Buying a Goldendoodle Puppy from Deb's Doodles

goldendoodle puppies by Deb's Doodles in Virginia

Here at Deb's Doodles, our puppies are loved as if they were to be members of our family forever. Our puppies are whelped and raised in our home until four weeks of age. At this point they are transferred to a kennel with a dog run and cared for every 4 hours during the day. We are extremely cautious when it comes to how our babies are handled. We play and socialize with our puppies on a daily basis. This is where our puppies develop their temperament that they will keep for life. We are so lucky to have friends who love to come over for puppy time and play with these babies which creates happy and well socialized family dogs.

We've put together a few things we thought you might like to know when buying a puppy from us. From training tips to feeding tips, you'll find a little bit of everything on this page.

Quality Puppies

To us, a quality puppy is:

A little bit about your puppy's parents

Maggie our Golden Retriever

Both of your puppy's parents have excellent health and as a matter of fact, we have known or personally owned Goldens from each of their lines up to four generations back with no known major health issues. They are both beautiful in appearance and beautiful in disposition.

Some great qualities to note about our dogs...

We believe that all of these qualities will come together to make wonderful dogs for their future owners.

Your Puppy Wants You to Know . . .

goldendoodle puppies by Deb's Doodles in Virginia

Give me bottled water only for the first week!

Feed me only the food my breeder-family recommended for at least the first 2 weeks. Use this kibble for my treats for the first week or two - no rich treats that may upset my baby tummy. I will also like 2 T. of plain yogurt 2-3 times a day to help my tummy in the transition.

I was born into a big family and have never been alone yet! Let me be with you as much as possible until I get used to my new forever home. I will love being your companion while getting to know and love everything about you!

Take me out to potty frequently. I'm just a baby, please be patient and consistent. I want to make you happy, so this won't take long! Consistent Potty Training should take less than 2 weeks.

Don't expose me to public places like the park, PetSmart, etc. until I have all my shots. There are all kinds of things that I can pick up in these places that are very dangerous to an infant like me. I am very proud of my new family and can't wait to show you off, but please protect me from unseen germs by waiting to take me out.

I'm a baby, Let me rest! I am excited about our play times and the fun toys you have for me, but remember I'm just a baby and need lots of naps.

Call my breeder-family right away if you have any questions. They know lots about me and think because I'm really special it is better to ask too soon or too much than not enough and too late! You can reach them by phone (540)718-4866 or e-mail them at debbiedodoodles@gmail.com

Bringing Your New Puppy Home - Day 1

first day with your puppy from Deb's Doodles in Virginia

Your new puppy is like a newborn baby and needs quiet time to adjust to your home. Use a soft voice when first introducing yourself to your new puppy. Try to arrange your schedule so that you can stay home with your puppy for the first 48 hours. Introduce your puppy to its new family quietly and one person at a time until it becomes adjusted.

It is a good idea to limit your puppy to one room in your home for the first week. Let your puppy sniff around and explore.

Put puppy's food and water in its permanent location and do not move it. Puppies are forgetful and will forget where their food and water is located.

It is best if you can locate their food and water near the area where you want them to potty if paper training, or near the door you want them to use if housebreaking. Small puppies will usually eliminate within 15 minutes of eating. They normally will pee first and then play for 5-10 minutes before finishing their duty so make sure you take them outside for 15-30 minutes after they eat.

Your dog may need 2-3 days to adjust to your schedule. If he/she seems restless at a certain time it may simply be that his/her internal clock is saying that it should be daytime, play time or feeding time, etc., based on what he or she was used to.

Bonding

bonding with your puppy from Deb's Doodles in Virginia

To speed up bonding during the first few days after arrival you can feed a whole days ration of kibble by hand; every time he/she comes near you, on his/her own or when called, or does something good or has responded to you. This way interaction with you is *always* a good thing, coming to you is always rewarded, and you are the only one who provides food. Take advantage of this and he/she will bond quickly.

Feeding

Dry Food: I recommend dry food as a permanent diet. Please keep your puppy on its normal food for two weeks, then gradually transition to the food of your choice. Start with 1/4 new food, 3/4 old food for a few days. Then mix half-and-half for a few days, then 3/4 to 1/4. Puppies grow rapidly and need a good quality, nutritious food to foster growth. I recommend a grain free diet with first product lamb or fish or chicken.

I keep kibble (not softened) and Water available at all times. You will want to begin a 3 meal a day routine to help with potty training. At each feeding, feed as much as pup will eat in ten minutes time and remove. You will see how much pup needs. This changes as your puppy grows. Always look at the bag and start with the guidelines recommended.

Please keep in mind that it is normal for pup not to eat well the first day home.

Good nutrition is key to keeping your puppy healthy! As you wouldn't want to feed a toddler McDonald's food 3 times a day, you wouldn't want to feed your puppy food that was poor in nutritional value!

Doodles are a fast-growing, heavy-boned breed. Initially, a puppy needs to be fed and walked frequently (it has a small stomach and bladder) it is important to provide good nutrition, but to keep your dog from becoming overweight. As with humans, if a dog becomes overweight, it's very hard on their bones, joints, heart and will affect their longevity.

Water

give your puppy water

Give your puppy bottled water only for the first week. This can be purchased in a gallon jug and used to refill the water dish. To avoid an upset stomach and dehydration provide only bottled water for the first two days and then gradually switch to your local water. The change in water can have a stronger effect on a dog's system than change in food. Think of what happens to tourists when they drink foreign water.

NOTE: WATER SHOULD ALWAYS BE AVAILABLE

A sudden change of water can cause bad stool and tummy upset, resulting in intestinal irritation and weight loss. Start pup on bottled water until stool is firm. At that point continue with bottled water about a week and use until it is half empty, then mix with your water. Once this is gone, pup should be able to make smooth transition to your water. This is important to help prevent too many changes at once for pup.

Children

puppy with baby

If children are present, please be especially careful. Children and dogs even if the dog has grown up with the children should never be left unattended. For a child, a new dog or puppy may be irresistible... the child may not mean to hurt the puppy, but doesn't understand how to properly handle it. The puppy may not have meant to break the child's skin when it nipped him, but it didn't know any better, etc.,. Always make sure your new puppy/dog has a "safe zone" (we recommend the crate) that he/she can retreat to when feeling the need to get away from the commotion of your home. Once your puppy has been properly socialized, our dogs make wonderful family dogs and are especially good with children.

Other Pets

introducing puppy to other pets

If you have other pets, introduce your new puppy/dog gradually to them one at a time. Always provide your puppy/dog with a place of its own where it can get away from others when it needs to. Contrary to popular American belief, dogs do not need other dogs to keep them company... this practice can lead to "doggy" dependent behavior which is certainly not good if you intend to train and compete with your dog.

Health

Your puppy has received a combination shot on the date listed in your vet health record. It is recommended that a shot be given at 3-4 week intervals over a period of time, your pup will need 2 -3 more as a pup and then a booster at one year old. Your vet will have his/her own schedule that you should follow. Your puppy has been to my vet for a complete well puppy physical. We do require that you take pup to the vet within 7 days of coming home. Your puppy will need his/her first rabies shot around 16 weeks old. My breeder mom recommends Nuvet for at least the first 24 months of my life. It builds my immune system so I am protected from this environment we live in. I have been getting Nuvet since I started eating Kibble. You can order this at 1-800-474-7044. Order code 97131.

PLEASE NOTE that your puppy is NOT immune to parvo, etc. until ALL 3 puppy shots have been given.

Please refrain from "showing" your new baby off in public places (anywhere that other animals may walk/exercise) until your puppy has received his/her full set of shots. Carry your pup while at the vet and request the examining vet wear gloves until it has received a full round of shots.

Puppies and Dogs are the most susceptible to disease for a week following a shot. Take extra care during that time to protect your pet from exposure (public areas, etc.) to disease.

Important Notes:

puppy at gate

There is a great danger of the puppy becoming over-fatigued during the first few days in its new home. Please resist the urge to play at length with your new puppy. Play periods should be no longer than 15 minutes at first. Puppies need to be provided with a cool, quiet place where they can be left with no fear that they will cause damage: crate is an ideal tool to use for this. Do not shut the pup in a room alone, as this will make him feel isolated and frightened. A baby gate is good for limiting play area, and not shutting off puppy. Puppy should be able to see and hear family activity from its play/rest area. Leaving a radio on while away for the first few days, this often seems to help pups adjust to alone times. Please teach your children how to play gently with the puppy and lovingly participate in the training of your new family member. No pulling ears/tail/whiskers. Play calmly with puppy. They can easily be injured by unsupervised young children trying to play with pup.

A crate with a divider that can be moved and "grow" with your pup is a great training tool. While a crate can be helpful in housebreaking a puppy and giving it a "special place" to call home, a puppy must spend time outside, each day, walking, standing, and gently playing -for the proper development of its hips, body structure, and family bonding.

Puppies develop best on consistent amounts of moderate play. Once a puppy is a few months old, try short walks a few times a week. Fifteen to twenty minutes is enough until pup is older. Games such as fetch are good for pup and combine the exercise/rest that he needs. Proper exercise is important to your pup's development. Stressful situations should be avoided during the first year -such as play with older or larger dogs, long hikes with the family, or jumping off high places (Porches, walls). In general, hard exercise should not last more than a few minutes a day for the first year. The critical time for the growing puppy is between four months and thirteen months-when the skeletal system is growing rapidly and the muscle system is lagging behind. The goal is to have sufficient muscle mass and tone to support the growing skeletal system, which is not finished fully developing until the age of 16 to 18 months. A blend of consistent and moderate exercise in the young, growing puppy will foster proper growth through this stressful period. NOTE: Please DO NOT jog with a puppy! Vigorous ball playing, especially with a young puppy, should be postponed until after the puppy is a year. If there is any limping or discomfort that causes concern, please limit exercise and crating. If it continues, call the vet and contact me. It is not uncommon for adolescents to limp because of growing pains; rest may be the best remedy.

The overuse of a crate is detrimental to pup's health. It is also undesirable for a puppy to play or exercise extensively on slippery floors (smooth tile, linoleum, wood), as this can result in injury to the joint structure and the improper development of muscle tone. Extended crating followed by hard or vigorous exercise is also to be avoided, as this may place excessive stress on the joints and could result in hip damage.