Healthy Puppies Start With Healthy Adults
The health of your Goldendoodle puppy puppy is our highest priority at Glen Allen Golden Doodle Home. We know that 99% of having a genetically healthy puppy is ensuring the health of the parents. We do this by maintaining exceptionally high breeding standards and hand-picking the adults for our breeding program based on two criteria:
1) Temperament screening
2)Health testing. Only after an adult dog passes our health tests and is screened for temperament do we allow the dog into our breeding program.
We are very selective and only choose dogs that we know have social, loving non-aggressive personalities. We believe that dogs with aggressive, anxious, or other negative anti-social behaviors are not well suited to our breeding program and, as such, will rule them out immediately, as we aim to provide families with sociable family dogs that become loyal, lovable companions.
Our Health Guarantee
Glen Allen Golden Doodle Home is one of the few Goldendoodle breeders to offer a substantive 2-Year Health Guarantee to our customers. Our 2-Year Health Guarantee covers any life-threatening genetic health issue that may arise within the first two years of life.
To bind the health guarantee, we require our customers to visit their local vet for a full health check within 72 hours of picking up their puppy. This is for your protection as well as ours and is in the best interest of the puppy. We are confident that all our puppies leave our kennel in excellent health and physical condition.
Our Puppies Are the Healthiest
When searching for your new puppy, it’s important to look for a breeder with high healthcare standards. We provide thorough health care from the first moments of a puppy’s life until they reach your new home when they’re around 8 weeks old.
Many people are unfamiliar with the growth and health care a new puppy requires. We believe in transparency, and rest assured your puppy will come up to date on all his or her vaccinations and dewormers and will be fully health checked by our trusted veterinarian.
6 Steps to Keeping Your Goldendoodle Puppy Healthy
1. Find a trusted local vet.
It’s important to find a local veterinarian you can trust for your Goldendoodle puppy. Remember that some vets specialize in certain types of dogs or breeds, so be sure to find one familiar with the Goldendoodle breed and the particular health considers for each of them.
If you’re looking for a vet, try searching on Yelp or Google to get reviews and information from other local families. You want a trusted, well-liked veterinarian that can monitor the health of your new family member for years to come.
2. Get your puppy health insurance.
Health insurance for your pet is always a good idea because you never know what minor illnesses or injuries might occur down the road. Look for an insurance carrier that offers coverage of your actual veterinary bill as well as new injuries and illnesses, emergencies, genetic conditions, and more. This way, if your puppy needs treatment for an accident or illness, you’re covered.
3. Feed your puppy a high-quality diet.
We recommend Purina Pro Plan All Life Stages Sports Performance Formula or another high-quality food with the same nutrient levels.
Our puppies are raised on a full-feed diet, which means they can access high-quality food and water around the clock as they grow. We recommend maintaining a full-feed schedule for your puppy when you get them home so that they have time to adjust to the new environment. You can slowly transition them to mealtimes when they reach 14-16 weeks of age and feed them just 2-3 times per day.
4. Give your puppy regular exercise.
Daily walks and exercise are essential for your Goldendoodle. Remember to give them plenty of time outdoors to ensure their health and wellbeing. Goldendoodles may require up to 90 minutes or more of exercise a day.
For puppies, a good way to ensure your puppy is getting enough exercise is to use this rule:
- For each month of a puppy’s age, allow them 5 minutes of exercise up to two times per day.
- A 3-month old puppy, for instance, would need 15 minutes of exercise twice per day.
- A 6-month old puppy would need to double that, or 30 minutes of exercise twice per day.
- When your puppy is fully-grown, they can max out and stick to 2-3 walks per day of around 30 minutes, depending on their energy levels.
5. Socialize your puppy when it’s time.
Socialization is crucial for your puppy’s well-being. While we begin socializing your puppy at Home For Golden Doodles from day one, it’s important that you also continue to allow your puppy to socialize when you bring him or her home.
Many people are not sure when it’s appropriate to begin socializing their puppies with humans and other dogs. As a rule, you should only allow your puppy to socialize with other dogs and be in areas of high-K9 density (such as dog parks or greenbelts) once your puppy has had all its shots and vaccinations. If your puppy still requires certain vaccinations, it’s a good idea to keep your puppy from socializing too closely with other dogs. This is because parasites, germs, and other illnesses can be easily transmitted through touch or saliva. Keeping a safe distance until your puppy is fully vaccinated will help ensure they stay as healthy as they can be.
Please consult with your vet on a vaccination plan for your puppy so that you can have the peace of mind of knowing when they are ready to interact with other dogs and begin socializing fully.
6. Spay or Neuter Your Puppy
We always recommend that our customers spay or neuter their puppies. This is for several reasons, not least of which adds to the health and longevity of your pet’s life. According to a USA Today report, “neutered male dogs lived 18% longer than un-neutered male dogs, and spayed female dogs live 23% longer than unspayed female dogs.” Additionally, spaying or neutering your dog may lead to decreased risks of serious illnesses such as cancer.