What to expect with  your new puppy!

When adopting a puppy you need to have time to spend training and caring for your puppy. Here you will find a list of normal puppy behavior and ways to correct undesireable behavior.

- PUPPIES LEARN "PLAY" FROM THEIR SIBLINGS AND MOTHER. When you bring home your new puppy and it decides that play time consists of chewing on your hands and rough housing this is normal puppy play.. However it is not what we as a pet owner would like. Correct this right away by not allowing puppy to play in this manor. Sometimes apple cider vinegar in a spray bottle works very well.

-PUPPIES MAY CRY THE FIRST FEW NIGHTS IN THEIR NEW HOME.  Puppies are very use to sleeping with their siblings and mother. Weaning them from this takes time. Some puppies may never make a noise in their crate and others may cry half the night. It is best to let puppy cry it out and let them learn that its ok to be alone and sleep in their crate.

-PUPPIES NEED EXERCISE.  It is important that your puppy has plenty of play time. If they do not use up energy they can become more hyper when they finally get play time. Simple play times out in the yard, walks, or just having a good time running around the house is plenty.

-PUPPIES NEED CONSISTENT TRAINING. Every dog loves to learn and goldendoodles are very easy to train.. However they do not train themselves. It is very important to train your puppy what you expect of it. They do not know right from wrong and can easily be shown through consistent training.  Not everything you read on-line is the best training advice so explore your options and even speak with a professional trainer if you have never trained a puppy before. Distraction works very well with things like chewing, barking, and play biting.

-PUPPIES NEED POTTY TRAINING. Puppies learn potty training at all different rates. It is important to  have patience and lots of time to run the puppy outside over and over again during the day!  An 8 week old puppy may have to go potty 3 times in one hour.. or not at all for two hours.. there is not an exact time frame with potty training.

-PUPPIES DO WELL ON A SCHEDULE. Like most living things, puppies do very well on a schedule. Feeding schedules help with potty training.  Playing schedules help with sleep. Schedules are very important for the first year. It helps to create a routine that will sustain them for years to come.

-PUPPIES ARE BABIES. It is important that you do not set unrealistic expectations for your puppy. They are babies and need love and nurturing and consistent correction during their learning curve. Jumping ahead of their abilities confuses the puppy and learning is harder for the puppy and the owner. Start with basics! They are similar to children. They do not know anything without being taught. 

-PUPPIES ARE FRAGILE!!!!! Puppies are fragile in more ways then one. Most importantly puppies can easily be injured by young children. This could cause two issues.. First, physically, it could cause life long damage to your puppy depending on the severity of the injury. Second, mentally, a puppy can lose trust in children or people. This is something that could cause puppy to dislike small children or people touching them or picking them up. Accidents do happen however it is VERY important to never leave young children alone with a puppy, never let small children carry puppy, never leave puppy on high places they could fall off of, and never allow anyone to tease the puppy if accidental injury happens. Regaining trust ASAP is very important. Puppies are also fragile when it comes to the outside world. Puppies are not fully protected from viruses and disease until they have completed their entire series of puppy vaccines. Do not expose your puppy to unfamiliar places. Puppies also tend to like to put everything in their mouths.. avoid small objects.. Sticks, Rocks, etc.

PUPPIES ARE ALL DIFFERENT!. Puppies are all different.. Each one has its own personality, own look, size, shape, habits, learning curves, etc. You can not compare your puppy to your current or past dogs. Your new puppy may be easier or harder then the last. Just like us, they are individuals.