Remember to go online at www.petlink.net to register your puppy’s micro-chip.
Things you will need for your new puppy:
1) Dishes for food & water
2) Crate – if you intend to crate train
3) Bed –we recommend Kuranda beds or imitation sheepskin. Avoid beds with lots of stuffing….as some puppies will take great pleasure in shredding them. And should they decide to ingest some of the stuffing, it can cause intestinal blockages.
4) Puppy food – we supply the first bag
5) Measuring food scoop
6) Collar & leash – we supply these; you will get to choose from a variety of colors and patterns when you pick up your puppy.
7) Harness – I usually suggest a harness for families with small children,as this will prevent them from harming the puppy should they inadvertently pull on the puppy’s necks too hard . Note: We are happy to provide you with a harness if needed.
8) Toys – we will supply a few ; but it is a good idea to have a variety (NO rawhides or soft rubber) . Pick toys with different textures, such as soft plush toys, canvas toys, hard rubber (nyla bones), deer or elk antler, bull horns, etc.
9) Potty training pads or tray – if your puppy will be left alone for periods longer than 2 hours.
10) ID tag – ( to hook to the collar ) with your contact information. Your puppy will be micro-chipped, but your tags are the first source of information, should your little one ever get lost.
11) Baby gates with vertical bars – depending on where you intend to confine him/her for periods of time without supervision during the day. Your puppy will need to have a safe confined space where he/she can move about, have access to fresh water, and relieve himself/herself if needed (hence the potty tray).
12) Cleaner/Odor Eliminator – should an accident occur.
13) Dog brush: We recommend a Combination 2-in-1 Dog Brush. This features a traditional soft-tipped pin brush on one side for detangling, and a bristle brush on the other for removing dirt.
14) Puppy treats: We recommend boiled boneless/skinless chicken breast (no seasoning), cut into small bite size pieces.
15) Puppy training books, we suggest:
- The Art of Raising a Puppy – by The Monks of New Skete
- Dog Training for Kids – by Vanessa Estrada Martin
- How to Raise the Perfect Dog Through Puppyhood and Beyond – by Cesar Millan
16) If you are looking for professional help training your puppy, we have had good feedback on the following dog trainers:
- Terroux Dog Training (training sessions at their facilities)
- Denver Dream Dog (training sessions at their facilities, board and training, and also boarding when you travel)
- The Doodle Pro (training sessions at your home)
- Pack in Harmony (training sessions at your home, board and training)