Fenced Yard: A fenced yard is a big priority for me if you are located in a neighborhood where your puppy has access to the road, close neighbors or an area where it can easily get lost a barrier is key to safety! Underground fencing is a good option, keeps your dog in but not other dogs out. An easy fence is put up quickly with rolled wire mesh, T-bars which you just pound in the ground, and the wire mesh is wired to the bars! A walk through gate where you need one finishes a very easy and affordable fenced yard! You can hardly see it so your view is not obscured and the dog can see his world too!
Exercise Pen: so handy for when you have to leave your puppy for awhile. Room for blankets, toys, water, food, your crate can attach to it as well. They fold up and you can move them anywhere. Petcetera is the best place to check these out, sometimes they go on great sales.
Crate: wire or plastic. Wire, they can see out and you can put a blanket over it for night time or quiet time and can be attached to your exercise pen. The soft sided ones are nice too as they are so light weight good for the car, by your bed. Check out Amazon.ca for shopping.
Dog beds, the ones where the covers come off are best. There are lots of nice pillows and beds.
Treats: bully sticks, rawhides from Alpo (grocery store. Wal Mart), chicken strips when they are older, these are hard to digest., good quality cookies. Steakhouse beef strips from Costco.ca, Superstore, the best for training and rewards. Read labels for dyes and preservatives!
Toys: squeaky, scrunchy, rolly, soft, hard, they usually like them all but toys are not interesting on their own, they are best when you play with them with the puppy! Frenchies, Value Village, The Dollar, store all good places.
Dog food: NOW puppy from Petcurean. A good quality canned food ( not from the grocery store althought the nutrition first puppy from Superstore seems ok), You can introduce good brands for variety. Dry food doesn’t provide enough moisture for you dog. Adding some water and the canned food is important. Soak in hot water to soften abit for the first weeks and add the canned food. Eggs, cottage cheese, boiled chicken, liver, hamburger, veggies, no onions! Sweet potatoes with a bit of melted butter! Pumpkin & yogurt, great for diarrhea and tummy ache. I always feed a few little cookies at bed time so their tummies aren’t completely empty.
If they throw up yellow bile, they are too empty and hungry! Dogs need real food!
Collar, leash: try for one that is round instead of flat, much easier on your hands. The ones that extend out 16 feet are great after your puppy understands the leash. Get flat ones rather than the cord. I have scars on my leg for a corded one! Get a collar that is small at the outset and then get a larger one. Always check to make sure it isn’t too tight.
Blankets: soft, easy to wash. Puppies and dogs love a nice cushy spot.
Bowls: the raised bowl for food and water are nice. Buy large bowls for water and food. If the bowls are too small the puppy will have a hard time getting the food out of the bowl. Larger bowls let them move the food around.
Grooming supplies: a soft slicker brush, a brush with wide teeth, a comb, scissors with rounded blunt ends for trimming around the eyes. One good pair of scissors for trimming bangs, ears and bears. I like the curved bladed ones. Renn’s Pets Supplies on line is a great place to shop for grooming supplies. Nail clippers. Cosmetic pads for ear cleaning. Avena now has nice wipes for ears, my favorite.
Inflatable Protective Pet Collar: This inflatable collar protects your pet from reaching his or her injuries, rashes or post-surgery wounds, and is easy on your pet’s neck for comfortable wear. Use this in place of the uncomfortable cone from the Vet.
(By the way) Always have this in your cupboard! KAOPECTATE
Get a syringe from the pharmacy and when diarrhea strikes you are ready!