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Getting Ready for Your New Puppy


Have questions about your new puppy? We've put together an FAQ to answer our most frequently asked questions. You can read those here.

Getting a new puppy is very exciting! Here are some additional tips to prepare for your new Australian Labradoodle Puppy from Manor Lake. You can look forward to a lifetime of adventure and companionship with your new puppy. 

These are Manor Lake’s suggested supplies to have on hand to welcome your new arrival: (**THE PUPPY PACK IS CURRENTLY NOT AVAILABLE AT THIS TIME**)

- For toys, grooming tools and other items to help prep for the arrival for your new puppy or dog, we have our very own Manor Lake Puppy Pack that comes in three sizes and is offered with the option of coming with or without a crate. It's packed with helpful items such as food and water dishes, toys, toothbrushes, potty pads, and more! The sizes and prices are listed below:

Puppy Pack without Crate & Pad $300
With Small Wire Crate & Pad $375
With Medium Wire Crate & Pad $400
With Medium/Large Crate & Pad $425

For a list of all the items included in the Manor Lake Puppy Pack, check it out HERE.

To order either of the above, e-mail us at kim@manorlakelabradoodles.com or call us at 360-303-0497

If you choose not to pick up everything you need from us in a one-time purchase, here is a list of important items to consider:

1. Crate: A crate provides your puppy a safe, comfortable space that is all their own, an incredible tool for potty training, and makes traveling with your puppy so much easier. You should prepare bedding for the crate, such as a sturdy cushion or mat. If you are in need of a crate, let us know. We do have crates available for purchase. 

2. Exercise Pen or Gate: Lightweight exercise pens or childproof gates allow your new family member to explore, while being confined to controlled areas. We like the exercise pens from Pet Edge—prices starting at $30—they come in 24, 36, and 48 inch sizes.


3. Toys: Be sure to choose toys that do not have loose or small parts that can be chewed off and swallowed. Toys provide entertainment, but are also necessary for teething and training. Nylon or hard rubber bones and toys are excellent choices for teething puppies. Stuffed animals, which can be torn apart, should only be allowed under direct supervision.


4. Dishes: Water and food dishes should be non-tippable and preferably made of heavy stainless steel or sturdy stoneware (ceramic). Make sure fresh water is always available. You may also want to put a mat or tray under the dishes to protect your floor from spill. Manor Lake recommends the stainless steel dishes from PetEdge, you can learn more information about the dishes at, http://www.petedge.com.

5. Food: Check with your breeder or vet to see what and how often to feed your puppy. Manor Lake recommends Taste of the Wild Pacific Stream Canine Formula All Life Stages OR Puppy Fromula Smoked Salmon kibble purchased at a specialty pet store and is also available on Amazon. Taste of the Wild also has a handy store locator on their website at http://www.tasteofthewildpetfood.com/.  If you do decide to change foods, be sure you are mixing the supply we give you to start to make it an easy transition, and be warned an upset stomach is a common effect of changing foods.

6. Collar and Leash: You will probably need a training collar and an everyday collar. Ask your breeder or veterinarian for recommendations. We like the collars from Lupine.com and they have training harnesses as well. Manor Lake recommends collars, harnesses, and leashes from Lupine, they guarantee all of their products for life. Information found on http://www.lupine.com.

7. Grooming Tools: It’s a good idea to have basic grooming tools, such as flea comb and dog nail clippers. Needs vary from breed to breed. Manor Lake uses human nail clippers to trim puppy nails as shown below.

8. Be sure to Puppy proof your home!


9. Name and number of a good veterinarian, if you don’t already have one.

When you first bring your new Australian Labradoodle puppy home, place him in a limited space with easily washable floors. An exercise pen, spread with a puppy potty pad, is ideal. Keep the puppy confined, but close to the family, so your puppy can be supervised yet still feel he is “part of the pack.” A room that typically fits these criteria is a kitchen or laundry room. Place your Australian Labradoodle puppy’s water dish, with fresh water, close at hand. Place your puppy’s crate, bedding, and toys inside the pen.

Observe your puppy’s actions and reactions carefully. Handle your puppy frequently and briefly. Don’t let him get overtired or over-stimulated. Supervise children’s activities with the puppy and use common sense when monitoring the activity. Children needs to realize that your new Australian Labradoodle puppy is a little baby and needs to rest often.

You have to understand that your little Australian Labradoodle puppy is just like a human toddler. He/She has been taken away from his siblings and parents,possibly flown a great distance and he has undoubtedly undergone stress. Don’t be surprised if he/she keeps you up by crying for a a couple of nights up to a week - THIS IS NORMAL!  Australian Labradoodle Puppies also like to be held next to your skin where they can feel your heartbeat and your warmth. Put a hot water bottle, an indestructible stuffed toy or a windup, ticking clock wrapped in a towel in your puppy’s crate for comfort.

Softly pet and talk to your puppy softly and tell him how glad you are that he's with you. Talking to your puppy in a soft, reassuring voice is extremely important. He may not understand the words, but he'll appreciate and understand the meaning. However, don’t pick him up every time he cries or barks, or he will soon associate that undesirable behavior with getting a positive response.

kim@manorlakelabradoodles.com | (360) 303-0497 | 2950 Newmarket Street, Suite 101-181, Bellingham, WA 98226