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Puppy Tips

Ready to bring your new best friend home? Check out these tips below to learn what to expect when you bring your puppy home for the very first time.

Things to know about Australian Labradoodles...

Basic Needs

You will need to acquire the following items before bringing your puppy home:

  • Collar/harness

  • Leash

  • ID tag

  • Crate

    • Adjust size as the puppy grows​

  • Crate liner/pad

  • Pet bed

  • Training pads

  • Food and water bowls

  • Puppy grade chew toys

Training

Training your puppy is very important. You will have a happier puppy if you do the work while they're young. Within 6 months of age is the most effective time for training.

Potty Training

Before you bring your new puppy home, you will need to decide on where your puppy will use the potty. We use training pee pads initially and gradually introduce astroturf.

Toys

  • Puppy chew toys for teething

    • KONG​ is a great brand

  • Fetch toys

    • Chuckit balls ​

      • can be a choking hazard if too small​

  • NO RAWHIDES!

    • These are dangerous as puppies and dogs may ingest to large of​ a piece and can cause an intestinal blockage.

Grooming supplies:

  • Long Pin Slicker Brush

  • Stainless steel comb

  • Round tip grooming scissors

  • Nail trimmers

  • Shampoo and conditioner for hypoallergenic/non-shedding dogs:

    • Earthbath​

    • Vet's Best

    • Tropiclean

    • etc.

Community

Check out your local community for helpful resources:

  • Veterinarian

  • Training Classes

  • Pet stores

  • Grooming -Labradoodle specialist

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Puppy proofing your home:

Australian labradoodles are very smart and have a great sense of smell, so be sure to keep careful watch as they may get into things they shouldn't. Below are some foods and house hold items that can be harmful or toxic to dogs and shouldn't be accessible to yours.

TOXIC TO DOGS

CAN BE DANGEROUS

TRY TO AVOID

  • Xylitol

  • Cocoa powder

  • Grapes and raisins

  • Nuts

  • Onion

  • Chives

  • Nutmeg

  • Nicotine/tobacco

  • Baking powder/baking soda

  • Macadamia nuts

  • Alcohol

  • Cooked bones

  • Garlic

  • Candy

  • Chewing gums

  • Fruit pits

  • Apple seeds

  • Hops

  • Raw fish

  • Rhubarb

  • Mushrooms

  • Spices with capsaicin

  • Marijuana

  • Salt

  • Dairy

HOUSEHOLD ITEMS TO KEEP OUT OF REACH

  • Squeakers from dog toys

  • Toys that are too small

  • Human medications

  • Pencils and pens

  • Lighter fluid

  • Tobacco products

  • Cat litter

  • Animal feces

  • Cat food

  • Rat, mouse and snail bait

  • Toothpaste

  • Ethylene glycol

  • Dishwasher or laundry soap packets

  • Vitamins

  • Home insect products

  • Fabric softener sheets

  • Disinfectants and bleach

  • Azalea plants

  • Lily plants

Ask a Veterinarian.

If you suspect that the dog might have ingested something that it shouldn't have, bring your dog to the vet straight away.

I Cannot Reach My Vet. What To Do?

  • Try going to a local emergency clinic

  • Call the Pet Poison Helpline (855) 764.7661

  • ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (888) 426.4435

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