UPDATE!!! I received an email from the breeder yesterday saying two of his bitches are due to whelp this week. One of the combinations, the majority go to the Police, but the others he will temperement test for what familys want, and all going well Novemeber I will be getting a puppy.
On the home front, I have already invested in a crate, lead, brush and a canvas retrieve toy. I have spoken to the breeder about what food he uses, and when I am confirmed as getting a pup (hopefully in the next few weeks) I will look at getting some of the same food he uses. I have also brought a couple of clickers, and been doing some huge research into clicker and house training.
Before the dog arrives I want to get a collar, long line and bell (for the back door) as well as a couple of chew toys and the likes.
Anything else anyone should suggest I have? I need to find some decent cleaner for inside accidents (which I have decided are inevitable no matter how hard I try) and food and water bowls.
The list goes on..... Oh. Treats. I have decided I will try first off with hot dogs sliced into small peices for low value, and chicken for high value and see how we go. Also likely is I will use the dry part of puppy food at lunch and feeding times to do some basic stuff and scent work maybe.
I have been looking at IPO (and told the breeder this) and even though Im not so sure about competing, I do think it will be awesome for the dog obediance wise, and for some fun family days out (tracking and the like)