Preparing to bring home puppy

The  WALA website contains substantial information regarding the care of puppies. Please take time and explore as you prepare to bring your puppy home.

Puppy Shopping List

Here are some items that you should consider when preparing for your puppy. You may not need everything listed before your puppy arrives, but this list is intended to help you consider all your puppy’s basic needs.


  • Old blankets for crate
    Once puppy is reliably crate trained, a “real” crate bed can be used. The puppy will be sent home with a puppy blanket which reminds them of their first home.
  • Old Blanket to cover a wire crate that may be used. Puppies like a dark den feeling.
  • Cotton balls or moist ear wipes for cleaning ears
  • Nail clippers and nail file for nail care
  • Hydrogen Peroxide (to induce vomiting, if necessary in emergent situations)
  • 100% Pure canned Pumpkin (from the baking isle of your grocery store)
    Pumpkin is a good source of fiber. When puppy has diarrhea or constipation, a tablespoon or two with every meal for several days should help alleviate symptoms. Freeze excess in ice cube tray for later use.
  • Baby Gate(s)
    These can be found on Amazon or or at stores like Toys R US

General items from your Pet Store:

  • Nature’s Miracle (gallon size) or similar stain/odor neutralizer
  • Bitter Apple (bitter taste deters dogs from biting, licking, and chewing)
  • Pooper Scooper & bags
  • Food and water bowls (stainless steel or ceramic) The puppies have been fed from various food dishes to help them become adaptable.
  • Storage bin for dry food
  • Adjustable Nylon collar w/plastic clasp – the puppy will go home with a personalized Earth Angels Labradoodles collar
    10 – 14 inch (25 – 35 cm) size for standard or medium Doodle puppies,
    Smaller for mini Doodle puppies. The puppies will come home with a Woofus cloth collar
  • I.D. Tag – don’t forget to change the name/address on your microchip when you take your puppy home. The information will be included with the tag.
  • 6 foot (1.8 m) leash
  • The Gentle Leader is a great product for puppy training as it keeps the dog from pulling on the walk. It is most appropriate when the puppies get about 6 months or more.
  • Crate for crate training   – we recommend a medium sized which accommodates a 17 inch dog. Petmate is a brand we use and like the quality of. The size for  medium doodle is about 36Lx25Wx27H
  • Travel Crate for car until puppy is big enough to wear a car harness

Food and Treats:

  • Puppy Food – we use TLC Puppy and Adult food. The Dog Food Advisor gives it a 4.5 star rating and it has an affordable price point . This food is ordered online and delivered . The coupon code 120813-1025 will give you a $5 discount per order.
    It is best to start with the same food that we are feeding but as the puppy grows you may find a brand that works better for their needs or you may choose to look at a partial raw diet or full raw after one year. You can switch on to adult kibble at 9-12 months depending on the growth of your puppy. The Dog Food Advisor website is a great resource fopr researching dog foods.
    As the puppy gets older and has their permanent teeth we feed raw marrow bones which are great for cleaning tartar off their teeth and they love them Check with a butcher as they are often cheaper than at a pet food store.
  • Commercial treats such as Wellness, Acana and other good quality treats or else look up dog cookie recipes and make your own. I discourage too many treats when they are very young as it can upset their stomachs.
  • Training Treats
    Soft & tiny treats work best for training. Pieces of cheese, hotdogs, liver treats work best as they need to be able to eat them quickly and the more odor the better.

Good Chews and Toys:

  • Medium or Large Kong Toy
  • Stuffed Dog Toys w/ squeakers or with plastic bottle inserts
  • Balls (squeaky rubber balls)
  • Rope toys (e.g. Booda bones)
  • bully sticks for chewing

Grooming Supplies:

  • Pin or Slicker Brush
  • Medium tooth Comb
  • Blunt tipped curved blade scissors
  • Toothbrush Kit
  • Puppy Shampoo
  • Puppy Conditioner / Grooming Spray
  • Ear Wash solution
  • Plier-style nail clippers w/nail guard
  • Blood Stop Powder

Additional Items:

  • Bell to hang by back door or purchase Poochie Bells at your pet store.
  • Ownership & Training book – We provide one to start but there are many good ones. Victoria Stilwell and Patricia McConnell are great sources of information.
  • Make appointment with Vet for new puppy wellness check up. Also investigate groomers in your area or consult our grooming page. We consider regukar grooming an aspect of good doodle health.
  • Start shopping for Obedience classes which puppy can participate in after 3rd shots are complete. They tend to have wait lists so the sooner the better! They enjoy Puppy Kindergarten which combines obedience with play.
  • Lots of Love and Patience