Meet the Family
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 puppy whelping room until four weeks of age. The Moms and puppies are well cared for with around the clock care. We perform Early Neurological Stimulation on the puppies on days 3-16, where they get their very earliest learnings.
After 4 weeks, the puppies are transferred to our puppy kennels, each equipped with a dog door and a dog run, where they learn the basics of potty training. The puppies are socialized and exposed to stimulating toys and obstacles each day during Puppy Playtime and of course they are fed and handled throughout the day.
We socialize our puppies and expose them to different sites, sounds, and experiences to develop even temperaments that they will keep for life.
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.
To us, a quality puppy is:
- whelped and raised in a high quality environment
- handled daily from birth to develop a highly sociable and confident demeanor
- exposed to and handled by many people of all ages (including children)
- exposed to a large variety of sounds (both “indoor” and “outdoor” noises) from three weeks onward
- provided with environment stimulation of toys and objects to play with
- exposed to numerous environments, including a wide variety of indoor and outdoor locations
- introduced to grooming rituals, baths, drying and brushing
- introduced to potty-training
a little bit about
Your Puppy’s Parents
Both of your puppy’s parents have excellent health with no known major health issues. They are both beautiful in appearance and beautiful in disposition.
Some great qualities to note about our dogs…
- never met a person they didn’t like
- highly trainable
- sociable with other dogs
- able to be touched and handled everywhere, even by children and strangers
- happy to put things in their mouths and equally happy to give them up -unless you’re playing a game of “Keep Away” 🙂
- eager to please their Master
- very devoted companions
We believe that all of these qualities will come together to make wonderful dogs for their future owners.
Your puppy wants you to know…
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 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.
Bringing your Puppy Home
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.
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.
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-inclusive 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 2 meal a day routine to help with potty training. At each feeding, feed as much as pup will eat in ten to twenty minutes time and remove. You will see how much your puppy 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 your puppy 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.
If you have well water, consider giving your puppy bottled water 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 well 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.
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.
Having more than one dog has benefits and drawbacks. It is nice for your dog to have a playmate, and it’s nice to know that they are not alone when you go out. It’s also very interesting to watch them as they are interacting with each other and just being dogs!
On the flip side, there is a school of thought that says dogs will bond together more than to you. This has not been our experience, but is worth noting.
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.
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 your puppy to the vet within 30 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 6 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.
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.
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 a puppy’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.
Online Puppy School
We are excited to partner with Baxer & Bella: The Online Puppy School!
Baxter & Bella offers 75 step-by-step lessons, well over 100 how-to video demos, unlimited LIVE! one-on-one professional help, online classes, courses and events, as well as training games and activities, printable charts and checklists, and so much more.
One of the advantages to using this program is that I will have already started your puppy on this program before they leave the nursery. I use the Baxter & Bella training guide to expose each puppy to early, hands-on training. By using their online classes, you will be able to continue what I started.
And Baxter & Bella isn’t just for puppies. You can use it on older dogs as well. If there are some bad habits you want to break, or you want to train your dog in new areas, you will have access to this under one puppy training fee. It’s not limited to one dog.
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To learn more about this amazing puppy training program, click here.
We have partnered with Trupanion! Because of this, your Puppy is eligible to have a Trupanion policy that will provide immediate medical coverage . This limited-time offer provides you with 90% coverage with no payout limits so you can have peace of mind knowing that your Puppy will be protected in case anything unexpected occurs. The best part – your pet’s current health status is locked in from day one! This means if any unexpected accidents or injuries occur after activation, you’re covered! You will have the choice to continue coverage with Trupanion after the 30 days is over. Activate the offer the day before, day of or day after picking up your Puppy for immediate coverage (DO NOT DO THIS BEFORE). All waiting periods will be waived! On the bottom of this page you will find a form with instructions as well as our code
At Deb’s Doodles, our puppies are started on NuVet Plus Vitamins daily at 6 weeks of age. We highly recommend this vitamin for your new puppy. Every dog at Deb’s Doodles gets a NuVet vitamin every day. I swear by them and think they are the reason we only see the Vet for routine care.
NuVet scientists, veterinarians and formulators began with the premise that most pet diets are lacking the proper amounts of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. There are important nutrients that animals once received when they were living in a more primitive environment that are not available in the modern diet. Commercial pet foods contain numerous by-products that can make them poisonous, toxic and incapable of reducing the devastating effects of unstable oxygen molecules, also known a free radicals. Free radicals have been implicated in more than fifty health problems in humans and animals including various forms of cancer, heart disease, arthritis, cataracts and premature aging.
Major considerations in formulating NuVet Plus® were the human grade quality of ingredients and their nutritional values, as well as the bio digestibility and utilization into the cellular framework. We also considered the chemicals and toxins that find their way into our animals’ food. NuVet Plus® was formulated to combat these harmful pollutants.
NuVet Labs® has designed a cutting edge formula that we believe will help increase your pet’s longevity and quality of life. Our scientists performed extensive research and experiments with a variety of vitamins, minerals, enzymes and herbs, until they created NuVet Plus®, which provides a powerful synergistic defense against the harm caused by free radicals.
NuVet Plus is independently tested and recommended by leading veterinarians. They are made from human-grade, natural ingredients and formulated over a period of 8 years by physicians, veterinarians, pharmacists, and animal nutritionists.
You cannot purchase NuVet Vitamins in a pet store. They must be ordered online or by calling. You will need to order these before your puppy comes home. It takes about a week to get them.
Order your Nuvet Plus Vitamins by Phone: Call 1-800-474-7044. Please use order code 191224 when ordering by phone.
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