Deer Creek's Recommended Products
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Over the years, we have found these products have greatly aided in our lives and our doodles lives as well, making everyone enjoy a more harmonious existence. Some of these things we just could not live without! The product pictures are also a clickable link to where you can find them online.
Life Stages Crate
We use these in our crate-training process for all of our puppies and recommend this crate to all of our new doodle owners because of its ability to grow right along with your puppy. It comes with a divider so you can buy a larger size crate that would fit your doodle at maturity and use the divider during the puppy stages for more efficient crate training. For our medium Labradoodles we recommend the 36" L size and our larger standards we recommend the Large 42" L version.
Purina Pro Plan Focus Puppy Food
This is an excellent food that our puppies love and we have had very good luck with. This food is a highly tested and regulated with all of the nutrients and probiotics for a growing puppy. We have been very happy with the results and how well our puppies eat and grow.
We provide a bully stick in our puppy bags when our doodles go to their new homes. Bully sticks are a safe chew alternative to raw-hide and provide a few hours of chewing fun for puppies, especially during their teething stage around 5 months. It also benefits your dog's dental health, keeping their teeth clean. Always get chews from the USA and if possible the odor-free version.
Freeze Dried Treats
Our trainers enjoy making their own homemade treats for very high reward treats during a new training session. These beef liver treats however are a very good alternative and much more convenient, especially to keep near the crate. The puppies love these and view it as a very high reward treat for training sessions as well. They are easily broken into smaller pieces and are clean to handle. We recommend these treats, chicken/string cheese, and our homemade recipe treats below to continue working with your puppy once they are home.
NuVet Plus Daily Vitamin
Just like humans, dogs need certain vitamins and minerals to grow and function properly. These one a day vitamin chewables have everything necessary for puppies' joints and immune systems and they eat them just like a treat. Please order prior to picking up your pup! Because we have seen the vast benefits of these vitamins on our adults, nursing moms and puppies, we have decided to extend the health guarantee from two years to three years if you keep your puppy on these vitamins during the duration so they are able to live at their best.
The transition to a new home and family can be a tough time for a puppy. They can go from having other dogs around and enjoying their company to being the only furbaby in the house. We have found that snuggle puppies can soothe this transition and make them feel there is another friend there to support them while they get used to their new surroundings and human family.
Our groomers swear by this brush. It is a bit more costly than other slicker brushes and I wouldn't spend the extra cash on this if it weren't for a good reason. This brush has longer bristles and gets all the way to the base of the coat where tangles happen the most. It is definitely a favorite around here.
Plush Dog Bed
Although we do not start our puppies with beds in their crates, these beds are perfect for their crates when they are older and until then can be placed outside of their crate for a comfy spot to chew their bones and toys in the family room. These beds are very soft and machine washable. They come out of the wash looking and smelling as good as new. These beds come in different colors and sizes to fit both size crates our doodles use.
Plush Puppy Toys
These cute critters are a puppy's favorite toy when they are young. They have no stuffing and are easy to carry around in their mouth and make fun squeaks! When puppies are around 5 months old they will also start to look for harder things to chew on because they are losing their baby teeth and it aids their teeth in falling out, but these soft furry toys will always be a staple for any dog.
Bitter Lemon Spray
Puppies love love love to chew! This may help deter your new doodle puppy from gnawing on something they're not supposed to have or from keeping them out of the trash until you are able to teach them what is off limits. Of course it is also up to the humans to guide your new puppy in learning what he or she is allowed and not allowed to have. This spray is safe and non-toxic and is a good training aid.
Puppies that participate in our Advanced training program are sent home with a set of these potty bells and a beginning understanding of how to ring them to go potty. With proper training, Labradoodles are quick to pick up this concept for house training and this is a great setup to begin training with any puppy using the included clicker. Our puppies are very familiar with the clicker training method and pick up new concepts quickly using this tool.
Nature's Miracle Cleaner
Unfortunately, your new puppy will have accidents in the house before they are completely house-trained. We have found Natures Miracle to be one of the best carpet savers in existence. It is one of the only things we have found to take that pesky smell out completely and help the puppies not smell and go to the same spot again.
Dogs and puppies need mental stimulation or they can become bored and make up their own things to do around the house. This is a great toy to keep your puppy's mind busy and it also gives them a sense of accomplishment when they figure it out. It is fun to see how long it takes your dog to do this puzzle, Labradoodles are smart and ours usually figure it out pretty quick if there are super yummy treats inside. We like to use this as a tool also to test our our therapy and service potential puppies. This can tell us if they have good motivation to work and how much of an attention span they may have.
Puppies that participate in our Kindergarten training program are expert little riding partners. It is important to keep your puppy secured in the car for safety reasons and seatbelts are also handy for training purposes. This harness and seat belt set keep your puppy secure in his/her own seat. Growing up this way, they are protected and well trained to ride in the car without roaming around and getting into mischief. This link takes you to the belt selection, don't forget to purchase the matching harness. Attaching a seat belt to a collar is much less safe for any accidents that may occur. NOTE: We do not use or recommend harnesses for walking as this promotes pulling. We use them for car safety only.
Pet Corrector Air Interrupter
This is a product we discovered not too long ago and now don't know what we would do without it. Such a simple thing as air paired with a precursor "No" can alleviate any unwanted behaviors and the dogs and puppies respond immediately. It works for barking in the crate, counter surfing, jumping up, getting into the garbage and many other things. We have this on auto order and it has really made a world of a difference.
Life's Abundance Shampoo
We use Life's Abundance shampoo for all of our adults and puppies and it smells amazing even a week later. It is very long lasting unlike all the other dog shampoos we have tried where the dogs will smell even the next day after their bath. We get asked often after our puppy go home days where we get our shampoo because the families love how it smells... this and the accompanying bath fresh mist is our secret weapon!
Life's Abundance Bath Fresh Mist Spray
Having so many doodles and puppies, we need to make our baths really count and last as long as possible in between. This spray makes our dogs and puppies smell fresh longer like they were just bathed with less work. It is really great at taking away that wet dog smell on a rainy day also. Over bathing can really dry out your dogs skin and make them itchy and irritated, this spray can helps prolong the need to bathe and help your dog keep their natural oils for their coat.
Kuranda Dog Beds
There is something about an elevated dog bed that dogs love. Kuranda dog beds are by far the best and most life proof beds out there. They are chew proof and easy to clean, very sturdy. We use these for our "place" training on all of our Canine Good Citizen and Therapy/ Service Dogs we train at Deer Creek.
Soft-sided Pet Carrier
Taking your new family member home by air? No problem! This airline approved soft-sided pet carrier is exactly what you will need to fly with your puppy as carry-on. We recommend purchasing the largest carrier allowed by the airline you are flying with. Please refer to all airline regulations and carrier dimensions prior to purchasing.
Diggs Groov Crate Training Toy
Crate time and crate training are essential once your new puppy is home. This unique crate tool allows you to make your puppy's crate a relaxed, fun environment all while getting a tasty treat! This toy attaches to your puppy's crate easily and encourages licking while reducing stress. Easily spread dog-friendly peanut butter (xylitol-free) or your pup's other favorite sticky treats on and go. PRO TIP: Freeze your Digg Groov Toy after applying your treat to keep your pup busy longer!
Here are a few titles we have found to be helpful along the journey of puppy-hood and beyond. Some have been proven a valuable asset in fundamentals and some are just for some extra fun and bonding for you and your best friend.
Homemade Training Treats!
One of our trainer's makes these delicious doggy treats and uses them to train the puppies, they go crazy for them.
Poultry & Fish
10 oz can of chicken
10 oz can of turkey
10 oz can of tuna
1 teaspoon of garlic powder
1 & 3/4 cup of flour more or less to make a stiff dough
Mix together and press flat on cookie sheet about 1/4 “ thick Bake 250 degrees for 30 minutes
Cut into quarters and turn over and bake another 15 minutes
Cut into the size of raisins, refrigerate and freeze.
Thick cut beef liver Partially frozen
Sprinkle garlic on both sides
Microwave on both sides for 3.5 minutes (total of 7 minutes) Cut into small pieces or strips and piece off. Make treats the size of raisins.
Freeze and use as needed