Are dog food and puppy food different? Many people ask me what products I recommend for new puppy owners. Below is an introductory list, the first is from Pawtree, which sells food, toys, and related products, and the second list is all linked to products you can purchase from Amazon. Many of these products can also be found at your local supermarket or pet store.
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I recommend all new puppy owners to use Pawtree at least for the first few months while transitioning the pup to it’s new home. During periods of transition, puppies can often experience loose stool due to stress and new environmental factors. Using the same food that the puppy was weaned onto helps minimize additional stress and potential digestional discomfort. We use Pawtree because of its high digestibility ratings, quality ingredients, its being produced in the USA, lack of recalls, and no use of GMOs.
A delicious combination of chicken, oatmeal, and pearled barley, with millet, flaxseeds, coconut oil, apples, blueberries, cranberries, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, broccoli, carrots, spinach, and parsley. Real chicken is the first ingredient in this highly-digestible, nutritionally-dense, holistic recipe. PawTree recipes are formulated with no corn, no wheat, and no soy because we know our pets rely on us to make the best nutrition choices for them. Our recipes contain no artificial colors, flavors, preservatives or poultry by-products.
A mix of probiotics, enzymes, and herbs. We use this product for all our puppies and adult dogs. In our experience, it stops gas immediately – a dog with gas is not terribly pleasant – you will thank us.
The first thing you are going to have to get used to is the fact that you have a new baby in the house, and unfortunately while your pup is being potty trained it is inevitable that they will have accidents. We have found OUT! Stain and Odor Remover is one of the best.
While you will need to clean up little accidents, it is also important that you set places where your pup will go to the potty. We have found this OUT spray to help in the process.
Great for slowing down fast eaters. Also good for entertaining and providing mental stimulation.
We recommend keeping a puppy confined to help establish potty training and prevent negative behaviors. You can slowly increase the space you allow them in once you establish good habits.
As your puppy gets older you will need to get some training to avoid pulling during the walk. We have found this harness to be a helpful aid in that process.
Great for socializing puppies while not exposing them to diseases and parasites before they are fully vaccinated.
Since doodle coats need frequent grooming, some people decide to save money and learn to groom at home. A good pet blow dryer is a lifesaver. It dries them so much faster and makes the process so much less laborious.
The best grooming brush around. It can get down to the undercoat and skin but it is still gentle.
Drying Doodles coats after washing is essential to prevent matting. This product helps protect their ears from the noise and hot air from the dryer and helps make grooming less scary!
So many dog treats (especially rawhide products) include dangerous toxins. I was looking for a more digestible treat that does not cause diarrhea (most of the chews we have used cause diarrhea). I’ve been very happy with this product as in crate training the puppies love it and it is very gentle on their digestive system.
If you change your dog food, or your dog eats too many rich foods, sooner or later you will encounter a problem none of us enjoys cleaning up – diarrhea. We used to use canned pumpkin to mix in with the kibble, but always found that the pumpkin would stain the fur around their mouth. Firm Up is a great solution that avoids those challenges, that you simply mix in with the kibble and it really does settle down a dog’s digestion.