Puppy Quick Start Guide
Congratulations on your new puppy! We are so excited to help you embark on this exciting journey with your newest family member. We want to make sure you are completely prepared to be the best doodle owner you can be.
Below you will find several resources that I hope you will find very helpful. I would strongly recommend that you read through all of it within a week of your pick-up—especially if you're a new dog owner. If you establish some ground rules in the very beginning, it will greatly increase your chances of a well-behaved dog.
To access the PDF version of our pickup brochure guide, click here.
At Crockett Doodles, we believe there is no such thing as too chubby of a puppy! We feed our pups TLC three times a day. Most Doodles will always be sensible eaters, stopping when they’ve had the right amount. To read more about our favorite food, visit www.tlcpetfood.com.
Your 8-week-old puppy can “hold it” 4 hours during the day and about 6 at night. Pups and adult dogs love their “den” and like to keep it clean, so a crate is a helpful tool for potty training and for keeping your small pup safe. We recommend using a divider to adjust the crate size as your pup grows.
Take your pup out frequently during the day and reward with praise and a treat. Having all food and most water up by 6 p.m. will eliminate the need to go “out” during the night. Adjusting to a crate without siblings might take a couple of nights.
Some pups are comforted by having a blanket draped over the crate.
We recommend a well-visit within a week of receiving your new puppy. Your vet will advise you when to begin Flea & Tick and Heartworm prevention and when to have follow-up vaccinations. We strongly encourage you to avoid dog parks, potty areas at rest stops, and other public areas until your puppy is fully vaccinated.
We love that our Doodles are low- to non-shedding dogs, but that does require grooming. Most Doodles visit the groomer about once every 2-4 months. Rely on your groomer for basic maintenance tips (brushing, trimming nails, cleaning ears). Take a picture of the look you have in mind.
All our puppies come with a one-year 100% health guarantee. We extend this to three years for families who feed their puppy TLC for the first year of their pup’s life. To read our entire health guarantee, click here.
Our pups are sold as family pets and not for breeding purposes. We ask that you have your puppy spayed or neutered by their first birthday but not before 6 months as this can interfere with normal growth patterns. See www.CrockettDoodles.com to read the health benefits to spaying or neutering.
Pups love and need to chew. Our best and simplest recommendation is having a lot of chew toys available that your pup is allowed to chew on. Divert them from shoes, children’s toys, and furniture by substituting an acceptable replacement. See our online store for ideas on what toys to get.
PetSmart Dog Training Program is reasonably priced, and you can participate in various levels of training.
Many of our puppies have been trained as excellent therapy and service dogs. For more information, visit www.tdi-dog.org.
Many families feel confident using one of many excellent books or DVD series to train their new pup. Visit our online store for our recommendations.