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Old 10-02-2011, 09:17 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Check list - Maximus comes home this Saturday

I have the basic's down for my doodle. Let me know if I left anything off.

Crate- I would like to use the crate until Maximus is housebroken but would like to discontinue once he is. What size should I get?

Bed

Leash- do I need a sporn harness or just a leash

Toothbrush/paste

Clippers

Brush or comb-thoughts?

Toys

Of course food, puppy treats
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Old 10-02-2011, 10:10 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Something I have found out with bailey, is that she has a very sensitive stomach to food. So you might want to buy small amounts, until you find one that doesnt give her the trots. We started her out on Wellness food, but she has horrible gas and the runs. So we just switched her to Solid Gold, and giving some time for that to settle in and see how she does with it. I can tell you that she likes the solid gold much better so far, as she eats it quite abit faster then she did the wellness. But looks like you have everything else there under control.
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Old 10-02-2011, 10:26 PM   #3 (permalink)
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How big will Maximus grow to be? I would buy a crate based on that. You never know if you'll be fully ready to discontinue use of the crate once he's house broken, you may find you need to still use it for a while so you want to make sure it's big enough so you don't have to go out and buy a bigger one.

Leash vs. harness - we always used a harness on Daisy for walking. We've never used a sporn harness, just a regular one from Petsmart. We went thru a couple because she outgrew and chewed her first one . But I much prefer walking Daisy with a harness vs. just a leash alone. I don't know if it's why but she's an excellent walker and jogger. Oh, and you have a collar right? Our Doodle didn't come with one, for some reason I assumed she would come with one but she simply came with a temporary leash/collar combo.

brush or comb - we have both and use both. Just depends on your Doodle's hair type. I know there's been plenty of discussion on this board regarding which ones are best so you can do a search and read more.

toys - make sure you have plenty of toys he can actually chew without destroying. We had to throw away every stuffed toy, Daisy destroyed them instantly. We stick to mostly nylabones and hard bones that she can't chew chunks off and swallow.

I agree with the whole food thing - I would buy a small bag of whatever you put him on. We've had to switch Daisy a few times due to diarrhea and the runs. Not fun. In fact she's almost 2 yrs old and we just switched food again.

Good luck! Can't wait to hear all about it!!!
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Old 10-03-2011, 02:44 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I would also get a kong (to be filled with treats). These are soo helpful sometimes. Also for the first few nights our pup cried all night in her crate, and we found that leaving a little clock radio on top of her crate playing soft music helped her immensely, as did putting a shirt of mine in there with her too so she had the scent. It was still heartwrenching to hear her cry though! Luckily we persisted and she is 8.5 months old now and still sleeps in her crate at night.
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Old 10-03-2011, 08:37 AM   #5 (permalink)
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He needs a blankie

I also agree with the other about food. Malcolm got bored with the Nutro Natural Choice which is what he was on at the breeder (I assume he got bored with it but at any rate he quit really eating it and seemed uninterested). I tried Orijen, but it gave him the trots so (still mixing with Nutro) I switched to Wellness. That was not much better. Now we're on Blue Buffalo Wilderness Puppy which he seems to really be liking and it isn't giving him the trots (in fact it's firmed up more).

I second a Kong too!

And a harness. I just started using the Premiere Easy Walk upon the suggestion of another board member. It is wonderful and Malcolm does so much better and is easier to control when he meets new people/dogs.
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Patience - you might want to add that to the list! There are going to be times where all you can do is go to your happy place!

But as for material things, do you have a bowl for Maximus' food and water?
Also, I'm not sure how your backyard (or wherever you will bring bringing the little guy to do his business) is set up, but as a puppy you might not want to just let them run free. I know with Juneau, he had spunk, even at 8 weeks old and loved to run under our deck so we invested in a 20' lead so that we wouldn't have to leave the warmth of our home (we got Juneau Nov.1 and winters in Alberta are brutal). Now that being said we still went out with him everytime for the first...maybe month??....because we wanted to teach him 'his spot' and a 'potty word' but after he got it, catching him to bring him inside became a game to him. Just something to think of!

As for the rest, it seems you've got it under control! Best of luck!
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Forgot patience on the list! LOLOLOL. I do have food and bought a nice water bowl from pet water with the filter. I just forgot the dog bed, tooth brush and tooth paste. BUt that will make it fun for my daughter to go back and get all this stuff. I have 3 1/1 acres fenced so I would like to teach him to do his business at the far end of the property so its out of the way of traffic. I think Max will love being here and having a nice neighborhood and park to walk in plus all the land. I just cannot wait to bring him home and watch his personality develop. I feel like a Mom all over again!
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Forgot patience on the list! LOLOLOL. I do have food and bought a nice water bowl from pet water with the filter. I just forgot the dog bed, tooth brush and tooth paste. BUt that will make it fun for my daughter to go back and get all this stuff. I have 3 1/1 acres fenced so I would like to teach him to do his business at the far end of the property so its out of the way of traffic. I think Max will love being here and having a nice neighborhood and park to walk in plus all the land. I just cannot wait to bring him home and watch his personality develop. I feel like a Mom all over again!
It sounds like you are totally ready. Max is one lucky Doodle, I can tell already. Good luck and keep us posted on your progress!!!! How exciting!!!
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Sounds like it's all been covered with the responses!!
Good luck and DO, please, get us some pictures and stories!
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