Puppy Care

Get Prepared For Your Puppy's Arrival

They're Already in Your Heart— Now Welcome them Home with Everything Your New Puppy Needs, Vitamins, Food, Grooming Supplies and Training Tools.

Nuvet Vitamins

 Order Your NuVet Vitamins, only $4 a week : CLICK TO ORDER HERE

Smeraglia Goldendoodle puppies are started on NuVet Plus Vitamins before they go home. We highly recommend this vitamin for your new puppy. Every dog that goes home gets started on NuVet vitamins. I believe in  them and think they are the reason we only see the Vet for routine care.VITAMINS WE USE AND RECOMMEND!


  • Independently tested and recommended by leading veterinarians
  • Human grade, natural ingredients
  • Formulated over a period of 8 years by physicians, veterinarians, pharmacists, and animal nutritionists 


You cannot purchase NuVet Vitamins in a pet store. They must be ordered online or by calling. Your puppy kit will come with a 6-day supply. You will need to order these before your puppy comes home. It takes about a week to get them. 

Order your Nuvet Plus Vitamins by Phone: Call 1-800-474-7044. Please use order code 888888 when ordering by phone. ORDER NUVET VITAMINS ONLINE


NuVet scientists, veterinarians and formulators began with the premise that most pet diets are lacking the proper amounts of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. There are important nutrients that animals once received when they were living in a more primitive environment that are not available in the modern diet. Commercial pet foods contain numerous by-products that can make them poisonous, toxic and incapable of reducing the devastating effects of unstable oxygen molecules, also known a free radicals. Free radicals have been implicated in more than fifty health problems in humans and animals including various forms of cancer, heart disease, arthritis, cataracts and premature aging.

Major considerations in formulating NuVet Plus® were the human grade quality of ingredients and their nutritional values, as well as the bio digestibility and utilization into the cellular framework. We also considered the chemicals and toxins that find their way into our animals' food. NuVet Plus® was formulated to combat these harmful pollutants.

NuVet Labs® has designed a cutting edge formula that we believe will help increase your pet's longevity and quality of life. Our scientists performed extensive research and experiments with a variety of vitamins, minerals, enzymes and herbs, until they created NuVet Plus®, which provides a powerful synergistic defense against the harm caused by free radicals.

NuVet Plus is independently tested and recommended by leading veterinarians. They are made from human-grade, natural ingredients and formulated over a period of 8 years by physicians, veterinarians, pharmacists, and animal. Studies show that feeding your dog NuVet can significantly reduce the risk or eliminate many problems that can strike your pet, 


  • Scratching
  • Itching
  • Hot Spots
  • Allergies
  • Arthritis
  • Premature Aging
  • Low Energy Levels
  • Cataracts
  • Digestive Problems
  • Heart Disease
  • Tumors




In our Nursery... our puppies are weaned to Purina ProPlan "Focus" Chicken & Rice puppy food while in our nursery because it is readily available in all locations and readily available for clients to find.

We suggest that you purchase one 50 lb. Bag of ProPlan Chicken & Rice Puppy food for your puppy's arrival. If you intend to feed Life's Abundance, Pawtree, our suggested foods for life, then you will also need to place an order online for the Life Abundance puppy formula or the Paw tree "Chicken & Sweet Potato" to have it ready for your puppy when he arrives home.

Mix the Pro plan with the Life's Abundance/Paw tree/ and once this mixture is gone, go straight to the ordered food.

Here are two other excellent foods we can recommend, if you do not choose Pro Plan. 


Puppy Food is the foundation of good health. We know, aspet parents it can be overwhelming to decide which food will give our pets the proper nutrition to live healthy, vibrant long lives. While dogs can survive on most commercial brands, they are full of preservatives that allow them to sit on store shelves or in storage for many months, which means they may not be as healthy for our pets as we think. We believe that Lifes Abundance Food is a better choice because it is bacthed fresh and has no preservatives, the company actually donates all food over 30 days old. We also like Pawtree and recommend it because they can personalize their food to meet the specific needs of each individual dog. These specific foods are developed nutrition plans to help your dog thrive in life, not just survive.  They are also drop shipped right to your home, so you won't be carrying heavy bags of dog food from the store to home.



Life's Abundance Holistic Food 

We're Been here before, Tried out all the others and now we've circled back around to this food as the adult food for life. This is the Food that Sherri's Dogs are fed.

These are the holistic, organic products that I recommend from Life's Abundance:  SAVE MONEY BY PLACING AUTOSHIP ORDER EVERY SIX WEEKS.               

Large Breed Puppy Food : Large Breed Puppy Food is formulated with select ingredients to help your puppy grow and thrive. With Life’s Abundance, you can be confident that you’re feeding advanced nutrition to help your puppy achieve and maintain optimal health.

Made for large breeds, this premium kibble is made with the finest ingredients, including...

• A proprietary blend of vitamins & minerals
• High-quality, multi-source proteins for growing muscles & healthy development
• An antioxidant system with vitamins C & E
• Prebiotic fiber & guaranteed probiotics
• Omega-3 fatty acids for healthy skin & a shiny coat
• Enriched with DHA for canine smarts
• Dietary fiber to help maintain a healthy digestive tract
Since we use only wholesome ingredients, this formula contains …

• No artificial flavors 
• No artificial colors 
• No corn or corn gluten 
• No wheat or wheat gluten 

With advanced nutrition, you can shepherd your big dog down the path to a long, healthy and happy life!

Small / Medium Puppy Food: Small & Medium Breed Puppy Food is formulated with select ingredients to help your puppy grow and thrive. With Life’s Abundance, you can be confident that you’re feeding advanced nutrition to help your puppy achieve and maintain optimal health. 

Made for small and medium breeds, this premium kibble is made with the finest ingredients, including...

• A proprietary blend of vitamins & minerals
• High-quality, multi-source proteins for growing muscles & healthy development
• An antioxidant system with vitamins C & E
• Prebiotic fiber & guaranteed probiotics
• Omega-3 fatty acids for healthy skin & a shiny coat
• Enriched with DHA for canine smarts
• Dietary fiber to help maintain a healthy digestive tract

Specially formulated using only wholesome ingredients, this food contains …

• No artificial flavors
• No artificial colors
• No corn or corn glutens
• No wheat or wheat gluten

Give your puppy every opportunity for a long, healthy and happy life. Feed Life’s Abundance and watch your young companion thrive!

Adult Dog Food : If you want to learn about dog food, we’re glad you found us. Life’s Abundance is holistically balanced and provides the nutritional harmony that’s important to help your canine achieve and maintain optimal health.

Made for all life stages, this recipe contains only the finest ingredients, like …

• A proprietary blend of vitamins & minerals
• High-quality protein from chicken meal for strong muscles
• An antioxidant system including vitamins C & E
• Prebiotic fiber & guaranteed probiotics
• Omega-3 fatty acids for healthy skin & a shiny coat
• Calcium & phosphorus for healthy teeth and strong bones
• Dietary fiber to help maintain a healthy digestive tract

To be the best dry dog food, this premium kibble contains …
• No artificial flavors or colors
• No corn, wheat or corn/wheat glutens

Our food is more nutrient-rich. While leading brands stockpile tons of food for months on end, our healthy dog food is made in frequent batches and remains in our care until it is shipped to your doorstep. When you buy Life’s Abundance dog food, your sweet pup will benefit from our strict inventory controls and product safety considerations that are second-to-none. Put your K-9 on the path to wellness. Provide them with a recipe for a long and happy life.


Your puppy kit will include a small bag that will last a few days. Do not overfeed regardless of the pet's acceptance and eagerness. Overfeeding is the most common cause of digestive upset in pets. Make sure you purchase the food before your puppy comes home. If you live in the south It often times only takes 1-2 days for the food to be delivered fresh. In other states it's usually within 2-3 days. If you're going to switch to another brand of food. Please, do this gradually. Most Vets recommend you start out 3 parts old and 1 part new food. Gradually increase the new food over a 2 week period. Puppies have sensitive stomachs, the less stress you put on their systems, especially when they're changing homes, leaving littermates, Mom, etc. the better. 

There are 146 cups of food in a 40lb. bag. Puppies eat 1/2 a cup, 3 times a day. A 40 pound bag will last 12 plus weeks. A 50lb dog will eat 2 cups a day. A 40 pound bag will last a 50 pound dog approximately 10.5 weeks. There is a very convenient calculator on the order page of the Life's Abundance website.

Custom Dog Food By Pawtree

For our Older Goldendoodles and any dog that doesn't do well on Life's Abundance, pawTree is an excellent choice! We have so many puppy owners that love this food for their dogs. We recommend Pawtree and their products as long as you stay away from the grain free options. This is a good food that can be personalized to your dog and their specific needs.

Every dog is unique. Why should they all eat the same thing? The answer is, they shouldn't! 

Here's what makes Pawtree Unique..

Simply tell us about your pet by completing your pet's profile. Based on the information you provide, Pawtree will recommend a customized nutrition plan unique to your dog's specific needs. This program will consist of one of their proprietary pet food recipes and other supplements that work synergistically to optimize your dog's health based on his unique needs. Pawtree recommendation is created from an algorithm developed by experienced Veterinarians and Ph.D. in Animal Nutrition and is designed to generate customized recommendations based on your pet's profile.

It's that simple! pawTree takes the guesswork out of pet nutrition.

Get started on the perfect diet plan for your pet. It's as easy as 1, 2, 3

  1. Tell us about your dog by filling out our proprietary pet profile online
  2. Choose a name for your pet's food and upload your pet's photo
  3. Sit back, relax and enjoy customized nutrition delivered right to your door! 

PAWTREATS  - Our Doodles will do anything for these treats!

PawTreats are delicious and nutritious treats your dog will crave, and you’ll feel good about feeding! Dogs are natural hunters who thrive on a diet of primary meat and some vegetables to thrive and live a healthy, vibrant life. Our freeze-dried varieties are grain-free, all-natural, healthy; real food treats made with simple ingredients based on your dog’s optimal diet. They are a blend of high- quality meat, fruits and vegetables that dogs crave.

• Natural, wholesome and holistic
• No corn, no wheat, no soy
• No artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives
• No fillers
• Developed by a Veterinarian
• Made in the USA 

Gastro Pro Plus
Good health begins in the gut. Help your dog maintain a healthy, active lifestyle with good gastrointestinal health. Gastro Pro Plus is a complete combination of probiotics, prebiotics, digestive enzymes, and herbs that support proper digestion and bowel health. Proper digestion comes naturally with Gastro Pro Plus

Doodle Prep School

Determine Your Training Goals : Enroll Your Puppy In Our Doodle Prep School

Here at Smeraglia's, we realize that while it is very exciting, bringing a new puppy into your home can be a frustrating, life-interrupting event. With the new information now available about canine behavioral development, we know that the first few days, weeks, and months of your puppy's life are critical for his happy and healthy growth as well as a lifetime of harmony in your home.

The puppy prep school program was developed exclusively for our special Teddy Bear Goldendoodle & Teddy Bear Schnoodle puppies.

Our program is very different than most other puppy training programs because our focus is on preventing undesirable behaviors from becoming habits while developing desired behaviors in the appropriate way for each during critical developmental stages to ensure behavioral soundness for the companion (family) animal that is functional in a real world setting. The program consists of at least two weeks of boarding in a real home environment complete with young children, a police K9 trainer husband and training is done by a Certified Examiner for the AKC'S CGC program and the Delta Societies Pet Partners program, in addition to numerous other professional group affiliations and endorsements. During this time, your puppy will be given round-the-clock care while receiving daily training, custom tailored to your individual situation and needs. We can only enroll a few puppies at a time so you must reserve a spot early, limited availability.

Puppy Proofing

As with children, you will likely want to puppy proof your house. Part of it is to keep the pup safe, and the rest is to keep your belongings safe from the puppy. Puppies chew things. Everything below four feet is fair game. Expect it and prepare for it. One of the best solutions is to offer a wide variety of puppy-safe chew products all over each open floor in the house. If the pup is going to chew, you might as well control what he is chewing.

  • Use child-proof locks to keep substances like pesticides, meds, cleaning products, plants, etc. locked up in cabinets and away from your pup.
  • When pups are very young, even rawhide strips can be dangerous. Never give these to your puppy unsupervised.
  • Be aware that some foods and plants are toxic to dogs.
  • Avoid heat stroke and don't leave pups or dogs locked in cars.
  • After your puppy comes home, there are health risks for Parvo!
  • You should NOT allow your puppy to be out in public places until after the Parvo vaccinations have been completed, 12-16 weeks.

The best way to avoid parvo infection in your dog is to adhere to the recommended vaccination schedule which begins when puppies are 6-8 weeks of age.

Puppies should not be allowed to socialize with other dogs or frequent areas where other dogs have been until two weeks after they have had their last vaccination. Immunization for Parvo is usually included in your dog's distemper vaccine. This shot gives protection against several potentially fatal canine diseases all at the same time.

Crate Training - "We always recommend crate training."

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Have a crate on hand for the first few weeks and keep your puppy in it when you are not with him but not for more than a few hours at a time. Make sure the crate is not too big. It should be large enough for the puppy to stand up, turn around, stretch out, but no bigger. Dogs do not want to soil their beds, and the use of a crate teaches them to control their urge to eliminate. Your puppy has already begun some of his crate training before he arrives. He has already learned along with his litter mates that his crate is for sleeping and not for going potty in. Because of this pre-training, most pups are very easy to crate train. Please be aware: a dog that is left in a crate all day long gets let out in the evening after work for a few hours, and then put back in the crate for the night, can become a miserable, destructive dog.

If you work all day and intend on crating your dog while you are gone, it is recommended that you find someone who can let your dog out for a potty break and playtime midday. If this is not possible, then only use the crate at night. If you must leave your dog all day long every day and you have nobody to let the dog out during the day, you should find a room that he can be contained in and put down food, water, and toys. A kitchen, bathroom, or utility room works great. You should set up the room so that bed and food are at one end and pee pads or newspaper at the other. They need to find something to occupy their mind, so give your dog plenty of toys. Dogs are den animals and will usually come to like the crate, but even a den animal would go crazy if it were locked up all day long.

Make a Vet Appointment 

Make an appointment with your Vet for a new puppy wellness check. Your puppy should not need any vaccinations at this appointment but it's good to establish a relationship with your Vet and the puppy. Each Puppy will come home with a very detailed health record and Health Guarantee enclosed in their puppy kit. Please take the health record to your vet when you go in for your puppy's first check-up.

 Deluxe Puppy Essentials Kit $244.99 Order Now

Smeraglia Recommended: This kit is essential for your dogs everyday life. Sherri has specifically selected these items knowing what it takes to assist both you and your pets daily needs. This kit  along with many other items can be ordered in our online boutique at Smagdog.com


 Grooming Supplies Available at Smagdog.com : Shop Now!  

As a Goldendoodle parent it's critical you know how to groom a Goldendoodles. The first step to grooming a goldendoodle is to gather the necessary tools.Goldendoodles are known for their teddy bear-like appearance. To achieve the teddy bear look, Goldendoodles need their faces groomed in a particular way. Thankfully, grooming your Goldendoodle’s face is not that complicated. By bathing your dog, trimming its facial hair a specific way, and taking steps to maintain your grooming job, you’ll be able to properly groom your Goldendoodle’s face.

We have the essential tools you'll want to have ready before you begin in our Smagdog.Com online boutique and also in our Chapel Barn for pick-ups. Order Our Grooming Video Here

New Puppy (Shopping) Checklist

  • Paper towels (a lot of paper towels)
  • Old Towels for Crate. Once the puppy is reliably crate trained, a "real" crate bed can be used.
  • Old Blanket or Towel(s) to cover wire Crate
  • Cotton balls for cleaning ears
  • Hydrogen Peroxide (to induce vomiting, if necessary)
  • 100% Pure Canned Pumpkin (from the baking aisle of your grocery store)
  • Pumpkin is an excellent source of fiber. When the puppy has diarrhea or constipation, a tablespoon or two with every meal for several days should help alleviate symptoms. Freeze excess in ice cube tray.
  • Baby Gate(s)
  • Size appropriate crate
  • Try baby supply stores - generally more choices and cheaper than pet stores (Beware that horizontal bars provide a foothold for climbing puppies. Also consider spacing between bars, as sometimes it is large enough for little puppies to get caught)


SmagDog.com Pet Products: Most of these products that we use and recommend can be found here

Order Lifes Abundance Food

  • 10 - 14-inch size for standard or medium Doodle Puppies, Smaller for Mini Doodle puppies.
  • I.D. Tag
  • 6-foot leash
  • 15 foot or longer (up to 50 foot) training leash(es)
  • Plastic Crate for crate training
  • Another good idea is the Double-door folding crate with divider (we like both Midwest and Precision brands)
  • Medium - Standard Sized Doodles need at least a 42-inch crate, and we recommend the 48. Mini Doodles can use a 36-inch crate.
  • Travel Crate for car until puppy is big enough to wear a car harness
  • Smeraglia's favorite Car Harness


Doodle Puppies: By Sherri Smeraglia & Meredith Crigler - Order from our SmagDog Pet Products - $29.99

"A Special Thanks To Marla For Posting This On Our Forum."

  • For a new puppy owner, there are some great general positive training books. My top picks would be:
  • Ian Dunbar: Before and After Getting Your Puppy
  • Pat Miller: The Power of Positive Dog Training
  • Patricia McConnell: Family Friendly Dog Training; Way To Go-How To House Train A Dog of Any Age
  • Top picks for Clicker training:
  • Melissa Alexander: Click for Joy
  • Emma Parsons: Click To Calm
  • Karen Pryor: Getting Started: Clicker Training for Dogs
  • Peggy Tillman: Clicking With Your Dog
  • Now, if you love reading, here are a few other general positive training book recommendations:
  • Robin Bennett: Off-Leash Dog Play
  • Trish King: Parenting Your Dog
  • Patricia McConnell: The Other End of the Leash, How To Be Leader of the Pack, Play Together-Stay Together
  • Pat Miller: Play With Your Dog, Positive Perspectives
  • Leslie Nelson: video – Reliable Recall
  • Colleen Pelar: Living with Kids and Dogs Without Losing Your Mind
  • Karen Pryor: Don’t Shoot the Dog
  • Turid Rugaas: On Talking Terms With Dogs: Calming Signals
  • Linda Tellington-Jones: Getting In TTouch With Your Dog

My Favorite Goldendoodle Book is: "Fletcher, The Very First Teddy Bear English Goldendoodle."  

This newly released story makes a great gift for any child or Doodle Family.
Once it is signed by the author and gets Fletcher's stamp of approval, complete with sloppy doodle kisses, this book will quickly become a coffee table favorite!

Story synopsis:
Smeraglia Farm In Robertsdale, Alabama is a very special place. It is the home of the five Smeraglia Children and the birthplace of Fletcher.
When the family pet, a handsome, loyal and charming English Golden Retriever named Murphy, can no longer get his favorite belly rubs because of Natalie, the youngest of the Smeraglia children is allergic to him, everyone is sad.
Things change when a new girl comes to live on the Smeraglia Farm. A beautiful, intelligent and hypo-allergenic Standard Poodle named Georgette joins the family. All - especially Murphy loved Georgette.
One Christmas morning the family gets a big surprise, and we are introduced to FLETCHER..... In this charming book, you will meet Fletcher, the very first Teddy Bear Goldendoodle, who is the cutest and most clever puppy of all. 

Written by: Sherri Smeraglia Illustrated by Meredith Johnson