Breeding is a fun, exciting, wonderful experience! BUT... there is a dark side!!! It is a lot of work and there are a lot of dirty jobs involved! Many have enjoyed watching the whole process unfold on our puppy cams and have asked about the different tools/cleaners we use in our day to day adventures with our puppies. So, here is a page with links to some of our favorite products, actually... products we cannot live without! Hope this helps!
Great product for serious cleaning! It is a concentrated product, so you can dilute based on the type of cleaning you are doing. We use this in our home too! It comes in several scents, we just like the citrus the most. Home Depot carries this in stock, so it's an easy grab.
Seriously amazing product, great smell and works unbelievably well. We use this to clean up messes as the day goes on and put it in the washer where bleach normally goes when washing toys, towels and puppy bedding. It is non-toxic, so it is safe to use around pets! Really, really, really LOVE this stuff!!! Unfortunately, we have not found this product available locally. So we either order it directly from the company (which is the like above), or we do a google search and see who has it for the best price when buying it!
We buy hand towels and wash cloths by the truck load, at least it seems like it! You can get inexpensive towels anywhere, but this is where we get ours and they are very durable! We do recommend having a good number of "clean-up" towels available when you first bring your puppy home!
We have recently changed our puppy potty training to a new method and we could not be happier! We are using wood pellets placed inside of a 3" deep bin. For puppies going home, you can certainly use a deeper bin than the one recommended below because they are more than capable of handling the height and it will reduce the amount of pellets and debris that will get out. The links below are to the products we use while the puppies are with us:
30" x 36" x 3" Bin - This is actually for Rabbit Hutches, but it works wonderfully for puppies! This is the size we use in the puppy play area.
Hardwood Pellets 40lb bag - These are hardwood pellets used in pellet wood stoves. You can also use the horse bedding pellets or pellets made for puppy potty training such as Second Nature Dog Litter.
If you set one of these up, make sure your puppy knows where it is by placing him/her in the bin after you have added the pellets. We also recommend having one in each room the puppy is in (or you can drag the one around) until they are older. They are accustomed to using this, so it should be old hat to them. But if they aren't 100%, just be sure to keep and eye on your puppy, especially after naps and meals, and try to help your puppy have as many successes as possible. Then PRAISE, PRAISE, PRAISE! If they have an accident, just clean it up quickly using a cleaner that does not have ammonia in it. Something like Odor Bully or hard surfaces or Bubba's, or Nature's Miracle on carpet or fabric (see above).
To encourage your puppy to do their business is a specific place outside, put some of these wood pellets where you want them to go. That will help them to be directed to that spot.
We generally recommend a 42" crate for our Golden Retrievers. Goldendoodles, on the other hand, vary considerably depending on the expected adult size. You should have a good idea of the adult size expected for your puppy, but if not, just ask us! Once you know this, below is a chart based on my favorite brand, MidWest:
|Crate Size||Length||Width||Pet Weight|
|18-IN||18 inches||11 inches||up to 6 lbs|
|22-IN||22 inches||13.5 inches||6 - 12 lbs|
|24-IN||24 inches||18 inches||13 - 25 lbs|
|30-IN||30 inches||21 inches||26 - 40 lbs|
|36-IN||36 inches||23 inches||41 - 70 lbs|
|42-IN||42 inches||27 inches||71 - 90 lbs|
|48-IN||48 inches||29 inches||91 - 110 lbs|
But do your research, each crate company may have different standards! A crate that we DO NOT recommend is the Top Paw crate. While puppies should never have their collars on while locked in a crate, these crates have protruding pieces on the doors that, when open, can easily snag a collar. As mentioned, the brand we recommend is MidWest, below is a link to the Midwest iCrate. We have found this crate to be more solid that many others and the sliding lock does not seem to have any loops/hooks/etc. that might catch a collar when the door is left open. No guarantee that puppies won't find a way, but so far so good!