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Prepare for Puppy

Your Guide to Welcoming a New Puppy

Embarking on the journey of welcoming a new puppy into your home is a thrilling experience! From the joyous moment your delightful furry friend enters your abode, we’ve got every aspect covered. This includes the essential must-haves and even those lingering questions you might not have considered. Gain insights and access to the must-have products that will ensure a seamless and enjoyable transition for both you and your adorable new pup.

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Bringing Puppy Home

Preparing for Your New Furry Family Member

Bringing home a new puppy is an exciting time for everyone. We make sure you’re fully prepared for this new adventure. From our Big Rock Puppy Starter Kit to one-on-one guidance, we’ve got you covered. Your new pup comes with a health check and in-depth early socialization to ensure a smooth transition into your home. Get ready for lots of love and playful moments — your furry friend is eager to meet you!

Remember, your puppy comes with a lifetime of support, so please do not hesitate to contact us if you have questions.

Big Rock Labradoodles Bespoke Puppy Bag of goodies that go home with each puppy

Signature Puppy Bag

Each Puppy Goes Home With Our Bespoke Puppy Bag

As part of our commitment to a joyful start for you and your new Australian Labradoodle, each puppy goes home with our signature Big Rock Labradoodles’ Puppy Bag. This monogrammed welcome bag is our complimentary gift to you and is filled with puppy essentials: an appropriately sized leash and collar set, a fun-filled rope toy, an engaging squeaker ball, a chew-tough Kong, and a natural hoof for hours of play. It’s our special gift to ensure your puppy’s first steps into your home are happy and well-prepared.

Puppy Package

Big Rock Labradoodles Welcome Home Puppy Package

Each of our puppies is sent off to their new homes with our exclusive Big Rock Labradoodles’ Puppy Package. Not only will you receive a digital library filled with valuable documents, but you’ll also get our in-depth 37-page Big Rock Labradoodles’ Puppy Guide, crafted with care to help you and your puppy start on the right paw. Plus, depending on where you live, we provide a curated list of local referrals, connecting you with the best services for your new furry family member.

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Why You Need The Big Rock Labradoodles’ Puppy Starter Kit

To ensure a smooth start, our comprehensive Big Rock Labradoodles’ Puppy Starter Kit is packed with everything your new companion needs. It's everything you need and nothing you don't to start your life with your new pup on the right foot. With our expertise and your love, your Wonderful Woofie will feel at home in no time.

What's Included in Your Puppy Kit

Every item is handpicked for quality and tailored to your pup's play style and chewing ability. We get volume discounts from our suppliers and pass the savings on to you. Plus, your pup comes home with our special monogrammed Puppy Bag, complete with a leash, collar, rope toy, Kong, squeaker ball, and a hoof. All set for a happy homecoming!

  • Full-sized wire crate with pad and divider (for all life stages)
  • Vehicle restraint harness (Kurgo brand)
  • Poochie Bells for housebreaking
  • Poop bags and holder
  • 5-8 tough, high-quality Labradoodle appropriate toys
  • Enzyme cleaner for quick accident cleanup
  • Grooming kit (shampoo, conditioner, leave-in spray, combs, brushes, and de-matter)
  • Food pad and water dish
  • 10 lbs of RAW complete meal
  • RAW bones
  • Single ingredient treats

What's the Price Tag on Your Puppy Starter Kit?

Each Puppy Kit varies slightly in cost, depending on current product availability and our costs, but we aim for a range between $630-650. This includes a $50 service fee for hand-picking, storing, and assembling everything you'll need.

You'll be happy to hear that our savvy shopping and quality picks offer incredible value! Families who've chosen our Puppy Kit have been delighted with their decision, not just saving money but also avoiding the common pitfalls of ill-fitting gear, poor quality grooming products or toys that don't last.

Ready to simplify your puppy prep? Just let us know if you'd like to take advantage of this convenient and cost-effective service.

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Labradoodle Puppy Care

Welcome to the journey of raising your new puppy! Here you’ll find essential tips and guidelines to ensure your furry friend grows up healthy and happy.

Daily Routine for Your New Puppy

Setting up a daily routine helps both you and your new puppy adjust more easily. Here’s a suggested schedule that covers the essentials, from feeding to potty breaks. By sticking to it, you’ll smooth out the transition as your puppy settles into their new home.

Morning Routine

Wake-Up and Potty Time: Carry your puppy outside as soon as they wake up. If they run out of the kennel, they’ll likely pee immediately.

  1. Wake-Up and Potty Time: As soon as your puppy wakes up, carry them outside. They’re likely to pee immediately if they run out of their kennel.
  2. Breakfast Time: After doing their business, it’s time for breakfast.
  3. Post-Breakfast Potty: Take your puppy outside between 5-10 minutes after eating. Given their small bladders and digestive systems, they’ll likely need to both pee and poo.

Afternoon Routine

  1. Play and Nap Time: When you’re back inside, engage in some playtime. Puppies are much like children — they’ll likely want a nap soon. Consistency is crucial for potty training, and puppies are quick learners.
  2. Post-Nap Potty: Once they wake up, it’s time to head outside again.
  3. Meal and Potty: If it aligns with your feeding schedule, have another meal and follow it with a potty break.

Evening Routine

  1. Supper Time: Your puppy should have their last meal during supper time.
  2. Water Limit: After supper, limit access to water to prevent overnight accidents.
  3. Bedtime: Your puppy has been used to going to bed around 10:30 p.m. at Big Rock Labradoodles. Keep their crate beside your bed during the first few nights. If they cry, comfort them with a toy that smells like their siblings.

Remember, this is just a general guideline, and you may need to adjust the schedule based on your puppy’s individual needs and your daily routine. Be flexible and observe your puppy’s behavior to make necessary adjustments. Additionally, incorporate short training sessions throughout the day to help with basic commands and socialization. Consistency is key in establishing a routine and will contribute to a happy, well-adjusted puppy.

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Puppy Food

Your puppy is currently eating Modern K9’s ultimate turkey/beef blend, which is a fully balanced, complete meal including organ meat and tripe. However, this monthly delivery service is only available in the Calgary area. If you’re in the Edmonton area, Big Rock Labradoodles’ North is an authorized seller of The Complete Canine. If you’re not local or can’t commit to monthly orders, we recommend alternatives like Big Country Raw or Carnivora. These can usually be found at local raw food pet stores. To help with house training, keep feeding your puppy three meals a day with fresh water. By the time they’re 4 months old, you can switch to just breakfast and dinner.

Monitoring Growth

Keep an eye on their weight. Young puppies should eat raw food equal to 7-10% of their body weight. Adjust the portions as they grow. Over time, this percentage will decrease. By adulthood, they’ll likely need about 3.5% of their body weight in raw food. This usually kicks in at around 10-11 months, though it may take longer for males.

Adjusting to Your Schedule

Your routine might start earlier than usual, but over time your puppy will adapt to your schedule and begin to wake up when you do.

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Getting Your Home Puppy-Ready

Preparing your home for a new puppy is crucial for both their well-being and your peace of mind. These tips will guide you through setting up safe spaces and creating a harmonious living environment for your new four-legged friend.

Supervision is Key

If you work all day, don’t leave your puppy alone. It’s important to note that your puppy can only be in a crate for one hour more than its months of age (ie a 2-month-old puppy can only go 3 hours in a crate) It’s crucial, especially in the beginning, to have someone check in on your puppy throughout the day. You might want to consider options like having a family member come by, hiring a dog walker to come in twice a day in the beginning, or taking your puppy to work with you if your work allows. 

Designated Spaces

Do not allow your puppy free rein of the house. Instead, designate a specific area like the kitchen, laundry room, or porch where it’s okay for them to have accidents. Use a crate or block off this area to keep them confined safely.

Carpet Concerns

We advise against letting your puppy roam on carpeted areas for a while, as they may mistake it for grass and have an accident. If you want to bring your puppy into a carpeted room, hold him or keep him on a leash so he stays near you.

Understanding Puppy Signals

Pay attention to your puppy’s behaviors. Sniffing and walking in circles are signs that he needs to go. If an accident happens, don’t lose your cool. An immediate trip outside will suffice. Labradoodles are sensitive. They respond to positive reinforcement — ignore the behavior you don’t want to see and reward the behavior that you do want to see.