We are often asked if we have
a list of items people should purchase before
bringing their new puppy home. The following are some
thoughts we had that might help guide you in getting started
training and raising your new puppy.
usually recommend a wire cage vs. the airline-type crates.
Probably a 36" will work for most of the Goldendoodles. They
make some nice pads to go in them as well. Look for a cage
that has a movable divider so you can make the cage smaller
while the puppy is young and then increase the size as the
puppy grows. The idea is to have a small space so the puppy
won't be tempted to potty and then still have room to lay
down without getting in it. If the cage doesn't have a
divider, a box works as a temporary fix (that is until they
chew up the box !!). We also use
K9Ballistics beds for
our dogs and we love them!! They're tough and come in a
variety of styles and colors.
We feed Purina One Smart Blend.
It comes in a red bag and there are several different formulas so
look for "Healthy Puppy Formula" on the end and/or front of
the bag. We will give you a small, sample bag. The puppies
will be eating dry puppy chow when you pick them up. If
they don't eat well to begin with, try a little warm milk or
water on the puppy chow to get them started. Most puppies will do fine on a
twice-a-day feeding schedule. Start with about ½ cup of
puppy chow. If all of this is consumed in about 15 minutes
or so, then increase the amount a little at the next
Baby gates are very helpful in restricting the area of the
house the puppy is allowed to explore on his/her own. For a
wide doorway that is too big for a baby gate, the pet stores
carry a metal portable, folding play yard fencing that can
be stretched across the opening. It's the type we probably
had the puppies in when you came to visit. We set them up
in a circle for the puppies to play in.
The puppies will come with a collar so you may want to wait
and buy the nice, fancy collar after they are a little older
and have pretty much grown up. The puppy collar we send
with the new puppy will work for a short while to get you
through at least part of the growing stage. In most cases,
your puppy will be too young to be trained to walk on a
leash. However, bringing one along when you pick up your
puppy is helpful if you plan to stop for a potty break on
your way home.
items that are helpful to have for the return home trip are
paper towels, a bath or beach towel if you plan to hold the
puppy and a trash bag. Puppies are sometimes prone to
motion-sickness in the car and these items are very handy to
have should this happen.
signing up for a Puppy Training class. There are private
trainers as well as classes at many of the pet stores. This
will get your puppy off to a great start and help you with
how to teach your puppy do’s and don’ts.
usually don’t recommend a specific book on how to raise a
puppy. Raising a puppy is much like raising your children.
Everyone will tell you how it should be done !! We do
endorse “crate training” as it provides a place in your home
that the puppy can go when they want time out from their
humans. The crate will became a safe, quite place for them
receive a Health Record that has all of the information your
vet will need including the type of vaccinations they have
received and their deworming record. It will also contain a
photo of the parents. You'll also receive the CKC (and AKC,
if applicable) registration should you decide to register
puppy will have a microchip in place when you pick them up.
You will also receive information regarding how to register
the chip. For the chip to be beneficial in locating you
should your puppy become separated from you, it MUST be
registered with a national data base. There are some free
sites (e.g. Pet Watch 24) as well as sites that charge a
nominal, annual fee (e.g. Home Again).
following are subjects that should be discussed at your
puppy’s first wellness visit at the vet’s office:
Additional vaccinations including rabies
Internal parasite control