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Doodle Do’s and Doodle Don’ts

Raising Your Smeraglia Doodle Puppy

Welcome to the charming world of Smeraglia Doodle puppies!
At Smeraglia Farm, we’re not just about finding the perfect home for our puppies; we’re about helping you create a loving, joyful, and nurturing environment for your new furry family member. Here are ten adorable “Doodle Do’s” and “Doodle Don’ts” to help guide you on this exciting journey with your new Doodle puppy.


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Doodle Do’s:

1. Do Cuddle Often: Doodle puppies thrive on affection. Frequent cuddles and gentle pets reinforce their bond with you, ensuring they grow up feeling loved and secure.

2. Do Practice Positive Reinforcement: Reward good behavior with treats, praise, or playtime. Positive reinforcement helps your Doodle learn in a joyful and stress-free way, making training sessions something they look forward to.

3. Do Schedule Regular Vet Visits: Keeping up with vaccinations and check-ups is crucial for your Doodle’s health. Early prevention is key to a long, happy life.

4. Do Provide Chew Toys: Doodles, especially puppies, have a natural need to chew. Supplying a variety of chew toys can save your shoes and furniture from becoming unintended victims.

5. Do Socialize Early and Often: Introduce your Doodle to different people, pets, and environments. Socialization helps them become well-adjusted and friendly dogs.

6. Do Enjoy Active Playtime: Doodles have energy to spare. Daily walks, playtime in the park, or backyard fetch sessions are essential for keeping them happy and healthy.

7. Do Offer Healthy Treats: Opt for nutritious snacks that support your Doodle’s growth and health. Sometimes, a frozen carrot or a homemade pumpkin treat can be a delightful surprise!

8. Do Create a Cozy Sleeping Area: Ensure your Doodle has a comfortable, quiet place to rest and recharge. A cozy bed in a peaceful corner is perfect.

9. Do Enroll in Training Classes: Puppy classes are not just for learning basic commands; they also provide valuable socializing opportunities with other dogs and people.

10. Do Show Endless Patience: Remember, mistakes are part of the learning process. Showing patience and understanding as your Doodle puppy learns and grows is vital.

Doodle Don’ts:

1. Don’t Skip Exercise: Doodles need regular physical activity to prevent boredom and mischief. A skipped walk could result in an unexpected indoor “adventure.”

2. Don’t Ignore Grooming: Doodles’ coats require regular brushing and professional grooming to prevent matting and maintain their fluffy appearance.

3. Don’t Feed Human Food: Many human foods can be harmful to dogs. Stick to dog-safe foods and consult your vet about any treats outside their regular diet.

4. Don’t Yell or Punish: Negative reinforcement can lead to fear and anxiety. Always opt for positive methods to correct undesirable behaviors.

5. Don’t Leave Them Alone for Too Long: Puppies, in particular, can get anxious when left alone. If you must be away, consider crate training or a pet sitter to keep them company.

6. Don’t Forget Dental Care: Regular teeth brushing and dental chews help prevent dental diseases, ensuring your Doodle’s smile stays bright and healthy.

7. Don’t Skip Flea and Tick Prevention: Protect your Doodle from pests with regular preventative treatments, especially during the warmer months.

8. Don’t Overwhelm Them: While socialization is important, too much too soon can be overwhelming. Gradually introduce new experiences.

9. Don’t Expect Perfection: Every puppy learns at their own pace. Celebrate the small victories and enjoy the journey of growing together.

10. Don’t Forget to Puppy-Proof Your Home: Ensure your home is safe for a curious puppy by removing hazardous items and securing dangerous areas.

Raising a Doodle puppy from Smeraglia is a journey filled with laughter, love, and learning. By following these “Doodle Do’s” and “Doodle Don’ts,” you’re on your way to creating a wonderful life for your new furry friend. Remember, the most important ingredient is love, and with plenty of that, you and your Doodle will enjoy many happy years together.

A Note from sherri

It's a Labor of Love for me

Thank you so much for taking the time to read through my blog. Every word penned here comes straight from my heart, as I aim to share with you the knowledge and insights I’ve gathered over the years. My deepest hope is that you find joy, inspiration, and perhaps a little bit of wisdom in these pages. Remember, this journey we’re on together is all about the love and connection we share with our furry friends. So, sit back, enjoy the read, and let’s continue to grow and learn in this beautiful adventure of companionship.

Warmest wishes,

Sherri Smeraglia