The health of your Goldendoodle puppy or Bernedoodle puppy is our highest priority at Central Illinois Doodles. We know that 99% of having a genetically healthy puppy is ensuring the health of the parents. We do this through maintaining exceptionally high breeding standards and hand-picking the adults for our breeding program based off of two criteria: 1) Health testing, and 2) temperament screening. Only after an adult dog passes our health tests and is screened for temperament do we allow the dog into our breeding program. We are very selective and only choose dogs that we know have social, loving, non-aggressive personalities. We believe that dogs with aggressive, anxious, or other negative anti-social behaviors are not well suited to our breeding program and as such will rule them out immediately, as we aim to provide families with sociable family dogs that become loyal, lovable companions.
Central Illinois Doodles is one of the few Goldendoodle & Bernedoodle breeders to offer a substantive 2-Year Health Guarantee to our customers. Our 2-Year Health Guarantee covers any life threating genetic health issue that may arise within the first two years of life.
In order to bind the health guarantee, we require our customers to visit their local vet for a full health check within 72 hours of picking up their puppy. This is for your protection as well as ours and is in the best interest of the puppy. We are confident that all our puppies leave our kennel in excellent health and physical condition. We register all of our puppies with the CKC, the Continental Kennel Club.
When searching for your new puppy, it’s important to look for a breeder with high standards of health care. We provide thorough health care from the first moments of a puppy’s life until they reach your new home when they’re around 8 weeks old.
Many people are unfamiliar with the growth and health care a new puppy requires. We believe in transparency, and rest assured your puppy will come up to date on all his or her vaccinations and dewormers and will be fully health checked by our trusted veterinarian.
It’s important to find a local veterinarian you can trust for your Goldendoodle or Bernedoodle puppy. Remember that some vets specialize in certain types of dogs or breeds, so be sure to find one that is familiar with the Goldendoodle and Bernedoodle breeds and the particular health considers for each of them.
If you’re looking for a vet, try searching on Yelp or Google to get reviews and information from other local families. You want a trusted, well-liked veterinarian that can monitor the health of your new family member for years to come.
Health insurance for your pet is always a good idea because you never know what minor illnesses or injuries might occur down the road. Look for an insurance carrier that offers coverage of your actual veterinary bill as well as new injuries and illnesses, emergencies, genetic conditions and more. This way, if your puppy needs treatment for an accident or illness, you’re covered.
We recommend Purina Pro Plan All Life Stages Sport Performance Formula or another high quality food with the same nutrient levels.
Our puppies are raised on a full-feed diet, which means they have access to high quality food and water around the clock as they grow. We recommend maintaining a full-feed schedule for your puppy when you get them home so that they have time to adjust to the new environment. You can slowly transition them to meal times when they reach 14-16 weeks of age and feed them just 2-3 times per day.
Daily walks and exercise are extremely important for your Goldendoodle or Bernedoodle puppy. Remember to give them plenty of time outdoors to ensure their health and wellbeing. Goldendoodles may require up to 90 minutes or more of exercise a day, while Bernedoodles require a little less at around 60 minutes of exercise per day.
For puppies, a good way to ensure your puppy is getting enough exercise is to use this rule:
Socialization is extremely important for your puppy’s wellbeing. While we begin socializing your puppy at Central Illinois Doodles from day one, it’s important that you also continue to allow your puppy to socialize when you bring him or her home.
Many people are not sure when it’s appropriate to begin socializing their puppy with humans and other dogs. As a rule, you should only allow your puppy to socialize with other dogs and be in areas of high-K9 density (such as dog parks or greenbelts) once your puppy has had all its shots and vaccinations. If your puppy still requires certain vaccinations, it’s a good ideal to keep your puppy from socializing too closely with other dogs. This is because parasites, germs and other illnesses can be easily transmitted through touch or saliva. Keeping a safe distance until your puppy is fully vaccinated will help ensure they stay as healthy as can be.
Consult with your vet on a vaccination plan for your puppy so that you can have the peace of mind of knowing when they are ready to interact with other dogs and begin socializing fully.
We always recommend that our customers spay or neuter their puppies. This is for several reasons, not least of which adds to the health and longevity of your pet’s life. According to a USA Today report, “neutered male dogs live 18% longer than un-neutered male dogs and spayed female dogs live 23% longer than unspayed female dogs.” Additionally, spaying or neutering your dog may lead to decreased risks of serious illnesses such as cancer.