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Hiiii everyone! Thank you for stopping by and giving me your advice!

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My husband and I are waiting for our GSD to arrive (in 3 weeks!) and we are currently preparing for our puppy/dog list of things to buy/have. This is going to be our first dog (I know I know), and we are fully prepared. Puppy will be 8 weeks coming home and is a working line.

Currently, the puppy is already on a raw diet which I plan on continuing (have already purchased a deep chest freezer). I am starting with commercial raw as I am not too confident with assembling meals for our puppy yet. Brands I'll be using will be Darwin's raw, Bone & Co, Primal, Answers.

We have a local trainer lined up for the dog to do some advanced obedience at around 4-5 months of age.

Now questions:

Do you have other brands of food recommended to feed? What should I feed while traveling if not a raw option?

Grooming items, what do you recommend?

Any other recommendations on food/items/toys that are a MUST?

Thank you so much!
 

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Duke still has to have his white noise machine turned on at night. $10 solution to crying at night or the house is just too quiet for him. He does have his days and night mixed up, or he's just a very attentive night watch dog. You will have to adapt to having a dog in the house. We were looking at our giant sized puppy last night and laughing. Baby Huey had all 133 lbs curled up in his undersized bed with all his little Kong friends spread around him blissfully sound asleep. Soon he would be tucking his humans in and go on patrol.
 

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Do you have other brands of food recommended to feed? What should I feed while traveling if not a raw option?
i’d personally choose one or two brands, keep things simple for awhile, try different formulas/proteins, etc. no need to have more than four at this point.
when traveling…. freeze dried raw. Primal has it.
 

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Soft training treats that don't get slimy in your pocket. I make a homemade tuna fudge recipe someone shared with me for when I'm on the go.
Darwins was my first raw dog food and I still order from them.
 

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Grooming items: a slicker brush for daily use, a rake for shredding which I use once a week. A nail clipper. I also have the grooming scissors, one pair for thinning out hair, one pair for trimming. I usually use a wet cloth to clean her face if she gets dirty which is quite often. Also some wet wipes for dogs, not using it often, just on the off chance I need to clean her back side.

Must have item for Buffy when she was a pup, Frozen Kong stuffed with peanut butter, frozen carrots, and celery.

I bought variety of toys to see what she liked.

Treats pouch. Poop bags. Leash. Collar, name tag.

Dog bed..... Buffy never likes any bed or soft cushion, she would dig the cushion out and sleeps on the 'bed' which essentially on the floor. Bought her a cool pad which she sleeps there most of the time. Every dog is different, before you are sure your pup likes sleeping in a bed, don't buy the expensive ones.

I am so excited for you:eek:
 

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I would add a plural on the dog gate from middleofnowhere's post. Also leather gloves to go with the long-sleeved shirts, heavy pants and sturdy shoes.

I like @wolfy dog 's routine but if you are not up for that, this is what we did. We took her to be bedtime crate with a couple of towels, down to the breeder a couple of weeks ahead of time so it could gather all the scents of sibling and familiar surroundings. She came home to us already accustomed to going in and out of it. We didn't expect the breeder to crate train her for us, we just wanted something familiar for her. It did the trick, although the first night was a bit vocal, it wasn't whimpering, just a proclamation on restriction of movement. No peeps since that first night.

Oh, when we picked her up, we gathered some soiled shavings, bagged them and spread them out in the garden where we wanted her to start going to the bathroom. Then we directed her there whenever we took her out. Hard to tell but I think it helped her get the idea faster.
 

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Grooming items: a slicker brush for daily use, a rake for shredding which I use once a week. A nail clipper. I also have the grooming scissors, one pair for thinning out hair, one pair for trimming. I usually use a wet cloth to clean her face if she gets dirty which is quite often. Also some wet wipes for dogs, not using it often, just on the off chance I need to clean her back side.

Must have item for Buffy when she was a pup, Frozen Kong stuffed with peanut butter, frozen carrots, and celery.

I bought variety of toys to see what she liked.

Treats pouch. Poop bags. Leash. Collar, name tag.

Dog bed..... Buffy never likes any bed or soft cushion, she would dig the cushion out and sleeps on the 'bed' which essentially on the floor. Bought her a cool pad which she sleeps there most of the time. Every dog is different, before you are sure your pup likes sleeping in a bed, don't buy the expensive ones.

I am so excited for you:eek:
Thank you soo much for these suggestion items!!!!
Any brands you would recommend for the grooming items? Collar?
 

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i’d personally choose one or two brands, keep things simple for awhile, try different formulas/proteins, etc. no need to have more than four at this point.
when traveling…. freeze dried raw. Primal has it.
Youre right! Thank you!
 

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For puppies, I use cheap, pet store collars and harnesses.

Here's my puppy stuff
Real Leather Slip Dog Leash for... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07VLGKXFV?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share
Leather Puppy Bite Rag Dog Tug... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07SNP8F36?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share
Puppy Prey Drive Building Flirt... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00I3OCR0Q?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share
Pete Rickard's Floating Puppy... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000I2FQW2?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share
Pettom Dog Training Leash... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0140KUUUK?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share
Paw Lifestyles – Dog Treat... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01DN07JUM?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share
EcoCity 4-Pack Dog Training Clicker with Wrist Strap https://www.amazon.com/dp/B071NTVXN2/ref=cm_sw_r_apanp_jYa4PA2P7kOpK
 

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Thank you soo much for these suggestion items!!!!
Any brands you would recommend for the grooming items? Collar?
I am sure other members here will recommend you with the brands but generally buy the items from pet store for now. They grow way too fast, you will soon have to replace them all. We use flat leather collar.

Please do update us once the new pup has arrived. We all are excited for you.

This is the type of nail clipper I use.
Rosewood Soft Protection Salon Grooming Nail Clipper, Small https://smile.amazon.co.uk/dp/B003GKOB4W/ref=cm_sw_r_apan_glt_i_MF62JBN7NQWTN2Z7XHED
 

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That’s a really well thought out plan. I just let them sleep with me in the bed.
We did that with our first JRT. I didn't get a wink of sleep. Jumped every time she moved, grabbing her and taking her outside. With the next JRTs we crate trained. The female proved extremely difficult to house break. Letting her sleep with us would have been a disaster. Then when she was, they were both allowed to sleep with us. However, with a GSD we decided we wanted our bed back....
I also think @wolfy dog 's protocol is great. We actually debated the mattress on the floor as our bedroom is upstairs knowing hubby would have to carry fasting-growing puppy up and down for awhile.
 
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