What do I Need When I First Bring My Puppy Home?
Collar (with I.D. Tag including your telephone number) & Leash
Crate (36″ Metal Crate with Divider)
Dishes (Stainless Steel is best, rubber base so the bowls don’t get moved around)
Food (Raw Recommended)
Ear Cleaner (Thornit & DermaPet MalAcetic Otic)
Probiotics: Adored Beast Probiotics (Online), or 7 packets of Forti Flora (Available to Purchase at Vet Clinic) or Dr Mercola Probiotics (Online)
NuVet Plus Supplements
Basic Grooming (Brushes & Nail Clippers) Miracle Care Slicker Brush (Online)
Flea Control & Dewormer (Revolution)
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Toys (Nylabone, Squeaker and Crinkle No-Stuffing , Small Balls)
Feeding Your Labradoodle
Your puppy will have been started on a Raw Food Diet since 4 weeks of age. The Raw Food Diet (also called a BARF Diet) includes raw meat, organs, ground vegetables and ground up bones. If you would like more information about feeding your dog a raw food diet please feel free to discuss this with us, as well as read the information on the following links: www.wildatheartpets.com and www.sportscitybutcher.com/pets.html
We feel Raw is the healthiest diet for your Puppy. We recommend you keep your puppy on a Raw Food diet. If you decide and prefer to feed your puppy a kibble, although we do not recommend t, transition your puppy to kibble after feeding them a Raw Food Diet for at least 2 – 3 weeks after bringing them home. For many years we recommended High Quality Grain-Free Kibble such as NOW!Puppy Fresh GRAIN FREE as an alternate to a Raw Food Diet. Many dogs suffer from Food Allergies or Intolerances to grains, starches, and soy and these can cause everything from gastrointestinal (GI) upset, to skin problems, and reoccurring infections when fed these trigger foods. Grain Free Dog Food, especially Raw Food are free of allergens, processed ingredients and starchy fillers. A grain free, raw diet is the best way to ensure your dog is getting the freshest, most nutritious food. Recently the FDA has found a potential link between Canine Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM) and dogs eating a certain ‘grain-free’ pet food after reviewing recent cases of DCM. In nearly all of these cases, the dog had been regularly eating mostly grain-free product. It is important to do your own research, listen to more than one person, and read more than one source on the issue of feeding Kibble: a Grain Diet vs a Grain-Free Diet.
Crate training is very valuable for your puppy. All of our adult/breeding dogs have been crate trained since they were puppies. The crate is not a place to lock up your puppy for hours on end, but rather to keep your puppy confined for a few hours while you are out of the house, or at night while you are sleeping. This prevents unwanted items from being chewed up and keeps the puppy from relieving itself in the house. Utilizing the crate and potty training go hand in hand. The crate is also a quiet place where the puppy can retreat to for security and comfort. The puppy should have enough space in the crate to stand up, turn around, and lie down comfortably.
Puppy house training requires patience and consistency on the part of the owner. With some work, you can house train your puppy to pee or poop only when and where you want them too. Crates are a beneficial way to toilet train your puppy. Puppies like to keep their confined areas clean and are unlikely to soil in their crate or bedding. First thing in the morning or anytime you bring your puppy out of the crate, put a leash on your him/her and take outside directly to a specific spot you have designated for your puppy to eliminate themselves; a ‘Potty Spot'. As your puppy relieves itself, use the same command each time, like ‘Go Pee'. This will teach them the command that they need to know when you want them to go potty. Each time your puppy goes potty, reward it with praise, treats, and affection. Let them know you are pleased. Since they are still very young and their bladders are small, continue to take your puppy outside to the same spot every hour to relieve itself. As your puppy grows, increase the length of time between toileting. While inside the house, restrict your puppy's area and watch it very carefully. If you see your puppy circling and sniffing, quickly take your puppy outside to the ‘Potty Spot. This routine will take a lot of time and commitment, but once your puppy understands that outside is the place to pee, you can give your puppy more space to go free in the house. Also, keep in mind that puppies usually need to relieve themselves after waking up, eating or drinking, or even getting excited.
Nothing is more rewarding for a family and their puppy as a well trained dog with good manners. Although labradoodles are intelligent, they cannot train themselves. The time you spend learning how to train your dog will be beneficial and enhance the bond between you and your dog. Training puppies takes time and patience. Setting clear boundaries, using fair discipline and consistent redirection along with lots of love and praise will ensure years of happiness with your dog. Puppy classes and Obedience training are effective ways to set your puppy up on the right path. Puppy classes provide a great opportunity to socialize your puppy with new people and other dogs and formal obedience classes teach you how to train your dog basic obedience commands of how to sit, stay, heel, and come.
The recommended length to keep your dog’s coat is 2″-3″ long. In order to maintain your dogs coat, you may need to visit a groomer every 6 weeks. A typical ‘Doodle Clip includes leaving the moustache around the muzzle a bit longer, trimming around the eyes and ears, and keeping the tail long and flowing. It is helpful for your groomer if you bring in a picture of how you would like your dog trimmed.
Puppy and Adult Coat
Australian labradoodles aren’t always 100% non-shedding, as many people believe. If they Shed, they do shed less, and most times is goes unnoticed because it is so minimal. They may lose a little bit of there coat just like people lose hair. Most of our puppies & adult dogs will be non-shedding, but there is always the possibility of having a light shedding puppy due to the labrador genes. You may see some hairs on your dark clothes or when you sweep your floor, but you won’t see fluffs of hair flying around or covering your clothes. Between 9-14 months, you may or may not experience some light shedding when your dog goes through a coat change. Your labradoodle will lose its puppy coat while its adult coat is growing in. At this time, it is recommended that you clip your puppy short to prevent matts from forming into the growing adult coat.
Labradoodles require occasional brushing to prevent mats from forming. Longer coats will require more frequent brushing than shorter cuts. We suggest using a slicker brush and brush close to the skin as mats tend to form there the most.
Labradoodles do not require frequent bathing as this will remove the natural oils from their coat. If your labradoodle gets dirty or muddy, allow them to dry, and then brush the dirt out of their coat. If your dog does require a bath, it is recommended that you brush their coat out well BEFORE bathing; otherwise existing mats will set in and be very difficult to comb out later.
It is easy for labradoodles to develop ear infections because of wax and the hair in their ears. It is important to keep their ears clean and free of hair. Getting into the routine of plucking the hairs out of the ear canals and using an ear cleaner such as DermaPet MalAcetic Otic or Thornit Ear Powder, allows the ears to breathe and prevents yeast and infection from developing. Keeping the hair at the base of the ears clipped or shaved is also helpful.
Trim your dogs nails approximately every 4 weeks. You can do this yourself or have it done at the groomers. When trimming, clip the ends of the nails just where the nail curves down. The dogs veins ends in the nails, which is referred to as the quick. If you cut the nail to short it is possible to hit the quick, and because this contains the nails blood supply, it can bleed heavily. If your hit the quick and it begins to bleed, apply styptic powder to the end of the nail. It is important to trim the nails regularly, because if they are not, the quick, or the inside of the nail, grows further down as the nail grows. This can later be clipped accidentally, and the nail will bleed. You can always ask your vet or groomer how to properly trim the nails if you are unsure. Black toenails are more difficult to trim as it is hard to judge where the quick is, whereas with clear nails, you can see where the quick ends.
Dewormer & Flea Control
Puppies and adult dogs are prone to fleas, heartworm, and parasites. These can be easily prevented by putting your dog on a monthly regime of flea control and dewormer. There are numerous products, such as Revolution, available on the market. Consulting with your veterinarian can help you decide which is the best treatment for your dog.
Labradoodles need a low to moderate amount of exercise. They will need one or two walks per day. Going for a 30 – 40 minute walk in the morning before going to work will alleviate their energy during the day and a walk in the evening will ensure a good night’s rest.
Puppies under a year of age should be kept on a leash and given supervised play time in the yard. Jogging or going for very long walks when puppies are still under a year can cause damage to their ligaments and underdeveloped joints. Running up and downstairs, jumping off furniture or in & out of vehicles, standing or jumping on back legs as well as slipping and sliding on polished floors can cause damage to a puppy’s joints. Failure to observe and discourage these movements can induce hip dysplasia and other joints problems for your puppy.
The Dog Listener by Jan Fennell
How to Behave so Your Dog Behaves by Sophia Yin
Raising Kids and Dogs Together Without Losing You Mind by Colleen Pelar
Raising Puppies and Kids Together by Pia Silvani
Puppy Problems, No Problem by Brenda Aloff
The Puppy Primer Book by Patricia P McConnell & Brenda Scidmore
Early Spay and Neuter (ESN)
Any Spay and Neuter surgery done before 2 Years of Age is considered Early Spay & Nueter. This means there is no difference for puppies/dogs done at 8 wks, 6 months, 12 months, or 18 months of age. Before going to their forever homes, all of our companion puppies are spayed or neutered. We want to ensure that only health tested, breeding quality dogs are bred. ESN helps reduce any chances of our dogs ending up in puppy mills, SPCA/Humane Society, The Rescue, or in the hands of backyard breeders. The benefits to the puppies of having ESN done at 7 to 8 weeks of age is that they recover quickly and have fewer complications. limited pain meds, and no head cones, than if they had the surgery done at an older age. Also beneficial to the puppies is that after surgery, they return home to the comfort of their littermates and us during recovery. When they arrive home after their procedure, recovery is quite short and by the time they get put away to bed that evening, it is as if nothing has ever occurred. ESN also reduces the risk of certain cancers or infections in dogs. In females, it prevents mammary cancer and uterine infections and for males, it prevents testicular cancer, enlargement of the prostrate and related infections.
Male or Female Puppy?
When puppies are spayed or neutered at such a young age, they are almost gender neutral. The females have not experienced hormonal cycles and the males have not developed the testosterone levels which can eliminates the undesirable behaviours sometimes seen with intact male dogs.
Since gender differences are reduced because of early spay and neuter, your choice of puppy should be less about gender and more about personality. Telling us what you are looking for in a dog, about your lifestyle, if you have children or other pets, will help us match you up with a puppy that is right for you.
While in utero, puppies receive antibodies from their mother. Once they are born, they continue to receive antibodies through their mother’s milk. These antibodies protect them from infections and viruses until they receive their puppy vaccinations and their own immunity builds up.
The first set of puppy vaccinations are given while still with the Breeder at approximately 8 weeks of age (Just before puppy goes home) as this is the time the antibodies they have received from their mother begins to wear off. Successive vaccinations need to also be given at 12 and 16 weeks, 16 being the most crucial as it completes the vaccination schedule necessary to fully protect the puppy for the following year.
Basic Puppy Vaccinations include:
Adenovirus Type 2
Other vaccinations recommended for your puppy are:
Bordatella (Kennel Cough)
It is best to consult with your veterinarian to determine which additional vaccinations are necessary for you puppy.