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Puppy Quick Start Guide

Be prepared for puppy ownership

Puppy 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. 

In our Puppy Guide you will find several resources that I hope will be 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. 

Puppy Nutrition


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

We want you to enjoy the longest, healthiest life with your Doodle. So we recommend NuVet Plus wellness wafers. Protect your pet by boosting immunity, reducing cell damage and providing vital nutrients missing in most diets. Learn more here:

Puppy Potty and Crate Training

Potty & Crate Training

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.

Puppy Health & Wellness

Health & Wellness

Veterinary Care

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.

Health Guarantee

All our puppies come with a one-year 100% health guarantee. We extend this health guarantee to three years for families who feed their puppy TLC for the first three years 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 to read the health benefits to spaying or neutering.
Puppy Chewing Toys

Chewing / Toys

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.
Puppy Training

Puppy & Adult Training

Baxter & Bella – The Online Puppy School
Crockett Doodles has partnered with Baxter & Bella online puppy school to help you get off to a great start
with your new fur baby! Start preparing early before they arrive at their new forever home. Use Code CROCKETT for 25% OFF Lifetime Membership $178.50 with discount code ( reg. $238 ). To learn more, visit

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

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. 

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