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.
New Australian Labradoodle Puppy Instructions
Your new puppy may have been recently spayed/neutered with dissolving sutures so it is not necessary to have them removed. Check your puppy’s suture line daily for redness and swelling. If there is any, call your vet.
Do not give your puppy a full bath until 2 weeks after his/her surgery date. Do not pick up your puppy by his/her front legs or underneath front legs. Always put one hand in-between front legs and one hand in-between back legs then pick the puppy straight up from the floor. You can clean up your puppy in the mean time if needed. Do not submerge your puppy in water, but instead use a hose or cup to pour water over your puppy for bathing until your puppies incision site is healed.
These are Manor Lake’s suggested supplies to have on hand to welcome your new arrival:
- Crate: A crate provides your puppy a safe, comfortable space that is all their own. It also functions as 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.
- 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 start at $30—they come in 24, 36, and 48 inch sizes.
- 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.
- 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.
- Food: Manor Lake recommends Life’s Abundance small/medium breed puppy food purchased at https://www.lifesabundance.com Home.aspx?realname=20606460. If you do decide to switch foods, be sure you are mixing the supply we give you to make it an easy transition, and be warned an upset stomach is a common effect of changing foods. Please stick with the FREE FEEDING method your puppy has been accustomed to offering food/water from approximately 7:00am until 5:00pm.
- 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, who guarantee all of their products for life. Information can be found on http://www.lupine.com.
- Grooming Tools: It’s a good idea to have basic grooming tools such as a 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.
- Be sure to Puppy proof your home!
- 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 newspaper 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 overly tired 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 has been taken away from his siblings and parents, flown a great distance and he has undoubtedly undergone stress. Don’t be surprised if he keeps you up by crying for a night or two (or three!). Visit your puppy once during the night for a check and/or potty break. He’ll get used to your smell and will soon realize that you are there to protect and comfort him. 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. Many of our clients have also highly recommended a Snuggle Puppy which can be purchased online via Amazon.
Pet and talk to your puppy softly and tell him how glad you are that they’re 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.