Standard Poodle Austraian Shepherd running in snow
a smart combination of Poodle and Australian Shepherd

Caring for your new puppy

Feeding: Your puppy has been eating raw chicken thighs with the bone, and should be kept on this food. You should feed your puppy at least 3 times a day. They usually potty after eating, then play for a while, and then go to sleep for a few hours. If you have to be gone for all day you can leave dry food available free choice. Every few months you can eliminate one of the feedings until your dog is eating once per day at about a year old. Raw chicken bones are good for your puppy to eat and clean it's teeth. Cooked bones are bad for them and shouldn't be fed. You can supplement the chicken with heart and liver once a week. Also give a daily multi vitamin.

POTTY TRAINING: Decide if you’re going to use a playpen (for litter box or potty pad training) or a crate (for outside pottying). Feed puppy inside crate or pen. Wait for pup to potty (in litter box or outside) and then pup can run around the house for a little while without needing to potty. Then puppy can go back in it’s pen or crate for a few hours. If you are keeping your puppy in a crate he must be let out every 4 hours at first, until he can hold his urine for a longer time. If you are going to keep your puppy in a playpen at first with a litter box, put pine pellets in it, or use a potty pad. Gradually let the puppy have more freedom, as long as it is still using the correct potty spot.

GROOMING: Teach your puppy to lay in your lap and rest while you brush his fur with a pin brush. He won’t need much brushing now, but it’s a good habit to get into once a week. It will get you ready for your 1 year old’s change of coat when you’ll have to keep up with small matts getting in the coat and get them out before they get bigger. Don’t leave those mats for the groomer to get out, or your dog will not enjoy going to the groomer. If you can't get them out they'll need to be clipped off. Test your brushing job with a fine tooth comb. About every 6 weeks you'll need to have the groomer trim your dog’s nails, rear, feet, in front of the eyes, under the ears and the matts you can’t brush out, or you can learn to do it yourself. They will usually do all that if you ask for a bath and brush. If you bathe your dog be sure to trim his rear and get the matts out first or they well “set” and be harder to brush out.

Some Aussiedoodle ears, if they are light in weight, can be trained to go up. To create the teddybear look trim the ears short when they are young. If you want the ears to go down then let the fur on them grow long.

You can get your dog clipped short on his body just for the summer or have him in a new clip every 3 months. The usual clip for an Aussiedoodle is a round face with short round ears. The body can be in a lamb or kennel clip. The tail can be left long, or clipped like a lion.

Vaccinations; Your puppy from us is on a schedule to be vaccinated at 8, 12 & 16 weeks. Don’t take your puppy to public places (no pet stores or parks!) until after it is 16 weeks old and has had all 3 of it’s vaccinations. Exceptins are listed below under socialization. Your puppy can be vaccinated for Rabies after he is 4 months old.

Worming; Your puppy has been wormed recently and should be free of worms, but the stress of a new home may cause a new outbreak. You can routinely worm him 2 weeks after bringing him home or if you see any worms you can give him an over the counter wormer, or have a fecal test done at his next scheduled Veterinarian visit.

Heartworms; Your puppy has been inside only during dusk and dawn before 8 weeks old, so shouldn't have heartworms. If you're getting your puppy from us after that age it has been started on heartworm preventative at the first of every month. You will want to start him on a monthly heartworm preventative when you bring him in to the Vet for his next vaccination. Revolution from your Vet works well for preventing heartworm as well as fleas and mites. Give him the lowest dose possible for his weight. Some Australian Shepherd related dogs have had reactions to Ivermectin, so if you're giving that mediation then give the lowest dose for their weight and watch closely for reactions. Or you can have a genetic test done to see if your dog inherited the genes that cause the sensitivity. Our dogs have not had any bad reactions so it may be that they don't have that inheritance. There are plenty of other medications that can be used instead.

Fleas; Your puppy shouldn’t have fleas when he leaves here. If you do find any fleas on your puppy, Advantage is a mild medication that works well on fleas and mites. Revolution from your Vet works well for preventing heartworm as well as fleas. Give him the lowest dose possible for his weight.

Holding; When you or someone else is holding your puppy make sure he is supported well so he can’t jump or fall. It’s also best to not wear shoes when he’s running around the house in case he gets stepped on so it won’t hurt so much.

Teeth; Baby teeth may need to be pulled if they don’t fall out by themselves. This can be done when your puppy is being neutered after 6 months of age. Raw chicken wings are a good supplement and will clean his teeth when he eats the bones. Don’t feed any cooked bones.

Chewing: Your puppy will need to chew on things. Give him appropriate toys to chew on. If he's chewing on something undesired, you can spray it with a great product called Bitter Apple spray, and offer your puppy his chew toy instead.

Socialization; It is important for your puppy to meet new people and experience new situations and sounds, especially within his first 3 months of life. Don’t let your puppy get too scared, but to be a little frightened of something new and find out it doesn't hurt him does great things for his temperament later. You shouldn't bring your puppy to places where other puppies have been until he's had his last vaccination after 16 weeks old. That includes parks, especially dog parks, pet stores, apartment complexes, etc. An exception would be an organized indoor socialization class where the area is disinfected and kept clean. It is a great place and time for your puppy to learn to get along well with other puppies and people. A UC Davis study found that there wasn't a greater risk of Parvo infection from these kinds of classes, and there is a great benefit from them.
Meeting other friendly adult dogs is fine, they're usually well vaccinated by then and not carrying any diseases.

Sleep; Puppies need to sleep about half of their day time hours. If you have children make sure they're letting your puppy get enough sleep. When you want your puppy to sleep, he would appreciate a bottle with warm water in it to snuggle up with, since he is used to sleeping with his siblings.

Spaying and neutering; Can be done any time before your puppy is 8 months old.




merle aussiedoodle
Miniature Aussiedoodle

blue merle Australian Shepherd

Miniature Australian Shepherd

mini poodle

 E-mail Us!