Our Recommendations:

 

Picking out and bringing home your new puppy is the easy part of adding a new member to your family. However, puppies also need a number of items to keep them (and you!) healthy and happy. With so many pet products on the market today, it’s difficult to navigate what products are worthy of your purchase, and which are not. Thankfully, we have tried many, many products, and have given hours of our time to extensive research on many of the products on the market today. We have taken the guess work out of making the right choice for your fur-baby!  Below we have put together a list of recommended puppy products and brands that are tried and true.   We hope this will help our new families navigate the process of raising a puppy.

 

 

 

Books:

 

The Puppy Primer

 

How To Raise a Puppy You Can Live With

 

30 Days to a Well-Mannered Dog: The Loved Dog Method

 

Perfect Puppy in 7 Days: How to Start Your Puppy off Right

 

Living with Kids and Dogs...Without Losing Your Mind: A Parent's Guide to Controlling the Chaos

 

Puppy Listener: Understanding and Caring for Your new Puppy

 

101 Dog Tricks: Step by Step Activities to Engage, Challenge and Bond with Your Dog

 

Holistic Guide for a Healthy Dog

 

I'll be Home Soon: How to Prevent and Treat Separation Anxiety

 

 

Feeding:

 

 

To store the dog food in:

Bergan Stack-n-stor Pet Food Storage Container

 

I like the stainless steal no-tip bowls.  They can't tip em' and they can't eat em'.  This one holds 3 cups of food which is plenty big enough.  Order 2; one for food and one for water. 

Ethical 32-Ounce No-Tip Stainless Dish

 

I LOVE my Neater Feeders!!!  They work very well at keeping the feeding area nice and clean for those that are messy eaters and drinkers!

Neater Feeder Dog Bowl

 

I highly recommend a Lixit Spigot here in Florida.  You put on your outdoor spigot so that your doggie ALWAYS has cold, fresh, clean water when she is outside. We just put a splitter on our spigot so that we can still attach a hose or what have you but the dogs always have water access outside :) BRILLIANT IDEA!! Wish I had come up with it!!

Lixit Original Dog Faucet Waterer

 

Life's Abundance Dog Food.  I highly recommend this product.   It's high quality and affordable.  It is sold through Life's Abundance website and is delivered right to your front door within two days.  Feeding your puppy Life's Abundance also extends their health warranty from 2 years to 5 years.  This is how confident I am in this product!!

Life's Abundance dog food

 

Training treats.  My dogs and puppies that I have trained love these training treats.  They’re loaded with proteins, minerals, vitamins and essential fatty acids. And, like all of our foods, supplements and treats, you’ll find no added artificial preservatives or colors.

Tasty Rewards Training Treats for Dogs

 

Dog Treats.  Premium chews, training treats and baked goodies offer wholesome, healthy and delicious canine rewards. No artificial flavors or colors. No corn, wheat or corn/wheat glutens.

Dog Treats

 

 

 

Grooming:​

 

Slicker Brush.  We recommend that your dog is groomed every 6-12 weeks by a professional groomer.  However, for daily grooming we recommend a good slicker brush like this one:

Safari Self-Cleaning Large Small Slicker Brush for Dogs

Shampoo: I like this shampoo; it rinses clean and leaves puppy smelling great!

Revitalizing Shampoo

 

Doodles have hairy ears.  F1b doodles have VERY hairy ears.  To avoid chronic infection and to keep ears squeaky clean, use these hair pullers along with the powder every 2 weeks or so.  The powder helps you to grip the hair in your doodles ears and makes pulling the hair out easier for you and less painful for your doggie.  It also helps absorb all the moisture in your doodles ear.  Watch this video for more information on keeping your doodles ears clean: 

Proper Ear Care Video

 

PetEdge Stainless Steel Straight Mosquito Pet hemostat, 5-Inch

 

Miracle Care Ear Powder

 

 

 

Medicine Cabinet:

 

NuVet Plus Wafers. It's an immune system builder with a precise balance of vitamins, minerals, omega fatty acids, amino acids and high-potency antioxidants.  I highly recommend NuVet and will even extend your health warranty and give you an extra year if you enroll using this link:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Food supplements and vitamins.  Nutritional supplements for common canine health challenges and optimal health.  

Supplements and vitamins

I recommend Heartgard for Heartworm prevention - Hartgard Plus Chewables (requires Rx from Veterinarian and ONLY prevents heartworms) 

 

For fleas I have had great success with Activyl.  I have found that I only have to use it every 2-3 months spring to fall and I don't even treat for fleas from November through March.  I buy mine on Amazon and it doesn't require a prescription.

Activyl Over 14 Lb And Up To 22 Lb 6pk Dogs

Activyl Over 22 Lb And Up To 44 Lb 6pk Dogs

Activyl Over 44 Lb And Up To 88 Lb 6pk Dogs

 

This is a product that I recently learned about that other breeders are raving about!  I haven't used it myself but they swear by it for their breeding dogs and say that it is super effective, is odorless and non-greasy and offers 8 month Flea & Tick protection!

Bayer Seresto Flea and Tick Collar, Large Dog

 

Ear Care:  Zymox aids in the treatment of acute and chronic ear infections due to bacterial, viral and yeast infections.

Pet King Brand Zymox Otic Enzymatic Solution for Pet Ears, 1.25 Ounces

 

Ear Wash:  This herbal formula contains a special botanical blend and gentle cleansers. Ear Care Formula safely dissolves waxy build-ups and effectively removes dirt and debris. Aloe vera soothes the sensitive skin of inner ears. With continued use, say ‘hello’ to healthy clean ears that smell terrific! 

Ear Care Formula

This is a great product to keep in your medicine cabinet for those unexpected boo-boo's your pup might incur.  Veterinarian recommended for minor burns, abrasions, sores & skin irritations.

Vetericyn All Animal Wound & Skin Care 8oz

 

Something I HIGHLY recommend to all my families is Trupanion Pet Insurance.  It is really great coverage and very affordable.  If you purchase your puppy from me, you will be sent home with a certificate for a free 1 month trial membership.  Ask me for more information.

 

 

 

 

 

Training:

 

Crate:  I HIGHLY recommend crate training.  It really aids in the whole potty training process and pups like to have a den like area to call their own.  

I would recommend getting one with 2 doors (gives more flexibility on where to put it) and one with a movable divider.  For standard doodles I would get one for dogs up to at least 70lbs (42-inch).  For mini/mediums you can get by with the 30-inch. The divider will allow the crate to "grow" with your puppy.  You don't want too much room in there, otherwise your puppy will potty in it and you don't want him/her pottying where she sleeps.  I like the quality of this crate.

Midwest Life Stages Folding Metal Dog Crate, 42 Inches by 28 Inches by 31 Inches

 

Great little tote for training treats.  Even clips on the belt.

Canine Hardware Treat Tote Large, 2 Cup (Colors Vary)

 

I LOVE PoochieBells!  It’s a great idea to teach your doggie to let you know when he/she needs to go outside to do their business and these are not only cute, but they work!!

PoochieBells Dog Potty Training Doorbell, Chocolate Brown

 

I love this leash/lead!  It is designed to make walking your dog easy! Perfect for walking with any dog, you can easily adjust the length of this leash to make sure you and your pet are always comfortable.  Can be adjusted for "hands free" walking when worn diagonally over 1 shoulder.

Brown 6 Way European Multifunctional Leather Dog Leash, Adjustable Schutzhund Lead 49"-94" Long 3/4" Wide (18mm)

 

Gentle Leader head collar.  Reduces pulling, lunging, jumping and other unwanted behaviors.  Use this if you want to walk your dog instead of have him walk you :)  I would get a small to begin with and graduate to a medium as your puppy grows.  They don't really care for it at first but they do learn to love it.

Premier-Pet-Products Gentle Leader Headcollar, Black Small

 

X-pen:  Another "must have" for many families.  Great for those in apartments and those families with no one at home during the day.  I recommend the taller one.  Doodles are smart cookies and will learn to climb over and out!!

Majestic Pet 42-Inch Exercise Kennel pen for Pets

 

Baby gates.  Keep your pet in (or OUT!) of a certain part of your home.

Regalo Easy Step Walk Thru Gate, White

 

 

 

Toys:

 

Theses are just a few of the toys that my dogs LOVE!  Can't go wrong with any of these!!

 

Hear Doggy Chew Guard Flats Toy, Gator, Green, Ultrasonic Silent Squeaker Dog Toy

 

KONG Wubba Weave Dog Toy, Green, Large

 

All for Paws Outdoor Dog Ballistic Soccer Ball

 

Nylabone Dura Chew Original Flavored Dental Dinosaur Chew Toy, Dinosaur Style Varies

 

Nylabone Dura Chew Regular Bone Dog Chew Toy Value Pack

 

Nylabone Dura Chew Regular Original Flavored Wishbone Dog Chew Toy

 

KONG Extreme Dog Toy, Large, Black

 

KONG Stuff'N Snacks, Peanut Butter, 7-Ounce, Small

 

KONG 8-Ounce Stuff'N Easy Bacon and Cheese Treat for Dogs

 

Petstages Dogwood Stick Medium

 

Petstages CRUNCHCORE Chew Toy, Large

 

Petstages Stuffing Free Petite Lizard Dog Toy

 

 

 

Bedding and Confinement:

 

Crate:  I HIGHLY recommend crate training.  It really aids in the whole potty training process and pups like to have a den like area to call their own.  I would recommend getting one with 2 doors (gives more flexibility on where to put it) and one with a movable divider.  For standard doodles I would get one for dogs up to at least 70lbs (42-inch).  For mini/mediums you can get by with the 30-inch. The divider will allow the crate to "grow" with your puppy.  You don't want too much room in there, otherwise your puppy will potty in it and you don't want him/her pottying where she sleeps.  I like the quality of this crate.

Midwest Life Stages Folding Metal Dog Crate, 42 Inches by 28 Inches by 31 Inches

 

Great little bed for your crate when your puppy first comes home and is adjusting to new surroundings.  Stays cool in the summer, holds heat in the winter.

Sherpa Pet Crate Pet Bed

 

We're in Florida folks.  It gets hot.  This is a WONDERFUL mat for all those hot dogs out there.

The Green Pet Shop Cooling Mat

 

Great bed for summer time.  Will keep your pet cooler and off the floor

Coolaroo Elevated Pet Bed with Knitted Fabric

 

This is a great bed for the winter time.  Keeps your pooch nice and warm and I love that the cover is machine washable.

Dog Bed King USA Cuddler Bed. XL- Extra Large

 

X-pen:  Another "must have" for many families.  Great for those in apartments and those families with no one at home during the day.  I recommend the taller one.  Doodles are smart cookies and will learn to climb over and out!!

Majestic Pet 48-Inch Exercise Kennel pen for Pets

Snuggle puppy:  So many of my customers have such great success with this!!  I highly recommend this product for all new puppy owners. 

Finally, the perfect starter kit for a new puppy. This starter kit comes with a Snuggle Puppy, 3 extra heat packs, an extra soft blanket and a SmartPetLove Popsicles Puppy teething comfort Aid. This kit is a perfect way to welcome a new puppy home!

Smart Pet Love Snuggle Puppy Behavioral Aid Toy

 

 

 

 

Miscellaneous:

 

Pooper Scooper!!  Gotta have one!!

Flexrake 67W Large Scoop and Spade Set with 36-Inch Cherry Stained Wood Handle

 

This stuff is the bomb for pet stains and smells.  Every new puppy owner should have a bottle of this stuff in their arsenal.

Bio-Base Biodeodorizer Spray

 

And this one for all your hard floor surfaces

Bio-Base Floorwash

 

Is your puppy chewing things he/she shouldn't?  This is a great deterrent. 

Grannick's Bitter Apple for Dogs Spray Bottle

 

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