Getting Ready For Your Puppy
As it gets closer to your puppy’s arrival to you, there are a few things we would like you to do.
Picking up or flying to you
Let us know if you will be picking up your puppy at our home or if your puppy is flying to you. We are happy to go over options with you and make the necessary arrangements. If your puppy is flying, please let us know which airport you would like your puppy flown to, and provide us with the name and contact information of the person picking up your Australian Labradoodle puppy at the airport (whoever is picking up will need to bring a valid photo ID upon pick up). This information is required for the airway bill and the health certificate. Once final payment has been received, we can make your puppy’s flight arrangements.
Pay the remaining balance
The balance of your puppy plus 6% sales tax and any applicable fees will be paid by the time the puppy is 6 weeks old. All of our puppies are sold as companion pets only. Pay the balance remaining for your Australian Labradoodle puppy via our website, by certified check or calling us and using your credit card over the phone. There is a 3% processing fee for using Paypal or credit card. Full payment is required before travel or pick up arrangements can be made. Keep in mind that if you are mailing a check, it takes time to arrive as well as clear the bank. If applicable, also pay the additional shipping/travel charge. The shipping cost covers the plane ticket, travel crate, health certificate from a certified veterinarian, and transportation to the airport.
Schedule your puppy’s veterinary appointment
If you don’t have one already, find a veterinarian that you will take your puppy to for their first check up – this will need to be done within 72 hours of receiving your puppy for the health guarantee to be valid.
Order food for your puppy
Ordering food for your puppy ahead of time will ensure it arrives just in time for their arrival to you. We feed all of our dogs Royal Canin dog food. This can be purchased from most big box Pet Stores or online through Chewy.com.
Prepare your home for your puppy
For toys and other items to help you prepare for the arrival of your new puppy or dog, we recommend the following stores/suppliers:
Chewy.com (for blankets, dog beds, and “Mini” Milkbone Dog Biscuits – our dogs’ snack of choice!)
Petedge.com (for toys, shampoo and grooming products)
Amazon.com (for expandable crates)
Lupinepet.com (for collars and leashes with a lifetime guarantee)
Sign up for pet insurance
Sign up for your complimentary 30 day trial of pet insurance brought to you by Trupanion. Trupanion Pet Insurance and Welcome Acres have partnered together to offer you and your puppy coverage under their amazing insurance plan completely free of charge for you for the first 30 days of your puppy’s time home with you. We will supply you with paperwork from Trupanion that comes with your puppy and all you have to do is give them a call at (855) 266-2156 within 24 hours of picking up your puppy to start your 30 days of insurance free of charge. You do not need to supply them with any payment information.
Sign up for puppy training
We have partnered with online puppy school, BAXTER and Bella to bring you the latest and the greatest in training your new puppy, all from the convenience of your home! Use the promo code WELCOMEACRES for 25% off of your lifetime membership.
Items to bring when you pick up your puppy
Bottled water and water dish
Old towels/blankets to line your backseat with if not using a crate
Wipes for clean-up!
Tips for picking up your puppy
While out and about, make sure your new puppy is ALWAYS on a leash.
Hold and comfort your puppy – he/she may be a little scared.
Once you are back in the car, your puppy can sit on a lap or ride in the crate.
Do take your Australian Labradoodle puppy home for quiet time with you and your family for the first 24 hours.
Keep in mind that your puppy is not fully vaccinated until it has had at least 3 puppy shots. Dog parks and pet stores are not a good idea until your puppy is fully vaccinated.
Helpful hints on house training
Your Australian Labradoodle puppy has been trained to a potty pad when indoors and goes outside in groups on grassy areas when they have reached the appropriate age and when weather permits. We recommend taking your new puppy out to go potty every 30 – 45 minutes for the first two weeks.
Taking away food and water between 5 – 6 pm will also be very helpful and allow puppy to empty his/her bladder prior to bedtime recommended 10 – 11 pm if you are putting your puppy in a crate for the night. There is no need to take your puppy out to go potty in the middle of the night, nor do we recommend it. Your puppy should be just fine at this point to sleep and make it through the night. In the morning between 6 – 7 am you will pick up your puppy and carry them outside for their morning potty.
Remember, when your Australian Labradoodle puppy eats, wait almost half an hour, and they will need to go potty either on the potty pad or outside with the command “go potty”. Consistency and maintaining a routine is key when potty training your new Australian Labradoodle puppy!