Lakeshore Doodles FAQ or “Frequently Asked Questions” about Goldendoodles and Goldendoodles Puppies. We have a large information section with over 50 pages of helpful information about Goldendoodles! Some of the topics include:
What is the difference between an F1 and an F1b?
Should I purchase a male or female?
What does DNA Genetic health testing mean?
How do we pick the best puppy from the litter?
Are Goldendoodles really hypo-allergenic?
What is an English Goldendoodle?
Which is better a Labradoodle or a Goldendoodle?
And much, much more!
Basic Goldendoodle Puppy Information
Preparing To Take Your Puppy Home
General Medical Information
Section-1 Information – Click the topic heading inside each box for more information
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Litter box training
We litter box train every puppy we raise because it instills in them the knowledge that there are places that are are acceptable to go potty and others that are not. It also allows us to keep our babies perfectly clean!
We use long narrow plastic bins – similar to a rubber made tote that can fit under a bed for storage. We then put a thin layer of PINE PELLETS made for Horse Stalls – that is deep enough to cover the bottom of the pan. These pellets are purchased at Tractor Supply Stores or Country Max.
When the puppies urinate on the pellets they turn to powder which is easily scooped out as needed. The stool is simply picked up with a plastic bag, tied shut, and discarded.
YOU DO NOT HAVE TO CONTINUE USING THE LITTER BOX WHEN YOU BRING YOUR PUPPY HOME. They are ready to crate train and take directly outdoors at 8 weeks of age. You can use a box temporarily by the door you will be taking them outdoors with – as a transitionary step if you want to. You can also put a few pellets outside on your lawn in the area you want them to learn to use. This is something you would only do for the first week or so.
Litter box training is a great help to those who live in apartments in NYC as well!
How and when do we pick our puppy?
We do accept deposits on our puppies as soon as they are posted on our upcoming litter page, or when they have been born. But, we do not allow anyone to choose their puppy until they are about 8 weeks of age or until we feel that we know our puppies well enough to give you important information about their overall size, coat type and personality.
We like to avoid having you choose only by appearance because their are so many additional factors that are important to consider in order to get a good fit for your family and lifestyle.
When we are ready for the selection process to begin we take new pictures of the puppies and post them on our website.
You have the option of coming here in person to meet the puppies or selecting from the pictures on the website, and utilizing Skype while speaking in depth with us about your family and our puppies individual traits. We will do our best to help you make the best choice for your specific needs and preferences.
Rest assured that if you are one of the last people choosing, we will not sell a puppy to a family that we do not feel will be a good fit for one reason or another. We always reserve the right to refuse to sell a puppy to anyone for any reason if we do not feel it in the puppies best interest.
If when it is your turn to choose a puppy, we do not have a good fit based on gender, color or personality issues – you will have the option of having your deposit refunded or you can opt to place it on another litter or puppy that is coming available. Our deposits are non-refundable for any other reason.
What about early Spay or Neuter?
Some breeders are offering puppies that have already been spayed or neutered before they go to their new homes. This procedure is typically done at around 7 weeks of age.
We have consulted our veterinarian and have decided against this procedure for our puppies.
This practice originally began in the dog shelters when a litter of unwanted puppies was surrendered. The purpose was to help avoid additional litters of puppies from people who are not responsible enough to have their pets neutered on their own.
Breeders are now taking advantage of this as well because it assures them that no one will be able to breed their puppy without their approval. It is also a nice added benefit for those purchasing their puppies.
We have decided against this because we feel that it is not in the best interest of the puppy. In order to do the early spay or neuter the puppies must be put under anesthesia when they are about 7 weeks of age which can have harmful outcomes in some cases. In addition to this we feel it is vitally important for the puppy to be able to have the hormones God gave them in order to grow properly.
Although at first glance the early spay and neuter option may sound like a good idea – but when you look further into it it is easy to see that although it may be in the best interest of the breeder it is certainly not in the best interest of the puppy.
We do have a spay/neuter agreement for everyone who purchases one of our puppies. This should be done around 6 months of age according to most veterinarians.