DOODLE PUPPY DO’S
- Identify your pet with a tag placed on a nylon collar. Microchips are another great idea!
- Take your Puppy to the vet for their well puppy checks
- Supply your puppy with clean, fresh water at each meal and throughout the day.
- Keep your young puppy away from high dog traffic areas until they’re fully vaccinated.
- Socialize your puppy using “The Puppies Rule of 12“.
- Start a kindergarten puppy class. Training and socialization are good for your puppy and it will help you learn how to teach them good manners.
- EDUCATE yourself. There is so much useful information on this website but there is also tons of good advice online.
- Have your puppy neutered or spayed, discuss when is the right time with your vet
- Treat diarrhea with pumpkin and or yogurt. Take off food for 12-24 hours and give lots of liquids. If this does not help by the following day you may want to take them to the vet to have a focal exam. (Read our post on Coccidia and Giardia)
DOODLE PUPPY DON’TS
- Don’t take your new puppy to meet all your friends the first day home. Resist the urge to take them out and show them off to all your neighbors and friends. TAKE YOUR TIME.. this is a very stressful time for a puppy.
- Don’t leave your dog or puppy in the back of an open pickup truck or in a car by themselves.
- Don’t switch your puppies food the first week home. If you must change their food, do it gradually.
- Don’t give your puppy cooked bones (chicken, pork, turkey, steak, ham, etc).
- Don’t give milk to your puppy, it can cause diarrhea.
- Don’t give your pet chocolate; it is very toxic.
- Don’t pick up or carry any pet by the back of the neck.
- Don’t use carpet powders or cleaners unless they are recommended safe for pets.
- Don’t try to treat your pet with over-the counter human medicine.
- Don’t scream at or hit your pet. Use positive training methods and time outs.
- Don’t leave your dog chained up in your yard. Chained dogs become agrressive. (Read unchainyourdog.org for more info)
- Don’t keep choker chains on your dog for everyday use. Use a snap nylon collar.
- Don’t leave poisonous plants around the house. (List of Poisonous Plants)
- Don’t let your puppy run freely in the house until they’re fully potty trained.
- Don’t wait for your puppy to get sick before you take him to the vet for the first time.
DOODLE PUPPY GROOMING
GETTING YOUR DOODLE PUPPY USED TO BEING GROOMED!!
DOODLE OWNERS need to desensitize their new Doodle puppy to the sensation of grooming. Doodle’s will spend a lot of time at the groomers. Doodles need to go to the groomer every 4-6 wks depending on their coat type and cut.
AVOID BATHS AT HOME! This can lead to horrible matting in a Doodles wool type coats. Unless, you plan to comb them all the way through, from root to tip, then blow dry them completely this is something that should left for the professionals.
Best too start off with just playing with their nails, ears and feet pads and introducing them to brushing and combing. You should comb them once a day or at least once a week. If that’s too much brushing, then I recommend keeping your Doodle in a much shorter cut, if you want to keep your Labradoodles coat longer…then you’ll need to brush them often.
I recommend leaving nail trimming to the professionals especially the first few times, unless you have experience. One bad experience with nail clipping, where their nails are cut ti short and you clip the quick of the nail, this will hurt and they will bleed. That alone can leave you with “paw sensitive” puppy who won’t let anyone touch his paws…at least for a good while
Grooming Kit For Puppies by Conair
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