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What to Get
Items to Prepare for Your Puppy
Let us help you get started! Following is a clickable list of items, and a few with website links, of items to purchase before you bring your puppy home. If you prefer a car ride to your local brick and mortar store instead, here is a handy list of what you should purchase. But if you're like us and love shopping from the convenience of home, scroll down to peruse and purchase the necessities and fun extras Beechwood Goldendoodles recommends.
Wire crate with adjustable panel, allowing the crate to grow with your puppy
Crate bed--not to be used the first few months. You don't want chewing and ingesting!
Bed for outside the crate
Water and food bowls
Nylon collar and six ft. leash
Harness (Not necessary until pup is older. I like Easy Walk as it hooks in front of chest and trains to not pull)
Slicker brush & T-brush
Waste bag tote and bags
Dental care kit
Stain and odor eliminator spray
Bitter apple deterrent spray
At least five appropriate toys
Rescue spray and wipes to prevent Parvo
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Crates & beds & carriers
A dog crate is your dog's home within the home and needs to be a comfortable space for him. A general guide is as follows:
PETITES: 24" wire crate
MINIS 30" wire crate
MEDIUMS: 36" wire wire crate
STANDARD: 36"-42" wire crate
An adjustable divider is a must, and not all crates come with one.
Travel crate for car--
18.96" micro-petites, 24.6" for minis and mediums, and 28.01 for standards.
The inventor of this amazing idea has been interviewed for Shark Tank! A super cozy dog bed that unzips, and voila--it's a dog blanket for the car. It's also so easy to throw in the wash. We use ours paired with Wash-n-Zip's sturdy platform bed. Click the button below to order from their website.
A little extra entertainment in the crate or on the dog bed can go a long way...
Stuff these with peanut butter or mini treats
TIP: Don't order Snuggle Puppies here! We keep them in stock for you, so we can scent it with your pup's mama and siblings--perfectly soothing for your pup those first nights with you. Let us know if you'd like to reserve yours...
harnesses & leashes
I use Easy Walk harnesses (below) on both Lucy and Max and LOVE them. No issues with pulling on walks. They come in different sizes, even extra small.
Diet, Digestion, & chews
Granted, a dryer is not a necessity, but when you see the beautiful coat of your doodle's hair blown out, it's like he just returned from the groomer. AND...it helps keep the coat free of mats. We use this one and love it!
TIP: Clean and save a gallon milk jug, add a couple tablespoons of MinkSheen shampoo at bath time, fill jug with warm water, and voila--perfect for bathing your doodle without using too much shampoo on sensitive skin. Plus, this stuff lasts forever!
TIP: The T-Brush (above) is excellent for getting your pup to LOVE being groomed right from the start! It's as soothing as a massage. AND... it goes a long way in preventing mats. Use at least twice a week, and it'll ward off the dreaded slicker brush!
TIP: After grooming, if you can get this comb through the hair, you'll know there are no mats, AND the groomer's clipper blade will also be able to get through. This means no fears of having your fur baby shaved down.
Ahh, the slicker brush. A necessary evil for all doodles, as it prevents and untangles mats. This Chris Christensen one is the creme de la creme. Even my groomer says it's the only one she'll use! But here are a couple other great and more economical ones...
Yikes! Where did those mats come from? Life got busy, it's time for the groomer, and you don't want to have your fur baby shaved down. This dematting comb comes to the rescue!
health, safety & behavior
REScue is outstanding against parvo
Natural Balance is a wonderful mini training treat!
PlAYPENS & GATES
A little reading...
house training & sanitary
Onsies are a great alternative to the "cone of shame" after spay or neuter...
TIP: Using a tray with your pee pad removes the worry of your pup chewing, ingesting, or playing with the pad
A Little bit of fun...
TIP: We like this ball best for fetching as it's easier for dogs to breathe while running and carrying it back and forth.
These next items are not on Amazon, but some favorites from PawTree.
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TIP: Chewster bones, large & small, are excellent for teething or smearing peanut butter in crevices. You can even wedge treats here and there. Great entertainment!
TIP: Don't order your Snuggle Puppy here! We keep them in stock for you, so we can scent them with your pup's mama and siblings--perfectly soothing for your pup those first nights with you. Let us know if you'd like to reserve yours...
Obviously, nothing can compare to Mom's sweet kisses and snuggles or the warmth and heartbeats of litter mates, but Snuggle Puppies are the next best thing! When making the huge transition those first few nights of sleeping alone in a crate, the warmth and sound of a Snuggle Puppy heartbeat will make for easier, more restful nights for your puppy AND you!