BEFORE YOU BRING YOUR PUPPY HOME...
Here are a few things to remember.
6 WEEKS PRIOR TO GOTCHA DAY
Now is the time to start looking into puppy training classes and sign up for your favorite one. If you decide to skip a professional trainer, maybe consider a doggie day care and brush up on your own dog training skills with books or online tips and videos. We love the Baxter & Bella Online Puppy School (find more info on our Puppy Training page). Use our code CHERRYBLOSSOM25 for 25% off!
Also discuss with all family members what your dog will/will not be allowed to do at home (i.e. jumping on furniture, sleeping in the bed, etc.)
3 WEEKS PRIOR TO GOTCHA DAY
If you haven't chosen a veterinarian yet, now is the time to pick a vet and schedule your puppy's first check-up. In order to keep our health guarantee valid, the first appointment must be scheduled within the first three days of pick up.
2 WEEKS PRIOR TO GOTCHA DAY
Now is a great time to start gathering all of your supplies:
- Crate and dog bed
- Food and water bowl
- Puppy food
- Collar or harness and leash
- Durable chews
- Shampoo and brush
*check out our product recommendations down below
1 DAY PRIOR TO GOTCHA DAY
Activate your Go Home Day offer from Trupanion. You need to activate your code within 24 hours before or after your puppy’s Gotcha Day. Details are included in your Selection Day packet.
Overview of the Trupanion Go Home Day Offer:
· 30 days of coverage with no obligation
· Immediate coverage, waiting periods are waived
· $250 deductible, no payout limits
· Coverage for any new injuries or illnesses
Here are some items that we use on a regular basis
WIRE CRATE WITH DIVIDER
Crate training your new puppy will help in so many ways.
We recommend a 36 or 42 inch crate for doodles that are 35-50 lbs and a 42 or 48 inch crate for doodles that are 50-80 lbs. If your dog will spend a lot of time in their crate, it is wise to go with the larger size.
PROPLAN CHICKEN & RICE PUPPY FOOD
Your puppy has been on this food from the beginning and we highly recommend it. If you must switch foods, please do so gradually over the course of a couple of weeks, and only after your puppy has settled in to your daily routine and you have discussed with your vet.
BERNIE'S PERFECT POOP
Use code CherryBlossom20 to save 20%
Bernie's Perfect Poop combines essential Fibers, Prebiotics, Probiotics & Enzymes to heal your dog's digestive system and maintains a healthy balanced gut microbiome. We sprinkle a bit on each meal.
HIMALAYAN DOG CHEW
by Himalayan Pet Supply
These yummy edible chew treats come in a variety of flavors, shapes, and density. They are great to keep your puppy busy while crate training for example.
These training treats are the perfect size and texture for having a few in your pocket during training sessions or for emergency situations. We break them in half, so they go down quicker and the dog can regain focus much faster.
For wet and muddy paws
We keep several towels on hand to dry wet paws before entering the house.
Koda's favorite by far
Kong toys come in all shapes and sizes. They can be filled with yummy treats or peanut butter for a long-lasting activity that's perfect for crate training.
PROFESSIONAL NAIL TRIMMERS
We have tried a lot of nail trimmers over the years. These Safari trimmers are sturdy, sharp, easy to handle, but cheap enough to be replaced frequently.
TEARLESS FACIAL SHAMPOO
This shampoo is perfect for the face since it is tearless, lathers up great, rinses well, and smells amazing. Now you have another reason to kiss your sweet doodle's face!
MAGIC DETANGLER AND CONDITIONING SPRAY
Before brushing, you should mist your dog's coat with a leave-in detangler/conditioner to avoid hair breakage. We love the silky feel and amazing scent of this one by iGroom.
by Cowboy Magic
This concentrated whitening shampoo is ideal for dogs with white markings to keep their coat bright and fresh looking. We use it on all areas with white fur. Be sure to work it into a good lather and rinse very well to avoid blue-stained spots.
DETANGLER & SHINE
by Cowboy Magic
Massage a pea-size amount of this detangler into any mats before using the Baby G Slicker brush and metal comb to brush it out. I also use a small amount of this detangler in trouble areas after a bath to avoid new mats from forming and on the legs to repel dirt.
OVAL BREEZY BRUSH
by Chris Christensen
My favorite brush by far! I use it for every brush session, quick fluff outs, and all over the body to detangle smaller knots.
The pink pad is the firm version and ideal for curly/thick coats. The green pad is medium firm and works best on more loose/wavy coats. I have the 16mm pin length, which is great for short to mefium length coats. If you keep your doodle's coat extra long, go for the 22mm pin length.
BABY G SLICKER
by Chris Christensen
This smaller slicker brush is perfect for getting mats out and prevent new ones from forming in places like behind the ears, on the legs, and tail.
BIG G SLICKER
by Chris Christensen
This bigger slicker brush is great for line brushing larger areas on medium and large size doods and poodles.
BRAVMINI CORDLESS CLIPPERS
These cordless clippers are so easy to maneuver and perfect for sanitary trims and shaving in-between paw pads. Regular trims in those areas keep your doodle's booty clean and help with traction on slippery floors.
DOG DRYER 4.0 HP 2 SPEED WITH ADJUSTABLE HEAT
by Free Paws
If you are taking on the task of bathing your Doodle at home, it is wise to invest in a dog dryer. Fully drying your dog's coat after a bath helps prevent matting, fungal infections, and that wet dog smell.
ULTRAEDGE 2-SPEED CLIPPERS
If you have the time and patience or if you just love to groom your own Doodle, these clippers are great! We have had the same clippers since 2007 and they are still in perfect condition (of course, we got new blades in between).
CERAMICEDGE DETACHABLE #30 BLADE
The CeramicEdge blades stay cooler longer and the blade size #30 is best when using metal comb attachments. If you use this blade without any attachment, your Doodle will end up looking naked.