Goldendoodle puppy supplies: The ultimate list
Oh. My. Goldendoodle! You’re here scanning this post about Goldendoodle puppy supplies, which probably means you (or someone you know) is about to become a Goldendoodle parent and will soon be looking into the adoring eyes of a sweet Goldendoodle puppy. Congratulations!
As the mom of a Goldendoodle, aunt of two Doodles, and a research hound, many Goldendoodle parents-to-be have asked me about Goldendoodle puppy supplies. So Happy-Go-Doodle Chloe (our family’s 7-year-old red Goldendoodle) and I decided it was time to put our hands and paws to the keyboard and create the ultimate list.
Our Goldendoodle puppy supply list is chock full of everything you’ll need for your Goldendoodle puppy—toys, Goldendoodle accessories, crates, grooming equipment, treats. It’s all here.
Plus, at the end of this article, you’ll find a FREE printable checklist of Goldendoodle supplies. Please feel free to use it as your shopping list.
When to get your Goldendoodle puppy supplies
But first things first. We recommend that you buy the essentials for your Goldendoodle puppy before you bring your puppy home rather than wait. Here’s why:
- You’ll be able to have everything you need assembled, washed, cleaned, or prepped before your Goldendoodle’s arrival.
- You can choose a place in your home that will be your Goldendoodle puppy’s space and have it ready.
- You’ll have more time to help your puppy settle in and get comfortable rather than making last-minute trips to the store.
What do I need for my Goldendoodle puppy?
So let’s dive in! This list of Goldendoodle supplies is organized by activity—play time, meal time, bed time, potty time, grooming time, and training time.
Additionally, please think of this as a master list of tools for the long-term care of your Goldendoodle. Not every item is needed right away. But you’ll have a pretty solid idea of what supplies you’ll need as your Goldendoodle puppy becomes an adult.
Goldendoodle supplies: Playtime
Before we jump in to our list of Goldendoodle toys, please remember to supervise your puppy when she or he is playing with any puppy toy.
Fetch ball: The question for many Goldendoodle parents is not whether to buy a ball, but how many! With the Goldendoodle’s Poodle and Retriever heritage, many Goldendoodle puppies are natural retrievers and love to play ball.
Treat dispensing dog ball: When your Goldendoodle isn’t playing with a fetch ball, the next best thing is playing with a ball that dispenses treats as it is rolled.
Fun fact: We’ve had a treat dispensing ball that has lasted for seven years!
Puppy-sized Kong toy: There is a reason that Kong toys are classics. They are durable, easy to fill with a puppy treat, and most dogs love them!
Flexible flyer (frisbee): The Kong Classic Flyer is one of our faves since it is flexible, durable, and another great option for Goldendoodles who love to retrieve.
Goldendoodle puppy supplies: Mealtime
Puppy food: Before your puppy’s arrival, speak with the shelter or reputable breeder and ask for the exact brand and formula of puppy food that your puppy is eating. Then ask your veterinarian about the quality of the food and whether you need to switch. If your puppy needs to transition away from the current puppy food to another formula, your vet will outline how to transition slowly to avoid tummy upset.
Airtight food storage container: This is a much more convenient way to store your puppy’s food and helps keep it fresh.
Stainless steel food and water bowls: We like stainless steel bowls for their durability and resistance to bacteria.
As far as the size of bowls, it may seem logical to purchase the same size for both food and water. However, I use a small bowl for food and a large bowl for water. Here’s my logic: Chloe needs to drink plenty of fresh water throughout the day, but her food requirements are small.
In fact, for Chloe’s size (she’s a medium Goldendoodle weighing about 40 pounds), she eats one cup of food in the morning and one in the evening. It doesn’t take a very big food bowl to hold one cup.
Measuring cup or a kitchen food scale: A measuring cup probably isn’t a top-of-mind item on your list of what to buy for your Goldendoodle puppy. Here’s why I’ve included it on this list:
I love Chloe to the moon and back. I want to do everything in my power to help her live her best life— way beyond the average lifespan for a Goldendoodle. Keeping Chloe at her ideal weight can help her live up to two years longer! Measuring her food is a “cup of love” that helps me help her maintain a healthy weight.
For even more precision, some veterinary experts recommend a kitchen scale to measure your dog’s food.
Training treats: Goldendoodle puppies are eager to learn and eager to please you. Training treats are essential for teaching your puppy…positively. We like treats that are small, soft, made in the US, and have very few ingredients.
If you have any questions about which treats are right for your Goldendoodle puppy, talk with your vet at the first puppy wellness visit.
Goldendoodle supplies: Grooming care
If you’ve done your homework on Goldendoodles, you know that they require a significant amount of grooming. You won’t need everything on this list right away for a Goldendoodle puppy, but as your puppy gets its adult coat, it will require considerable care. For more about grooming, please read my articles: Goldendoodle Grooming 101 and Cornstarch for Matted Dog Hair.
Puppy shampoo and conditioner: Puppies roll in stuff. Stinky stuff. Have a good quality puppy shampoo on hand before your puppy’s arrival.
Soft bristled brush: At first, the objective of brushing is simply to help your Goldendoodle puppy get used to the concept, experience the feel of brushing, and make it fun. Since it is less about the brush itself and more about the act of brushing, just having a soft bristled brush on hand will work. Later, you’ll probably want to invest in a high quality slicker brush, which we discuss in a couple of paragraphs.
Steel pet grooming comb: It seems like brushes take center stage when pet parents think about grooming. But a good comb is equally as important. We love the Andis steel comb.
Chris Christianson brush: This brush was a game changer for us as I learned to groom my Goldendoodle at home. You can read our story here: Best Brush for Goldendoodle Grooming.
Miller’s Forge nail trimmers: If there is one thing that I wish I would have done when Chloe was a puppy, it would be learning to trim her nails. Recently, I found Miller’s Forge nail trimmers (they cut like a knife through butter) and I took an online course on how to cut dog nails. It’s made a huge difference!
Styptic powder: If you trim your puppy’s nails, it’s a good idea to have styptic power on hand. If you accidentally clip the quick (the blood and nerve supply of the toenail), styptic powder helps control the bleeding.
Dog grooming table: You won’t need this right away of course, but it makes it so much easier to groom your Goldendoodle at home, if you choose to do so.
Quick clean-up stuff
Enzymatic stain and odor remover: Your puppy will have accidents in your home. Cleaning up after an accident with an enzymatic cleaner makes it less likely that your puppy will sniff out the urine smell and want to return to the same spot.
Paper towels, towels, small blanket: Yes, these are staples for puppies…because poop, pee, and muddy paws happen. Also, pack some towels and clean-up supplies in your car if you’re traveling with your puppy.
Goldendoodle puppy supplies for bedtime and naptime
Dog toothbrush and dog toothpaste: Yes, Goldendoodles need their teeth brushed! Of course, brushing isn’t necessary right away, but please learn from my experience by checking out this story: How to Brush Your Dog’s Teeth.
Dog crate: There are so many benefits of teaching your Goldendoodle puppy to love staying in a dog crate. It’s an essential item on our list not just for puppy days, but also for scenarios like these:
- An accident or illness where your Goldendoodle must have an overnight stay at the vet.
- Surgeries that require “strict crate rest” as prescribed by your veterinarian.
- A natural disaster where you need a safe place to keep your dog in the hours following the event.
Puppy collar: Your new Goldendoodle puppy will need an adjustable collar that easily attaches to a dog leash and holds your puppy’s ID tags. But what size? I remember standing in front of all the collars at the pet store thinking, “What size collar should I get my Goldendoodle?” If you’re wondering the same thing, maybe this will help you:
Our Goldendoodle puppy weighed eight pounds and her first collar was 9″ long. In the photo below, you can see the size of her first puppy collar and the size of the rolled leather collar she wears now.
Goldendoodle leash: A simple leash that is 4′ or 6′ in length and clips to the collar will work as a “starter” leash.
Treat pouch: This is so handy to have for hands-free puppy training.
Goldendoodle supplies: Training time
In the weeks counting down to your Goldendoodle puppy’s arrival, you can start getting prepped by watching puppy training videos and reading books. A couple of our favorites are Zak George’s YouTube puppy training videos and his dog training books. Also, you may want to join a Goldendoodle community on Facebook.
Goldendoodle supplies: Potty time
Training bell: This is not a must-have, but our Goldendoodle quickly learned to use a training or “potty bell” to tell us when she needed to go out. We simply rang the bell and said, “Potty” each time we took her out. Over time, she started ringing it herself.
Poopy bags: Stick a few in your pocket so they are always handy.
Goldendoodle supplies: Travel time
Will you be traveling with your new puppy? You might want to have a travel bag at the ready. Here are some travel time supplies that we keep packed in a travel bag: Collapsible food and water bowls, travel-sized food pouch, poopy sacks, travel toys, and a car safety harness or travel-sized crate.
Goldendoodle supplies: Safety and other important items
Dog first aid kit: Safety first and happiness will follow is one of our mottos at Happy-Go-Doodle®. A dog first aid kit is part of that philosophy and a common sense item to have in your home.
Pet insurance: There are many different points of view about pet insurance. Personally, I wouldn’t go without it. If you don’t get insurance, please start a puppy emergency fund.
Puppy ID tag: No one wants to think about a new puppy getting lost. But if the worst happens, having a puppy ID tag with your contact information on it could be a lifesaver. Additionally, you can talk with your vet about microchipping.
Puppy gate: Goldendoodle puppies are very curious. You may want to place puppy gates or baby gates around your home to minimize the places that your puppy can explore. (Always supervise your puppy and make sure gates are puppy safe and securely fastened.)
Animal poison control phone number: Accidents can happen so quickly. Now is a great time to add a pet poison control phone number to your contacts list on your phone. If you’re not familiar with a pet poison control hotline, you can check out the one at ASPCA.org. (Note: Using their hotline number may require a consultation fee.)
Your vet’s phone number: Once you’ve selected a vet, keep the number in your contacts list too.
A name as perfect as your Goldendoodle
Now that you have a good start on what to buy your puppy, you may be ready to think about what to name your sweet Goldendoodle. Check out our list of 500+ Goldendoodle names, 250 dog names that end in Y and IE , 101 human names for dogs, and vintage names for girl puppies.
And don’t miss out on your shopping list of Goldendoodle stuff…
PLAYTIME: Puppy Toys
- 🔲 Fetch Ball
- 🔲 Treat Dispensing Dog Ball
- 🔲 Puppy-Sized Kong Toy
- 🔲 Kong Classic Flyer
- 🔲 Kong Wubba Toy
MEALTIME & SNACKTIME
- 🔲 Puppy Food
- 🔲 Airtight Food Storage Container
- 🔲 Training Treats (Soft)
- 🔲 Stainless Steel Food & Water Bowls
- 🔲 Measuring Cup or Digital Kitchen Scale
- 🔲 Puppy Shampoo & Conditioner
- 🔲 Steel Pet Grooming Comb
- 🔲 Chris Christianson Brush
- 🔲 Miller's Forge Nail Trimmers
- 🔲 Dog Grooming Table
- 🔲 Styptic Powder
QUICK CLEAN-UP MATERIALS
- 🔲 Enzymatic Stain and Odor Remover
- 🔲 Paper Towels
- 🔲 Blanket
- 🔲 Towels
BEDTIME & NAPTIME
- 🔲 Dog Toothbrush & Dog Toothpaste
- 🔲 Dog Crate
- 🔲 Puppy Collar
- 🔲 Puppy Leash - 4' or 6'
- 🔲 Comfort Zone Vest
- 🔲 Rolled Leather Collar (For Adult Goldendoodles)
- 🔲 Clicker for Clicker Training
- 🔲 Zak George YouTube videos
- 🔲 Books: Zak George's Dog Training Revolution
- 🔲 Treat Pouch
🔲 Potty Time
- 🔲 Training Bell - Potty Bell
- 🔲 Poopy Bags
- 🔲 Collapsible Food Bowl
- 🔲 Collapsible Water Bowl
- 🔲 Car Safety Harness or Travel-Sized Kennel
OTHER IMPORTANT ITEMS
- 🔲 Dog First Aid Kit
- 🔲 Pet Insurance
- 🔲 Dog ID Tag
- 🔲 Puppy Gate
- 🔲 Poison Control Phone Number
- 🔲 Your Vet's Phone Number
- 🔲 Visit HappyGoDoodle.com for more helpful hints.
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10. Endless amounts of your tender loving care! ❤️
Thank you for taking valuable time out of your day to learn about preparing for your Goldendoodle puppy’s arrival. We wish you many “Golden” adventures ahead!
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