Bringing Home Your Puppy

Congratulations on your new addition to your home! We are so excited that this beautiful F1 Golden-doodle puppy will be heading to their forever home soon! We just wanted to share some quick tips with you to make sure the final transaction and your ride home go as smooth as possible.

1. The Two P's: Payment & Paperwork

I know, I know, these are the not so fun things to talk about when buying a puppy but we must, so here you go:

The final payment can be made one of 3 ways:

1. Cash
2. Cashiers Check
3. PayPal (4% convenience fee for this payment method)

If you would like to pay by PayPal you must notify us ahead of time so we can send you an invoice and this payment must be made PRIOR to picking up your puppy.

We will make sure that all the paperwork is there and ready for you to sign. This paperwork not only protects us, but it protects you the buyer. We want to make sure down the road that there are no misunderstandings and that everything is clear between both you and Blue Ridge Doodles. You will have to sign both a Contract, and a copy of our Guarantee. If you want to see copies of the paperwork it is available by clicking the two buttons below:

2. Things to Bring

To make sure your ride home goes smooth we recommend bringing the following items:

  1. Crate (Unless you plan on your new furry friend riding on your lap)
  2. Towels (Especially if your furry friend is riding home on your lap)
  3. Cleaning supplies (It is not abnormal for your puppy to get car sick on the way home, so bring some paper towels and cleaning products just in case)
  4. A Plastic bowl and Bottle of Water (Especially if you have over a 2 hour trip)
  5. Toys to keep your dog entertained on the trip home
  6. Blanket (To help with car sickness (See next tip for more info)
  7. Leash/Collar

3. Helpful Tips For The Trip

It is not abnormal for your dog to get car sick, but there are several ways you can help alleviate the possibility. First off, don't let your dog look out the window. This often makes them sick. If they are riding in a crate you can use a light sheet to cover their crate so they can not see out the window. Make sure to not cover it completely so they can get fresh air. If they are riding in your lap sometimes it helps to cover the window next to you with a blanket or sheet so they can not see out.

It is VERY IMPORTANT that on your trip home that you do not let them use the bathroom where other dogs do. Many times at rest areas there will be a designated doggy bathroom area. Your puppies immune system is not strong enough to be exposed to all those other dogs germs/bacteria just yet. It is better to take them to an area where you do not see any visible dog droppings to avoid your new puppy picking up a sickness.

Comforting Music. This will be the longest trip your puppy has taken in a car. If they start to get a little stressed, turn on some soothing music to help calm them. The power of music is AMAZING!

4. Call Us!

As always, if you ever have any questions or concerns about your new family member please do not hesitate to let us know! We are here for you!

Walter: (704)657-2383
Daniel: (704) 352-9190

Thank you for choosing Blue Ridge Doodles. We know this home raised golden-doodle will bring you years of joy, memories, and love!

Dolly

5 Preparation Tips For Your New Furry Family Member

So you have decided to adopt a new member into your family? This is a very exciting time, and can also be terrifying! Maybe this is your first rodeo with raising a puppy, or you may be a veteran dog parent, but it's been a while since you raised a little pup. Either way, the task of bringing up a pup is both important and rewarding! You have the opportunity to raise this dog with the behaviors, and manners that you want. It can be trying at times, but the reward in the end is well worth the effort. Below are 5 basic tips to keep in mind when taking home your puppy!

1. Consistency, Consistency, Consistency
Your puppy will become your best friend, you will be inseparable, but when you first take them home, everything is new! New faces, new smells, new family, new pets. . . It can be overwhelming! That is why we find it important at Blue Ridge Doodles to raise all of our puppy in loving homes, where each puppy is around kids, other dogs, and have plenty of human interaction. Even so, this is a huge change for your puppy. Being consistent with their schedule, discipline, and feedings will give them security and help them adjust to their forever home.

2. Dinner Time!
Just like humans, this puppy LOVES to eat! I always try to watch what I put into my body in order to make sure that I get the nutrients I need and not all the preservatives and fillers we find in our grab and go lifestyle. Just the same, we need to be careful what we feed our dogs. At Blue Ridge Doodles we HIGHLY recommend Victor Classic - Hi-Pro Plus Dry Puppy Food. This food will not be found at the "Big Box" pet stores, but can often be found in smaller pet stores or feed stores. We have found that the cheapest way to get Victor is from Amazon If you are an Amazon Prime member. Which, if are not a Prime member yet, why aren't you? You can save a ton of money, get free shipping, listen to great music, and watch great TV shows all for one low yearly price. It's definitely worth it, so stop reading this and sign up now! Plus it is FREE for the first 30 days! If you prefer getting a food that is available at the big box stores, we HIGHLY RECCOMEND sticking with a 5-Star rated dog food. The main one which you will find at most big box stores is: Blue Buffalo Puppy Food.

If you are switching your dog over to a new food when you take them home, do it slowly. We will provide you with some Victor dog food in your puppy starter pack. Start out with mixing half of their new dog food in with the Victor we provide. Then slowly, over several days, wean them off of the Victor onto the new dog food.

3. Operation: Home Preparation
If you have ever had children you know the pain-staking work that went into making your house "Child Proof." The same needs to be done for your puppy. Those pill bottles sitting around? They need to be put where your puppy can't get to them. Your MacBook cord sitting on the living room floor? Probably best not to tempt your puppy with a fun looking "toy." You might decide you want to keep your dog in a certain area of the house. If so you will probably need to purchase some gates. The pet stores sell gates, but charge an exorbitant amount of money for the same gate you could get at Walmart in the baby section! We personally use these gates in our home: Summer Infant Anywhere Decorative Walk-Thru Gate. It looks super nice, and does a great job of keeping Fido where he/she needs to be! Also, it is probably best to not let your new puppy roam around the house when you are not there. They are likely to get into trouble. We crate train all of our dogs, so your puppy is ready to go. All you need is a crate! Amazon Basics has some very affordable crates that work great for your new puppy, and don't break the bank! Check them out here!

4. Bring on The Entertainment!
We are great at telling our dog what not to do, and taking things away they can't chew on, but one thing we often forget is that these puppies need something to occupy their time. While I know all of us would love to spend every waking second with our new family members it just isn't feasible .Somebody has to clean the house, go to work, and cook dinner. When our new family member is left alone we need to make sure they have plenty to occupy their time with. Toys, bones, and teethers. This will give them things they know they can play with, and they will be a lot less likely to chew on those new dining room chairs you have. You can even pick up some awesome starter baskets like these:
- Dog Puppy Gift Box Basket Set Treat Crew Toys Package
- Just Chill'In Pets Dog Gift Basket with Durable Dog Toys

5. Exercise
Another way to make sure your puppy is well adjusted is to make sure they get plenty of exercise (But not too much!). It would not be advantageous for you to take your new pup on a 10 mile run or bike ride with you. Their bodies just aren't ready for that yet! A fun tug-o-war match in the back yard, 20 min of fetch time, or just a nice stroll around the block will be plenty of exercise for your little puppy. Once they are older you will be able to do more with them, and they very well may be your new running partner. Just give them some time.

This is by no means an exhaustive list, but will get you well on your way to being prepared to bring home your new furry family member! As always if you have any questions please feel free to contact us, and we will do our best to point you in the right direction.