Puppy Care

Caring for a new puppy may seem like a daunting task as you arrive home. Don't worry - we've got you covered! We've put together a list of some the basics to get you started.

The First Night

The first night can be a little scary for your new puppy. The best way to put your new puppy at ease is to put him in a crate next to your bed. If you have a wire crate, drape a blanket or towel over all sides except the front so the puppy feels more secure. Place something soft, like a bath mat in the crate, then put down a puppy pad, then an old towel. In the event of an accident, you should simply have to wash the towel, and replace the puppy pad.

We also recommend putting something for the puppy to snuggle up to in the crate with him - maybe an oversized stuffed animal (a washable one!) or even a rolled-up towel - your puppy is used to snuggling with its siblings. It is normal for your puppy to cry the first night or so. If you continue this same routine, he will quickly realize that this is a safe spot, and the crying will not last past a quick minute or two in the next few nights.

Puppy Care for Goldendoodles

Puppy Shots

All of our puppies go for a physical exam and their first set of shots at 6 weeks of age. They are checked by my vet for things such as hernias, heart murmurs, correct bites, etc.,. They receive their first shots record which will come with them to their new home.

The next set of shots are due when your puppy is 9-10 weeks of age, and then again at 12-13 weeks. They usually have their last set of puppy shots as well as their rabies shots at 16 weeks.

It is important that you continue the course of shots as this gives them the best immunity against devastating viruses such as Parvo.

Do not take your puppy to a park, rest stop, fast food area, pet store, etc., until you receive the all clear from your Vet. There are a lot of dogs that frequent those areas and some may be sick.

Feeding your Puppy

We feed our adults Victor Hi-Pro Plus. It is American-made, in Texas and has excellent ingredients. I highly recommend you do your research on the available dog foods in your area. I always recommend the website www.dogfoodadvisor.com. Before purchasing a dog food, you should search it on that website to see how it compares. I recommend you feed a food that rates at least 4 stars on this website, if your budget permits.

The nutritional needs of a large breed puppy are quite different from those of a mini or mid-sized puppy. Large and giant breeds need to grow slowly so that they don t put too much stress on the ligaments and forming joints. Studies have shown that if the same litter of large breed puppies are split into two test cases, with one group being fed a suitable large breed puppy food and the other a regular puppy diet, those puppies fed a large breed diet will have better hips and elbows scores as adults than those fed a high calorie, higher calcium diet. There is research to suggest that 60% of hip displasia is environmental vs 40% hereditary. That means that you can make a difference in the long term health of your large breed dogs hips. From what I can determine, a good large breed puppy food should have 30% protein, 9% fat and 1.5% calcium levels.

There are many different options for your puppy out there, just be sure to consider the size of your puppy and the appropriate diet. I feed the Victor Hi-Pro Plus for puppies and active adults.

It is better to keep your puppy a little leaner than overweight - chubby puppies are adorable, but it is better for their long term health to stay a little leaner than overweight as teenagers.

I also do not recommend over-exercising your puppy when they are young. Under 2 years old they should not run for more than a mile and shouldn't do excessive jumping or running up and down stairs, as this can also affect the forming joints. Some exercise is great, but just don t over do it when they are too young.