Welcome to the Cloud 9 Family!

Congratulations! You’ve taken the plunge and joined the exciting and sometimes chaotic world of dog ownership! We would like to thank you for choosing Cloud 9 Doodles as your breeder! In this section you will find valuable information that will help you with your new puppy.  

Preparing for your new puppy!

There are many things you can do before bringing your puppy home to ensure a smooth transition and to help prepare your home for the new arrival! In this section, we will cover things such as puppy proofing, what to buy, and other information.

"Puppy Proofing" your home.

We always recommend puppy proofing the home before puppy arrives to not only protect your things, but also to keep the puppy safe. Your house is going to be the place that your dog spends the majority of his life, so it’s vitally important that you take precautions to make sure that it is a safe environment for him or her.​

Puppy-Proofing Tips For Indoors

  • Electrical cords are a huge hazard for puppies because they’re likely to chew on them. This can cause burns in their mouth or even worse, electrical shock. It’s best to keep cords out of sight or string them through cord concealers to keep your puppy away from them.

  • Cleaning supplies should be kept in high cabinets or secured with childproof latches if they’re stored close to the ground. When using them, make sure that the puppy is out of the area, so that he won’t be affected by the vapors given off by the chemicals. Be careful of toilet cleaners and open toilet lids.

  • Avoid keeping medications on low tables where the puppy can easily get to them.

  • Doors should be kept closed at all times, so the puppy can’t escape.

  • Smaller hazards — such as toys, coins, paper clips, and rubber bands — should be put away, as should expensive items, like jewelry, so the puppy won’t chew on them.

  • It’s best to keep your puppy in an area with flooring that is easy to clean, such as linoleum, tile, or wood. We do not recommend allowing your puppy to roam on carpet until they are fully house trained, and then supervise closely that they do not have accidents on the carpet when first introduced until you are confident you can trust your pup on carpet.

  • Keep all sharp objects out of your dog’s reach, ensure food is not on the counter within reach of your pup, including cans and chip bags which can be a suffocation hazard for your dog.

  • Make sure that any small objects are cleared from the floor, so that your puppy won’t accidentally eat them. 

  • Place baby gates in areas where you do not want your puppy to have access to, such as stairs or at the entrance to a room you do not want your pup to have access to. We generally recommend that puppy only have access to a small portion of the house to start, as it makes training much easier.

Puppy-Proofing Tips For Outdoors

  • It’s best to have a fenced-in backyard with a fence that is high enough to prevent the puppy from jumping over it. Make sure there are no holes in the fence that would enable the puppy to get out, be sure to check the bottom of the fence as well to be sure the puppy can not get under it.

  • Pools are a big hazard for puppies and are hard to puppy-proof because they typically take up a large portion of the yard. It’s recommended that you have a fence surrounding the pool to prevent the puppy from accidentally falling in, but there are dog trainers who can teach pool safety to dogs, as well.

  • Set aside a portion of the yard for the puppy to use as his bathroom area, puppies can be trained to go to the same spot in the yard each time, and even on command!

  • Something that smells as strongly as a mothball is likely to attract a pup’s attention, even if it is hidden. It’s better not to put them in the yard at all if you have pets.

  • Make sure that you take care of the lawn. Ticks are more likely to hide in tall grasses and latch onto your pup.

  • Keep your dog away from the yard if it has recently been treated with fertilizers, pesticides, or insecticides. Try to avoid using insecticides because the chemicals can be very harmful to your puppy.

  • Make sure that there is shade for your dog in your yard and be wary of heat. Avoid keeping your dog outside when it is very hot.

Puppies are much like children in that they are completely dependent on you for everything, and their safety should be your No. 1 priority. It’s a hefty responsibility, but most definitely worth it.

Shopping List:

A Dog Crate

You can buy a wire one or a plastic travel one. We like wire for puppies because they can see out of it  and you can put a blanket over it at bedtime to keep them calm for a good rest. You can also attach it to an x-pen, when you are gone for longer periods during the day. You can purchase these at any retail pet store or on-line. You can buy a small one for the puppy stage, or to eliminate the need to buy two, just buy the larger one with the divider, if you buy the wire one. If you prefer plastic, you can still buy large and just place a large pillow towards the back, upwards, until they grow into the crate. They should be able to sit upright in the crate, but not have so much space that they will use the bathroom in the crate. 

 

X pens are handy if you don't have a fenced in back yard and you want your puppy to have some fun outside off leash. This is also really useful when you are gone for long periods during the day, as you can let the puppy have a larger area where they can still play and burn energy, but won't be given free reign of the house and injure themselves or your favourite pair of shoes. Some people who work full-time opt to leave a puppy potty training pad in this area with food, water, toys, and their crate, so they have some of their needs met while you are away for the day. You can find these in most retail pet stores or on-line. Our favourite ones are purchased on amazon. We like them because they are sturdy, and the panels are independent of one another which allows you to shape it however you like and even add to it. 

Dog Collar and Leash

We recommend a flat collar and a 6' leash for puppies under 6 months who are not fully leashed trained. if you have a puppy who pulls and is over 6 months, we recommend first additional training with your CPDT-KA or AFFA dog trainer, and also we recommend a gentle leader halti or an anti pull front attach harness. Regular harnesses are designed to allow a dog to pull and therefore we do not recommend them unless you are doing an activity that requires pulling such as Skijor. Be sure to remove collars when placing puppy/dog in crates or in x-pens, as this is a safety hazard for the puppy and can cause serious injury or death. We strongly advise against the use of Extendable leashes, as well as averse training tools such as Electronic Collars, Choke Chains and Prong collars.  

Puppy Food

We start puppies on Purina Pro Plan Puppy and Raw. We send a little home with you when you pick-up your puppy for transitioning purposes. We recommend if transitioning food, you do it slowly. You can also introduce other good brands like Acana Classic, Canadian Naturals or if you have another dog in the home, you can stick to the same brand you trust.  We suggest you buy food that is made locally to Canada or in the North American region due to the amount of recalls we tend to see in food made overseas. Even some of the U.S. brands have frequent recalls. Due to the recent studies that link DCM (Dilated Cardiomyopathy) with grain free foods, we no longer feed a grain free kibble, but instead feed a high quality, science based kibble as well as a balanced Raw diet. We order our raw from the Complete K9 (https://www.thecompletek9.ca/) as we have liked the results with our own dogs. Purina Pro Plan can be purchased at any PetSmart. Also, it can be found at G&E Pharmacy in Edmonton. 

 

Treats

There are many different kinds of treats on the market these days and while it is nice to have a variety, it can be overwhelming trying to sort out what to buy. The reality is that it very much depends on the individual dog and a lot of it is going to be trial and error. When looking for training treats, a good rule of thumb is the stinkiest treats will smell the best to your dog. We call the absolute best treats "high value" treats. This is what we use when introducing a new behavior, to work in high distraction situations (Training class for example), or when working with a particularly challenging behavior. Some high value treats we use is Boiled chicken, Liver, Hot dogs/ baloney etc. We do not find pet store treats high enough value for dogs when a high value reward is needed, but again, it depends on the dog. When we are working on an established behavior, training at home, or in a low distraction situation, we generally use pet store freeze dried treats such as Benny's bullies, or we use the soft treats such as rollover treats. Remember, all that is required when training is a small piece of the treat, about the size of a finger nail. As trainers we recommend soft treats as they are easy to swallow and the dog can focus on the training rather then on chewing.  Other treats such as Milk Bones or dog cookies can be given, but we do not recommend these for training purposes. 

 

Bones

Bones are an extremely important part in a dogs life. Chewing releases endorphins and are a necessary daily activity for dogs to help relieve stress, boredom and for a general sense of well being. We like to feed all kinds of different types of bones. Some of the bones we recommend are Bully Sticks, Antler sheds, Raw Meaty Bones, Cheese Bones, and Pork Hide. Although we do give rawhide on the rarest of occasions, rawhide is not well digested and can cause upset in some dogs, therefore it is important to always monitor your dog with any new bone type to make sure it agrees with them.

 

Toys

Many people purchase toys for their puppies under the impression that all puppies play with toys. unfortunately, not all puppies like toys at first, and you may have to play with your puppy and teach him that a toy is fun. Any puppy can be taught to enjoy toys, but not all puppies will like all toys. When shopping for a new puppy, we recommend purchasing only a few toys at first, then getting to know what your puppy enjoys. We recommend starting out with softer toys. Puppies really enjoy the "no stuffing" toys as well as soft rope toys and other soft tug and squeaky toys. Balls are also fun. As your puppy grows, your choice of toys will likely change to more rugged, durable toys that can withstand a rowdy teenager. Teaching your puppy to tug and retrieve will also do wonders in getting rid of some of that boisterous energy puppies often have, sometimes even more so then a walk!

 Boredom relief

A large part of owning a dog is trying to figure out ways to keep your dog entertained. In the first two years, puppies are active and will find their own ways to relieve boredom if we do not provide them with extra stimulation. There is an excellent Facebook group called Canine Enrichment. This group has tons of fun ideas on keeping your dog occupied. For our dogs, we use Kongs, stuffed bones, and frozen treats. Here are some healthy ideas for stuffing. https://www.puppyleaks.com/healthy-foods-you-can-stuff-in-a-kong/ . We also freeze our stuffed kongs for the dogs that are used to them and get through them quickly.

Puzzles are also another excellent way to keep your dog occupied. With my very food motivated dogs, i generally feed them supper using their puzzle toys. We use treat balls, kong wobblers and other fun puzzles to challenge them.

Dog beds and Crate Mats

Puppies and dogs love a cozy place they can call their own, but they enjoy being with you (on the furniture and all) the best. Whether you chose to allow your pup to cuddle with you on the furniture or prefer them to keep their paws off the furniture, we recommend getting a dog bed so they have their own special "place". The type of dog bed that you chose is entirely personal preference. Dogs and puppies can be very picky on what type of dog bed they prefer to use, and many prefer sleeping on the cool floor, especially in the hot summer months. We recommend starting with an inexpensive "cuddle" style dog bed like the one pictured below. We do not recommend a crate mat for puppies learning crate training, but instead we suggest a towel or a small blanket until the puppy is older. Please keep in mind that some dogs are not compatible with crate mats at all and will simply destroy them when crated. If your dog is a dog bed eater, Kong has excellent durable Dog beds and crate mats.

Food and water bowls

Food and water bowls are completely personal preference. We do not recommend a free feeder for puppies as it can interfere with many things including house training, monitoring how much your puppy is eating, as well as not being motivated for treats at training time. Our preference is stainless steel as they do not break easy and will withstand boisterous puppies.

Grooming tools

On top of your regular grooming appointments ( generally every 6-8 weeks) you will need to do some maintenance on your doodle's coat, especially if you like the longer, traditional doodle cut. You will want to start getting your puppy used to grooming and the various tools like brushes, combs, bathes, and blow dryers. Many doodle owners are not properly educated on proper brushing technique for doodle and poodle coats, which can result in the dog being matted and the groomer shaving your doodle. To prevent this, we recommend that you see our grooming section below.

 

 For shopping purposes, we suggest a simple slicker brush and a comb. For shampoos, you will want something designed for puppies. You can find these at any retail pet store or online linked in this section. A set of nail clippers and grooming scissors are also recommended. 

 

We NEVER purchase over the counter flea treatments / preventatives or dewormers. We only recommend getting these products from your veterinarian.  We use Revolution on our dogs as well as a good, strong dewormer every few months. 

Cleaning supplies

We usually recommend a good, specially designed stain and odour remover for Cleaning up potty accidents. Natures Miracle can be found at any Petsmart and is an excellent product. Bleach with water is an excellent disinfectant for hard surfaces that do not contain biological matter, but Virkon is the best overall disinfectant as it can be used both indoors and outdoors and will kill almost anything contagious that could affect your puppy if properly applied. This is especially important to know if you have ever had an animal with any kind of contagious disease on your property or if you are a new property owner (less then 5 years). Virkon can be purchased at your vets, at UFA and at Peavy Mart.  

Finding a Trainer

Here at Cloud 9 Doodles we ask that all our puppies attend dog training classes. This is to help your puppy get the best start in life. If you live in Alberta, we ask that you find a trainer who is a member of AFFA (Alberta Force Free Aliance) or alternatively a CPDT-KA or equivalently certified trainer. We do not stand behind aversive training methods such as hitting, choking, shocking or using prong collars. We ask that you find a trainer that does not use these things, but rather find a science based trainer. There are several training books you can buy to learn more even before you bring puppy home! We recommend authors such as Patricia McConnell, Dr. Stanley Coren, Jean Donaldson, Pat Miller and other training professionals. These can be found on Amazon. 

Finding a Groomer

Finding a good groomer is also very important for several reasons. Many groomers are not properly trained and certified which greatly increases the risk of injury to your pup. Be sure to ask about their grooming experience, any certifications or awards, ask to watch them groom and have a look through their portfolio. Dedicated groomers attend seminars, competitions, and are always straining to improve their technique. Good groomers are hard to find, but when you find one, tip them well as the good ones work hard to keep your pooch healthy, stress free, and beautiful!

Finding a Veterinarian

If you already have a trusted veterinarian, then disregard this. If you do not, we recommend you interview a few to see if they are a good fit. Sometimes with veterinarians it is trial and error and finding one who has similar views as you. For example, if you prefer a more holistic approach, try to find a veterinarian with the same ideals. Being able to trust your vet is crucial. 

 

Pet Insurance

Our puppies come with a 4 week free trial of pet insurance through Trupanion. You can research different insurance companies such as PetSecure and Pets plus Us through Costco. Pet insurance is a very personal choice and we recommend you do A LOT of research on the best company/plan to suit your needs or whether pet insurance is right for you. 

 

Bringing puppy home

So it's finally pick up day and you have just arrived home with your new doodle puppy! The first few days will be an adjustment period for both you and your puppy. 

 

Puppy-Proofing Tips For Indoors

  • Electrical cords are a huge hazard for puppies because they’re likely to chew on them. This can cause burns in their mouth or even worse, electrical shock. It’s best to keep cords out of sight or string them through cord concealers to keep your puppy away from them.

  • Cleaning supplies should be kept in high cabinets or secured with childproof latches if they’re stored close to the ground. When using them, make sure that the puppy is out of the area, so that he won’t be affected by the vapors given off by the chemicals.

  • Avoid keeping medications on low tables where the puppy can easily get to them.

  • Doors should be kept closed at all times, so the puppy can’t escape.

  • Smaller hazards — such as toys, coins, paper clips, and rubber bands — should be put away, as should expensive items, like jewelry, so the puppy won’t chew on them.

  • It’s best to keep your puppy in an area with flooring that is easy to clean, such as linoleum, tile, or wood. We do not recommend allowing your puppy to roam on carpet until they are fully house trained, and then supervise closely that they do not have accidents on the carpet when first introduced until you are confident you can trust your pup on carpet.

  • Keep all sharp objects out of your dog’s reach, ensure food is not on the counter within reach of your pup, including cans and chip bags which can be a suffocation hazard for your dog.

  • Make sure that any small objects are cleared from the floor, so that your puppy won’t accidentally eat them. 

  • Place baby gates in areas where you do not want your puppy to have access to, such as stairs or at the entrance to a room you do not want your pup to have access to. We generally recommend that puppy only have access to a small portion of the house to start, as it makes training much easier.

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