Exercise Pen - This is very helpful when house training and can be found at most pet stores.
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".
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!
Here at Westshoredoodles we feed all our doodles:
Wellness Complete Health
An absolute must is a slicker brush!
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. Or a 16mm T-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.
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".
We recommend any Nylabone or Kong toys. Puppies love to chew. Braided bully stick are great & easy for puppies to digest.
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.
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
Your puppy will go home with his/her very first personalized puppy collar. However, we recommend stopping bye 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.
There are many items to consider when bringing your puppy into your home. Below are additional items we recommend.
Snuggle Puppy-This is a great behavioral toy to keep in your pups crate- especially at nighttime. Under supervision of course.