Feeding Serving Chart

Suggested Daily Amount for Puppies (in Cups)
Weight 1 1/2  to 3 Months 4 to 6 Months 7 to 12 Months
1 to 2 lbs. 1/4 – 1/2 cup 1/4 – 1/2 cup
3 to 5 lbs. 1/2 – 1 cup 1/2 – 3/4 cup 1/2 cup
6 to 10 lbs. 1 – 1 3/4 cups 3/4 – 1 1/4  cups 1/2 – 1 cup
11 to 15 lbs. 1 3/4 – 2 1/4 cups 1 1/4 – 2 cups 1 – 1 1/4 cups
16 to 20 lbs. 2 1/4 – 2 3/4 cups 2 – 2 1/2 cups 1 1/4 – 1 3/4 cups
21 to 30 lbs. 2 3/4 – 3 3/4 cups 2 1/2 – 3 1/4 cups 1 3/4 – 2 1/2 cups
31 to 40 lbs. 3 3/4 – 4 3/4 cups 3 1/4 – 4 1/4 cups 2 1/2 – 3 1/4  cups
41 to 50 lbs. 4 1/4 – 5 cups 3 1/4 – 3 3/4 cups

This information will be on the listed back of each bag of dog food you purchase.  Adjust feeding amount as they grow. 

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,  you will want to for sure go around this time unless if there’s a reason to go beforehand.  We don’t require him 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 10-12 lbs. at 8-9 weeks, mini’s are typically less than 10 lbs. at this age.

 

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.  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 preference.  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.

Buffalo Ridge’s Shopping Suggestions

 

Buffalo Ridge Shopping List Suggestions:

 

Diamond Puppy dog food– All our pups are now starting out on Diamond Puppy dog food which can easily be found at Menards, Fleet Farm or your local farm store. This is the regular bag not the Naturals.  50% of our customers decide to go with our extended health guarantee, to avoid pups switching foods right out the door we have decided to use a local store option to begin the pups out on.  Feed your new pup another 20 lb. of straight Diamond Puppy food.  If you’d like our extended health guarantee, order in at least a 20 lb. bag of Life’s Abundance Small & Medium breed puppy food from our site so you receive credit, and mix it half/half with another 20 lb. bag of Diamond Puppy food.  After the 2nd 20 lb. bag of Diamond puppy is gone you may begin feeding your pup straight Life’s Abundance.  Use this weaning schedule if you switch to any other food other than Diamond Puppy food.  Switching too fast will be hard on young pups and you’ll have many more diarrhea issues.

 

Life’s Abundance Small & Medium Breed dog food– Order this food for optimal nutrition and our extended health guarantee- ordered through our site.

 

Life’s Abundance Wellness Supplements- for extended health guarantee & optimal nutrition ordered through our site

 

42” Black Wire Crate with grow with me dividers for easier crate training

 

36” or larger Exercise Pen for easier potty training if you have no fenced yard until pup is older and leash broken

 

Food/Water Dishes– stainless steel cleans and sanitizes best

 

Small & Medium sized collars– they grow out of the small quickly!

 

Non-retractable leash for best control

 

Walking Harness if desired

 

Comb/Brush/De-matting tool

 

Hypoallergenic Shampoo/Conditioner

 

Life’s Abundance dog treats– various  yummy selections ordered through our site

 

ID Tag with your Phone Number & pups name engraved on it

 

Tall Divider Gate to block off entry to other rooms- start their space small, like porch sized, until potty training is well established

 

Training pads to place in the kennel for accidents while crate training.  If you live in an apartment or gone a lot throughout the day you may want to look into the grassy type pads they now sell for easiest transition into going potty outside.  These would need to be placed in the porch space, not the kennel itself.  Use the absorbent training pads for inside the kennel.

 

Benebone Real Flavor Dental Chew Toy– peanut butter flavor is a hit

 

Dog Bed– I don’t recommend using these in the crate until the crate training is well established.  Use disposable training pads until so.

 

Various Chew Toys– tennis balls, ropes, bones, etc.

 

Kong– fill with peanut butter when the pup is much older so as not to disrupt the digestive issues of young pups

 

Dog Toothbrush/Toothpaste or see your vet for a recommended cleaning schedule

 

*I also recommend studying up on crate/potty training.  There are a lot of youtube videos and helpful information on the internet.  We have a helpful link on our FAQ as well.

 

Buffalo Ridge’s Helpful Information

 

Buffalo Ridge Bernedoodles 

PH: 507-401-5310

Email: amy@bernedoodles.us

 

 

Thank you for adopting one of our puppies!  Feel free to contact us anytime questions or concerns may come up in the future.  We’re happy to share our experience and advice with you.  Pictures and size, temperament and shedding updates are always appreciated to help us with our breeding program!

 

Feeding:

 

We recommend a feeding schedule of either 2x/day until your puppy has reached 6 months of age.  At that time you may begin feeding him/her 1x/day in the mornings. His amount of food needed will vary with his growing weight. Read the back of the bag and make sure he’s getting the recommended daily amount needed for his weight divided by how many times a day you’re feeding him. We’ve had great results on Life’s Abundance products, it contains probiotics and prebiotics to help with good digestive health.

 

However all our pups are now starting out on Diamond Puppy dog food which can easily be found at Menards, Fleet Farm or your local farm store. This is the regular bag not the Naturals.  50% of our customers decide to go with our extended health guarantee, to avoid pups switching foods right out the door we have decided to use a local store option to begin the pups out on.  Feed your new pup another 20 lb. of straight Diamond Puppy food.  If you’d like our extended health guarantee, order in at least a 20 lb. bag of Life’s Abundance Small & Medium breed puppy food & supplements from our site so you receive credit, and mix it half/half with another 20 lb. bag of Diamond Puppy food.  After the 2nd 20 lb. bag of Diamond puppy is gone you may begin feeding your pup straight Life’s Abundance.  Use this weaning schedule if you switch to any other food other than Diamond Puppy food.  Switching too fast will be hard on young pups.

 

Young puppies like the small morsels Diamond and Life’s Abundance Small & Medium Breed have, if you purchased a standard Bernedoodle please switch to the Large Breed dog food after the pup is 4 months old using the same weaning schedule as shown above.

 

It’s highly recommended to feed your new pup the food he’s used to eating. This will be easiest on his system resulting in less diarrhea.  You can read more about Life’s Abundance benefits on our website under the “Order Dogfood” link.  To also help strengthen your bernedoodle’s immune system we recommend supplementing with Life’s Abundance Wellness Supplements. These are both required for the extended health guarantee. We feel you will be very pleased with the results in your pup on these products.

 

Health Prevention:

 

Inside the health record you’ve been given you’ll find dates for all the wormings and shots your puppy has received.  Your new puppy had his/her first 1-3 puppy shots before leaving us.  He/she will need 3-4 more to complete the puppy series. It’s extremely important that you do not socialize your new puppy around any other strange dogs until 2 weeks after the last set of puppy vaccines at 16 weeks of age.  They are not fully immunized until this time.  Please do not take them into pet stores or dog parks!  Avoid other dog waste as well during the early puppy months to avoid catching any infectious diseases such as parvo, which is usually very deadly in small puppies.  Home is the safest and best place for your new family member until his immune system has fully developed.  Parvo is very heartbreaking to watch a young pup go through so please take this advice to heart.  Parvo is everywhere and also carried by wildlife. If you know the other dog your pup is around, know they have been immunized and have never had an infectious disease and they don’t frequent dog parks, then it should be ok in the mean time.  Parvo is also transmitted through paws walking through contamination or clothing that may have touched it as well. Taking the Life’s Abundance Wellness Supplements we recommend will strengthen your puppy’s immune system for a long healthy life.

 

We like to worm our puppies every two weeks until they’re 12 weeks old and then 1/mo from that point on.  This works very well for keeping our dogs healthy.  This is something that can easily be done at home.  You can order wormer and other needed products from revivalanimal.com or get some from your vet.  Panacur, Worm X Plus and Pyrantel Pamaote all work very well.

 

Travel Stress:

 

Travel stress resulting in diarrhea [coccidiosis or giardia] is extremely common in young puppies whether traveling by car or by air. The first thing is not to panic, young puppies immune systems are very sensitive to any and all types of stress. Most puppies experience diarrhea after transitioning into a new home. Change of water or food also trigger this. If it doesn’t regulate in a few days, call your local vet to see if an antibiotic is needed.

 

Enjoy your new puppy!  Thank you for choosing us!