Your Manor Lake Australian Labradoodle Puppy’s First Nights
Getting a new puppy is very exciting! Here are some additional tips on preparing for your new Australian Labradoodle Puppy from Manor Lake. You can look forward to a lifetime of adventure and companionship with your Australian Labradoodle puppy.
These are Manor Lake’s suggested supplies to have on hand to welcome your new arrival:
1. Crate: A crate comes with the purchase of your Manor Lake Australian Labradoodle puppy (Crate dimensions are 25×17x17). The crate should have bedding, such as a sturdy cushion or mat. Crates and crate pads can be purchased from PetMate, visit their website at http://www.petmate.com.
2. Exercise Pen or Gate: Lightweight exercise pens or childproof gates will allow your new family member to be confined to controlled areas, yet be close to the family’s activities. 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 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 to feed and how often to feed your puppy. Manor Lake recommends Taste of the Wild High Prairie Canine Blend kibble and canned purchased at a specialty pet store or you can order it online from Taste of the Wild at http://www.tasteofthewildpetfood.com/.
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 www.lupine.com and they have training harnesses as well. Manor Lake recommeds 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 Puppyproof 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 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 usually perfectly fits these criteria is the 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 keep those activities within common sense. Children must be made 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 will 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.
Pet and talk to your puppy softly and tell him how glad you are that he is with you. Talking to your puppy in a soft, reassuring voice is extremely important. He may not understand the words, but he will 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.