Puppy Care

Sleeping Arrangements

Establish a sleep routine

Your puppy will come to you at around eight weeks of age. Eight short weeks. Let that sink in for a moment. Your puppy is still a baby. His or her sleep routines will likely follow a predictable pattern. Your puppy will usually wake when the sun comes up. This burst of energy is then followed by a long period of sleep for the morning and again in the afternoon. Puppies sleep A LOT. I remember when our human children were babies we used the term 'arsenic hour' to describe the period of time from around 5.30pm to 6.30 pm and our puppies are the same - they have a crazy hour just prior to sunset. Puppies will then usually relax during the evening until it is time for an early bed-time at around 7.30 - 8.00pm. 🐾 🌠

A big step!

Your puppy's first night is a large transition.

Your puppy has been sleeping in a built-in garage, attached to our house. Your new puppy may feel comforted by an old towel or item of clothing, which carries a familiar scent to snuggle up with. We offer options of purchasing blankets and/or toys from our Burrinjuck Boutique Store. That way your puppy can become familiar with this object and then have that same item [with all its delicious smells] to take to his new home. Some people have tried using a hot water bottle or even placing a ticking clock near the puppy. Consider purchasing a snuggle puppy. Snuggle Puppies come with a heat bag and their very own rhythmic heart beat. The beating heart in this plush snuggle pup is designed to sync to the heartbeat of Mum - very adorable and the puppies love them! Snuggle Puppies can be purchased seperately or as a part of our "New Beginnings Start Up Pack". Packs include a snuggle puppy, blanket, teether and toy. Browse our shop at Burrinjuck Boutique for further information. Our online shop is located at https://burrinjuckboutique.ecwid.com.

Snuggle Puppies become firm plush friends

We recommend crate training as a convenient and helpful strategy to provide safety and security for your puppy.

A settled puppy is a happy puppy

Puppies actually enjoy spending time in their crate. The crate becomes their safe haven and a comfortable 'den'.

Should you choose to use a crate, get one large enough to accomodate your dog when fully grown. Many crates come with a partition that can divide the crate into a smalller area while he is still growing. Alternatively you can pop a cosy bed inside to create a more snuggly space.

If your puppy is not settling, try covering the crate with a towel, blanket or crate cover to help him/her feel safe and secure.

If you would like to get this started during the last few weeks of his/her time at Burrinjuck, we offer a crate training familiarisation service for an additional fee of $50.

Potty Time


If your puppy is going to be inside you will wish to get started on toilet training. When outside your puppy has been negotiating a puppy port and making his way out to a grassy area in the backyard to do his business. Inside the house, we have set up a square of false grass over some puppy pads. Puppies are accustomed to doing wees and poos on the grass so it is a natural instinct to head to that area to go to the toilet. Another option is toilet timing. Take him outside every hour (and take him to the same spot) then give a big cuddle and reward each time he manages to do his business. Some people like to pair the toilet action with the same phrase, e.g., “good job”. He is most likely to need to go, just after waking up from a sleep or after eating or drinking so be prepared to whisk him outside at these times. Often the most telling sign is sniffing of the ground, prior to squatting but you do only have a few seconds.

Avoid cleaning up accidents using products containing ammonia. Ammonia smells similar to urine and will encourage him to return to that place to toilet.

A hungry mouth

You may be wondering what food your puppy has been eating

Your puppy is used to a very varied diet. We have been feeding your puppy a combination of Phuds and Balanced Life Rehydratable mixed with raw minced meat and water. We also sprinkle Advanced Puppy Growth over the top of this mixture. We generally work on a ratio of equal parts of Phuds and Balanced Life as per the instructions. Another food that we have recently introduced that both our older puppies and adult dogs are loving, is the Prime100 rolls. These are single protein rolls that are super healthy and the dogs love! Prime100 products are also beneficial for allergies, digestive and skin issues.

Your puppy will be accustomed to a variety of food options which should make the transition to your choice of feeding a little more smooth.

Families can choose to feed a raw diet or feed a commercial dog food of high qualtiy. Families wishing to continue with a raw diet can omit the dry kibble and similarly, families wishing to stick with a commercial dog food can feed the dry kibble on its own.

Some Common Questions

Food Related

What type of dog food should I buy?

If you choose to continue to feed the Advance Puppy Growth Kibble then we recommend "Puppy Growth-Regular" for our medium and standard size labradoodles. Even our larger dogs prefer the regular kibble size. We feed the "Toy-Small Breed" Advance Puppy Kibble to our miniature and small-medium sized dogs."

What if I want to change dog foods?

If you intend to change your puppy's diet then I recommend transitioning from our recommended dog foods to the new dog food very slowly over a period of a week or more. This will avoid giving your puppy an upset tummy and minimise the risk of diarrhoea.

Recommended foods and toxic foods?

Provide plenty of raw bones, grains and vegetables as an additional supplement to your puppy's diet. Most vegetable can be fed to your puppy, provided they are raw. You can feed the pulp and juice of fresh vegetables such as spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, peas, beans, etc,. Pumpkin, corn and potatoes must be cooked. Chicken wings, chicken carcasses, mince, chopped beef, lamb necks, shanks and flaps, fish, eggs, bread, pasta, natural yoghurt, cottage cheese and other forms of cheese are all recommended but always introduce new foods a little at a time.

Do not feed onion. Do not feed sultanas, currants or grapes as these are also poisonous to dogs. Other foods that are toxic to dogs include chocolate, yeast and alcohol

Can I give my puppy bones?

We recommend a range of non weight-bearing bones be given to your puppy.

Bones help to provide vital calcium for your puppy. They are also an excellent form of exercise and help to develop strong jaw musculature. Gnawing on bones also massages the gums and contributes to good dental care. Ensure you only feed raw bones of medium size and with plenty of meat on the bones. I prefer soft, edible bone or bones that contain cartilage. Examples of these types of bones are lamb shanks, chicken carcasses, chicken necks, roo tails and shoulder blades. Puppies have a HUGE desire to chew when they are teething. We stock Wag dog treats which are wholesome and made of 100% natural. Let me know if you would like some advice on the best choice of chew treats for your puppy. I have found pigs ears and small bully sticks to be particularly effective.

How much should I feed my puppy?

Your puppy will initially need to be feed three times a day. The amount of food he/she eats will depend on the size, appetite and build of your puppy. I often get phone calls from concerned families worrying that their new puppy does not seem to be eating enough. As a rule, I have found that many of my labradoodle puppies are not big eaters but prefer to graze throughout the day rather than have huge amounts of food at one sitting. The number of feeds per day can be reduced to twice a day by around the age of 6 months.

A Sample Diet
  • Breakfast:
  • Small handful of dry kibble (approx 1/4 cup)with half a cup of minced raw beef with Balanced Life or Phuds. Fresh water
  • Lunch: 
  • Some chicken necks or a raw bone. Quality, natural treats. We recommend Balanced Life Treats, Ziwi Peak Treats and Get Wags Treats.
  • Dinner: 
  • A small handful of dry kibble ( approx 1/4 cup) with half a cup of minced raw beef with Balanced Life or Phuds. Fresh water

Dont be too concerned if your puppy does not seem to eat very much. Let your puppy's appetite guide you. Weigh your puppy regularly and monitor the activity level of your puppy and his overall growth rate.

Keeping puppy healthy and well


Vaccinations will be administered by our local Vet at 6 weeks of age.

Additional vaccinations will be necessary for your puppy when he is 12 weeks old and also at 16 weeks of age then annually for life.Your puppy will be vaccinated against Parainfluenza Virus, Canine Distemper, Canine Hepatitis Virus and Canine Parvovirus. Dogs that go into boarding kennels require an additional vaccination to protect them against kennel cough (C5). Until your puppy has had his puppy vaccinations do not let him run around on the ground in public.


The Worming Schedule

Puppies need to be wormed every two weeks until 12 weeks of age then every month until 6 months of age. From 6 months, puppies can then be wormed every three months.

There are many different worming products on the market. Chat to your vet about a suitable product for treating both intestinal worms and heartworm. I am currently using Milbemax by Novartis Animal Health for our young puppies. Once the puppies exceed 5 kilograms, I treat them with "Popantel" rather than Milbemax.

Regular worming will help to keep your puppy healthy and reduce the risk of worms transferring to you and your family.

Shimmer and Shine

Grooming Basics

Regular brushing.

Although it may be some time before your soft puppy's coat begins to matt and require clipping, it is important that your puppy becomes used to the feeling of being groomed. This will become a regular part of your puppy's care. Brush your puppy regularly using a slicker brush over the entire coat. A slicker brush is used to remove the fine tangles that emerge close to the skin. Follow this with a fine tooth comb, paying particular attention to areas that develop friction knots. For example, the flank, the rump, the neck and behind the ears. It may be helpful to spray the coat with a detangler conditioner such as ProGroom Detangler Spray - 250ml. Scrunch the damp curls to take away the frizz. Routine grooming in this way will prevent matts and knots from developing and your puppy will become accustomed to the grooming process. Somewhere between 8 and 12 months of age, your puppy’s coat will change to its adult coat. A small tip from a professional dog groomer for this stage of increased matting and knots on their Labradoodle. “ I always think that the brushing of the coat is better done when wet while the shampoo is on the dog. It helps separate the knots and tangles. After shampooing then condition and repeat with conditioner again. Rinse off then spray with Pro-Magic detangler. Comb through and dry coat with dryer or if drying naturally brush again when dry” Kim Dean [WA Dog Grooming].

Style It Slicker Brush.

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Clip and Snip  

Your puppy will need to be trimmed around the face periodically. The best method to achieve and maintain that cute teddy bear look is to trim the face, imagining invisible, soft round lines. Trim slightly flat over the top and then softly angle towards the ears. There should be a natural curved flow between the eyes and ears. Snip a line from the corner of the eyes on an angle and also snip a line straight across the bridge of the nose. The fur on the muzzle should flow on either side like a waterfall. The chin is trimmed to a soft rounded arch like a smile. To have the typical “doodle look, you will need to clip the coat three or four times a year. Think about timing the clips in Autumn and Spring, Summer and Winter. You can keep the coat a little longer in the Winter and shorter in the Summer.

Labradoodles are prone to sensitive skin and dermatitis


Bath Time

Frequent bathing could strip the natural lanolin oils from your puppy's coat. I advise only bathing on a "need-to" basis or approximately once a month. I use an oatmeal shampoo called "Aloveen Dermcare" and the matching conditioner. This brand contains oatmeal which is gentle on the skin and coat and leaves your puppy smelling fresh.

What's happening under the ears?

Ear Infections

The importance of Socialisation

Puppy Training

The Critical Period

The critical socialisation period in puppies is from 6 to 16 weeks. The experiences your puppy has during this period, whether good or bad will have the greatest impact for life. It is important that your puppy learn to socialise with other dogs and be able to tolerate other dogs in his personal space. It is also vitally important to socialise your puppy with children, older people, babies and people of both male and female gender. Your puppy will also need to be exposed to a myriad of familiar and unfamiliar items. Every day objects such as hats, sunglasses and umbrellas, bikes and motorbikes will all be scary and different when your puppy experiences them for the first time.Burrinjuck Labradoodles are currently offering an early stimulation program for puppies between the ages of six to eight weeks of age. To find out more, press on the link EARLY STIMULATION PROGRAM

Provide a Range of Stimulating Play

Your Puppy will need lots of opportunities for play and exploration. Labradoodles are very smart and will need to be mentally stimulated to prevent boredom, misbehaviour and minimise destructive play. Have on hand a variety of interesting objects with which your puppy can learn, explore and amuse himself. Different materials and textures such as balls; squeaky toys; soft plush toys; rubber chewing toys; lengths of rope and crinkly items like plastic milk bottles are all valuable play items. Outdoor areas can be modified to provide blocks of wood to balance upon, sandpits to dig in, tunnels to negotiate and small ramps to climb. Our dogs love to splash in the blue clams filled with water.

The importance of ongoing training

Labradoodles, similar to their poodle and labrador ancestors are very intelligent and highly trainable. I strongly recommend obedience classes. Training teaches good behaviour. Your dog is made to feel like an important and valuable part of a relationship by obeying commands. Dogs gain fulfillment and reward by playing their part during training sessions. In return for your efforts, with correct training, you will have a loyal, trustworthy and protective member of your family. It is highly advisable to enlist the help of puppy school or other form of dog training. Burrinjuck Labradoodles offer several options for ongoing training and advice through our partnership with Blue Ribbon Dog Training. Press the link to find out more. BLUE RIBBON DOG TRAINING.


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