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Preparing for your Dreamydoodles Puppy

Preparing for your Dreamydoodles Puppy

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Preparing for your Dreamydoodles Puppy

Blue Merle Phantom Male Aussiedoodle

Your Dreamydoodle Puppy is almost ready to go home!  

We’ve really enjoyed watching as their unique and sweet dispositions have started to develop over these past weeks!

I apologize in advance, this page will be a bit of a read but please make sure to read it ALL because everything is pretty important. 

Puppy preperation is key and can make a game changing difference in managing everyone’s stress during puppy’s first few weeks home.

Please arrive on time to your puppy pick up appointment!

OUR RECOMMENDED PUPPY SUPPLIES

Puppy Supplies

We strongly urge you to get all the necessary shopping out of the way before bringing home your new puppy so you can focus all your time on bonding and training instead of running around trying to get everything together. Work smarter, not harder!! 👍

WHAT YOUR PUPPY COMES WITH

  • Red 6ft leash and matching red martengale collar
  • Microchip
  • Sample of their Lifes Abundance dog food and Nuvet vitamin supplement
  • A fun and colorful Toy
  • Chews and Treats
  • 22 inch Midwest Puppy Bed
  • First set of core vaccines and dewormer and all their health records come in a vaccine booklet
  • 2 year genetic guarantee and spay/nueter contract 

• One of our most popular pages on our website is our “Recommended Puppy Products” page check it out for a check list of everything you’ll need for your new puppy and all the products on that page.. I’ve already purchased and tested myself! 

WHAT’S MY PUPPY EATING AND WHERE CAN I BUY IT? 

Lifes Abundance All Life Stages 

When your puppy was 4 weeks old, we started them on ~ Life’s Abundance “All Life Stages” dog food and by 6 wks they’re able to eat it “dry” with no problems. You can moisten it with warm water if your puppy is being finicky the first few days home.

It’s important to keep them on the food they’re used to. You don’t want to add more stress by switching their diet immediately, which will almost certainly result in tummy troubles and diarrhea.

I’ve done a LOT of research on dog food brands and ingredients over the years and what’s best to feed our breeding dogs and puppies that they also like the taste of, and hands down, Life’s Abundance has been the VERY best I’ve found for our boys and girls.

Some of the other high end Dog Food brands we’ve fed our dogs has also had great ingredients and great reviews but then my dogs would eventually start to either turn their noses up to it or I’d run into other issue like with quality control, ripped bags, expired bags, moldly food or recalls etc. It was always something. I haven’t had any of those issues with LA.

Lifes Abundance has NEVER had a recall in the history if the brand! 👍

LIFE’S ABUNDANCE IS NOT AVAILABLE IN STORES.

Before you pick up your puppy, you’ll want to order the following L.A. formula online:  

Order your Life’s Abundance – All Life Stages Formula Today!

HOW MUCH DO I FEED MY PUPPY A DAY?

Your puppy will eat 2/3 to 1 1/2 cups per day.

Break this up into 3x feedings a day, morning, lunch and dinner until at least 6 months old,  at 6 months you can switch to a 2x a day schedule. 

FEEDING AMOUNTS BY WEIGHT

4 to 10 lbs. needs 2/3  – 1½ cups – A DAY
11 to 20 lbs. needs 1½- 2½ cups – A DAY

We recommend ordering the 20 lb bag of dog food which should last your approximately 49 days. We also recommend taking advantage of the autoship program and setting it to arrive every 7 wks. You can always change it if you need to. It usually takes about 4 days to arrive.

I will weigh each puppy on pickup day, so you’ll know approximently how much to offer your puppy each day. You’ll quickly figure out how much they normally eat.

*They may eat less the first few days. Just continue to offer them food and water at the scheduled times. They won’t starve themselves.

Pull up any left over food after 15-20 mins (if they stop eating) and then wait until the next schedualed feeding time to offer them more. Eventually, they learn to eat when it’s time to eat.

GROWTH AND WEIGHT

Alot of dogs and puppies will eat as much as you give them – even when they’re not hungry. So, try to stick to the recommended amounts for their weight/age on the dog food bag and feed them 3 or 4 smaller meals instead of one or two big ones.

Our medium/standard size Doodles usually reach their adult height by 8-10 months old. They may continue to fill out a bit more but most will reach their full height and weight by 12 months old.

Mini Doodles can mature even younger.

DREAMYDOODLES ADULT SIZE RANGES

These are approximate size ranges for our Dreamydoodles and will greatly depend on the parents of your puppy as well.

A dogs height is measured from the top of the front shoulder blades (the withers) to the floor. *not the top of their head.

Miniature Size Range: Height: 14 to 16 inches and 15-22 lbs

Medium/Moyen Size Range: Height 18-20 inches 35-40 lb range

Small Standard/Standard Size Range: Height 21-23 inches and 45-55 lbs

Follow the feeding chart on the back of the dog food for weight and age and only offer dime size or smaller healthy treats and only when training. It’s really important not overfeed a growing puppy, allowing them to get over-weight can cause some pretty painful and expensive health problems as adults.

Excessive growth, strenuous exercise, and improper weight and nutrition are all factors that can lead to many types of joint and health issues in dogs.

Chocolate Merle Standard Multigen Australian Labradoodle

One of our year old Multigen Labradoodles at a nice healthy weight!

DO YOU RECOMMEND A VITAMIN SUPPLEMENT FOR OUR PUPPY?

ABSOLUTELY! NUVET PLUS!!

Nuvet Plus Wafers for Dreamydoodle Puppies Immune Support

We highly recommend and have been using the Nuvet Plus daily vitamin supplement for years and we 100% stand behind and trust this product and hope you take the time to look into it for yourself and continue to give it to your Dreamydoodle puppy — at-least the first 24 months..

DOSAGE: Give your puppy 1 chewable wafer each day for optimal immune support and to aid in developing brain, tissue, nervous symptom and joint and bone health for a rapidly growing puppy.

Nuvet has been a very important part of our dog’s daily health regime for years with great results. It has helped us to keep our Moms and Dads healthy, vibrant and bounce back quicker and their puppy litters are stronger and healthier.

NuVet Plus is also GREAT for puppies!! It’s a full spectrum immune system builder; not just a vitamin. It’s a blend of antioxidants, amino acids, enzymes, vitamins, minerals and probiotic – it’s been carefully designed to promote healthy cells and to help the puppies immune system to heal and prevent disease.

NuVet Plus helps to keep your puppy healthy while their immunities to new germs are still developing! 

Order Nuvet online at http://www.nuvet.com/

OR Call To Order1-800-474-7044 – ext 217 Order code: 25290

Ask for Erik and tell them you’re puppies from Dreamydoodles NW!! He’s great and will happily answer any questions you have about Nuvet.

Remember, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!

GROOMING YOUR DREAMYDOODLE!

Grooming the Labradoodle before and after

Since our Doodles kids don’t shed naturally –  it’s important to be aware how often they will need to be groomed. Labradoodles and Aussiedoodles both need to be professionally groomed approximately every 2 to 3 months, this will depend on your Doodles coat type (wool, wavy fleece or curly fleece). Wool coats and curlier fleece coats will need to be groomed more often then the wavy fleece coats. The Labradoodle above has more of a wool coat.

How often you need to take them in to be groomed will also depend on how often you’re brushing them at home. If you brush them daily and keep them mat free, then you can grow them out longer. If you rarely brush them or your dog has a really active life outdoors then it’s usually best to keep them in a shorter clip. Matting can happen under the top fluff and is not always super obvious but the mats tug at the skin and can be painful so check often.

If you bathe your Doodle at home make sure to comb them out from root to tip with an Grooming Comb and then blow them totally dry. When a Doodle’s coat gets wet if its not combed and dried properly it can cause the fur to mat or cause currently small mats too get worse and get tighter. 

You can use any type of dog shampoo on a Doodle really but I personally like the Earthbath, Bio-Groom or Burts Bees brands and for ear cleaner (which is also really important) there’s nothing better then Epi-Otic by Virbac.

Eventually, your dog is gonna need to spend a lot of time on the grooming table so finding an experienced and caring groomer is so important because believe me… not all groomers are equal when it comes to Doodle clips or care!

I’ve had my dogs come home from a grooming looking like a totally different dog or maybe a drowned rat? Because the groomer wasn’t experienced or just didnt care to take the time they need and just shaved them to the skin. Just be careful, ask your Doodle owning friends for recommendations, read online reviews, ask our Family group on Facebook etc. And if you want to keep them in that Teddy bear look, brush them at home and if they ever come home with that “goofy hairdo” because they most likely will.. just remember it grows back really fast. Pretty sure every first time Doodle owner thinks they’re fur kid looks a little goofy after their first haircut. 

WHEN SHOULD I TAKE THEM TO THE GROOMER FOR THE FIRST TIME?

You want your puppy to get used to all the new sensations of being groomed. You want it to be short and sweet and hopefully a positive experience. Wait until after your puppy’s had their final core vaccinations at 16 wks old and then you can take them to the Groomer. I recommend starting with just a bath and “sanitary clip” and nail clip. Sanitary clip is just around their privates, around their eyes and face and clean their ears. That’s all they’re gonna need at that age anyway.

A full Doodle groom can take hours of standing on the grooming table and puppies are not ready for that. You probably won’t need to take them in for a full groom until about 6 to 12 months old, especially if you’ve already been taking them in every couple months for a sanitary clip and brushing them regularly. Your groomer will be the best one to go to for that kind of advice though.

READ OUR PUPPY SUPPLIES PAGE FOR MORE RECOMMENDED GROOMING PRODUCTS FOR YOUR PUPPY AT HOME

WHAT TRAINING AND TEETHING TREATS DO YOU RECOMMEND?

Cream Labradoodle Puppy "Mia" in her Carry-on Crate chewing on a with Beef Gullet Stick!

• 16oz Tasty Rewards Nutritional – Training Treats – Puppies go crazy for these treats!

• Bully Sticks – Great for teething puppies and help keep your shoes safe! Last long and a healthy alternative to rawhide bones which are hard for puppies/dogs to digest.

• Porky Puffs – Another healthy alternative to raw hide bones for Teething Puppies!

• Try ALL the Life Abundance Healthy Dog Treats by Ordering the Treat Sample Pack!

Beef Gullet Sticks – Another Great option for teething puppies! These are great to offer to your puppy when you want to occupy their time and encourage a positive associations to maybe not such fun new experiences like introducing them to the crate or play pen, trips to the vet, car travel etc. I recommend ordering a pack of 50! Believe me -they’ll chew em all!

Zukes Mini Training Treats — Tender, bite-size treats feature real chicken as the very first ingredient. Great for training rewards!

*Links above either go to Lifes Abundance or Chewy.com!

PREPARING FOR POTTY TRAINING SUCCESS!

We have a page that has instructions on how to crate train your puppy in 7-14 days with 2 different crate training schedules. One for families who are home all day and one for families who work full time. The #1 key to potty training whether you crate train or not is getting them on a strict feeding/sleeping/eliminating schedule, this will give you a better idea when they need to go outside!

You basically want to get your puppy on your life schedule – when you wake up, when you eat your breakfast, lunch and dinner and then your bedtime.

These schedules can easily be adapted to fit your own lifestyle.

Click and read the post below for more info:

How to Potty Train Your Puppy in 7 Days! Two Crate Training Schedules!

WHAT SIZE CRATE DO WE GET?

Crate training with a divider - Midwest Crates - Labradoodle Puppies

The purpose of create training is to use your puppies natural instincts to not go potty where they sleep to our advantage so, when potty training crate sizs is important..it needs to be just big enough for them to stand up, turn around and lay down comfortably without their head touching the top of the crate. If the crate is too big what can happen is they’ll make one end a bathroom and one end a bed. Every Midwest i-crate comes with a metal divider so you can easily make it bigger or smaller as your puppy grows. *Example pic above.

CRATE SIZES for our mini, medium (moyen) and standard size puppies I recommend the 30 inch – Midwest iCrate for crate training and it will still fit some medium size puppies into adulthood but not standards.

I recommend the 36 inch iCrate for our Standard or Medium size adults. The 36 inch crate will also work for Standard size puppies too, you’ll just need to use the divider panel while potty training.

MIDWEST CRATES ON AMAZON

MIDWEST 30 INCH I-CRATE DIMENSIONS: 30L x 21W x 24H Inche crate, is ideal for dogs w/ an adult weight of 26 – 40 pounds

MIDWEST 36 INCH I-CRATE DIMENSIONS: 36L x 23W x 25H inche crate, is ideal for dogs w/ an adult weight of 41 – 70 pounds 

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USING AN X-PEN FOR POTTY TRAINING

If you don’t want to crate train or you work and you can’t let them out of a crate every 2-3 hours? Try an xpen setup or use baby gates to create an smaller space or enclosure. Do not give your puppy free reign of your whole house until their consistently going potty outside. This is one of the biggest mistakes families make when potty training.. too much room, too soon.

Another GREAT option is doggy door training but not always do-able for every house. There are also doggy door inserts for sliding glass doors though that take 5 mins to install and puppies learn to use them very quickly – because if they have access..they want to go outside! You really can take all the quess work out of potty training with doggy door.

PUPPY CRATE AND X-PEN SETUP FOR FAMILIES WHO WORK

PUPPY CRATE AND X-PEN SETUP FOR FAMILIES WHO WORK…

READ MY POST ON X-PEN SETUPS FOR PUPPIES

OUR 2 YEAR GENETIC HEALTH GUARANTEE & SPAY/NUETER CONTRACT

Our puppies all come with a two-year genetic health guarantee because we’re confident in the great health of our bloodlines and want you to be too.

OUR SPAY/NEUTER CONTRACT 

We require all our Dreamydoodle puppies to be spayed OR neutered by 1 year old and documented proof must be provided to us per our contract by 12 months old. We don’t sell our puppies for breeding purposes. We take this very seriously, so if you plan to breed your Dreamydoodle (even just for one litter) please be honest and forthright about your intentions before signing our contract or taking one of our puppies home.

Please review our Health Garunttee and Spay/Nueter Contract before Pickup Day, because it is a tad long.. (as usual for me).

Review Our 2 Year Health Guarantee Here Today!

MENTAL STIMULATION, TRAINING & EXCERCISE

All a young puppy needs is a daily 10-15 min walk or two for now and maybe a romp around the yard in the fresh air and sun.

Puppies this age also need lots of mental stimulation so a daily 10-15 min long training session is a good. Its also a great way to bond with your puppy and get them thinking. Just keep them short and fun. Puppies have short attention spans and you don’t want training to be a drag for them or you… keep it fun!

Puppies this age are like little sponges. Take advantage of this time and start teaching them some obedience commands right away. If you don’t know how to train a puppy there are a TON of free videos on YouTube and we also have some basic training posts here on our website, just look in our sidebar under the “New Puppies @ Home” Menu and also under the “Puppy Blog Posts” menu.

We also recommend enrolling in a Puppy Kindergarten class! Petsmart and Petco both offer affordable puppy classes and they’re a great way to socialize them with other puppies, new people and also help YOU to learn how to train your puppy! If your puppy graduates a training class OR passes the AKC’s Good Citizen Test – send me your graduation pictures and I’ll ship you a fun graduation gift your puppy!

*Strenuous exercise is not recommended for the first year. Especially for medium to large breed puppies. For example a 2 mile jog would be considered too “strenuous” for a growing puppies hips and joints.

READ MORE ABOUT HOW MUCH IS TOO MUCH EXERCISE – ON THE AKC’S WEBSITE

PAYING YOUR BALANCE – PICKUP DAY AND LOCATION

Your puppies balance (minus your deposit) is due on Pickup Day and can be paid in cash, a cashiers check from your bank, postal money order or online for free via Facebook messenger or through the Venmo mobile payment app on pickup day.

We DO NOT accept personal checks.

Please make your cashiers checks or money orders out to: Barbara Dearaujo (not Dreamydoodles)

If you’re picking up your puppy at our partner Jennifer Oney’s location in Oregon then please make your payments out to: Sprout Creek Farms Doodles

We will be in touch (if we have not already) to schedule an exact time to come. Pickup dates are also listed on our Available Puppies Page and is also on our deposit form next to the check box for each litter.

PICKUP LOCATIONS:

Dreamydoodles Northwest – Washington Location

Barbara Dearaujo
449 WINDFLOWER DR. WOODLAND WA, 98674
(GOOGLE MAPS LINK)
CELL PHONE: (360) 448-1477
EMAIL: info@dreamydoodles.com

Sprout Creek Doodles – Oregon Location

Jennifer Oney
13302 SW SHUMWAY ROAD
POWELL BUTTE, OR, 97753
(GOOGLE MAPS LINK)
CELL PHONE: (509) 540-2725
EMAIL: sproutcreekfarms@yahoo.com

OUR FACEBOOK PAGE AND FAMILY GROUP

Louie - Mini Aussiedoodle from Dreamydoodles Northwest Please visit our Facebook page for puppy updates and also join our Dreamydoodles Family Group on Facebook!  It’s a great group for ALL our puppy families – where you can share your pics/videos and even arrange “safe” playdates with your puppies siblings. 

Please let me know if you have any questions. 

Thank you, 
Barbara Dearaujo
360-448-1477



 

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Phone: 360-448-1477
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