Products I Recommend ...
Bringing home a new puppy can be overwhelming especially when you go to the pet store and are faced with the many choices. There are so many different products it is hard to know which one is the right one. Which ones do you actually need for your new puppy? I have put together a list of product that I recommend with Amazon links to them to help you out. This can give you an idea on what to have on hand when your puppy comes home. I find it fun to shop for a new puppy myself but after talking to others I realized that not everyone is like me. I love the thrill of researching the best product for my new puppy and what works best for our household. I hope this list is a help to you when you are out shopping. You can get everything at once and have it when you bring your new puppy home or you can just get the basics and slowly add to your supplies on an as needed basis.
THE BASIC PUPPY SUPPLIES…
Wire crate with a divider.
Some people feel that you shouldn’t use a crate because they feel that it is mean to the puppy. As long as it is never used as a punishment and used correctly most dogs actually love their crates. A crate is a place that they can go to relax. It is like their den would be in the wild. A crate is a wonderful potty training tool as well. Dogs do not like to soil where they sleep. The crate should be large enough for the puppy or dog to stand up without having to hunch, lie on its side with legs outstretched, and turn around with ease. But it shouldn’t be any bigger during the potty training process. If it is then the puppy will simply use one end for its bed and the other for the bathroom. They will want to potty the minute they come out so the become a wonderful opportunity for a potty training lesson. Every time they come out of the crate they immediately go to the potty spot and do their business. You then reward them with a treat or just getting excited and praising them works to.
The 18in would be for a toy poodle puppy and the 42in is for a standard puppy
I don’t recommend putting a puppy bed in the crate until they are crate trained because it is important that it stays clean and doesn’t ever smell like pee. For the first few weeks I just use old towels or old baby blankets in the bottom of the crate. That way if they do have an accident in the crate it is easy to pull it out and toss a fresh one in. Once they are fully crate trained then you can get a bed to put in the bottom of the crate
I like to get a double braided collar with a buckle instead of a plastic snap. That way you can size it correctly and you don’t have to worry about your puppy being in between sizes. I have used many different collars and these seem to last the longest as well as being the most reliable.
Basic Slip Lead - I recommend having a few of these around. I like to have one in my car or maybe hanging beside the front door for the moment that nobody wants to happen but is usually does. Someone opens the door and the dog slips out without the collar. Its nice to have around because it works for both a collar and a leash.
Nylon leash - Just a basic nylon leash is good. Its all a matter of personal preference here. Whatever you prefer to hold. Here is a basic one if you don’t care and just want to buy a leash.
Leather training leash - Especially for a standard puppy I recommend getting a 6 ft leather training leash. They are wonderful and last a long time.
Food and Water Bowls
I like to get the stainless steel no tip water bowls right from the beginning so your puppy never learns how fun it is to play in their water.
There is a lot of controversy over which is the best dog food out there. I have done a lot of research myself and I have currently settle on Taste of the Wild. One thing that I look for in dog food is that it doesn’t use beet pulp in the ingredients. Our first light colored toy poodle would get awful tear stains. I think that looks so ugly and tried lots of different things to solve the problem. I stumbled onto a forum that talked about the beet pulp in dog food. As soon as I switched to a food that didn’t have it the tear stains went completely away.
Puppies will chew! You can either provide them with acceptable things to chew on or they will find their own. I like to keep a basket of toys in the living room so that if I see them starting to chew on something I would rather they didn’t I can just grab one of theirs and trade them. I also try to keep at least one toy or bone in their crate.
My #1 recommended bone or chew toy is elk antlers. Antlers Last Forever! They are spendy but So Worth it because they last for months! Antler chews are natural, healthy, odor-free and long-lasting chew toys that will help keep your dog busy and out of trouble and will help to keep his teeth clean. I don't recommend rawhide bones because they can get soft and splinter when the puppies chew on them. I used to get cow hoofs for our dogs because they would just slowly wear away at them. But the SMELL! I couldn’t seem to find any that didn’t smell awful as soon as they started chewing on them. And then their breath was horrible too! When I was pregnant and super nauseated I said enough was enough and banned them from the house. I really wanted to find a better alternative and was thrilled when I stumbled on the Elk Antlers. They are definitely a must have at our house. I would buy the split antlers for the first time to show them how yummy they are. They like chewing on the marrow best. After that I would just get the whole antlers as they last longer.
Himalayan Dog Chew
The Himalayan chew is a combination of cow and goat cheeses, which is smoked for 7 months to produce a very hard chew which softens with puppy slobber. It does not stain, smell, or splinter. The only potential risk is a choking hazard as the chew gets small (what bone doesn’t have this risk?). I learned a neat trick from a blog not long ago that I thought I would pass on.
DON’T throw away the treat. When it gets so small you worry about choking, take it away and let it dry then microwave it for 10-15 seconds. The small chunck will get 3+ times larger, and will be less dense as a result. Now it is safe again to give to your pet as a quick treat. This way there is no waste, and your pet enjoys every last bit of it.
I like to have a few different types of rope toys available