Hi New Puppy Owners,
I thought I'd just write down a few things so you all can get your ducks in a row for your new puppy.
Cute names?, just start writing them down that's what I do then you'll have a favorite. Should be easy for everyone to say quickly, and for the puppy to comprehend, 2 syllables are the best as if they don't catch it on the first part they'll get the second.
I feed Purina Pro Plan for pups, I'll send a Puppy kit with coupon, and bit of food. Better feed you'll really be feeding less and less poopy.
Get yourself a shoe/boot basket of some sort, they will be in the teething stages. So lots of chewies, I like to put one of those cow hooves, or knuckle bones in the crate so they are busy when not attended. Crate get a wire one about 2'x3' so it'll last forever in size, also better ventilation than the plastic ones. If crate is on floor, do close the door when pup is out as sometimes they go back in as it is their own spot. Get a doggie bed so he's got his own place, not the couch. Medium sized they grow quick...
If you're leaving the house turn on the Radio or Tv, good for different noises and keeps them a bit of company while your away.
Puppy pee pads are nice to have, I put mine in the kitchen. They are pups so it will take a lil while, but makes it easier.
Extendable lead, I like the flat ribbon kind not the thin rope (get rope burn & tangled around them). Great for potty training, * I will provide collar & 6 ft leash for your pup to take home... (NO harnesses yuck! makes dogs pull). Good time for treats, and lots of praise (after they go potty)...
Stainless food & water dish for inside crates are the best, can't ruin them by chewing and last long time. Easy to clean, just put in dishwasher or wash in sink good with hot water and soap.
Stainless steel comb, and medium sized flat rectangular short-/medium length pin type brush.
I use nail clippers now, but when they get around 3-4 months old I start using a Dremel tool on the Corgi's and clippers on my Cavalier's because of the hair... Pet Smart has one for about $30.00, I use one from the hardware store type myself a bit stronger... they do much better with the dermal (get it short, and I don't quick the nail, i like the dogs nails down short as possible keeps better feet.
Also i either use clippers or sciccors to get the hair under the pads, keeps them from tracking in...
The dog Shampoo's I use are made by Pure Paws, &/or Bio-groom the blue one with whitening. You can take a more less costly from Walmart's $3.00 bottle from Hartz which works good, blue with whitening....I put a good squirt in an ole milk or laundry jug with good warm water it dulutes it. Then put the stopper in the tub, poor over and use a scrub brush on the legs and under paws... Rinse out real good and dry with towel, I put back in crate and use a dryer for a bit.... depending on the weather. Just make sure when drying that you get the top of the rump that's the hardest part to get dry for some reason... and also use the towel to get inside ears dry. No conditioner is needed, just flat brush out, I do the day or two before i'm going somewhere so the coat settles. At shows that's different I can send you my stuff later what i use for that...
Toy wise, squeekies are great you can get their attention. I try to stay away from the ones with stuffing as they just tear it out and make a mess. Small to medium sized are good for ones, some thing they can walk/run with and not trip over. The small balls are fun you can get a 4 pack, the ones that squeek are my favorite, good for playing with. Of course as the toys get destroyed, just throw out if to could be swallowed/ too small.
Get yourself a travel bowl for water, and keep a water jug in your car.... Small treats or just kibble for rewards.... I like the tubes of treat Natural Balance make a good one, and it lasts a long time. I keep my in a bag in the refridgerator, and cut small pieces then put in a ziplock sandwhich bag to take with. Of course on give treats prior to eating, so they are motivated and not already full.
They can start learning with treats now, just in moderation you don't want to disrupt the tummy. Natural Balance makes a great roll that lasts a long time, I just put in a plastic bag in the fridge and cut a thick slice for breaking up to take with if I like...