I would like to introduce to you a new company I am now using for my dogs’ nutritional and health needs. pawTree has met my strict requirements for quality and their variety of protein sources for their kibble is plentiful. If you find that one type doesn’t work for your dog, there are plenty of others to choose from. They also carry grain and grain-free formulas. Their wellness products have taken the place of all my other go-to remedies as they are all holistic. All my dogs receive pawTree’s Salmon Oil (for coat, skin, and brain health) and Gastro Pro (prebiotic, probiotic, and herbs for better immunity and gut health) on a daily basis. They also carry many other holistic remedies such as bladder support, allergy support, pain support, brain support, joint support, flea/tick spray, PawPairings (flavorful vitamins you sprinkle on top of the food) and several others. They have a unique function on their website called Pet Profile. It is here you can put in info on your dog and the program will determine which kibble and wellness products would be best suited for your dog’s needs.
I personally have switched my dogs to the salmon-based food and the Real Lamb, Chickpeas and Lentils. You can see all of their products here: https://shop.pawtree.com/providence/products/983
I feel a holistic path is always preferred to treat every day issues. I will never feed my dogs any food that contains dyes or preservatives. Please let me know if you have questions. Be sure to check out their Pet Profile to find the best fit for your dog.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.
pawTree Puppy Starter Kit. There are several starter kits to choose from.
A delicious combination of chicken and sweet potatoes, with peas, chickpeas, apples, blueberries, cranberries, pumpkin, spinach and parsley. Real chicken is the first ingredient in this highly-digestible, nutritionally-dense, holistic, grain-free recipe. pawTree recipes contain no corn, no wheat and no soy because we know our pets rely on us to make the best nutrition choices for them. Our thoughtfully-formulated recipes contain no artificial colors, flavors, preservatives or poultry by-products.
I have also become a partner distributor with NuVet Labs. I have been giving my dogs and puppies NuVet vitamins for many years. At NuVet they believe that keeping your pet's immune system strong in today's environment is very important. Household toxins, fertilizers, and pesticides are environmental factors that are a prime source for poor health in our pets. All NuVet vitamins are made with high quality supplements that incorporate a precise formula of antioxidants, amino acids, vitamins, enzymes and herbs that synergistically help to improve your dogs health to keep them healthy. My dogs LOVE them and are given one each morning after they eat. I call it a "treat" and they all line up to get their treat! Please read more about this product under the header "Labradoodle Care".
I highly recommend getting you new puppy a Snuggle Puppy to help with the transition to your home from the comfort of his/her litter mates. The Snuggle Puppy has been designed to provide comfort and helps relieve anxiety in your new baby! Dogs and puppies are instinctively drawn to their mother and others in their pack. The snuggle puppy recreates intimacy with physical warmth and a "real feel" pulsing heartbeat, providing an extra source of comfort for your new fur baby.
If you are a new puppy parent and would like me to order one of these Snuggle Puppies, please let me know and I will order one for you at a fraction of what you would pay retail.
Kuranda Dog Bed
Kuranda Dog bed is a great elevated dog bed. It is very easy to clean and our puppies love it! The elevated design help to keep your dog dry, cool and comfortable indoors and outdoors. It is easy to clean and guaranteed to stand up to repeated cleaning! Our puppies love it!!
I recommend the MidWest Homes for Pets dog crates with divider which is available on Amazon. I suggest getting a large enough crate for your puppy ( 36" or 42" with divider) to be able to use as an adult. Use the dividers while potty training.This is the puppy’s own place that he/she can feel secure. It is extremely important that your puppy take naps in his/her crate and sleeps there at bedtime so that his/her brain can fully relax and reset.
I found the perfect pet bed called Wash'nZip which is entirely washable. It has multiple layers in case of accidents in a crate, a zipper so that it can be opened up wider or zipped smaller, and comes in five sizes. You can use it as a pet bed or as a cover car seats and furniture. Check out Wash'nZip HERE.
For an excellent video on potty and crate training, go HERE
I recommend a non-breakable, non-chewable, tip-proof, and easy to clean dog bowls. I recommend stainless steel or heavy ceramic bowls big enough to be used when your puppy is full grown, or heavy enough to not be picked up, pushed around, or tipped over. Feel free to use the above links to PetEdge and Foster & Smith to find something you like.
Outward Hound Fun Feeder Dog Bowl
I prefer a harness over a collar for many reasons. First and foremost they are safer for your puppy. Regular collars can cause damage to their necks and will encourage puppies to pull while being walked. Secondly, a harness will not slip off when your puppy is tugging and they cannot slip out of it and run off. Many can be adjustable, lightweight, inexpensive. I like this particular RABBITGOO dog harness. It is more comfortable to wear and this easy design makes it less of a hassle to put on. I will send your puppy home in their own "I'm a Providence Labradoodle" collar, but I highly recommend you purchase a harness to use with your leash and never attach a leash to a collar. Your puppy should ONLY wear a collar/harness when he/she is supervised! NEVER leave a collar/harness on your puppy when you are not watching them! Having a lightweight 4-6 foot leash to start out with will give them great beginning exposure to leash training. You will need to work on leash training for short periods indoors and out. Your puppy will drag it, 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.
Train Your Dog Positively
Here are a few wonderful, helpful books to read:
Here is a wonderful video on potty training your puppy:
One of the best potty training tools I've ever used are Poochie Bells. They can hang from a door knob or can be mounted next to a door. The handcrafted bells hang down for your dog to hit with his/her nose or paw to let you know they want outside. Poochie Bells literally cut the potty training time in half and you don't have to keep running to see if your puppy is waiting at the back door. Wherever you are in the house, you will hear the bells. You can find them on amazon under Poochie Bells.
Grooming Your Labradoodle
I recommend a soft slicker brush, metal comb, nail trimmers, shampoo/conditioner. Buy a soft brush to get your puppy used to and comfortable with the brushing/grooming process. Then as your puppy is more comfortable with grooming, and his/her hair grows out, you will want to use a slicker brush (wire, rectangular), for regular brushing. A wire comb (Greyhound brand type comb) is awesome to check for any small mats that could be starting. It will go from the skin to the ends of the hair and grab onto any dead hair that needs to come out. A nail trimmer to keep the ends of his nails short is helpful, or you can ask your Vet to trim nails at each visit as you go through your puppy vaccination series, and ultimately have your groomer trim them at each grooming visit. Shampoo and conditioner that is gentle on your puppy’s skin and coat (Life’s Abundance has a wonderful shampoo/conditioner combo that smells divine) allow you to bathe your puppy as often as it is needed, without worrying about drying out their skin. A detangler for when your puppy’s coat grows out is a helpful tool to keep hair static down and to help ease in your combing/brushing routine.
Your new puppy will go home with a basket of supplies to start your grooming process.
I cannot recommend the Wash'n Zip Pet Bed enough! Here are just some reasons to get one:
Saves Money – Because it can be cleaned repeatedly, one Wash ‘n Zip Pet Bed will save you from having to purchase new beds when they become soiled, smelly and dirty.
Crate Pad – We chose the dimensions of your Wash’n Zip Pet Bed to fit the majority of pet crates on the market, so it can also be used as a crate pad.
Car Seat Cover – When travelling with your pet, simply unfold your Wash’n Zip Pet Bed and use it as a car seat cover.
Furniture Throw – Protect your furniture at home by unfolding your Wash’n Zip Pet Bed and covering your sofa or chairs.
Blanket – Some pets like to be covered when they sleep, so unfold your Wash’n Zip Pet Bed to use as a comfortable blanket.
Flea Prevention – Flea eggs and larva may penetrate the cover of a typical pet bed and infest the inside. However, the ENTIRE Wash ‘n Zip Pet Bed is laundered, which destroys fleas, plus their eggs and larva.
Environmentally Friendly – Stop discarding old foam pet beds, which will be dumped in landfills. One Wash ‘n Zip Pet Bed can last a lifetime since it can be laundered over and over again.
Odor Control – Wash and dry your Wash ‘n Zip Pet Bed as often as you want, which keeps your bed fresh and clean.
Great Gift – The Wash’n Zip Pet Bed is a great gift idea for your friends and family who love their pets.
Check out their website for more INFO: HERE
Magic Touch gives luxurious sheen, has no heavy build-up, repels dirt, and prevents coat matting. It is formulated with conditioners, optical brighteners and silicones. Our special emulsifier allows Magic Touch to be shampooed out easily. It's available on Amazon as well as several other online retailers.
Puppies are messy and these beds perform great even after many washings - the beds in the photo above with the puppies sleeping on them had been washed on sanitize cycle a dozen times at the time the photo was taken.
We've pulled over and napped on them on long drives home from dog shows and we can vouch for their comfort!
Pile is high, dense, sanitary and durable - unlike anything else we've seen. And they might or might not come from our magical polyester yaks.
Great topper for hammock beds
Awesome first bed in the weaning pen
Spa-like conditions for crate training your puppies
Pampers your adults - seniors love the support.
I highly recommend this air-tight food container where you can mix your two pawTree foods and keep them fresh.