More FAQ’s

Here’s a list of some commonly asked questions for you to read through.  We will keep adding to the list as new questions come up. 🙂

1.  Does the location of the his food matter in relation to his crate?
Yes, you’ll want to have his food/water dishes outside of his kennel and have specific times to feed him.  2-3x a day for food typically at this age depending on your availability and water as they need it at play and of course at feeding times.  But to have the food/water in the crate will defeat the purpose of crate training as they’ll always have “to go.”

 

2.  How soon should he see a vet?
On your Minnesota state health certificate you will see when the next vaccination date is due,  for sure go around this time unless if there’s a reason to go beforehand.  We don’t require he be seen immediately to receive our health guarantee, but certainly go in right away if there’s any problem.

 

3.  How much does he currently weigh?

Standards weigh around 10 lbs. at 8-9 weeks.

 

4.  How long of a walk could he take right now?

I don’t recommend walks at this age as it can expose them to serious outside dog diseases.  They really don’t like or get the concept of walking yet at this age either.  Your backyard is perfect until he gets older and fully immunized at 18 weeks of age.

 

5.  What is his current bedtime/potty schedule?

He’s sleeping in the crate approx 10pm-6 am right now.  Now at this age [9 weeks] he’s completely doggie door trained and runs in and out to go to the bathroom as he needs to during the day.  They do make patio door doggie doors which are convenient if your backyard has a patio door to the house.

 

6.  What is the best age to start training classes?

I don’t like to see them start until after 16 weeks of age when they’re closer to being fully immunized- 18 weeks preferably.

 

7.  Could you please fill us in on a typical day/schedule. How many times a day is he fed? What quantities of food per feeding? Do you take him outside to potty or is he going on wee wee pads? Is he sleeping in the crate or is he still with his mom and remaining siblings?

 

Our puppies are used to self-feeding with us yet which means they have constant access to food/water as they want it. We do this until around 10-11 weeks of age then we switch to 2 feeding times per day. Since they’re so young with us we feel this is best for them as they transition to solid food off their mother.  Once you get him home you can switch their feedings to 2-3 times/day depending on your availability and desire.  They are currently eating 1.75-2.5 cups per day, divide this amount by the number of daily feedings and adjust the amount as they grow and fill out more.  There’s a feeding guide on the back of the food bag, this current feeding amount is good up to 15 lbs.  Puppies are usually 10-12 lbs. when they leave us.
They are used to being away from their mom when they leave us but are still sleeping with some of their litter mates at night in a 4×4 crate from approx. 10 pm-6 am.  Bernedoodles adapt very well to their new families so you can change this schedule to whatever works for your family.  They begin sleeping overnight on absorbent material but are slowly weaned off of this by the time they leave us to go to their new home.  By 9 weeks they are doing very well overnight and it shouldn’t take them long to adjust to their new home and environment.  They usually adjust within a few days to a week.  You of course will need to downsize his/her kennel to roughly a 200 series size [28l x 20w x 21h] until they get used to being alone in a smaller crate.  Too much space will cause him to “go” on the other side when he feels like it which defeats the purpose of crate training.  We do have a link to a YouTube video on this blog which is helpful if you happen to be unfamiliar with the process.
When younger we take them out every 2 hours to get used to potting outside when the weather allows us to do so.  As they get older we move their crate to a doggie door area where they can run in and out as they wish, play with each other, go potty and develop their large muscles.  They are also doggie door trained by the time they leave us, on top of having an exceptional start in crate training.  They do sell patio doggie doors on Amazon if you happen to have a patio door that runs into a fenced yard/area.

A Word on Microchipping

Many people wonder if their puppy will come microchipped.  We did offer this for awhile but after seeing a couple of young pups get spooked from the procedure we stopped offering this to our customers.  At a young age you really don’t need to worry about them running off and getting away from you yet.  I do highly recommend microchipping, but I like to see it get done around 12 weeks of age when they also get their rabies vaccine.  That seems to be a better time for pups to handle being microchipped.  I also recommend registering your chip with the AKC instead of with the company your chip may be from.  They are the most affordable option with only requiring a small one-time fee for lifetime registration and services.  Any company’s chip can be registered with them.  You can find more information about registering your pups microchip at www.akc.org

 

Traveling Suggestions

Whether traveling by car or picking up at the airport

For the trip home you’ll want to bring a couple of hand towels, wet wipes, food/water bowl for water at stops or if you’re staying at a hotel, if you have a long drive bring some of their Life’s Abundance food as well, 200 series travel kennel/disposable paper or pads to put inside the kennel, small collar, & leash.  If your puppy is arriving by airplane they will already have a travel kennel and be on absorbent material.  You may want to bring a garbage bag and some additional bedding with in case there was an accident in the crate.  I recommend bringing this along as well for long car rides for accidents that may happen during travel.

 

Bernedoodles can have sensitive stomachs when traveling especially when young, so that’s why I recommend bringing a few of the above supplies along for the car ride.  Some can be droolers at this age when traveling as well.  You’ll  want to hold off on feeding them until their no longer traveling and doing well at keeping water down after you get home or to your hotel.  Wait an hour or so after you get there or get home from the airport before offering food to them.  They may or may not have any of these issues, but at least you’ll be prepared if so.  The big key is not to feed them while traveling, they will get car sick if you do.