Puppy Quick-Start Guide

Congratulations on your new puppy!


We are so excited to help you embark on this exciting journey with your newest family member. We want to make sure you are completely prepared to be the best doodle owner you can be.

Below you will find several resources that I hope you will find very helpful. I would strongly recommend that you read through all of it within a week of your pick-up, especially if you're a new dog owner. If you establish some ground rules in the very beginning, it will greatly increase your chances of a well-behaved dog.
 

We want you to enjoy the longest, healthiest life with your Humble Heritage Puppy, so we recommend NuVet Plus wellness wafers. Protect your pet by boosting immunity, reducing cell damage and providing vital nutrients missing in most diets. Call for more information.

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POTTY TRAINING

Puppy Potty and Crate Training

Your 8-week-old puppy can “hold it” 2-3 hours during the day and about 4-6 at night. Pups and adult dogs love their “den” and like to keep it clean, so a crate is a helpful tool for potty training and for keeping your small pup safe. Adjusting to a crate without siblings might take a couple of nights. We recommend using a divider to adjust the crate size as your pup grows.

  • Take your pup out frequently during the day and reward with praise and a treat.

  • Feed twice a day AM and PM.  Remove food 4 hours before bed and water 2 hours before bed. This will eliminate the need to go “out” during the night.

  • Some pups are comforted by having a blanket draped over the crate. Or being in crate in your room.

 
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VETERINARY CARE

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We recommend a well-visit within 3 days to a week of receiving your new puppy.

Your vet will advise you when to begin Flea & Tick (DO NOT USE ORAL), Heartworm prevention and when to have follow-up vaccinations.

 

We strongly encourage you to avoid dog parks, potty areas at rest stops, and other public areas until your puppy is fully vaccinated.

 
 
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GROOMING

We love that our Doodles are low-to non-shedding dogs, but they do require grooming.

 

Most Doodles visit the groomer about once every 2-4 months.

 

Rely on your groomer for basic maintenance tips (brushing, trimming nails, cleaning ears).  Take a picture of the look you have in mind.

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SPAY / NEUTER

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We ask that you have your puppy spayed or neutered by their first birthday but not before 6 months as this can interfere with normal growth patterns.

 
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HEARTWORM PREVENTION

We prefer INTERCEPTOR PLUS Heartworm Prevention chewables that should be administered monthly.

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FLEA AND TICK PREVENTION

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(NO ORAL) We prefer Seresto Collars

Choosing a veterinarian to visit or sometimes asking friends can be helpful for recommendations.

 
 
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CHEWING PREVENTION

Puppy Chewing Toys - Pups love and need to chew.

Our best and simplest recommendation is having a lot of chew toys available that your pup is allowed to chew on. Divert them from shoes, children’s toys, and furniture by substituting an acceptable replacement.

Such as: Bully Sticks; Nyla Bones

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DOG TAGS

What to put on your dog I.D. tags:

  • Your name

  • 2 phone numbers

  • County and State

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