BRINGING PUPPY HOME CHECKLIST
Here is a complimentary checklist that we strongly recommend our clients do to get their puppy home and settled.
At Prairie Doodles, we firmly believe in supplements for your puppies growth and development. We require our families purchase at least one 3 month supply to keep puppy healthy while they are growing. Prairie Doodles is a proud affiliate of NuVet Labs® and we recommend their supplements of their Plus line for our puppies to help them in their growth and development. Learn More About These Products. You can pick this up on pick-up day or you are welcome to order online.
We require that our families sign up for their 30 day free Trupanion puppy insurance. You sign up for this a week before you bring your puppy home, but we require it because puppies can get really hurt being curious or during teething and rack up thousands of dollars worth of vet bills. Keep your puppy safe and be prepared for the accidents with pet insurance. We provide you a certificate upon take home, but should you want to get a head start and have it ready or if you lose it, you can download it here.
*REGISTER AS SOON AS PUPPY IS IN YOUR CARE.
REGISTER YOUR MICROCHIP
We microchip your puppy before they go home, but they do not serve their purpose of finding your lost pet unless you register them with your emergency information. We will provide your microchip number upon picking puppy up and it will be on your bill of sale, pedigree, and your vet document. You can register that number here and we recommend you do it right after you sign up for pet insurance.
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OTHER RECOMMENDATIONS Before your puppy comes home
Find a vet if you don't already have one. Find one that you trust, or one that has been recommended to you by a friend or relative. It is very important that you trust your vet to make accurate, truthful diagnosis and to feel confident that they will not do unnecessary testing of your dog or puppy. Please don't just pick any vet out of the Yellow Pages: be sure to get recommendations. We use Elizabeth St. Pet Hospital and SAVE in Okotoks and they are very good. We recommend the following vets which we either know well or other clients have recommended: Bridlewood Vet (our old vet works out of this clinic, her name is Maya), Elizabeth St. Pet Hospital in Okotoks, and Highview Animal Clinic in High River.
Check into puppy socialization and obedience classes for your new puppy. We strongly recommend this! We recommend starting with puppy classes and then moving on to basic obedience classes and beyond. The puppies love going and are the star in most classes. We use Michelle at Living Prairie Kennels here locally for a lot of our training, as she has a great puppy bootcamp program for basic and advanced training, as well as boards our puppies when our families have to pick up at a later date. For those of you in the Calgary area we recommend Kirsten Rose of Canine Mind and Manners, and Dogma. For one-on-one classes, we like Larry of Konfident Kanines. We have personally used Larry and he is firm but good.
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Snuggle Puppy: This is a must have prior to take-home. We suggest that everyone purchase this to make the first few nights at home a happy transition away from litter mates. This little stuffy comes with a heating pack that is warm for 24 hours and you can purchase extra to place inside for additional days and it also has a heart beat that helps calm your puppy in their new home and while sleeping in their crate. They love these! You can purchase on Smart Pet Love or Amazon.
Crate: For the first few months you'll need a crate sized 20" L x 19" W x 27" H for our minis and smaller medium dogs. For standard puppies and larger mediums, we recommend getting the next size up, approximately 37" L x 25" W x 27" H. These sizes should last your puppy until around six months, at which time you may need to upsize. You can also buy used crates on Kijiji or Craigslist, but if you do buy used (even from friends!) please carefully disinfect the crates so there are no germs left.
Dog collar and leash: We send you home with a collar for your puppy. It is also very important to get a dog tag with the puppy's name and your phone numbers. Most lost dogs who are found are fairly close to home, and if your phone numbers are on the tag they can be reunited with you right away instead of waiting for a vet or shelter to check the puppy's microchip.
Doggie bed: Don't buy a wicker bed, since your puppy will eat it. It's very important to buy a bed with a zip-off cover so the cover can be washed regularly. We've found good beds at Amazon, Costco, and Winners, and have heard good things about Dog Bed Works waterproof beds.
Dog dishes: Be sure to buy stainless steal or ceramic dishes. Plastic, wood, or other dishes made from porous materials are not recommended, as they easily collect bacteria.
Dog food: At Prairie Doodles, the puppies are fed TLC for Puppy. Our coupon code for $5 off is 62974-1025. We suggest you order this from TLC as to not change the puppy diet too quickly upon their transition into your home. We also recommend Go Natural and ACANA. Always get dog food that is made with human-grade ingredients. If your vet or anyone recommends a dog food, make sure you research it online and read reviews. Check it out first on this site or Google "Top 10 Dog Foods."
Dog Supplements: Prairie Doodles is a proud affiliate of NuVet Labs® and we recommend supplements of their Plus line for our puppies to help them in their growth and development. Learn More About These Products.
Toys: Your puppy will love Kong toys, rope toys, stuffed dog toys with squeakers and balls, and bully chews. They also like stuffed toys that make crunchy noises, and soft stuffy toys that they can carry around. If you want an inexpensive toy, get an old sock, put an empty water bottle in it and knot the end of the sock. They love it as it crunches.
Training treats: Any freeze-dried treats are very good, like liver, etc. We also recommend any elk products — like antlers or training treats made of elk velvet antler. Also, Puppy Love has some wonderful, Alberta-made treats.
Puppy shampoo, conditioner: Any mild type works well. Check with your groomer for good recommendations. We use NuVet Labs® and we are super impressed.
Brushes: Brushes from Furminator are excellent for the labradoodle coat.
Nail clippers: Cut your dog's own nails with dog nail clippers, or go to a groomer if you prefer not to. If needed, baby nail clippers work on puppy nails.
Puppy blankies: We send you home with a blankie that smells like your puppy's littermates and mom. Walmart has good dog blankets.
Bell: Poochie Bells are very good as a house-training method. They are bells that hang on your doorknob, and every time you take your puppy outdoors you ring the bell. Eventually he/she will ring the bell when he has to go out. Lots of our clients use these and say they work.
Dog training books: There are many different respected training methods, and you'll need to find the one that's right for you and the personality of your puppy. Some puppies and gentle-natured and don't require strong corrections, and others are headstrong and will need a firmer training style. We like Cesar Milan's books and DVDs. Dog Training For Dummies, Puppy Training by Charlotte Schwartz, or any puppy training book by Ian Dunbar or Patrician McConnell are good.