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Preparing To Take Your Puppy Home

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Basic Goldendoodle Puppy Information

Preparing To Take Your Puppy Home

General Medical Information

Where should we put the puppies crate?

When you first bring home your new puppy you will have to decide exactly where the best place will be to put the dog crate. Different people will have differing opinions on the best way to handle this question – but in reality, nobody can tell you for sure what is best and we will explain why:

First of all many people will simply say that it is best to put the crate next to your bed. This may work extremely well as the puppy will be able to see you, hear you, and smell you and that can be a tremendous comfort to many puppies during this difficult time of transition.

But, on the other hand, there are also many puppies who because they can see you, hear you, and smell you – but they
cannot reach you… it will drive them absolutely crazy and they will bark, whine and cry for hours because of it.

This is why nobody can answer this question for you with any real accuracy. Your puppy may act completely different in your
new home than in the home of the breeder where they have been raised.

So, the best thing to do when trying to figure this all out is to begin by asking yourself, “Where will the dog sleep when it is an adult?”.

If the dog will be invited into your bedroom as a full-grown adult then you can certainly try putting
the crate in your room the first few nights in order to see how it will go.
If the puppy is comforted by your presence in the room then this should be a great way to go. If the puppy is irritated because they want to be with you then move them to a different area of your home. If the dog will not be allowed in the bedroom as an adult – then do not allow him there as a puppy.

For those puppies who are not comforted by being in your room or for those who will not be sleeping there as adults, you would be better off finding a spot in your home that is further away.

Puppies need to learn that it is ok to be alone. They have to figure out that they are not being abandoned, they are only being given time to sleep – then you will return to give them all the love and attention that they want! Once they learn this the crate will typically become a place that they think of as their own “Home”.

Which is better, A wire crate or a plastic one?

When trying to decide between the wire type crates or plastic there a few things you should consider.

The wire crates have some basic features that make them the better choice in most cases.

The best style is a fully collapsible wire crate that folds down like a briefcase. There are others that are in many pieces that have to be put together with long metal pins in each corner. All four sides, the top, and the bottom are all separate panels. This type of crate is much more difficult to put together than the all-in-one folding style. While folded they are very easy to store or travel with. The plastic-style crates come apart in two halves that are more difficult to store or travel with.

The collapsible metal crates have plastic or metal trays that pull out of the bottom so that they clean up very easily when your puppy soils the bottom. The plastic molded style has no tray at all – which makes cleaning puppy accidents quite a chore!

Some manufacturers also include a metal partition with the collapsible metal crates that will divide the crate
into a smaller size for the puppy when you first bring him home. As he grows you can give him more and more room in the crate until he has access to the entire thing. This is a great feature that allows you to purchase only one crate instead of replacing the smaller ones as they grow.

Some puppies do like the “Den Like” feel of the more enclosed plastic style crates… but on the other hand, many puppies love to be able to see what is going on around them with the metal crates.

If you have a puppy who prefers the enclosed crates but you have a wire crate you can cover it with a blanket and have the best of both worlds! (You should take caution that some puppies may pull the blanket through the bars and chew on it!)

In short: the majority of breeders do typically recommend the metal fully collapsible crates with a divider.

Preparing for my new puppy

Before bringing your new puppy home there are a few things you should do to prepare:

1.) Call the veterinarian to set-up an appointment to have the puppy examined.
Your pup should be examined within the first 48 hours if at all possible. This appointment should be scheduled prior to your 
puppy coming home as many vet’s offices schedule appointments far enough in advance that you may not be able to get one in a timely manner.  

Always assume your pup may have worms even if worming medicine has been administered. Take a stool sample into this first appointment with you.

2.) Call to get registered in a puppy obedience or kindergarten class.
We cannot stress enough the benefits of enrolling your new puppy in a puppy kindergarten or obedience class. First of all, 
socialization is vital to the development of your new pet. Getting them out around other children, men, women, other dogs and a variety of environments and situations all help to form a well-adjusted loving adult dog.

If you are going to have this puppy in your home for the next 10-12 years, it is important to invest a few weeks of training in the beginning to ensure success. Most classes only require 1 hour a week for about 6 weeks.

Another benefit is that your puppy will learn to obey and listen to your commands with many exciting distractions going on around them. This is very beneficial in situations later on in life when you may be outdoors – there is a car coming – and your puppy is being tempted to chase the neighbor’s loose dog!

You can call area pet shops and adult continuing education classes at area high schools to find classes. Try to find one specifically for puppies as this instructor will include basic obedience as well as puppy socialization skills.

Some instructors will tell you that you cannot begin classes until the puppy has had the entire set of vaccinations. If you wait until the puppy is 4-6 months of age, you may have already developed bad behaviors that will be hard to break.If you run into this, call someone else. Many, many places have special puppy classes. 
Your puppy should receive his second vaccination before beginning the class. This vaccine is usually given around his 10th 

By going to weekly obedience classes you will have the benefit of teaching your puppy to behave well from the start. It is much easier to train a puppy to behave when they are young, rather than to attempting to break him of bad habits after they have developed.

3.) Purchase necessary items such as:


* We recommend purchasing about 3 or 4 toys. If you overdo it and buy a large selection – your puppy will have a more difficult time in determining which items in your home belong to him and which are yours!

We recommend a floss toss toy which is made of small strands of rope all twisted together. This is a soft toy that young pups can really sink their teeth into. If they do ingest small pieces it should cause no problem.

A fleece-style toy. These are also known as unreal lambskin toys. They are similar to stuffed animals. Some have squeakers and some do not.

There is a lot of controversy over whether or not you should give your dog’s rawhide chews. If you choose to, only let them have them while being supervised. Some dogs never chew off large pieces that would cause harm, others will.

You can also choose a Nylabone or a Sterilized bone. These are both choices for a chew toy that are hard. Nylabones are made from a nylon type material and sterilized bones are actually bones from cows, neither will splinter while being chewed and are safe alternatives to rawhide chews.

Making my home safe for my puppy



This is a list of some of the plants that can be deadly or make your puppy very sick. These plants should be removed from in or around your home.

Andromeda Japonica
Asian Lilly
Asparagus Fern
Australian Nut
Autumn Crocus

Bird of Paradise
Black Locust
Branching Ivy
Buddhist Pine

Calla lily
Castor Bean
Corn Plant

Devil’s Ivy

Easter lily
Elephant Ears
Emerald Fern
English Ivy

Fiddle Left Philodendron
Florida Beauty

Glacier Ivy

Golden Pathos
God Dust Dracaena

Heavenly Bamboo
Hurricane Plant



Jerusalem Cherry

Jimson Weed


Lily of the Valley

Marble Queen
Morning Glory
Mother in law
Mountain lauret

Needlepoint Ivy


Peace Lily
Poison Hemlock
Precatory Bean

Red Emerald
Ribbon Plant

sago Plant
Satin Pothos
Striped Dracaena
Sweetheart Ivy


Water Hemlock


Household items that are Dangerous:

Non-Steroidal anti-inflammatory medications
Cold and flu medications
Home insect products
Rat and mouse bait
Diet Pills
Fabric Softener

Lighter fluid
Anti-cancer drugs
Solvents – Paint thinners etc
Flea and tick products
Drain cleaners
liquid potpourri
Slug and snail bait
Oven Cleaner Sprays
Lime/scale remover
Fly bait
Tobacco products

Harmful foods – Do not ever give any of these to your dog!

Chocolate – all forms
Coffee – all forms
Onions and onion powder
Macadamia Nuts
Alcoholic beverages
Moldy or spoiled foods
fatty foods
gum, candy or other foods sweetened with xylitol
tea leaves
raw yeast dough

Are Electric Fences Safe

Electric fences are a very common choice for dog owners. We are often asked whether or not we feel that they are a good thing to consider or not.
Here are a few things to think about:

First of all – we have heard from many of our past customers who have used them very successfully and they would highly recommend them. One reason they seem like such a good option is that Goldendoodles are not known for being a real “Challenging” type of dog. They are typically very loyal, loving and people-oriented – which 
means that they most often want to stay with their family. 
There are other breeds that have a strong desire to wander and roam and oftentimes these types of dogs can actually 
stop and think about whether it is “Worth It” to cross the line in order to get where they want to go or not. This is not 
considered a typical Goldendoodle temperament.

So for most Doodles the electric fence is a viable option. But the one thing you do have to take caution with is that 
they are excellent for keeping your dog IN your property – but what they are not good for is – keeping other animals OUT of your property.

If you live in an area with wild animals or where stray dogs may wander – it may be safer to consider a chain-link style 
fence in order to protect your dog from unwanted visitors that may harm them.


What To Expect The First Night

First of all, howling and crying the first few nights can be expected. Your pup will be lonely and scared. They will miss the comfort of their littermates. You can place your puppies crate next to your bed to reassure him if necessary. But only consider doing this if you are planning on having him as a nightly guest when he is an adult.

Stuffed animals with any dangerous eyes etc… removed can be helpful because the pup will have something to sleep next to or on top of like they did when they were with their littermates.  Never bring your puppy in bed with you unless you want them there when they are full grown.

If your puppy begins howling at night, you will need to determine whether he is simply lonely or if he needs to go outdoors. If you choose to take him out – do not make a “Play Date” out of it. Simply get him from his crate, take him out, praise him lightly if he goes, and quietly return him to his crate. If you play with him at all he will quickly learn to begin this behavior every night when he gets lonely.

Your pup may not eat or drink a lot the first day or two. This is expected. If they do not begin by the second or third day a call to the vet would be recommended.

Diarrhea is not uncommon when they are moved to a new home. The switch in diet, water quality, and the stress from the move can cause this. Their stool should go back to normal as soon as your pet begins to adjust to the new home.


Introducing Your New puppy To The Dog You Already Have

If you already have a pet that is used to being in your home you should realize that it may take some adjustment time before they are ready to fully accept the new addition.

When you first bring the new puppy home do not trust any other pets completely until time has passed and you are sure they will be safe together. 
You can begin by placing the puppy in the crate in an area where the other pet often frequents. Let them smell each other through the bars. This separation will accomplish several things. First of all, it will of course keep the youngest one safe. Secondly, it will allow you some time to assess the situation in order to see what the reaction will be from the other pet. Thirdly, it gives you some time to pay special attention to your old friend which will assure them that they are still #1 in your heart.

Jealousy can be a big problem if you don’t stop to realize what you are doing. A brand new puppy is such an exciting thing that it is easy to lavish it with a lot of love and attention and hugs and kisses. If your old friend is laying at your feet watching, he may make the connection that this puppy is moving in on his cuddle time! Dogs can often be much smarter and more sensitive than you would originally think. Be sure to spend extra time with your pet so they know that you still love them also.

Other dogs welcome new pups with excitement. A new playmate can be lots of fun! But, even in this case beware around food bowls, bones, and toys. Just because they like to play or nap together does not mean they will be happy to share their belongings or food!

If your older pet is not to happy with your decision to adopt – give it some time. They will generally adjust fine if you do it with care.