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Ok Gang .... we couldn't take it anymore.  We miss Gizmo so much.  Our house is quiet and HUGE without him.  He wasn't noisy and he wasn't too big for our house ... he just "was".

So, we found a breeder about 2 hours away from us in Michigan.  It is Heart of Goldendoodles.  They are having a litter of F1b Goldendoodles in a couple weeks.  We are 3rd on the list to pick and our doodle will come home around the end of March.  That is exactly when we wanted to get one.  We are very excited and can't wait for the cuddles and training to begin.  We learned so much with Gizmo.  We hope we won't make the same mistakes.  LOL

Now I have a new question.  We didn't crate Gizmo, but want to do so with this puppy....at least for the first few months of his new life.  First, what size crate should I get if we're only going to use it till he's 9 mo-1 yr old?  I know we can get the kind with the divider, but don't know if we have to get the full size crate or if we can go a little smaller since it won't be a forever thing.  Our plan is to use the crate until we can "trust" him to roam more.  I think Gizmo was about 6-9 months old when we tested him to roam.  He did great.

And #2: I want to get a harness for him so we can take him for rides in the car.  We're planning on getting the seat belt attachment to keep him safe on the backseat.  We allowed Gizmo to roam in the back part of the SUV and it was not safe and it was a PAIN!  He would get up and turn around and actually chase cars as they passed us. Goofy boy!  Soooooo .... how big of a harness should I get for an 8 week old puppy?  I know he'll outgrow it. We'd like to have it to bring him home.  I have one for a 50# dog that I bought for Gizmo and kept, but he never used it.

Any help or suggestions will be appreciated.  Gizmo will always have my heart, but my heart has room for another.

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Comment by Jo Bill on March 11, 2018 at 4:18pm
We visited the litter .... or I should say litters ... last Wednesday. We picked out our baby. He will come home the end of this month. We have named him Murphy. I do have photos and a video. I'll post them later today. We are so excited!!
Comment by DonMarie & Picco on March 11, 2018 at 11:57am

Curious!  Did you pick out a pup?  Any photos?

Comment by Teri Fernandez on February 7, 2018 at 9:07pm

Hi we used a large crate with a divider and now that Oscar is 6 months old and 40 lbs he no longer uses the divider but the whole crate. It really worked well in terms of training him and he uses it in the evening as his little den. We do plan on using it forever because he travels with us and many places require you use a crate so I'm happy he likes his little home. During the day he is out in the house with us but at night that is where he sleeps.

Comment by JoAnn Gallagher & Paddy Waggin' on January 29, 2018 at 9:58am

So happy for you. Seems I couldn't live too long without a pup in the house, either. The joy our doggies give us seemed, to me, more than make up for pain of losing a beloved pet.

Used the large crate with divider for last three dogs...before Paddy.  Paddy is a smaller F1. His mom was a smallish Golden Retriever and his dad a miniature (medium size) poodle. Had a medium size soft crate for him. Used for about six months or shorter time. Started leaving him out for short periods when we went to mass and then longer periods. Fortunately, he was a good boy when left alone.

Never could figure out how to fasten car harnesses without having them wrap around dog's legs, and risking injury from that. Neither of my doodles liked riding in car. Both Miss Murphy, and now Paddy, tolerate it, but don't seem happy about it...just lie down on back seat. I know this isn't really safest way to travel, but fingers crossed, so far so good. 

So no really helpful advice for you, I'm afraid. But wishing you all the best with your new puppy. I'm sure Gizmo will be happy to know he brought you so much joy that you needed to go out and find that with one of his "cousins." Anxious to hear the new pup's name and hope you'll find time between the training and " life" to post some pictures.

Comment by Dianne and Dulcie on January 28, 2018 at 11:44pm

Happy and excited for you!

I bought Dulcie a medium crate (because I though she would be smaller than she turned out to be!) and had to scale up later on.  Although Dulcie roams in the house, we still crate sometimes when we are visiting relatives,  and of course at the groomer's. It is invaluable.  I bought the harness Alessandra recommends, and it works well. Below is Dulcie on her first or second night.  I got down on the floor in front of her crate and kept my hand on her until she fell asleep, so she never was stressed to be in it.

Comment by Pedro & Alessandra on January 28, 2018 at 8:46pm

First off, congratulations Jo! You and Terry have such good hearts and your new baby puppy will have angel Gizmo watching over him and leading the way in training you... Pedro and I are so happy for you!

Regarding crates, I don't know what the sizes are, but we got the "medium" for Pedro before we got him and had to go back and exchange it (thank you Petsmart) a couple of weeks later, when we realized that our boy was growing fast and would keep growing until we were ready to give him roam of the house. We still have it but as Jan says, when you don't need it anymore, you can sell it, donate it to a shelter, it will not be wasted.

As for the harness, I discovered the EzyDog harness since Pedro turned about 1 and have used it since. At the time, EzyDog just had the chest plate harness which came with an attachment to fasten it to the seatbelt in the car. Now I see they have a "Drive Dog Car Harness" which seems a bit more padded and perhaps designed a little differently. Pedro has worn an XL since he was 1 and I think he was full grown at that time, but of course you would start with a smaller one with your new baby. Here is their website if you want to check it out: http://store.ezydog.com/

Once again, congratulations and look forward to the pics of the new member of your family. I hope Terry is doing well. Take care and hugs and loving paws from us!

Comment by Laura , Marley and Oliver on January 27, 2018 at 9:31pm

Sorry,  I can't help you much other than we used one with the divider for a short period. Can't wait to see pics of your new baby !

Comment by Jan, Lily & Nessy on January 24, 2018 at 12:38am

PS - I'm not familiar with this breeder, and didn't find a website (facebook, but nothing else).  Please read their contract.  Read "Choosing a Breeder" at: http://goldendoodles.com/choosingbreeder.htm for advice on what to expect from a contract, and things to watch out for...

Comment by Jan, Lily & Nessy on January 24, 2018 at 12:33am

My personal opinion - get a 42" crate with a divider.  You can always use it when you travel (great for motels, guesting at a friends, etc.).  And, if you really don't need it later, your local shelter would be more than happy for the donation (they'll either use it, or sell it to support their operations, either way win-win).

For my dogs, when they were tiny puppies, I used a plastic travel crate, rather than a harness.  Easy clean up if anything should happen from either end).  The size probably was 24", fits on most back seats.  Again, when no longer needed, makes a great donation to the shelter.

Good luck, and congratulations!

Comment by DonMarie & Picco on January 23, 2018 at 9:02am

And post photos as soon as you pick!!!

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