Puppy Supply List
Items To Prepare You For Your Puppy
For your convenience, Flying Feather Farm has put together a clickable list of items you should consider to purchase before you bring your puppy home. If you would like to shop in person, here is a list of things you should purchase. Otherwise, click on the links below to purchase the products we recommend.
The Goldendoodle Handbook
The Forever Dog Book
Dr Becker's Real Food For Healthy Dogs and Cats: Simple Homemade Food
Puppy Culture Program DVD Set
PawTree Real Chicken and Oatmeal Recipe Dog Food (puppy to 7 yrs old), please check "My Recommendations" for several good puppy choices at this site
Diamond Natural Small Breed Puppy Food (transition to Adult Food by 2 yrs old)
Meyenberg Goat Milk
Farm Fresh Pet Foods (Fresh Diet)
Pet Armor Flea & Tick Treatment-Small (5-22lbs)
Pet Armor Flea & Tick Treatment-Medium (23-44lbs)
Natural Pine Pellets (litter)
Wire Crate with Divider Panel (to allow puppy to grow)
Dog Bed (use outside the crate)
Crate Bedding (use inside the crate)
Food & Water Bowls
Retractable Walking Leash
Ear Cleaner & Powder
For more information about the selection of the listed products, please see below:
The Goldendoodle Handbook, this is a big book 274 pages written by British canine author Linda Whitwam & 16 experienced Goldendoodle breeders. Only buy it if you want an in-depth insight & step-by-step advice with this stunning breed. Learn from the experts how to raise & train a happy, healthy & well-behaved Goldendoodle that's a joy to live with. “This is the most complete book about Goldendoodles to date. Anyone raising a Goldendoodle or contemplating one in the future should read this book!” Amy Lane, founder, GANA, Goldendoodle Association of North America, & creator of the Mini Goldendoodle.
The Forever Dog, is a great resource book for your dog's health and longevity. Dr. Karen Becker wrote this book with Rodney Habib to give us practical, proven tools to protect our loyal four-legged companions. The Forever Dog prescriptive plan focuses on maximizing the latest scientific research surrounding food and nutrition, movement, environmental exposure, and stress reduction to our dog's benefit.
Based on the ancestral diets of dogs and cats, Dr. Becker's Real Food For Healthy Dogs and Cats: Simple Homemade Food book, provides a rotation plan and recipes for a meat-based diet that includes appropriate levels of vegetables, fruits and supplements to complete the diet, analyzed to make sure that nutrition needs are met. Dr. Becker is also the author of The Forever Dog book mentioned above.
Mine! This book is a comprehensive, step-by-step guide to help you recognize, evaluate and treat Resource Guarding in your dog. This manual is about dogs who growl, snarl, snap and bite when you try to take things away from them, approach them when they are eating or when they have claimed some other resource, such as their owner or a comfy sleeping location. This is a remarkably common problem but, can often be successfully resolved and even prevented.
Great Instagram & Facebook Resource Options:
drkarenbecker (Helping create vibrant health for dogs & cats)
feedrealmovement (A health & wellness site, revolutionizing the movement towards feeding fresh, real food)
realdogbox (Helping you to feed real food)
thebkpets (Helping you enrich & extend your pet's life)
foreverdogbook (How to delay aging & provide a long, happy life for our canine companions)
We strongly recommend each new puppy owner to purchase this DVD set, which will educate you on the protocols, process and training your puppy has been introduced to from birth to 8 weeks old, it will also, educate you on what and how to proceed for the next 4 weeks. The Puppy Culture Program is a 12 week program to instill "Emotional Intelligence" in your puppy by giving us as breeders and puppy owners the tools to provide stability, communication, enrichment, skills and intellect techniques to shape your puppy's future for success. You may also find Puppy Culture in a streaming version from their site at https://shoppuppyculture.com/
Just about everyone enjoys a good meal, dogs included!! Variety, taste, smell and texture are important to us all. Knowing that breeding dogs need a special diet to provide good nutrition, red blood cell replacement, balance and variety, we choose a raw/fresh diet, and we are so glad we did! How do you define a raw/fresh diet... "if it's fresh, it rots". We choose specific portions of raw chicken, mixing with cooked eggs, a cooked green vegetable (as cooked veggies are more easily digestible for dogs) and very light kibble is one meal our crew enjoys. The other is a "fresh" meal consisting of slow cooked chicken, pork or beef, vegetables and a starch (carrots, sweet potatoes, brown rice or oatmeal, zucchini, peas, broccoli, spinach or green beans, chick peas) and a poached or over easy egg. Our advice is to feed a fresh food diet. Truth is, there is no "dog food", "people food", "cat food", "bird food"-- it's just all food, with balance and ingredients differing depending on the species. A fresh food diet is best for all living beings. A fresh, species-appropriate diet provides support for the body to maintain a vibrant state of being for many years. You will receive a full FEEDING RECOMMENDATIONS instruction sheets in your puppy folder at pick-up.
Our dog chef Eric, does the daily task of making delicious, nutritious meals that our crew loves and waits somewhat patiently for :)
Doggie Chef Eric
Not so far in the distant past, most dog owners fed their pets commercial grade, processed "dog food". If you open the dog food bag from your local big box store and let it sit for a few years... it would look like it did when the bag was opened. The kibble may lose some nutrients, but over all, not much changed. And most of us fed this for years and years to our beloved dogs. Times have changed, with the research, knowledge and a back to basics approach in feeding our pets, FRESH is best. Using kibble as the base of feeding your dog with a fresh topper is an option. An egg, fresh left-overs, meat, veggies on top of the kibble can be a good choice. The bottom line is we've learned feeding our dogs a steady diet of kibble is like feeding our children a steady diet of corn flakes cereal... can they live on it, yes, is it best, no!!
PawTree Dog food provides dense nutrition for your puppy until 7 years old with a well balanced formula. There is no transitioning your puppy to adult food with PawTree. This food is not available through your retail store, but on-line through PawTree company store. Please see my link above and click on "My Recommendations" for all suggested PawTree products.
Diamond Naturals Small Breed Puppy Dry Food is a kibble for good daily nutrition. With this choice you will need to transition your puppy to the adult dog food by 2 years old. Diamond Naturals is available through Chewy, Amazon, Tractor Supply Company and Rural King retailers.
Any dog food you choose, please check its ingredients and reviews HERE. Please do not choose dog food with a rating below a "4". This is a great resource to be sure your pup is receiving a dog food that is nutritionally sound and or has not been recalled.
Please DO NOT give any rawhide products, as they can swell in the digestive tract and can cause obstruction and/or perforations. Natural peanut butter (no process types such as Jiffy or Skippy) is a great high protein treat, loved by dogs, given in small amounts, lightly coated on treats or toast, in small bite sized portions.
Since your puppy was 3 weeks old, it's had a daily benefit of goat's milk. The milk was initially given by itself and then added to the kibble. Goat's milk is a healthy option for your puppy/dog since it's fat particulars are much smaller than cow's milk, making it easier to digest. You may consider adding it to the dry food/kibble to help soften the mix until pup’s teeth are fully in, feeding 3 (breakfast, lunch, & dinner) times daily, 1/4 – 1/2 cups at each feeding. Meyenberg is the goat product we use and is also available at Walmart in the 'Baking' aisle, found in powder or evaporated in cans.
To assure your puppy gets off to the right start, they have been enjoying NuVet Plus Wafers every day (they love the taste). Continuing this daily regimen is the easiest and best way to keep your pet on the path to good health! Please order prior to receiving your pup. NuVet Plus provides optimal health and a strong immune system, it also supports proper development as well as a beautiful skin and coat. You can also save an additional 15% and assure you never run out of NuVet by choosing the “Autoship” option at checkout.
A sample of the vitamins will be provided and literature for ordering if you choose at time of puppy pick up. It’s best to have NuVet on hand to start when your puppy arrives home. Your puppy has been started on NuVet Wafers at Flying Feather Farm during the weaning process.
Pet Armor (generic Frontline)- can be used to treat flea/ticks after 8 weeks old. It’s very effective in controlling fleas and ticks, and far less expensive than Frontline. This product can be purchased at Walmart or through Amazon. GANA doesn’t support or allow oral Flea/Tick products, this is noted in our Health Warranty. Unless you live in a warm or hot climate where these pests are active all year, we suggest using flea/tick products from Easter to Thanksgiving, halting use during the winter months.
Heartgard Plus- used to control heart worms, hookworms and roundworms. Please do not start until tested by your vet for heart worms when your puppy turns 1 year old.
Your puppy has been trained using a litter box containing Natural Pine Pelletized chips (also can be found at TSC Stores or Rural King), and a doggie door for outside elimination. Take your puppy outside frequently, especially until he learns his new surroundings and can communicate his needs to you in a familiar way. Until your puppy is housebroken, it's best to use one specific door and either puppy pads or a litter box placed nearby to help avoid accidents if no one is around to respond to your puppy's need to be let outside. Remember, puppies will have accidents, lots of them, be patient and provide opportunities to train your pup for outside elimination. Your puppy will need to go outside 10 minutes into playing, 15 minutes after eating, immediately upon awakening and about every hour until at least 12 weeks old.
We recommend bathing your puppy as often as needed, any grooming that is done daily helps the pup get use to the idea, rather than struggle with the process. Choose a puppy shampoo that is mild and always rinse well, "No Tears" products are best to use. You can use a warm, wet, wash cloth to clean their face and bottom since these are the most problematic areas. Their toes nails will grow fast and learning how to clip their nails yourself can save you that expense. Watch a YouTube video HERE, to learn the process and buy good nail clippers. We also recommend a steel comb, with only one row of metal teeth for your ease of grooming Goldendoodle puppy/dog. Comb your dog daily. A slicker brush, is a pet grooming tool used on dogs, with the primary purpose of getting rid of any debris, loose hair and mats/ knots in the fur. It is typically rectangular in shape and has fine wire bristles, packed tightly together. Each wire bristle is angled slightly as to not scratch the skin. Your environment will likely dictate how you keep your Goldendoodle's hair. Living on a farm with grassy pastures, deep sticker filled woods and fields, has us grooming our Goldendoodle daily. Keep your dog’s face, ears and hind end groomed no matter if his hair is long or short. It makes for a healthier, happy doodle. A great Instagram site to follow is zoomgroom_anna, she provides tips and instruction for doodle grooming.
Start to brush your puppy’s teeth upon arrival at home, usually before breakfast is best. They will adopt to this process with time and consistency. This is a good LINK for general dental puppy care. Puppy’s toothbrush can be purchased at most pet suppliers, Amazon, Chewy or Walmart or use a child sized "soft" toothbrush.
Bedding & Crate
Puppy and adult dog bedding is very important. It’s for the well-being and comfort of your pet and yet, needs to be practical for cleaning for us. Most dogs enjoy having their head or feet raised as they relax or sleep. A wonderful bed your puppy/dog will love is the Best Friends "Calming Bed". We recommend this comfortable, faux fur bed that your puppy/adult dog will find relaxing and soothing. It's easy to machine wash and also keeps it's shape.
It’s a good idea to crate your puppy at least until your puppy is fully housebroken, when puppy must be left alone, and to establish a secure area for him/her to go. We’ve found a crate that has adjustable dividers works well. Please remember your puppy will grow fast, for our mini/small puppies 30" crate. For medium/standard puppies 36-42" would be best. A tough crate bed that may last through your puppy's chewing stage is also recommended.
Stonnie Dennis Puppy Training videos found on YouTube are one of the best training series for sound methodology, tips and good common sense techniques. Stonnie is a top trainer and offers practical advice and example how to train your puppy in several series of videos found HERE.