Recommended Products For Your New Puppy
Puppy Food - We DO NOT recommend a puppy food with a main ingredient of lentils, legumes, or potatoes. Foods with these as main ingredients are typically your boutique or grain-free diet and are linked to canine heart failure. We DO recommend a diet that is complete and balanced. Our favorite brands are Iams Smart Puppy Large Breed, Royal Canin Large Breed Puppy, and Purina Pro Plan Puppy (either lamb & rice or sensitive skin and stomach).
Crate - Bigger is not better! Your pup should be able to comfortably stand up, turn around, and lie down with outstretched paws. Any bigger than this will deter potty training, and your pup will have less hesitation to pee or poo in their crate. You can avoid having to purchase multiple crates by starting with a large crate with a divider that allows you to increase the space as they grow.
Shampoo - We recommend a gentle shampoo that will not irritate the skin. We use the Vetoquinol and Life's Abundance (LA). LA is our favorite for the wonderful, but non irritating scent, but has to be purchased through lifesabundance.com. Burt's Bees brand is also a good one.
Oral hygiene - We recommend getting them used to their teeth being brushed right away. The longer you wait to introduce this, the more difficult it will be.
Ear cleaning - Due to the doodles floppy ears they can be prone to ear infections. Their ears need to be cleaned regularly with an ear cleanser. We use the brand linked.
Enzymatic Cleaner - This is a must to have around for the accidents that are bound to happen. They are designed to remove stains and odors to keep that puppy from returning to that spot to potty. Urine Away by Ceva is our favorite.
All puppies like to chew on things they shouldn't, especially your favorite pair of shoes.
Bitter Apple Spray is a deterrent for puppy chewing. It can be sprayed on clothing, shoes, edges of furniture, cords, ect. This product works really well for some puppies, but for others it doesn't work 100%.
Chew toys - It is important to have plenty of chew toys around in different textures. Plush, soft, squeaky, hard. I've linked some of our favorites.
Other products we like for crate time or just in general when you want your puppy occupied for a short period of time. Kongs are fantastic for playtime and you can fill them with fun treats. Puppy puzzles, snuffle mats, ect are great as well.
Treats - Having treats on hand are important for training your puppy. Our personal favorite are Zukes minis. They come in all kinds of fun flavors and are low calorie.
Unfortunately, Zukes Minis are being temporarily removed from shelving for quality control issues. Avoid this brand for now.
Grooming - Your doodle will require regular grooming. Important grooming tools to have around is a slicker brush, and a steel comb. A rake is also fantastic. Our routine is to use the rake for any mats or tangles, slicker brush for all over brushing, and then finishing off with the comb.
For a slicker brush the Chris Christensen is hands down the most recommended by groomers and doodle owners. However, these brushes are expensive so I've included a link for a brush that also works well as a less expensive option. If you choose to purchase a Chris Christensen I do not recommend purchasing through Amazon as they are often not the real thing. However, I've attached a link so you know what to look for.
Puppy Playpen - I recommend having a playpen available for your puppy. This can be set up indoors or outdoors.
Training - Resources as an alternative to in-person puppy school. Baxter and Bella is an online puppy school and is an excellent alternative to traditional classes. If interested in this option you can use our 25% off coupon code "TCP25". Other options are youtube channels and books. Social, Civil, and Savvy is a good read on behavior and socialization. Zak George is a trainer that has good tips and tricks on training and can be followed on YouTube.