You know the old saying: “It’s better to have it and not need it, than need it and not have it.” Of course, shopping for the fuzziest and cutest member of the family can make anyone go a wee bit overboard. Check out the following list of items to purchase for your new Goldendoodle pup and see which items speak to you. Make a priority shopping list; remember, you don’t have to get everything all in one trip!
Copious Amounts of Love and Attention
The number one needed supply for your new Doodle puppy is: love and affection of course!
General Items For Your Puppy’s Well-being
- Paper Towels: purchasing them by bulk quantities may be your most economical option.
- Baby Gate: protecting your pooch from tumbling down the stairs is important. Check baby supply stores and seek out second hand options. Note the spacing between the bars to ensure your puppy will not get caught accidentally.
- Acrylic Nail File: for helping keep puppy’s nails smooth.
- Cotton Balls: ideal for wiping eyes and cleaning ears.
- Crate: for crate training and travel familiarity.
- Bitter Apple: taste deterrent for chewing, licking or biting
- Nylon Collar with Plastic Clasp: aim for 25 to 35 cm or 10″ to 14″ for medium to standard Goldendoodle puppies; mini Doods will take a smaller size
- Pet Identification Tag: name, phone number and address
- Pet Tracking Device: you can get simple light up models to the more expensive options equipped with GPS and unlimited range. These specialized collars are handy if you reside in remote area. Similarly, they can save the day if your dog constantly wanders into the neighbors yard during it’s night time potty break or if you live in a crowded location.
- Pooper Scooper
- Pet Poop Bags
- Enzyme stain remover and neutralizer for carpet and upholstery
- Water Dish and Food Bowl: ceramic or stainless steel are the healthiest options and easiest to clean.
- Dog Bed/blanket
- Container with fitted lid for food storage
Treats and Food
- Puppy Food: try to get the same food as the breeder was using if it is a healthy choice in order to minimize tummy troubles.
- Training Treats: go for healthy and natural options like dehydrated salmon or dehydrated chicken. Tiny and soft choices such as hotdogs, cheese pieces and homemade treats make good options.
Toys and Best Chew Options
- squeaky rubber balls
- dehydrated cow ears
- rope toys
- stuffed animals with squeakers
- toys designed to hide treats inside
- bully sticks
- cow tendons
Some people purchase children’s stuffed animals from the local thrift store just for their puppy’s to destroy. If you decide to opt for this route; inspect your potential chew toy carefully. Avoid hard plastic eyes and noses that could turn into a choking hazard if your puup is able to gnaw it off.
- puppy shampoo
- slicker brush or pin brush
- curved blade pet scissors with blunt tips
- oral hygiene kit
- grooming spray
- puppy conditioner
- pliers-model nail clippers that have a built-in nail guard
- Blood Stop Powder or the herb Sage on hand will staunch bleeding if you accidently cut the quick of the nail.
- Visit your local library and discover a myriad of books and DVDs on puppy training tips.
- Order online, download to your e-reader or visit your favorite bookstore for some puppy training guides.
- Purchase a bell and hang close to your back door (from the closet knob or back door handle) This will help you both with house training as the puppy will be able to alert you when he has to relieve himself.
Find a Reputable Veterinarian
Ensuring your new bundle of joy has all of his shots and is healthy is the responsible thing to do. Maintain regular checkups to be proactive in your puppy’s health. Consider making an appointment for a microchip implant or a tattoo if you desire more security than a traditional dog collar can offer.
Look Into Local Obedience Classes
Do your homework and find out when and where obedience classes are being held in your area. Often these classes can take limited numbers. To ensure you save a spot, call and inquire. Find out what you will be covering in the course, how long the trainer has been conducting classes and what the cost will be.
Consider asking your vet or your pet supply store for a recommendation if the options in your area are numerous or scarce. Word of mouth is a great way to discover where friends, family or co-workers recently took their dog.
The overall success of your puppy’s behavior ultimately begins with you and the training you provide. This sweet, cuddly creature is not going to get by on looks alone. You want to have a trustworthy companion who is a joy to be around for you and everyone who meets him.
Raising a happy and balanced dog can be attained if you are willing to put in the time and energy. If you cannot commit to teaching your dog good behavior, you may need to reevaluate getting a puppy.
Be sure you are entering and exiting the house first and are in the lead when walking the dog. Similarly, be sure that you eat first during meal time.
Tie the leash around your waist and walk as normal through the house and down the street. This arrangement gives the puppy some leeway but makes them aware of their surroundings. They learn how to walk beside you and not be underfoot. Using this method helps to eliminate pulling on the leash as well. Some people prefer to leash their puppy during car rides too.
Reduce Separation Anxiety
Certain experts believe you should not make a big deal every time you are leaving the house for work or school etc. This extra attention jazzes the dog up and makes them all too aware that you are leaving. Instead, they say to simply walk out the door the same way you would when taking the garbage out. Leaving in a calm manner, as though you will be right back, leaves the dog with calm energy.
Putting a t-shirt that you have recently worn or some other clothing item of yours in the dog bed will provide comfort while you are away, as it is saturated with your scent. This is a great thing to leave with pet-sitters or with the kennel if you have to leave for an extended period of time.
Determine Your Perimeter
It is a good idea to walk the perimeter with your puppy on a leash multiple times. Stop and make the dog sit and stay at the edge of the driveway and at multiple places along your fence line. You can gently tug on their leash while saying “Home” if they try to cross the imaginary line. Implementing boundaries from the start will help keep your dog at home down the road.
Create Positive Habits
Allowing the cute puppy up on the couch or into your bed may wreak havoc in your home later on. Have designated spaces for your dog where she knows she can go and be safe. Having her own blanket or dog bed or crate area will provide a personal sanctuary for your puppy.
Reduce Night Time Whining
If your new puppy seems lonely and sad at night time, consider putting a ticking alarm clock in its bed. The ticking sound reminds the dog of its mother’s heartbeat and provides a calming security factor. You will both sleep better!
Keep training words simple for the dog and have all family members use the same words to reduce confusion. Common action words include: sit, stay, outside, bed, come, fetch, no, leave-it and drop-it.
Having corresponding hand signals that you use with voice commands helps to reinforce and communicate your wishes to your dog. Again, have all your family members on the same page for uniform training.
Deciding to open up your family to adopt a dog is a huge decision. There are many things to take into consideration along the way. We all would like to rescue pets from local shelters and the ASPCA; however, many of these dogs come with health issues and temperamental problems due to poor breeding. If having a purebred dog is important to you and your family, be sure to do your homework prior to choosing a breeder.
Why Opt For a Purebred Dog?
There are numerous reasons people decide to pay large sums of money for their purebred dog including:
- Predictable Appearance and Temperament
- Activity Level
- Personality and Disposition
- Potential Health Concerns and Life Expectancy
Once you determine which dog would be the best fit for your family and your lifestyle, it is time to look for a specific dog breeder.
Positive Traits In a Dog Breeder
We have all heard of horrific puppy mill stories. Saving a few dollars by opting for the least expensive puppy is not a good idea. You want to research your breeder as thoroughly as you research your new car or your new dentist. Animals are sensitive to energy. Therefore, if you are adopting from a high-stress and violent environment, you may end up with a nervous and emotionally scarred pet.
Kind and responsible are two of the main traits you want to see in the breeder. It is vital to visit the facility ahead of time and see the puppies and their trainers in action. Making arrangements strictly online or over the phone could lead to a potential disaster.
Find A Breeder Who Specializes In the Breed You Desire
If you have no idea how to hone in on a particular breeder, check your local kennel club. You can also use the internet to direct your search. There may be a local breed representative in your area that has recommendations of reputable breeders to choose from. Remember that you may have to make a special trip to actually visit the breeder. Alternatively, ask your vet if they can recommend a reputable breeder.
Ask Thorough Questions
Once you find a breeder, speak frankly. They have much experience with this particular breed so ask them to explain the pros and cons of adopting this particular dog. A reputable breeder should be registered by a nationally recognized organized purebred dog registry such as the AKC or American Kennel Club in the United States. Before arranging an adoption, ask the breeder the following questions:
- Can I visit your kennel? When would be a good time?
- How many years have you been breeding?
- Do any of your litters get sold to pet stores?
- Do you offer any health guarantees?
- How much does the puppy cost?
- Can you provide any vet references?
Inspect the Kennels
On your pre-adoption visit, really inspect the facility. Do the dogs look well taken care of? Are there lots of fresh water and food dishes? Are any of the kennels over-crowded? By viewing the environment, you will be able to determine a lot about who lives and works there.
Meet the Puppy Parents
Taking note of how the Sire (father) and the Dam (mother) regard you when you are around their puppies is useful information. It is common for them to regard you with watchful and protective eyes; however, they should not show aggression when you approach the litter. You can ask to view the parents separate from the puppies as well to see how their temperament is. Choose another breeder if their attitudes are less than ideal.
And now for the fun part of the visit…sit and hang out with the puppies. See how calm or aggressive they behave. Note if there is any biting, growling, frequent urinating. Hopefully there will only be lots of love and affection.