Puppy Care

SOME TIPS ON CARING FOR YOUR NEW LABRADOODLE PUPPY

Congratulations on the purchase of your new puppy.

This is an exciting and memorable time for you and your family. A few tips are provided in this document to help your puppy settle into his/her new environment and to assist your family to take care of your new puppy when you get him/her home.

It’s exciting bringing a new puppy into your life and family. You can’t wait to show-off your cute Labradoodle.
Of course, you want to play with your Doodle pup, but remember your puppy is suddenly in an environment pup doesn’t know. Remind children to be calm and gentle.

CARRYING FOR YOUR LABRADOODLE PUPPY

Place one hand under your puppy’s front legs and chest. Put the other hand around his hind legs and bottom for firm control.

CRYING

Young puppies learn from an early age that crying earns attention from their Mother. Considering all the changes they go through in the first few days, it’s no surprise that you will hear them whimpering. There are many different ways to handle your puppy’s first few nights. Getting up occasionally, trying to remind him that he’s not alone. Perhaps there is really no right answer, you should establish your routine right away. You need to establish the boundaries and rules that you expect your puppy AND you to live by.

TOILET TRAINING

If your puppy is going to be inside you will wish to get started on toilet training. Your puppy will be getting the hang of going outside to do his jobs. Take him outside every hour (and take him to the same spot) then give a big cuddle and reward each time he does his “job”. Some people like to pair the toilet action with the same phrase, e.g. “good job”. This is thought to aid the learning process. Also remember that he is most likely to “need to go” just after waking up from a sleep or after eating or drinking, so be prepared to whisk him outside at these times (usually 20 minutes after eating and drinking). Often the most telling sign is a sniffing of the ground, prior to squatting but you do only have a few seconds to notice this behavior. Avoid cleaning up accidents using products containing ammonia. Ammonia smells similar to urine and will encourage him to return to that place to toilet. Pet Supply Stores have several products on the market to help with cleaning up.

MEAL TIMES

Your puppy will have started to ween from mum from 4 weeks of age. Provide him/her with plenty of fresh water. Do not feed your puppy milk. We feed the puppies “Royal Canin Puppy” kibbles.

I recommend using a complete dry dog food such as this. The puppy growth “regular” or “small bites” would be suitable for a miniature to medium sized Labradoodle puppy. I also feed the puppy growth “regular” to puppies that will grow to a large size as my Labradoodles seem to prefer the small kibble size.

Provide plenty of Protein and vegetables as an additional supplement to dry kibble. I often add Chicken and vegetables are a good source of nutrients for your puppy. Most vegetable can be fed to your puppy, provided they are raw and pulverized (put through a juicer or food processor). You can feed the pulp and juice of fresh vegetables [spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, peas, beans, etc.]. Pumpkin, corn and potatoes must be cooked and do not need pulverizing. DO NOT FEED ONION AS IT IS POISONOUS TO DOGS. Most fruits are also fine to feed to your dog but do not feed sultanas, currants or grapes as these are also poisonous to dogs. Chopped beef or Chicken, lamb necks, shanks and flaps, fish, eggs, bread, pasta, natural yogurt, cottage cheese, and other forms of cheese are all recommended foods but always introduce new foods a little at a time. Your puppy will initially need to be feed three times a day. The amount of food he/she eats will depend on the size. I often get phone calls from concerned families worrying that their new puppy does not seem to be eating enough. As a rule, I have found that many of my Labradoodle puppies are not big eaters but prefer to graze throughout the day, rather than have huge amounts at one sitting.

The number of feeds per day can be reduced to twice a day by around the age of 6 months. If you plan to change brands of dog food, I recommend that you make this shift gradually to avoid tummy upsets. A sample diet for your puppy might look like this:

o Breakfast: small handful of dry kibble (approx. 1 ¼ cup) mixed with a little Royal Canin Puppy Kibble. Fresh water
o Lunch: Some Boiled Chicken Breast or a raw bone. Home-made meatballs with vegetables.
o Dinner: Another small handful of Royal Canin Puppy dry kibble. Fresh water.

Don’t be too concerned if your puppy does not seem to eat very much. Let your puppy’s appetite guide you. Weigh your puppy regularly and monitor the amount of exercise your puppy gets.

BONES

Bones help to provide vital calcium. It also provides a vital form of exercise to develop strong musculature. Gnawing on bones help to exercise the jaw muscles, massages their gums and contributes to good dental care. Ensure you only feed raw bones of medium size and with plenty of meat on the bones. The puppies have a HUGE desire to chew when they are teething. Pig’s ears are a convenient addition to bones.

WORMING

Your puppy will be wormed at two, four, six and eight weeks of age. Dogs pick up various gastro-intestinal worms. Round worm, hookworm and whip worms are the most common. Dogs need to be wormed every two weeks until 12 weeks of age then every month until 6 months of age, then every three months for the rest of their lives. Your puppy will be due to be wormed again when you pick him up. Then wormed again at 10 weeks of age. Consult your vet for a product that protects against intestinal worms. There are many different products on the market.

Also talk to your vet about a suitable product for treating heart-worm. Use the 12 week vaccination appointment with your vet as an opportunity to ask any questions about products. I use Strongid “T” for our dogs. I like it as it is a very reliable product, which removes greater than 95% of intestinal worms. Regular worming will help to keep your puppy healthy and reduce the risk of worms transferring to you and your family.

VACCINATIONS

Vaccinations will be administered when your puppy is 6 weeks of age. He will be vaccinated against Parainfluenza Virus, Canine Distemper, Canine Hepatitis Virus and Canine Parvovirus. Dogs that go into boarding kennels require an additional vaccination to protect them against kennel cough (Bordetella). Vaccinations will be necessary for your puppy again when he is 12 weeks old and at 16 weeks of age then annually for life. Until your puppy has had his puppy vaccinations at 12 weeks of age do not take him to places that less healthy (unvaccinated) dogs may have access to. Remember your puppy is not fully vaccinated when he arrives at your home. Avoid taking your puppy to public places until after he/she has completed the full vaccination schedule as advised by your vet.

LEARNING

The critical socialization period in puppies is from 6 to 16 weeks. The experiences your puppy has during this period, whether good or bad, will have the greatest impact on them for life. Your puppy will have socialized with our dogs and family and will have had opportunities for supervised play with them. It is important that your puppy meets and learns to socialize with other dogs and be able to tolerate other dogs in his “space. He will also need lots of opportunities for play and exploration. Have on hand, a variety of interesting objects with which your puppy can learn, explore and amuse himself (balls, squeaky toys, soft plush toys, rubber chewing toys, lengths of rope etc…). This will also help prevent boredom and minimize destructive play.

Most importantly, enjoy your gorgeous Labradoodle by Cucciolini and HAVE FUN! This is what Labradoodles do best.

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