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Your Goldendoodle’s First Week Home: A Survival Guide

Bringing home a new Goldendoodle puppy is an exciting time filled with cuddles, playtime, and lots of adorable puppy antics. But it can also be a time of adjustment as your new furry family member gets used to their new surroundings. Here’s a survival guide to help you navigate your Goldendoodle’s first week at home:

1. Prepare Your Home

Before your Goldendoodle arrives, puppy-proof your home. Remove any toxic plants, secure loose wires, and make sure small objects that could be a choking hazard are out of reach. Set up a designated area for your puppy with a comfortable bed, toys, and access to water.

2. Establish a Routine

Puppies thrive on routine. From their first day home, establish a schedule for feeding, potty breaks, playtime, training, and sleep. This will help your Goldendoodle adjust and will make house training easier.

3. Start House Training

Start house training your Goldendoodle from day one. Take them to their designated potty area frequently, especially after meals, playtime, and naps. Always reward them for going potty in the right place.

4. Introduce Crate Training

A crate can provide a safe, comfortable space for your Goldendoodle. Introduce the crate gradually, making it a positive experience. Start by feeding meals in the crate and offering treats and toys. This will help your puppy associate the crate with good things.

5. Begin Basic Training

Even at a young age, you can start teaching your Goldendoodle basic commands like “sit,” “stay,” and “come.” Keep training sessions short and fun, and always use positive reinforcement.

6. Socialize Your Puppy

Socialization is crucial in the first few months of your puppy’s life. Introduce your Goldendoodle to a variety of people, environments, sounds, and experiences. Remember to keep these experiences positive.

7. Schedule a Vet Visit

Schedule a vet visit in the first few days after bringing your puppy home. Your vet will check your puppy’s health and discuss vaccinations, feeding, and care.

8. Be Patient and Consistent

Remember, your Goldendoodle is just a baby and everything is new to them. Be patient, consistent, and positive. There will be accidents and maybe even a sleepless night or two, but with love and patience, your puppy will soon settle into their new home.

At The Dood Effect, we’re committed to helping our puppies and their families have a smooth transition. We’re always here to provide support and guidance as you navigate your Goldendoodle’s first week home and beyond.

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