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Puppy Behaviors: When Should You Consult Your Vet?

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Puppy Behaviors: When Should You Consult Your Vet?

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Becoming a new dog parent is an exciting adventure with a new puppy! But it can also be a scary time trying to provide the very best for that little creature especially in the face of some puppy behaviors. 

So when should you consult your vet?

Brown and White male, F1b Goldendoodle Puppy Sitting on Green Grass
Maverick, a male, F1b Goldendoodle Puppy



Welcoming Home the New Puppy!

Congratulations on that new bundle of fur with sweet puppy breath!

Make sure you take your new puppy to your chosen vet for a “well puppy visit” within the first few days after bringing him home. Your vet will do a “wellness check” and create a “baseline” for your puppy’s medical history and any potential health issues. This visit helps ensure you have a healthy puppy.



Early Puppy Development: What to Expect the 1st Two Months.


We understand you want to do the very best for your puppy, so below we’ve outlined some of the common puppy behaviors you’ll no doubt experience to help put your mind at ease!


Here’s Your Checklist for Adopting a New Puppy!


Normal Puppy Behavior

Imagine if you went to a new place with new people without being able to understand a single word or what’s going on! That’s how your puppy feels! There will always be an adjustment period. So be very patient and calm while your puppy is learning to adjust to his new environment, smells, sounds, people and even other pets.


“New Puppy? 4 Needs to Address on the First Day!”


The following puppy behaviors are completely normal at the beginning of his new life with you.


My Puppy Isn’t Eating

A solid chocolate female F1b Standard Labradoodle Puppy sitting on green grass
Cocoa is a Chocolate, F1b Labradoodle Female Puppy

Puppies are different from their humans when it comes to stress and eating. While many people will binge eat when they are sad, unhappy or anxious, dogs do not usually follow this pattern.

If your vet gave your puppy a clean bill of health, don’t be overly concerned if he doesn’t regularly eat, especially in the early days.

Even sudden schedule changes (like kids going back to school) can make your puppy anxious and suppress his appetite. Puppies are rarely finicky eaters; so don’t create a fuss if he doesn’t eat. This could create future issues with eating his food. Also, create and adhere to a feeding schedule and do not leave his food out all day.

Puppies may also be less inclined to eat when they are teething which is uncomfortable and painful for your puppy. Offer puppy-safe, cooling teething toys to help soothe their inflamed gums.


My Puppy Hasn’t Gone to the Bathroom

Provide regular bathroom breaks on a set schedule throughout the day and your puppy will learn to follow a dependable bathroom schedule. Also remember, if he is not regularly eating during his adjustment period, he won’t need to relieve himself as much.


My Puppy is Crying During the Night

Sleeping Golden Retriever Puppy on White Blanket
Sleeping Golden Retriever Puppy on White Blanket (Courtesy: JackieLou DL, Pixabay)

Again, your puppy is doing his best to adjust to his new home, schedule and people without his mom and litter, so give him lots of patience! With time, he will learn to adjust and self-soothe himself in his new home. Create a bedtime routine to calm your puppy down (also make sure his bladder is empty). Include a toy, blanket or towel with his mom’s scent on it in his sleeping area to help comfort him.


My Puppy is Breathing Too Fast

Another potentially scary behavior is how your puppy breathes when he is sleeping. Understand that young puppies breathe more rapidly than adult dogs and try not to panic; your puppy is ok. This is a completely natural behavior and will change as your puppy grows up and matures into an adult dog. Read our previous blog to learn more about sleeping puppies!

As a new puppy parent, reach out to your vet’s office if you are worried or unsure what to do. Most vets are happy to help new puppy owners within reason.


Watch our blog for which puppy behaviors may be potential
red flags requiring a vet visit!


Solid Chocolate F1b Labradoodle Puppy Sitting on Green Grass
Hershey is a female, F1b Labradoodle Puppy


F1b Labradoodle Puppies Available!


We are a small family breeder located in the heart of the Ozarks in Northern Arkansas. We strive to raise healthy, happy, well-socialized, quality Golden Retriever, Goldendoodle, Labradoodle, Mini Labradoodle, and Aussiedoodle puppies.

All our puppies come with a health guarantee for their first 12 months of age.

Please email, text or call us at 870-404-0127 or 870-404-1189 for more information about upcoming litters.

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Ariel Whitley
Ariel Whitley
May 10, 2022.
I got a little boy doodle from here and he is a great dog! He has the best of both breeds in him. The perfect personality and has been so easy to train. He is a great addition to my family and a perfect companion for my Pomeranian. I couldn’t be happier! I am out of state and the whole process to get him was very smooth and I have no complaints. Would definitely recommend them!
Monica Hamilton
Monica Hamilton
April 24, 2022.
We Love Our new Aussie doodle Duke! As a first time owner Mona was very nice and helpful about puppy care. She answers all questions!! She made coordinating picking up our pup supper easy!! She provided all documentation and goodies to send home with duke making his transition to his new home smooth! If you’re looking for an Doodle mix puppy I would recommend them!
Clinton Baird
Clinton Baird
April 23, 2022.
A great experience with obviously very experienced breeders. Our journey was clear the whole way. The team was great in explaining. Could not be happier with the Goldendoodle addition to our family.
Jim Conerton
Jim Conerton
April 11, 2022.
Our Sammy Joe is now 10 months old and what a beautiful dog. We have had Goldens for over 20 years so we’re very familiar with the breed. He is very healthy and very smart. Mona was so helpful when we contacted her in our search for a dog. We told her what our lifestyle was and what type of puppy we were looking for. She definitely recommend the best dog for us (thanks!) hopefully I’ll get a recent picture of Sammy and add to this post. Thanks again Jim & Paulette
Mollie Duddleston
Mollie Duddleston
April 11, 2022.
Mona and her family were wonderful to work with. She consistently gave updates as we waited for Oakley to be born. We enjoyed selecting our puppy and then receiving weekly pictures and updates as we awaited picking up Oakley to bring her into our family.Oakley is an incredible dog!! She is spunky, yet gentle. She LOVES people! She has been a fun puppy and very easy to train. She follows instructions well, and we couldn’t be more pleased with this addition to our family.We highly recommend Arkansas Bear Creek Goldens and Doodles for beautiful, well bred dogs who are sharp, smart and easy to train. Mona is wonderful to deal with and Oakley has been a wonderful addition to the Duddleston family.
Robert Thompson
Robert Thompson
April 10, 2022.
They were very professional. And they even met us half way. Quality animals. Very Healthy. Definitely would recommend this Professional Organization
Suzy Tusing
Suzy Tusing
April 10, 2022.
Three years ago we bought our golden retriever From Bearcreek, she was 10 weeks old. The next day Mona called us to check on her. Throughout Riley’s life, Mona was always there to answer questions and to help us. They truly love their dogs and it shows. I recommend Arkansas Bearcreek to anyone who wants a happy puppy.
Rebecca Moreira
Rebecca Moreira
April 9, 2022.
Could not be happier with my experience with Arkansas Bear Creek Doodles. They raise the puppies like their own with so much love and care. They were so easy to work with and brought Lexie with everything I could need to get her thorough the first few weeks of transition, including medicine in case she got sick and her favorite toy. She has been the BEST dog.
Pamela Benskin
Pamela Benskin
April 9, 2022.
Our family has purchased 2 puppies from Mona's family. Both of the are wonderful dogs. They're not only adorable, but they have great temperaments and are extremely smart. Both puppies were housebroken in only a few weeks. They're both wonderful family members. I would definitely buy another puppy from them.
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