Well, congratulations on welcoming your newest addition to your family. Its exciting!
But as with any new live animal there are always tips and tricks. Of course every pet is not a one size fits all and there are so many opinions and thoughts on properly raising a dog.
So while we aren't always right, here is what works for us and we thought we would share. Keep in mind, I am not certified in dog knowing the best and everyone has a different opinion of course. But here are mine.
Feeding - We are currently feeding Diamond Naturals Puppy Dog Food. I also recommend adding salmon oil to their food for coat and joint health.
WATER - On this line we also don't leave water out when ever. They are given water with their food and maybe once extra. Goldens are water lovers and will drink and drink endlessly. Again, they drink, they go. But use your best judgement. Those hot summer days you may need to make adjustments accordingly. I also do not encourage the use of plastic dishes because bacteria easily grows in it. I recommend ceramic or stainless steel. I personally like to support small businesses as much as possible and will pop into any local store and see what they have, sometimes though I like to buy cute ones at TJ MAXX or Home Goods but for anyone needing an amazon simple order you can find a recommendation 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 far away from rope toys and stick to chew proof toys they can't destroy but are also fun.
Here are a few of my personal favorites:
GEAR - We are still looking for our favorites. Believe me... We are trying them all. So here I don't have any special recommendations but I can say I recommend a harness, leash, collar and a car seat belt. I would recommend a shorter leash. And a breathable harness. For the white dogs I would recommend a collar that will not bleed when wet. Then the dog has a nice red or purple stain all around their neck and that is not nice. I like leather collars personally. And I like to get custom nice collars from Etsy.
Training - There are so many ways to train a puppy. YouTube has a plethora of information. Potty training by bell, or taking outside etc.
I am not an expert dog trainer but this guy is! Check out his channel and subscribe!
Potty training - Again Check out this guys videos on YouTube he knows what he is talking about.
Potty Training With Zak George
Gentle Puppy - We use the words yes and no. We teach our pups that when they misbehave we are firm and redirect attention but they know with the tone of our voice that No is not good. We do not hit our dogs. Yes means pets, praise and lots of love. Good behavior they get yes and a pet. Bad behavior is a firm no. But everyone is different and I recommend the above dog trainer for guidance.
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.
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:
Water and Food Dish:
Harness, Leash and Collar:
For Amazon Order:
Hair Brushes and Grooming:
Crate and Training: