Preparing for Your Puppy

Things we recommend when preparing for your goldendoodle puppy

Food

All of our dogs and puppies are on Royal canin med size Adult or puppy food. 

Bowls

All of our dogs and puppies eat out of a Slow feeder like this one https://www.chewy.com/outward-hound-fun-feeder-interactive/dp/113715 or out of a food dispensing toy like these,  https://www.chewy.com/kong-wobbler-dog-toy-large/dp/44195, https://www.chewy.com/jw-pet-rockin-treat-ball/dp/40247

Treats
These are a few that our dogs LOVE! Nut R Nipz made by the same company as Earthborn, Midwestern Pet, and Lean treats that you get from your vet.

Crates
We highly recommend crate training. We like the black metal crates (with a front and side door). We consider the side door a must, the crate can go so many more places in the house and car. We recommend a 20in crate for all puppies, it is easy to have right by your bed at night for a smooth transition, as the puppy gets older a good size to move into is, Toy/Petite Goldendoodle size is 30-inch, Minature/Mini and Medium Goldendoodle is 36-inch

Harness
We recommend a harness for goldendoodle puppies while they are learning to walk on a leash. A collar puts pressure on their developing tracheas. 

Toys for goldendoodles
Goldendoodles LOVE toys! Here are a few that we have found that are great and long lasting! We love www.chewy.com for all our Toy needs:)

  • Red or black Kong - not the pink or blue that says it's for puppies - they can chew them up in no time. We put peanut butter in the Kong and give it to them in their crates; they love it!
  • Nylabones - These are great when they are really teething, and even our older dogs like to chew on them. We have found the Dinosaur one to be a favorite for both Puppies and Adults! The Just for puppies ring bone dog teething chew toy is also a puppy favorite
  • Chuckit - for playing ball. These are awesome! If you get a medium size, any tennis ball will fit! (Just don't let your puppy have the tennis ball to chew on, it will wear down their teeth.)
  • Go Dog has fun soft toys, we aways get the ones with the chew guard!:)
  • West Paw Zogoflex toys are a new favorite around here for puppies and adults!

Shampoo
We like and use a tear-free puppy/baby shampoo.

Brushes
We recommend the Soft Slicker brush by Safari, and a metal comb.

Detangler - We use Cowboy Magic Horse Detangler; it works great on doodles' hair. You can find it on Amazon or at a farm feed store.

DVD

Because our puppies are raised with the puppy culture program and come to you happy, confident, and ready to learn, we ask that all our families who get one of our puppies also watch the puppy culture dvd or vod so you can follow along with what the puppies are learning and continue it after you get your puppy home.

Book

The books we have found to be the best are

- Perfect Puppy in 7 days By Dr.Sophia Yin

- Don't Shoot the Dog By Karen Pryor

- Dog Training Revolution: the Complete Guide to raising the perfect pet By Zak George

- Puppy Training for Kids ...it has a great scavenger hunt to do with your new puppy!

For Heartworms
Your vet will have their recommendations; but if given a choice, we would choose—Frontline Plus for under 6 months and Bravecto for over 6 months. We would NOT use trifexis as it has many side affects. We also do not recommend Lepto vaccine for puppies.