The most common question we get from new puppy families after "when can I pick up my puppy" is what do I need to get for my new puppy.
We have compiled a wish-list for you of our favorite products. We own at least one of (and likely multiples of) everything we recommend on this page. You may not need everything we share here, but this will give you a good place to start in preparing your home for the arrival of your new best friend.
As always, please contact us if you have any questions.
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Pet Gazebos, Play Pens, and Igloos
We know the safety of your Goldendoodle is a top priority. We recommend the use of a gazebo for when your puppy may be outside without supervision.
If you live in a climate with temperature extremes, we also recommend an igloo, which helps in both hot and cold weather.
To contain your puppy while indoors without using a crate, we love the BestPet playpens. Your puppy likely has been raised in our home in one of these play pens.
Food and Treats
We raise your puppy on The Honest Kitchen foods, and recommend that you continue this diet for the rest of your puppy's life.
The Honest Kitchen is made from fresh, human-grade food that has been freeze dried. Simply add water to reconstitute.
We think this is a much better alternative to kibbles made from heavily processed, non-human-grade food, much of which are by-products (read: leftovers and waste) from other products.
Goldendoodle Favorite Toys and Chews
Toys are not just for fun. They are necessary for the mental and emotional well being of your dog.
Chewing is a natural, instinctive activity and pups and dogs should be given safe, appropriate chew toys. Puppies need appropriate objects to chew on while they are teething. This helps relieve the discomfort, and it also teaches them to discern toys from non-toys (your favorite shoes, grandma's rug, things like that). Bully sticks are perfect for this time of life, as well as for adult dogs.
Chewing also helps relieve boredom and helps keep your dog's teeth healthy and clean.
Goldendoodles are "soft-mouthed" dogs. this means they don't chomp down super hard like German Shepherds or Bulldogs, and they don't like to chew on very hard objects. We have found that soft, floppy chew toys are the go-to favorite (we like to say that if a toy looks like road kill, our Goldendoodles will love it!).
If you will be gone for a while, it's always best to give your dog something to do. You can alternate bully sticks with Kong toys stuffed with cheese, peanut butter, bananas, or any combination.
You can make up a few at a time and keep them in a baggie in the freezer for whenever you may need one quickly. Kongs are harder toys, and your Goldendoodle may never actually chew on the Kong itself, but she will love to spend a couple of hours trying to get at the goodies you have stuffed inside.
Collars, Leashes, and Harnesses
We love lupine collars and leashes. They are well, made, wash well, affordable, and come in a variety of beautiful colors and patterns.
Lupine stands by their products and replaces any damaged product (even if chewed!), no questions asked. Click here for more information on the incredible Lupine guarantee.
Grooming and Care
Goldendoodles need regular brushing. Our favorite brush by far is the Chris Christensen slicker. It's a bit pricey, but after comparing it to its competitors, there's no question that it's worth every penny. It will make brushing easier and more pleasant for both you and your Dood.
You want to be sure to brush all the way to the base of the hair, and then use a comb like the Buttercomb to give a final go-through and make sure no matts are forming.
Chris Christensen also makes, in our opinion, the best shampoos and conditioners. They clean well and condition beautifully, but just as importantly, they rinse out very easily and leave silky, gleaming coats.
Dog beds aren't just for comfort, they provide the orthopedic support your dog needs to help prevent bone-related conditions such as hip and elbow dysplasia.
For indoor use, soft beds are comfy and wonderful.
For both indoor or outdoor use, hammock-type beds are best. They wash and sanitize easily, are weatherproof. In the summer, their elevation helps keep your dog cool, and in the winter they help keep your dog off the cold, damp ground.
The hammocks we suggest here are also chew-resistant, which is great for young and teething dogs.
Our puppies go home with lifetime breeder support, as well as a puppy training book, brochures, and lots of other training related information. If you would like to dig a little deeper, here are a few suggested books and DVDs.
Most recommended of all is the Puppy Culture DVD. We raise our puppies using Puppy Culture protocols—in fact we are the first and currently the ONLY Goldendoodle breeder in the Puppy Culture Breeder's database. This absolutely charming DVD set will show you the care and work we put into each puppy, as well as explaining the science behind everything we do. We cannot recommend this DVD enough.
Puppies go home with the Puppy Fitness Guidelines, but if you also want a Kindle copy, there's a link here for that.
All puppies go home with a copy of "The Puppy Primer."
We used to send puppies home with a copy of "Perfect Puppy in 7 Days," but the publisher has been too inconsistent in availability. If it's available when you click the link, we highly recommend this book. It provides easy, common-sense training suggestions illustrated with many well-captioned photographs.
Martha Hoffman is a long-time mentor of ours. Her book, "Lend Me an Ear" describes her gold-standard method of training hearing assistance dogs, and is also quite useful for teaching dogs being trained for an kind of alert work.
Goldendoodles are absolute naturals for providing assistance and companionship for people on the Autism Spectrum. We have included two books on our reading list for anyone interested in exploring that topic.