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Old 01-25-2014, 11:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Necessities for a puppy

Hello everyone, I have finally picked a pup, after a while searching. He will be ready to go in two weeks time. Im here to compile a checklist of things I will need to make him comfortable and look after him at home.

All suggestions are much appreciated, also I dont think I will need a puppy pen, the house we live in has a small room out the back, which gets sunlight and is ventilated, Im not sure if this is adequate enough or not.

Once again, thanks in advance for all the help.
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Heres a photo of the little man.

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Old 01-25-2014, 11:46 PM   #3 (permalink)
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He is just so gorgeous, I could squeeze him

Gosh, what do you need, cheap collar (they grow quickly), lead, bed, toys, car harness, all wormer, heart wormer, flea & tick prevention, bush, the list can go on and on.

Also, he will have those puppy needle teeth and once he starts using you as a chew toy to relieve himself, it is murder on your hands, feet, ankles etc. I have had great success with putting Vicks Vapourub on the things you don't want him to chew such as you! The smell is so strong and yucky to them, that they avoid it and you can direct his need to chew to something appropriate.
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Probably a crate then for training where to eliminate perhaps? Big enough to get up & turn around but too big that he can pee on one side & rest on the other...

Food and water bowls.

Treats?

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Stainless steel dog bowls one for water one for food. A crate, (I use the big ones because they just grow out of the little ones) toys lots & lots of chew toys, a kong, a collar, leash, name tag w your phone number, a brush or several, (I like the 2 pin rake and slicker brush) nail trimmers or dremel.....oh and patience lots and lots of patience. LOL
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puppy class, training, socializing, private
lessons or group ( i perfer private lessons
the in the begining), food and water bowls,
good food and treats, fresh food, collar, leash,
toys, crate.

you have a small room in the back of the house.
are you planning on keeping your pup in that room?
a pup needs to be with it's humans.
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Its tough to find great trainers, start looking now and observe classes. ask around to find the best vet also.
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Thanks for the great advice guys.

Just to clarify for doggiedad, I intended to use the back room as a puppy crate while we are away, although it is bigger than a crate so I'm not sure if it will be too big. Otherwise he will be with the family playing and interacting all other times.
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He is soo cute!!! When it comes to my boy while there are the standards like bowls/crate/collar/leash. The one thing aside from all the regular necessities is my flirt pole. It is the best/fastest way to tire out my boy. Especially in these -30 windchill days were walking on concrete is just not feasible.
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Thanks for the great advice guys.

Just to clarify for doggiedad, I intended to use the back room as a puppy crate while we are away, although it is bigger than a crate so I'm not sure if it will be too big. Otherwise he will be with the family playing and interacting all other times.
I would still put him in a crate (after crate training). You'll be surprised what he can damage if you are gone and he get stressed or bored; dry wall, door and window posts, windows, curtain, blinds etc.
I have a room like that and that's where the crates are. But they can see me in the living room from there. Crates are not useful just for the home but everywhere you go you have his home-away-from-home with you. I would not raise a pup without crate and crate train every dog that enters the house hold, no matter their ages.
Have fun with your pup.
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