Buckeye Ridge Bernedoodles
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Puppy Care Instructions for New Puppy Parents
Your puppy has been born and raised with love. Nothing has been spared to make sure that the physical and emotional needs of your puppy have been met. And now….the rest is up to you and your family.
Before you know it, it will be time for you to bring your new puppy home. It is during this time that we get many calls from our puppy parents, asking about feeding schedules, items to have at your home when you bring your puppy home, type of food to purchase, etc. It is our hope that this letter will answer all of your questions. If not, please text Angie at 740-297-9310 and she will answer any additional questions you may have.
There are many good books on basic puppy obedience at your local pet market. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. Our Favorite book is Puppy Steps Practical Training for Your New Best Friend by Libby Rockaway. You can purchase it through Amazon.
Important Note Regarding Allergies:
If you have a flare-up of allergies around your new puppy, it is possible that the pup has picked up allergens in transit or from the environment. If this happens you should bathe your puppy in an allergy friendly shampoo (anything you use at home without trouble). Towel dry and if weather is cool, blow-dry with a hairdryer and keep the puppy out of drafts or wind. Within a day or so, the allergic reaction should subside.
Frequently Asked Questions
“What should I feed my new puppy, and how much?” Your puppy has been weaned on TLC Pet Food. You can order it online at www.tlcpetfood.com. Enter code 69926-1025 to receive a discount. This food provides fresh, whole, natural ingredients and a meat first, ancestral diet. It includes probiotics, prebiotics, a low glycemic index, and a rich source of Omega 3 and 6. It is formulated to meet or exceed the nutritional levels established by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for All Life Stages (AND THEY LOVE THE TASTE).
The puppies are currently being fed 3 times a day while fresh water is offered throughout the day. Feeding consists of offering puppy all he can eat for 30 minutes. After the last feeding of the day, food and water should be removed from puppy to prepare him for the night.
Take the puppy out to eliminate after every feeding and at least once an hour during the day if possible. We usually recommend feeding 3 times a day until the puppy reaches 10#. At that time it is acceptable to reduce feedings to twice daily. You are not reducing the amount of food the puppy receives, just the frequency of feedings.
We also strongly recommend protecting your new puppy with NuVet Plus --- a synergistic combination of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals known to boost immune system function. By including NuVet Plus into your puppy’s diet, you can be confident that you are providing the nutrients required for optimal immune system performance. You can order your NuVet Plus by calling 800-474-7044, Special Order Code is 49853. You can also order online at www.nuvetlabs.com, Special Order Code is 49853.
“What basic supplies do I need for my new puppy?” TLC Puppy dry food, a wire crate (36 inches with a divider) that puppy can see through, puppy toys (Kong) to play with and chew on, bowls for food and water, a slicker brush for gentle grooming, toe nail clippers, and treats. We recommend TLC’s Whole Life Dog Biscuits for treats. They can be ordered when you order your puppy food. These treats provide a daily dosage of Glucosamine and Chondroitin, which helps reduce the risk of your puppy developing joint or hip problems.
“Where should my new puppy sleep?” Your new baby will be feeling disoriented. It has left the only home it has ever known and been deposited into a “new pack” situation. It will be looking for reassurance and company while it works out that it really belongs and is not going to lose you. We strongly encourage you to place puppy’s crate beside your bed for the first few nights. This way you will hear the puppy stir if it needs to go potty during the night. A couple of friendly fingers poked into the crate will be greeted with a thankful puppy kiss at times of insecurity. The upside of this method is that you, your family, and your puppy will all have a good sound night’s sleep! Gradually, after the first few nights, when puppy realizes that it has found its permanent and loving home, you will be able to move the crate to another part of the house if you wish. The crate should be just large enough for the puppy to lie down and stretch out, but not large enough to walk around in. Puppies dislike soiling or wetting a small sleeping space.
“How do I potty train my puppy?” Baby puppies need to eliminate quite frequently. The time it will take to teach your puppy to go potty in the designated part of your yard will depend not on your puppy, but on you. Vigilance is a must!
Puppies will go poop or pee after eating, drinking, playing, or on waking up from a sleep…. Plus some extra times in between! Carry puppy outside each hour during the day, and put him down in the spot where you want him to eliminate. WAIT. Give puppy time to get over the excitement of being outside (the fun of chasing a leaf or seeing new and stimulating things may take his mind off what he is out there to do). When the puppy eliminates outside praise him. If there is an accident inside, Do Not Put Puppy’s Nose Into Its Own Mess! This serves no useful purpose other than to confuse and frighten the puppy.
Restrict the area your puppy has to run about in indoors to one room or part of one room, unless you are prepared to watch him every minute. Crating for 2 or 3 hour periods during the daytime will help puppy to strengthen his bladder and to teach him that he does not always go immediately when he feels the inclination. Puppies are creatures of habit, establish a routine.
“When and how do I socialize him/her?” It is a difficult balancing act deciding whether early socialization is worth the risk of contracting disease when a puppy has not finished its course of shots. Be guided by your vet and your own common sense. Highly contagious diseases such as parvovirus, can be carried on tires, on people’s shoes and clothing as well as begin transmitted by direct contact with an infected dog.
“What amount of rest time will puppy need?” Young puppies, just like young babies need lots of sleep in order to develop healthy emotional and physical system. Restrict the playtime of the children with the new puppy and give puppy its own chilling out time where the children learn not to disturb their new playmate. Resist the temptation to cart your puppy about to introduce him to your friends and neighbors during the first week. Puppy’s tail may be wagging nonstop, and it may have a great appetite and not appear stressed, but change of home is stress, whether from around the corner or across the world. There will be plenty of time later for showing off your gorgeous new puppy. But in the meantime, be considerate and give puppy time to find his place in the world, and to bond with you… his new pack.
“What about nipping and biting?” All puppies nip and bite. It’s natural. But this should be immediately corrected right from day one. It would not be tolerated in the dog pack, and puppy needs to learn right off that he is “last” in order of the pack, even down to the tiniest child. One bop one the nose with a sharp “NO!” followed by praise the first time puppy nips will then be the last time this correction may need to be given. Nipping and biting can develop into a serious problem if left unchecked that it is one of the few occasions where negative training is recommended.
“Should we allow roughhouse playing?” Rough and boisterous playing and games such as tug-of-war create bad habits in a young puppy. By all means, the children will want to run and play with their new puppy. But times of quiet play are necessary if the puppy is not to develop into a rough and boisterous dog.
“When do we start training?” Early training is a must. Your brand new puppy is old enough to learn to sit, walk by your side without pulling on the leash, come when it is called and be tethered for periods of up to an hour. Our puppies are extremely intelligent. Leave the training too late, and your puppy is more likely to train you, than the other way around.
“When should we see the vet?” Your puppy has already been wormed three times prior to leaving our home and has had his first series of shots. We recommend that you schedule a vet visit within a few days after your new puppy arrives for a complete health check. This will ease your mind that you have a fit and healthy puppy, and also to give your vet an opportunity to give you guidelines on proper care.
“How about grooming?” Teach your puppy to stand or lie down for grooming right from the start. This will be good practice for the day when you may need to groom your dog later on. Some coat types may start to mat from between nine and twelve months of age due to the adult coat pushing out from under the puppy coat and tangling. A non-shedding dog needs to have the old puppy coat stripped out weekly during this transitional phase which could last for a couple of months.
Unlikely but possible: We hope that this never happens, but in the event that you may ever need part with your puppy, please let us know so that we may help you re-home him/her.
Please stay in touch! Our puppies are gone but not forgotten! We will always be interested in your feedback. If there is any way we can help you at any time throughout the life of your puppy, please know that we are only an email or phone call away.
We also appreciate customer testimonials and photos we can use for our website, Instagram and Facebook page.
Paul and Angela Jewell
TLC Premium Puppy Food
At Buckeye Ridge, we choose to feed our Bernedoodles and Australian Labradoodles a premium pet food. This food is delivered to your door, it has not been recalled in over 20 years that it has been produced, and it is all human grade.
Because this food is stocked in the manufacture's warehouse and sent directly to you, it is always fresh. You do not have to worry about how long it has been sitting on shelves in stores.
Dog Food is vital to a dog's health!
We believe in keeping your dog healthy from the inside out and this includes not only the food they eat, but taking supplements, as well. These supplements are human grade, never had a recall, and help fight against free radicals!
Our puppies take a NuVet Supplement daily from the time they are eating soft food until the day they go home. There is no better way to keep your pet healthy than to feed a proper diet and a good quality supplement.
NuVet Supplements are essential to keeping your pet healthy, boosting its immunity, providing a shinier coat, and healthy teeth.