Divided Crate are also recommended. Make sure it has a slide out bottom tray, easy to clean. This is a safe place for your puppy to be placed when he/she are left home alone. We recommend buying a crate that comes with dividers. For the first few months the smaller the crate area the better. If your crate is to BIG he/she will more than likely use one end as a "potty spot" & the other end as a "sleep spot". We use either a 30-inch divider crate or 36-inch divider crate. Both are a great size for a 25-35lb doodle.
Puppies need boundaries! For those first few months of potty training. Section off an area of your home. Dog crates/gates/playpens work great. Make sure you use the same door every time you take your puppy out to go potty. Pick an area in your yard your puppy to go potty in. Consistency is key!
We recommend any Nylabone toys. Puppies love to chew. Braided bully stick & hooves. Are great & easy for puppies to digest. Our favorite brand is "CHASING OUR TAILS" -All Natural BULLY stick ODORLESS
We don't recommend stuffed animals. Only because within a few days they will more than likely become un-stuffed & pulled apart. A couple are fine, but only let puppy have them while be supervised. Listed below are a few of our favorites.
Please don't feed Rawhides or Pig Ears for at least 12 month, if ever!
They: both can cause gas and diarrhea
Rawhides are chemically bleached and there is often some residual chemicals remaining
Rawhides are highly indigestible -- they can cause stomach upset and stomach and intestinal blockages that necessitate surgical removal, especially with dogs who tend to rip off chunks rather than chew slowly
Rawhides have the potential to be ripped off in large pieces, which pose a greater choking hazard than most other chew items
Pig ears pose the same hazards, with the exception of the chemical bleaching
Snuggle Puppy-This is a great behavioral toy to keep in your pups crate- especially at nighttime. Under supervision of course.
Harness work great for teaching pups to walk on a lease.
We recommend size:
We recommend stopping by your local pet store & having an ID tag made. This will hook onto his/her collar.
We do NOT recommend using a retractable lease for the puppies first year of life, as shown in the picture.
Instead pick up a small-medium size lease for these first few months of teaching your puppy how to walk on a lease. We also recommend using a No-pull pet harness.
An absolute must is a slicker brush! Our favorite is by Chris Christensen T-Brush 16 mm
Brush - Brush, brush, brush! We can't say it enough. When you bring your puppy home he/she won't actually need to be brushed yet but you want to get them use to being brushed several times a week. By 3 months old, your doodle needs to be throughly brushed every few days. We recommend a slicker brush.
The Eyes Have It! - Please make sure to keep the hair around your pups eyes trimmed.
Nail clippers-this is something you can do @home. Along with keeping the hair on puppies paws trimmed.
Darkyazi Snuffle Mat Nosework Blanket Dog training mats dogs feeding Mat per activity great mat for stress release.
You can find these on amazon....
There are many items to consider when bringing your puppy into your home. Below are additional items we recommend.
We also recommend any dog interactive game puzzle. These are Entertaining and Brain-Engaging!
Listed below area few of our favorite dog treats...
Potty Bell Training - Westshoredoodles highly recommends bell training.
We recommend hanging the bells next to whichever door your puppy will use. Using the bells are repetitious EVERY TIME you take your puppy out take his/her paws & "ring the bells'" over & over again REPEAT: "potty outside".