We have been breeding Goldendoodles since 2007. We are grateful for the opportunity to experience the first weeks of life with these wonderful creatures. They have been a blessing to us and our family. Over the years, we have picked up a few tips that we would like to pass along to you.
What kind of food should I buy? We have recently switched our puppies to Life’s Abundance. We have done an extensive amount of research regarding different kinds of pet foods, and we feel that Life’s Abundance foods provide the premium ingredients necessary to keep your new puppy healthy and happy!
If your puppy is expected to be under 50 lbs, we recommend the Small/Medium Breed Puppy System. If your puppy is expected to be over 50 lbs, we recommend the Large Breed Puppy System. The size difference in size is important because the larger breed puppies need different ratios of nutrients to develop healthy joints. So be sure to choose the right food to give your puppy the right nutritional foundation!
Life’s Abundance also offers an extensive line of treats, which is another common question. I have a friend whose puppy died after eating too many of the wrong kind of treats, so this issue is near and dear to my heart.
Should I use a crate? What size crate will I need? We highly recommend crate training your new puppy! Having your dog crate trained helps the potty training process. Instinctively your puppy will not want to relieve themselves in the same place where they sleep. A crate is your dog’s den and acts like its own room. It is a place where your dog can go when they want to sleep or if they need a break from the activity in your house. In order to achieve this the crate should never be used for punishment. You should very rarely have to force your dog in a crate. Train your dog to go into it’s crate when you say “Crate”. For this behavior to continue, give positive reinforcement (verbal praise, petting, a treat etc.) whenever your dog successfully goes in their crate on command especially for the first two years. A crate also provides a safe place when you can’t supervise the puppy. Buy a crate that will fit your dog at their projected weight, but get one that has a divider (or use a box or make a barrier) so that the crate grows with your dog. If it’s too large, you puppy may use one section as a bathroom and one as a bedroom.
What vaccinations will my puppy come with/need? Your puppy will come with his/her first round of shots. There are a total of three rounds. Until your puppy has had his/her last round of shots, DO NOT TAKE THEM OUT IN PUBLIC! Puppies are very susceptible to many different diseases, and you do not want to expose them to anything accidentally. So avoid the pet store, the dog park, etc. When taking your puppy to the vet, do not allow him/her to walk around. After all, where do you take a sick dog/cat? To the vet!
When will my puppy be housebroken? This question is hard to answer. We use Puppy Culture and our puppies come to you litter box trained. This makes the process much easier for you!
Keeping the dog on a regular schedule as much as possible is also very important. For an adult dog, letting them out first thing in the morning, once you get home from work, and before you go to bed should be fine. Puppies need to go out more frequently. For example, 3 month old puppies can hold their urine for about 3 hours, 4 month old for about 4 hours etc. Some puppies are can hold it more than others. If possible, coming home to let the puppy out at lunch and setting an alarm at night is better then having an accident in the crate as this gets the dog used to going inside.
Even with the most well trained dogs, accidents can still happen. Remember to never yell at your dog no matter how upset you are unless you catch the dog actually in the process of urinating or defecating. Rubbing their face in it and yelling after the act simply tells the dog my alpha doesn’t like poop on the floor and can encourage the dog to “clean up after itself” by eating its own feces. If you don’t catch them in the act, keep your cool and clean it up. Make sure to use a cleaner specifically designed for pet accidents to discourage them from going in the same spot again.
Always, always praise your dog whenever they go outside.