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.