Preparing for your new puppy to come home with you.
There will be many things to consider before bringing your puppy home. 
We would like to share with you a detailed outline of these things.
Traveling with your puppy/dog 

 1) Puppy/Dog Car Safety- The puppy will need a car harness and safety strap that locks into your car seat belt system, just as your own seat belt does. Purchase a couple of rubber back throw rugs, one can be placed on the seat of your car to insure the puppy/dog has good traction under their feet and to make it easy to clean up if your puppy were to get an upset tummy from the car ride. Puppies can also travel safely home in the car in a crate that is of proper size and comfort. It is only recommended to carry the puppy on a family members lap in the car, if you live a short distance from us. Keep in mind the the puppy and you can become to warm by holding them for a period of time, which may cause you and your puppy to be uncomfortable. Please never let your dog hang their heads out an open widow, cracking the window open for some fresh air is fine but never enough to allow them to be able to stick their heads out. Never allow your dog to ride freely about the car this is for your puppy and your safety, if your ever involved in a accident you want your pet contained for their safety. Dogs by instinct and fear, even in a fender bender will take the first out they can find to flee the seen of the accident to feel safe. 

2.)  A MUST please when traveling with your puppy now or in the future, potty or exercise them in areas not frequented by other travelers with their pets. Do not exercise or potty your puppy at roadside rest areas, travel stations, truck stops, restaurants, service stations, and fast food to name a few.  Dogs naturally will smell another dogs poo this is how they identify each other.  Though this is normal it does potentially put them at risk of coming in contact with various parasites and viruses
 (including the Parvo Virus). Your Puppy's immune system isn't strong enough to protect them from getting potentially  harmful viruses. Please think outside the box on this, about what areas would be safe to potty the puppy if only necessary. For examples a Church, insurance agency.......  Always be responsible and have poo bags to clean up immediately after your puppy/dog.  

3) Puppy/dog to go car bag - Leash, Harness, Safety seat belt strap, rubber back rug, poo bags, several small trash bags, paper towels, bath towel, small towel, bottled water and baby wipes. 
The paper towels, wipes and trash bags will come in very handy if your puppy/dog gets car sick. These items will make clean up of the puppy and the car much easier.  The bath towel would be placed over the rug for clean dry bedding, if a clean up would become necessary. 

4) Car Sickness - Please keep in mind that the car ride home with your puppy will most likely be the puppy's second car ride and the first without he/she's siblings.
The car ride may cause some anxiety and/or an upset tummy. Some puppies will salivate, if so place a bath towel over the rug. Give the puppy a (no odor) bully stick or chew hoof and their Cuddle Puppy (if you choose to get one), if your able to have a family member ride beside them for a while. This will help relive anxiety and comfort the puppy while they learn that car rides can be enjoying. Make sure not to feed your puppy 3 hours before traveling, this could only make them vomit if their not comfortable with the car yet.
 If car sickness would persist after 5-10 short car rides, please speak to your veterinarian about a prescription medication called Cerenia, we don't recommend the use of tranquilizers for car rides.     

Choosing a good veterinarian

1) This will be an important ​decision, you will want a veterinarian with office hours that works well with your schedule. If you work, do they offer evening or Saturday hours.   

2) Do they offer emergency services? If not make sure your aware of and have the name, phone number and address of the nearest emergency hospital if ever needed.

3) Make sure your veterinarian is willing to listen and take into consideration your feelings in regards to your puppy/dog preventative treatment and over all care.
If they seemed to be rushed to get to their next appointment, you may want to look for a different vet.

4) Get references from family, friends and neighbors. Ask about their experiences, inter-actions and pro's n con's with the doctor and staff.  Take reviews into consideration like Google and Facebook.

5) Make your first appointment is a "meet and greet" appointment or a wellness exam. 
 Ask what vaccinations will your puppy receive and when, at what age do they recommend spaying or neutering. Ask about preventative care for examples - Heart worm prevention, Parasite prevention, Flea and Tick prevention, 
is your puppy/dog is in proper body weight.  If your not 100% happy with that visit and upcoming care plan, please continue your search for a great Veterinarian.

6) Ask your veterinarian if they routinely test vaccine titers rather than re-booster if not necessary?  We now know that not all vaccines need re-booster annually and that we see more auto immune related diseases than ever.   

​Note - There are multiple elective monthly flea prevention's that we strongly would not recommend though your veterinarian may. For example Nexguard, Trifexus, ComboGuard or any other similar flea and tick prevention. These are systemic (effects the entire body including organs) monthly preventatives that have caused a lot of concerns by many pet owners due to the possible side effects up to and including death. These are all elective medications.
 We have used Frontline Plus when needed for fleas or ticks for 15 plus years with thankfully no problems. This is a sub-dermal product (just stays in the skin layer) and is not systemic (blood stream and organs).
All flea and tick medications are designed to be toxic to fleas and ticks. We personally feel and have done much research, that some have possible higher risks of side effects.

 If you ever have any questions about your pets care please feel free to ask us, we would be happy to assist.
 Robin has 13 years of expedience working for veterinarians and can help answer many health related questions to guide you in the right direction.

Puppy proofing your home  

1) You will want to limit your puppy's space, you do not want your puppy to have full run of the house. Baby gates or play pens will help you contain your puppy from having access to all areas of the house. For play pen suggestions please contact us.

2) All house plants, kids's toys, electrical cords, any pesticides, cleaning chemicals, trash cans, medications, lotion/hand sanitizer, candles/wax melts and/or any other small or dangerous objects will have to be out of the puppy's reach. Also walk your yard, if it is fenced make sure that there are no openings that your puppy will be able to get out of or under. If you have plants in your yard make sure you know what the plants are and that they are not poisonous to your puppy/dog. If you have your yard fertilized, talk to the yard company to make sure the products they are using are not dangerous to your puppy/dog. In the winter time, when using salt on sidewalks, porches, or patios use a pet safe salt.

3) Puppies will also be attracted to our clothing because of our scent being on it. Socks, undergarments, shoes, slippers ect.... It's best to have the laundry in a tall hamper with a lid, this preventing your puppies want to play, chew or swallow these items, which can be potentially harmful if eaten by your puppy 

4) If you are ever in question, please give us a call and we will be happy to help.

Choosing a Groomer 

1) Get references from family, friends and neighbors. Ask about their experiences, inter-actions and pro's n con's with the groomer and staff. Take reviews into consideration like Google and Facebook.

2) We recommend a private groomer rather than a big box store that offers grooming. For example: Pets Smart, Pet Co, Pet Supply Plus, or any other similar facility. 

3) A MUST- make sure you are using a groomer that is experienced in plucking ear hair. Doodles depending on their coat type can and will grow mild to moderate amounts of hair in their ear canal, if this is not routinely maintained your dog will most likely experience ear infections.  A MUST- please do not allow your groomer to express your puppy/dog's anal glands, this is something that should be done by your veterinarian on an as needed basis. Most dogs that need their anal glands expressed will scoot their bums across the floor. If anal glands are expressed by a courtesy on an on going basis, this may cause trauma over time to the glands which can cause potential complications to the glands later in life. 

4) Please make sure that your puppy is vaccinated, including Bordetella also known as kennel cough vaccine at least two weeks prior to going to the groomer.

5) A Goldendoodle will require regular professional grooming, on average every 6 to 8 weeks maximum. Keep in mind this will depend on your doodles coat type, density and curl. We recommend that keeping your doodle in a puppy cut is best for hygiene and coat maintenance. 

6) Some groomers are not experienced in grooming doodles, please take photos with you to share with the groomer. Keep in mind, depending on your doodles style of coat the groomer may not be able to achieve that exact groom. If you ever need examples based on your puppy's coat type, we would be happy to help. 

7) To prevent tangling and matting it is imperative that you are brushing and combing between grooms at home. It is not recommended that you bathe your dog at home and let them air dry as this promotes tangling in a doodles coat. If a doodle becomes to tangled or matted your groomer will have no humane choice other than to shave your dogs coat very short to regrow.

Note - We have many years of experience in AKC Show dogs and have been owner groomers as well as professional groomers from our home.  Please reach out to us for any other grooming related questions.
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Training Classes

1) We highly recommend training clubs/centers that offer group classes. A group class, is a class that normally has approximately 8 to 10 dogs and owners per class. This style of class is much more beneficial in many ways, the puppy gets to go on a car ride to get there, which makes car rides more positive reinforced as most puppies in the weeks to come love to go to training class, the puppy's are learning to be social with people and other dogs, and the puppy's are trained in a distractive environment. In addition basic obedience classes are to teach you and your family how to train your puppy basic commands like walk on a leash well mannered, sit, down, come when called, meet and greet people and other dogs appropriately and help grow an even stronger bond between you and your dog.  

2) Always attend a few classes before enrolling your puppy/dog to make sure the instructor and training methods used are positive and pleasurable for you and your puppy. 

3) Private trainers most commonly offer training for
you and/or your puppy/dog privately in their facility/home or your home. While this is great for helping novice families get a good start at home with their puppy, help with behavioral issue modifications and a more personal focused training session may be needed.  We strongly feel your puppy will benefit more from group lessons and private trainers used if and when needed in addition to group training.

4) Get references from family, friends and neighbors. Ask about their experiences, inter-actions and pro's n con's with the trainer and staff. Take reviews into consideration like Google and Facebook.

5) Goldendoodles are very food motivated and trained easily with food rewards and positive 
reinforcement. Be aware there are trainers who feel that the old school methods are best "ask, then correct" these methods are not recommended and can potentially cause harm if not applied correctly when needed.

Note - We have a back round in training and canine behavior if you have questions or need help please reach out to us. If a training method isn't working or doesn't make sense, please call us before applying it to your training methods. Mistakes can be much harder to re-train, bad habits (learned behaviors) are even harder to change later than sooner. 
Potty Training 

1) When you get your puppy home they will be litter trained to a litter tray and compressed pine pellets.  Some puppies depending on the time of year will have some experience with going outside for potty breaks along with play time and are rewarded for pottying outside with verbal praise.  When your puppy comes home we can send home a small bag of the pellets or you can purchase some, this is to help make the transition from the litter trays easier.  These can be placed in the grass, they are natural and biodegradable.  The puppies will recognize the scent and texture of the pellets this will make the transition quicker.  We also recommend bell training your new puppy, this will help them once they are trained for the bell to alert you that they need to go outside. 
2) The puppy should never have full run of the house until it is fully house trained, allowing him/her to have full run will potentially allow an accident to happen.  If your puppy were to have an accident in front of you NEVER physically rush the puppy or SHOUT at the puppy.  Try to call the puppy to you happily so you can get them outside to finish going potty.  If the puppy has already started to poo than you will have to let them finish, clean up the accident with the proper pet safe cleaners and take the puppy out to make sure they don't need to go anymore. 
3) When you are pottying your puppy and they start to go, in a calm voice praise them, once they have finished you can praise them in a higher happier voice and even give them physical praise also.  If you are to happy while they are going than the puppy will stop in the middle to come see you and won't finish and this could cause an accident to happen inside the home shortly after. 
 4) Always set a timer for 1-2 hours when you first get your puppy to take them out and adjust it from there as you get to know their schedule more.  

- Please keep in mind If you are finding that you are not having success than that puppy either has to much space, not taking them out frequent enough, or keeping a close eye them. Call us if you have any questions or need help.

Crate Training

​1) Your puppy receives exposure to a crate while they are with us.  Dogs are den dwelling animals by nature, their crate will become their future den, used for resting and a place to go when they want quiet time even with the door open.  While your puppy is with us the doors are mostly left open and they are able to sleep in the crates during the day making it a positive experience, we do on occasion feed them with the doors closed or close the doors to clean their play areas.  
2) Crating will become an important part in your puppies life, its a very important part of house breaking your puppy.  They will also be crated at the groomers, veterinarian, and confined for boarding purposes. These environments can be stressful to your puppy, so adding more unnecessary stress by not being comfortable with being confined will only add more stress. In addition, one of our puppy owners is a fireman, he shared that they are able to rescue more pets in the event of a fire that are crated. Due to the fact that our dogs will become in a state of fear/panic and hide, making them unable to be found in an emergency. Some might go to their safe place (crate) even with the door open, the presence of the crate will also alert the first responders that a pet is in your home.
3) You never want your crate to be used as punishment if the puppy has done something wrong, it should always be used as a positive part of their life.  They should be fed each meal in their crate and receive a small reward each time they are placed in it for either bedtime, nap time or when you're leaving the home.  Treats can be as simple as several pieces of their kibble (food), plain cheerios or a soft training treat. 
4) We find it best to feed them at breakfast and dinner while your eating. This way if you have children/grandchildren and they were to drop a piece of food from the table, your puppy/dog will not learn to beg from the table. Human food should never be shared from our plates. Healthy human foods can be shared for example sweet potatoes, broccoli, cucumbers, squash....... from their bowel. Keep in mind that there are human food that can be toxic to our pets for example grapes, raisins, onions and chocolate just to mention a few. Please do your research to make sure what your sharing is safe. There are possible toxins in other foods we use commonly like sugar free gum, peanut butter.......  Here again do your research. Jiff and Jiff Natural are a safe peanut butter. 
5) Most puppies will need to go potty shortly after eating their meals, first thing in the morning, waking up from a nap and after or during playtime. If your puppy gets restless in their crate during the night give them a few minutes to see if they settle back down, if they don't take them outside to see if they need to potty. Keep this low key, if you get the puppy to excited while doing this you may be up longer than a quick potty break. The puppy will have had the prior time to rest up and could now be ready for playtime, perhaps at 3 am. 

Please call us if your puppy is not being successful, we can help coach you to a new approach or different methods to apply.