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Bringing Your Puppy Home

The day you’ve been waiting for is just around the corner!  We are so excited for you to meet your new baby in person, and want to make sure you feel prepared for the big day!  Here are a couple reminders and helpful tips for bringing your puppy home.

Puppy Pack

Your puppy will come home with a Doodlebug Farms puppy pack full of goodies!

  • Sample of food – our puppies eat PROVISION dog food, which can be purchased at

  • Vaccination records from our vet – we recommend you take this with you to your first puppy appointment.  They are due for their next round of shots at 10 weeks old.

  • A soft bone – we love having these close by as puppies love to chew.  We make sure to offer this as an alternative to chewing on fingers, blankets, etc.

  • Training Treats – we often split these into even smaller pieces so that we can give often without messing up our puppies’ tummies.

  • Pine wood pellets – please refer to the potty training page for more information.  These are not edible, and should be placed in 1 spot in your yard for the first few days as your puppy transitions to going to the bathroom in your yard instead of here with us.


Your puppy is now on dry dog food, and eats one time in the morning and one time in the evening.  There is a graph on the back of every dog food bag with recommended feeding amounts.  Your puppy will eat approximately 1/4 cup in the morning and again at night if they are a petite or a mini, or 1/3 cup in the morning and at night if they are a medium, when they go home, and will continue to increase this amount.  We leave water out all day long.  You may want to consider taking water away an hour before you go to bed as long as they have had plenty to eat and drink during the day. 

First Night

If you are going to crate train, your puppy will likely cry the first night in the crate, as they are used to sleeping with their siblings.  You can also put a light blanket (like a receiving blanket) over their crate so that they are not overstimulated by what is going on.  We recommend putting the crate in your room for at least the first few nights so they can feel safe and comfortable.


Remember that good habits at the beginning are so important!  We would like to remind you to check out our partner The Proper Pup.  If you would like to enroll the in The Puppy Academy with The Proper Pup, we are happy to go ahead and set up your initial sessions so that you can start working with your new baby right away.

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