Are you ready?
A few things to have ready before you get your new puppy:​​
​​Vet Appointment​​
Since most Vet offices are very busy, it is a good idea to have your first appointment scheduled before getting your new puppy so that you can have him/her seen within 72 hours of taking the puppy home. 
Puppy Proofing
You will want to be sure to puppy proof your home.  Puppies like to put everything in their mouths and will chew on not only your socks, shoes and sometimes even furniture but also consider things like your trash, electrical cords and plants that may be poisonous to dogs.  
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Puppy Food
If you plan to change the food, I can send the puppy home with a starter bag so that it can be mixed into the new food and transitioned over at least a few days.  I do recommend, however, purchasing a bag of the food that your puppy is already eating and keeping him/her on that food for the first month or so.  Moving to a new home is stressful enough and changing the food immediately may cause more stress/stomach upset.
Your puppy is currently eating Iams Large Breed Puppy
**I recommend having some plain canned pumpkin on hand in case of loose stools caused by stress.  You can mix a tablespoon or so into the food twice a day.**
Iams Large Breed Puppy
Food/Water Dishes
I recommend using either ceramic or stainless steel dishes.  I DO NOT recommend using raised dishes as some studies show that raising the dishes may contribute to bloat in large breed dogs. 
If your puppy/dog is a gulper,  you may want to try a slow feeder.

I like the martingale type collars because they don't put all the pressure on the trachea if your dog pulls.  They work great for training and, if fit properly, the dog will not be able to back out of the collar.   I don't recommend using a harness because they often make a dog want to pull (unless you have your dog pulling a cart, etc.). has quality collars and sizing info. on their site
**Puppies grow so fast that I recommend just buying a cheaper, regular collar while very young  (you will likely go through a few) and graduating to the martingale when a bit older**

​I prefer to use either a good quality  leather leash or a braided nylon leash, somethig with some weight to it.

I use the double door crates that come with a divider so the crate can grow with the puppy.  The 42" crate is usually large enough for a full sized Doodle. and have them reasonably priced

 **I recommend using an old blanket or towel in the crate, rather than a crate pad, until your pup is reliably trained!
**Giving a puppy too much room will allow them to use a corner as a potty spot.  Use the divider to make the crate just big enough for the puppy to stand, turn around and lay in a comfortable position until he/she is reliably crate trained.  
Chew toys
Toys with stuffing are not recommended as many dogs will eat the stuffing and the result may be surgery.   Nylabone and Kong make durable toys for tough chewers.  Keep an eye on all toys and replace if they become worn. 

Never feed cooked bones as they can easily splinter.  I find the most durable bones to be soup bones (with marrow in them) and beef knuckle bones (I have the butcher cut them in half because they are big) and I only feed them raw.  My dogs also love antlers!  Feeding raw bones and antlers to your dog will help clean it's teeth as well:) ​

Check out​​
Ridge Ranch Dog Antlers
your dog will thank you:) 
Grooming Supplies
*Nail Clippers
*Styptic Powder
*Ear Powder (to help with hair removal from ears)
*Ear Cleaner (recipe for Blue Power Ear Treatment)
*Slicker Brush, Rake, Dematting Comb, Metal Tooth Comb
** had these items and they are resonably priced

**You may also want to get recommendations from family and friends for a good groomer in your area

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While we try our best to send your puppy home parasite free, worms and parasites in puppies are common.

This growth phase of their life is when they are most susceptible!   Your puppy will have had a dewormer 2-3x prior to leaving my home.  While they are usually free of parasites/worms at this point, they sometimes need more dewormer after they go home to you.  Parasites and worms are opportunistic and can take advantage of a stressful event, such as going to a new home.   

Deworming your dog is a lifetime commitment.
Dogs put everything in their mouth and may need deworming twice a year to eliminate the parasites they will pick up. If your dog is a big hunter, he/she will need more frequent deworming – you must assess the risk for your dog.​

**All puppies come with the following
                         *Unless otherwise noted*
**Health exam by one of my Veterinarians​​
** Neopar vaccine 5-6 wks (for parvo)

** Vanguard Plus 5 vaccine 7-8 wks (5 way puppy vaccine)
** started on a deworming schedule
** 2 year genetic health warranty

** First 30 days free of health insurance
** folder with valuable tips/info.
** micro-chipped, with registration info. 
** spay/neuter contract
** a blanket with siblings' scent on it
** a toy 
** a starter bag of  food (if needed)
** lots of wet puppy kisses:)