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Baxter and Bella is an online puppy school with a lifetime membership. We adore how their program works and how beneficial it is to families. Puppies are very impressionable at a young age. That is why it is so important to continue training them so that they can learn good behavior as well as fun tricks. We start training your puppy using the puppy culture program as well as aspects from Baxter and Bella. This makes their online puppy school the perfect continuation of their training. Their system is as much about teaching your dog how to act, as it is about coaching you on how to train and teaching you how to successfully integrate a canine companion into your life, family, and home! Hiring a local dog trainer may teach your dog to listen to the trainer but still have issues when it comes to listening to you. That is why the Baxter and Bella program is so effective.
Baxter and Bella is offering our families an instant 25% savings on their Lifetime Unlimited Membership, which includes more than 75 lessons, over 100 how-to videos, printable charts and checklists, unlimited one-on-one professional help, online classes and courses, training games and activities, training podcasts, and so much more. They will help walk you through correcting unwanted puppy behaviors and give you tons of training tips to help you raise your new puppy! Use the code THEDOODLECOVE at BaxterandBella.com to get 25% off.
Open Farm Pet Food
We use Open Farm all-life-stages dog food for all of our dogs and puppies. We find this to be a high-quality dog food that fully supports the health and well-being of our dogs, which is the top priority for us. We use the wild-caught salmon and ancient grains, homestead turkey and ancient grains, and pasture-raised lamb and ancient grains recipes. Their food is a rotational food, so you can feed one of their formulas one day and another the next without slowly transitioning. This allows them to have different protein sources in their diet and keeps them interested in their meals by having a variety of flavors without upsetting their digestive system.. This food is certified humane, ethically sourced, and all of their ingredients are fully traceable back to the farm that they came from. They also are partners with TerraCycle to make recycling their bags super easy. These recipes (and some of their other recipes that we haven't tried yet) do not contain any chicken, chicken/other meat meal, or any chicken/other meat by-products. Many doodles have allergies or intolerances to chicken so we like to stay clear of any foods/treats that contain these ingredients just to be safe. These recipes of their all-life-stages food is what your new puppy will be raised and sent home on - we do not feed their specific Puppy formula since it contains chicken and the all-life-stages is perfectly formulated to suit the nutritional needs of puppies as well as adults.
While you can choose your own preferred food for your puppy we strongly encourage you to do lots of research to make sure that it is a high-quality food and stay away from chicken products (including treats). We also recommend against grain-free products as many of them contain peas as a predominant ingredient and it has been shown to have adverse effects on their health. If switching dog foods, it is important to do so slowly and keep them on Open Farm food for at least the first 2 weeks after coming home as switching their food quickly can cause pickiness and stomach issues as their digestive system is still pretty sensitive. You can buy Open Farm Pet Food by clicking on the links below, you can also set up a subscription so that you'll never forget to order it. We find that pet supplies plus often has the best deals on the food!
Dog Food Toppers/Mix-ins
We use Open Farms Freeze Dried Raw Food as a topper for our dog's meals. We like the benefits of adding raw to their diet without all of the prep required. It also helps keep picky eaters interested in mealtime. You can buy Open Farms Freeze Dried Raw Food here. We also use things such as bone broth, pumpkin, broccoli, cauliflower, green beans, carrots, and blueberries as different mix-ins.
We add salmon oil and wheat germ oil to our adult dogs food to help keep their coats soft and shiny. Salmon oil and wheat germ oil are rich in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids that support a healthy immune system, heart health, anti-inflammatory properties, healthy skin and coat, and cognitive function. We also give our dogs sardines once a week for these same reasons.
Dog Treats & Chews
As with all treats, moderation is key and treats should not make up more than 10% of your pup's nutritional intake!
Grooming is one of the most important things to do with your doodle. Their coats daily-every other day brushing to prevent their coat from matting. There are a couple of different brushes that we like to use to keep our doodles mat free. Our favorite brushes are expensive so we have also listed a less expensive option. Puppy coats are typically easier to maintain than their adult coats, but it is extremely important that you start grooming with all of the tools early so that your puppy becomes use to grooming. We also groom all of our dogs ourselves and have included some of the stuff for that below. The Good Pup Ultimate Grooming kit contains most of the things that you will need for in between grooming appointments and teaches you how to do it!
If you want to save money by fully grooming your pup yourself :
The Good Pup Ultimate Grooming Kit and Education - Use code DOODLECOVE
Trupanion is health insurance for your new furry family member. The first year or so of a puppy's life especially could be filled with unexpected trips to the vet due to roughhousing, ingesting things they shouldn't, or contact with other animals before they are fully vaccinated. Trupanion protects your wallet against these circumstances. For example, if your new puppy decides that it is a good idea to eat a sock and then gets an obstruction because of it, Trupanion would help cover the expenses for having the obstruction removed. It also is helpful for older dogs since as they age they can start having more health issues just like people do. We recommend health insurance for our puppies' families as you never know when an accident may happen. We will be sending your puppy home with 30 days of Trupanion insurance so that you can try the program out before you commit to it. This free 30-day policy will need to be activated within 24 hours of your puppy going home. We want all of our puppies to be safe and happy and don't want our puppies' families to have to pay huge vet costs to keep them healthy. You can read more about the Trupanion health insurance here.