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Congratulations on purchasing the newest four-legged member of your family from Sierra Springs Australian Doodles! Before you bring home your new puppy and begin a lifetime of love and happiness together, there are a few things you’ll need to prepare for the arrival of your Doodle.

Because we want to ensure our puppies thrive in their forever home, we’ve put together a list of the items we recommend you use to provide them the best care possible. This list is just a suggestion, and ultimately the supplies you choose should reflect the needs and preferences of you and your pup.

Check out our favorite food, toys, household supplies, and other resources below for giving your puppy the healthy and happy life they deserve!

*Although as an Amazon Affiliate, a portion of your purchases from these links may benefit our breeding programs, Sierra Springs Australian Doodles would never suggest a product that we would not use ourselves. You can be sure that every item on our shopping list is of the highest quality.


Food

NUTRI SOURCE SMALL-MEDIUM PUPPY FOOD

Nutrisource small and medium breed puppy chicken and rice formula is scientifically formulated to provide the optimal nutrition and easy digestion for growing puppies. Designed specifically for small and medium breed puppies, real chicken is the number one ingredient. Nutrisource small and medium breed puppy chicken and rice formula feature a smaller, bite-size shapes that are easy for small dogs to eat. Chicken is a source of high quality protein to help maintain muscle mass and strength. This formula provides the proper nutrition to support muscular and skeletal growth, and to avoid joint problems later in life, with a rich, wholesome taste that dogs love.

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AmazonBasics Stainless Steel Dog Food Bowl

We recommend this stainless steel bowl for the No-tip design, rubber base that protects floors and prevents the bowl from sliding while your dog is eating.   We love that it is dishwasher safe, rust resistant and odor free too.

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Supplies

AmazonBasics Double-Door Folding Metal Dog Crate w/optional divider 30 inch

We like the Double Door crate w/divider option.  This crate will allow you to adjust the space inside as your puppy grows.  We recommend the 30 inch but you may also purchase the 36 inch if your puppy is going to be on the bigger side or if you would like them to have more room when they are older.

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Wash ‘n Zip Washable Pet Bed

We have used many different types of dog beds and have never found one we absolutely love until now. The Wash ‘n Zip Pet Bed is so easy to clean and has multiple uses.  Please check them out at https://washnzippetbed.com/ Use the code SSDOODLES for a 15% discount!

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Slopper Stopper Dripless Water Bowl

We LOVE this water bowl!  No more water on the floor, wet beards, wet ears, or playing in the water bowl as this bowl has a lid. You NEED this water bowl!

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Potty Bell

Some of our families like to hang a potty bell on the door they use to take their puppy outside. Every time you go outside to potty, you 'ring' the bell with your puppy’s paw, eventually your puppy will ring it all by himself, telling you he needs to go!

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Puppy Play Pen

This playpen is great to have when you have things to do around the house and can’t keep an eye on your puppy. It also comes in 9 different colors including white to complement your decor.

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Outdoor Puppy Exercise Pen

I recommend having this outdoor pen when you are potty training your puppy or need a safe place for him in the yard.  Place the pen in the exact spot you want your pup to go then put the puppy in the pen until he has pottied. This lets them know where he is expected to relieve himself  so he is not running all over the yard trying to play when you need him to take care of business.  It also works great if you have a large yard and need to corral your pup when you can't keep an eye on him while outside.

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Pet Gate

Pet gates rock and I could not live without them!  A Pet gate comes in handy when you have an area of the house you don’t want your pup going into or want to keep them in a certain area of your home.

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PetSafe Deluxe Car Safety Dog Harness

Every dog owner needs to have a safety dog harness when transporting their beloved puppy/dog in the car to keep them safe.  I have heard some heartbreaking stories when a dog/puppy was not harnessed and tethered inside the car.  You wouldn’t put your children in the car without making sure they were belted into a car seat or seat belt and your fur babies should have the same safety as well while traveling in a vehicle.

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Security Camera 1080P WiFi Dog Pet Camera

A camera is a great way to check in on your puppy/dog when you have to be away from home.  With this camera, you can check up on your pup right from your cell phone and the two way audio enables you to hear what is going on at home and even talk to your pup.

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Furbo Dog Camera

This awesome camera is a little pricey but the joy you will get from dispensing your sweet pooch a treat while you are away from home is priceless!  This camera also allows you to see, hear and talk to you best friend!  Amazing!

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Toys

We are big fans of toys that don’t have stuffing!  Not only is there less mess but you can feel confident that your pup isn’t ingesting the stuffing that could cause a health problem.

High Five Pets Dog Squeaky Toys

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ZippyPaws - Skinny Peltz No Stuffing Squeaky Plush Dog Toy, Fox, Raccoon, and Squirrel

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West Paw Zogoflex Air Boz Durable Nearly Indestructible Ball

Teaching your new puppy fetch is so much fun for the entire family and these balls are great to use!  They also come in different sizes and colors.

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Interactive & Chew Toys

Australian Labradoodles & Australian Bernedoodles are SMART!  This means their brains need a lot of stimulation and using different types of toys are a great way to stimulate their brains and keep your pup out of trouble.  Some of the toys you may hide a treat in and your puppy has to find a way to get the treat out.  It’s also a great way to teach your puppy that the crate is somewhere they want to be, not somewhere they have to be, when a tasty treat is waiting for them inside.

Here are some of our favorites:

Starmark Everlasting Treat Bento Ball

This is a fabulous long lasting treat toy for your puppy to play and chew when crated.  It keeps your pup mentally engaged in an activity which helps to prevent anxiety and destructive boredom behaviors. The treat is replaceable and comes in a variety of flavors.

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Everlasting Treat Bento Ball Refill

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StarMark Bob-A-Lot

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West Paw Zogoflex Qwizl Interactive Treat Dispensing Dog Toy

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Nina Ottosson Dog Smart Beginner Dog Puzzle Toy

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Nina Ottosson Dog Smart Level 2 Puzzle Toy

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Funny Dog Slow Feeder

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Puppy Kong

We also like the Kong toys that you can put peanut butter or other tasty treats inside to leave in their crate with them when you are away.

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Zukes Training Treats

These treats are tender pieces of training perfection, come in six flavors for you to choose from and our pups LOVE them!  You can use Zuke's Mini Naturals in the puzzle games or in a treat dispensing toy.  They do not contain any filler ingredients or artificial preservatives, colors or flavors and are corn, wheat and soy free.

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Bullysticks Organic Standard Bully Stick Dog Treats

Your puppies will also want to BITE and CHEW when they come home! They can’t help it, that's what puppies do! Don't punish them for it, give them something to bite and chew on! We love Bully sticks, Benebones and Nylabones for puppies, but remember, NO rawhide! Rawhide is one of the number one causes of emergency surgeries in dogs as it often balls up inside their intestines.

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Benebone Puppy Pack Dog Chew Toys

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Nylabone Dura Dental Dino Small Chicken Flavor Dog Chew Toy

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Nylabone Dental Chew Bacon flavored Pro Action Bone Dog Chew Toy

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Collars and Leashes

You want your puppy’s collar to be adjustable and lightweight.   We will send home a Lupine Pet collar & leash.

Puppies grow quickly, so we recommend having a couple small, lightweight, adjustable collars that are easy to snap on and off. Your puppy should only wear a collar when you are supervising them, we do recommend taking the collar off when they are crated. Puppies may get their paws stuck in their collar or the collar may slide over their jaw and get stuck in their mouth. They are much safer to only wear their collar when you can see them. It also is more comfortable for your puppy and prevents mats around their neck from the constant rubbing. We order our puppy collars from Lupine Pet.  They are high quality, have a great selection and they guarantee their Collars even if chewed.  You may buy them on Amazon but here is the link to their website:

https://www.lupinepet.com

Having a lightweight, four to six foot leash, to start out with will give them great beginning exposure to leash training. You can work on leash training for short periods of time, both indoors and out. You can attach your puppies leash while inside and let him drag it along behind him. He will step on it, get it caught on things around the house, and learn that a tug on the leash is OK, nothing to worry about. Same rules apply! Only place your leash on your puppy when they are under DIRECT supervision!!

**Please Note** We DO NOT EVER recommend using a retractable leash, first, it teaches your dog to pull against the leash if they wish to get further away, and the leashes have been known to fail allowing the dog to run out into roads, or after other people/dogs/etc. They also make it difficult to get your dog back to you quickly in the event of an emergency/danger. We have heard many horror stories of dogs on retractable leashes that were attacked by another dog and their owner couldn’t pull their dog back quickly because of how far away they were. So, again, we recommend a short 4-6 foot leash in order to keep your dog close to you.

Pet Health Insurance

We highly recommend getting health insurance for your puppy as accidents do happen and vet bills are expensive.  It could be as simple as your puppy falling off the couch and breaking its leg or your puppy getting ahold of something he shouldn’t, like a sock, and it gets stuck in their intestines and they require surgery, you could be looking at a $5,000+ surgery. Pet insurance is around $30/month and is a lifesaver in the event of an emergency and could prevent you from having to make a really difficult decision for your pet because you can’t afford their surgery or medical care. We recommend looking into Trupanion, they are the only pet insurance company that will direct pay the vet after you have payed your deductible.

Check out this link to compare Pet Health Insurances:

https://www.pet-insurance-university.com/

Bathing/Grooming

Aquapaw Slow Treat Dispensing Mat

This treat mat is great to use to keep the bathing experience a positive one for your puppy.  It keeps them busy while being bathed or if you have a fidgety pup that needs a tasty distraction.

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Aquapaw Pet Bathing Tool | Pet Shower Sprayer & Scrubber in-One

Let’s be honest, the easiest way to get the soap off your pooch is a shower sprayer and this one is awesome!

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Fresh N Clean Shampoo

Our clients always ask what shampoo we us on our pups as they smell soooooo good when they come to pick them up. This is the one and the smell lasts for weeks!

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Fresh N Clean Conditioner

We always recommend a conditioner after shampooing your pup to keep the skin and coat conditioned and healthy and this one smells fabulous too!

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Chris Christensen Long Pin Slicker Brush

There are so many brushes on the market and we have tried our fair share!  Currently, our favorite one is the Chris Christensen Long Pin Slicker brush.

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Andis Pet Steel Comb

This is an awesome comb to use on your puppy's legs and face.

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The Safari Dematting Comb

The Safari Dematting Comb is the best we have found and allows us to get the mats out without yanking the hair out of the dogs.

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PET SILK Liquid Silk Serum

This amazing serum leaves your pet with a silky, soft, & shiny coat.  You can also use it as a detangler after bathing to help brush out any tangles with ease.

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Boshel Safety Nail Trimmers

Puppies have very sharp nails and although we trim and file them each week they still need it done when they come home with you.  If trimming their nails yourself is not appealing you can always check with your vet as most do nail trims.

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Pet Nail File

We also file our pups’ nails to take off sharp edges after we trim them and we love this nail file!

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Books

The Puppy Primer

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Train Your Dog Positively

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Totally Positive Puppy Training

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Perfect Puppy in 7 days

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Shopping List for your Sierra Springs Australian Labradoodle