Preparing for Puppy
So you have asked the right questions, placed your deposit, and now the excitement begins as you wait for your Goldendoodle puppy. The best way to pass the time is to get your home ready. Doodle ownership is a big job. Not only does it require the usual veterinary and training requirements, but owning a Doodle means a considerable commitment to coat maintenance and grooming. To make things easier for you, we have created a step by step list to help you prepare. This list includes all of our favorite items to get you started as a new Doodle parent.
Step 1. Pick your veterinarian. We suggest the Banfield Optimum Puppy Wellness Plan. Banfield Animal Hospital locations are located inside most PetSmart locations across the U.S. The Puppy Wellness Plan is about $50 per month. It includes two comprehensive exams, Wisdom Panel genetic testing, all necessary vaccinations, deworming, fecal exams and diagnostic testing, spay or neuter surgery, and unlimited office visits. Whenever your puppy is due for a visit, Banfield emails you with a reminder and the option to schedule online in minutes! We cannot rave enough about Banfield! It is a great way to budget your vet care while ensuring that your puppy does not miss any necessary preventative measures.
Step 2. Pick your groomer. Your dog will require regular grooming visits at a professional groomer every 4-6 weeks. Unfortunately, unless you learn how to groom your dog at home fully, this will still be necessary no matter how often you brush them. As a puppy, your doodle will have a relatively easy coat. Do not be deceived; this coat will change before they turn one year old. Early socialization to the groomer is incredibly important. We recommend 1-2 visits before your puppy turns 12 weeks old. The first 12 weeks are a critical socialization period, and your puppy will quickly adjust to the sounds, smells, and touches of the groomer if they are exposed early. We also suggest purchasing a dog dryer to have on hand whenever your dog gets wet or needs a bath and learning how to line brush your dog.
Step 3. Check out our Doodle Must Haves Page for our favorite items, including their food. We highly suggest that you purchase each of these items before bringing your puppy home. We are happy to answer any questions that you might have regarding specific items on this list. We currently feed our dogs Fromm Large Breed Puppy. We recommend Amazon Prime Subscribe and Save for easy monthly delivery of your dog food.
Step 4. Order and watch Puppy Culture. Puppy Culture is the socialization and training program that we use to raise your puppy. We cannot emphasize the importance of continuing this program enough! Information on Puppy Culture can be found on our Puppy Culture page.
Step 5. Sign up for puppy classes. We suggest that you sign up for these as soon as you know your puppy’s take-home date as they fill up fast. We also recommend choosing a class that enables you to enroll in the A.K.C. S.T.A.R. Puppy program upon completion. This program is open to all dogs, including mixed breeds, and is the prerequisite for the Canine Good Citizen Program. A.K.C. S.T.A.R. Puppy is essential if you plan on using your puppy as a service or therapy dog.
Step 6. Prepare to activate your Trupanion insurance. All our puppies go home with one month of pet insurance at no cost to you. Trupanion is not a preventative plan; instead, it is a plan to cover emergencies. Once you activate your Trupanion plan, you will have instant coverage for all new injuries and illnesses for 30 days. You must activate your Go Home Day Offer 24 hours before you bring your puppy home. We will send you more information on how to start your coverage after you make your puppy pick.
Preparing for a new puppy can feel overwhelming, but we are here to make it easier for you. Please feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns that you might have!