Doodle do's and don'ts

Doodle do's and don'ts

Must-haves

A crate with a mat with rubber lining. Bench size:91x60x66cm

An extra mat with rubber lining

Water and food bowls for inside the crate

Water and food bowls for outside the crate

Tip: We recommend you to feed your puppy in the puppy crate to help him get used to it. A dog will do anything for its food. It is also important to make sure its water bowl is always full.

A toy box: A box full of toys, from which the dogs can choose something to play with. They never get bored because the box is hardly ever empty. If they can’t find a toy, they’ll pick out a new one, rather than chewing up your furniture

A supply of chew toys and bones (rawhide only!)

A rain jacket! Once your dog’s adult coat comes through (at around age 8-9 months) it will stay wet for lot longer after a walk in the rain. A rain jacket is an ideal solution: it keeps your dog dry (who would otherwise stay wet for at least 6 hours!) and helps prevent tangles!

A blow dryer or doodle booster

Tip: Don’t let your doodle’s coat air dry. We recommend blow drying your doodle’s coat to prevent matting and tangles, which can cause itching and skin irritation.

Grooming scissors with blunt tips

Flea drops

Worming tablets

Food

Kibble: The puppies have been weaned with Dog lover's Gold, which is suitable for all ages. It is a complete and gluten free kibble available at www.dogloversgold.eu (ships to various countries within the EU) or at various distributors in the EU and USA (see their website for a list of distributors)

Canned food: Dog lover's Gold, see website. Most commercial brands of canned food consist of 80% water and contain a lot of minerals and additives that your dog doesn’t require.

Small, soft dog treats

Doodle do's

It is important to look around your house through the eyes of your puppy, before bringing your puppy to his/her new home.

  • Puppy proofing: Wires are very fun to chew on, as are wicker furniture and baskets. Also make sure to keep cleaning products out of reach.
  • Give your puppy the chance to explore its new home
  • Stay with your puppy the first few nights: The first few nights can be very scary for your puppy, so it is important to have someone sleep with him and comfort him/her when the new house and puppy crate become too much. Your puppy has never slept alone and moving to a new home, meeting new people and probably after a long journey, can be a bit much. Giving your puppy the time to get used to everything is best and will help you to win his/her trust.
  • Take your puppy everywhere! It is important to introduce your puppy to as many new situations as possible, so that your puppy learns not to be scared of new things. If they get scared, stay cheerful. The owner helps the puppy through the situation and shows that there really wasn’t anything to be scared of. Up until 15 weeks, nothing is scary so long as the owner reassures the puppy. After 15 weeks, new situations are harder to get used to.
  • Take it easy: it is important to give your puppy some rest during the first two days. Your puppy has just been taken out of the litter and this can cause some stress. Some puppies may even become sick. This will pass when the puppy has had the chance to adjust and get used to its new surroundings.
  • A few basic training tips: training starts the very first day!

Let your puppy get used to being touched: You should feel your puppy’s eyes, look into his mouth, feel his paws and tail from the very first day, to help your puppy get used to being touched and handled. He/she must allow this and it makes life easier if you can look into his/her mouth without teeth sinking into flesh.

Show your puppy who's boss: Every now and then, take away your puppy’s food while he/she is happily munching away. You are the boss and you also have to be able to him/her when he/she has something he/she shouldn’t have.

Let your puppy get used to being brushed: This will become a regular part of his life! We will provide you with a doodle brush when you come to pick him/her up. A doodle should be brushed at least once a week and when it has its adult coat, it should be washed and groomed every 10-12 weeks. You can do this with a clipper, de-tangling comb, grooming scissors and a blow dryer! Or take your doodle to a trimmer who knows how to do a doodle do.
Some trimmers claim to know how to groom a doodle and your dog will end up looking like a poodle! On average, a trimmer will charge between €50 and €80 each time, but for this price your doodle will be washed, cut back into shape, have his/her ears washed, their anal glands done and their nails cut.

Be firm with the trimmer: Make it very clear to your trimmer how you want your dog cut and make sure they stick to it. It’s your dog, not a model for your trimmer to experiment on.

House training: After sleeping and approx. 30 minutes after eating and drinking. Put your puppy outside and praise him/her when he/she does his/her business. Also add a command, such as ‘do something’ or ‘wee’. If the puppy makes a connection between the command and what he/she has to do, he/she will understand what is expected of him/her.

Leash training: Slowly extend your walks. Start with walking a short distance near home three times a day for about ten minutes. This is mainly to help your puppy get used to walking with a leash, rather than helping him/her to lose energy. This will come later, as the he/she grows up.
After the inoculation at twelve weeks, your puppy can safely play with other dogs and you can take him/her just about anywhere. Until then: during the first week 3x 10 minutes a day, then 3x 15 minutes a day etc. Doodles like to play and have a lot of energy. Give your dog the chance to run and play outside or in your garden.

Puppy crate training: Make the puppy crate a safe and fun spot. Put a toy and something that smells of the litter inside. Try to lure your puppy in to the crate with a toy or treat (a bit of cheese or a shred of chicken breast). Once your puppy is inside, praise him. Give him/her a chew toy or his/her favourite toy and slowly close the door while talking to him in a friendly tone. Open the door after a few minutes, use your hand to keep your puppy inside, say ‘free’ and let him/her go. Your puppy goes out of the crate: good boy/girl! Slowly build up the amount of time you keep him/her in the crate. Put him/her in the crate whenever it’s time to get some rest, it’s his/her spot. Ignore whining and stay friendly: Everything’s fine, it’s time to get some rest.

Come here: call your puppy by his/her name along with the command ‘come here’ and reward him/her with a treat when he/she listens. This will help your puppy get used to his/her name and also teach it its first command.

Sit: To make your dog sit down, hold a treat above his/her nose, just out of reach. Slowly move the treat back a bit. The puppy’s nose will follow and the puppy will sit down. Good boy/girl, sit!

Lie down:To make your dog lie down, let him sit down. Then, hold a treat between his/her front paws. Your dog will then automatically lie down, so that he can reach the treat. He/she gets the treat: Good boy/girl, down (lie down, low etc.)  

Let go: use this command when you take something out of your dog’s mouth. If he/she lets go: Clever dog!, Good boy/girl!

No or enough: Use this when your dog shows unwanted behaviour. Say this is in a firm tone and don’t encourage any bad behaviour. Keep repeating this until your puppy stops with the bad behaviour (even if it’s only for 5 seconds). Praise him straight away. The world is one big playground for your puppy and you will have to use this command a lot, but it does work!

Doodle don'ts

  • Toxic foods: Chocolate (especially dark chocolate), grapes, raisins and nuts out of reach, as they are all very bad for your dog’s health. Dark chocolate, in particular, can be lethal for your dog, even in small amounts! The following website has a list of foods and plants that are poisonous for dogs:http://www.entirelypets.com/toxicfoods.html.

  • Don't leave toys lying around: Children’s toys smell a lot like their new playmates and are great fun to chew on! Make sure you keep it out of reach for your puppy to keep the toys safe and whole. Shoes and dirty laundry also smell like their owners and are therefore very interesting for your puppy!
  • Don’t pick your puppy up all the time: Sit on the ground with him/her, let him/her come to you out of curiosity and you will become the best of mates. Pay close attention to how your dog reacts to things and adapt your training to that. Our doodles find loud voices extremely unpleasant. The word ‘no’ or ‘enough’ means that something is finished, even bad behaviour, and is punishment enough. ‘Let go’ means that they have to give what they have in their mouth or they aren’t allowed to pick something up. By being alert from the very beginning, you can train your puppy very quickly. It is important to also reward good behaviour. Doodles are very sensitive and have a big will to please. They would much rather prefer to show good behaviour, which earns them hugs or treats, than bad behaviour.
  • Don’t have too many visitors : During your puppy’s first few weeks at home, a puppy can be over-stimulated rather quickly.
  • Don’t comfort your puppy when he/she is scared: By trying to comfort your puppy, you are only confirming his/her feeling of fear. Even with dominant behaviour from other dogs that may even be unsettling for you. Stand in between the dogs and do not show fear! Doodles are incredibly smart and are perfectly capable of estimating how they should behave towards other dogs.
  • Don't wake the baby: If your puppy wants to sleep, no matter how cute he/she is, let him/her! Your puppy will be awake enough of the time and there will be moments you want him/her to sleep. Getting enough rest is important for your puppy’s development and a puppy that keeps getting woken up can start to show unpleasant behaviour and can cause stress.

Other than that, enjoy! Feel free to come to us with any questions you might have. We would of course love to hear all about how the puppies are doing in their new homes!