dog ownership

Dog Ownership

Thinking of getting a Labradoodle Puppy will change your life for the better as they bring such happiness. There is so much to learn about Dog Ownership. Dogs are very attentive, and loyal and make great companions, but owning a dog means taking responsibility and ensuring the puppy is well cared for. 

Prepare your home.

The first thing is to ensure your home is dog ready and set up to create a safe environment. It is crucial to set up an area where the dog will have his own space feeling safe. You would include a dog’s crate, a bed, and many toys in the designated area. Depending on your home size, you will need to create rooms that are “off limits” for your dog and may need to set up baby gates.

Dog Ownership means that by bringing a Labradoodle by Cucciolini puppy home you will need to make sure your home is puppy-proofed to ensure he will be safe.

  • Keeping electrical cords hidden
  • Store shoes, socks, and other chewable items in cupboards or closets where the puppy is not able to reach
  • Place trash in an area where a curious puppy is not able to rummage through

Preparing Family and Friends to introduce your new Labradoodle Puppy is vital. Before puppies arrive at their new home, let the family know that the puppy is in training, so the family can also help with the training process when they meet the puppy.

I am setting a Routine for your new puppy.

When training your puppy, it is vital to create routines to help the puppy establish what is allowed and what is not. Setting boundaries is key to a well-trained puppy.

  1. You are loving and respecting your new puppy. Puppies are like children and love to receive hugs and cuddles; they need touch to blond and flourish around family and friends. Make sure to take the puppy outdoors and create a routine for play. They need interaction to create a special bond with the new family. We all have jobs, so it is crucial that when you are working, you have Family and Friends check in to make sure the puppy is doing well with eating and eliminating. Your Labradoodle Puppy is beautiful and an intelligent family member, so she is patient with the training process. 
  2. Spaying or Neutering your puppy. Contact your veterinarian to ask about spaying or neutering your dog. These procedures help with health benefits for both a Male or Females.
  3. Health Care. Taking your puppy to your veterinary to get his annual vaccinations, checkups, and dental exams is vital for health. Ensure you are ready to commit to your dog and will be available anytime the dog needs care, support, protection, and hugs.
  4. Puppy License and ID. Rabies vaccinations and licensing are essential to keep people safe if a dog bites. Identifying the dog with a name tag is crucial if your dog runs off.
  5. Healthy Diet. Feeding your puppy a balanced diet is crucial for their health and growth. Adult dogs require different nutrition than puppies. A puppy should be given the correct amount of food daily to your growing puppy as needed for development without supplementing the puppy. It’s also essential to provide fresh water 2-3 times daily.
  6. Training your dog is vital. Having a dog with good manners is essentialSo, it is crucial to start with proper training and patience. There are many books available On “Training a Dog.” There are many reputable dog trainers and obedience schools for puppies
  7. How to keep your puppy clean and groomed? Regular grooming keeps your dog looking best and helps detect and control skin parasites that could affect their health and those around them. So, getting your puppy accustomed to being touched is crucial, so grooming will come easy as he matures. 
  8. You are playing with your dog. Dogs love playing with other dogs. Getting your puppy involved in games for 20 minutes daily is essential for socialization. There are many dog games they would enjoy playing. The best games dogs love are chasing games, tug games, and Ball throwing, which will give them the exercise they need daily. 
  9. Exercise your dog. A happy dog has a healthy mind and strong body, so taking your dog for daily walks ensures the dog stays healthy. Meanwhile, if you have discovered new places to meet people with dogs would be a great idea to socialize your puppy. Set times in your busy schedule to get the dog outdoors for a good run, as they need exercise to stay fit and healthy. 
  10. How to Socialize your puppy? A puppy that is not socialized will become bored. Puppies need social outings to help meet new people or dogs and have fun. Getting your dog out to a park is a great way to interact with others. Feeling bored, as could result in continuous barking and aggressive behaviours toward others.
  11. How do you Teach a puppy to listen when on a leash? Some people may not like to be around dogs. Some cultures perceive dogs in ways that may differ from yours; even a friendly dog running up to someone can cause extreme stress. Someone terrified may injure your dog, acting out of fear. Also, their property owners can be particular about dogs on their lawns. When walking, it is best to walk your dog on a leash. Keep your puppy on a leash to protect it from running off. 
  12. Poop & Scooping. When your dog needs to eliminate, he will end up pooping in public areas, including neighbour’s lawns. It is your responsibility to ensure the removal of dog feces in public areas. Take a poop bag along on your walks with help to pick up Feces. Cleaning feces in public places and cleaning our environment are crucial to removing viruses and bacteria.
  13. How to Teach your Dog Commands? – Your new puppy needs direction on behaving around people on walks or with family. Dogs need proper training as it is essential to help the puppy become strong and not timid or afraid when he is out for walks. Teaching your dog commands, such as the command Sit Down and Stand, Sit is a command most puppies is essential. The word Come when called could save a puppy’s life. Stay, having a dog listen is beneficial. 
  14. Take Care of Dog’s Hygiene – Caring for your dog’s teeth is essential to ensure that he does not carry gum disease. Brushing daily is key to a healthy mouth.
  15. How to Clean your puppies’ Ears – Cleaning your puppies’ ears will protect against infection and should need cleaning once a month, with a wet cloth to remove bacteria. For your pet’s safety, we recommend not using a cotton swab. 
  16. Nail Trimming – We recommend having your dog’s nails trimmed at least once a month. However, some dogs’ nails grow quicker than others and may need theirs cut more frequently.  
  17. How to Brush a Puppy Coat – Brushing your puppy’s coat will help de-tangle hair, and remove dirt, undercoat, and dander. It will also help create natural oils which help hair shine and give a healthy look and feel. Daily brushing helps reduce matting and tangling, giving your dog’s hair a smoother look. Depending on the coat type, many different breeds will require another brush to remove tangles. 
  18. Removing crustiness from dog’s eyes – Yes, puppies and adult dogs release excess tears that accumulate in the corner of your dog’s eye. To help remove excess tears, loosen the crusty by applying a wet warm cotton ball to the dog’s eye; once the crustiness is soft as they are easier to remove, take a comb to brush them away. You can also purchase Tear Stain Removal at www.barkavenuebycucciolini.ca. as the tears might have stained the hair.
  • How to bathe your puppy? Every 4 – 6 weeks, giving your dog a bath at home is essential to ensure your dog’s coat stays healthy and clean. When dogs spend more time indoors, h may not require a bath as often. We recommend not washing your dog more than once a week. It is crucial not to over-bath as it can cause the dogs’ skin to dry and cause itching. It is best to always use an Oatmeal dog shampoo for dryness. We carry many supplies that can help with dryness, including Shampoos, Conditioners, Oils, Vitamins and many more items to help bathing your dog.
  • To help your puppy get accustomed to baths, start without water, and allow the puppy to sniff the tub. 
  • Start to add warm water, and ensure to test the water making sure it’s the right temperature to avoid burns. Once the tub is ready with 3 inches of water, place the puppy in the water, and ensure not to let go until the puppy is comfortable.
  • Start it is best to start wetting the coat slowly not to scare him. When applying Oatmeal puppy shampoo, be careful around the puppies’ eyes to not irritate and burn them, if shampoo enters the eyes.
  • Praise and reassure the puppy that he is doing well. 
  • Lastly, finishing the puppy’s coat is very important to avoid leftover shampoo that will create itchiness. Once thoroughly rinsed, place conditioner, leave for 5 minutes and rinse. The conditioner will leave a soft coat, condition the hair, and stop it from drying.
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Taking your Labradoodles by Cucciolini Puppy Home...

Taking your “Labradoodles by Cucciolini” Puppy Home

Today is the day you are taking your “Labradoodles by Cucciolini” Puppy Home; his first car ride home may be frightening and cause the Puppy to get car sick. I recommend taking a companion along for the ride to sit beside the puppy crate and keep the puppy company. Also, having the window open about two inches is beneficial to help Puppy from feeling sick and provides air circulation.

Take your Labradoodles by Cucciolini puppy home,e stay relaxed while driving home. 

It will take time to help the Puppy relax when in the vehicle. Be sure, though, to take a towel with you in the event your Puppy does get sick in the car. It is also vital that everyone stays calm during the car ride home while the Puppy is not getting ill to scare the Puppy.

Let’s begin with items to help make your pup’s homecoming smooth.

  • Collars & leashes. The Puppy will need a collar and leash. 
  • You will need to buy a Crate to be 42 inches in size.
  • The dog Bed will need to be large enough to accommodate the Puppy’s maturity.
  • You will need to purchase a Food and Water bowl
  • When buying treats, look for one Ingredient treat that is best to avoid an allergic reaction.
  • You will also need Grooming supplies such as a Comb, Brush and Shaver.
  • Identification Tags for his Collar.
  • Include a variety of Kong Toys to keep the Puppy occupied.

I am getting ready for the Puppy’s arrival. 

  1. When Puppy has arrived at his new home, keeping the home calm as you enter is vital as Puppy will be afraid of strange loud noises that can be overwhelming.
  2. Introduce your dog to his crate upon arrival.
  3. Start your Training by showing the Puppy where he needs to eliminate.
  4. Set up a daily routine.
  5. Register for a dog’s license as soon as possible, so you can attach the Tag to the collar if he gets lost.
  6. Find a veterinarian so that the Puppy can get his complete Immunizations.

Home at Last, very exciting!

It is best to give your Puppy about forty-five minutes to help Puppy settle down within his new environment. Some people will suggest taking the puppy outside and letting him walk on neighbor’s lawns, but I only recommend this in your front yard as it is away from a public sidewalk where many people have walked with their Puppy. Parvo, if contracted, can last up to six months on soil or grass, so be careful not to allow your Puppy on other’s lawns until they are 16 weeks old. I recommend taking them to your backyard to eliminate for the weeks before he has completed all required vaccinations.

Missing Mom and Siblings

Leaving his siblings will probably bring about some anxiety. However, this can be significantly diminished if you plan your schedules so that you will be home with the Puppy for three to four days before returning to work. It’s vital if you have young children to discuss that being calm around the Puppy will be necessary. It may take time for the Puppy to adjust to his new family. Once the Puppy is comfortable within his new home, you can allow children to play with the new Puppy slowly while keeping an eye on how the Puppy is adjusting. 

Feeding Schedule for Puppies

Your schedule will somewhat dictate the Puppy’s feeding. When you first arrive home, do not leave food out for the Puppy immediately, as the Puppy will be curious and excited to walk through his new home; you will need to monitor how much he is eating when you offer his Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner. You want the Puppy on a feeding and potty schedule as soon as possible, as they love routine. The Puppies at Labradoodles by Cucciolini are fed twice daily under six months of age.

Puppy Training

The Puppy will need to know where to go to the bathroom. Before the Puppy eats in the morning, when waking, you will need to set a feeding schedule that will accommodate your work schedule. A sample plan will consist of Breakfast at 8 am and dinner at 5 pm with water in between throughout the day will ensure Puppy is flourishing and help make house training more accessible. Make sure to give the Puppy quiet time after his meals to help him digest, making sure the children are not playing or picking the Puppy up for one hour after eating, as it can lead to stomach upset. The Puppy will need to go to the bathroom ten minutes after eating Breakfast or Dinner. A Puppy’s feeding schedule must include two meals a day, preferably at the same time daily. Should schedule training the Puppy’s meal at eight am for Breakfast and five pm for his dinner, giving the puppy time to digest his food and eliminate it before he goes to bed.

What brand of food to feed your Puppy?

The kibble should be a healthy and well-balanced diet for Puppies. We at Labradoodles by Cucciolini feed our puppies Royal Canin. Refraining from less expensive dog food that contains fillers and sugars rather than high-quality kibble will help with complete nourishment as the Puppy matures. 

Cheaper foods can affect your Puppy’s long-term growth and overall health, cause constipation or diarrhea, and make house training much more challenging. Low-quality dog food can also cause skin issues, allergies, dull coats, itchy skin, ear infections and more. So it is best to continue feeding the food we have recommended for the best quality. 

Daily Puppy Schedule taking your puppy home

  • Breakfast: Take your Puppy out to eliminate. It is also an excellent time to play and interact with your New Puppy.
  • Breakfast time: Start with a cup of Royal Canin Kibble, and once Puppy is finished eating, make sure to give water. Also, be sure to change the water daily. 
  • After Breakfast: While you are busy getting ready for work or school, taking the Puppy for a quick walk after Breakfast will help give the Puppy a chance to eliminate before you leave for work.
  • Mid-morning: Puppy might need to nap after a busy morning. The Puppy must also go out at least twice before Lunch. If no one is home, consider hiring a pet sitter who will walk him.

Continue Puppy Schedule

  • Noon: Lunchtime starts with a trip outside to eliminate first, followed by the puppies’ meal and a drink of water. Once Lunch is finished, wait 10 minutes and take Puppy out to stop again. 
  • Mid-afternoon: It’s probably nap time again. 
  • Dinner: Arranging the puppies’ meal around yours will help the Puppy familiarize yourself with feeding him while preparing your dinner. Be sure to provide the Puppy first to ensure he is not begging.
  • Evening: If you have time, an evening walk outdoors would help him exercise and take a break to eliminate and create bonding time. 
  • Bedtime: Set a time before your sleep for the Puppy to eliminate so there are no accidents in his crate; whether it’s eight pm or midnight, it will not matter as long as it becomes a routine for the Puppy. After the Puppy has been taken outdoors to eliminate, take him to his crate and help him settle for the night.

Eating Schedule 

Puppies eat two small meals daily, depending on whether you are working from home or now; it is also beneficial to feed the Puppy twice daily as it is healthier for his health. Each feeding should consist of one and a half cups of kibble as a puppy and give more as he matures; measurements are located on the side of the kibble bag. All meals should be consumed by eight pm so that the Puppy will sleep with an empty bladder or bowels so they can sleep through the night with little potty breaks. 

If you set a puppy schedule as soon as you take your labradoodle puppy home, your Puppy will be on his way to becoming a happy and well-adjusted puppy. It is worth putting in the time and effort, not waiting until the Puppy matures and sets on less acceptable behaviours.

Why is my new Puppy Not Eating?

The Puppy isn’t eating; that can happen when the Puppy is in a new home away from his Mom and siblings. Every Puppy is different and how they react in its new home. When a puppy is in our care and with his siblings, puppies generally follow what the siblings do; if one is eating, they all eat and follow one another. The period of adjustment should only last not more than ten days. 

Too Much to Handle

Puppy just got into a new home with new people, smells, and noises, disrupting the routine he was accustomed to when he was with his Mom and Siblings. It will disturb routine, and the Puppy will become stressed and scared, but constant hugs will reassure the Puppy that he is Loved and not afraid, Giving lots of hugs and kisses. 

The family wants to visit the New Puppy. 

As much as you are eager and want to invite your family and friends to meet your new Puppy, it is best to give your puppy space and time to adjust to his new home. Not to mention that the Puppy needs to be fully immunized before being held or kissed by Family and Friends. A new home can be scary for many dogs, so take time with Puppy to get introduced. 

Loads of Excitement when taking your puppy home.

Most puppies may be excited the first day they arrive in their new home. Your new Puppy will be moving around your home as it is exploring and is excited to get attention from his new family. He may also refuse to eat because of all the different sounds, the many new faces, smell and sounds. It may take time for the Puppy to adjust to his new environment and eventually calm down. Finally, once the Puppy is settled and relaxed, he may curl up on his new bed and nap on his first day with his new family.

Puppy is Missing his Mamma and Siblings

If you get a new puppy, he might feel lonely and scared of being in his new home. The Puppy has been accustomed to living with his mother and siblings since birth; it’s understandable for him to whine and feel lonely during the first 3 – 4 nights away from his family. If your Puppy refuses to eat, give him time and some company when eating instead of being alone. It is vital to keep Puppy hydrated as puppies are susceptible to low blood sugar and must often drink to ensure they stay hydrated, especially in the summer heat.

Encourage your Puppy to Eat when he arrives home.

Upon arriving at the puppies’ new home, the Puppy might now be interested in eating; don’t force him. Once the Puppy adjusts to his home and schedule, he will start eating again. Walking and Playing with him may help bring back his appetite and create a bond with the new family.

Crate Training for your new Puppy.

When Crate training your new Puppy can take time, depending on the Puppy’s temperament. It is essential to keep this in mind while crate training, as Training should always be associated with a calming experience for the Puppy to feel happy. Crate Training should take place in small steps and not quickly.

Step 1: Take your Labradoodle Puppy home & Introducing Puppy to a crate.

Making sure to place the Labradoodles Puppy crate in a room so Puppy is under supervision where the family will spend much time, such as the family room, would be acceptable. Putting a soft blanket or a towel in the crate for comfort, and if the Puppy eliminates it, he will not become soiled as the towel will absorb it. Leaving the crate door open will allow the dog to explore his cage and have the opportunity for the Puppy to come out. Some puppies will be curious and start sleeping in the crate immediately. 

Is Puppy having a hard time adjusting to his crate:

  • Carry them over to the crate, talk to them in a soft voice and try engaging them with a toy to see if that helps. Also, ensure the crate door is open and the door is secured not to cause injury.
  • Encourage your Puppy to enter the crate by adding small treats inside the door, and finally, as the Puppy eats them, distribute more kibble further in the cage, allowing him to go deep inside the crate. If the Puppy refuses to enter all the way, that is OK, as it will take time, don’t ever force a puppy.
  • Try tossing treats into the crate until your dog walks into his bed and is calm on his own. Suppose the Puppy isn’t interested in treats. In that case, try tossing the Puppy’s favourite Kong Toy in his crate and adding a tiny amount of Peanut Butter to the toy may help the Puppy feel comfortable.

Step Two: Feeding your dog meals in his crate

  • If your Puppy is not entering the crate when you begin Step Two, place the food dish far back where he will likely go.
  • If the Puppy remains reluctant to go, place the bowl only as far inside as it initially went when he became comfortable. Every time you feed the Puppy, try putting the Puppy’s food back in the crate until he gets used to it.
  • Once your Puppy sits comfortably to eat, you can close the door while the Puppy eats his kibble. As the Puppy finishes his meal, open the crate door with each successful feeding.
  • If they begin to whine about being let out, you may have increased the length of time too quickly. Next time, leave the Puppy in a crate for shorter periods, and if the Puppy still does not stop whining, don’t let the Puppy out of the cage until the crying stops. Otherwise, the Puppy will learn that the way to get out of the crate is to whine, so they’ll keep doing it until they get your attention.

Step Three: Practice with more extended crating periods

After your dog eats in the crate with no fear or anxiety, you can confine them there for short periods while you’re home, so you will see if he is getting accustomed to the crate.

  • Calling the Puppy over to the crate and giving them a treat helps so they know when you call them, they will be offered a treat which will make crate training easier.
  • Giving your Puppy a command to enter the crate, such as “kennel,” will encourage the Puppy to go in with a treat.

Extended Crate Training 

  • After your Puppy enters his crate, praise them by giving them a treat, and close the door.
  • Sit quietly near the Puppy for five to ten minutes, leave for 10 minutes, return, sit quietly for a few more minutes, then remove the Puppy from the cage.
  • Repeating this process several times a day while gradually increasing the times the Puppy is in the crate will help the Puppy adjust to his routine.
  • Once the Puppy is quietly relaxing in his crate, leave him for about thirty minutes with you primarily out of sight, then begin leaving the Puppy crated when you are gone for short outings, including at night. 

Step Four: Crate your dog when you leave home.

Once your Puppy shows that he can spend thirty minutes in the crate without becoming upset or afraid, you can start leaving the Puppy crated for short periods when you are not home.

  • Place the Puppy in the crate using your regular command and a treat. You might also want to leave the Puppy with a few safe toys.
  • Vary the moment you put your dog in the crate during your “getting ready to leave” routine and see what happens. The Puppy should never be left in a cute long before you go out. It’s best to place the Puppy in the crate just before you leave.
  • Try not to make your departures emotional and prolonged; praise your dog, give them a treat and leave quietly.

Step Five: Crating your Puppy at night when all have gone to bed. 

Putting your Puppy in bed using your regular command and a treat might help the Puppy go to bed. Placing the crate beside your bed frame may be an excellent choice if the Puppy is crying. Many puppies might need to be eliminated at night, and you’ll want to hear your Puppy whine about being able to take them outside to make sure not to soil his crate. 

When Puppy is Comfortable in his crate

Once your Puppy is home and comfortable sleeping through the night with the crate next to your bed, you can gradually move it to another location of your choice. However, the time you have spent with your Puppy sleeping in your room has created a bond between you and your pet, helping him feel secure and happy.

How do Vaccinations work in protecting your Puppy from diseases? 

They help fight diseases caused by viruses or bacteria and help Stop infections from continued use. When your puppy receives his vaccine, his immune system will start producing antibodies to protect against viruses and bacteria that cause disease in puppies. Once your Puppy gets infections, the antibodies built in the Puppy’s body will help destroy viruses and bacteria immediately; it is vital to vaccinate your Puppy.

Why Do Puppies Require many Vaccines? 

Puppies receive antibodies from their mother’s milk that help to protect the newborn puppies from disease during their first months. Giving your Puppy Vaccinations is vital until they are sixteen weeks old or older. 

DISTEMPER 

This virus is a highly contagious disease in dogs and quickly spreads. Signs can range from a bad cold and fever to severe diarrhea, including vomiting, seizures and pneumonia. 

HEPATITIS in Dogs

Hepatitis is a severe viral disease affecting a dog’s liver, kidneys, lymph nodes, eyes and other organs. The virus can spread through an infected animal’s stools or urine at a park or on the grass at home. Signs of the virus show up in a dog as high fever, no hungry, and very thirst. In some cases, there is bloody diarrhea present in the animal. Hepatitis is severe in very young puppies. 

LEPTOSPIROSIS 

Dogs may, on occasion, develop lung disease, which can cause difficulty breathing. Leptospirosis will cause internal bleeding, vomiting, often urinating, stool or saliva infections and nosebleeds. Red spots are visible on the dog’s gums and light-coloured skin.

PARVOVIRUS 

Dogs become infected with Parvo-virus through the stool sample of an infected dog or in contaminated environments. The virus is brutal to treat and remains infectious in the background for a long time. Puppies are most affected and susceptible to parvovirus. Parvo-virus can cause severe bloody vomiting and diarrhea. Fatalities occur mainly in young puppies less than 12 weeks old, and prompt veterinary care is vital to recovery.

BORDETELLA (Parainfluenza)

Also known as Kennel cough is a stubborn respiratory infection that can keep dogs coughing for weeks or months without proper intervention. Bordetella disease isn’t usually Fatal unless pneumonia develops in a dog. 

RABIES 

All warm-blooded animals are susceptible to Rabies. The condition usually spreads when an infected dog bites another dog or a person. The virus that attacks the nerve tissues causes Rabies, where the disease develops. Rabies is a threat to people and animals. It is vital to give your dog Rabies Vaccine when they are young.

LYME DISEASE 

This disease is a complex illness to threat wild and domestic animals like dogs and cats, but it can also affect humans.

POTTY SCHEDULE 

 The Puppy will need to go outside and eliminate after each meal:

  • Morning as soon as the Puppy wakes
  • Again after eating in the Morning & Evening
  • When the Puppy wakes up from an afternoon nap
  • When Puppy is playing
  • As soon as he comes out of his crate at anytime

Signs of a puppy that needs to eliminate will start sniffing and circling. When you cannot be with your Puppy, they must be left in a playpen where they will be safe and have paper to eliminate. Puppies can easily choke on bones, stuffed toysbed insulators and blankets, so be very careful and buy only good quality toys, bones and not blankets with an insulator as the Puppy can choke! 

Puppy Feeding Needs

  • Water & food bowls
  • Dog food
  • Dog food storage bin
  • Dog food scoop

Walking Supplies

  • Collar
  • ID tag
  • Leash
  • Waste bags & dispensers

Sleeping Aids

Training Supplies

  • Dog crate
  • Crate pillow or pad
  • Potty training pads
  • Dog treats
  • Dog door
  • Poop Scoop

Basic safety needs

  • Dog first-aid supplies

Puppies Play 

  • Plush toys
  • Chew toys
  • Fetch toys
  • Rubber toys
  • Rawhide chews

Travel

Wellness

  • Dog-calming & stress-reducing products
  • Dog dental care
  • Dog vitamins & supplements
  • Flea & tick treatment

Grooming tools