I've been buying up all the dog stores preparring to get a new pup late this year. I've gotten lots of toys, but I feel like I'm getting alot of stuff that are for "older dogs". Can anyone whos ever gotten a puppy just post a list of "must-have" items they can't live without? (Minus the leash and collar type stuff I should fit to the dog and wait for)... THANKS
I bought a chocolate lab puppy 2 months ago. The following is a list of my suggestions which you could get for your puppy ahead of time.
1) Plenty of good chew toys. Most puppies chew a lot.
2) A large and comfortable dog bed if you plan to get a puppy who will be medium to large size as an adult. I bought a very nice one from Petedge. You can also get nice dog beds from Walmart, PetCo, Petsmart, or any other pet supply store near you.
3) Dog dishes: Non-Tip Stainless Steel or Ceramic Bowls for food and water.
Plastic ones are said to be a no-no since bacteria can build up and cause severe acne on a dog's chin requiring expensive treatment from a vet.
4) A Stackable Vittles Vault to store your dry dog food. They're somewhat expensive, but it's only a 1 time expense. Petedge had a stackable vittles vault food container including measuring cup to hold 60 pounds of dry dog food for around $37. It locks in freshness and flavor of dog food. If you leave your dog's food in the original bag, it will get stale soon. There is also a stackable vittles vault to hold 40 pounds of food for a few dollars less than the 60 pound one. Vittles Vault also has other types which hold less food. Vittles brand has a wonderful seal to lock in the freshness of your pup's food. The prices are higher at other pet stores.
5) Nylabone Healthy Edibles Treat Bones (Best price is at PetEdge). They have a website, unless you have a local PetEdge. These can also be found at pet stores at a higher cost.
6) Natural or Flavored Rawhide Bones
7) Box of Puppy Biscuits
8) Mild Tearless Shampoo for puppies in case your pup gets extremely dirty. I heard that dogs have natural oils in their coat and that it's best to just spray or wipe off the dirt rather than bathe them. Sometimes though, a good shampooing is the only choice.
9) A crate if you plan to crate train. Crate Cover Crate Mat
If you get a crate, get one that will be just big enough for her to stand in and turn around in it. If you buy one without a puppy divider and it is too big than your pup might make it into her toilet area which really defeats the purpose of crate training.
I heard that crate training was wonderful. Well, it is if your pup hasn't been trained by the previous owner which is usually the case since most breeders have their own families to care for as well. My pup was mostly housetrained. It takes awhile to housetrain them. By all means, don't put down newspapers on your floor and carpet. Soon after I got my puppy, she kept peeing inside. I was at times so frustrated at her because she did it soon after I had taken her back inside. Well, I mentioned it to a friend of mine. She apparently didn't realize how much labs tend to chew. I decided to put down newspapers on the carpet. Big mistake! She not only peed on the newspaper, Hershey started to chew and shred the papers within seconds. I had to pick up all those newspapers quickly before there was a huge mess. After that, I took my friend's second advice--take her out more frequently especially after eating and drinking. She is totally housetrained now at 20 weeks. Hershey, short for Hershey's Kisses II either barks or scratches on the sliding glass door when she needs out. She has only had a few accidents lately because we failed to let her out in time.
10) A good premium puppy food preferably without by-products. Please make sure that the first ingredient is either chicken meal or lamb meal. I read that anything else listed first is cheating your puppy out of good nutrition. My puppy does very well on Nutro Natural Choice for Large Breed Puppy. Although, once I run out of food, I think I will put her on Nutro Ultra Puppy food. It is Nutro's best. I buy my Nutro at PetCo. There are many many good dog foods to choose from. Try several brands of food with your new pup to see which one works the best. Some foods can actually make your pup sick whereas it's the best one for another dog. I had to take my puppy off what her breeder had her on because she got severe diarrhea for several days when we first got her, although it's also possible she had separation anxiety. She's been very healthy since we changed her food over to Nutro NC. Now, I also heard from the forum that Canidae is excellent dog food. I noticed it has also turkey meal in it. For now though, I don't really want to change my puppy's diet.
Oh by the way, if you change foods, make sure to mix gradually new food with old for several days until you only have new food. Puppies have delicate digestive systems to handle a sudden change. If you start new food without doing that your pup will get diarrhea.
I have learned a lot from information on the internet, books, and also from other dog owners on this forum. TerrificPets is by the way a wonderful chat area. Everyone is so very nice here and very helpful with good advice.
Good luck and best wishes to you and your future new pup!
Everyone else has already made excellent tips on what to get -- and in addition to what one person said for "carpet stain remover", you should also get Odor Remover. Chances are, your puppy will have an accident on your hardwood floors or carpet... and simply wiping it away won't do the trick. Dogs can still smell what we can't!
I agree also with the stain and odor remover. Puppies even if they are fully housetrained still might have an accident now and then. I know that we've made the mistake several times of not letting Hershey out in time when she signaled at the door to go out. We couldn't really scold her that much since those times were our fault.
I spray down Simple Solution Stain and Odor remover. Also, I've used the Simple Solution Carpet Shampoo. What's funny is that the Simple Solution Carpet Shampoo cleans and makes my carpet fresher than the Hoover SteamVac Detergent Cleaner which I've used for years with the steamvac.