Recommended Products

What do puppies eat?

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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PawTree Chicken and Oatmeal Dog Food

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.

PawTree Seasonings

Great for giving dogs a variety of flavors while using the same kibble.

Gastro Pro Plus

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.

Salmon Oil

A wonderful supplement for dogs. Helps with itchy skin and dull coat. 

Puppy Starter Kit

An easy way to save money and get all the supplies you need in one easy click.

Pawtree Toys

CBD Chew Bone

Great for calming anxious dogs and/or crate training 

Lots of Textures Chew Toy

Great teething toy

Durable Stuffed Panda Chew Toy

Cuddly and good for chewing

Other Products

OUT! Stain & Odor Remover

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.

OUT! GO HERE – Attractant Spray

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.

Burts Bees Puppy Shampoo

Great gentle shampoo.

Chris Christensen de-matting spray

Slow Feeder

Great for slowing down fast eaters.  Also good for entertaining and providing mental stimulation.

Slopper Stopper

Dripless water bowl. Great for stopping puppies from playing in water bowls.

Midwest Homes Puppy Exercise Pen

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.  

inch Pet Crate

RabbitGoo No Pull Harness

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.

Blue-9 No Pull Harness

Works well on smaller dogs.

Puppy Pet carrier

Great for socializing puppies while not exposing them to diseases and parasites before they are fully vaccinated.

Door Potty Training Bells

For training dogs to ring when they need to go out.

Pet Blowdryer

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. 

Dremel Nail Grinder

Easy way to trim puppy nails.

Chris Christensen slicker brush

The best grooming brush around. It can get down to the undercoat and skin but it is still gentle.

Happy Hoodie

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!

Kong puppy toy

Kong Tug Toy

Great for kids interacting with puppies while they are teething.

Snuggle Puppy

Soothing plush toy that has a heartbeat noise to soothe puppies during crate and sleep time.

Hide-a-squirrel Toy

Fun hide and seek toy for puppies.

AFreschi Turkey Tendon for Dogs, Premium All-Natural, Hypoallergenic, Long-Lasting Dog Chew Treat

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.

Diggin Your Dog Firm Up Pumpkin

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.

Puppy Teething Ring

Puppies love to chew. These offer a safe chew alternative.