You may want to bring
*Old clean Towel/blanket or puppy pad in case of toilet accidents
*Plastic bag and kitchen roll to clean up any toilet accidents
Thank you for choosing a Churchills Australian Labradoodle Puppy. We hope that you enjoy many years of companionship, fun and entertainment.
We ask that you follow our guidelines, which are designed to help you to settle your puppy into its new environment and give your puppy the foundations for a happy, healthy future. Please remember that, if you do have any concerns at any stage throughout your dogs life, we are here to help and advise.
Items to bring with you when you pick up your puppy
* A water bowl/drinking bottle
* The safest way for pup to travel home, would be in a harness, attached to a car seatbelt. You can buy these online.
However remember pup will be growing all the time, so don't spend too much on their first harness.
Harnesses that are suitable for the car will have a chest plate and the seat belt strap will attach to the back. They will state that they are a car/travel harnesses. Another option for travelling home with pup is to pop pup in a crate. The crate must be designed for the car they can be attached to the back seat or boot using straps.
Finally pup can sit in the footwell of the car.
Naturally you will want to cuddle pup all the way home. which is fine. But please remember that just like a child........if you brake hard or someone bumps into you, unless your pup is safe and secure your pup will fly through the car.
If you buy a doggy seat belt with a clip like the one pictured you will be able to sit them on your lap and attach their belt to your belt. NEVER put pup under your belt. Your body weight will crush them in an accident.
Your puppy will have some insurance when you collect them, this will provide basic cover for a four weeks. We recommend you source your own insurance, and ensure a policy is in place for when you collect your puppy.
Double check that your garden is secure. Puppies like to explore and will fit through tiny holes. Make sure garden gates are padlocked to prevent entry.
Think about your front door. If it should accidentally be left open, could puppy get out? Are you able to open your front door keeping puppy safely out the way?
Never ever leave your furry friend in the car or outside any public place.
Please read through the list of poisonous foods and plants that we give you in your puppy pack.
Make your puppy his/her own little haven, an area where they feel secure. If you chose to use a crate, then pop a nice soft bed inside and the toy/blanket we give you. They will soon learn that this is a nice place to be.
I highly recommend a playpen that you can pop their crate or bed inside, giving them more room to play, or maybe a gate on the kitchen or utility room.
Please reassure young children that puppy is not biting them. (they explore and play with their mouths)
Please picture the scene: You and your puppy are playing – puppy gives a hard nip. The second you feel those teeth, say “Oops!” or “Too bad!” or a firm "No". Immediately stop playing, fold your arms, and look away. For 5 or 10 seconds, ignore your pup. Once puppy has settled down, become friendly and fun again.
This method works well because the puppy learns that a playful nip quickly leads to a social freeze-out. Most puppies want to keep human engagement going so they quickly learn to be careful with their teeth.
First trip to the vets
When you take your puppy to the vets for its vaccinations, please keep them in your arms away from the floor and other animals.
DO NOT take your puppy to any parks or open public spaces until 10 days after the final injection. Please ask your vets to be sure. As they will be aware of any problems in your area.
Australian Labradoodle's are a breed which can suffer from joint problems, such as hip dispacia, which is usually caused by one or a combination of following reasons; heredity passed on from parents, poor diet or too much exercise during the first year, while the nones are still soft and forming.
Therefore i cannot emphasise enough how little exercise a puppy should have during the first 12 months of its life. As a rough guide, allow 5-10 minutes of exercise for every month of the puppies age.
This is especially important where there is an older dog in the household as, of permitted they will seriously over exercise a puppy. (there is lkely to be a weight and strength difference too) It must be explained to young children too.
Prior to 12 months of age Do not allow your puppy to jump up onto or down from furniture. Do not allow them to go up and down stairs.Always discourage throwing toys high into the air so they jump up to catch them.
Your puppy has received their first vaccination on.......................
2nd vaccination is required 4 weeks later on.................................
3rd vaccination (speak to your vet as they will know whats relevant in your area. at 15 weeks.........................
The vaccinations is called Nobivac which is to protect against many infectious diseases, many of which are very common and potentially life threatening (Parvo Virus, Adeno virus Type 1 and 2, Distemper, Leptospirosis and Parainfluenza. All these diseases can be transmitted indirectly via saliva coughing and on footwear. So please note annual vaccinations are extremely important to protect your puppy/dog.
Once the full course of vaccinations are complete an annual booster is required.
VERY IMPORTANT: The Parvo virus on the rise in the UK, we strongly recommend you chat to your own vet about obtaining an additional vaccination at 15 weeks as stated above. This is to ensure 100% coverage.
Your puppy will need rest between playtime. A good line to teach children is "shhhhhh, let sleeping dogs lie".
Night time can be lonely for a pup who is used to sleeping with their litter mates your puppy may whimper or howl. A cuddly toy, ticking clock or radio may help. Its difficult but try not to go to your puppy when they cry, as it can soon become a habit. However do what works for your and your family. Personally, mine all share my bed 😉
Your puppy may encounter a little stress, and cry during the early days. This is completely normal and to be expected. It is a big deal for a little puppy going to a new home, lots of new smells, new people to encounter without their siblings for support.
Make your puppy his/her own little haven, an area where they feel secure. If you choose to use a crate, then pop a nice soft bed inside and the toy/blanket we give you. They will soon learn that this is a nice place to be.
I highly recommend a playpen that you can pop their crate or bed inside, giving them more room to play, or maybe a gate on the kitchen or utility room. (remember to keep all cleaning products and food out of reach)
When your puppy is left in a crate or playpen you must remove their collar as it can get caught on the bars
Australian Labradoodle's bond very quickly, therefore it is important not to spend every single moment with them, as they will get used to this and expect this all the time. It is OK to leave your puppy, during the day for an hour or so.
When you leave your puppy talk to them in a confident manner, i,e "back soon, Be good" Try not to go back for a quick cuddle until the time is up.
If your puppy does cry or bark at night, please do not go down to him, as this could become a habit the puppy needs to learn that bedtime is sleep time.
The first night is always the most stressful; particularly in new surroundings without their siblings.
Please do not give the puppy too many treats or anything different in their diet until they have completely settled after the first week. For the first weeks training just use lots of vocal praise. When you buy treats for training I highly recommend Natures Menu treats or other pure healthy treats suitable for puppies.
Puppies need to go to the toilet at some predictable times, such as after waking up from a sleep, after eating or drinking, after anything exciting.........if your puppy is sniffing the ground, walking in circles, seems unsettled, when in doubt ... best go out
A young pup has a small bladder and bowel and therefore needs to go to the toilet frequently.
Dogs are clean creatures and will not soil their sleeping area if given a choice.
Establish a routine by placing the pup on the puppy training pads or newspaper when they need to go. Using praise to encourage.
Once you start taking puppy outside into the garden but If your puppy is still weeing inside, then they have not been left outside for long enough.
Just increase the time outside.
Do not play with your puppy during toilet trips. Use
LOTS of praise.
NEVER rub their nose in any mistakes
We feed our dogs Natural Instinct complete raw dog food. This is the food you will need to order in advance of picking up your puppy. Becuase the food is raw meat and vegetable, I'm not able to give you food to take home with you. Instead, when you come to choose your puppy at seven weeks i will give you a discount voucher to order your first supply of food.
By feeding Natural Instinct raw dog food, you can be confident that they're getting all the essential vitamins, minerals and proteins they need to live a healthy, active life. All their raw dog food is packed full of British meats and bone with added fruit, vegetables and supplements and frozen to retain all the natural goodness. Choosing a natural BARF diet gives your faithful friend the healthy dog food they need.
There are numerous raw dog food companies available. Most of them will deliver to your door. Raw feeding is great for puppies and adult dogs too. There is no need to worry if your puppy is receiving the right nutrients; every ounce is full of goodness. Churchills Australian Labradoodles have teamed up with Natural Instinct, Cotswold Raw and Natures Menu to provide you with a puppy pack with all the information you will need along with a voucher for when you make your first purchase.
Natural Instinct is Biologically Appropriate Raw Food (“BARF”) for dogs providing a balanced nutritional and delicious diet. Natural instnicts recipes are packed full of the highest quality, fresh produce. Ingredients range from a wide variety of human grade 100% British raw meats with bone and offal to a selection of fresh vegetables. Natural supplements are also included packed full of additional vitamins, anti-oxidants and nutrients such as sea kelp, Scottish salmon oil and spinach.
Natures Menu is a healthy, natural dog food made with naturally wholesome ingredients including human-grade meats, fruit and vegetables of superb nutritional value.
Cotswold raw meals are designed to replicate a dog's natural diet.
Dogs are carnivores. Their teeth, jaws and digestive system are structured for them to eat natural, raw protein. The Cotswold RAW formula is a Biologically Appropriate Raw Food diet, which means it features raw meat, bones, herbs and seasonal vegetables - all expertly developed to replicate a dog’s natural diet.
Are bones Dangerous?
The simple answer is no, provided they are 100% raw and you haven’t cooked them first
. You should never feed your dog cooked bones as this makes them brittle and therefore sharp which potentially could cause serious damage to the gut.
Dogs need to learn how to chew bones. Chewing on raw bones also helps to clean a dog’s teeth. It is important when giving your dog anything to chew that you select an appropriate sized bone according to the size of your dog. You must supervise your dog to ensure no problems occur. Do not allow your dog to eat bones which have dried out as these can also splinter like cooked bones and become dangerous.
When feeding bones, remember the three S's
Supervise - Always supervise your pet when feeding bones.
Separate - If you have a multi-dog household separate them when feeding bones to avoid scwobbles.
Size - You may initially have to teach your pet to eat bones, especially if they like to gulp their food. Start with a bone larger than the size of your pet’s head to ensure it can’t be swallowed e.g. a cow femur (knuckle end)
How much should I feed my puppy?
Variable factors like lifestyle, appetite and temperament can all impact on a pet’s eventual weight, which is why there's no substitute for knowing one's pet. We recommend that a healthy dog should have a natural waist and that you should be able to feel (but not see) its ribcage.
As a rule of thumb, an adult dog should eat around 2-3% of its ideal body weight per day (e.g. a 10kg dog should eat roughly 200g of food per day).
Following on from our Weaning Paste, at about 8 weeks of age puppies will need approximately 5-6% of their body weight per day, spread across 3-4 meals. This will be required until the puppy reaches around 6 months of age. At this point you may wish to reduce the number of meals to two, until they have reached maturity and are well placed to switch to the recommended adult diet.
For further help, log onto your food suppliers webiste where you will find a food calculator.
Taking on a new puppy can be a busy and exciting time and researching the right diet can feel like information overload! I've tried to make things as simple as possible for you. I have endeavoured to think of everything you may ask. However if you have a question please do not hesitate to drop me an email or text 07818 418418
When you collect your puppy we will provide you with their meal plan, so you will know how much food to give them and at what time. With the help of their team of vets Natural instinct, Natures Men and Cotswold Raw have put together a feeding guides so as your puppy grow you can find out how much your puppy will need to be fed each day. Just click on their link to find out more.
Churchills Australian Labradoodles have teamed up with Natural Instint, Coltswold Raw and Natures Menu to provide you with a puppy pack with all the information you will need along with a voucher for when you make your first purchase.