New Puppy Checklist

Preparing for Your New Puppy

-Schedule an appointment with your vet

I ask that you have your puppy seen by your veterinarian within 3 days of bringing them home. It is important to keep them up to date on their vaccinations. Make sure to take your puppy’s immunization records, that I will provide for you, when you go. Please send me a copy of the vet report within 30 days of taking your puppy home. You can text it to me at (574)202-1590 or you can email it to me at

-Pet Insurance

Please consider purchasing Pet Insurance for your puppy or have a plan in place if the unexpected were to happen. I offer a 1-year congenital health guarantee and will refund the price of your puppy if a congenital health condition arises within the 1st year, however, you will be responsible for fees beyond that amount. Having Pet Insurance can give you peace of mind in knowing that your pet is covered if the unexpected were to occur.

-Puppy Food

At 8 weeks old, your puppy will be eating Royal Canin Puppy Starter food. I recommend feeding the puppy starter food for 3-5 days after bringing your puppy home. I will be sending a gallon sized bag of it home with you so there is no need for you to purchase any starter food. After 3-5 days, your puppy will be ready to transition to Royal Canin Medium Puppy Food. I will be sending a pint-sized bag of it home with you as well. Be sure to do a gradual transition any time you switch your puppy’s food.

Days 1-2, feed 75% old food, 25% new food.

Days 3-4, feed 50% old food, 50% new food.

Days 5-6, 25% old food, 75% new food.

Day 7, 100% new food.

Your puppy can eat the Medium Puppy Food until they are 15 months old before transitioning to Royal Canin Adult Dog Food. Please follow the chart on the back of the dog food bag for instructions on how often and how much to feed your puppy.

There are many wonderful brands of dog food available for your puppy. If you choose to feed something other than Royal Canin, please remember to do a gradual transition when switching it up. Changing their food, without a gradual transition period, can cause unwanted stomach and bowel issues for your puppy.


As a dog breeder, the health of your puppy is my top priority.  That is why I recommend NuVet Plus Immune System Builder to all my customers.  Simply put, it is the best nutritional supplement available today.

Hundreds of thousands of dogs and cats are using NuVet Plus to provide optimal health and a strong immune system.  A strong immune system will protect them from environmental and food toxins such as back yard pesticides, hormones, toxic formaldehyde in furniture and carpeting. NuVet Plus also supports proper development as well as a beautiful skin and coat.

This is not just a vitamin. It’s an immune system builder with a precise balance of vitamins, minerals, omega fatty acids, amino acids and high-potency antioxidants. That’s why it works so well through all three stages of a dog’s life.

  • For puppies – Fills the immunity gap all puppies experience. Shortly after birth maternal antibody effectiveness is greatly reduced. By 8 weeks your puppy’s immune system is at a vulnerable point. Once in their new home, the immune system is weakened by the stress of adoption and exposure to novel bacteria and viruses in their environment.  This is also when the vaccine series is started. Vaccines are most effective if the immune system can respond properly. Starting NuVet Plus now is important to helping your puppy grow into a healthy adult.
  • For dogs in their prime – Provides the necessary antioxidants, amino acids, vitamins, and minerals to sustain peak performance during the prime of their lives.
  • For older dogs – Helps provide the nutritional needs to live long, happy, and productive lives in their senior years.

I highly recommend NuVet Plus to keep your puppy on the path to perfect health! It’s not available in stores and is only available to the general public with an order code from an authorized pet professional.

For your convenience, you may order directly from the manufacturer by calling 800-474-7044 and using Order Code: 691376 or ordering online at .  You can also save an additional 15% and assure you never run out of NuVet by choosing the “AutoShip” option at check out.   Please order prior to picking up your pup!


Consistency is key when it comes to training your puppy. They will be eager to please you so use lots of positive reinforcement. Set clear boundaries and limits and again, be consistent. For potty training, I would recommend taking them outside every hour during the day for the first couple of weeks. Take them to the same spot every time. Be sure to affirm them with a positive response when they complete the task! Your puppy will also need to go outside right after waking up and a few minutes after eating or drinking. Bell training your puppy from the start is also helpful. Simply hang a bell next to the door and have them touch it with their paw each time you take them outside to potty. You might have to help them at first, but they catch on quickly.

Crate training is highly encouraged! Visit the link below for a short, helpful video on how to crate train your puppy:


Bernedoodles require a moderate amount of exercise. There are many different forms to offer them including, but not limited to, the following:

-Short walks

-Playing fetch

-Chasing balls (or energetic family members😊)

-Tug of War with a rope or favorite toy


At 4 months old, your puppy will be ready for their 1st visit to their groomer. It is recommended that they be groomed every 6-8 weeks. In the meantime, it’s a good idea to give your pup a quick brush every day and a more thorough brushing at least 2-3 times a week.


-Royal Canin Medium Puppy food

-NuVet Plus Wafers

-Crate (As an adult, you can expect your puppy to stand between 20-22” at the shoulder. I would recommend a medium sized crate that has a divider in it so you can adjust it as your puppy grows.)


-Water & food bowl

-Puppy shampoo

-Nail trimmers

-Brush and Metal Comb (pin brush and slicker brush)

-Collar (at 8 weeks old your puppy will need a collar that’s approximately 10” in diameter. I would recommend getting an adjustable collar since they grow so fast in the first year.)


-Puppy treats (NuVet Plus Wafers work great!)

-Potty pads (I recommend the washable, reusable pads.)

-Chew toys

-Stain and odor remover

-Multi-purpose Spray Cleaner

-Paper towel (to help clean up those messes while potty training)

-And lots of PATIENCE😊

I wish you all the best as you begin this journey with your new puppy!  Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have. And just for the record, I LOVE updated puppy pictures! You can post them directly on our Facebook page or Instagram (be sure to use #backroadsminibernedoodles) email, text, or private message them to me.

Thank you for choosing Back Roads as your breeder!

Lisa Yoder

Back Roads Mini Bernedoodles