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03-06-2014 01:07 AM
SummerGSDLover My pup likes the anti chew sprays. Id just supervise and redirect.

*-*Summer*-*
03-05-2014 12:26 AM
Daisyline What type of puppy chewing deterrent do y'all recommend ? Spray wise
03-03-2014 05:42 PM
SummerGSDLover Another thing: make sure to either hold or put puppy on a blanket in a cart if you take her somewhere until up to date on shots. Parvo and other scary diseases can be transmitted easily in stores, vets, sidewalks, etc. Good luck!

*-*Summer*-*
03-03-2014 03:03 PM
carrieincolorado Oh so also... if you take the puppy places like I did, make sure those people don't have mouse poison under their bed... because your puppy will definitely look under the bed... sigh.
03-03-2014 03:00 PM
carrieincolorado I am going to add:

make sure you have a bottle of hydrogen peroxide handy... I had to make my pup puke 3 times in the first week I had her. (2 TBS down her throat according to my vets instructions!) the first time because she ate mouse poison (GASP! And had to be on Vitamin K for 3 weeks after that) and the next 2 times because she swallowed my 4 year olds socks whole.. omg. Thankfully at 5 months old, she has outgrown the need to eat anything and everything.
03-03-2014 03:34 AM
Shaolin 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.
03-03-2014 01:51 AM
West Texan I would add a toy box. We learned the hard way to keep the destuctable toys picked up...lol. And pretty much everything is destructable. Last thing Gus chewed up was a solid rubber hockey puck.
03-02-2014 10:24 PM
lennyb The only other things I'd add would be a squirt bottle with 50/50 bleach mix for cleaning up accidents on hard surfaces (tile or hardware floors, etc).. At a 50/50 mix it will disinfect but not be really harmful in case of accidental ingestion.
03-02-2014 10:20 PM
DonnaKay I also feed my pup Wellness large breed puppy. Everyone remarks how soft and shiny her coat is and she has tons of energy.

Summer's list covers about all of it, but don't forget training treats. I mix the treats with some kibble and keep a pocketful all day. That way, I could reward good behaviors throughout the day without overfeeding of treats.

Good luck! She's adorable!
03-02-2014 10:15 PM
SummerGSDLover And we use Folex for poop stains. I use a mix of equal parts listerine and hydrogen peroxide for urine.

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