomer can do it for you but there are several great videos on you tube on how to safely trim your pups nails. Link to my favorite trimmers below.
On their teeth, I personally get a beef bone from the butcher and let the dog clean their teeth with that. The marrow is great for them and they scrape their teeth on the bone getting off the plaque and unwanted tarter. And the additional bonus of a happy and occupied dog. These are also excellent during teething times.
There are many ways to recommend crate training and there is always the question if you should or not. In our life we say yes to the crate. We do not use it as punishment but we use it as their safe space. A place for them to sleep, take breaks, for training and to be until they can be safely left unsupervised. There is also a product on Amazon that has amazing reviews for comforting the dog. Its a snuggly puppy. It keeps the puppy warm and keeps it company. The link to this is below. When potty training I do not recommend a bed in the crate it will get peed on. So if you are going to I would suggest investing a bit more money on a waterproof bed.
MASTER SHOPPING LIST FOR A DOODLE:
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