I recommend the largest size crate your space will allow. Using a divider, you can make it smaller while your dog is young.
28" for minis
36" for mediums
42" for standards
Crate liner in multiple sizes and colors. Make the crate a cozy place to be.
Comfy & Cozy. Easy to wash dog bed in multiple colors and sizes.
Doodles are usually water lovers and wet faced drinkers. This is a must have item!!! Keep the face and floor dry and water in the bowl. I recommend the Medium sized Slopper Stopper for all sizes.
There are many varieties for dry storage. Find one, like this, with a secure lid to keep food safe from your curious puppy.
Stainless steal bowls can be sanitized and last forever, unlike glass which is breakable and plastic which encourages the growth of bacteria. A flat bottomed bowl is best, as they are less likely to tip.
Accidents happen. Be prepared.
A high quality leather leash with traffic handle for better control. Great for obedience training and well mannered heeling.
Keep your yard tidy.
MUST HAVE ITEM! Your puppy will get an ear infection at some point.
Some families forego getting this and then later regret that they are unable to get it fast enough when needed.
Quality grooming tools are essential in keeping your puppy’s coat in top condition. Les Pooch Brushes are a must have and will cut your brushing time in half.
I use the double wide green brush.
This is to be used on the the full body to double check for mats after brushing a section. (also called a greyhound comb)
For weekly nail trims.
It happens. Have these for the just in case moment you need to stop a nail bleed.
For just in case emergencies. I have had a canine first aid kit in my truck forever. It has been useful so many times. (Sometimes for the peeps too.)
This is a lifesaver after the beach, pool or rainy day.
To help keep your pup's coat well maintained. We want to see their beautiful eyes!
Richell 3-1 convertible free standing puppy pen and barrier/gate
Our dogs' favorite toys are the Go Dog dragons, dinosaurs and hairy balls but they also like Nylabone toys and the Holee Roller balls
If you’re looking for more info or want to dig a little deeper, I like these books;
A retractable leash is not so much a leash as it is a length of thin cord wound around a spring-loaded device housed inside a plastic handle. The handles of most retractable leashes are designed to fit comfortably in a human hand. A button on the handle controls how much of the cord is extended.
Retractable leashes are popular primarily because they aren't as confining as regular leashes, allowing dogs more freedom to sniff and poke around on walks. But unfortunately, there are many downsides to this type of leash.
10 Reasons Not to Use a Retractable Leash
1. The length of retractable leashes, some of which can extend up to 26 feet, allows dogs to get far enough away from their humans that a situation can quickly turn dangerous. A dog on a retractable leash is often able to run into the middle of the street, for example, or make uninvited contact with other dogs or people.
2. In the above scenario, or one in which your pet is being approached by an aggressive dog, it is nearly impossible to get control of the situation if the need arises. It's much easier to regain control of – or protect -- a dog at the end of a six-foot standard flat leash than it is if he's 20 or so feet away at the end of what amounts to a thin string.
3. The thin cord of a retractable leash can break – especially when a powerful dog is on the other end of it. If a strong, good-sized dog takes off at full speed, the cord can snap. Not only can that put the dog and whatever he may be chasing in danger, but also the cord can snap back and injure the human at the other end.
4. If a dog walker gets tangled up in the cord of a retractable leash, or grabs it in an attempt to reel in their dog, it can result in burns, cuts, and even amputation. In addition, many people have been pulled right off their feet by a dog that reaches the end of the leash and keeps going. This can result in bruises, "road rash," broken bones, and worse.
5. Dogs have also received terrible injuries as a result of the sudden jerk on their neck that occurs when they run out the leash, including neck wounds, lacerated tracheas, and injuries to the spine.
6. Retractable leashes allow dogs more freedom to pull at the end of them, which can look like aggression to another dog who may decide to "fight back."
7. The handles of retractable leashes are bulky and can be easily pulled out of human hands, resulting in a runaway dog.
8. Along those same lines, many dogs – especially fearful ones – are terrorized by the sound of a dropped retractable leash handle and may take off running, which is dangerous enough. To make matters worse, the object of the poor dog's fear is then "chasing" her, and if the leash is retracting as she runs, the handle is gaining ground on her – she can't escape it. Even if this scenario ultimately ends without physical harm to the dog (or anyone else), it can create lingering fear in the dog not only of leashes, but also of being walked.
9. Retractable leashes, like most retractable devices, have a tendency to malfunction over time, either refusing to extend, refusing to retract, or unspooling at will.
10. Retractable leashes are an especially bad idea for dogs that haven't been trained to walk politely on a regular leash. By their very nature, retractables train dogs to pull while on leash, because they learn that pulling extends the lead.
If your dog is well trained, gentle mannered and smart enough to master a regular leash and a retractable leash without being confused, you could be one of the rare guardians that can walk your pooch on any kind of leash without increasing risks to either one of you.
There are a few reasons why harnesses are a poor choice:
First and foremost is that the harness applies preasure that prohibits natural gait and causes degenerative disease (aka arthritic pain).
Secondly the harness breaks and causes matting to the coat of coated breeds.
Lastly training your dog to walk on a flat collar and leash is easy when you put in the effort. Just train your dog. It is easy to spot an untrained dog and a lazy owner walking their dog in a harness.
There are a lot of grooming tools on the market. None work as well as the Les Pooch or Activet brush. Yes it is expensive but it will last your dogs entire life. Other brushes with plastic pins will bend, break and fall out and along with a regular slicker brush it will not get through your doodles coat to the skin.
It’s fairly easy to find reputable places that mention not using raised feeder bowls to prevent problems with GDV. For example, Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine lists not using raised bowls as one of the ways to protect high-risk dogs. But what people really need to see is the scientific data that backs up this claim. In the year 2000, a study done by the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association of more than 1600 larger breed dogs found that 53 percent of the cases of GDV could be related to using raised feeder bowls. This particular study was carried forward until a few years later.An update was published with a review of the bloat and elevated feeder debate that stated using raised feeder bowls as much as doubled the risk of GDV development. Further notation explained that even though raised feeder dishes were once thought to help prevent bloat, the new study showed otherwise and more vets need to be trained to pass along the information.