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We are super excited to announce that we have officially partnered with BAXTER & Bella and their exclusive online puppy school, providing pet parents Lifetime MEMBERS ONLY Access to everything needed in order to achieve better animal ownership and experience the very best in canine companionship, including all of their training methods, materials and resources! If you are a dog owner we totally recommend giving them a try and when you enter Discount Code DUNBARDOODLES at checkout, you will save instantly!

What Food Should You Feed Your Puppy?

Choosing the right food to feed your new puppy is crucial to their overall health and well-being and something that should be done with careful thought and consideration.  This is one of the many reasons why we choose to wean our puppies with the B.A.R.F. (biologically appropriate raw food) diet.

Puppies are started on ground beef and goats milk.  We introduce 3 proteins, beef, poultry and venison.  Puppies are fed a variety of fruits and vegatables. At 6 weeks puppies are introduced to raw meaty bones in the form of whole chicken legs. Around 6 weeks of age puppies are introduced to Lifes Abundance All Life Stages kibble.  We recommend feeding your puppy a Biologically Raw Appropriate Food (B.A.R.F.) diet or Lifes Abundance Kibble, at the very least, the first 30 days your puppy is home.  This will ensure your puppies digestive system develops strong.  Our recommendations for treats during this time are: All Natural Cereal puffs (no added sugar), Frozen Blueberries, Dried Liver, Cheerios, 

Dried Sweet Potatoes, Dried Apples, Dried Bananas.

Lifes Abundance can not be bought in stores.  Please click on the link below to order prior to your puppy coming home.  

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 I recommend NuVet Plus because over the course of 10+ years none of our dogs have been diagnosed with any joint dysplasia.  Nu-Vet offers a wide range of benefits for each stage of your dog’s life.

This includes:

  • Supports healthy functioning of the vital organs (heart, liver, lungs, brain, and kidneys)

  • Helps prevent itching and scratching

  • Supports healthy skin and shiny coat

  • Supports healthy eyes and ears

  • Supports healthy digestion

  • Supports a strong immune system


You may place your NuVet Labs order online at or you can call them directly at 800-474-7044.  If you are placing an order for the first time, you will need to provide them with my referral code- 440760. I start all the puppies on nu-vet puppy powder.  Any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to call! 


Your puppy will come home with 30 days free insurance from Trupanion Insurance.  Activate 24 hours prior to your puppy coming home, up to 24 hrs after your puppy comes home.  Click on the appriopriate "Start Now" button. California Residents click on "California". 

To learn more about Trupanion, click on the Trupanion Logo. 

Shopping List

  1. Dog Food (Lifes Abundance All Life Stages or a pre-made raw)

  2. Activate Insurance (Trupanion)

  3. Nu-vet Vitamins

  4. Training Aid (Baxter & Bella)

  5. Wire crate(s) We recommend purchasing a small crate and age appropriate crate for adult size.  

  6. Puppy gate or play pen.  These can be found on Amazon.  We recommend 24" height for mini/medium puppies and 36" for standard size puppies.

  7. Puppy pads

  8. Stainless Steel food and water bowls.   We use slow feed bowls

  9. Slicker brush and metal comb.  There are several brands.  I use an off brand and have been satisfied. 

  10. Collar and leash.  Your puppy will not be leash trained when he/she comes home. We use a continous leash for training and a collar and leash once puppy is leashed trained. 

  11. We use small beds for puppies   As your puppy grows he or she may or may want to sleep on a bed.  Many bernedoodles prefer the floor!

  12. Puppy shampoo.  I use Lifes Abundance Shampoo and spray conditioner.  Baby shampoo works well, too!

  13. Flea & Tick treatment.  I never use any of these chemicals.  I strongly recommend you do not, also.  My everyday treatment is: 1/4 c of apple cider vinegar in 1 gallon of water.  This is the source of your dogs drinking water.  If we are outside during flea and tick season, I have a spray bottle with 50% apple cider vinegar and water that I spritz on the dogs.

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