New Puppy Preparation
1. Crate. we like full sided hard crates and we get a size that will accommodate the maximum expected adult weight. Crates can be divided with official dividers or with blankets/ pillows stuffed in the back half of the crate.
2. Pad to fit the inside of the crate. This should be washable!
3. Training treats. Training is really important and puppies are easily motivated with food! We have links to some of our favorite treats below.
4. Chew toys. You don't need to spend a lot of money on expensive toys--most of them will end up destroyed! Balls or squeaky toys or ropes without frayed ends are all good to keep a puppy busy. Kongs are rubber toys that can be filled with sticky treats or food to keep a dog busy chewing and to help reduce chewing on inappropriate items. Don't give puppies rawhide--their digestive systems can't process them and they can cause a blockage. Bully sticks are good and we use the often.
5. Leash and collar. Your puppy will quickly grow out of his first collar so don't spend a lot of money on the first collar you get. A size 'small' will work for all of the puppies at 8 weeks. Puppies expected to stay under 20 pounds might need an extra small size collar. We don't love harnesses--they tend to encourage pulling. Always remember that t leash and collar is nothing more than a safety measure. You should never ever pull a dog by the collar! Puppies/dogs should be following the owner not being dragged. There is more information about teaching a dog to walk politely in the training tips section of the website.
A regular 5-6 foot flat leash is all you need for your puppy. We do not like retractable leashes--we've seen too many injuries to hands, feet, legs and paws from retractable leashes. When you start working on recalls at longer distances away from the safety of the back yard, then you may want a 20-30 foot lead or rope but a regular leash is great to start. We like to keep a few leashes from the dollar store around the house and in the car in case of emergencies.
6. We keep a few dog beds around the house to help encourage our puppies to sleep in beds and not on furniture. There is nothing more frustrating than a couch covered with wet/muddy paw prints! Simple washable dog beds are our favorite--we haven't found a truly 'chew proof' dog bed unless it's made of plastic or metal.
7. Grooming. We love the Life's abundance shampoo and we use the bath fresh mist spray between grooming all the time. The most important part of a shampoo is making sure it is completely, thoroughly rinsed out of the puppy's coat! We have listed some of our favorite grooming tools below but the one most important tool is a good slicker brush. All doodles need to be groomed and coats need regular attention to keep your dog looking beautiful and comfortable. Tangles and mats hurt your dog! Regular grooming (every 6-8 weeks) is an important part of doodle care.
8. Food. This is probably our most asked question. We've tried a lot of food and we've researched a lot of food. The short answer is that we like Paw Tree food better than anything else we've used. More about this at the bottom of the page.
There are a few other recommended products we have for you from a company called Life’s Abundance. Link are at the top of the page. We love to use the Bully sticks to keep puppies occupied and give them something to chew on when they are teething. We like to put these in the puppies' crate during crate training to give them a positive experience. They are a better option to use in place of a rawhide and the puppies and adult dogs LOVE them. We recommend that you not give your puppy raw hide chews. They are made with lots of chemicals and can also cause obstructions and get stuck or caught in the GI tract. The Tasty rewards training treats are one of our favorites to use with the puppies for clicker training. These treats are nice and soft and easy to pull apart into pieces for a quick reward during clicker training. Our all time favorite shampoo is from life's abundance. We love their shampoo, and the bath fresh mist is great to have on hand for in between grooms when they need a little freshening up.
Our preferred food information is at the bottom of this page. We feed our puppies the chicken and sweet potato recipe. This is a grain free formula that is carefully balanced and will not contribute to any heart disease.
Nail clippers--these are easy to hold and have a great guard to keep from cutting the quick.
Tougher than Tangles grooming brush. This is an all time favorite for us. The extra long pins work through deep tangles without damaging skin.
Andis steel comb
This is great to help remove mats below the surface. You really only need this tool if you are grooming your dog yourself.
We love these easy to use clickers--we have them stashed all over the house--especially when we are working with a new puppy.
We've tried multiple brands and types of clippers and this one is the only one that we will purchase again! It has a long cord and cuts smoothly and easily.
These blade guards are sturdy enough to get through thick hair and they are easy to keep organized with the plastic box.
All clippers heat up when they are used for long periods of time but this cleaning and cooling solution makes a huge difference in how long the clippers can run.
Treats and snacks
Himalayan Dog Chews
Hard smoked cheese chews for dogs
Zuke's Mini Naturals Chicken Recipe
Training treats--these are small and soft and easy to break into small pieces to keep little tummies from filing up too quickly.
Freeze Dried Liver
These Training Treats will keep your hands clean and they are great to keep in various areas around the house and especially when taking the puppy out to go potty.
Bil-Jac Training Treats
We've never met a dog that will turn down these treats--we love them for potty training.
Rough Weather Pet door with telescoping Frame
If we had to choose only one product it would be a dog door every time!
Four Paws Grass Wire
Rake Dog Scooper
Fonda's family swears by this rake to clean up.
Woof and Paw Pooper Scooper
Kim's family swears by this scooper to keep the grass clean.
Dirty Dog large doormat--this soaks up dirt and water like nothing else and our dogs love to nap on this soft rug!
Coolaroo elevated dog bed
steel frame, Large
This is great for our outdoor patios in the summer.
We have found that our dogs prefer the closed in sides of the plastic crates. We often stuff the back of a larger crate with a blanket or pillows to create a smaller space for puppies. You can use the following info to help you to determine what crate to get for the puppy you will be bringing home:
Teacup Range: Height between 10-12 inches typically between 5-10 lbs.
Petite range: height between 12-16 inches typically between 10-25 lbs.
Miniature range: Height: 15-18 inches at wither, typically 20-35 lbs.
Medium range: Height: over 18 but under 22 inches at wither, typically 30-50 lbs.
Standard range: Height: over 22 inches at wither, typically 45 or more lbs.
(height is measured from the floor to the top of the shoulder (wither)
24 inch crate for dogs under 20 pound
28 inch crate for dogs 20-30 pounds
32 inch crate for dogs 30-50 pounds
36 in crate for dogs 50-70 inches
Add a pad to fit your crate
Padded Pet Bolster Bed
This is easy to move from room to room and easy to throw in the wash! We like to keep a few around the house.
Karen Pryor introduced us to clicker training. She is still one of our favorite trainers! We love this easy start kit.
Cesar Millan is a classic in the world of dog training. This is a great book to help prep for a new puppy! You can also watch episodes of "The dog whisperer" on National Geographic channel or on Disney+
Jane Killion is the creator of the Puppy Culture method of raising puppies. This book is another of our favorites!
Our Preferred Food
*Please note that prices and items are always changing. The descriptions and prices on this page may not be up to date.
These are some of the essentials that you will want to have on hand with a new puppy in the house:
We feed a mixture of these formulas to our puppies so that you can choose a grain free or healthy grain recipe. You will need to continue with this food to prevent digestive upset. Do not feed something different at this point. Changing a puppys’ dog food suddenly is a sure way to cause a severe case of diarrhea and discomfort. Your puppy will already be slightly stressed going to a new home and keeping him/her on the same food will help to minimize that stress and reduce the chance of developing diarrhea. We want the transition of your puppy from our home to yours to go as smoothly as possible.You won’t find pawTree on store shelves because this company prides itself in delivering fresh food to your door. Generally the food is no more than six weeks from the day it was made when you receive it. It ships directly from the company to you, ensuring the utmost in quality and freshness.
We recommend the “Chicken and Sweet Potato” or “Salmon, Peas & Sweet Potato” (Poultry free option) for grain free options and the “Chicken & Oatmeal” or ``Whitefish and Brown Rice” (Poultry free option) formula for puppies. These recipes are high in calories which is needed for a growing puppy. We suggest beginning to cycle (food rotation) your dogs’ food around 4-6 months. It provides them with variety which is important not just for appetite but for health. Like with humans a varied diet is healthy for dogs. It keeps them interested in their food. It enhances the diversity of their microbiome. It reduces the risk of allergies and food intolerances, as well as helping avoid potential issues such as the nutritionally associated dilated cardiomyopathy that has been in pet news recently. Food rotation can be done on any schedule, from daily to quarterly (every few months depending on your lifestyle). If life is just easier without rotating food, do not stress over it.
You will need to order at least one bag of this food to help keep the initial transition to a new home as stress free as possible--a new puppy with diarrhea is not fun for anyone and it can lead to outbreaks of things like giardia! We strongly encourage you to continue feeding PawTree for at least the first year and prefer you to do so for the life of your dog. If you choose to transition your puppy to a different food we ask that you do your research when considering what food you choose and then gradually transition over to the new food using the “gastro pro plus” to help with the transition.
We have been researching and trying different dog foods for years. We are always consulting with fellow breeders and veterinarians to find the best way to care for our dogs and babies and we have found a company who provides just that for us and our puppies. The dog food ‘Pawtree’ is made here in the USA. It is made with real fish and meat for a high quality protein. Pawtree food does not have any of the following: no poultry by-products, no corn, no wheat, no soy, no added sugars or sweeteners, no artificial color flavor or preservatives. Because Pawtree is a quality food we find that we feed about 30% less than other dog foods, HAVE LESS WASTE TO CLEAN UP, have healthier poop, and the smell is less invasive as well which is a huge plus for us raising puppies in our homes!
This food company is a direct sale company and we have become a Distributor so that we can offer to our clients what we feel is the best. We find value in feeding our dogs good food without a bunch of fillers. We have found that if we feed our dogs high quality food they have better health, nicer, shinier coats, and stay young longer. This will mean less vet bills in the long run.
As an incentive to get you started using PawTree and to be sure you’re set up with your food and some other puppy essentials before your puppy comes home, I offer $100 off the purchase price of your puppy if you set up AND place an EZ ship order of at least $200 or more. The only thing I require to be in your order is an X-Large bag of dog food. The remaining Items you choose to purchase to go towards your $200 purchase is up to you. I have an “Essential Puppy Product Recommendations” page as well as a “Food Recommendation” page under My Recommendations tab at the top of the page in the toolbar. If you use these tabs you can add items from there to your cart.
When you sign up for the EZ Ship option and place an order with at least 3 additional “Non Kibble food” items your order will ship for free because you will have 3 or more items in your cart that are “non food” items qualifying you for free shipping. EZ ships will then be set up to automatically send you the food you will need when you need it which is really convenient. I used to think that it was convenient to be able to go to the store to pick up my dog food but now I never run out and need to go to the store. I’ve found that to be much more convenient. It just shows up and is ready for you before you ever run out. It comes directly to your door every 1-3 months (Depending on the schedule you set but we suggest you start with a 90 day cycle). Having an EZ Ship order set up will save you 25% on all shipping costs. You can also get the free shipping if you add 3 “non-food” (things other than the actual dog or cat food kibble ) items to your cart. You Can always push your order up to deliver sooner or push it back to come later if you aren't quite ready for it. Being on any EZ Ship will earn you what is called “PawPoints” you will earn 1 point for every dollar spent and you can use these points to buy dog toys.
A few useful tips to know when ordering your dog food:
*Instead of ordering the 10.3 lbs bag, order the X-Large 30.9 lbs bag and you will save about 30% on the price of your dog food. These X-large 30.9 lbs bags actually come packaged in 3 smaller 10.3 lbs easy to handle sizes.
*We estimate that each bag of food contains approximately 44 cups. The food may seem expensive, but if you feed your small puppy ½ a cup a day it costs you about $8.40-$10 per month. 1 bag at ½ a cup a day will last about 12.5 weeks.
If you feed your medium puppy ¾ a cup a day it costs you about $12.60-$15 per month. 1 bag at ¾ a cup a day will last about 8 weeks
If you feed your puppy 1 cup a day it costs you about $16.75-20-$ per month. 1 bag at 1 cup a day will last about 6 weeks.
If you feed your puppy 1.5 cups a day is cost you about $26-$31 per month. 1 bag at 1.5 cups a day will last about 4 weeks
*While looking through the Pawtree website you will see a picture of a truck in the upper left corner above each Item. There is a number in that truck. This number is the number of Items that count towards your 3 “Non-food” items for free shipping.
*Pawtree has a great feature for your puppy called “Pet Profile.” You can set up a profile for each of your animals, (Cats and Dogs) and they will help you to determine how much food you will need to order, what food is best for your pet and how frequently you will want it delivered though your EZ ship. This feature also will advise you on other product recommendations based on your pets size, age and any issues they may have.
*You will need to create an account with a username and password. Please be sure that when placing your order you see my name “Fonda Thompson” and picture at the upper left hand corner. I cannot track who has ordered and will be unable to give you your $100 discount unless you see this name there before you place your order.
Order food from Kim--PawTree.com/KimberlyHatch
Order food from Fonda--PawTree.com/Fonda
How to order
Click “My Recommendations”
Click “Food Recommendations” to add your choice of dog food to the cart.
Choose the food you want and click “create Ez ship (Green Button).
Click “My Recommendations” up at the top again
Click “Essential Puppy Product Recommendations” Scroll down and choose all the items you want added to your cart by clicking “Select” (Green Button) under each item you want added to your cart.
I strongly encourage you to get the salmon oil, and gastro pro plus in your first order.
Click “Create EZ Ship” (Green button)
Click “Proceed To Checkout” (Green button)
You will be prompted to sign in or register if you have not already done so.
After you have an account look Below the words “Future Ez Ship Summary” an update Delivery Frequency to “Every 12 weeks” or “Quarterly” If you have and X large bag of food on your order this is how often you will want your order to reoccur.
Fill in Address info
Click “Ship to This Address” (Green Button)
Add credit card info click “Pay With This Card” (Green button)
To save 20% off your first pawtree order us coupon code “INTRO4U” by clicking the green words that say Click here to enter code
Click “Place order” (Green button)
You should receive your order in 7-10 business days in time for your puppy to come home.
The foods we have on our “Recommended Dog Food” are
The things we have on my “Essential Puppy product recommendations” are
“Wild Alaskan Salmon Oil” (this is great to keep coat and skin healthy. It helps with the following issues Excessive Shedding, Dry Skin, Dull Coat, Itching, Red Irritated Skin, Hot Spots, and Seasonal Allergies
“Gastro Pro Plus” GI issues are one of the most common reasons people see their vets. Supporting proper digestion and bowel health, Gastro Pro Plus is a natural and complete combination of probiotics, prebiotics, digestive enzymes and soothing herbs that help your dogs and cats maintain a healthy, active lifestyle with good gastrointestinal health. ALL dogs and cats, any size, any breed, need Gastro Pro Plus to help keep their GI tracts healthy.
“Freeze dried treats” These are freeze dried treats that our dogs LOVE. The only ingredient in them is the actual name of the treat. This will help to prevent your puppy from getting an upset stomach.
“PawPairing Seasonings” These help with picky eaters. It's also a fantastic way to give your dog a variety and an extra source of vitamins. They won't get bored of their food when it is changed up using pawPairings. It is good to have a few flavors on hand to help give variety. Some of our favorites are Salmon, ocean fish, and Chicken Liver. Usually when in doubt about a flavor of anything, something with liver in it is very appealing to most every dog.
“Urine Eliminator - Stain & Odor Remover” This digester has proven to be invaluable for those accidents. It also smells great.
“Chillax Chews for Dogs and Cats” ideal for Anxiety from thunderstorms (noise and barometric pressure), Fear of fireworks, Separation anxiety, Destructive behavior (frantic digging or scratching walls and tearing up furniture when left alone), Boarding fearful pets, Motion sickness from travel, Trips to the vet or groomer, Anxiousness around strangers (parties, visitors, workers)
“Chillax to the Max CBD bone” These bones are great to use for occupying your dog during stressful times,
“Deodorizing Mist” This is great to have on hand for in between grooms when they need a little freshening up.
There is another recommendation we have for you from a company called Life’s Abundance. We love to use the Bully sticks to keep puppies occupied and give them something to chew on when they are teething. We like to put these in the puppies crate as we are crate training to give them a positive crate experience. Your puppy will be coming home with one of these. They are a better option to use in place of a rawhide and the puppies and adult dogs LOVE them. We recommend that you not give your puppy raw hides. Rawhides are made with lots of chemicals and can also cause obstructions and get stuck or caught in the GI tract and we do not recommend you feed them to your dogs.