Preparing for Puppy
Recommended Supply List :
Here is a list of things you should have before you get your puppy:
- An appointment with a Vet (You have 3 days per the contract to take your puppy for a vet check)
- crate (we love the metal crates, they fold up and are easy to clean) I would suggest getting one with a removable divider so that it can be small when your puppy is small, and larger as the puppy grows. For the medium size dogs, about 26" H X 36" L X 23 " W is a great size. (If you can't find one with a divider you can put a big box or something in it so it isn't too big.)
- food. I use Life Abundance that is shipped to your door. see the link for it, Under the scroll down for "Training and Links"
- chew toys and teeth-ers (we love deer antlers, bully sticks, kongs, rope toys, non-edible nyla bones), but not rawhide chews! not pig ears Raw soup bones , or marrow bones or really good, (but you can only give it to your puppy for about 10 min. a day, or it could get diarrhea ),You can't have too many chew toys, especial for young puppy teeth. Different textures too. if they are chewing on your shoes, get a toy like your shoe, if they are chewing on your towels or slippers , trade for a soft toy.
- A stain and odor eliminator with enzyme cleaner (for accidents)
- stainless steel or ceramic feed and water bowls (nothing made in China please!)
- bitter apple spray (to spray on anything you don't want chewed on) Or do some research on what to spray on things to inhibit chewing (let me know if you find a good one!)
- all natural puppy treats (for training). Break into the tiniest bites possible or find soft ones. (Be sure to NOT over due on treats; I often just use the dry dog food.)
- ear cleaner (I rarely need to use it, but some labradoodles seem to get a lot of ear infections- ask your vet for recommendation at puppy's first check up)
-- Teeth cleaner, a puppy toothbrush and tooth paste, and/or mouth spray for cleaning teeth, ( it costs close to $400) to have your vet clean their teeth. and they usually need it about 4 or 5 years old, unless you have done some brushing, and cleaning, (The deadliest thing for a dog besides accidents is being overweight or having bad teeth! )
- brush, toe nail clipper, and de-matting brush
- A slip lead, or an easy walk harness (please NEVER let your puppy/dog pull you on the leash. They should walk beside you with a loose leash. Please call me if you need help with this)
Join the Baxter and Bella online dog training. This is a on line dog trainer that is very very helpful! She will help you even before you pick up your puppy, Get a discount with the code: ELLSWORTH .This program has a one time fee and is a LIFE Time membership!.. With weekly assignments, Skype, how to bond, what to do about specific problems. And is great whether you do training with a trainer, or on your own. This is very beneficial for any aged dog and you!