Picking out and bringing home your new puppy is the easy part of adding a new member to your family. However, puppies also need a number of items to keep them (and you!) healthy and happy. With so many pet products on the market today, it’s difficult to navigate what products are worthy of your purchase, and which are not. Thankfully, we have tried many, many products, and have given hours of our time to extensive research on many of the products on the market today. Below we have put together a list of recommended puppy products and brands that are tried and true. We hope this will help our new families navigate the process of raising a puppy.
Dog Food/Treats: We recommend Orijen and Acana dog food, as well as Orijen Freeze Dried Dog Treats and Stewart Freeze Dried Liver Treats. We believe that proper nutrition equals a long and happy life for your dog and we have done extensive research on dog food brands, their ingredients, and the facilities where they are produced. We recommend that you do the research as well – you’ll soon find that Orijen and Acana dog foods are the BEST choice for your australian labradoodle puppy! Visit Dog Food Advisor for more information on why we feed Orijen and Acana.
Visit www.Orijen.ca to find a local retailer near you.
Vitamins: Our puppies receive NuVet Plus vitamins in the wafer form. NuVet Plus is an immune system builder and fills the immunity gap all puppies experience. By 8-9 weeks of age, your puppy’s immune system is at a very vulnerable point. With the added stress of a new home environment, and exposure to new bacteria and viruses, I highly recommend that you continue your puppy on this supplement. You can purchase NuVet Plus directly using code: 88878
Puppy Pen: . We recommend the Midwest Foldable Metal Exercise Pen (36″ or 42″). This is a great tool to utilize when you cannot have your eye directly on your puppy. If you are looking for an Xpen that is a little more heavy-duty, check out the BestPet Heavy Duty Pet Playpen.
Pet Insurance: Every Moo Cow puppy goes home with 30 days of FREE pet insurance coverage through Trupanion. Families will have the opportunity to extend their coverage after the 30-day period.
Crate: We recommend the Amazon Basics 2-Door Crate. Size recommendations below.
Mini’s: purchase the 30″ crate.
Mediums: purchase the 36″ crate.
Pooper Scooper: We like a pooper scooper with a spade, such as the Flexrake. Flexrake also offers a version with a rake.
Grooming: We recommend that your dog is groomed every 6 weeks by a professional groomer. However, for daily grooming we recommend a slicker brush, a pin brush, as well as the 7″ “Untangler Comb“. My favorite tool in my arsenal of grooming products is the Safari De-matting comb. Please note that this comb has sharp blades and takes a bit of practice to ensure proper use. I highly recommend you consult your groomer on a quick lesson of how to use this tool properly.
Our favorite grooming table within every family’s budget is the Go Pet Club Heavy Duty Stainless Steel Grooming Table with Arm.
Find more information, including the ALAA Grooming Video, and PDF instructions by visiting our Australian Labradoodle Grooming page.
Collar/Leash: Every Moo Cow puppy goes home with one of the following: “My First Collars by Woofus” collar made just for Moo Cow families, or Soft Martingale Collar. As your puppy grows older, you can order larger sizes of Woofus collars by visiting Collars by Woofus. We also provide a heavy duty, easy-to-grip lead in your new puppy pack.
Shampoo/Conditioner: We have tried so many! We are BIG fans of Chris Christensen Spectrum 10 shampoo and conditioner. We also love the Chris Christensen Ice on Ice Leave-In conditioner. For an excellent day-to-day shampoo and conditioner, check out Earthbath Mango Tango Shampoo and Earthbath Creme Rinse.
Our favorite “freshen up” spray, that also adds a luster and shine to your Doodles coat is Rockin’ Paws Shine On Me.
Recommended Reading: The Puppy Primer by Patricia B. McConnell, Perfect Puppy in 7 Days by Dr. Sophia Yin, How to Behave So Your Dog Behaves by Dr. Sophia Yin, Raising Puppies & Kids Together by Pia Silvani.
Below you’ll find a number of additional items that we use and love. We are continually updating this list, so check back often. These are certainly NOT must have items, but we love the products so much that we thought we would share!
Coolaroo – this raised pet bed is a life saver during the summer months and honestly the dogs love them so much, that we keep them around year round. Moo Cow families have named this a TOP PICK.
Bandanas – Doodle Dog Designs has a number of adorable bandanas to choose from, and here’s a little secret…… every Moo Cow puppy will receive an exclusive “Moo Cow” design with their name embroidered on it for their 1st Birthday!
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