● Tips for training and socializing your doodle
● Guidance to help keep your fluffy best friend healthy
● Stories about unconditional love and canine therapy
● Photos that make you smile
● And so much more!
No matter where you are on your journey with your pup, learn and laugh alongside puppy parents who understand the challenges and the joys of raising a doodle.
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About the Author
Before founding Puppy Mama, Theresa Piasta was a Vice President at JPMorgan and an Army Captain. From 2008-2009, Theresa served 14 months in the Iraq-War, earning the Bronze Star Medal for her leadership. Theresa attended the Stanford GSB Ignite program in 2016 and received a BA in Economics from Wellesley College in 2006.
Audrey Courchesne has been writing for as long as she can remember, building a career in publishing, marketing & communications after receiving an English degree from Wellesley College. She shares in Theresa’s passion for supporting women and creating community and has loved connecting with doodle moms from around the world to help to tell their stories. A New Englander at heart, Audrey lives in Alexandria, Virginia with her husband and three little ones. She grew up with a shiba inu, and while she doesn’t currently have any furry children, if her kids have their way, she’ll be a Puppy Mama before long!
Table of Contents
Part 1 Doodlemania
Chapter 1 Doodle Love 2
Stories of unconditional love and joy from our Puppy Mama community
Chapter 2 The Rise of #Doodle 17
From "airedoodles" to "yorkiepoos"-how poodle mix breeds have taken our lives (and Instagram) by storm
Part 2 Raising a Doodle
Chapter 3 Building a Lifelong Bond 40
Tips for your very first days at home with your doodle puppy
Chapter 4 Speaking Puppy 55
Tips on reading your pup's body language and interpreting vocalizations
Chapter 5 Training Your Doodle 76
Answers to all of your crate and potty training questions
Chapter 6 Raising a Social Butterfly 99
How to socialize your doodle with people, dogs, and vacuum cleaners during the critical phases of puppyhood
Part 3 Life with Your Doodle
Chapter 7 Plus One 122
Friends, family, children, intimacy-with a doodle in the mix, relationships get interesting
Chapter 8 Caring for Your Doodle 165
From soothing itchy ears to maintaining those pearly whites-tips to keep your doodle healthy and happy
Chapter 9 Smart with Heart 190
Highly intelligent and full of personality, our doodles make us laugh and smile each and every day
Chapter 10 Canine Therapy 215
The healing power of canine companionship
Chapter 11 Oodles of Doodles 238
More stories from the doodle parent community
Doodle Parents Unite! 249
I have an (embarrassing) confession.
Being a “Puppy Mama” wasn’t exactly Plan A.
After college, I spent four years active duty in the U.S. Army, did a fourteen-month tour in Iraq, then headed to Wall Street. (Basically, I traded one high-stress job for another.)
My life situation in Manhattan—the cramped apartment, the early morning rush to the trading desk, the evening networking events—just wasn’t conducive to properly caring for a dog. So it wasn’t in my plan.
However, in 2014, my husband and I moved our lives to San Francisco. On those brisk, beautiful mornings, I would walk to work from South Beach along the Embarcadero waterfront and see dozens of people running, playing, and laughing with their dogs.
I stopped to chat with them, I started learning the breeds, and before I knew it, I wanted to be the one running, playing, and laughing with a puppy of my own.
Enter The Waffle.
My cavapoo, Waffles, is a thirteen-pound ball of pure joy. She has never failed to put a smile on my face. Her love is contagious — she spreads laughter and happiness to everyone she meets. Just watching her proudly twirling and dancing on her hind legs to win smiles and affection from others fills my heart with happiness. She reminds me every day to embrace life and to make each day count.
Most importantly, she inspired me to build a community of women who love their dogs like family. I wanted the community to be judgment-free, empowering women to live the lives that make them the happiest and healthiest—lives that include their pups. The women in the Puppy Mama community understand how special this relationship is. And some of the most passionate members of our community are our doodle mamas! They share amazing stories, post beautiful pictures of their adorable pups, and connect with each other in person and over social media. For many women, sharing their experiences online has led to friendships with other dog moms offline.
Doodles help their moms in so many ways. Women share that they are happier and more fulfilled with their pups in their lives. Many have expressed that their doodles fill voids in their hearts that they did not even know were there in the first place. Their pups get them out to exercise and to meet and connect with new people, and help them to focus on the present. Even during bad days, doodles help women to forget their troubles with their playful antics: from showering them with kisses to looking like they found heaven in an exciting new stick. Coming home to a doodle is never lonely, with a ball of fluff running at you with so much love and excitement because you finally made it back home to them.
In 2014, I witnessed the happiness my neighbors were experiencing with their dogs on the Embarcadero. Today, seeing all of our members share their joy in our Puppy Mama community is truly beautiful. I am so excited to help you on your journey as you experience the remarkable love that dogs can bring to our lives.
Founder of Puppy Mama