Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Great Mills, MD
Welcome to Puppyhood!
A large, wire crate with divider is best. You never really know what the final size of your dog will be, so you want to go with something large, but the divider is essential for puppy training.
Chew toys...and lots of them. I bought several large bags of Rawhide chips along with a bunch of No-Stuf toys. They have squeakers, but are practically indestructible. My hardcore chewer who has destroyed Kongs had a No-Stuf for 4 years. We just threw it out as no amount of washing could get the wet dog slobber smell out. A lot of them can be filled with water bottles, making it a cheap, reusable toy. I also bought several stuffed toys as they are good to put between your hand and the pup's mouth and a few of the dental rings. They have nubbies on them that seem to soothe the teething pains.
A good, strong leash.
I love Nature's Miracle. That stuff has been a life saver. It works very well on hardwood floors and their No Mark solution is the only No Mark stuff I've used that actually works. It's a bit on the expensive side, but the one gallon jug lasts me a very long time as I use it in a squirt bottle. It's always on sale on Dr. Foster and Smith's...I get it for about $15 cheaper than in Petco...so instead of the $30 plus tax bottle in the store, I get it for about $16 a gallon if not less depending on their sales. It's not uncommon to get 4- 1 gallon bottles of NM and have to add on a box of Greenies or something else to get to $50 whereas 2 gallons in the store has me over $60.
Nail trimmers and Ear Cleaner. You want your pup to get used to having its nails done and Ears cleaned. A year down the road, you'll be happy you did it.
RIP Sebastian, Baby, Cheyenne, Baxter. Gone but never forgotten.
Finnian The Irish Lad WGSD: SAR
Abeni the Little Warrior: Pomeranian rescue.
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